Faces of
Malaysia
Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang

Malaysian News Snippets 2018

General Election / Airbnb popularity rise / new tallest building

General Election 2018

Malaysia's 14th general election will take place on Wednesday May 9, 2018. Will the ruling coalition BN (Barisan Nasional, in power continuously since the formation of Malaysia in 61 years ago) prevail once again? The contender is the opposition coalition of Pakatan Harapan, lead by former prime minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who switched sides at the age of 92 and partnered with his former rival Anwar Ibrahim. Yup, Malaysia politics is ... interesting ...
More information:
A mulitracial view before the May 9 polls
Short interactive introduction to the Malaysian General Election
Malaysian General Election (Wikipedia)

The results of the election turned out to be surprising to say the least. For the first time in Malaysian history (61 years), government changed hands with the victory of the Pakatan Harapan election. 

 

Growing popularity of Airbnb in Malaysia in 2017

According to the accommodation platform Airbnb its Malaysian hosts welcomed more than 1.5 million guest in 2017, out of which Kuala Lumpur had 510,000 arrival and Georgetown (Penang) 210,000 arrivals.
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The Exchange 106
The Exchange 106 became KL's tallest builing in 2018

State of Mega constructions in Kuala Lumpur

The following video contains spectacular drone footage of downtown Kuala Lumpur and the ongoing constructions of The Exhange 106 (now KL's tallest building), Merdeka PNB118 (will be even taller when completed) and Bandar Malaysia (central transport hub built at the site of the old Sungai Besi Airport).