Faces of
Malaysia
Kuantan

Kuantan is the largest city of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia with a population of about half a million. It is also the capital of the state of Pahang.

Kuantan is located about halfway between Singapore (to the south) and Kota Bahru (to the north). The city is situated at the coast of the South China Sea near the mouth of the Kuantan River. The city is not a major tourist destination, rather a stopover point for island destinations (Tioman, Redang, Perhentians, etc.) along the East Coast. From Kuantan you can also also reach the popular beach in Cherating in less than an hour with the local Bus.

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, 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

Travellers Palm Lodge

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.

Central Lodge

Hostel / Guesthouse in Brickfields, near KL Sentral railway station

Attractions

Sepang F1 International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur

The Sepang F1 International Circuit right next to KLIA airport and used for the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix, A1 Grand Prix as well as the MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix.

Luna Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Super-chic breezy rooftop bar with a pool in the middle (but you cannot use it unfortunately) and one of the best night views in town

Attractions

Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur

The KL Bird Park is the one of the main attractions in the Lake Gardens park area and has the self-proclaimed largest free-flight walk-in aviary in the work.

Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands

Main town in the Cameron Highlands (with Brinchang to the north and Ringlet to the south). Most budget guesthouses are here and it is the starting point for many jungle trails.