Discover Kuala Lumpur – Travel Tips
From its humble origins as a small Chinese tin-mining village, Kuala Lumpur has developed into a busy international city of over 6.5 million people. Increasing numbers of visitors from around the world make time for Kuala Lumpur, and Malaysia hotels offer the highest levels of luxury for visitors. Here, we take a closer look at this exciting and dynamic Asian city
Kuala Lumpur has a striking skyline, especially when observed during sunset or sunrise. One of the best ways to experience the visual appeal of the city is to wander around and catch the small details.
Dataran Merdeka/Independence Square
Independence Square is the area where Malaysian independence was declared in 1957. Things to see in the area include the Stultan Abdul Samad Building, the National Mosque, the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, and the Islamic Arts Museum, which is famous for its collection. Head over to the Lake Gardens for a relaxing time and nice photo opportunity.
Chinatown is situated within the city’s central district, with atmospheric narrow streets and plenty of choice when it comes to restaurants and grocery shops.
The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle is mainly a shopping and nightlife area, though it contains the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and the Petronas Twin Towers (once the tallest building in the world), which dominate the city’s skyline. Menara KL Tower in Bukit Nanas is also worth seeing, especially as Bukit Nanas, a forest reserve within the city, offers excellent views of the city. The Golden Triangle is the epicentre for nightlife in Kuala Lumpur.
The Batu Caves are just outside Kuala Lumpur and a very popular destination for visitors. Located in the Northern suburbs, the Batu Caves are a series of limestone caves, open to exploration by visitors and keen rock climbers. In January or February each year, the caves and greater area host the Thaipusam festival, a traditional festival held in honour of the Hindu Lord Murugan that lasts for three days and sees up to 1 million attendees every year.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
For families the KL Bird Park is a great place to get close to wildlife and see some stunning native birds up close. The bird park has regular feedings and shows, and gives visitors plenty of opportunity to walk around and explore. The park is next to the Islamic Art Museum in the city centre.
Kuala Lumpur is the country’s shopping city and a shopper’s paradise, with over 65 shopping malls. There are choices to suit any budget. Under the Petronas Twin Towers is Suria KLCC, an upmarket shopping mall and possibly Malaysia’s premier shopping centre. Shopping malls in Malaysia are usually littered with restaurants, speciality cafes and alfresco dining opportunities.
Other shopping areas to look out for:
- The Bukit Bintang area in the Golden Triangle has been compared to Ginza in Tokyo and Fifth Avenue in New York. The area has one of the highest concentration of outlets in the city, and probably the country.
- Berjaya Plaza and Berjaya Times Square
- Imbi Plaza
- Kuala Lumpur Plaza
- Starhill Gallery – for very high end shopping, like Suria KLCC
- Fahrenheit 88
- Lot 10
- Sungei Wang Plaza
- Pavilion Kualar Lumpur
- Low Yat Plaza – a great place for electronics and gadgets
- Chinatown – for traditional Asian shops and markets
- Central Market – for sourvenirs, and art and crafts.
- Little India area in Jalan Masjid for fabrics
Malaysia is a food-lover’s paradise, with excellent value for money and a huge variety of cuisines. Roadside stalls and kedai kopi or kopitiam (‘coffee shops’) provide excellent street style and casual dining options. Don’t miss out on a chance to try the popular roti canai at the mamak shops and stalls, which are run by Indian Muslims. Food courts in the numerous shopping malls are another way to eat cheap local food. Great local restaurants can be found in the Golden Triangle, Heritage Row, and areas in Damansara and Hartamas. Try the Jalan Masjid, Chow Kit and Kampung Baru areas for area for Malay food, Lebuh Ampang and Brickfields for Indian food, and Damai, Cyberjaya, and Bukit Bintang for Middle Eastern cusine.
Kuala Lumpur is one of the most exciting cities in Asia. Like hotels in any city, such as Doha hotels, Kuala Lumpur offers a huge variety of choice, and for the best levels of comfort and enjoyment, stay with a reputable chain on your next trip to Kuala Lumpur.