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.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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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)

 



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