Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

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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 in Langkawi
HOSTELS
in Langkawi
Gecko Guesthouse
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach
Langkapuri Beach Resort
budget resort on Pantai Cenang (RM95 - RM160)
Things to do & see
Gunung Raya
highest peak on Langkawi (881m) with spectacular views over the island and even to Thailand when it is clear ... more
Datai Beach
Langkawis most exclusiv beach in the north-west of the island. Home to the super-exclusiv Datai and Andaman Resorts ... more
Things to do & see
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 ... more

Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
highest mountain in the Cameron Highlands, accessible with 4-wheel drive on the highest road in Peninsular Malaysia ... more