Faces of
Malaysia
Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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.

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Melaka, Malaysia

Bukit Cina

address: Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh, Bukit Cina, 75100 Melaka, Malaysia
melaka-bukit-cina2.jpg, Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China.
Chinese Tomb
Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China.

The cemetery stretches over 3 hills covering an area of 26ha and holds more than 12,000 graves with tombs dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

At the foot of the hill you can find the Well of Hang Li Po which is next to the Sam Po Kong Temple.
The Hang Li Po well is the oldest water well in Malaysia. It was built in 1459 by followers of Hang Li Poh and hence one of the oldest examples of Chinese influence in the malaysian peninsula. The well later was also used by the Portuguese as their main water supply after conquering Malacca in 1511.

Bukit Cina Street view
Bukit Cina with the Sam Po Kong Temple (the complex that also houses the Hang Li Poh well)
view coming from Jalan Bukit Cina at the junction of Jlana Munshi Abdullah and Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh (the small road ahead)
photo: Google Street View, 2015

Links:

Wikipedia: Bukit Cina




Hotels in in Melaka
HOSTELS
in Melaka
Old Town Guesthouse
family-run guesthouse located near near historical Bukit Cina
Apa Kaba Home&Stay
Homestay / Guesthouse in a village (kampung) area, 5min away from the heritage zone
Things to do & see
Church of St. Francis Xavier
Neo-Gothic Catholic church on Jalan Laksaman in the historical city center. The Church was built in 1856 by the Paris Foreign Missionary in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary. ... more
Harmony Street
Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street. ... more
Things to do & see
Juara Bay, Tioman
bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island. ... more

Dutch Square (Red Square), Melaka
The Dutch Square, also called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Melaka river is a good starting point for visiting the old part of the town. ... more