Kuala Lumpur is a gleaming cosmopolitan city with towering skyscrapers and extensive highways. Despite its continual developments, this city remains one of the greenest cities in Southeast Asia. Head up to Menara KL to achieve a spectacular bird’s eye view of the city and be amazed by KL’s lush green parks and gardens.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a key transport hub in Asia. The airport is equipped with modern facilities that enhance the travel experience of its visitors. There are touch-screen kiosks located throughout the airport to allow visitors to gain useful information on accommodation, tours, transport and attractions. From the airport, visitors have the option of taking the direct non-stop express rail service between the airport and Kuala Lumpur’s Central Station. You can reach the city centre within 30 mins! Alternatively, buy a coupon at the taxi counters at the arrival area for a cheap taxi to the heart of the city. It is not advisable to use taxis offered by illegal taxi operators. The city is best explored on foot.
The iconic Petronas Twin Towers is a must-visit both during the day and at night. Take a tour to the 41st and 42nd floor where the Skybridge is located to get a panoramic view of the city. Do queue up early in the morning for the 1,640 free tickets that are given out each morning. The Kuala Lumpur Tower is the tallest tower in Southeast Asia and is possibly the best place to get the best view of the city.
If heights are not your thing, stroll around the KLCC Park that is just behind the towers. The KLCC park has a great kid’s playground, paddling pools and synchronised fountains. View sand tiger sharks and giant groupers in the 90m long underwater tunnel at the Aquaria KLCC. If you’re an art lover, explore the Galeri Petronas which offers top-class exhibitions of contemporary photography and paintings. If you have time, consider booking a ticket for a classical music concert.
Shop till you drop at the Berjaya Times Square with a theme park inside. Electronics, fashion, video games and designer shops are available at this shopping mall. The Pavilion shopping centre is another famous mall in KL because of its Pavilion Crystal Fountain, the tallest Liuli Crystal Fountain in Malaysia.
Just strolling around bustling Chinatown along Jalan Petaling is an experience you should not miss. This area is one of the most colourful and busiest shopping parades in KL, particularly at night when the stalls are crammed with street stalls. Be prepared to bargain hard at the streets selling everything from fresh fruit and cheap clothes to pirated CDs and DVDs. Explore the colourful and intricately designed South Indian Sri Mahamariamman Temple. You are allowed to enter and walk the grounds of the temple but do remove your shoes and cover your head as a sign of respect. The Sze Ya Temple is another fascinating temple you should visit.
Little India is a great place to visit especially on the weekends with moneychangers, Indian cafes and street vendors selling Indian sweets and flower garlands. The Jamek Mosque in Little India is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur and also one of the must-dos in the city. Designed by Arthir Benison Hubback, the mosque is intricately built with Moorish architecture and inspired by the Moghul mosques in India. Again, do dress appropriately if you wish to enter.
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