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Johor Bahru

Area: 220km2 / Population: 2.7 million

Johor Bahru (commonly referred to as JB) is a capital of Johor, sits at the southern tip of the Peninsula Malaysia. It is the 2nd largest city in the country. On the Johor Bahru's waterfront is Istana Besar, a royal palace built by Sultan Abu Bakar in 1866 that now houses the Royal Abu Bakar Museum. SKS Airways is based in Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru. The current megaproject Iskandar will transform Johor Bahru into the biggest financial center in Malaysia. The city receives about 16 million tourists annually. Johor is connected by two bridges with neighbouring country Singapore. Many inhabitants of Singapore go to Johor Bahru to shop at one of the many shopping malls. The city is an important industrial, tourism and commercial hub for southern Malaysia and one of the biggest industrial centers of the country.

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Pulau Pangkor

Area: 18km / Population: 25,000 poeple

Pangkor Island lies just off the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is known for beaches like Teluk Nipah, Coral Bay and Pasir Giam, which connects to coral-ringed Giam Island at low tide. Its charming mix of fishing settlements and resorts, is a fascinating and convenient holiday destination. It presents the visitor with a rare chance to live near fishermen and observe their lifestyle and also to simply enjoy the fine beaches and resort amenities. The fishermen live in scattered settlements, facing the town of Lumut and Teluk Batik. Pangkor's two popular beach, Pasir Bogak and Teluk Nipah offer sun and sea enthusiasts activities such as scuba-diving, snorkelling, wind-surfing and fishing. Teluk Ketapang or Turtle Bay still receives turtles on their egg-laying pilgrimages. Some of the resorts also have excellent golf courses.

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Pulau Redang

Area: 26.5 km² / Population: 2013 people

Pulau Redang is an Island located in Kuala Nerus , Terengganu. It is one of the largest islands off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is famous for its crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches. The Redang archipelago comprises of 9 islands, which form a marine sanctuary park offering snorkelling and diving opportunities for tourists. Pulau Redang is the biggest island in the Marine Park. The boundary of Pulau Redang Marine Park is established by a line linking all points, 2 nautical miles from the shores of Pulau Redang, Pulau Lima, Pulau Ekor Tebu and Pulau Pinang. The other nearby islands such as Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Lang Tengah, Pulau Kapas and Pulau Susu Dara are also gazetted as Marine Parks. Today, only the bigger islands like Redang, Lang Tengah, Perhentian and Kapas have resort facilities for visitors.

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Pulau Tioman

Area: 136 km² / Population: 432 people

Pulau Tioman is a small island lies off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the state of Pahang. This island is an idyllic spot for leisurely days under the sun. Swim in its emerald waters, enjoy a stroll by the beach or be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves. The warm waters and good visibility make Tioman a paradise for divers. There are many dive sites which have corals, sea fans, sea sponges as well as shipwrecks. Snorkellers can swim alongside huge Napoleon Wrasse, Golden Striped Trevally, Bumphead Parrotfish and shoals of Fusiliers. The island is covered in tropical rainforests, home to exotic butterflies, lizards and monkeys. On the east coast, the Juara Turtle Project is a hatchery that protects and studies sea turtles. Pulau Tioman is rich with flora and fauna while the island is surrounded by rich coral reefs.

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Pulau Langkawi

Area: 478.5 km² / Population: 99,100 people

Pulau Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah, is a district and an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea. The islands are a part of the state of Kedah, which is adjacent to the Thai border. Surrounded by turquoise sea, the interior of the main island is a mixture of picturesque paddy fields and jungle-clad hills. If you are intent on carting off duty-free alcohol, cigarettes and chocolate, then this is the place to be. Still, nature lovers will find the island just as agreeable as the shoreline is fringed by powder-fine sand and swaying coconut trees. The island is recognised for its excellent diving spot and this tropical gem hides a treasure trove of other exciting holiday opportunities. You can pay a visit to Underwater World or ride on a Cable Car and many more. Langkawi is an electrifying locale that keeps visitors coming back for more.

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Pulau Pinang

Area: 293 km² / Population: 1.767 million (700,000 in Island)

Penang Island (Pearl of The Orient) is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising mainland Seberang Perai and Penang Island. On the island, Georgetown is home to landmarks such as colonial Fort Cornwallis, the ornate Chinese clan house Khoo Kongsi and the Kapitan Keling Mosque; all testaments to centuries of foreign influence. To the west, a funicular ascends Penang Hill, with its trails, flower gardens and panoramic views. In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site. There are many fun attractions and sights that are absolutely worthy of visit. Hanging around on the beach is also a fine option. Penang is well known as the best place to enjoy wonderful Malaysian dishes. There are many hotels and resorts in Georgetown and around Batu Ferringhi and Tanjung Bungah.

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Ipoh

Area: 643 km² / Population: 657,892 people

Ipoh is the capital city of Perak, in north-western of Malaysia, known as a gateway to Cameron Highlands. Han Chin Pet Soo is a museum about the tin-mining industry and Hakka community. Sam Poh Tong is a Buddhist temple in a limestone cave. To the south, Kellie’s Castle is an unfinished mansion built by a Scottish planter. Southeast, the vast Gua Tempurung cave has dramatic rock formations. The colonial importance of the city still shines greatly via its grand old buildings like the town hall and the railway station that complement the shop house rows. Ipoh is famous for Malaysian hawker dishes. The Birch Memorial Clocktower for example is a dedication to the city’s first ever British Resident Minister in Perak. Muzium Darul Ridzuan is reputed as the most interesting historical museum in Perak.

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Subang | Kuala Lumpur

Area: 243 km² (Kuala Lumpur) / Population: 1.97 million (Kuala Lumpur)

Subang is a suburb located in Selangor. It is only a 10 minutes’ drive to major townships of Petaling Jaya and 40 minutes’ drive to Kuala Lumpur (KL). KL modern skyline is dominated by the iconic 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. KL is the cultural, financial, and economic centre of Malaysia. It is also home to the Parliament and the official residence of the King, Istana Negara. KL has a comprehensive range of public transport networks, such as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), Light Metro (LRT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), monorail, commuter rail, and an airport rail link. KL is one of the leading cities in the world for tourism and shopping. Economist Intelligence Unit's, Global Liveability ranked KL at No. 70 in the world, and No. 2 in Southeast Asia. EIU's Safe Cities Index of 2017 rated Kuala Lumpur 31st out of 60 on its world's safest cities list. Also named as one of the New7Wonders Cities and also as World Book Capital 2020 by UNESCO.

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Kuantan

Area: 324 km² / Population: 600,000

Kuantan is the capital city of Pahang on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. In the center, the Sultan Ahmad Shah State Mosque features 5 domes adorned with blue geometric patterns and 4 minarets. To the east, seafront Taman Teruntum park includes a landscaped garden and the Mini Zoo. Kuantan is one of the few seaside beach town in Malaysia with beautiful sceneries that’s literary less than an hour flight away from Kuala Lumpur. Instead of a gruelling 3+ hours’ drive, you can now get there directly via SKS Airways. Nearby Teluk Cempedak is a surf beach with a raised walkway. Pahang is a land of superlative sights, home to its highest peak, Gunung Tahan, and Sungai Pahang. Teluk Cempedak (Palm Beach), with white sandy beach and pine trees with some rocky promontories facing the South China Sea.

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Kota Bahru

Area: 115.64 km² / Population: 314,964

Kota Bharu is a capital city of Kelantan, situated in the north-eastern part of Peninsular Malaysia, lies near the mouth of Kelantan River; close to the Thailand border. The name means 'new city' or 'new castle/fort' in Malay. Kota Bharu has many palaces, museums, markets and historic buildings which are of interest to local and foreign tourists. The city also serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. Tourist can also visit a huge sleeping buddha; the Wat Pothvihan. Outside Kota Bharu, there are many activities; river cruise along Sungai Galas, explore the Gua Ikan caves, a visit to the Stong Waterfall, white water rafting at Kuala Betis, diving at the Japanese Invasion Wreck and beaches like PCB Beach, Irama Beach and Pantai Kandis.

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Sungai Tiang (Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara)

Area: 2,477 km² (Taman Negara Pahang) / Population: 91,096 (Jerantut)

Taman Negara (National Park) is located in Peninsular Malaysia. It is one of the world's oldest rainforest, estimated to be more than 130 million years old, older than Amazon rainforest. Attractions found near Kuala Tahan (Park headquarters for Pahang) include a canopy walkway, Gua Telinga (cave system), Lata Berkoh (rapid). Visitors can enjoy the tropical rainforest, birdwatching , jungle trekking and the river views along the Tahan River. The park has been developed into a famous ecotourism destination in Malaysia. There are several geological and biological attractions in the park. Gunung Tahan is the highest point where climbers can use Kuala Tahan or Merapoh as their departure point. Taman Negara is home to some rare mammals, such as the Malayan tiger, Malayan gaur (seladang) and Asian elephant.

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