Faces of
Malaysia
Sandakan

Sandakan is a starting point for ecotourism destinations such as the Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary, Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary,Turtle Islands Park, Kinabatangan River and Gomantong Caves.

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.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Taman Negara

Taman Negara National Park was established in Malaysia in 1938/1939 as the King George V National Park. It was renamed to Taman Negara after Independence, which literally means “national park” in Malay. The total area of Taman Negara is 4,343 km².

Boats on Langkawi
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Malaysian Moments, Chinese sign
Malaysian Moments
Chinese sign
Perhentian Islands, nightlife on Long Beach
Perhentian Islands
nightlife on Long Beach


Malaysian F1 GP 2016 (Formula 1 in Sepang)

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This year's Grand Prix Weekend in Malaysia will take place on 30.Sept - 2.Oct 2016. The Malaysian GP will take place for the 18th time already at the Sepang track, about 1h south of Kuala Lumpur. After being the second race of the calendar for many years, it has been moved to end of September, just one week after the Singapore Grand Prix. ... more

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
Beaches on Pulau Lang Tengah
Development Projects in Kuala Lumpur
Accommodation on Pulau Lang Tengah
Pulau Tioman Beaches
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Things to Do & See
Kuching Waterfront (Kuching Esplanade), Kuching
Once a trading area in Kuching, the waterfront area at Sungai Sarawak has now been transformed into a landscaped esplanade. ... more
Juara Bay, Tioman
bay on the east coast of Tioman. Quiet and beautiful spot being the only the place to stay on the eastern side of the island. ... more
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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. ... more
Members of Backpacking Asia Network
Step Inn Guesthouse, Kuala Lumpur
Guesthouse / hostel situated close to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) bus terminal in a quite back road, halfway between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown ... more
Gecko Guesthouse, Langkawi
laid-back backpacker guesthouse / hostel with a bar located about 5min walk from Cenang Beach ... more
Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya Eco Resort,
Tanah Aina Farrah Soraya is an Eco-Resort in the jungles of Pahang only accessible via off road 4×4 vehicles, about 1 hour outside of Kuala Lumpur. It offers 3 types of accommodation: campsite, dormitory and chalets. ... more
TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... 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
The Social, Kuala Lumpur
Restaurant (western and asian food) and bar with live music on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Medan Portugis / Portuguese Settlement, Melaka
To the west of downtown Melaka, the Portuguese descendants - Kristang - founded their own settlement in the 1930s. Have an interesting evening trip to Medan Portugis to have a feast in the various Portuguese seafood restaurants. ... more
Gurney Drive, Penang
Road Along the seaside famous for its hawkers stalls selling all types of food, best to go at night. But there are also other restaurants and bars and shopping malls ... more
Nightlife
Luminous Restaurant & Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Kebab restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
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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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Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur
Nightlife area at Jalan Doresmy. Nightlife spot for the rich and beautiful. Row of refurbished colonial-era shop houses. ... more
Transport
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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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Penang Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus, Penang
The Penang Hop-On Hop-off covers all relevant attractions of Penang with 2 routes (city and beach route) Tickets area valid for 24 or 48 hours. ... more
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Bus System, Singapore
The second leg of Singapore's efficient public transport system, after the MRT, are the more than 300 bus lines. ... 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 Nature Park, Kuala Lumpur
Nature Park in Kuala Selangor managed by the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), enjoy views of secondary and mangrove forests and its animals (monkeys, birds and more more) on an easy-to-walk trail through the park ... 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
The Travel Hub, Kuala Lumpur
Guesthouse
Hostel / Guesthouse in a quiet part of Chinatown ... more
Hangout @ Mt. Emily, Singapore
Hotel
Budget Hotel located at Mt. Emily Park in a quiet upscale residential area, close to Little India ... more
Annie’s Bed & Breakfast, Penang
Homestay
Annie's Homestay is located in Batu Ferringhi ... more

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Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, monkey
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
monkey
Things to do & see
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. ... more

Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah), Kota Bharu
very colourful dry and wet market in the city center ... more

DID YOU KNOW?
Buses

It’s very convenient to take busses in Malaysia. The condition of roads and buses are very good. There several privat and a national bus line (Transnasional). Usual it’s no problem to get ticket on short notice unless there’s a major holiday like Hari Raya (end of Ramadan), Deepavali or Chinese New Year. A 2-hour ride from KL to Melaka costs around RM10 and a 5h ride to Penang around RM25.

STORIES

Famous Jalan Alor



The well-known food street Jalan Alor is currently the talk of the town. Every local and tourist will eventually end up here having feast of good food in one of the many many restaurants and stalls. But since this week you might have a hard time finding this short but remarkable street in Bukit Bintang because the city council decided to change the name to Jalan Kejora - much to the dislike of about everybody.