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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.

Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pasarakyat Bus Terminal

address: Jalan Melati off Jalan Imbi / Jalan Tun Razak, 55100 Kuala Lumpur
Pasarakyat Bus Terminal, The terminal has been torn down in early 2012!
Smaller bus station in Imbi (just off Bukit Bintang) for some luxury buses to Singapore and buses to Genting Highlands. There are also a few other ticket counters of other companies for buses that leave from Puduraya.
The terminal has been torn down in early 2012! Smaller bus station in Imbi (just off Bukit Bintang) for some luxury buses to Singapore and buses to Genting Highlands. There are also a few other ticket counters of other companies for buses that leave from Puduraya.

There is no public transport to get there. Either you walk about 10-15min from Jalan Bukit Bintang or take a taxi to get there.
Location map (on Transtar Travel website)

Bus companies:
Transtar (luxury single seat, 16-seater bus to Singapore)
Go Genting Express (RM 8,50 one-way - bus and cable car)



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