Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

Singapore, Malaysia

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay

address: Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Esplanade-Theatres-on-the-Bay-Singapore.jpg, Architecturally unique (durian shaped) Performing arts centre alongside Marina Bay, near the mouth of the Singapore River. It contains a concert hall, theatre, outdoor performing centres and the Esplanade Mall.
view from Marina Bay
Architecturally unique (durian shaped) Performing arts centre alongside Marina Bay, near the mouth of the Singapore River. It contains a concert hall, theatre, outdoor performing centres and the Esplanade Mall.

How to get to the Esplanade
The closes MRT station (10min walk) is City Hall (EW13, NS25) through an underpass which also links four shopping centres –Citylink, Raffles City, Marina Square, SuntecCity and MilleniaWalk.
There are also several bus lines that stop right outside Esplanade Mall along Raffles Avenue.

Links:

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay official website




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Hotels in Singapore

Rucksack Inn @ HongKong Street

Hostel in downtown Singapore near Boat and Clarke Quark, one of three Rucksack Inn branches in Singapore

Moni Gallery Hostel

Hostel located at Lavender Street, north of Little India

Attractions

Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

Singapores oldest and most important Hindu temple, right in the middle of Chinatown

Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

Architecturally unique (durian shaped) Performing arts centre alongside Marina Bay, near the mouth of the Singapore River. It contains a concert hall, theatre, outdoor performing centres and the Esplanade Mall.

Attractions

Little India, Singapore

Vibrant, colourful and culturally authentic neighbourhood of the Indian community in Singapore with plenty of shops, temples and restaurants. It is also a center of backpacker accommodations.

Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh

The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated.