Faces of
Malaysia
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.

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.

Singapore, Malaysia

Singapore River

Boat-Quay-Singapore-River.jpg, The mouth of the Singapore River was the old Port of Singapore. It houses many of Singapore′s top historical and cultural attractions and nightlife. Famous spots: Boat Quay, Clark Quay, The Merlion, Fullerton Hotel
Business district and Boat Quay
The mouth of the Singapore River was the old Port of Singapore. It houses many of Singapore′s top historical and cultural attractions and nightlife. Famous spots: Boat Quay, Clark Quay, The Merlion, Fullerton Hotel

How to get to Singapore River
Singapore is right in the downtown of Singapore with main attractions like Boat Quay, Clark Quay, downtown and the adjacent colonial quarter located along the river. The nearest MRT stations are "Clarke Quay" (NE5) and "Raffles Places" (EW14, NS26).
 

Links:

Riverside on Wikitravel


Boat Quay
view of downtown Singapore and Boat Quay with its many riverside restaurants (signature dish: Chili Crap) at night


Clark Quay
the nightlife district of Clark Quay


Hippo River Cruise, Singapore River
Hippo River cruise, one of several options to do a sightseeing cruise on the Singapore River



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Backpacker Hostel in Chinatown, one of three Beary branches in Singapore

Attractions

Singapore City Gallery, Singapore

A free interactive exhibition spreading out over 3 storeys telling the story of Singapore's physical transformation in past, present and future with several impressive miniature models of the island and city center.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore

One of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Singapore. The temple, built in 2007, also contains a museum is located in the the Chinatown district.

Attractions

Fort Canning Park, Singapore

Fort Canning Park is a heritage park in the centre of Singapore with a history dating back to the 14th century with variaty of attractions and places of interest.

Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur

Masjid Jamek is the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback.