Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Pulau Lang Tengah

Pulau Lang Tengah is a small postcard island with only 3 resorts located halfway between Perhentian Island and Pulau Redang.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MRT KL

MRT-Bandar-Utama.jpg, After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue first MRT line was opened in 2017.
After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue first MRT line was opened in 2017.

Sungai Buloh - Kajang Line (MRT SBK Line)

The line has 31 stations along a 51km route including 7 underground stations below the city center.  Estimated traveling time for the entire stretch is 86 minutes. Trains are operating at a frequency of 3.3 minutes during peak hours. The MRT line is being operated by Rapid KL just like the LRT, Monorail and bus network.

Ticket Prices:
between RM 1.10 and RM 6.40
click here to calculate the ticket prices
 

MRT map
MRT map (the orange part - passing downtown Kuala Lumpur - of the line is underground, click image for the full PDF map)

Maluri Underground station
Maluri Station
one of seven underground stations

 

Bandar Damansara
overground section in Bandar Damansara
next to the MRT the massive construction site of Pavilion Damansara Height (photo taken in August 2018)

 

Links:

Rapid KL (Operator)

MRT Corp (official website of the construction project)


inside a MRT coach
inside on of MRT trains image: Rapid KL

Why Malaysian are slow to board their new trains
(Financial Times article, 2018)

 



Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Reggae Mansion

Located in 3-storey colonial building with a roof-top bar, the Reggae Mansion is a party hostel and the biggest hostel in Kuala Lumpur

Sahabat Guesthouse

Guesthouse / small hotel in an residential side street in Bukit Bintang, just behind the clubbing street Changkat Bukit Bintang

Attractions

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.

Petaling Street (Chinatown), Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.

Attractions

Dataran Pahlawan, Melaka

Dataran Pahlawan is a shopping mall near A Famose with a Carrefour hypermarket and Golden Screen Cinemas

Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (Central Market), Kuala Terengganu

The colourful wet and dry market of KT is right next to Chinatown and along the Terengganu River. At the entrance are still traditional trishaws taking costumers back to their home.