Photo of the Week: Petronas Towers from Kampung Baru image

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One of the things we liked most about Kuala Lumpur was the different neighbourhoods. We headed to Brickfields for cheap tasty Indian dosas and thalis; to Chinatown for the chaotic markets; and to Kampung Baru to see one of the city’s most traditional neighbourhoods.

We walked from the Petronas Towers through the commercial business district of highrise offices and hotels, along multi-lane highways, empty on a Sunday morning, until we emerged in the quiet Malaysian neighbourhood of Kampung Baru. We felt like we’d left the city and entered a rural village.

Instead of highrises we found colourful one storey wooden houses on stilts, in quiet leafy streets full of banana plants and vibrant tropical flowers.

It feels a world away from Kuala Lumpur’s centre but you only have to look up to see the Petronas Towers looming above – a reminder that this is a city of contrasts.

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