Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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.

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Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Wats around Kota Bharu

address: in Tumpat, between Kota Bharu and the Thai border, Kelantan, Malaysia
Wats around Kota Bharu, There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north
Wat Photovihan
There are a few impressive thai buddhist temple between Kota Bahru and near thai border in the north

Kelantan (as well as Kedah and Terengganu)  was under Siamese control until the late 19th century. Therefore it was it wasn’t effected by structural and immigration policies of the british in the 19th century. Thus, the northern states retained their traditional Malay culture. However, the long Siamese control and the approximity to Thailand also results in thai buddhist culture leaving a mark in northern Kelatan.
Here are some of serveral temples in the area:

Wat Photovihan (Reclining buddha)
The temple is located in Kampung Jambu in Tumpat, and is near the border with Thailand (see the map on the right)

What Phothivivihan is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kelantan. It contains the biggest statue of the Reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia. The statue - which measures 40 metres long, 11 metres high and nine metres wide - was completed in 1979. The funds came from public donations and the Buddhist Association of Malaysia and Thailand.

Wat Matchimmaram (big sitting buddha)
Lot No 2367, Kampung Jong Bakar, Jalan Penkalang Kubur, Tumpat, 16200 Kelantan Darulnaim, Malaysia

Phikulyai Buddhist Temple
just across the road from Wat Matchimmaram



Hotels in in Kota Bharu
HOSTELS
in Kota Bharu
Zeck’s Traveller’s Inn
Homestay-like hostel in a residential area close to the city center. It is almost like staying with a malay family. Zeck and his family are lovely hosts and run the place for over 20 years already.
Attractions
Attractions

Chinatown Singapore, Singapore

Singapore′s Chinatown is the traditional Chinese quarters of the city. Today it is a major tourist attraction with national heritage sites, souvenir markets and beautifully restored traditional shop houses

Singapore River, Singapore

The mouth of the Singapore River was the old Port of Singapore. It houses many of Singapore′s top historical and cultural attractions and nightlife. Famous spots: Boat Quay, Clark Quay, The Merlion, Fullerton Hotel