Faces of
Malaysia
Taman Negara

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

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.

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

Jalan-Jalan Emas

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

Cyclamen Cottage

Hotel in a colonial architectural style building villa built in 1937 located a few minutes north of the city center

Attractions

Dutch Square (Red Square), Melaka

The Dutch Square, also called Red Squared because all the surrounding building painted red, next to the Melaka river is a good starting point for visiting the old part of the town.

Harmony Street, Melaka

Jalan Tokong Besi in Chinatown is also called Harmony Street because Temples and Mosques of the three main religions of Malaysia are located peacefully in the same small street.

Attractions

Penang Museum, Penang

Museum and Art Gallery in building from 1821 about the History Penang. One of the best museum in Malaysia. Exhibits on the costums and traditions of Penangs various ethnic groups

Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Main shopping, dining and entertainment area of Kuala Lumpur. Many backpacker accommodations are here too.