The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a highlight of Southeast Asia. It’s a dynamic multicultural city with a sprawling skyline of temples and skyscrapers, and it’s making time to visit if you are passing through.
If you’re considering travelling to Southeast Asia you’ll usually find cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur, especially as AirAsia has a major hub there. Even if Malaysia isn’t your end destination it might be cheap to fly to KL and then get a low cost flight elsewhere.
The Petronas Towers, affectionately bearing the moniker twin jewels of Malaysia, are worth a visit and boasted the impressive title of tallest towers in the world until 2004 when The Taipei 101 Building in Taiwan outgrew them. The towers are thought to represent the cities progress and ambition and are highly regarded by the cities inhabitants. The Menara KL tower is another building that will steal your heart, with breath-taking views of the city. It also has the added luxury of a revolving restaurant and this is the place to kill two birds with one stone by satisfyingboth your appetite for food and landscape.
Shopping till you drop is a popular pursuit in the golden triangle: a wealthy district of shops, restaurants and hotels. The Chow Kit, or wet market, is a more intimate experience as well as a great place to pick up a few bits and bobs. The night market at Pasar Malam on Petaling Street is also worth a stop and Chinatown and little India are both fastpaced dynamic communities worth a visit for any budding shopper. Hutong Food Court is the place to stock up on tasty supplies and ‘Yut Kee’- a traditional coffee shop a great place to make you feel replenished.
If you want to delve into the Art scene then the Annexe Gallery tends to house the city’s most vibrant exhibits. No Black Tie is a great intimate music venue if you’re looking to chill out to a good tune and Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre is the place to watch a production of theatre is your thing.
Take a break from the city by frequenting the peaceful island of Penang. Or explore the Lima caves as well as taking in the important temple, landmarks and monuments scattered around. Religion is a vital element of this culture and another temple worth a visit is the Sri Maha Sakthi Mohambigai Amman Temple or the Thean Hou Temple perched at the top of Robson Heights, one of the oldest temples in the area.
If you want to experience nature then The Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens are the perfect place to soak up the peace and quiet, housing hundreds of varieties of flowers, this place has a rose tinted view of life. If you love nature than the Cameron Highlands are a great place to check out. Stroll through the rose gardens and tea plantationsor go on a quick hike, making sure you absorb the tranquillity and take a big gulp of clean air. En route the Orang Asli, the Malaysian Aboriginals provide a truly original experience if you don’t mind venturing off the beaten track.