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.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Kuah

address: Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Kuah-Langkawi.jpg, The main town on Langkawi and the place you arrive per boat from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis or from Thailand.
view of shop house area in Kuah town towards the jetty in the background
The main town on Langkawi and the place you arrive per boat from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis or from Thailand.

You probably won’t spend much time in Kuah. Once you arrive at the jetty, you can rent a car or get a taxi to get to the accommodations at the beaches.
The are many of duty free shops in Kuah. All of the island’s banks are there too. There are also many condominium apartment buildings in Kuah, for those who want to stay longer in Langkawi and rent a apartment.

 


Kuah jetty: the is where the boats from the mainland arrive image: Google Street View

 



Hotels in Langkawi

Langkawi Dormitorio

Backpacker accommodation at Pantai Cenang

Malibest Resort

nice Budget Resort on Cenang Beach, RM 100 - RM 230 (Chalets). They also have really lovely treetop chalets (RM180, RM230) but you need to book in advance to get them, on-site indian restaurant

Attractions

Koh Lipe, Langkawi

Koh Lipe is a small flashpacker island next to the Tarutao National Marine Park in southern Thailand, about 1h boat ride away from Langkawi

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi

wide and empty beach at the north of the island. home of the fancy Tanjung Rhu and Four Seasons resort and starting point of Mangrove River tours

Attractions

Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach), Langkawi

This wide and long beach is the most popular beach on the island and the center of Langkawi's tourism infrastructure. It is a lively place also at night with various bars and restaurants.

Forest Walk, Telok Blangah Hill Park, Singapore

An Elevated Walkway at eye-level with the canopy of secondary forest of Telok Blangah Hill - part of the Southern Ridges