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A 4095 meter tall mountain

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boars, snakes and many crocodiles.

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

TAR Marine Park is the perfect place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling and light jungle treks. The marine park is made up of five small islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. The best beaches and probably also the best corals can be found around Gaya island; the biggest of the five islands. The marine park is only a 20 minute boat trip away from the city of Kota Kinabalu.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater cave is the world's longest cave with a length of over 110 kilometers. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Pavilion KL Shopping Mall Foodrepublic

We used to live in KLCC, about a three minutes walk from Pavilion KL; one of the most popular shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur City Center. Most shopping malls in KL have a food court with many nice small restaurants. Pavilion KL has the famous Foodrepublic; of which there are a couple of throughout Southeast Asia. Foodrepublic is located at level 1 of the mall, themed “Gourmet Emporium”. Besides Foodrepublic there are numerous other restaurants, some we have reviewed elsewhere on this website. Though there was ample choice of places to eat, we often ended up in the Foodrepublic; there were just so many nice stalls.

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Getting food is easy. You just go to one of the small restaurants and order something from their menu. You immediately pay and either wait for your meal to be ready, or you already find a seat somewhere at one of the many tables. Drinks are sold separate at one of the two “beverage islands”. After you finished your meal, Foodrepublic staff will clean your table fast so others can sit there.
Foodrepublic can be extremely crowded, because Pavilion KL is a very popular mall. Especially during weekends it might take a few minutes to find an empty table. Our personal favorites are Yong Tau Fau, Mak Tom’s Nasi Lemak, Express Teppanyaki and Little Wok.

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The negatives

Tourists probably don’t find that many negative aspects at Foodrepublic. It has everything under one roof, many different dishes to try and most tourists will not know at taste the difference with the authentic version of the dishes sold at Pavilion. Locals may think different about the dishes at the food court, not all are as authentic as they could be. Most locals would say they charge ridiculous prices (special tourist prices) even compared to other food places within KLCC. Foodrepublic is probably one of the most expensive food courts in Malaysia.
What I personally found negative about the food court was that many of the shops suddenly disappeared. Every time I found my next favorite dish over there, the small shop got replaced by a new shop.

The positives

Tourists will find Pavilion KL Foodrepublic the food paradise on earth. Every dish imaginable can be found here. The atmosphere is great, prices are ok (for tourists) and the ambiance is very nice which also gives Foodrepublic a safe feeling (hygienically speaking). The food court is open throughout the day (same opening hours as the shopping mall) and there are always plenty of tables available.

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Verdict

We think Foodrepublic in Pavilion KL is one of the best places for tourists to enjoy a nice local meal. Locals will also enjoy the food court (as it is always packed with people) but not all will agree on the authenticity and definitely not on the high prices. It is a beautifully designed food court, and probably one of the cleanest in Malaysia. We rate Foodrepublic a 7/10.

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Contact details

Foodrepublic (halal)
Pavilion KL Shopping Mall
Lot No. : 1.41.00 – 1.51.00 & P1.13.00 – P1.20.00, Level 1
Tel. : 03-2142 8006

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Note: Reviews are subjective in nature. What we find fantastic others may find atrocious. Some don’t mind waiting for a few minutes, others would have left by then. Some don’t care about a minor mishap in service; others don’t visit the place ever again. Try to read through the subjective parts and decide for yourself whether you do or do not want to visit the place!

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