Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is referred to by the locals, is the largest and most populous city in Malaysia. It
is one of the leading cities n South-Est Asia in terms of economy and development, and the 6
visited city in the world. As the capital of the country, it is an exciting place full of so many opportunities
for its residents and visitors alike.
This metropolitan city is a melting pot of all different types of people and adventures. This means that as
a visitor, you'll be rushing to see and experience everything you can fit in. Kuala Lumpur is also well
known for its architecture, whether it be astounding skyscrapers like the Petronas towers with top-notch
technology or historic colonial buildings with old world charm.
The happening city also never seems to go to sleep with a bustling nightlife. Most of the excitement
seems to be concentrated within what is known as the “Golden Triangle”, or three major roads - Jalan
Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan – that seem to be the center of all things commercial
and entertainment related.
Your days will be spent taking in all the contrasts the exciting city has to offer, going from history to
modernity, budget to luxury, and so on. You will also eat plenty of amazing food, shop at incredible
markets and malls, see and experience amazing places, and have the time of your life!
Here are some of the best places to visit and things to do on your trip to Kuala Lumpur:
- Petronas Twin Towers
Dominating the city's skyline are the famous twin towers of Malaysia, one of the most popular landmarks
that are instantly recognizable in the world. These two buildings make the world's tallest twin
skyscrapers, at 88 storeys high. The towers are home to several offices, a shopping mall, an underwater
aquarium, a science center, restaurants, and a double sky bridge connecting the two towers on the 41
st and 42 nd floors that offers incredible views of the city. KLCC Park, an urban park full of lush greenery,
surrounds the buildings.
- KL Tower
Kuala Lumpur Tower or “Minerat” is another skyscraper that stands tall and proud on the KL skyline. The
observation deck at the top provides one of – if not the – highest views in the entire country. The 360
degrees view it offers is certainly an incredible sight not to be missed.
Kuala Lumpur is known to be a shopping lover's paradise, and that's not for naught. The city is home to
numerous shopping malls and markets. Some of the most popular shopping malls include Pavilion KL,
Midvalley Mega Mall & The Gardens, Berjaya Times Square, Suria KLCC.
While Kuala Lumpur has its fair share of high end retail outlets, for a shopping experience that is so
authentically Malaysian, you'll have to get yourself to one of the local markets such as Central Market,
and Chinatown's Petaling Street Market. You'll have one of the most entertaining times of your life
walking down streets filled with shops selling all kinds of things, haggling with shopkeepers, and getting
the best deals.
- Mosques & Islamic Sites
With Islam being the major religion of the country, there are several beautiful and grand mosques in
Kuala Lumpur that are definitely worth a visit. This includes Masjid Negara (National Mosque of
Malaysia), Jamek Mosque (one of the oldest in the city, Blue Mosque Selangor (Masjid Sultan
Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah – the largest mosque in the country), and so many more. You can also visit
the Islamic Arts Museum to learn more about the religion and the part it plays in the history of the
country and the world.
- Nature & Wildlife
While being very much a concrete jungle, Kuala Lumpur isn't barren of nature and wildlife. The city is
dotted with beautiful gardens and parks, some of the most notable being Perdana Botanical Garden,
Kepong Botanical Garden, and KL Forest Eco Park. You can see beautiful birds at the Kuala Lumpur
Bird Park, watch fascinating sea life in Aquarium KLCC, and colorful butterflies at KL Butterfly Park.
- Day Trips
There are several places that you can visit on a day's trip from Kuala Lumpur. These include Sunway
Lagoon, a theme park, Genting Highlands, a hill resort/theme park that is home to hotels, restaurants,
shopping malls, and various other forms of entertainment, Cameron Highlands, a hill station known for tea plantations, Batu Caves, a series of 400 million year old limestone caves housing several Hindu
shrines, Thean Hou Temple, a 6-tiered Chinese temple, the National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara),
and so much more.