Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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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Kampung Baru

address: 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
kampung-baru-twin-tower-vie.jpg, Oldest malay residential area in KL with still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses and the the backdrop of the close-by downtown skyline
traditional Kampung house with Twin Towers in the background
Oldest malay residential area in KL with still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses and the the backdrop of the close-by downtown skyline

- Lots of restaurants and stalls with Malay food
- Saturday night: Pasar Minggu (Sunday Market)  6pm - 1am, jewellery, clothes, fabric, Malay cooking, handicraft
- Take Putra LRT (e.g. from KLCC) to Kampung Baru station
- Monorail to Medan Tuanku station (5min walk from there)
- 30min walk from Bukit Bintang or RM5 -10 by Tax

entrance gate into Kampung Baru
entering Kampung Baru at Jalan Raja Muda Masa


Kampung House with KL Tower
traditional wooden Kampung house with KL Tower in the background


Kampung during Ramadan
Kampung during Ramadan (Bazaar Ramadhan)



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Travellers Palm Lodge

One of the last remaining small and personal hostels in town. Located right in the middle of Bukit Bintang.  Run by owner Suzy for almost 15 years.

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