May 09 2012

Review: Fatty Crab

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Fatty Crab is a name on Kuala Lumpur‘s seafood circuit that any self-respecting seafood lover ought to know. It’s impossible to miss with the crowds waiting outside to dine here; even with two floors of seating, you may need to wait more than an hour on weekends for a table. The best strategy is to … read the full post

May 02 2012

Markets in Kuala Lumpur: Amcorp Mall’s Flea Market

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Amcorp Mall started hosting its flea market in 1998, making it supposedly the first mall to start hosting flea markets in Malaysia. With the growing number of malls in the city, this one is largely deserted on weekdays; but don’t let that throw you off as shoppers are still drawn to stalls that set up … read the full post

Apr 30 2012

Photo essay: Bersih 3.0 in Kuala Lumpur

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Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, April 28, demanding free and fair elections, in a day that was to show the best and worst of Malaysia. From the early morning, trains packed with protesters came into central KL; the major roads having been blocked by the police. … read the full post

Apr 26 2012

Review: Kanna Curry House

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A short hop from the Liza De Inn Hotel, you’ll find Kanna Curry House in Section 17, a residential part of Petaling Jaya. With a modest but clean interior and a simple outdoor section with plastic tables and chairs, it may look like any other south Indian joint in Kuala Lumpur. But appearances are not … read the full post

Apr 17 2012

Markets in Kuala Lumpur: the Curve’s street market

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Whether it’s unearthing a one-off antique or making a fashion find at half the price you’d expect to pay elsewhere, browsing markets can earn excellent dividends. In Kuala Lumpur, the mainstream shopping can get uninteresting fast, with many of the malls carrying the same brands and stores, over and over. For a different experience, head … read the full post

Apr 16 2012

Staying at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

Those who make the trip to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) usually come to experience its famous tree-based canopy walk. But even for those who don’t want to endure the semi-strenuous hike to the canopy entrance and back, FRIM can still make for a fascinating weekend trip from Kuala Lumpur, with its campsite to … read the full post

Apr 14 2012

Cycling from Bangkok to Singapore: Penang to Kuala Lumpur

Read the first parts of Brock Kuhlman and Gaby Doman cycling from Bangkok to Penang over on our Bangkok blog: the first 222 kilometres, packing, cycling through Thailand’s far south, finishing Thailand, and getting to Penang. Heading south out of Penang, we needed to leave early enough to cross the bridge that links the island … read the full post

Apr 10 2012

Bersih 3.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Health & safety

Visitors to Kuala Lumpur in late April should be aware that the city is bracing itself for what could be one of the largest political demonstrations in its history. A massive sit-down protest is planned at Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) on Saturday the 28th, from 14:00 to 16:00, to call for free and fair elections … read the full post

Apr 03 2012

Kuala Lumpur’s Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka)

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No part of Kuala Lumpur retains such a link to colonial times as Merdeka Square, the one-time hub of British Malaya. Unlike much of the city, where heritage has lost out to development over recent decades, the square is still ringed by historic buildings. The open green space was once the Padang, or Parade Ground, … read the full post

Mar 31 2012

Street crime in Kuala Lumpur

Published by under Health & safety

The good news for visitors to Kuala Lumpur is that they are extremely unlikely to be the victims of a serious crime such as murder or rape. The bad news is that petty theft, particularly “snatching”, is far more common. Its most common manifestation is women’s handbags or purses being grabbed by pinion riders on motorbikes. … read the full post

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