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Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

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Ramadan Markets in Kuala Lumpur

Once a year, during the fasting month of Ramadan, markets (Malay: Bazaar Ramadhan) are set up everywhere in Malaysia in the afternoon. These markets sell food for people to pack and bring home to break their fast later in the early evening. At these Ramadan markets you can find a variety of the best Malay food which is otherwise hard to find during the rest of the year. Here are 3 of the popular Bazaar Ramadhan in Kuala Lumpur:

Bazaar Ramadhan Bukit Bintang

The market in Bukit Bintang is the easist market to get to for travellers as it right in the middle of Bukit Bintang, just adjecent of the Bukit Bintang Monorail station.
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Ramadan market in Bukit Bintang
the busy market just next to the Monorail in Bukit Bintang
 

 

Bazaar Ramadhan in TTDI

This market is one of the favourites of KLites (the people living in KL). It is located in the neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI), about 15km west of the city centre.
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Ramadan market in TTDI
the marking along the shophouses of Taman Tun Dr. Ismail
 

 

Bazaar Ramadhan Kampung Baru

This market is located in the scenic traditional Malay residential area of Kampung Baru, the oldest Malay area in KL that is contrasting with the modern skyline of KLCC (Petronas Twin Towers) nearby. You can get this this market from Kampung Baru LRT station (Kelana Jaya Line, 3min walk) or Medan Tuanku Monorail station (10-15min walk).
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Ramadan market in Kampung Baru
stalls of the Ramadan market in Kampung Baru with the backdrop of the Twin Towers