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Top Choice Indian in Kota Kinabalu


Come to this silk-festooned waterfront restaurant, for northern Indian cuisine and classic dishes ranging from chicken tikka masala to prawn biryani and lamb rogan josh. The aromas from its tandoori oven are mouthwa…
Top Choice Park in Selangor

Forest Research Institute Malaysia

Birdsong and wall-to-wall greenery replace the drone of KL's traffic at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia. About 16km northwest of KL, and covering nearly 600 hectares, the institute was established in 1929 to …
Top Choice Hawker in Kota Kinabalu

Night Market

The night market is the best, cheapest and most interesting place in KK for barbecued squid, ray and a vast selection of delicious seafood cooked up right before your eyes. Vegetarian options available.
Top Choice Mall in Kuala Lumpur


Art, shopping, dining and social life are all in harmony at KL's most innovative mall, 10 minutes' drive north of Bangsar. MAP acts as the cultural anchor, with a wide variety of exhibitions, performances and talks.…
Top Choice Village in Selangor

Mah Meri Cultural Village

On Pulau Carey island this Orang Asli village is well worth a visit to learn about the distinct culture and traditions of the Mah Meri, a subgroup of the Senoi people who live along the coast of Selangor. The Mah Me…
Top Choice Seafood in Kota Kinabalu

Alu-Alu Cafe

Drab on the outside, perhaps, but this restaurant wears its stripes in the tastiness of its food, and the fact it gets its seafood from sustainable sources – no shark-fin soup here. Alu-Alu excels in taking the Chin…
Top Choice Bar in Kota Kinabalu

El Centro

El Centro is understandably popular with local expats and travellers alike; it's friendly, the food is good and it makes for a nice spot to meet other travellers. Cool tunes, non smokey, and a laid-back vibe, El Cen…
Top Choice Hawker in Sibu

Sibu Central Market

Malaysia’s largest fruit-and-veg market has more than 1000 stalls. Upstairs, Chinese, Malay and Iban-run food stalls serve up local specialities, including porridge (available early in the morning and at night), kam…
Top Choice Village in Kuala Lumpur

Sungai Penchala

In the city's far northwest, this sleepy Malay village, located in a hilly, jungly landscape, seems a million miles from urban KL, even though it's less than a 30-minute taxi drive from Chinatown. Come to sample del…
Top Choice Malaysian in Kuala Lumpur

Zaini Satay

Mohamed Zaini comes from a long line of satay-stall owners – his grandfather was known as the 'King of Satay' in the 1960s – and these days KLites regularly make the trip to Ampang to satisfy their craving for the b…