Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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.

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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



photo:
Pasar Besar Kedai Payang, trishaw driver waiting for customers
Pasar Besar Kedai Payang
trishaw driver waiting for customers