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Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC
The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park. ... more
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Dataran Merdeka
The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence. ... more
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Batu Caves
Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees. ... more
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Menara KL (KL Tower)
Menara KL or KL Tower, with a height of 421m, is the 7th tallest tower in the world. As it is built on hill, the observation decks offers higher ground than the Twin Towers and the best views in town. ... more
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Old Railway Station
The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station. ... more
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Petaling Street (Chinatown)
Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches. ... more
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Lake Gardens
Big park near the old colonial center and Chinatown area. It includes National Mosque, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Islamic Arts Museum, National Museum, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake). ... more
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FRIM
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) promotes sustainable management and optimal use of forest resources in Malaysia. There is a canopy walk and nature trails through the dense forest among other things ... more
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Bukit Bintang
Main shopping, dining and entertainment area of Kuala Lumpur. Many backpacker accommodations are here too. ... more
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Little India Brickfields
KL′s Little India. There is a lot of history to Brickfields as it is one of the pioneer settlements in Kuala Lumpur with a large Indian community, the area along Jalan Tun Sambanthan makes you feel you are in India. ... more
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Masjid Jamek
Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. ... more
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Kampung Baru
Oldest malay residential area in KL with still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses and the the backdrop of the close-by downtown skyline ... more
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Central Market
The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc. ... more
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Thean Hou Buddhist Temple
Picturesque Chinese temple with impressive architecture. It is situated on a hill offering excellent view over the city. ... more
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Genting Highlands
Genting Highlands is resort city on a mountain top (1800m above sea level), about 55km north-east of Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia's only casinos and theme parks, restaurants and hotels. ... more
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Putrajaya
Federal administrative capitol of Malaysia 30km south of KL that was built from scratch since the 1990s with billions of ringgit - an architecture lovers dream ... more
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Kuala Selangor (Fireflies)
A trip to Kuala Selangor at estuary of the Selangor River usually includes river boat tour see Firefly colonies living in the mangroves as well as visiting Bukit Melawati and a seafood dinner. The Nature Park is also worth a visit. ... more
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Luna Bar
Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle (but you cannot use it unfortunately) and one of the best night views in town ... more
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Sky Bar
Another roof-top bar in the Traders Hotel (33rd floor) with a breath-taking view of the Twin Towers. Located just across from KLCC. ... more
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Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street). ... more
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Lake Titiwangsa
Lake Titiwangsa - also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa - is a recreational park and lake north of downtown Kuala Lumpur with good photo opportunities and the adjacent Istana Budaya, an arts and culture centre. ... more
Rock-climbing at Batu Caves
You can rock climb at 4 spots of the limestone hill that also hosts the famous Batu caves temple. Climing the walls is free of charge unless you want to take courses. ... more
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Sepang F1 International Circuit
The Sepang F1 International Circuit right next to KLIA airport and used for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, A1 Grand Prix as well as the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix. ... more
Chow Kit
The area features a large Indonesian community, and more recently, a small African community. It has a daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit which is arguably the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. Chow Kit is also known for its red-light district as well as for its nightly gathering of transwomen. ... more
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Pudu Market
Wet Market und Market for cheap items of all kinds, especially aquarium and hi-fi equipment along Jalan Pasar in the Pudu area. ... more
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KL Forest Eco Park
Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur ... more
Craft Complex
graft centre in Bukit Bintang with various graft shops, museum, batik workshops, artist colony and more ... more
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Bird Park
The KL Bird Park is the one of the main attractions in the Lake Gardens park area and has the self-proclaimed largest free-flight walk-in aviary in the work. ... more
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Tugu Negara (National Monument)
Tugu Negara is a monument in the Lake Gardens that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's wars. ... more
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National Planetarium
The National Planetarium is a space science exhibition with a telescope and observation tower in the Lake Gardens. ... more
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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
The KL City gallery, located in a historical building from 1899 at Merdeka Square, is a free information centre of the history, present and future of Kuala Lumpur including the ARCH work and gift shop. You can also rent bicycles from here. ... more
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Imbi
old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls ... more
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Sunway Lagoon
Sunway Lagoon is a major amusement park in Petaling Jaya (PJ), just south of KL. It is located just next to Sunway Pyramide shopping mall and consists of a large water fun park and amusement park, extreme park, wildlife park, scream park. ... more
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Zoo Negara
Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. ... more
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Blue Mosque in Shah Alam
The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque is the state mosque of Selangor. It is the country′s biggest mosque and also the second biggest mosque in Southeast Asia after Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia. ... more
Gurdwara Tatt Khalsa Sikh Temple
Sikh Temple at the near the Chow Kit Wet Market and Kampung Baru. Largest Sikh temple in South-east Asia and spiritual home to KL′s 75,000 Sikhs. ... more
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Ampang Lookout Point
TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area. ... more
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Chinwoo Swimming Pool
Big public swimming pool with cafe in downtown KL in a nice setting on a hill right between Chinatown and Bukit Bintang. ... more
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KL City Walk
Pedestrian strip mall with fashion boutiques, bistros, cafes, signature culinary and service retailers. KL city walk is located along a 500m long strip between Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Pinang, near the Twin Towers. ... more
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Pasar Tani Mega, Taman Melawati
Large weekend neighborhood market selling everything you need for the Malaysian kitchen fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and snacks ... more
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Royal Selangor Pewter Factory
Pewter Factory with a visitors center, guided tours and shop, popular stop for tour operators ... more
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Bukit Gasing
Bukit Gasing is a hill and a green oasis surround by dense civilization right at the border between Petaling Jaya (PJ) and Kuala Lumpur (KL). It is popular by local residents for trekking on the weekends ... more
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Po Ling Temple
Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Temple with a monastery at the back, located very close to KLCC / Petronas Twin Twoers along Jalan Ampang ... more
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Pasar Malam Taman Connaught
This predominantly Chinese night market claims to be the longest in Malaysia. It is located alang Jalan Cerdas in Cheras, a part of KL southeast of the city center. ... more
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Hotels in in Kuala Lumpur
HOSTELS
in Kuala Lumpur
Moon Eleven LCCT
Small homestay-type-of guesthouse / hostel in Sepang, convenient if you have an overnight stopover at LCCT and don't want to travel all the way to KL
Red Palm

Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!

Things to do & see
Bukit Bintang
Main shopping, dining and entertainment area of Kuala Lumpur. Many backpacker accommodations are here too. ... more
Tugu Negara (National Monument)
Tugu Negara is a monument in the Lake Gardens that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's wars. ... more