- Location: Towards west of Malayan Peninsula
- Attraction Type: City
- Significance: Capital city of Malaysia
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- How to Reach: By flight from major all cities; alternatively by coaches from Singapore and Penang, and Hat Hai in Thailand
- Nearest International Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Kuala Lumpur is the quintessence of what ‘traveling ideas’ mean in the present day context — great shopping, fantastic restaurants, and luxury accommodation at rates not found anywhere else in the whole world, with a bit of history and eclectic culture thrown in. Look at the skyline with the gorgeous Petronas Twin Towers ruling over it, and you get a snapshot of what a modern day metropolis is all about — or is it a glimpse in the future of world cities? You never know. However, one thing is clear in Kuala Lumpur — not having much of a history behind it, it does not look behind much. There is no extra baggage of heritage that Kuala Lumpur is very keen to carry around. Old buildings are being replaced by the most modern of architectural adventures all over in the city’s relentless march from the present to the future.
The history of Kuala Lumpur is all but 150 years old. However, within this short span it has skyrocketed from being a moderate destination for tin merchants to arguably the greatest cosmopolitan destination in the whole of Asia. It is estimated that in the last few years, it has left Singapore and Hanoi well behind in terms of tourist visits. What was the original city, is now a small heritage center with colonial style architecture at the City Centre. The city radiates from there to cover a large number of suburbs and adjacent towns.
Kuala Lumpur Activities
When in Kuala Lumpur, indulge yourself to your heart’s content. Live in style, eat great delicacies and shop till you drop. It is a city surprisingly budget-friendly when compared to other top-notch destinations of the Southeast. Make a point to visit the fabulous Chinatown, and the Indian locales of the city for some great culinary delights and shopping experience. Kuala Lumpur is very multi-cultural. So, make it a point to soak yourself in the myriads sights and senses offered by the city. It is Asia in microcosm.
Places to see in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is more or less clearly divided into certain districts, each with its unique range of attractions. Some of the most popular destinations in Kuala Lumpur are:
- Golden Triangle is famous for the Petronas Twin Towers, shopping malls, and party zones.
- Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur’s traditional shopping district featured by the immense Putra World Trade Center.
- City Center is renowned for the Merdeka Square, Selangor Club, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and Chinatown.
Accommodation and Dining
While visiting Kuala Lumpur you might select your accommodation as per your requirement. Among the luxury hotels Hotel Maya, Palace of the Golden Horses, Putrajaya Shangri — La, Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa, and Berjaya Times Square Hotel are notable. The comfortable hotels include Alpha Genesis Hotel, Hotel Capitol, Hotel Nova, Radius International Hotel, and Hotel Malaya. For a budget stay you could choose from Hotel Mayview Glory, Replica Inn Chinatown, Bintang Warisan Hotel, and Sarang Galloway Vacation Home.
Malayans are well-known for their love of food — be it local, Chinese, Thai, Indian or International. Hakka Republic Wine Bar and Restaurant, Euro Deli Grill Restaurant, Seri Melayu, and Mahsuri Sining Room are some of the popular eateries in Kuala Lumpur.