Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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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

map and location of Medan Portugis / Portuguese Settlement



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Things to do & see
Dutch Square (Red Square)
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. ... more
Kampung Morten, Villa Sentosa
Remaining village of traditional Malay houses in the middle of the city, located in a bend of Melaka River north of the city centre ... more
Things to do & see
Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur
The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station. ... more

Crystal Mosque (Islamic Civilisation Park), Kuala Terengganu
The RM250-million-theme-park was opened in February 2008. It house sreplicas of several world famous mosque and the spectactular Crystal Mosque. ... more