Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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

Kampung Baru

address: 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
kampung-baru-twin-tower-vie.jpg, Oldest malay residential area in KL with still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses and the the backdrop of the close-by downtown skyline
traditional Kampung house with Twin Towers in the background
Oldest malay residential area in KL with still authentic traditional Malay wooden houses and the the backdrop of the close-by downtown skyline

- Lots of restaurants and stalls with Malay food
- Saturday night: Pasar Minggu (Sunday Market)  6pm - 1am, jewellery, clothes, fabric, Malay cooking, handicraft
- Take Putra LRT (e.g. from KLCC) to Kampung Baru station
- Monorail to Medan Tuanku station (5min walk from there)
- 30min walk from Bukit Bintang or RM5 -10 by Tax

entrance gate into Kampung Baru
entering Kampung Baru at Jalan Raja Muda Masa


Kampung House with KL Tower
traditional wooden Kampung house with KL Tower in the background


Kampung during Ramadan
Kampung during Ramadan (Bazaar Ramadhan)



Related Places

Chow Kit

The area features a large Indonesian community, and more recently, a small African community. It has a daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit which is arguably the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur. Chow Kit is also known for its red-light district as well as for its nightly gathering of transwomen.

Bazaar Ramadhan in Kampung Baru

Ramadan food market along Jalan Raja Muda Musa in Kampung Baru - an old Malay residential area near the city centre

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

The Nest Guesthouse

Guesthouse in an residential area in Bukit Bintang

Reggae Mansion

Located in 3-storey colonial building with a roof-top bar, the Reggae Mansion is a party hostel and the biggest hostel in Kuala Lumpur

Attractions

Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc.

Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.

Attractions

Central Market (Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah), Kota Bharu

very colourful dry and wet market in the city center

Pasar Besar Kedai Payang (Central Market), Kuala Terengganu

The colourful wet and dry market of KT is right next to Chinatown and along the Terengganu River. At the entrance are still traditional trishaws taking costumers back to their home.