Faces of
Malaysia
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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Exploring Cameron Highlands

There are 13 different paths to discover the Highlands on your own. To fully experience the nature, culture and economy of the area it is recommended to join one of the various tours.

Jungle Walks
Maps of the 13 different tracks around Tanah Rata and Brinchang are widely available. Before you go on a track on your own, let the people at your guest house know which track you will be walking. In case you get lost in the forrest, they can look for you.

The are plenty of tour operators in the Cameron Highlands so the choice is your. The following information is based on the tours provided by Cameron Secrets, who also run Fathers Guesthouse.

Daily Countryside Tour
- Sungai Palas Tea Plantation
- Rose Centre
- Butterfly Garden
- Vegetable Farms
- Market Square
- Sam Poh Buddhist Temple
- Strawberry Farm
- Honey Bea Farm

Mossy Forrest
- drive up to Gunung Brinchang, highest mountain in the highlands
- walk into the Mossy Forest
- Sungai Palas Tea Plantation

Orang Asli Village
- visit of an Orang Asli village

Full Day Discovery Tour
- Gunung Brinchang
- Mossy Forrest
- Sungai Palas Tea Estate
- Orang Asli Village

Rafflesia Tour
- full day tour
- drive to Rafflesia site (Raffllesia is on of the largest flowers in the world)
- jungle trekking
- waterfall
- Orang Asli Village
- Tea Plantation



Rafflesias can be over 100cm in diameter and weigh up to 10kg. It was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the "father of Singapore"