Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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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Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

Taman Panorama

address: Bukit Pak Apil, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
Taman-Panorama-Bukit-Pak-Apil-Kuala-Terengganu-downtown-view.jpg, View Point on Bukit Pak Apil offering panoramic views of Kuala Terengganu
View Point on Bukit Pak Apil offering panoramic views of Kuala Terengganu

Getting There
Bukit Pak Apil is located just at the South of the KT city center between Jalan Kemajuan and Jalan Cherung Lanjut. The walk / hike up the hill (5min to the halfway point with a playground and orchid garden, another 10min for the way up the highest point) starts from the parking area at Jalan Kemajuan near the junction to Jalan Air Jernih / Jalan Cherung Lanjut.

Taman Panorama offers fresh air with lots of greeneries and calming views of the ocean and city center when you reach the peak.

 

pedestrian walkway
the first part of the hike up the hill will be along this elevated walkway through the greenery of Bukit Pak Apil


road up to the top
After the playground and recreation area, the 2nd leg of the "hike" (it takes about 15min to reach the top from the parking at the foot of the hill) is along this road. At the top of the hill is a view tower and abandoned mansion (at the time of writing this in early 2013), which was supposed to be or will be a restaurant or function hall


view from Taman Panorama
the panoramic view from the top with the bridge on the left and the city center on the right


view to bridge over Terengganu River
view to the West towards Sultan Mahmud Bridge (the highway) over the Terengganu River, and the Islamic Civilisation Park with the Crystal Mosque just behind on the left


sea view, Taman Panorama
view towards the sea (where Batu Burok Beach is located) and the Chinese Cemetary



Hotels in in Kuala Terengganu
HOSTELS
in Kuala Terengganu
Sankris Lodge
hostel in the city center
Things to do & see
Turtle Alley (Lorong Penyu)
Narrow lane in Chinatown (Kampung Cina) that has been beautified and themed witn art works about turtle to remind us of the endangered status of turtles that nest at the beaches of Terengganu ... more
Chinatown (Kampung China)
KT's Chinatown is located along Jalan Bandar. It is small but charming with colorful shophouses and still has the traditional feel with small stores, cafes and restaurants ... more
Things to do & see
Long Beach (Pasir Panjang), Perhentian Islands
Most popular beach on the small Island for backpackers with many chalets and restaurants, snorkel spots right at the beach ... more

Melaka River Cruise, Melaka
The Melaka River Cruise is 45min boat ride on Sungai Melaka with audio commentary. The cruise offers new perspectives of the historical city centre, Chinatown, Kampong Morten and other places in Melaka. ... more