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.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Cameron Highlands

For someone who loves the nature, and just has 5 or 6 days or even less to spend in West Malaysia, I would highly recommend you to my favourite destination - Cameron Highland.

by: Ida

Tea Estate
For someone who loves the nature, and just has 5 or 6 days or even less to spend in West Malaysia, I would highly recommend you to my favourite destination - Cameron Highland. It is like 5 hours from Kuala Lumpur. At Cameron Highland, you would find the tranquility of the mountain, escape the heat of the city. Spare yourself, at least, two days at Cameron Highland, join the must go half day tour to tea plantation farm. Here you would see the most lovely and spectacular view of little green lot of tea farm, spreading all over the valleys ranging from one valley to another.

Transportation - better to take the espress bus from Puduraya bus station in the early morning. After 5 hours of journey, you will arrive Cameron Highland at around 1 or 2 pm. Registered for a half day or whole day tour, or your hotel can do it for you for the same dollar amount. Then, relax yourself, hang around for the rest of the day. On day 2, begin with the tour and enjoy mother nature with experience local guide. They will tell you the history as well as funny things at Cameron Highland. If you are taking the half day tour, you would be able to catch the 1:30pm bus back to Kuala Lumpur and save some time!

Steam Boat
Accommodation - for the moderate price places to stay (around US35/nite) at Tanah Rata should be fine. Everything will be in walking distance. Food - the most popular to have at the highland is "steamboat", opened by the local Chinese who live there for over 20 years. You just spend less than US3 for a "all-u-can-eat" steamboat buffet at any Chinese restaurant. Enjoy the food and a beer on hand is the best thing you could ever have at Cameron Highland.

Last but not least - I lost my backpack during my coach transfer from Tanah Rata (Cameron Highland) back to Kuala Lumpur. I was not aware of this until I arrived KL which was 730pm in the evening already. I was panic and the only thing I had was the coach ticket which had the address of the bus company on it. The only thing I could do was to find the bus company under heavy rainfall, and asked for help near Puduraya bus station. Lucky me, the lady there was so friendly, asked me to calm down and told me that they already got a phone call from the transfer station, knowing I had left my luggage there. And the best thing was that they had arranged the next bus to bring the luggage back to me. During my wait for the next bus to come, which was 2 1/2 hours, though tired and hungry, the lady offered a chair for me which was the best comfort I could have. By 10pm, the bus finally arrived and the bus driver saw a me right away. It was good to have my luggage back, really. Many thanks to all the people who had given me a hand during my journey in Malaysia! Terima Kasih!
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