As well as being great for shopping, KL the capital of Malaysia is a foodie heaven, find everything from street food to afternoon tea! The view from the Petronas Towers, once the world’s tallest buildings, is a must see while you are here!
Kuala Lumpur – commonly referred to as ‘KL’ – is more than just a capital city: it is a testament to Malaysian ingenuity and determination. With humble beginnings as a tin-mining shanty town, KL has evolved into a 21st-century metropolis, watched over by the iconic Petronas Towers, Asia’s tallest twin skyscrapers. Boasting some of Southeast Asia’s largest shopping malls and a colourful labyrinth of street markets, the city is a retail paradise. Unlike many Asian cities, KL has retained a majority of its historical buildings and features many peaceful spots within the city centre where visitors can relax and escape the heat, including the lush landscapes of Lake Gardens and the greenery of Tasik Titiwangsa. If shopping isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry – Kuala Lumpur is filled to the brim with activities and sites for all interests, budgets, ages and abilities. Visit temples that house more Buddha statues thank you can count, or spend an evening at a traditional dinner in the open air, surrounded by fireflies. Wander the streets of Chinatown or buy locally produced souvenirs in the city’s Central Markets. The best way to explore this vivacious city is on foot, so get ready to sweat as you manoeuvre chaotic traffic jams and construction sites. Kuala Lumpur is home to a large bird bark, a butterfly sanctuary, an elephant orphanage and the Aquaria KLCC which is home to over 150 species of marine life, so animal lovers are sure to be in their element! The Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is a great place to cool off on a hot day, then spend your evenings indulging in some of the finest cuisine from around the world! Cheap and cheerful tables line the streets of Jalan Alor once the sun sets, and you can find everything from traditional rice and noodle dishes to exotic seafood and desserts. Your taste buds will thank you, but after a busy day shopping, your credit card might not!