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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.

Kuala Terengganu

Kuala Terengganu, KT in short, is located at the east coast of the Peninsula Malaysia and at the mouth of the Sungai Terengganu (or Terengganu River) that empties here into the South China Sea. It is the capital of the state of Terengganu, which forms, together with Kedah and Kelatan, the heartland of Malay culture. KT is a good stop for one or 2 days before moving on along the east coast or towards the National Park / Tasik Kenyir.

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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

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