Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Singapore, Malaysia

Kampong Glam / Arab Street

address: area between Beach Road, Jalan Sultan, Victoria Street and Ophir Road
Sultan-Mosque-Kampong-Glam-Singapore-restaurants.jpg, Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood in Singapore with many beautifully refurbished shophouses and the Sultan Mosque as it's landmark. The area around Arab Street host many middle eastern restaurants, textile and fabric shops.
Bussorah Street leading up to Masjid Sultan
Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood in Singapore with many beautifully refurbished shophouses and the Sultan Mosque as it's landmark. The area around Arab Street host many middle eastern restaurants, textile and fabric shops.

Getting There
by MRT
The nearest MRT station is Bugis (EW12, East West Line), which is 5min walk from Arab Street
by foot
The Kampong Glam area can by reached within 5-10min from the Golden Mile Complex or 10-15min walk from Little India.

Historically, Kampong Glam was the home of the Sultan of Singapore, hence the name of its main mosque. The area was set aside in the early days for Malay, Arab and Bugis traders.
 

restaurants at Sultan Mosque
The shophouses in the lane leading up to the Sultan Mosque are popular place to visit for dinner in the evening. The pricy but good restaurants serve mostly Middle Eastern and Pakistani cuisine.
 

Malay Heritag Centre
Malay Heritag Centre, a permanent exhibition showing heritage, culture and history of Malay Singaporeans. The building used to be the Sultan's place (Istana Kampong Glam)
opening hours: Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm, closed on Mondays
www.malayheritage.org.sg


The Sultan Hotel
beautifully restored historical shophouses on Jalan Sultan, now housing The Sultan boutique hotel


Arab Street
Arab Street, here you can find shops selling fabrics, cloths, carpets, perfumes etc. and cafes to where you can smoke a shisha


Haji Lane
Haji Lane, this narrow lane behind Arab street houses many fashion shops and Middle Eastern cafes


graffite wall
a rare find in Singapore, a wall graffiti near Haji Lane
This caused some controversy as it didn't comply ot the regulations of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for conserved shophouses. Read the article


row of old shophouses
row of old shophouses along Jalan Sultan



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Attractions

Kampong Glam / Arab Street, Singapore

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Little India, Singapore

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Chinatown, Penang

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