Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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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Penang, Malaysia

Chinatown

address: Lebuh Chulia, Georgetown, Penang
Chinatown, Georgetowns large Chinatown, dotted with temples, mosques, markets and traditional shop houses, is interesting to walk around at any time of the day. It is centered on Lebuh Chulia
Chinese Shop Houses (photo: Ann)
Georgetowns large Chinatown, dotted with temples, mosques, markets and traditional shop houses, is interesting to walk around at any time of the day. It is centered on Lebuh Chulia

Places of Interest:
- Khoo Kongsi clan house (end of Lebuh Pitt, Jln Masjid Kapitan Keling)
- Kuan Yin Teng temple
- Cheong FattTze Mansion (14 Lebuh Leith, admission RM10, tours 11am & 3pm Mon-Sat)
- Acheen St Mosque (built in 1808 by arab traders)
- Penang Islamic Museum (128 Lebuh Armenian, RM3, 9.30am-6pm Wed-Mon)
- Hainan Temple (Lebuh Muntri)
- Loo Pun Hong Temple (70 Love Lane)
- 100 Cintra Street, Peranakan Museum (RM5, 11am-6pm Tue-Sun)
- Dr Sun Yat Sen’s Penang Base (120 Lebuh Armenian)

Links: Streets of Georgetown (penang-vacations.com)


Hotels in in Penang
HOSTELS
in Penang
Red Inn Court
boutique eco-guesthouse in historical Georgetown
Chulia Heritage Hotel
boutique hotel in the heritage zone of Georgetown in an refurbished Anglo-Indian bungalow
Attractions
Attractions

Ipoh Padang, Ipoh

Ipoh Padang - padang means field in Malay - is large field in the city centre lined by colonial buildings. It was set up in 1898 and was used as a cricket field for the British in the colonial days in the early 20th century.

Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur

The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station.