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Malaysia is a place I have spent a lot of time over the years, mostly in KL of course, but there are other places in Malaysia, and a lot of them are a lot of fun and great places for a holiday or a day trip.

Kuala Lumpur, only ever referred to as KL, means ‘muddy confluence’ in Malay and describes the coming together of two rivers in the region of Selangor. KL was established for the waters here as they were used to wash the silver being mined elsewhere in the area. Hence the reason KL is the home of Royal Selangor Pewter. If you are in KL it's worth doing a tour of the factory.

There is plenty to do in KL, here is a quick list ...

  National Mosque (a must, it's beautiful).

  Batu Caves (watch the monkeys).

  Butterfly Park (very beautiful)

  KLCC/Twin Towers for shopping, fountain, food.

  Telekom Tower has better view than KLCC.

  Petaling Street, Chinatown for night market.

  Sultan Ismail pubs and clubs: Lots of noise and fun but watch out for the ladyboys.

  Bangsar: Full of bars and restaurants, best expat hangout in KL.

  Bukit Bintang/Bintang Walk: Shopping and Hotel Central – Marriott basement has great restaurants and bars.

  Old Railway Station: Fantastic architecture.