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.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

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Penang, Malaysia

Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis

address: Lebuh Light, Georgetown, Penang
Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis, Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786
Old City Hall on Jalan Padang Kota Lama
Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786

Other Colonial sights in the area:
- Victoria Memorial Tower
- Town Hall & City Hall
- State Assembly Building
- Supreme Court
- St. George’s Church (oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia)
- Cathedral of the Assumption
- Protestant Cemetary

map and location of Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis



Hotels in in Penang
HOSTELS
in Penang
Red Inn
Hostel located in Love Lane in the heritage zone of Georgetown
Hutton Lodge
Experience unique colonial-style living in our recently restored guesthouse, with clean, comfortable rooms and spacious bathrooms.
Things to do & see
Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple
Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added ... more
Eastern & Oriental Hotel
Penangs grandest and most famous colonial hotel built in 1884, established by the two Armenian Sarkie brothers Tigram and Martin who later founded Raffles Hotel in Singapore ... more
Things to do & see
Clan Jetties, Penang
Traditional Chinese settlements built on stilts at shore of Weld Quay ... more

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