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Port Klang (Malay: Pelabuhan Kelang or Pelabuhan Klang) is the principal port in Selangor, a state of Malaysia. It also serves as the port for the Klang Valley, Malaysia's most developed region where the capital Kuala Lumpur is located.
 
Kelang is an island in Central Maluku Regency, Maluku Province, Indonesia. It is a mountainous island located off the western tip of Seram Island, just east of Manipa. Kampung Sole, located on the northeastern side, is the largest village. Tono, the highest point in the island, is an old volcano.
 
Babi Island is a 6 km long island located between Kelang and Seram. It is a relatively low island close off Kelang's northeastern side, separated from Kelang and Seram by narrow straits
 
Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur has experienced tremendous changes in the past quarter-century. In 1990, it was not yet an economic or technological powerhouse; the city was easy to navigate, and there weren't many high-rises. But since then, strong Asian economic development has given this 150-year-old city a new look and vibe, with tall skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and expansive shopping malls. The shopping, in particular, enjoys an advantage over that found in Kuala Lumpur's Asian counterparts like Singapore and Hong Kong because prices are phenomenal -- Kuala Lumpur is a great place to find quality at massive discounts.
 
A bit of the credit for the city's burgeoning reputation as an Asian destination can be given to the 1999 movie "Entrapment." The sexy thriller starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery was partly filmed at the city's 1,482-foot-high Petronas Twin Towers (which briefly, on completion in 1998, held the title of "world's tallest building"). Although the towers no longer top the list, they are still among the most recognizable skyscrapers in Asia.
 
KL (as it's known) emerged in the 1850's as a trading town for the tin industry, which was dominated by the Chinese; later, rubber also became an important part of the local economy. The city's exotic-sounding name is a remnant from those early days -- it actually means "muddy estuary" in Malay. In the 1870's, the British (who held interests in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore) took notice of the area's resources and appointed a "resident" administrator. A great deal of the city's fanciful colonial architecture reflects this era, exhibiting Victorian and Indian Moghul influences. Malaysian territory was occupied during World War II by the Japanese and became fully independent from the British in 1957.
 
The modern country of Malaysia was formed in 1963, with a federation that originally also included Singapore. The kingship rotates among sultans from each of the nine different states, changing every five years.
 
Malaysia is an ethnically, racially and culturally diverse nation. The majority of KL's 1.6 million inhabitants is almost equally split between Malays and Chinese, with an Indian minority (originally brought as laborers by the British) of about 10 percent. Islam is the most widely practiced religion, but Buddhism is a close second.
 
The area around KL gets a soggy 99 inches of rain per year, averaging 158 days with precipitation. Downpours can be torrential, even causing modern roads to flood and block traffic. The months with the lowest rainfall during cruising season are January and February. Your chances are greatest for getting drenched in October, November, December and April.
 
Where You're Docked
The Port Klang bus and taxi terminal is inconveniently located about 1km inland from the port area. One can walk the distance but the heat, noise and pollution may make it an unpleasant experience.
Transnasional and Cityliner buses, which belong to the same company, are the main buses serving Port Klang. No. 710 links Port Klang with Klang and Kuala Lumpur (Pasarama Kota or Klang Bus Stand) every half hour while No. 126 shuttles between Port Klang and Klang.
Other operators, such as Wawasan Sutera and Metrobus, also operate buses between Kuala Lumpur and Klang.

Cruise ships dock at Port Klang, formerly Port Swettenham which is 40 miles (40 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic) southwest of Kuala Lumpur. Port Klang is, first and foremost, a major cargo
port, but it also houses a modern cruise terminal and cruise ship pier.
Most of the sightseeing tours from Port Klang head into Kuala Lumpur. If you'll be going off on your own, a taxi or car service is needed. The terminal has a taxi counter where fixed-price roundtrips into the city cam be arranged. Taxis accept U.S. dollars but not credit cards.
 
The port has free Wi-Fi in an upstairs lounge and very limited convenience store-style shopping facilities. However, if you're into golf, try the Port Klang Golf Resort, which is located less than a mile south from the terminal. Die-hard shoppers may want to visit the AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre, about 20 minutes away.
 
Getting Around
Depending on traffic, it takes a little more than an hour to get from Port Klang to Kuala Lumpur; expect longer times during rush hours.
 
On Foot: Attractions can be far apart, so consult a map before setting off from the Central Market to, say, Petronas Towers. It's doubtful you'd want to hoof it; the traffic is often wicked. You'll find a stroll in the city's old colonial heart to be pleasant, though.
 
By Taxi: Taxis are plentiful within the city -- and fares are a bargain. Drivers are always required to use the meter. If you're booking a longer trip outside the city, limousine services offer very competitive fares in addition to a higher quality of car than normal taxis.
 
By Mass Transit: Within the city, mass transit includes buses, a light rail and a monorail that operates through the major areas and offers a good overview of Kuala Lumpur.
 
By Train: An extensive rail network connects suburbs and the city. However, it doesn't connect conveniently with the port. The modern KL Sentral is the main railway station.
 
Watch Out For
The credit card fraud risk might make you think twice about using plastic. It seems like a fraud ring is busted in KL every year, and another pops up. Travelers have reported fraud even when cards have been used at major hotel chains.
 
While Kuala Lumpur has numerous gardens and lush greenery, the air can be quite hazy and occasionally almost dangerously so for people with breathing problems.
Some visitors complain about the practice -- not uncommon in other countries, either -- of charging foreigners more than locals for admission to attractions. The price difference can be considerable in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Things to See
 
National Museum/Lake Gardens
Celebrate Malay culture and historical heritage within the impressive collections of the National Museum, then relax in the Lake Gardens,encompassing the National Monument, Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens, Butterfly, Deer and Bird Parks.
The National Museum features exhibits -- all with information in English -- that focus on the country's history, culture, arts and crafts, economic activities, weapons, transportation and more. (open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free tours at 10 a.m.)

Petronas Twin Towers
Reaching over 1,400 feet into the air, this architectural wonder is the world's tallest twin towers. A skybridge rising 557 feet above street level connects the two at the 41 and 42 levels. The Petronas Twin Towers feature an extraordinary sky bridge between the twin buildings at levels 41/42, 558 feet above ground, and an observation platform on level 86, 1,181 feet above ground. The towers are located in the "Golden Triangle" bounded by Jalan Imbi, Jalan Ampang, Jalan and Tun Razak. This section is home to most of KL's hotels, office complexes and shopping malls. (open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday but closed from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays)

Kuala Lumpur Tower
A telecommunications and broadcasting tower that also features shops, an open-air amphitheater, an observation deck, and a revolving restaurant that offers panoramic view of the city.

Merdeka (Independence) Square
Originally the cricket field for the Royal Selangor Club, today the site includes the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral and the former National History Museum. It was the site of the August 31, 1957 proclamation declaring Malaysia's independence from Britain.
Most of Kuala Lumpur's historic claims can be taken in from the Merdeka Square/Jalan Hishamuddin area. More contemporary charms include the soaring Petronas Towers, the world's second-tallest buildings, Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic and the National Theater. If it's a thrill you seek, look no further than Cosmo's World Theme Park, the world's largest indoor amusement park. Finally, wind down from all that excitement with a visit to the celebrated 93-hectare Lake Gardens.
 
Despite the rapid pace of building in the past few years, the Colonial District is still replete with historic buildings that offer a quaint ambience. You'll find many colonial buildings in and around Merdeka Square, including the Royal Selangor Club (a former magnet for British society) and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (also constructed by the British as their administrative seat). The square features a flagpole said to be the tallest in the world. Other notable colonial architecture nearby includes the former post office, the National Textiles Museum and the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, a fantasy of turrets and gingerbread.
 
Royal Selangor Club Royal Selangor Club
Founded in 1884 as a cricket club and social gathering place for members of the British community.

Jamek Mosque Jamek Mosque
Set in a tranquil grove of palm trees where the Gombak and Klang rivers meet, Kuala Lumpur's oldest mosque was built on the site of the city's first Malay burial ground.

Home Visit Home Visit
Here's a splendid opportunity to learn about Malay traditions and customs on a visit to meet a typical Malay family in their home. An English interpreter is on hand as you enjoy refreshments and cakes.

Batu Caves Batu Caves
One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, this sacred temple complex is full of statues and long-tailed macaque monkeys that greet you as you climb the 272 steps leading to the temple cave.

 
The Central Market
It is a former fresh-food market that has been transformed into stalls that sell crafts, antiques and souvenirs. On the upper floor of the Art Deco building, a food court serves local cuisine. (Jalan Hang Kasturi; open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Not far away is Petaling Street, KL's historic Chinatown. It's been pedestrianized and covered with a green roof dubbed the "Green Dragon." If you like to haggle for knockoffs, this is your spot. Try to pay no more than half the initial asking price.
 
With a very international and bustling atmosphere, Bukit Bintang is one of the busiest areas for shopping, dining and entertainment; think of it as Kuala Lumpur's version of New York's Fifth Avenue. Numerous shopping malls, such as Pavilion, Sungei Wang Plaza and Lot 10, are located in this area. These are great places to shop for affordable clothing, among other things.
 
Been There, Done That
If you're prepared to climb 272 steps (yep, we counted them), Batu Caves is an awesome attraction. Founded by American naturalist William Hornaday in 1878, the limestone cave has become a popular spot for Hindu pilgrimages. A wild population of monkeys brings an added challenge on the steep climb, as they are very aggressive when seeking something to eat. Batu Caves is located eight miles north of the city center. (open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
 
An hour's bus ride from Kuala Lumpur sits the mountain retreat of Genting Highlands, one of the most popular resorts in Malaysia. Located 6,500 feet above sea level, Genting Highlands is a bit like Las Vegas -- with an amusement park, the largest show restaurant in the country (often with some of the most famous entertainers in Southeast Asia) and the only place with legal gambling in Malaysia. The resort also features several hotels, a water park and golf courses.
 
Shore Excursions
Best for First-Timers: A "Highlights of Kuala Lumpur" tour typically features visits to the National Museum and all the photo opportunities along the way, including Selangor Club, Jamek Mosque (one of the oldest mosques in KL), Blue Mosque (the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, accommodating up to 16,000 people), National Monument (which commemorates Malaysia's heroes of World War II) and King's Palace (Istana Negara).
 
Best for Flower Children: A garden-oriented excursion visits the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens, which feature about 5,000 species of hibiscus flowers and some 3,000 species of orchids, including 800 from Malaysia alone. The tour also squeezes in photo ops at other sites like Petronas Towers and Merdeka Square.
 
Best for Foodies: A "local flavors" tour takes you into Chinatown and the Central Market, both of which offer local food vendors. You'll visit Chinese and Hindu temples, then taste the local teh tarik (pulled tea, poured high in the air) and roti canai (crispy, layered Indian flatbread). Lunch is a Malay buffet, followed by a visit to KL Tower.
 
Best for Nature-Lovers: Putrajaya, "the Intelligent Garden City," stretches over 11,320 acres, with more than 70 percent devoted to greenery and water, including 13 gardens. You'll visit other sites, including a mosque, and take a leisurely cruise on the lake.
 
Eating Out
Kuala Lumpur's dining scene offers something for everyone, ranging from Western fast food chains like McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks (and, yes, Hard Rock Cafe) to ethnic specialties. The majority, naturally, feature the cuisines of Asia. While Malaysia is a Muslim nation, alcohol is available in most of the restaurants.
 
Most locals head out to the Bagan Hailam area for good and relatively cheap (for the Klang Valley) seafood. Restaurants line the road and most are built on stilts over water. Other areas famous for seafood include Pandamaran and Teluk Gong, both south of Port Klang.
The town of Klang, 8 km away, is famous for the pork rib soup bak kut teh and worth a visit if in the vicinity.
 
Shopping centers, such as Suria KLCC at the base of the Petronas Towers, feature food courts for a quick bite. Hawker food is quick and affordable. The best areas for hawker food are places like Jalan Imbi and Jalan Barat as well as Chinatown. Everyone probably knows what satay means (marinated and grilled meat), but other popular options include hokkien mee (noodle soup with prawns, ribs, bean sprouts and chili paste) or ikan bakar (grilled fish), just to name a few.
 
Hotels typically offer good restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur Hilton features several dining spots, and Lafitte Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel is a nice choice for French dining.
 
Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang (close to Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott Hotels) features an extensive selection of good restaurants. Those serving lunch include Fisherman's Cove (seafood), Koryo-won (Korean), My Thai (Thai) and Pak Loh Chiu Chow serving Chiu Chow-style Chinese cuisine.
 
Shopping
The Curve is a popular venue for KL expats. Its most recent foreign import? Johnny Rockets. It might be located way out in west KL, but The Curve beats many of its competitors with its indoor/outdoor layout, range of al fresco dining and pedestrianized walkways.
Add to the mix Kuala Lumpur’s only Ikea, as well as an adjoining Tesco, and you have the most family-friendly mall in town. This explains why it fills up on weekends with parents pushing strollers. But there’s still ample room to shop. For eating, almost every Malaysian favorite can be found, including branches of Pappa Rich, Little Penang Cafe and Secret Recipe

Royal Selangor -- If you're into tin-based alloys -- and who isn't? -- Royal Selangor is the go-to joint for pewter in KL. A huge tankard -- with what appears to be foam overflowing from its brim -- stands at the entrance to the head office of Royal Selangor, one of Malaysia’s most iconic companies.
At the KL visitor’s center, you can learn how to make your own pewter dish at the School of Hard Knocks (RM60). If you just want to explore, there are free guided tours that take you through the company’s history (it was founded by young Chinese pewtersmith in 1885), the science behind making the alloy and a factory tour. Naturally, there's a gift shop for those who want to pick up a souvenir. This is a shopping list, after all. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 4145 6122
 
Berjaya Times Square --New York has one, as does Hong Kong, so it only makes sense that KL -- arguably Southeast Asia’s shopping capital -- has a Times Square. Highlights include Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, split between family-friendly and adult-only rides; a Taipei-style night market on the third floor, complete with flashing neon signs, manholes and food stalls; and the Grand Musical Stairs, where you can pretend to be Tom Hanks in the movie "Big," as you make your own music on giant keys. All this and much more in what claims to be the world’s ninth largest building in terms of floor space. Berjaya Times Square, 1 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2117 3111
 
Petaling Street Market"These Rolexes are a steal!" It might be a little cheesy, with its Disney-esque Chinese arch and blue covered walkway, but Petaling Street Market, the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, buzzes with life.Here you'll find a variety of tourist trinkets, T-shirts, electronics and DVDs. As soon as you veer off the main strip, you enter a warren of backstreets where hungry locals go to fill up on bowls of asam laksa, Hainan chicken rice and mee goreng.Eating on plastic stools next to crates full of squawking chickens, it’s a good pit stop before heading back to to the maelstrom for more haggling over bargain goods. Petaling Street Market, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 9235 4800
 
Suria KLCC --For those who judge malls by the height of the buildings that sit on top them, Suria is a clear winner. Suria KLCC is close to the top -- or should that be basement -- of KL's shopping greats. This luxury mall occupies the bottom six podium floors of the Petronas Twin Towers, and their 170-meter-high Skybridge. It has everything from luxury goods to everyday items, including branches of Parkson, Isetan, Cold Storage and Marks & Spencer, a fantastic food court, a cineplex, a huge branch of Kinokuniya bookstore and a fun-filled Science Discovery Centre and aquarium.
The adjoining KLCC Park has water fountains and a two-acre playground. Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2382 2828
 
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur If Suria KLCC has a rival in the upscale shopping stakes, it’s Pavilion. Since early 2012, the two malls have been connected by an air-conditioned walkway, which makes getting between the two a breeze. Pavilion is as much known for its dining as its shopping, with a range of casual places (Fish & Co., Din Tai Fung, Madam Kwan’s) and fine dining restaurants, such as Al-Amar (Lebanese cuisine) and Spice of India. Where it really wins is with its location -- it's at the top of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s most famous shopping street, lined with a dozen different malls. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2118 8833
 
Peter Hoe Beyond -- Despite not having a website, and its out of the way location, Peter Hoe Beyond is on the hit list of every visiting shopaholic. Run by the eponymous Malaysian designer, this warehouse store, which occupies the second floor of the Lee Rubber building sells a huge range of unique pieces -- housewares, silverware, furniture, clothing -- either designed or commissioned by Peter Hoe himself. The in-shop cafe sells delicious slices of cake. Peter Hoe Beyond, 2/F, 145 Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2026 9788






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