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Kuala Lumpur, Kingdom of…Malls?

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The truth is, if you’re looking for the cultural and natural offerings that Malaysia has in abundance, you’re going to want to look outside of Kuala Lumpur.  That being said, it’s most likely that when you’re on your way in or on your way out, you’re going to be heading through Kuala Lumpur.  Don’t look so glum, as it’s a perfect place to stock up on all of those great souvenirs as well as all sorts of things that would …

The Gastronomic Wonderland of Chinatown in KL

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For backpackers traveling through Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown is a popular destination, both for finding cheap deals on (fake) designer goods as well as a wide array of budget accomodation.  However, while exercising your vocal cords while negotiating another 13 cents off your Reybands, don’t miss out on all that Chinatown has to offer your stomach. Street stalls line the paths of the main shopping area, offering a wide variety of Chinese treats for all palates.  Ok, you generally have to …

Pic of the Week: Petronas Towers at Night

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The Petronas Towers are the jewel of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.  While there are certainly other beautiful buidlings, nothing is quite as stunning as these two twin beauties.  They are also situated over one of the largest malls in the city, so they draw quite a crowd at all times.  Also hidden in their base is the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, which is an absolutely world class group of musicians and is worth the relatively modest price of admission.  Just don’t …

The Cameron Highlands

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The Cameron Highlands, which lie a few hours North of Kuala Lumpur, are a popular destination for the people of Kuala Lumpur to escape the heat of the summer in the mountains, and if you’ve been in that part of the world during summer, you know why.  Like other mountain retreats, the area is full of hotels, and gets packed with domestic tourists on weekends and holidays, with people swarming all over the small little towns that fill the area.  …

Ipoh: A Town Faded by Time

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Ipoh, a town located a few hours North of Kuala Lumpur, serves as the gateway for many on their way to the Cameron Highlands, a popular resort destination.  The town of Ipoh itself was once Malaysia’s second largest city and was a huge boomtown as it was located next to several profitable mines.  Unfortunately, time has passed by, and all of this economic activity has dried up or moved off, leaving Ipoh a shell of what it used to be.  …