Faces of
Malaysia
Langkawi

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.

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.

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, Kapas Beach Chalets
Pulau Kapas
Kapas Beach Chalets
Pulau Kapas, beach
Pulau Kapas
beach

Excellent alternative online resources:

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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Kapas Island Resort

biggest resort on Pulau Kapas

Kapas Turtle Valley Beach Resort

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