Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Lang Tengah

Pulau Lang Tengah is a small postcard island with only 3 resorts located halfway between Perhentian Island and Pulau Redang.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

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.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang
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Henderson Waves, view towards Keppel Bay
Henderson Waves
view towards Keppel Bay
Imbi Market / Pasar Bukit Bintang, signboard at a noodle stall
Imbi Market / Pasar Bukit Bintang
signboard at a noodle stall


The Responsible Tourist and Traveller

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.

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

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

Massive Travel Restrictions in Malaysia

Because of the pandemic Corona Virus (Covid-19) Malaysia imposed an restricted travel movement order from March 18 to March 30, 2020

ETS Train Route: Alor Setar - Butterworth - Ipoh - KL

The modern electrified train service along the west coast of the Peninsula connecting the border to Thailand (Padang Besar) with Kuala Lumpur and beyond

Crossroads by Jim Baker

A popular history of Malaysia and Singapore

Travelling and flying with a baby

This is our experience of travelling with a 8-month to 11-month old baby.

The long day wanes (Anthony Burgess)

A Malayan Trilogy - set in the 1950s in the post-war and pre-independence Malaya

Reactions to the Malaysian Election 2018 results

With the 2018 Election Malaysia witnessed a change of government for the first time in its history since independence from the British in 1957. However it didn't last long, only 2 years later the coalition broke apart ...

Malaysian News Snippets 2018

General Election / Airbnb popularity rise / new tallest building

Vaisakhi Festival

Vaisakhi religious festival in Sikhism and Hinduism and is celebrated by the Punjabi / Sikh minority in Malaysia.

How to Properly Secure your Data while Traveling

When traveling for work or leisure, we often remember to secure everything else but our data.

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Things to Do & See

Sarawak Cultural Village, Kuching

Sarawak Cultural Village is tucked away on the foothills of Mount Santubong at Damai Beach, 35 km north from Kuching. It is also known as a living museum.

Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).

Little India, Singapore

Vibrant, colourful and culturally authentic neighbourhood of the Indian community in Singapore with plenty of shops, temples and restaurants. It is also a center of backpacker accommodations.

Restaurants & Food Courts

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Food Paradise in Bukit Bintang. Jalan Alor turns into a giant open air street restaurant at night

Pasar Tani Mega, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur

Large weekend neighborhood market selling everything you need for the Malaysian kitchen fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and snacks

Bazaar Ramadhan in TTDI, Kuala Lumpur

The Bazaar Ramadhan in Taman Tun is one the of the most popular Ramadhan market in the Greater KL area and is known for its good food.

Nightlife

Marinis on 57, Kuala Lumpur

KL's highest roof-top bar and restaurant on Level 57 of Petronas Tower 3 right next to the famous Petronas Twin Towers

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

Heritage Row, Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife area at Jalan Doresmy. Nightlife spot for the rich and beautiful. Row of refurbished colonial-era shop houses.

Transport

KLIA 2, Kuala Lumpur

KLIA 2 is new low-cost terminal of the KLIA airport and has replaced LCCT terminal in May 2014.

Penang Ferry Terminal, Penang

The ferry terminal is arrival and departure point for the old Penang-Butterworth ferry as well as for the ferry to and from Langkawi

Kuala Tembeling Jetty, Taman Negara

The jetty in Kuala Tembeling is the starting point for the 3h boat ride to Taman Negara

Shopping

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.

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.

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

(Day) Trips

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.

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.

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.

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Members of Backpacking Asia Network
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
Arch Studio Cenang, Langkawi

boutique hotel  at Cenang beach with exceptional loft design

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Crystal Yacht, Langkawi
Crystal Yacht offers sailing yacht cruises around Langkawi and the Andaman Sea ... more
Red Palm, Kuala Lumpur

Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!

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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
Singapore, view from Mt. Faber
Singapore
view from Mt. Faber
Attractions

Gua Tempurung, Ipoh

Gua Tempurung, located 30min south of Ipoh, are the largest limestone caves in Peninsular Malaysia.

Pudu Market, Kuala Lumpur

Wet Market und Market for cheap items of all kinds, especially aquarium and hi-fi equipment along Jalan Pasar in the Pudu area.

Kuala Terengganu, state museum complex
Kuala Terengganu
state museum complex
STORIES

Ramadan Markets in Kuala Lumpur



Once a year, during the fasting month of Ramadan, markets (Malay: Bazaar Ramadhan) are set up everywhere in Malaysia in the afternoon. These markets sell food for people to pack and bring home to break their fast later in the early evening. At these Ramadan markets you can find a variety of the best Malay food which is otherwise hard to find during the rest of the year. Here are 3 of the popular Bazaar Ramadhan in Kuala Lumpur: