Faces of
Malaysia
Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang (or Redang Island)  is a beautiful tropical island off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Terengganu. Most travellers visiting Redang come on pre-booked packages from one of the resorts on the island. It is a more up-market destination than Perhentian Islands.

Gunung Mulu National Park

The Gunung Mulu National Park in Borneo (near Miri) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with caves and karst formations. The caves are home to over 5 million bats who exit the caves in search for food every evening in a spectacular way.

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Kuala Lumpur, 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.

Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur
Jalan Sultan Ismail
Kuala Lumpur, road in Chinatown
Kuala Lumpur
road in Chinatown

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Chinese New Year in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Chinese New Year, the spring festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese community and a public holiday in Malaysia.

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How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh by bus or train.

Kuala Lumpur - a city that never seems to sleeps, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, a city that was built in the middle of the jungle with the highest twin towers in the world. It is a multi-cultural melting pot with a young population with an average age of 28 years old. Malays, Chinese, Indians and many more are at home in KL as the locals call their city. 8 million people live in the metropolitan area, 1.7 million of which in the centre.

Things to Do & See

Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park.

Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.

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Red Palm
Hostel, Kuala Lumpur

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

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Step Inn Guesthouse
Guesthouse, Kuala Lumpur
Guesthouse / hostel situated close to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) bus terminal in a quite back road, halfway between Bukit Bintang and Chinatown ... more
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TGs Nasi Kandar
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food ... more
Restaurants & Food Courts

Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Food Paradise in Bukit Bintang. Jalan Alor turns into a giant open air street restaurant at night

TGs Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur

Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food

Bazaar Ramadhan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Street food market in Kuala Lumpur during the month of Ramadhan at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail

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Nightlife

Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur

Jalan P. Ramlee, just south of KLCC, is Kuala Lumpur′s central clubbing district

Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Changkat is a street of mostly 2-storey pre-war colonial buildings which are turned into pubs, restaurants and clubs. It is one the most happening nightlife and clubbing areas in Kuala Lumpur.

Pubcrawl KL, Kuala Lumpur

The pubcrawl takes you, and around 40 travelers & locals to 4 bars and finish the night at a club!

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Transport

Pudu Sentral (Puduraya Bus) Terminal, Kuala Lumpur

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.

LCCT, Kuala Lumpur

Low cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport serving budget airlines like AirAsia

Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), Kuala Lumpur

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

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Shopping

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.

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(Day) Trips

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Kuala Lumpur

Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.

Fraser’s Hill, Kuala Lumpur

Hill resort at 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally set up as a tin-ore trading post in the 1890s, it consists of seven hills.

Bukit Tinggi, Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Tinggi is a hill retreat area about 55km northeast of Kuala Lumpur with resort hotels - most notably the french village themed Colmar Tropicale, a japanese garden, botanical garden and activities like horse riding, paintball, mountain biking and golf .

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HOSTELS
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	Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!</p>
Red Palm
Hostel, Kuala Lumpur

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

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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.</p>
Travellers Palm Lodge
Hostel, Kuala Lumpur

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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Rainforest Bed & Breakfast
Guesthouse, Kuala Lumpur
Rainforest B&B is a guesthouse in Bukit Bintang, the outside of the building looks like a forest covered with trees and plants. ... more

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KL PubCrawl
The pubcrawl takes you, and around 40 travelers & locals to 4 bars and finish the night at a club ... more
GO KL City Bus
brochure with a route map of the 4 free Go KL bus lines connecting Bukit Bintang, Chinatown, KLCC, KL Sentral, Merdeka Square and Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur ... more
Berjaya Hills, Pahang
brochure of the hill retreat Berjaya Hills (Bukit Tinggi), about 1h outside of Kuala Lumpur with Colmar Tropical and Chateau Spa Resort and others ... more