Faces of
Malaysia
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.

Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Penang, Malaysia

Little India & Kapitan Keling Mosque

address: Little India centred on Lebuh Pasar
Little India & Kapitan Keling Mosque, Small Indian enclave in Georgetown where you can find shops, food, temples and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.
Kapitan Keling Mosque
Small Indian enclave in Georgetown where you can find shops, food, temples and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.

Kapitan Keling Mosque in Little India built in 1801 by Penang’s first Indian Muslim settlers (East India Company troops)
Open 9am-5.30pm



Hotels in Penang

Chulia Heritage Hotel

boutique hotel in the heritage zone of Georgetown in an refurbished Anglo-Indian bungalow

Banana New Guest House

Guesthouse on Lebuh Chulia in the heart of Chinatown with bar/cafe (pool table!) and travel agency

Attractions

Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple & Wat Chayamangkalaram, Penang

Penangs first Buddhist temple. Construction started in 1905. Opposite of it is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha with a 33m-long reclining Buddha

The Habitat, Penang

The Habitat is a rainforest experience on top of Penang Hill with a guided nature walk, canopy and treetop walks.

Attractions

Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple & Wat Chayamangkalaram, Penang

Penangs first Buddhist temple. Construction started in 1905. Opposite of it is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha with a 33m-long reclining Buddha

Little India & Kapitan Keling Mosque, Penang

Small Indian enclave in Georgetown where you can find shops, food, temples and the Kapitan Keling Mosque.