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.

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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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

Tandoori chicken and Naan bread