Faces of
Malaysia
Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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.

Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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Kota Bahru, downtown bus station on Jalan Hilir Pasar
Kota Bahru
downtown bus station on Jalan Hilir Pasar
Melaka, view from Bukit St.Paul
Melaka
view from Bukit St.Paul


The Responsible Tourist and Traveller

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This is practical 8-step guide based on the "Global Code of Ethics" for Tourism of the World Tourism Organization. It promotes traveling with an open mind and respect for people, culture, animals and environment. ... more

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

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Chinese New Year, the spring festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese community and a public holiday in Malaysia. ... more

Kuala Lumpur - Taman Negara

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More information on the combined bus and boat journey from Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park and back. ... more

Kuala Lumpur - Perhentian Island

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut / Jerteh ... more

Ferry to and from Perhentian Islands

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Ferry schedule and booking from Kuala Besut to Pulau Perhentian Kecil and Pulau Perhentian Besar ... more

Ferry to and from Pulau Tioman
Penang - Langkawi
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Taman Negara - Perhentian Island
Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands
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Things to Do & See
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Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle (but you cannot use it unfortunately) and one of the best night views in town ... more
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Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur
The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence. ... more
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Henderson Waves, Singapore
Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge with a distinctive wave architecture connecting Mount Faber with Telok Blangah Hill Park ... more
Members of Backpacking Asia Network
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
Panorama Divers, Perhentian Islands
Dive shop at Long Beach on Pulau Perhentian Kecil offering dive courses and snorkel trips. Panorama also has accommodation options and a restaurant. ... more
Tubotel, Langkawi
Unique accommodation concept located at its own jetty at the northern end of Pantai Cenang with unspoiled sea views and tubes to sleep in ... more
TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... more
Rainbow Lodge, Langkawi
3min from Cenang Beach with scenic mountain view, village landscape, quiet and peaceful surrounding and calm atmosphere. In-house restaurant and bar available. ... more
Restaurants & Food Courts
Pampas Bar & Grill, Kuala Lumpur
Argentinian steak restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
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Betel Box Bistro, Singapore
The Betel Box Bistro is a Peranakan neighbourhood restaurant in the historic Joo Chiat / Katong district of Singapore. It shares a traditional shophouse with the Betel Box Hostel. ... more
Racks Bar & Baby Backs, Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant (specialized in pork ribs) and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang. ... more
Nightlife
Finnegan’s Irish Pub, Kuala Lumpur
Irish pub and restaurant on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
twenty.one kitchen+bar, Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
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Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Bangsar, to the south of downtown, popular entertainment area for local yuppies and expats with an Mediterranean flair. ... more
Transport
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Woodlands Train Checkpoint, Singapore
After the closure of Tanjong Pajar Railway station, the the Woodland Train Checkpoint in the north of Singapore took over as the station for trains arriving from and leaving to Malaysia. ... more
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Terminal Sentral Kuantan (TSK), Kuantan
New long-distance bus terminal in Indera Mahkota, Kuantan ... more
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KL Monorail, Kuala Lumpur
The KL Monorail (a.k.a. Monorel) is a short and elevated monorail system that connecting destinations within the city centre along 11 stations (8.6km). It is also offers good views over of downtown Kuala Lumpur. ... more
Shopping
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Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall), Kuala Lumpur
Low Yat is the place go to buy electronic and high-tech stuff like computers, laptops , computer parts and accessories, cameras, mobile phones, blanks discs etc. ... more
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BB Plaza / Sungei Wang, Kuala Lumpur
Sungei Wang, located in Bukit Bintang, is the oldest shopping complex in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The connected BB Plaza was shutdown in 2015 because of the MRT construction to make way for a new high-rise building. ... more
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VivoCity, Singapore
Singapore's largest shopping mall, located at HarbourfFront with direct connection to Sentosa Island via Monorail or Boardwalk, also has a Golden Screen Cinema ... more
(Day) Trips
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Kinabalu National Park, Kota Kinabalu
Kinabalu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located 90km from Kota Kinabalu, offers jungles trekking and climbing Mount Kinabalu - the tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago at 4,095 metres. ... more
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Fraser’s Hill, Kuala Lumpur
Hill resort at 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally set up as a tin-ore trading post in the 1890s, it consists of seven hills. ... more
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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Lumpur
Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public. ... more
HOSTELS
Redang Reef Resort, Pulau Redang
Hostel
Resort on Redang's lower end of the budget range located at the southern end of Pasir Panjang (Long Beach) - basic accommodation but excellent location with 2 house reefs just at the door step and great views of Long Beach and to the south ... more
Sandy Beach Resort, Langkawi
Hostel
Chalets on both sides of the road on Cenang Beach, from RM90 ... more
Pondok Sri Salang, Tioman
Chalets
accommodation on Salang Beach, RM50 - RM180 ... more

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Melaka, Sungai Melaka
Melaka
Sungai Melaka
DID YOU KNOW?
Mat Salleh

The word malaysians use for westerners is “Mat Salleh”.

Things to do & see
Pasar Malam Taman Connaught, Kuala Lumpur
This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center. ... more

Chinwoo Swimming Pool, Kuala Lumpur
Big public swimming pool with cafe in downtown KL in a nice setting on a hill right between Chinatown and Bukit Bintang. ... more

STORIES

Kuala Lumpur - Perhentian Island



How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut / Jerteh