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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.

Plaza IMBI

Plaza IMBI can be found at Jalan IMBI in the Bukit Bintang area in Kuala Lumpur city center. Plaza IMBI is not a classy and luxurious mall; it is a special IT mall, where you can find anything related to computers. It is a low-budget shopping mall, where prices mainly depend on your bargaining skills. It used to be the biggest computer mall in Malaysia. Nowadays it is overshadowed by the very popular and neighboring IT/Gadget mall Plaza Low Yat. The owners of IMBI failed to provide the necessary upkeep; the mall is rundown and visitors are only there to find bargains on (often pirated) Blu-ray movies, software and music. We personally prefer Plaza Low Yat over IMBI. Last time we went there we decided not to visit the place anymore. The only reason you could have to go there is to check out the Jaya Hypermarket in the lower basement, or if you need to have your pc repaired.

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Buying at Plaza IMBI

Shopping at IMBI can be a bit hectic as there are many small lanes and alleys that go crisscross through the levels of the 3 occupied floors of the mall. The little shops usually have loud music playing, or shop employees are playing computer games with loud sounds. Apart from that tourist are also usually spoken to when strolling through the mall; better get used to questions like 'Sir, want to buy a new graphic card?' or 'Sir, need a new computer'? I always get the impression the products that are being sold there are not the most recent versions. For the most recent items, you should better head off to Plaza Low Yat across the street.

Many small shops at Plaza IMBI

IMBI is also famous for its 'illegal' products. This goes for computer software, mp3 music, Blu-ray movies & DVD’s, games; you name it, they sell it at IMBI. I personally would not buy these products there. For one you can download most of it yourself on the internet. Besides; you are risking troubles at customs of your home country when to bring along too many fake goods (including replicas of clothing, bags, watches, sunglasses). Since every country has its own policies, make sure to check up front what your country says about bringing fake stuff back home.

 

How to get to Plaza IMBI

If you're interested in paying a visit to Plaza IMBI; keep in mind the mall closes daily at 9pm instead of 10pm like all other malls within the Bukit Bintang area (10pm on Fridays and Saturdays). The mall is conveniently located along the monorail line; nearby IMBI station. This monorail station is located directly in front of Berjaya Times Square. As Plaza IMBI is located within Bukit Bintang; you can easily walk to the mall if you're staying in one of the hotels in this area. Since the shopping mall is a bit hidden, you'd best head over to Berjaya Times Square first. You can see the run down IMBI complex right across the road (cross the road via the pedestrian bridge). Plaza IMBI also borders popular local shopping mall Sungei Wang; you can exit Sungei Wang from the rear exit and cross the small alley to enter Plaza IMBI.

 

Map Plaza IMBI in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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