Faces of
Malaysia
Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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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 in Kuala Lumpur
HOSTELS
in Kuala Lumpur
Red Palm

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

Pods The Backpackers Home
backpacker hostel in Brickfields, located within walking distance from KL Central, Kuala Lumpur's transportation hub
Attractions
Attractions

Boat Ride to Taman Negara, Taman Negara

The scenic 2.5 h boat ride between Kuala Tembeling and Kuala Tahan (Taman Negara Headquarters) makes the trip to the park itself a highlight.

ABC Beach (Kampung Air Batang), Tioman

popular backpacker's beach on a rather long stretch of beach