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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.

Fraser’s Hill

Hill resort spread along 7 peaks at 1,200 - 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally it was set up as a tin mine in the 1890s by Louis James Fraser (hence the name) until the tin ran out in 1913. A few years later the area was rediscovered as British-colonial hill resort. The cooler temperatures made it popular getaway destination from the hot and humid weather for the British. To this day Fraser’s Hill still retains its colonial charm. The area is recognized destination for bird watching with over 250 species recorded. Other activities include jungle trekking, golf, horse riding, archery, boating and mountain biking.

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Imbi

address: area between Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Kampung Pandan
Imbi-Kuala-Lumpur-view-towards-Ritz-Carlton-Pavilion.jpg, old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls
area around Medan Imbi with the high-rises of the Bukit Bintang luxury hotels as a backdrop
old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls

Located right next to the flashy Bukit Bintang area with its shiny shopping malls, hotels and nightlife places, Imbi feels like a different world. The central Imbi area around Jalan Imbi has mostly 2-3 storey shop and residential houses while the eastern part (south of Jalan Bukit Bintang, west of Jalan Tun Razak) is a more quite and green area with small houses and villas and some up-scale restaurants (Jalan Inai, Jalan Kamuning, Jalan Kampung, Jalan Delima). This is also where the chocolate and batik shops are located which are frequented by some tour buses. 

To the south of it used to be the location of Pasar Raykat which was a (wet)market and bus terminal.  Pasar Rakyat has been demolished in 2012 and the area  will be completely rebuild in the upcoming years into the "Kuala Lumpur Financial District" with modern high-rise office buildings and the constuction of the Pasar Rakyat MRT station (the MRT is planned to operated by 2016).

However, the heart of the old Imbi area around Medan Imbi is still unchanged and is likely to stay like that in the years to come. The area doesn't attract many western tourists but is highly popular by local Malaysian Chinese and Chinese tourist for its variety of restaurants.

How to get to Imbi
Even through there is Imbi Monorail station infront of Times Square, it is faster to walk there from the Bukit Bintang Monrail station. The Imbi area starts just behind (south of) the shopping malls of LOT 10, Fahrenheit 88 or Starhill Gallery.

 

Jalan Imbi at night
looking down Jalan Imbi at night towards Berjaya Times Square


hawker center
a parking lot at the corner of Jalan Imbi and Jalan Barat turns into a hawker center at night



Hawker center along Jalan Padang, just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang (the tall building in the back is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel)


Jalan Walter Grenier
Jalan Walter Grenier


Bak Kut Teh restaurants
the restaurants (on this photo: Bak Kut Teh restaurants) around Medan Imbi are very popular


playground at Medan Imbi
playground at Medan Imbi


residential area
residential area



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