Faces of
Malaysia
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. 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.

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.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Pulau Kapas, Malaysia

Pulau Kapas

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.

Pulau Kapas, rocky east coast of Pulau Kapas
Pulau Kapas
rocky east coast of Pulau Kapas
Pulau Kapas, beach
Pulau Kapas
beach

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Accommodations in Pulau Kapas

Gem Island Resort & Spa

private island, Pulau Kapas

Resort
ACCOMMODATION

Kapas Beach Chalets (KBC)

backpacker friendly chalets on Pulau Kapas

Mak Cik Gemuk Beach Resort

Makcik Gemuk Beach Resort has 63 chalet with basic facilities. Next to KBC

Kapas Turtle Valley Beach Resort

dutch-run romantic boutique resort with 6 private bungalows and 2 family rooms.

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Mak Cik Gemuk Beach Resort

Makcik Gemuk Beach Resort has 63 chalet with basic facilities. Next to KBC

Kapas Island Resort

biggest resort on Pulau Kapas