Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, covers an area of 243.6 sq. km and has a population of 1.5 million.
Where to stay?
What to do in KL eh?
1. Petronas Twin Towers – The 41st and 42nd floor skybridge link is open to a fixed number of visitors every day. The only way for tourists to enter is to queue in the lobby for a free ticket for either the morning or afternoon session.
2. KL Lake Gardens is a pleasant area generously spread over a hundred hectares. Located within these grounds is the National Monument dedicated to Malaysia's military heroes. Around the Lake Gardens are the Orchid Gardens and the Deer Park. Not far away are the Butterfly Park and Bird Park. All are pleasant enough and may be of particular interest to naturalists.
3. The National Mosque is the largest in the country and is set in peaceful, well-kept grounds. Modern and a little lego-like it doesn't really warrant a visit, in contrast to the enchanting Masjid Jamek, the oldest and most beautiful mosque in KL.
4. Sultan Abdul Samad Building – The famous Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in the late 19th century to house the British administration and is now home to the Supreme and High Courts. This flamboyant and intricate example of Moorish architecture faces Dataran Medaka (Medaka Square) – the centre for National Day celebrations, and for those who are interested, here flies the highest flagpole in Asia.
5. KL Tower – Menara Kuala Lumpur ranks fourth among the tallest telecommunications towers in the world and was constructed over a period of four years and completed in May 1996. http://www.menarakl.net/
Where to shop?
1. Central Market
2. Chinatown – Chinatown stretches along the entire length of Jalan Petaling. Shops are open throughout the day; after 6pm, the Pasar Malam (night market) takes over, the road is closed to traffic and the street comes alive with stalls, restaurants and crowds. Here you can buy anything from imitation handbags to souvenirs, clothes, herbal remedies and local trinkets.
3. Chow Kit Market – Chow Kit Market only opens on Saturday nights and offers a wide selection of produce along with the opportunity to sample some local foods while meandering through the stalls.
4. Suria KLCC – Heralded as Malaysia's leading mall, the Suria KLCC is a vast complex with a broad choice of over 250 speciality shops and numerous cafes and restaurants.
5. City Square and Ampang Plaza – near Ampang Park LRT Station.
6. Sungei Wang – Catering to the lower to middle range budget is Sungei Wang situated close to similar malls near the junction of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang. http://www.sungeiwang.com/
7. Berjaya Times Square
8. Low Yatt Plaza
Place of Interests?
1. Batu Caves – These limestone caves sit at the top of a 272-step climb and feature colourful Hindu shrines and temples. Attracting sizeable crowds of visitors and worshippers daily, monkeys often congregate and harass for food. The busiest and liveliest time to visit is during the Thaipusam festival early in the year, when thousands of pilgrims converge to pay homage. http://mmtreks.com/belum/batu_caves.htm
2. Genting Highlands – One hour north, The Genting Highlands is a big favourite with people from all over Asia and features an extensive amusement and entertainment complex. This bright and noisy labyrinth offers something for all the family from arcade games and magic shows to Malaysia's only casino – definitely not for those trying to get away from it all! http://www.genting.com.my/ ~ Getting There
3. Sunway Lagoon http://www.sunway.com.my/lagoon/ ~ Cheaper Tickets