Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, and one of the first stops people usually make on their trip here. Graced by towering skyscrapers, historic monuments and colourful streets, this multicultural city is divided into several districts, each with their own character and charm.
Just like the country’s favourite local dishes, Kuala Lumpur has a little bit of everything. From colonial architecture, to historical markets, intricate religious sites, shopping malls, art galleries, trendy restaurants and lush parks, the capital features an astounding blend of old and new.
Some of the grandest festivals and national celebrations can be found in Kuala Lumpur, which brings together citizens from all races and religions at any time the year.
The Golden Triangle is a large area bordered by three roads, namely Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan. The glamorous shopping and entertainment district of Bukit Bintang is situated here, a treat for shopaholics and those who want to be at the centre of everything. From here, you can visit the iconic landmarks of Malaysia – the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower. If you only have a few hours to spare, take a bike tour across the city.
Petaling Street, or Chinatown, is the famous food and shopping haven of Kuala Lumpur. Vibrant by day and even more so by night, Petaling Street is filled with little stalls and restaurants. The street food in Petaling Street have been around for generations, so we highly recommend that you try the food fare. Alternatively you can join a KL food tour to sample the best bites in the city with a local.
Filled with landscaped gardens and winding paths, Lake Gardens is the local’s favourite spot for jogging, exercising and picnics. To see a different side of KL, you can stroll or ride a Segway around the lake. From here, it is not far from the bird park, butterfly garden, the National Mosque, National Museum and National Monument. Another spot worth checking out is KL Forest Eco Park, the last rainforest in the city with top-notch views of KL Tower.
Kampung Baru is the last and only traditional Malay enclave in the city that still preserves their ethnic Malay lifestyle and architecture. While most only stop here to take a few photographs, it is worth staying for their delicious array of food. For a local’s perspective, take part in a walking tour or food tour in Kampung Baru.
When Malaysians invite you into their home, you can expect warmth and hospitality. One way to experience that is to participate in a cooking class or dining experience, which lets you into their lives, learn to cook with local spices and feast the Malaysian way. In Kuala Lumpur, you can find a range of food experiences for Malay, Chinese, Indian and Peranakan cuisines.
One of the best things about having a multicultural city is the plethora of religious sites from different communities. Some of the attractions you should visit in Kuala Lumpur are the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Then Hou Temple, Masjid Negara and Sin Sze Ya Temple.
One way to experience KL in a different way is to join a class or workshop. Among others, you can learn to paint batik, create your own batik products, play the 24 Festive Drums, brew coffee with a barista, and learn the basics of different traditional dances
Kuala Lumpur is just as bright and beautiful after the sun goes down. Watch the sunset on a helicopter pad. Sip on cocktails at swanky rooftop bars or boutique speakeasies. Party at sophisticated nightclubs and underground venues. If you’re not one to party, you can still go local with a meal at the mamak stall or night market, or go for a casual painting class. Not sure how? You can explore the KL night life with a local.
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