Faces of
Malaysia
Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

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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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
Roommates Penang
Backpacker Hostel in the heritage zone of Georgetown, offering tours and bicycle renting
Guest Inn Muntri
heritage guesthouse centrally located in Georgetown with 21 bedrooms
Attractions
Attractions

Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle (but you cannot use it unfortunately) and one of the best night views in town

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.