Penang is a beautiful island in the northwestern part of Peninsular Malaysia. While Langkawi is well known for the pristine jungles and beaches, Penang is more renowned for the authentic (Chinese influenced) Asian atmosphere and the great food at the numerous hawkers. Should you ask Penangites to describe the island, many would probably tell you the great food is the main reason why tourists should visit Penang.
The three major cities on the eastern side of Peninsular Malaysia
I could have named one of the famous cities in the eastern part of Peninsular Malaysia; but that would do no justice to the two other comparable cities. The three cities are Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu. Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu lie within the two Islamic states of Malaysia (Terengganu and Kelantan). Kuantan is a great city to explore. It is not as big as many other cities in Malaysia, but the atmosphere is great and the beaches (especially Cherating) are superb.
Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu are both known for their great authentic markets. These two cities also reflect the traditional Malaysia best. Avoid these cities during monsoon season (October through March), because the weather is usually very bad. These cities lose their attractiveness when it rains 24 hours a day. Both cities are the starting point of your trip to some of the most beautiful tropical islands of Malaysia; Pulau Perhentian, Pulau Redang and Pulau Lang Tengah.
Mount Kinabalu on Borneo
Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain in Malaysia. With 4092 meters, it is not a contestant for being the tallest mountain in the world. There is no snow at the summit, but it is quite cold compared to temperatures on sea level. The mountain lies in the northern part of the State of Sabah, in Borneo Malaysia. If you are planning to climb the mountain, you should head over to Kota Kinabalu; which is the closest city near the mountain. The trip to the summit is really great. You will probably get back very exhausted, but with many awesome memories. I can say for myself this is one of the most spectacular attractions I have done in Malaysia so far.
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