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.

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.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Tanjung Rhu Beach

address: north of Langkawi
Tanjung Rhu Beach, 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
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

Turn north at the round-about at the village of Padang Lalang. The Beach and various stalls selling souvenirs can be found at the end of the road. Also nearby is the jetty to start river tours through the Mangroves. You get a much better price if you get there yourself and negotiate with the people offering tours instead of booking the trip at travel shops and or resorts.



Hotels in Langkawi

Sandy Beach Resort

Chalets on both sides of the road on Cenang Beach, from RM90

Best Star Resort

2-storey hotel and 6 Chalets on Cenang Beach

Attractions

Datai Beach, Langkawi

Langkawis most exclusiv beach in the north-west of the island. Home to the super-exclusiv Datai and Andaman Resorts

Gunung Raya, Langkawi

highest peak on Langkawi (881m) with spectacular views over the island and even to Thailand when it is clear

Attractions

Rock-climbing at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

You can rock climb at 4 spots of the limestone hill that also hosts the famous Batu caves temple. Climing the walls is free of charge unless you want to take courses.

Terengganu State Museum, Kuala Terengganu

Acclaimed as the largest museum in Malaysia and one of the largest museum in South East Asia, the Terengganu State Museum houses century old artifacts and artworks of rich and colorful heritage.