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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.

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.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Pudu Sentral (Puduraya Bus) Terminal
The Puduraya bus terminal (now renamed to Pudu Sentral), located in the city centre, used to be KL's main bus station but most most operations have moved the TBS bus terminal. Pudu Sentral now only serves few buses to Genting, Seremban, Sabak Berenam (Kuala Selangor), Tanjung Malik. ... more
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LCCT
Low cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport serving budget airlines like AirAsia ... more
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Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)
Modern airport-like bus terminal in Bandar Tasik Selatan in southern Kuala Lumpur. Main Terminal for all major bus connections from and to Kuala Lumpur ... more
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KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus
Hop-On Hop-off sight-seeing bus with multi-language taped audio commentary covering all inner-city attractions and area from Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Lake Gardens, Historical Quarters and Chinatown. Tickets area valid for 24hours. ... more
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KL Monorail
The KL Monorail (a.k.a. Monorel) is a short and elevated monorail system that connecting destinations within the city centre along 11 stations (8.6km). It is also offers good views over of downtown Kuala Lumpur. ... more
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KL Sentral (Stesen Sentral Kuala Lumpur)
The main railway station and transportation hub of Kuala Lumpur in Brickfields. KTM , KTM Komuter, LRT, KLIA Express, Monorail and Buses connect here ... more
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KLIA - Kuala International Airport
The award-winning International Airport of Kuala Lumpur is located about 50km south of Kuala Lumpur. ... more
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Putra Bus Terminal (Hentian Putra)
Former Bus Terminal located just north of the city centre (near PWTC) serving destination to the east coast. Putra Bus Terminal ceased operations on Dec 1, 2014. ... more
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LRT
LRT - Light Rail Transist - is a public transportation train system in Kuala Lumpur operating on 2 lines (Ampang Line, Kelana Jaya Line) ... more
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MRT KL
After the opening of the 2 LRT lines in 1998 and the Monorail in 2003, the long overdue MRT network is slowly taking shape with opening of the first phase of the Sungai Buloh - Kajang line in December 2016 ... more
Pudu Sentral
Pudu Sentral is the new name for Puduraya Bus Terminal which serves north-bound buses ... more
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KLIA 2
KLIA 2 is new low-cost terminal of the KLIA airport and has replaced LCCT terminal in May 2014. ... more
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GO KL City Bus
GO KL is a bus service within Kuala Lumpur city connecting Bukit Bintang, KLCC, Chinatown, KL Sentral and Chow Kit with now 4 lines ... more
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Pekeliling Bus Terminal
This older bus terminal at northern edge of KL city center serves buses to Pahang, Terengganu and Kelantan. For travelers this bus station is of interest as buses to Jerentut (for traveling to Taman Negara) and Genting Highlands leave from here. ... more
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Heritage Park Tram Service
Electrically powered hop-on hop-off tram covering several tourist attraction around Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and Lake Garden (Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park) ... more
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. ... more
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Hotels in in Kuala Lumpur
HOSTELS
in Kuala Lumpur
Irsia B&B
Hostel located near Bukit Bintang area, just behind Times Square shopping mall
Red Palm

Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!

Things to do & see
Ampang Lookout Point
TheLookout point along on the hills of Ampan at the eastern edge of the city offers a magnificent views over the entire city with a few roadside food stalls after the closure of the former restaurant and lookout area. ... more
National Planetarium
The National Planetarium is a space science exhibition with a telescope and observation tower in the Lake Gardens. ... more