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Malaysia: more than meets the eye

Here’s your one-stop guide to Sepang ahead of the Shell Malaysian Grand Prix

In 1999, the brilliant Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur hosted its first Grand Prix, with the 500cc race won by Kenny Roberts, Jr on a Suzuki. Since then Sepang has been a consistent fixture on the calendar and the circuit has also been extensively used for MotoGP™ preseason testing over the years.

There are superb beaches, rainforests, beautiful national parks and a stunning array of fauna and flora to explore. Go hiking, caving or rafting and then wind down on a tropical island.

Perhaps you are looking for a taste of life in the fast lane? Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur has something for everyone - within its bustling streets are fantastic restaurants, the sparkling Petronas Towers and grand colonial buildings around Merdeka Square, the busy markets and state-of-the-art shopping malls.

Kuala Lumpur is one of the key cultural, commercial and financial centres of this area of the world. It has a population of around 1.5 million people (7.2 million in the wider metropolitan area), and aspirations to rival Singapore in terms of regional importance.

Widely referred to as simply 'KL', this is an enchanting city to discover as you soak up the intriguingly diverse Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures, and sense the former influence of the British Empire on this striking capital. Make time to visit Little India and Chinatown, the old colonial centre around Merdeka Square and the area nicknamed the Golden Triangle in the heart of the downtown district.

In the countryside surrounding KL, there is easy access for a rainforest experience amongst the elevated treetop walkway of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia, whilst a beautiful Hindu shrine can be found at Batu Caves. 

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