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.

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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 Kuala Terengganu
Attractions

Turtle Alley (Lorong Penyu), Kuala Terengganu

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

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.

Attractions

Church of St. Francis Xavier, Melaka

Neo-Gothic Catholic church on Jalan Laksaman in the historical city center. The Church was built in 1856 by the Paris Foreign Missionary in honour of St. Francis Xavier, a prominent 16th-century Catholic missionary.

KL Forest Eco Park with Canopy Walk, Kuala Lumpur

Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur