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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

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.

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Kampong Glam / Arab Street

address: area between Beach Road, Jalan Sultan, Victoria Street and Ophir Road
Sultan-Mosque-Kampong-Glam-Singapore-restaurants.jpg, Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood in Singapore with many beautifully refurbished shophouses and the Sultan Mosque as it's landmark. The area around Arab Street host many middle eastern restaurants, textile and fabric shops.
Bussorah Street leading up to Masjid Sultan
Kampong Glam is a heritage neighbourhood in Singapore with many beautifully refurbished shophouses and the Sultan Mosque as it's landmark. The area around Arab Street host many middle eastern restaurants, textile and fabric shops.

Getting There
by MRT
The nearest MRT station is Bugis (EW12, East West Line), which is 5min walk from Arab Street
by foot
The Kampong Glam area can by reached within 5-10min from the Golden Mile Complex or 10-15min walk from Little India.

Historically, Kampong Glam was the home of the Sultan of Singapore, hence the name of its main mosque. The area was set aside in the early days for Malay, Arab and Bugis traders.

restaurants at Sultan Mosque
The shophouses in the lane leading up to the Sultan Mosque are popular place to visit for dinner in the evening. The pricy but good restaurants serve mostly Middle Eastern and Pakistani cuisine.

Malay Heritag Centre
Malay Heritag Centre, a permanent exhibition showing heritage, culture and history of Malay Singaporeans. The building used to be the Sultan's place (Istana Kampong Glam)
opening hours: Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm, closed on Mondays

The Sultan Hotel
beautifully restored historical shophouses on Jalan Sultan, now housing The Sultan boutique hotel

Arab Street
Arab Street, here you can find shops selling fabrics, cloths, carpets, perfumes etc. and cafes to where you can smoke a shisha

Haji Lane
Haji Lane, this narrow lane behind Arab street houses many fashion shops and Middle Eastern cafes

graffite wall
a rare find in Singapore, a wall graffiti near Haji Lane
This caused some controversy as it didn't comply ot the regulations of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for conserved shophouses. Read the article

row of old shophouses
row of old shophouses along Jalan Sultan

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