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Malaysia
Cherating

Cherating is the only real backpacker hub at the east coast of the peninsula on the mainland. Offering plenty of affordable chalets and a relaxed atmosphere, it is good place to stop for a night or two on the way up or down the east coast. The beach itself is not that spectacular and misses the palm directly at the beach. But it has a good vibe and few things you can do like taking a tour or renting a kayak up the river into the mangroves. There is also an active surfer scene when the waves are right. Cherating is located about 30km or 1h by local bus north of Kuantan.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall), Kuala Lumpur

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.

BB Plaza / Sungei Wang, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Pavilion Shopping Mall KL, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Times Square KL (Shopping Mall), Kuala Lumpur

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.

Suria KLCC Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Mall in the famous KLCC complex (Petronas Twin Towers). Mostly upper price designer stores, TGV cinemas, KLCC Park, KLCC Aquaria, Kinokurnya bookstore.

Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Pudu Market, Kuala Lumpur

Wet Market und Market for cheap items of all kinds, especially aquarium and hi-fi equipment along Jalan Pasar in the Pudu area.

Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

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.

The Gardens / Midvalley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

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.

1 Utama Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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.

The Curve / Ikea / Ikano Power Center, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur

Shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang housing mostly fashion stores.

Kenanga Wholesale City, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Viva Home Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur

Viva Home is shopping specialised for homeowners with furniture, DIY / hardware and home decoration / accessories shops.

Nu Sentral, Kuala Lumpur

New shopping mall located in KL Sentral / Brickfields between KL Sentral train station and the Monorail station - still under constuction

Ampang Park Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur

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

KL City Walk, Kuala Lumpur

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.

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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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Guesthouse / small hotel in an residential side street in Bukit Bintang, just behind the clubbing street Changkat Bukit Bintang
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