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.

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
Hostel located in Love Lane in the heritage zone of Georgetown
LazyBoys TraveLodge
Lazyboys travelodge is located in a traditional malay atap house, a brief walk away from Batu Ferringhi Beach
Things to do & see
Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera)
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. ... more
The Habitat
The Habitat is a rainforest experience on top of Penang Hill with a guided nature walk, canopy and treetop walks. ... more
Things to do & see
Crystal Mosque (Islamic Civilisation Park), Kuala Terengganu
The RM250-million-theme-park was opened in February 2008. It house sreplicas of several world famous mosque and the spectactular Crystal Mosque. ... more

St. Paul’s Church, Melaka
The ruin of St.Paul′s Church is located on top of St.Paul′s Hill and was one of five churches in the fortress complex A Famosa on the hill that was built by the Portuguese in 1521. ... more