Faces of
Malaysia
Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Daikanyama

address: 42, Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - phone: 03-21410323
Daikanyama, Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang
Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang

opening hours:
Mon - Thu: 5:30 pm - 12:30 am
Fri - Sat: 5:30 pm - 3:00 am


phone: 03-21410323

Links: facebook page
more information about the Changkat nightlife area
(list of all restaurants and bars)




photo courtesy: Daikanyama



photo courtesy: Daikanyama



photo courtesy: Daikanyama


Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Reggae Guest House 2

Hostel in Chinatown, 1 of 3 outlets of the Reggae Hostel Group in KL

Reggae Guest House 1

Hostel in Chinatown, 1 of 3 outlets of the Reggae Hostel Group in KL

Attractions

Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park.

Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur

The area features a large Indonesian community, and more recently, a small African community. It has a daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit which is arguably the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. Chow Kit is also known for its red-light district as well as for its nightly gathering of transwomen.

Attractions

Tugu Negara (National Monument), Kuala Lumpur

Tugu Negara is a monument in the Lake Gardens that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's wars.

Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (Central Market), Kuala Terengganu

The colourful wet and dry market of KT is right next to Chinatown and along the Terengganu River. At the entrance are still traditional trishaws taking costumers back to their home.