Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of Kelantan, situated in the northernmost part of West Malaysia. The name Kelantan means ”land of lightning” in the Malay world and is often referred to as the “cradle of Malay culture”. It shared its border with the kingdom of Thailand, which makes this town a transit point between the two countries as well as a getaway to the popular Perhentian Island.

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Tioman Island

Situated on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Tioman Island (Pulau Tioman) is a wonderful escape for turquoise water, pristine beaches, and the lush greenery of rainforest. The island is a long-time backpacker favorite destination and was listed as one of the world’s most beautiful islands in the world back in the ’70s.

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Johor Bharu

Johor Bahru commonly called “JB” by the locals, is the state capital of Johor. The city is situated in the southern Peninsula Malaysia and separated by a causeway to the neighboring Singapore.

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Ipoh

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak and located in the rich tin-mining valley of Kinta. It is one of the underrated cities in Malaysia because people tend to overlook the city of Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Malacca. This quiet little town is a perfect off-the-beaten destination for a Malaysia trip.

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Penang

Situated in the northern part of West Malaysia along the Malacca Strait, Penang is one of the most popular and renowned travel destinations. It was founded by the British in 1786 and awarded UNESCO World Heritage site due to an impressive collection of more than 1,700 historic buildings. The island was nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient because there are many soft sandy beaches and is the food capital of the country with many authentic food are originated from here.

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Langkawi

Langkawi is a perfect destination to relax for a couple of days in West Malaysia. Nicknamed “the Jewel of Kedah”, it is the largest and most popular island in the archipelago that is made up of 99 islands and is home to beautiful white beaches, turquoise bays, gorgeous waterfalls, and wild natural parks. According to the folklore, the name of the island comes from two Malay words- ‘helang’ which means eagle and ‘kawi’ means reddish brown. Hence, the name Lang-kawi.

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Cameron Highlands

A different side of Malaysia can be found in Cameron Highlands. There are no beaches, tall buildings, or hot and humid weather here. The highlands are close to being in the English countryside with houses built in an English style, surrounded by green hills and a cooler climate.

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Malacca

Malacca is a definite addition to any trip to Malaysia and is a place no stranger to many travelers coming to Malaysia. It is highly recommended to spend the next 2 nights here if you are passing through Kuala Lumpur or heading to Penang.

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Kuala Lumpur

Welcome to My Own Backyard

Say ‘Hello’ to Kuala Lumpur, the place where I grew up and live in. This is the capital and one of the three federal territories in Malaysia. The city’s name literally means “Muddy Confluence” due to its location near the place where the river of Klang and Gombak intersect.

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Changi Airport

On my recent trip to Singapore on December 2019, I visited Changi Airport before taking my flight back to Kuala Lumpur. This airport is one of the largest transportation and transit hub in the Asia region, which help travelers connect to over 400 destinations around the world.

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