Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Alor Setar

Alor Setar is the capital of the state of Kedah. It is a transit point for trips to Thailand and to Pulau Langkawi. The ferry to Langkawi departs from Kuala Kedah, just few minutes outside of Alor Setar. The city is a center of Malay culture and is surrounded by paddie fields .

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Tioman, Malaysia

Juara Bay

pulau-tioman-juara-bay.gif, bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island.
Juara Bay, looking south
bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island.
  • only beach on the east coast of Pulau Tioman
  • sunrise beach
  • durinjg moosoon season (November to February), Juara turns into surfing destination (surf gets up to 15 feet), Tioman Surf Forecast, Tioman Surf Festival
  • there is a turtle conservation center at Kampung Juara (Juara Turtle Project JTP), turtle nesting season: March to October
  • Mersing ferries don't stop at Juara, so you need to get off at Tekek and go by 4WD taxi across the island to Juara
  • only accessable by 4WD from Tekek or privat speedboat from Genting, or for the hardcore travelers by a 3hours trek across the mountainous interiour
  • because of it's isolation Juara is less crowded than Salang, Tekek or Paya Beach

Juara Turtle Project (JTP)
Juara Turtle Project (JTP) - sea turtle conservation center
photo courtesy: www.tioman.org

overview of all beaches on Pulau Tioman

Juara (JourneyMalaysia.com)


Juara Bay
view from the jetty



Hotels in in Tioman
HOSTELS
in Tioman
Ella’s Place
accommodation on Salang Beach, RM40 - RM120
Johan’s Resort
accommodation on ABC beach, RM15 (dorm) - RM150 (family room)
Attractions
Attractions

Penang Bridge, Penang

A 13.5km long bridge linking the mainland with Penang. It was opening in 1985. Before all traffic depended on ferry services

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.