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Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru is the state capital of the state of Johor and the second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia. Most tourists don't stop here and just pass through the city on their way to or out of Singapore. JB is a major local transportation hub however. Since it is just across the causeway from Singapore, some travellers use it as a hub to visit Singapore from here (lower accommodation prices) or to board the train, bus or airplane.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

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Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall)
Low Yat is the place go to buy electronic and high-tech stuff like computers, laptops , computer parts and accessories, cameras, mobile phones, blanks discs etc. ... more
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BB Plaza / Sungei Wang
Sungei Wang, located in Bukit Bintang, is the oldest shopping complex in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The connected BB Plaza was shutdown in 2015 because of the MRT construction to make way for a new high-rise building. ... more
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Pavilion Shopping Mall KL
The Pavilion is the latest addition to the already densely populated shopping district of Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur. It opened in february 2008. The chic mall houses mostly designer stores, a Golden Screen Cinema complex and the popular food court - Food Republic. ... more
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Times Square KL (Shopping Mall)
Giant shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang with 10 floors, IMAX theatre, Golden Screen cinema, a huge bowling alley and a theme park with a roller coaster. ... more
Suria KLCC Shopping Mall
Shopping Mall in the famous KLCC complex (Petronas Twin Towers). Mostly upper price designer stores, TGV cinemas, KLCC Park, KLCC Aquaria, Kinokurnya bookstore. ... more
Chow Kit
The area features a large Indonesian community, and more recently, a small African community. It has a daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit which is arguably the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. Chow Kit is also known for its red-light district as well as for its nightly gathering of transwomen. ... more
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Pudu Market
Wet Market und Market for cheap items of all kinds, especially aquarium and hi-fi equipment along Jalan Pasar in the Pudu area. ... more
Starhill Gallery
Poshest Mall in KL at the Marriot Hotel on Jalan Bukit Bintang. This mall is all about style and worth a visit just to look at the different interior designs. ... more
The Gardens / Midvalley Megamall
The new Gardens (opened in 2007) and Midvalley Megamall are shopping Malls under the same management in a mixed development called Midvalley City a few km south of downtown. ... more
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1 Utama Shopping Centre
Shopping Mall in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya (PJ). Giant Mall Shopping with an old and a new wing about 20km south-west of downtown KL. ... more
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The Curve / Ikea / Ikano Power Center
Another huge shopping complex in Petaling Jaya (Mutiara Damansara). It includes the malls The Curve and Ikano Power Center plus adjacent Ikea and Tesco that are all interconnected. ... more
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Lot 10
Shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang housing mostly fashion stores. ... more
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Kenanga Wholesale City
KWS is a giant wholesale shopping mall for fashion, textile and accessories in the wholesale district near Hang Tuah station. There are spectacular views over the city from the top floors. ... more
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Viva Home Shopping Mall
Viva Home is shopping specialised for homeowners with furniture, DIY / hardware and home decoration / accessories shops. ... more
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Nu Sentral
New shopping mall located in KL Sentral / Brickfields between KL Sentral train station and the Monorail station - still under constuction ... more
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Ampang Park Shopping Centre
One of the oldest shopping malls in the country, Ampang Park is centrally located in the KLCC area with a direct connect to the LRT train ... more
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KL City Walk
Pedestrian strip mall with fashion boutiques, bistros, cafes, signature culinary and service retailers. KL city walk is located along a 500m long strip between Jalan P. Ramlee and Jalan Pinang, near the Twin Towers. ... more
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Things to do & see
KL Forest Eco Park
Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve is only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur ... more
Chinwoo Swimming Pool
Big public swimming pool with cafe in downtown KL in a nice setting on a hill right between Chinatown and Bukit Bintang. ... more