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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur or KL

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Over 8 million people live within the greater KL area which is clearly noticeable by the huge and vast amounts of traffic that goes into the city every morning, and slowly leaves the city in the evening. Kuala Lumpur has many interesting attractions; like Merdeka Square, Chinatown, Petronas Twin Towers and much more. KL is also known as a shoppers paradise; there are are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop til you drop.

Georgetown capital of Penang

Georgetown; capital of Penang Island

In 2008 UNESCO listed Georgetown as World Heritage Site because of the many original colonial (Chinese style) shophouses. Besides the many beautiful historical buildings; Georgetown also has many modern highrise buildings that often contains big shopping malls. In and around Georgetown there are many fun attractions that are absolutely worthy of a visit.

Crystal clear water at Perhentian Island

Perhentian Dream

One of the most beautiful islands in Malaysia is Perhentian Island, which actually consists of a big island and a small island. Both islands offer fantastic scuba diving and snorkeling facilities. The islands are especially famous because of the laid-back atmosphere. Alongside the beaches you will find basic lodges, moderately luxurious resorts, cozy restaurants, dive centers and boat operators advertising their services ranging from water taxis to snorkeling trips.

Kuching in Sarawak

Kuching; gateway to Sarawak

Kuching is the biggest Malaysian city on Borneo and also the capital city of the state of Sarawak. Kuching is a very popular tourist destination as it serves as entry point to numerous great attractions within the heart of Sarawak. The city has enough to offer to keep tourists occupied for at least a couple of days. Popular attractions around Kuching are among others Semenggoh Rehabilitation Centre and Bako National Park. There are daily flights to Kuching from Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bharu.

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the capital of the northern state of Kelantan. The city serves as main gateway to visitors that are on their way to visit the tropical island of Perhentian. The are daily flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu, but you can also opt to take the bus or even the adventurous jungle train. Main attractions in the city are the many islamic museums, and also the day and night markets. Though tourist usually pass through the conservative city; there is enough available accommodation in Kota Bharu.

Pertama Complex

Between Sogo shopping mall and Maju Junction shopping mall along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur you have a special mall which focuses on sports, Pertama Complex. Here you'll find dozens of sport shops next to each other. Mainly locals buy their sporting equipment here because tourists usually do not know how find this hidden shopping mall.

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Oldest mall in Kuala Lumpur

The Pertama Complex is one of the first shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. After the arrival of many new malls in the city, most shops departed from the Pertama Complex. Often you see that specific stores will situate themselves in the same shopping mall. In this case it refers to the many sports stores. At, for example, Plaza IMBI has several small PC shops located together under one roof to sell computer product.

We first found this shopping mall after a tip at a Malaysian forum. I had been interested in buying some sportswear for some time by then. I needed some badminton clothing, and you have several shops where there are (only) badminton clothing and articles for sale. There are also stores with tennis rackets, football shoes, hockey sticks, even bowling balls. There are also many small specialty shops. We found a shop that sells prize trophies, numerous shops that sell travel bags (Deuter, Karrimor, Northface) and also many phone and electronics shops.

Old shops at Pertama Complex  

Madam Sia's backpack store

We have great experiences with Madam Sia's backpack store (Kedai Beg Yoon Hin, G66, Ground Floor, MDM Siah Shop). She sells Deuter and Karrimor. She usually gives up to 30% discount on the backpacks and other travel bags. We bought a Deuter Futura 32, a Deuter Act Lite and the 65 liter Air Contact. She gave us a couple of free locks and also a flight bag for free with our purchase. Her shop has been reviewed a lot and nobody doubts whether her bags are authentic or not (she has a Deuter distributor license). Madam Sia backpacks at Pertama Complex Check the small video we made at Madam Sia below.


Sate Kajang HJ Samuri

Right next to Pertama there are a few local restaurants; one of is Sate Kajang HJ Samuri. Here you can get very nice sate. Especially great is the fact that you can make your own sauce as they give you all separate ingredients. They used to grill the sate fresh before your eyes on the big grills, but unfortunately there are not allowed to do so anymore. Nowadays HJ Samuri grills the sate at another branch before taking it to this outlet. The are many branches throughout Kuala Lumpur.

Sate Kajang HJ Samuri at Pertama Complex  

How to get to Pertama Complex

The best way to travel to Pertama is to take the metro (LRT/Light Rail Transit) to the Pertama Shopping Mall. Get off at LRT station Bandaraya or Monorail station Medan Tuanku. From both stations it is approximately a 5/10 minutes walk to the sports shops of Pertama. It is located opposite of Sogo Shopping Complex and Courts Mammoth. Opening hours: Pertama complex is opened daily from 9am to 9pm.


Map Pertama Complex in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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