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Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Perhentian Islands

The Perhentian Islands (Pulau Perhentian in Bahasa Malaysia) lie approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km) offshore the coast of northeastern Malaysia in the state of Terengganu, approximately 40 miles (64 km) south of the Thai border. The two main islands are Perhentian Besar (“Big Perhentian”) and Perhentian Kecil (“Small Perhentian”). Popular for it’s beaches, snorkeling and driving. Like a real postcard.

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A walk through Brickfields

Brickfields is one of the most colourful and interesting areas in Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the oldest areas in Kuala Lumpur and part of it is also one of the most modern with the KL Sentral development. The most interesting part, however, is the Little India area along Jalan Tun Sambathan.

Little India Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Brickfields is experiencing a lot of changes currently. For once, there is probably the biggest construction area around KL Sentral with a new shopping mall (Nu Sentral), hotels and office towers in the making. On the other side is the old Brickfields area which is currently undergoing a redevelopment process. Fortunately, the money here is spent on beautification projects keeping the historical structures and cultures in place - making Little India more attraction for residents and tourists as well.
We went on a walk a few days before the Deepavali festival which makes the area even more colourful with decorations and street markets.

Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Little India Brickfields
Jalan Tun Sambathan (formerly Jalan Brickfields) runs through the heart of Brickfields. On the left you can see the old part of Brickfields and on the right is the modern KL Sentral area. On the picture you can see the construction of the Nu Sentral shopping mall. In the centre of image is the KL Sentral Monorail station, which is the last stop of the line. When you arrive with the Monorail at the KL Sentral station you can go left und around the construction site to reach KL Sentral main railway station which is a hub for transports to the Airport and short and long distance trains. On our walk we turned left after leaving the Monorail station and followed Jalan Tun Sambanthan into the heart of Little India.

Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Little India Brickfields
Looking back with the view of the Twin Towers in the background

residential area, Little India Brickfields
residential area with Buddhist Maha Vihara temple in the background

Deepavali market, Little India Brickfields
Before Deepavali, there is a street marking all along Jalan Tun Sambanthan

Deepavali market, Little India Brickfields
Stall selling Murrukuk (hanging a from top in the plastic bags) and other Southern Indian snacks

Little India Brickfields
the colourful arches were part of the recent redevelopment of Little India

Little India Brickfields
view of Little India from a pedestrian bridge, in the background you can see the high-rises of the KL Sentral development area

Fruits and Flower Leis, Little India Brickfields
little market selling fruits and Flower Leis

Grocery Shop, Little India Brickfields
the spice section of an Indian grocery shop

Jewelery Shop, Little India Brickfields
Indian jeweleries everywhere

Mamak restaurant, Little India Brickfields
one of the many Mamak restaurant (the term mamak refers to Tamil Muslims, who run most of the Indian restaurants in Malaysia)

Shop, Little India Brickfields
colourful lamps and other decoration in front of a shop