Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

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.
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.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

Boats on Langkawi

Orang Asli

orang-asli-boatman-taman-negara.jpg, Orang Asli boatman in Taman Negara National Park in Pahang
Orang Asli boatman in Taman Negara National Park in Pahang

Orang Asli (=indigenous people) are the term for various negrito tribes that live in the interior rainforests of Peninsular Malaysia. Usually they live a normadic lifestyle far away from and with little to no contact to modern civilisation. In Taman Negara you find some Orang Asli working in the tourism sector such as the one on the photo bringing tourists to one of the activies in the park



photo:
Bako National Park, Telok Tanjor Bay
Bako National Park
Telok Tanjor Bay