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.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Penang, Malaysia

Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion

address: 14 Lebuh Leith, Georgetown, Penang - phone:04-262 0006
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Mansion built by Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th Century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. Received UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000
Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion
Mansion built by Cheong Fatt Tze at the end of 19th Century has 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases & 220 vernacular timber louvre windows. Received UNESCO Most Excellent Heritage Conservation Award in 2000

Tours: 11am and 3pm daily, RM12
The mansion now also offers accommodation for tourists (RM280 - RM770).

Links: Official website


Hotels in Penang

Banana New Guest House

Guesthouse on Lebuh Chulia in the heart of Chinatown with bar/cafe (pool table!) and travel agency

FERRINGHI INN & cafe

Welcome to Ferringhi Inn & Cafe the best budget motel for everyone. Ferringhi Inn & Cafe have a very nice location. It is located in the middle town of Batu Ferringhi.

Attractions

The Habitat, Penang

The Habitat is a rainforest experience on top of Penang Hill with a guided nature walk, canopy and treetop walks.

Little India & Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang

Small Indian enclave in Georgetown where you can find shops, food, temples and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

Attractions

Church of St. Francis Xavier, Melaka

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.

Wats around Kota Bharu, Kota Bharu

There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north