Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

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.

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Penang, Malaysia

Penang Ferry Terminal

address: Weld Quay, Georgetown, 10300 Penang, Malaysia
penang-georgetown-ferry-terminal.jpg, The ferry terminal is arrival and departure point for the old Penang-Butterworth ferry as well as for the ferry to and from Langkawi
The ferry terminal is arrival and departure point for the old Penang-Butterworth ferry as well as for the ferry to and from Langkawi

Penang - Butterworth Ferry
The old car/passenger ferry operates daily from 5.30am to 1am.
Ticket Prices:
Adults - RM1.20
Children - RM0.60
Bicycles - RM1.40
Motorbikes - RM2
Cars - RM 7.70

Penang Ferry
The Penang ferry was the only way to get on and off the island before the Penang Bridge (in the background) was opened in 1985


Penang - Langkawi Ferry
Penang - Langkawi
depature: 8.15am (via Pulau Payar), 8.30am
ticket price: RM60
book ferry ticket online here

Langkawi - Penang
departure: 2.30pm (via Pulau Payar), 5.15pm
ticket price: RM60
book ferry ticket online here



Hotels in in Penang
HOSTELS
in Penang
Red Inn Court
boutique eco-guesthouse in historical Georgetown
Ryokan @ Muntri Street
Japanese themed flashpacker hostel in the heritage zone of Georgetown
Things to do & see
Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple & Wat Chayamangkalaram
Penangs first Buddhist temple. Construction started in 1905. Opposite of it is the Temple of the Reclining Buddha with a 33m-long reclining Buddha ... more
Clan Jetties
Traditional Chinese settlements built on stilts at shore of Weld Quay ... more
Things to do & see
Big Tree Foot Hawker Centre, Ipoh
Most popular Chinese hawker food center in Ipoh, especially famous for the Yong Tau Foo stall. It is located in Pasir Panjir, just south of the city center. ... more

Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi
wide and empty beach at the north of the island. home of the fancy Tanjung Rhu and Four Seasons resort and starting point of Mangrove River tours ... more