Pulau Lang Tengah

Pulau Lang Tengah is a small postcard island with only 4 resorts located halfway between Perhentian Island and Pulau Redang.

Pulau Lang Tengah is a small postcard island with only 3 resorts located halfway between Perhentian Island and Pulau Redang.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

The name Lang Tengah means “eagle in the middle” in Malay and refers to the Location of the island sandwhiches between Perhentian Islands and Redang.
Boats to Lang Tengah leave from the jetty in Merang, about 45min drive north of Kuala Terengganu. The small and open speed boats take about 45min to reach the island from Merang.

Pulau Lang Tengah is not necessarily a destination for backpackers on a budget. The 3 resorts are somewhere in the medium to upper price range. However, for volunteers who want to help at Lang Tengah Turtle Watch project at turtle bay, discounted open air beds and experiences are available. Besides that Lang Tengah can’t compete with the beaches and snorkel spots of it’s neighbours Redang and Perhentian island, but it makes up in privacy and seclusion and some truly gorgeous views.

map Pulau Lang Tengah Island
map of Pulau Lang Tengah with resorts and dive spots

Tanjung Nibong
Tanjung Nibong
view of the full width of the Pulau Lang Tengah at the northern tip of the island


Tanjung Telunjuk
Tanjung Telunjuk
the southern tip of the island with east wing of D’Lagoon resort on the left


Batu Kucing
Batu Kucing
(malay: cat rock), beautiful lookout rock past Turtle bay with this wonderful view of the bay and across to Pulau Redang


D'Coconut Resort - East Wing
D’Lagoon Resort
the eastwing of the resort, in the evening you can join the staff und members of the turtle conservation crew for a game of beach volleyball


Summer Bay
jetty at Summer Bay Resort
straight ahead: Summer Bay Resort (popular with Chinese tourists), further to the right of the beach: Sari Pacifica Resort


Summer Bay
view from beach at Summer Bay Resort
in the distant you can see the Perhentian Islands

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.

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 .

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Getting to and away from Alor Setar

Flight
The Sultan Abdul Halim Airport is served from and to Kuala Lumpur by these airlines: AirAsia, Firefly, Malaysian Airlines and Malindo Air

Ferry to Langkawi
Ferry to Langkawi leaves from Kuala Kedah (10min outside of Alor Setar) and arrives at the ferry terminal in Kuah, the main town of the island in the eastern part of Langkawi.
Kuala Perlis (travel time 75min)

click on the link to book a ferry ticket online:

Langkawi - Kuala Kedah Kuala Kedah - Langkawi

Click here for detailed travel information (ferry times, prices etc.) on getting to and away from Langkawi.

Bus Connections
main bus terminal: Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal
click on the link to book a bus ticket online:

Alor Setar - Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur - Alor Setar
Alor Setar - Singapore Singapore - Alor Setar

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (or Redang Island) is a beautiful tropical island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. Most travellers visiting Redang come on pre-booked packages from one of the resorts on the island. It is a more up-market destination than Perhentian Islands.
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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur.

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.
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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, commonly known as JB, the is the southernmost city of Malaysia and hence the Eurasian mainland. It is located just across the causeway from Singapore.

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don’t stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Getting to and away from Johor Bahru

Flight
Senai Airport is served with multiple daily flight by Air Asia, Firefly and Malaysian Airlines.

Train
Trains going to or coming from the Woodlands Train Checkpoint in Singapore stop at Johor Bahru Sentral railway station. The trains continue in northbound direction to Kuala Lumpur and Hatyai (Thailand). In Gemas the line splits and one train line continues towards Kota Bahru.
train Singapore - Kuala Lumpur departs: 8.45am, 1.45pm, 11.30pm
train Singapore - Kota Bahru departs: 5.53am, 7.05pm, 11.30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri)

Bus
The main bus terminal in Johor Bahur is Larkin Bus Terminal.

Bus connections to Singapore
SBS 170, Singapore Johor Express, Causeway Link CW2 - to Queen Street Terminal
Causeway Link CW1 - to Kranji MRT station
Causeway Link CW5 - Newton Food Centre car park

Long-distance bus connections
click on the links below for direct online booking of the bus tickets

Johor Bahru - Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur - Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru - Genting Highlands Genting Highlands - Johor Bahru
JB - Mersing (jetty to Pulau Tioman) Mersing - Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru - Butterworth Butterworth - Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru - Penang Penang - Johor Bahru

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats.

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur.

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Sandakan

Second-largest city in Sabah on Borneo and known as the gateway for ecotourism destinations.

Sandakan is a starting point for ecotourism destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary,Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland.

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.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

buy bus tickets to and from Kota Kinabalu (and other destination in Sabah and Sarawak) online here:

Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia.

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast.

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Pulau Tioman in a nutshell

  • there are no ATMS on the island except for one in Tekek village, there are ATMs and money changers in Mersing (main departure point to Tioman on the mainland)
  • further read: Beaches, Monkeys and Jungle trecks on Tioman Island
  • not recommended to go during monsoon season (November - February), unless you are a surfer (surfer beach: Juara Bay on the eastern side of Tioman)

Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca with the large city of Georgetown, the historical Chinatown of which is a UNESCO world heritage site

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

view from Penang Hill


view from Penang Hill


photos from the travel blog “Konni and Matt - Perpetual Travellers:

Georgetown Penang, wall paintings

Georgetown, Penang

cultural diversity in Georgetown

click on the photos above to get more pictures and information about Georgetown by Matt & Conni

Singapore

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula.

Singapore is an island nation located at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. At 704.0 sqkm (272 square miles), it is one of the few city-states in the world and the smallest country in Southeast Asia.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan. It′s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Taman Negara

This national park is one of the best known and the oldest national park in Malaysia.

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Taman Negara in a nutshell

  • national park in in one of the world’s oldest rainforests
  • one of the world’s most bio-diverse regions
  • park permit: RM1 per person, applicable to all visitors.
  • fishing license: RM10 per person
  • camera licence: RM5 per camera
  • peak season: April - August
  • low season: November - Februar (more rain, but also less crowded, possibility of occasional park closures due to flooding)
  • the 2-3h boat ride from Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan is recommended
  • park headquarter is in the village of Kuala Tahan (all traveller necessities are here: laundry, restaurants, travel information / tour booking, smalls, hotel and hotels)
  • it’s a rainforest and that means it is really hot and humid
  • bring enough cash, there are no money changers, banks or ATMs in Taman Negara. Some bigger places like Han Rainforest Resort or Mutiara Resort accept credit card
  • you will see an abundance of plants and insects, but don’t expect to see bigger wild animals, they retreated deeper to the interior of the National Park
  • fun activies: jungle walks, canopy walk, rapid shooting, meal at floating restaurants

Getting To Taman Negara

boat taman negara
on the boat on the Sungai Tembeling River from Kuala Tembeling to Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara)

Most travellers will visit Taman Negara from Kuala Lumpur. This journey will include take you to town of Jerantut first. Jerantut is easiest reached by bus (3-4 hour ride). The second leg from Jerantut can either be accomplished by bus (faster, about 1h) or boat (scenic ride on the river trough the rain forest, 2-3h). The boat ride starts in Kuala Tembeling (at 9am and 2pm), a 20-min taxi ride outside of Jerantut. While everything be arrange as you go by yourself (see more information here), there are also a couple of tour providers that will offer the entire journey a single ticket for ease of mind. These tickets can convinient bought only, see the links below.

From Taman Negara (but also the other way around), it is also possible, instead of going back to Kuala Lumpur (in case you came that way), to travel onwards to Cameron Highlands or to Kuala Besut (jetty for the boat ride to Perhentian Islands). Or you take the bus or boat back to Jerantut and the take the train from there which give you the option to go directly to Kota Bahru or Kuala Lumpur or with transfer to another train to Singapore or Thailand.

Book tickets for bus ( & boat) right here online:

to Taman Negara:
Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara
Cameron Highlands - Taman Negara
Kuala Besut - Taman Negara
(jetty to Pulau Perhentian / Perhentian Islands)

from Taman Negara:
Taman Negara - Kuala Lumpur
Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands
Taman Negara - Kuala Besut
(jetty to Pulau Perhentian / Perhentian Islands)

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea and a duty-free zone.

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Getting to and away from Langkawi

Flight
Langkawi has an airport in the western part of the island with regular connections to Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
Airlines: Air Asia, Firefly, Malaysian Airlines, Berjaya Air

Ferry
Ferry to Langkawi arrive at the ferry terminal in Kuah, the main town of the island in the eastern part of Langkawi. Langkawi can be reached by boat from these locations:
Kuala Perlis (travel time 75min)
Kuala Kedah (10min outside of Alor Setar, travel time 105min)
Georgetown, Penang (traveltime 2h 45min)
Koh Lipe (Thailand) (travel time 1h)
Satun (Thailand) (travel time 1h 15min)

click on the link to book a ferry ticket online:

Langkawi - Kuala Perlis Kuala Perlis - Langkawi
Langkawi - Kuala Kedah Kuala Kedah - Langkawi
Langkawi - Penang Penang - Langkawi

Click here for detailed travel information (ferry times, prices etc.) on getting to and away from Langkawi.

Bus Connections
main bus terminal: Shahab Perdana Bus Terminal
click on the link to book a bus ticket online:

Kuala Lumpur - Kuala Perlis Kuala Perlis - Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur - Alor Setar Alor Setar - Kuala Lumpur

Perhentian Islands

2 tropical dream islands off the east coast of the peninsula.

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

map of Perhentian Islands
map of the two Perhentian Islands
left: Pulau Perhentian Kecil (=small), right: Pulau Perhentian Besar (=big)

Cameron Highlands

Cameron Highlands is a highland region about 150km north of Kuala Lumpur with tea plantations and jungle walks.

Cameron Highlands is a highland region located about 20 km east of Ipoh and about 150 km north of Kuala Lumpur in Pahang, Malaysia. At 5,000 ft (1,500 m) above sea level it is the highest area on the mainland, and enjoys a cool climate, with temperatures no higher than 25C and rarely falling below 12C year round. The area is popular for it’s tea plantations and jungle walks.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.

Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu is located at on at the east coast of the peninsula at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu river. It's the capital of the state of Terengganu which forms together with Kedah and Kelatan the heartland of malay culture.
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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.

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Kuala Lumpur: road in Chinatown
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Perhentian Islands: Long Beach

Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors and variety of food and cultures.

KL skyline at night

the skyline at night including fireworks (there is always some festival in this multicultural city that calls for a fireworks)

Kuala Lumpur skyline with KL Towers and KLCC / Petronas Towers
Kuala Lumpur skyline with KL Towers and KLCC / Petronas Towers
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