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.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Melaka, Malaysia

Chinatown Melaka

address: city centre Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia
melaka-malacca-lorong_hang_jebat.jpg, Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.
Chinatown at night
Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.

Jalan Tukang Besi
Jalan Tukang Besi, also called "Harmony Street" because of the presence of a Hindu Temple, Chinese temples and a moque in close proximity along this street
photo: Google Street View, 2015

Chinatown is part of the historical city centre of Melaka which is a listed Unesco World Heritage site:

» Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

Chinatown streets from Bukit Cina to the area around Jonker Walk (Jalan Hang Jebat). Jonker Walk is closed for traffice during the weeken and turns in to a very busy street market.
The immigration of the Chinese started all the way back in the 16th century. A portion of the Chinese immigration intermarried with local women which lead to the Peranakan (Baba and Nonya) culture.



Related Places
Jonker Walk
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A street in Chinatown with many antiques, textile and handicraft stores as well as galleries. On weekend nights the street is closed for traffic and turns into a lively night market ... 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
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Cheng Hoon Teng is the oldest traditional Chinese temple (Taoist temple) in Malaysia. The temple was built in 1645 (and extented in 1704 and 1801) and served as the main place of worship for the Hokkien community. ... more
Kampung Kling Mosque
Masjik Kampung Keling is one of Melakas oldest mosques built in 1872. The architecture resembling a pagoda is influenced by Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and local designs. ... more
Bukit Cina
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Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China. ... more
Dutch Square (Red Square)
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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
Hotels in in Melaka
HOSTELS
in Melaka
Apa Kaba Home&Stay
Homestay / Guesthouse in a village (kampung) area, 5min away from the heritage zone
Jalan-Jalan Emas
Guesthouse in charming Jalan Tukang Emas, also called Harmony Street, in Chinatown
Things to do & see
Bukit Cina
Bukit Cina (englisch: Chinese Hill) is the largest chinese burial ground outside China. ... more
Kampung Kling Mosque
Masjik Kampung Keling is one of Melakas oldest mosques built in 1872. The architecture resembling a pagoda is influenced by Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and local designs. ... more
Things to do & see
Pudu Market, Kuala Lumpur
Wet Market und Market for cheap items of all kinds, especially aquarium and hi-fi equipment along Jalan Pasar in the Pudu area. ... more

Ampang Lookout Point, Kuala Lumpur
TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area. ... more