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.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pasar Malam Taman Connaught

address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur
Pasar-Malam-Taman-Connaught-nightmarket-Kuala-Lumpur.jpg, This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center.
This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center.

How to get to Pasar Malam Taman Connaught
The closest LRT station is "Bandar Tasik Selatan" on Ampang Line (take the train towards Sri Petaling / Putra Heights coming from the city center). From there it is a 5min (3km) drive Jalan Cerdas at Taman Connaught if the traffic is good to you. However, from 5pm - 8pm it is usually jammed on MRR2 (Middle Ring Road) between Bukit Jalil and Taman Connaught.
The bus number 408 also stop along the highway parallel to Jalan Cerdas, near the Giant Hypermarket at the East-West highway (Lebuhraya Timur Barat).

Operating Hours:
every Wednesday only(!), from late afternoon onwards
 

Links:

lots of photos of the night market
Foursquare page




Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Sahabat Guesthouse

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

Sri Packers Hotel

Backpacker hostel near Sepang F1 circuit and KLIA 1 & KLIA 2 airport (20min) in a shop house area

Attractions

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

The KL City gallery, located in a historical building from 1899 at Merdeka Square, is a free information centre of the history, present and future of Kuala Lumpur including the ARCH work and gift shop. You can also rent bicycles from here.

Lake Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur

Lake Titiwangsa - also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa - is a recreational park and lake north of downtown Kuala Lumpur with good photo opportunities and the adjacent Istana Budaya, an arts and culture centre.

Attractions

A Famosa, Melaka

The remains of a fortress that was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century. Also known as Porta De Santiago.

Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple, Penang

Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added