Faces of
Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

Penang, Malaysia

Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal, Penang

The Sg. Nibong Terminal is the main express bus terminal for long-distance buses in Penang. The terminal is located near Batu Uban about 20min (10km) outside of Georgetown city centre.

Penang Ferry Terminal, Penang

The ferry terminal is arrival and departure point for the old Penang-Butterworth ferry as well as for the ferry to and from Langkawi

Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus, Penang

The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours.

Hotels in Penang

Ryokan @ Muntri Street

Japanese themed flashpacker hostel in the heritage zone of Georgetown

Roommates Penang

Backpacker Hostel in the heritage zone of Georgetown, offering tours and bicycle renting

Attractions

Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple, Penang

Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added

Botanical Gardens, Penang

Park created in 1884, the gardens is spread over 30ha of forested hills and lush green tropical trees and plants.