This Guide to Kuala Lumpur will lead you to the most important sights and landmarks.
In all honesty, all in all, it’s not such a great city. However, practically everyone is visiting. Because, basically, everyone has to: Kuala Lumpur has not only two major airports. There is also a reliable system of trains and long-distance buses.
Its location practically halfway between the northern border to Thailand and Singapore in the south makes Malaysia’s capital a great hub.
So here comes a Guide to Ipoh, Malaysia’s third largest city and a two-hours-train ride north of the capital. However, it is mostly considered a gateway: To the Cameron Highlands in the east or to the Pangkor Island in the west.
Still, Ipoh’s own attractions should not be underestimated: The Hakka Chinese heritage, mysterious cave temples, and bustling Asian city life.
This is a guide to the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia’s Fruit Bowl, that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. This mountainous part of Malaysia famous for tea farms, vegetable farms, and flower nurseries – and the fabulous Rafflesia Arnoldii.
While we poor Europeans are travelling to Asia seeking the tropical sun, the Colonialists – no matter from which motherland – were desperately looking for cooler places in higher regions. Here, they were building settlements and mansions to take a break from….being wealthy and having servants.
Guide to Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia’s northernmost island and actually geographically closer to its neighbor Thailand. Hence, it’s the same turquoise waters, white sands, swaying palms, and enchanting long tail boats as in Krabi and on the Andaman islands.
But there are so much fewer tourists that you can actually enjoy it.
While the most popular islands like the Perhentians or Tioman are on the otherwise very conservative and religious east coast, Pangkor is in the west, three hours from Kuala Lumpur, and even less from Ipoh.
So hop on the ferry in Lumut and half an hour later, you’ll find yourself in a tropical paradise.
Yes, Pangkor’s strongest suit is it’s accessibility, also due to its proximity of 3.5 kilometers from the mainland.
While Pangkor’s inland is hilly and forested, the main reason why you should visit are the beaches on the west coast. The most popular ones are Pasir Bogak, Teluk Nipah, and Coral Beach, the most relaxed and secluded one.
Beach Life at Teluk Nipah
The beach of Teluk Nipah stretches just in front of a small fishermen village. Here you find a range of accommodations – from pretty simple to a bit more upscale – no luxury, though. There is also a small supermarket and stalls selling beach equipment, souvenirs, and refreshments along the road next to the beach. Everything is very relaxed.
If you’re willing to walk for ten minutes, you’ll get to the even nicer and more secluded Coral Beach in the adjacent bay.
Both beaches offer fine sand, clean waters, and friendly restaurants serving good food. However, Coral Beach is broader and more separated from the road by palm trees and restaurants; now, how does that sound?!
To be honest, the other attractions on the island like the Lin Je Kong Temple, the Sri Pathirakaliamman Temple, or the Dutch Fort are not that overwhelming that you have to sacrifice a lazy beach day. Especially if you’ve seen temples and forts elsewhere on the peninsula; just sayin’.
Pulau Pangkor caters mainly to national tourists so during the week – granted it’s not school holiday season in Malaysia – the beaches are pretty empty. Here, you can actually have the entire beach practically to yourself.
There is an ATM and even a bank on the eastern shore of the island, so no worries here.
Like on many of the smaller islands in Malaysia, electricity can be a bit weak and so does the wifi. Great opportunity to unwind….
There is no bus going from Teluk Nipah to the jetty. Also, cabs take you there and around at reasonable prices.
Good Place to Sleep
Accommodations around Teluk Nipah are not expensive, but to our standards, they aren’t great, either. The Anjungan Beach Resort is quite good – and exactly halfway between two beaches….can it get any better?!
In Malaysia, it is very easy and comfortable to travel between touristy hot spots such as the Cameron Highlands or the Taman Negara. There are shuttles and connections, in short people practically carry you from place to place.
It’s getting far more complicated and time-consuming as soon as you leave these beaten paths. It’s not impossible, nevertheless, it takes some detours and a little more time.
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