Faces of
Malaysia
Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

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.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Imbi

address: area between Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Kampung Pandan
Imbi-Kuala-Lumpur-view-towards-Ritz-Carlton-Pavilion.jpg, old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls
area around Medan Imbi with the high-rises of the Bukit Bintang luxury hotels as a backdrop
old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls

Located right next to the flashy Bukit Bintang area with its shiny shopping malls, hotels and nightlife places, Imbi feels like a different world. The central Imbi area around Jalan Imbi has mostly 2-3 storey shop and residential houses while the eastern part (south of Jalan Bukit Bintang, west of Jalan Tun Razak) is a more quite and green area with small houses and villas and some up-scale restaurants (Jalan Inai, Jalan Kamuning, Jalan Kampung, Jalan Delima). This is also where the chocolate and batik shops are located which are frequented by some tour buses. 

To the south of it used to be the location of Pasar Raykat which was a (wet)market and bus terminal.  Pasar Rakyat has been demolished in 2012 and the area  will be completely rebuild in the upcoming years into the "Kuala Lumpur Financial District" with modern high-rise office buildings and the constuction of the Pasar Rakyat MRT station (the MRT is planned to operated by 2016).

However, the heart of the old Imbi area around Medan Imbi is still unchanged and is likely to stay like that in the years to come. The area doesn't attract many western tourists but is highly popular by local Malaysian Chinese and Chinese tourist for its variety of restaurants.

How to get to Imbi
Even through there is Imbi Monorail station infront of Times Square, it is faster to walk there from the Bukit Bintang Monrail station. The Imbi area starts just behind (south of) the shopping malls of LOT 10, Fahrenheit 88 or Starhill Gallery.

Times Square
the Imbi area is near Times Square (the big building in the background)


open air kitchen
open-air kitchen in one of the many restaurants in the area

 

 

Jalan Imbi at night
looking down Jalan Imbi at night towards Berjaya Times Square


hawker center
a parking lot at the corner of Jalan Imbi and Jalan Barat turns into a hawker center at night



Hawker center along Jalan Padang, just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang (the tall building in the back is the Ritz-Carlton Hotel)


Jalan Walter Grenier
Jalan Walter Grenier


Bak Kut Teh restaurants
the restaurants (on this photo: Bak Kut Teh restaurants) around Medan Imbi are very popular


playground at Medan Imbi
playground at Medan Imbi

 

building Medan Imbi
Unfortunately the above playground and green area had to make way for the this building in 2017 photo: Google Street View


residential area
residential area



Related Places

Imbi Market / Pasar Bukit Bintang

popular morning wet market and hawker center in Imbi, or short walk from Jalan Bukit Bintang, with variety of Chinese hawker stalls serving food from breakfast to lunch time

Bukit Bintang

Main shopping, dining and entertainment area of Kuala Lumpur. Many backpacker accommodations are here too.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Matahari Lodge

Hostel / Guesthouse located just across Central Market, near Chinatown

Irsia B&B

Hostel located near Bukit Bintang area, just behind Times Square shopping mall

Attractions

Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

old residential area with a significant Chinese population near Bukit Bintang with many popular Chinese restaurants and food stalls

Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Big park near the old colonial center and Chinatown area. It includes National Mosque, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Islamic Arts Museum, National Museum, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).

Attractions

St. Paul’s Church, Melaka

The ruin of St.Paul′s Church is located on top of St.Paul′s Hill and was one of five churches in the fortress complex A Famosa on the hill that was built by the Portuguese in 1521.

Old Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur

The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station.