Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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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Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (Central Market)

address: Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, 20000 Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
entrance-Pasar-Besar-Kedai-Payang-Kuala-Terengganu.jpg, 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.
main entrance to the market
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.

This colourful and charming wet and dry open-planned market is located next to Chinatown (at the end of Jalan Bandar) and strategically located at the river mouth of Terengganu River that opens into the South China Sea. Pasar refers to market; Besar refers to big as it was enlarged in the 60s; Payang refers to the name of the typical Terengganu’s fishermen boat. The market offers huge variety of traditional products and souvenirs such as batik and brocade, metal products such as cooking ware and utensils, grocery items such as spices, seafood (fresh from the sea), fruits, fresh vegetables and so on.

Keropok
and of course there is no shortage of Keropok, the Terengganu specialty, at the market


It is always busy in the market, especially during the peak hours from 6-9 in the mornings. One gets to watch and indulge in the experience of the local life – trading, where traders unload goods and merchandises in the utmost efficient manner; selling, where pakcik (elderly man), makcik (elderly woman) and younger sellers make announcement of their goods, sometimes melodically; and buying, where buyers (regular or new) investigate their potential purchase and haggle prices. Often the market has window-shoppers, travelers and birds paying a visit. What joyful are the sounds of conversations in the recognizable Terengganu Malay dialect, laughter and birds chirping filling up the space.

Therefore, it is one of the must-visit places if you are at Kuala Terengganu. Besides, one can find the local trishaw that is often colourfully decorated at the entrance or the sides of the market. It is the best way to see the town at an affordable price. The pakcik-pakcik who rode the trishaws are normally in their 50s!, friendly and welcome you to take photos.

trishaw
the pakciks with their trishaws waiting for customers

Sadly to say that, reported in News Straits Time dated 31st May 2013, the state government is proceeding with the “plan to modernise it into a four-storey, air-conditioned market, together with the construction of a 23-storey, 550-room five-star hotel and a 30-storey apartment”. However, “on 23rd May 2013, the Terengganu State Tourism Association (PPNT) 24th general meeting, its chairman Wan Supian Wan Ishak had asked the state government to review its intention to demolish the central market to make way for an integrated complex with a new market, hotel and apartment.”

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Background Information on the market (from 2006)


market along Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin
the market (on the left) along Jalan Sultan Zainal Abidin, in the background on the right Bazaar Warisan (a handycraft / batik market)


stall
one of the many stalls at the market


inside the market
inside the market


inside the market
the wet market

 

map and location of Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (Central Market)



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