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.

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.

Melaka, Malaysia

Kampung Morten, Villa Sentosa

address: Villa Sentosa, 138 Kampung Morten, 75300 Melaka
kampung-morten-melaka-villa-sentosa4.jpg, Remaining village of traditional Malay houses in the middle of the city, located in a bend of Melaka River north of the city centre
Villa Sentosa at night
Remaining village of traditional Malay houses in the middle of the city, located in a bend of Melaka River north of the city centre

Getting to Kampung Morten
Kampung Morten is located about 15min walk north of the historic city centre. You can enter it from bridge over Melaka River just opposite the Majestic Hotel.
The Panorama hop-on hop-off bus also stops nearby (stop 12 red line, stop 13 blue line)

Villa Sentosa
Villa Sentosa is a one of the traditional Malay wooden kampung houses (built in the 1920s) in the Kampung (Malay for village) that is open to tourist as a privat livingmuseum. While there is no entry free, the owner will ask for donations.
more information from the owner: Abdul Rahim Haji Hashim, phone.: 06-282 2988
Opening Hours
Daily : 9am - 5pm (closed 1pm - 2pm)
Friday : 2.45pm - 5pm
 

view from Sungai Melaka
view from Melaka River (from the Melaka River Cruise boat)


Kampung houses at night
peaceful Kampung Morten with its Kampung houses at night


Kampung Morten



video documentary of Villa Sentosa and Kampong Morten:



Related Places

Melaka River Cruise

The Melaka River Cruise is 45min boat ride on Sungai Melaka with audio commentary. The cruise offers new perspectives of the historical city centre, Chinatown, Kampong Morten and other places in Melaka.

Hotels in Melaka

Tidur Tidur Guesthouse and Hostel

Budget Guesthouse in the back of an design studio in the heritage zone of Melaka

Jalan-Jalan Emas

Guesthouse in charming Jalan Tukang Emas, also called Harmony Street, in Chinatown

Attractions

Jonker Walk, Melaka

A street in Chinatown with many antiques, textile and handicraft stores as well as galleries. On weekend nights the street is closed for traffic and turns into a lively night market

Melaka River Cruise, Melaka

The Melaka River Cruise is 45min boat ride on Sungai Melaka with audio commentary. The cruise offers new perspectives of the historical city centre, Chinatown, Kampong Morten and other places in Melaka.

Attractions

Genting Highlands, Kuala Lumpur

Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels.

Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Big park near the old colonial center and Chinatown area. It includes National Mosque, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Islamic Arts Museum, National Museum, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).