Faces of
Malaysia
Penang

Penang is the name of an island in the Straits of Malacca, and also of one of the states of Malaysia, located on the north-west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia after Perlis, and the eighth most populous. A resident of Penang is colloquially known as a Penangite. The city Georgetown is the 2nd biggest city in Malaysia and traveller′s hub.

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.

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

Travellers Palm Lodge

One of the last remaining small and personal hostels in town. Located right in the middle of Bukit Bintang.  Run by owner Suzy for almost 15 years.

Central Lodge

Hostel / Guesthouse in Brickfields, near KL Sentral railway station

Attractions

Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc.

Bukit Gasing, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Gasing is a hill and a green oasis surround by dense civilization right at the border between Petaling Jaya (PJ) and Kuala Lumpur (KL). It is popular by local residents for trekking on the weekends

Attractions

Colonia District / Fort Cornwallis, Penang

Penang was the first british settlement in Malaya so many colonial building can be found like the remains of Fort Cornwallis where Captain Francis Light stepped ashore in 1786

Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera), Penang

Hill system with hill resort (highest point 833m above sea level) about 6km from city centre of Georgetown. Bukit Bendera or Penang Hill is 735m above sea level.