Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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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Ipoh, Malaysia

Birch Memorial Clock Tower

address: Jalan Dato Sagor / Jalan Dato Maharajalela, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Birch-Memorial-Clock-Tower-Ipoh.jpg, The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated.
The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated.

The civilisations panel at about 1/3 of height of the tower represents the growth of civilisation and shows famous figures of world history.  It also included an image of prophet Mohammed but was painted over in the 90ies after Muslim objections.



Related Places

Ipoh Heritage Trail

The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s.

Hotels in in Ipoh
Attractions
Attractions

Mangrove River Tour, Cherating

A must-do in Cherating is a boat tour into the mangrove forest. The guides are good in spotting various animals, includings snakes.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore

One of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Singapore. The temple, built in 2007, also contains a museum is located in the the Chinatown district.