Faces of
Malaysia
Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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.

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Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

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



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Pulau Redang, Pasir Kalong (Kalong Beach)
Pulau Redang
Pasir Kalong (Kalong Beach)