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.

Ipoh, Malaysia

Ipoh Heritage Trail

Ipoh-Heritage-Trail.jpg, The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s.
The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s.

Attractions / Buildings along the trail:

  • Railway Station
  • Majestic Hotel
  • Ipoh Tree
  • Town Hall and Old Post Office
  • Birch Memorial Tower
  • Mikasa Photo Studio
  • Chartered Bank
  • Straits Trading Company
  • Mercantile Bank
  • Perak River Hydro-Electic Power Company
  • High Court
  • Ipoh Club
  • The Chruch of St. John The Divine
  • Museum Darul Ridzuan
  • St. Michael's Institution
  • Town Padang Mosque
  • F.M.S. Bar & Restaurant
  • Hongkong Bank
  • Han Chin Pet Soo
  • Concubine Lane
  • Dramatists' Hostel
  • Dato' Panglima Kinta Mosque
  • Little India district

 

Links:

Ipoh Heritage Walk - Part 1
Ipoh Heritage Walk - Part2
Ipoh heritage trail: This town is made for walking
Perak Heritage Society
Heritage Trail Map
 




Related Places

Birch Memorial Clock Tower

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.

Ipoh Padang

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.

Ipoh Railway Station

Ipoh's railway station was completed in 1917 under the British colonial administration. Along with the Old Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur (same architect) it is one of the most beautiful examples of colonial architecture.

Hotels in Ipoh
Attractions

Cave Temples at Gunung Rapat, Ipoh

3 picturesque cave temples at Gunung Rapat (5km south of downtown Ipoh): Sam Poh Tong, Ling Sen Tong and Nam Tin Tong

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.

Attractions

Bukit Puteri, Kuala Terengganu

Princess Hill. Hill in city center with the remains of an old fort.

Kuah, Langkawi

The main town on Langkawi and the place you arrive per boat from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis or from Thailand.