Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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.

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Melaka, Malaysia

Medan Portugis / Portuguese Settlement

Medan Portugis / Portuguese Settlement, To the west of downtown Melaka, the Portuguese descendants - Kristang -  founded their own settlement in the 1930s. Have an interesting evening trip to Medan Portugis to have a feast in the various Portuguese seafood restaurants.
a full table at Medan Portugis, mmmh
To the west of downtown Melaka, the Portuguese descendants - Kristang - founded their own settlement in the 1930s. Have an interesting evening trip to Medan Portugis to have a feast in the various Portuguese seafood restaurants.

- big anual event: Fiesta San Pedro on june 29th&30th
- easiest way to get there is by taxi or Bus #17 to Jalan Albuquergue
- after the excellent food stop by Celine’s Bar for a game of pool and mingle with the friendly locals


gate into the Portuguese settlement



local Portuguese food at one of the many excellent restaurants at Medan Portugis



Medan Portuguese is located directly at the coast



looking out to the Strait of Malacca


Hotels in in Melaka
HOSTELS
in Melaka
River View Guest House
Guest House located in the heritage zone of Melaka facing the Melaka River
Voyage Guest House
Guesthouse located in the heart of Chinatown
Things to do & see
Church of St. Francis Xavier
Neo-Gothic Catholic church on Jalan Laksaman in the historical city center. The Church was built in 1856 by the Paris Foreign Missionary in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary. ... more
Kampung Kling Mosque
Masjik Kampung Keling is one of Melakas oldest mosques built in 1872. The architecture resembling a pagoda is influenced by Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and local designs. ... more
Things to do & see
Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands
Main town in the Cameron Highlands (with Brinchang to the north and Ringlet to the south). Most budget guesthouses are here and it is the starting point for many jungle trails. ... more

Birch Memorial Clock Tower, Ipoh
The historical clock tower was built in 1909 in memory of James W.W.Birch, the first British Resident of the state of Perak who was assasinated. ... more