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Malaysia

  • Beautiful Mosques of Malaysia

    Mosques of Malaysia

    The Malaysian population is an interesting mix of various ethnicities including Muslim, Indian and Chinese. Muslim population make approximately 61% of this ethnic mix. With a total population of Muslim exceeding 19 million in Malaysia, the strong presence of Islam is reflected in all aspects of social life including the architecture of Malaysian buildings. 

  • Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide

    Kuala lumpur

    Kuala Lumpur is a booming metropolis attracting over 29 million tourists from around the world. The city is spread of 243 sq.km with a population of over 1.8 million. With world-class road and transport infrastructure and hub of air traffic to South-East Asia, Kuala Lumpur has become a major the starting point of exploring South-East Asia for many travellers flying from Europe and mainland Asia.

    Cheap airline tickets and over 50000 rooms in KL alone make it a very popular tourist destination. Kl provides easy and efficient road as well as air access to destinations like Singapore and Southern Thailand. 

    Whether you want to travel by trains, roads or sea, Malaysia is a very affordable country to travel.  I have travelled to KL over 50 times in the last 15 years and explored most of the areas of this interesting city in detail. I have seen Kuala Lumpur evolve over the last decade and enjoy the great cultural mix, culinary experience and interesting historical places to visit. Here is some useful information I have compiled over the years. 

  • Places to visit in Kuala Lumpur - Part 2

    In this part, I am exploring places located at the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. KL has a great public transport comprising buses, trains, light rail and taxis. Public transport is very cheap as compared to catching taxis. However, my experience is that renting a car and driving in Kuala Lumpur is the most convenient way to explore more and save time, as public transport can be crowded and time-consuming. 

    Some of the interesting places like Batu Caves, Genting Highlands and Tropicale Colmar are located at less than 1-hour driving distance from Kuala Lumpur. This makes these locations a great destination for a day trip from Kuala Lumpur City. Genting Highlands attracts large crowds over the weekends and public holidays.

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    I have tried to compile a comprehensive list of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur as well as the best attractions for kids and families in Kuala Lumpur City. 

  • Three Days in Kuching Sarawak Malaysia

    Kuching Sarawak

    Kuching is one of the most interesting destinations in Malaysia located in the Southern End of Sarawak. The flight time from Kuala Lumpur is approximately 1 hour. AirAsia flights operate daily with price ranging from 40RM to 100RM (between A$10 -30) I boarded an early morning flight so I can utilise the first day constructively.

  • Visit Melaka Malaysia

    Visit Melaka Malacca

    The UNESCO listed state, Melaka provides a unique food experience with its Nyonya cuisine and is very close to KL and Port Dickson (PD) making it a must-visit weekend destination for solo travellers or families. Walkabout in the festive Jonker Street, take a romantic river cruise, visit A’Famosa Theme Parks with kids and friends for the ultimate fun experience or fall in love with Port Dickson forest trails and water sports. Read More

  • Visiting Georgetown and Batu Ferringhi

    Batu Ferringhi

    Once part of British Colony, Georgetown is marked with the innumerable building dating to the eighteenth century. These richly decorated buildings give you an insight into booming historic past. You can find plenty of mosques, churches, and temples showing the mixed heritage of this place.

  • Visiting Georgetown Penang

    Visiting Georgetown Penang

    Chase the street art/art installations, walk along with the charming British Colonial houses with a camera in the hand and a sense of wonder in the heart, witness the elegance of the clan jetties almost floating on the quayside or have a food and shopping extravaganza at Gurney Drive and all over Georgetown. Head over for resort/beach fun and a vibrant Night Market at Batu Ferringhi. Penang will never let you go even after you leave!  Read More

  • Visiting Kuantan in Pahang

    Kuantan East Malaysia

    Kuantan is the capital city of Pahang in the East Coast of peninsular Malaysia. I travelled to Kuantan from Kuala Terengganu an important city along the Eastern Coast. The road trip from KT to Kuantan is quite interesting the road passes through a number of laid back coastal town like Kuala Dungan, Chukai and Cherating. These coastal towns are popular for water sports and attract crowds from surrounding towns over the weekend. There are a number of seaside resorts along Cherating Beach. I decided to explore these areas in future by car as the places are quite spread out and there are a number of nice stopovers visible from the bus.

    Travelling to Kuantan from Kuala Terengganu

    The bus stop is located in the centre of the city in Kuala Terengganu. Various bus services operate on the east coast and you can buy tickets online or over the counter in the main bus terminal. Each bus service has a different booking office and operating on different routes across the country. 

    kuantan bus stop

    Kuala Terengganu Bus Station

    A standard ticket from KT to Kuantan cost around 25RM. Most buses are airconditioned and offer Wi-fi services on board. There are a number of stopovers in major towns along the way. A half-an-hour rest break is provided half-way through the trip. The trip is quite comfortable and makes sure you carry a sweatshirt as the air-con is set to the lowest temperature. Travelling by bus from Kuala Terengganu to Kuantan is possibly the most economical and comfortable way to commute between these interesting destinations. 

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    Kuantan Bus Station

    Bus Service from KT to Kuantan

    Malaysia has amazing intercity network with excellent road condition. The bus trip is quite comfortable and enjoyable. The bus stop at Kuantan is located at the outskirts of the city. A taxi costs around 20RM get to the city centre. GRAB is an affordable option to commute in Kuantan. 

    Staying at the MegaView Hotel in Kuantan 

    MegaView hotel is an amazing 3-star hotel with great user rating and review. I booked the hotel through Agoda with rates under $US 30 per night. The hotel offers nice breakfast is very popular with local crowds as the hotel was booked by a wedding party when I stayed at this place. I enjoyed the festive mood of the location and made friends with some local people. 

    Megaviw hotel

    MegaView Hotel Kuantan

    The popular Thai restaurant, Sara's Kitchen is located at a walking distance from the hotel. The restaurant is packed at dinner time and serve amazing seafood and located Malay dishes. 

    Sara's Kitchen

     Sara's Kitchen Kuantan

    Interesting Places to explore in Kuantan

    Sultan Ahmad Mosque

    SA Mosque is also located in the downtown area of Kuantan City.  This is interesting area to explore on foot and there are a number of nice roadside cafes, restaurants, hotels and shopping Malls. The mosque is built on Moorish-Ottoman architecture and is painted with light blue colour. The mosque is one of the major landmarks of Kuantan reflecting interesting history of Islam in the region. 

    Sultan Ahmad Mosque Kutantan

    Sultan Ahmad Mosque Kuantan

    Shopping in Kuantan

    East Coast Mall is a major Megal Mall located in the city centre. The famous Zenith Hotel is located right next to the Mall. Shopping Malls has a number of international brands, clothing stores, cafes and food outlets.  A number of other Malls are located at a walking distance from East Coast Mall. It is surprising to such a massive infrastructure investment in a relatively low populated town.

    East Coast Mall

    East Coast Mall Kuantan

    Kuantan city is expanding with large investment in manufacturing projects at the outskirts of the city. The region is expected to attract people from all across Malaysia. ECER a special economic zone is expected to create 90000 jobs by 2020. The city's infrastructure is designed to cater to this economic expansion. You will find very little activity in the city in mid-week. However, it is quite enjoyable to explore the central business district on foot. 

    Berjaya Megamall Kuantan

    Berjaya Megamall Kuantan

    Teluk Cempedak

    Teluk Cempedak is a developed area along the coastal part of northern Kuantan and is a popular hangout over the weekend. This location can be reached by taxi ( 20RM) or by bus. 

    Teluk Chempadak

    Teluk Chempedak

    Various resorts and Spas are located in this area. Teluk chempedak is great for a day trip with the family. Over the weekend there are a number of stall serving local food and shopping. You can find Macdonald, KFC and other food joints along the waterfront. 

    Tuluk Chempedak

    Teluk Chempedak

    The beachside area has a number of rocky outcrops offering a unique landscape. The are is more of a tourist attraction rather than a swimming location as the water can be dangerous for swimming. The beach is supervised over the weekend, however, this location has reported a number of drownings. 

    Exploring Local Cuisine at Restoran Haitian

    Haitian is an interesting restaurant to try if you are visiting Kuantan. I went to Haitian for dinner and ordered a number of seafood dishes as well as chicken and vegetable dishes to get a feel for the taste of Kuantan. The coconut prawns in coconut milk were great. Other interesting dishes included steamed fish, chicken in sauce and some local vegetables. The serving was small but reasonably priced. Total bill added up to $50 with drinks. Overall I enjoyed this restaurant and will return if I come back to Kuantan.

    Restoran Haitian

    Travelling from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur

    The travel time from Kuantan to Kuala Lumpur is approximately 4.5 hours along East Coast Expressway. I booked a late-night bus from Kuantan to KL. The ticket can be booked online and costs around 30RM. The buses are quite comfortable and are equipped with wi-fi. The main bus terminal at KL is BTS, which is a hub of bus service in Kuala Lumpur. You can catch a bus to any city in mainland Malaysia from this bus station. The BTS terminal is equipped with lockers, motels and restaurants. 

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