Faces of
Malaysia
Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Jalan P. Ramlee
Jalan P. Ramlee, just south of KLCC, is Kuala Lumpur′s central clubbing district ... more
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Changkat Bukit Bintang
Changkat is a street of mostly 2-storey pre-war colonial buildings which are turned into pubs, restaurants and clubs. It is one the most happening nightlife and clubbing areas in Kuala Lumpur. ... more
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Pubcrawl KL
The pubcrawl takes you, and around 40 travelers & locals to 4 bars and finish the night at a club! ... more
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Heritage Row
Nightlife area at Jalan Doresmy. Nightlife spot for the rich and beautiful. Row of refurbished colonial-era shop houses. ... more
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Marini’s on 57
KL's highest roof-top bar and restaurant on Level 57 of Petronas Tower 3 right next to the famous Petronas Twin Towers ... 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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Bangsar Baru
Bangsar, to the south of downtown, popular entertainment area for local yuppies and expats with an Mediterranean flair. ... more
The Green Man
The Green Man is an traditional British pub / restaurant and one of the longest running establishments on Changkat. ... more
Werner’s on Changkat
Restaurant (Italian / European Fusion) and Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang with an upstair club lounge and large balcony. ... more
Luminous Restaurant & Bar
Kebab restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
The Whisky Bar
Whisky bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Daikanyama
Japanese restaurant, cafe and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Yoko’s
Japanese restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Sutraa Kitchen & Bar
Chillout bar serving Indian tapas on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Giovino
Wine shop / bar and Italian & Greek restaurant on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Never Mine Bar
Bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
The Magnificent Fish & Chips Bar
Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Baan 26
Thai seafood restaurant & bar on Changkat Bukit Bintag ... more
Pampas Bar & Grill
Argentinian steak restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
The Social
Restaurant (western and asian food) and bar with live music on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
The Ceylon Bar
Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
twenty.one kitchen+bar
Restaurant and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Finnegan’s Irish Pub
Irish pub and restaurant on Changkat Bukit Bintang ... more
Racks Bar & Baby Backs
Restaurant (specialized in pork ribs) and bar on Changkat Bukit Bintang. ... more
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HOSTELS
in Kuala Lumpur
Irsia B&B
Hostel located near Bukit Bintang area, just behind Times Square shopping mall
Serai Inn & Hostel
Hostel near Pudu Sentral bus terminal and Chinatown area
Things to do & see
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
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