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.

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.

Cherating, Malaysia

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.

Cherating, river side
Cherating
river side
Cherating, Mangrove Forest
Cherating
Mangrove Forest


Excellent alternative online resources:

Wikipidia:Cherating



Things to Do & See
Cherating Beach
mostly quiet and peaceful beach near the budget accommodations. popular surfing spot when the weather is right ... more
Mangrove River Tour
A must-do in Cherating is a boat tour into the mangrove forest. The guides are good in spotting various animals, includings snakes. ... more

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HOSTELS
Payung Guest House
Chalets, Cherating
well-maintained and inexpensive chalets with a good atmosphere near the river (less than 5min walk to the beach).try to stay here if there is availability ... more
Cherating Cottage
Guesthouse, Cherating
Rooms and bungalows with balconies and good views, could use a renovation though. on-site restaurant with Asian and Italian kitchen ... more
Mata Hari
Chalets, Cherating
nice bungalows/chalets in a nice setting a bit off the beach ... more

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Hotels in in Cherating
HOSTELS
in Cherating
Payung Guest House
well-maintained and inexpensive chalets with a good atmosphere near the river (less than 5min walk to the beach).try to stay here if there is availability
Riverside Holiday Resort
accommodation near the river with on-site restaurant and live music club (Little Bali)