Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Gunung Brinchang

address: 12km north-west of Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
Gunung Brinchang, highest mountain in the Cameron Highlands, accessible with 4-wheel drive on the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia
highest mountain in the Cameron Highlands, accessible with 4-wheel drive on the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia

The peak can also be reached on 12km walk from Brinchang.

map and location of Gunung Brinchang



Hotels in in Cameron Highlands
HOSTELS
in Cameron Highlands
Father’s Guesthouse
Guesthouse in Tanah Rata, Peaceful setting, surrounded by gardens & jungle on a private hill, RM10-100
Twin Pines Guesthouse
guesthouse in Tanah Ratah, RM12 - RM75
Things to do & see
Butterfly Farm
The Butterfly Farm is located around the Kea Farm area north of Brinchang (town north of Tanah Ratah) showing, besides butterflies, a wide variety of plants, flowers, insects and reptiles. Best to to visit with an experienced guide otherwise you miss a lot of interesting things. ... more
Rose Centre
extensive flower garden in a beautiful setting offering good views ... more
Things to do & see
Ampang Lookout Point, Kuala Lumpur
TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area. ... more

Kellie’s Castle, Ipoh
Kellie's Castle is the ruin of a mansion located near Batu Gajah, about 20min south of Ipoh. The abandoned and unfinished castled was built by the Scottish planter William Kellie Smith in the 1920ies in a mix of architecural styles. ... more