Faces of
Malaysia
Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall), Kuala Lumpur

Low Yat is the place go to buy electronic and high-tech stuff like computers, laptops , computer parts and accessories, cameras, mobile phones, blanks discs etc.

BB Plaza / Sungei Wang, Kuala Lumpur

Sungei Wang, located in Bukit Bintang, is the oldest shopping complex in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The connected BB Plaza was shutdown in 2015 because of the MRT construction to make way for a new high-rise building.

Pavilion Shopping Mall KL, Kuala Lumpur

The Pavilion is the latest addition to the already densely populated shopping district of Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. It opened in february 2008. The chic mall houses mostly designer stores, a Golden Screen Cinema complex and the popular food court - Food Republic.

Times Square KL (Shopping Mall), Kuala Lumpur

Giant shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang with 10 floors, IMAX theatre, Golden Screen cinema, a huge bowling alley and a theme park with a roller coaster.

Suria KLCC Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Mall in the famous KLCC complex (Petronas Twin Towers). Mostly upper price designer stores, TGV cinemas, KLCC Park, KLCC Aquaria, Kinokurnya bookstore.

Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Pudu Market, Kuala Lumpur

Wet Market und Market for cheap items of all kinds, especially aquarium and hi-fi equipment along Jalan Pasar in the Pudu area.

Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

Poshest Mall in KL at the Marriot Hotel on Jalan Bukit Bintang. This mall is all about style and worth a visit just to look at the different interior designs.

The Gardens / Midvalley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

The new Gardens (opened in 2007) and Midvalley Megamall are shopping Malls under the same management in a mixed development called Midvalley City a few km south of downtown.

1 Utama Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Mall in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya (PJ). Giant Mall Shopping with an old and a new wing about 20km south-west of downtown KL.

The Curve / Ikea / Ikano Power Center, Kuala Lumpur

Another huge shopping complex in Petaling Jaya (Mutiara Damansara). It includes the malls The Curve and Ikano Power Center plus adjacent Ikea and Tesco that are all interconnected.

Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang housing mostly fashion stores.

Kenanga Wholesale City, Kuala Lumpur

KWS is a giant wholesale shopping mall for fashion, textile and accessories in the wholesale district near Hang Tuah station. There are spectacular views over the city from the top floors.

Viva Home Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Viva Home is shopping specialised for homeowners with furniture, DIY / hardware and home decoration / accessories shops.

Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

New shopping mall located in KL Sentral / Brickfields between KL Sentral train station and the Monorail station - still under constuction

Ampang Park Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

One of the oldest shopping malls in the country, Ampang Park is centrally located in the KLCC area with a direct connect to the LRT train

KL City Walk, Kuala Lumpur

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.

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Sri Packers Hotel
Backpacker hostel near Sepang F1 circuit and KLIA 1 & KLIA 2 airport (20min) in a shop house area
Red Palm

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

Things to do & see
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
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