Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang
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Kuala Terengganu, ferry to Pulau Duyung
Kuala Terengganu
ferry to Pulau Duyung
Taman Negara, spider
Taman Negara
spider


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

Taman Negara - Perhentian Island

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How to get from Taman Negara to Perhentian Islands ... more

Taman Negara - Cameron Highlands

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How to get from Taman Negara to Cameron Highlands by bus ... more

Rainforest World Music Festival

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RWMF is a three-day music festival and takes places every July near Kuching (Sarawak, Borneo) with music workshops, cultural display and of course concerts of artists from all over the world. ... more

Beaches on Pulau Lang Tengah
Development Projects in Kuala Lumpur
Accommodation on Pulau Lang Tengah
Pulau Tioman Beaches
Book Review: The Rice Mother
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Things to Do & See
Kampung Kling Mosque, Melaka
Masjik Kampung Keling is one of Melakas oldest mosques built in 1872. The architecture resembling a pagoda is influenced by Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu and local designs. ... more
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Taman Panorama, Kuala Terengganu
View Point on Bukit Pak Apil offering panoramic views of Kuala Terengganu ... more
Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Perhentian Islands
The small (=kecil) island. With plenty of low-priced accommodation the island is a backpackers favorite and can get quite crowded at peak season on Long Beach. ... more
Members of Backpacking Asia Network
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach ... more
Crystal Yacht, Langkawi
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... 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
Mohsin Chalet & Cayaku Restaurant, Perhentian Islands
Chalets and Restaurant on Long Beach, Pulau Perhentian Kecil with the best views over the beach. ... more
Restaurants & Food Courts
Daikanyama, Kuala Lumpur
Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Werner’s on Changkat, Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant (Italian / European Fusion) and Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang with an upstair club lounge and large balcony. ... 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
Nightlife
The Green Man, Kuala Lumpur
The Green Man is an traditional British pub / restaurant and one of the longest running establishments on Changkat. ... more
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Sky Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Another roof-top bar in the Traders Hotel (33rd floor) with a breath-taking view of the Twin Towers. Located just across from KLCC. ... more
Never Mine Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Transport
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Lavender Street Bus Terminal, Singapore
Another pick-up and drop-off point for long-distance buses to and from Malaysia in a parking lot at the corner of Lavender St. and Kallang Bahru. ... more
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MRT KL, Kuala Lumpur
After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue MRT network is slowly taking shape with opening of the first phase of the Sungai Buloh - Kajang line in December 2016 ... more
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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
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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Kuala Selangor (Fireflies), Kuala Lumpur
A trip to Kuala Selangor at estuary of the Selangor River usually includes river boat tour see Firefly colonies living in the mangroves as well as visiting Bukit Melawati and a seafood dinner. The Nature Park is also worth a visit. ... more
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Bukit Tinggi, Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Tinggi is a hill retreat area about 55km northeast of Kuala Lumpur with resort hotels - most notably the french village themed Colmar Tropicale, a japanese garden, botanical garden and activities like horse riding, paintball, mountain biking and golf . ... more
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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
HOSTELS
Oriental Riverside Residence, Melaka
Hostel
Guesthouse located in old Chinatown with the back facing the Melaka River ... more
A Beary Good Hostel, Singapore
Hostel
Backpacker Hostel in Chinatown, one of three Beary branches in Singapore ... more
Travellers Inn, Singapore
Hostel
Hostel located on Jalan Besar (near Little India) ... more

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Kota Bahru, Handicraft Museum
Kota Bahru
Handicraft Museum
DID YOU KNOW?
Trains

There are only 2 train lines on the peninsula, one is the north-south track (Bangkok-Singapore) and one splits off in Gemas (south of KL) and runs to the north-eastern thai boarder near Kota Bharu. This line is also called the jungle train. The train is pricier and slower then the bus but can be more comfortable when travelling in a sleeper car. More info at http://www.ktmb.com.my and www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm
There are currently talks of constructing a bullet train line between Sinpapore and Kuala Lumpur

PRESS ARTICLES
Ethnic unity ushers in a new phase in Malaysia (The Age)

Malaysia had it’s 12th general election on march 8, 2008 and it turned into a political tsunami with a strong opposition. This article sums in up nicely.

Things to do & see
KL Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur
Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur ... more

Boh Tea Garden, Cameron Highlands
Visitors center of the Boh tea estate south-east of Tanah Rata with impressive views over the tea estate, a cafe area and free tours of the tea factory every 30min until about 4pm. ... more