Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

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.

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.

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Fogging Against Dengue

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In Kuala Lumpur (and elsewhere in Malaysia), you can often see (and smell) that a building suddenly disappears in fog. This socalled fogging is a measure to fight the Aedis mosquito that transmits the virus. The mosquitos larvae develop in standing water (drains, old cans, pots etc.). Dengue fever is still common in Malaysia, especially in the cities, and many Malaysians catch Dengue Fever sometime in their lives. Hence, the fogging is conducted regularly.



photo: 2013
Kampong Glam / Arab Street, Egyptian restaurant at the colourful Haji Lane
Kampong Glam / Arab Street
Egyptian restaurant at the colourful Haji Lane