Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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.

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LIFE IN MALAYSIA

Faces of Malaysia Faces of Malaysia
Wet Markets Wet Markets
Chinese Culture Chinese Culture
Signs and Signboards Signs and Signboards
Mosques And Temples Mosques And Temples
Malaysian Moments Malaysian Moments
Motorbikes Motorbikes

PENINSULA (WEST MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE)

Alor Setar Alor Setar
Pulau Redang Pulau Redang
Jungle Train Jungle Train
Singapore Singapore
Pulau Kapas Pulau Kapas
Kuala Terengganu Kuala Terengganu
Kota Bahru Kota Bahru
Taman Negara Taman Negara
Tioman Tioman
Perhentian Islands Perhentian Islands
Cameron Highlands Cameron Highlands
Langkawi Langkawi
Along the East Coast Along the East Coast
Fraser’s Hill Fraser’s Hill
Georgetown / Penang Georgetown / Penang
Cherating Cherating
Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur

BORNEO (SABAH & SARAWAK, BRUNEI)

Semporna Semporna
Mount Kinabalu National Park Mount Kinabalu National Park
Brunei Brunei
Bako National Park Bako National Park
Kuching Kuching
Sipadan / Mabul Island Sipadan / Mabul Island