Malaysia is like two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea. While peninsula flaunts bustling cities, colonial architecture, misty tea pl...
Ipoh is the capital city of Perak state, Malaysia and also one of the largest cities in the country. It is approximately 200 km north of Kuala Lumpur and 130 km south of Penang on the North-South Expressway.
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Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is called KL by locals. Its modern skyline is dominated by the 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
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Located at the intersection of Asia’s great kingdoms and and Europe's powerful colonial empires, the island of Penang has long served as the link between Asia’s two halves and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East.
This history has resulted in a culture that is one of Malaysia’s most diverse, cosmopolitan and exciting. The culmination of this is undoubtedly George Town, Penang's main city, and an urban centre that delivers the old-world Asia in spades; think trishaws pedalling past watermarked Chinese shophouses, blue joss smoke perfuming the air.
Yet it would be a shame to neglect Penang's abundant tropicalness, its…
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Pint-sized Sabah occupies a relatively small chunk of the world’s third largest island, yet what a colourful punch it packs: the treasure of turquoise-fringed desert islands with coral reefs swarming with marine biodiversity; trekkers' paradise Mt Kinabalu reaching 4095m into the clouds; and jungles pulsing with a menagerie of bug-eyed tarsiers, gibbons, pythons, clouded leopards and huge crocs. Around 55% of Sabah is forest and protected areas like the Maliau Basin and the Danum Valley Conservation Area are more accessible than ever.
Given its compact size, getting from one of Sabah’s highlights to the next is eminently doable, plus as a former British colony, English is commonly…
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Sarawak, a Malaysian state on Borneo, stretches along the island’s northwest coast, including many beaches on the South China Sea. It's known for the rugged, dense rainforest of its interior, much of it protected parkland, home to diverse indigenous tribes (including the Iban) and endemic flora and fauna. The capital, Kuching, is a bustling, diverse city set on the Sarawak River.
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