Kuala Lumpur has often been said to be the best place to get a good, authentic sampling of asian culture. The population of Malaysia consists of three major races (Malay, Chinese and Indian) and this is apparent in the capital’s food, architecture and culture. Kuala Lumpur is an extremely easy city to travel around where almost everybody in the city has a basic understanding of the English language. The city is has an excellent transport system where it is possible to travel to most of the city’s attraction in the comfort on an air-conditioned train. Here is a list of some of the top attractions in the city.
The KLCC Twin Towers
Since its completion, the KLCC Twin Towers has become the country’s icon. The Twin Towers is to Kuala Lumpur as what the Statute of Liberty is to New York City. If you have not been to the towers, you have not been to KL. For full details of this attraction, check out this page.
Malaysian Heritage Walk
This is an absolute must for all culture vultures. This walking tour takes place around the oldest parts of the city that is rich and dense with authentic local culture. You will get a good sampling of some of Kuala Lumpur’s gorgeous historical architectures, religious sites and even a sampling of delicious local delicacies. For more information on this tour, check out this page.
Regardless of whether you are interested in local culture, religious sites and nature or not, Batu Caves is definitely one of the must-visit places in Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves is a big Hindu temple complex that is located in and surrounding a giant cave system. The giant golden statute at the entrance is definitely a sight to remember and steep 272 steps climb (surrounded by lush greenery and wild monkeys) into the heart of the cave is one that you would not likely forget. It also doesn’t hurt that the it is located just a short 20 minutes drive away from the heart of the city. You can take the KTM Komuter train and stop at the Batu Caves station to get there.
Lake Gardens & Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
The Lake Gardens is akin to Central Park in New York. Although not as huge, this spacious green space is located just at the edge of Kuala Lumpur, making it an easy place to visit if you are in the mood for some R&R or get closer to nature. The park itself houses many attractions including a planetarium, the Islamic Arts Museum, a deer park, a butterfly park, national monument and most famous of all, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. This Bird Park is the largest walk-in, free-flight aviary in the world and houses many beautiful and exotic bird species. The easiest way to get to the Lake Gardens is to take a cab. The park is located behind right behind the National Mosque. You can also take the KTM Komuter train to get there. Stop the KTM Komuter Kuala Lumpur station and take a short walk to the National Mosque. The park is about 1 kilometer in length is be sure to put on a good pair of walking shoes before you make a visit.
Bukit Bintang Area
This area is definitely a must-go for all shopaholics. The area houses at least half a dozen giant shopping malls, not to mention the many shops, stalls and eateries surrounding them. All these big shopping malls are within walking distance from each other so be rest assured that you would be able to get almost anything you want without living that vicinity. Whether you are looking for bargain goods or high-end luxury products, there is something for everybody in Bukit Bintang. Berjaya Times Square, Sungai Wang Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, and Fahrenheit 88 are excellent spots for bargain hunting while Pavilion and Starhill Gallery (and Suria KLCC, which is just a short 10 minute walk away) have a good selection of luxury goods outlets. If you are looking for consumer electronics and tech gadgets, do give Low Yat Plaza a visit. It is the country’s largest IT shopping mall where all the entire 6 floors of the building is dedicated to selling smartphones, cameras, laptops, tech accessories and almost any other tech gadgets that you can think of. With a little research, you can also find some of the city’s yummiest street food in this area. For starters, Jalan Alor, which is the city’s most famous hawker food street, is located within Bukit Bintang.