Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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.

Malay Women on Motorbike

Rainforest World Music Festival 2008

It's time again for the anual Rainforest World Music Festival at the Sarawak Cultural Village near Kuching (Sarawak, East Malaysia - Borneo). This unique music event will take place July 11 until July 13. Besides music performances visitors can attend workshops, ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts in the afternoon.
Tickets:
1-day pass RM90 (Children RM45)
3-day pass RM250 (Children RM100)
http://www.rainforestmusic-borneo.com/2007/en/ticket.htm

television report on the festival

Some clips from last years events:






Promo Clip for a documentary about the festival:

http://www.magickriver.net/rainforestDVD.htm


Program 2008:

Friday:
SENIDA (Sarawak)
AKASHA (Malaysia)
CHOLO VALDERAMMA (Colombia)
NEW ROPE STRING BAND (United Kingdom)
FADOMORSE (Portugal)
ADEL SALAMEH (Palestine)
PINIKPIKAN (Philippines)

Saturday:
KANI???D (Sarawak, Malaysia)
TUKU KAME (Sarawak)
BELTAINE (Poland)
ADEL SALAMEH (Palestine)
YAKANDE (Gambia/Guinea)
HIROSHI MOTOFUJI (Japan)
SHELDON BLACKMAN (Trinidad & Tobago)

Saturday:
NEW ROPE STRING BAND (United Kingdom)
ORCHESTRA ANAK JATI BISAYA (Sarawak)
HIROSHI MOTOFUJI (Japan)
OIKYOTAAN (India)
ROSS DALY (Greece)
KASAI MASAI (Congo/UK)