Kuala Lumpur Holidays
Kuala Lumpur's dramatic transformation from humble jungle beginnings into a booming cosmopolitan hub resulted in a city where old meets new, east meets west and, luckily for travellers, luxury meets budget. The city's variety is intoxicating, from market stalls to designer shops, street food stalls to fine dining restaurants, colonial architecture to modern skyscrapers, and budget hostels to five-star resorts. Kuala Lumpur tourism allows visitors to discover the city anew with every visit.
Things to do
The variety of things to do in Kuala Lumpur mean there is something for all tastes. Snap-happy visitors should walk across the Skybridge between the city's iconic Petronas Towers or from the Menera KL, with its spinning top viewing deck. Culture vultures should soak up the colonial atmosphere in Merdeka Square before heading to one of the many varied temples to experience different religions. Shopaholics can immerse themselves in the bustle of Kuala Lumpur's renowned Jalan Petaling Market and then find peace at the Butterfly Park, bird sanctuary or national Planetarium, all peaceful utopias in the heart of the city.
Food & restaurants
Kuala Lumpur's rich multiculturalism is manifested in its food. From modest roadside pots of steaming Malay curries to opulent fine dining, restaurants in Kuala Lumpur have something for all tastes. Delicious street food stalls can be found in Chinatown's kedai kopis, where locals flock to Lai Fong for beef noodles served with optional tripe. Madam Kwan's more sophisticated take on local dishes including nasi lemak (chicken and rice) are worth spending a bit more for, or if you're looking for fusion dishes Palate Pallette offers unpretentious fair such as a Thai roast beef sandwich.
Hotels in Kuala Lumpur are varied enough for all budgets, with particular discounts outside weekends. Most of the cheaper accommodation is around Chinatown or the quieter Bukit Bintang. A good option is the Backpacker's Travellers Inn with its functional rooms and fantastic rooftop bar. In Chinatown, Wheelers offers quirky accommodation complete with a mini aquarium and free Friday night dinners and breakfasts. Splashing out? More extravagant lodgings are centred on The Golden Triangle. Maya is a futuristic boutique hotel with chic furnishings and uniquely themed rooms.
The shopping in Kuala Lumpur ranges from glitzy shopping centres such as Pavilion KL to bustling local markets. Chow Kit Market is a true assault on the senses with haggling crowds, vibrant colours and smells of street vendors wafting through the air. Jalan Petaling Market is your one-stop for fake brand name goods, while Central Market sells fresh produce and local crafts.
Kuala Lumpur is best seen on foot. Although the city can seem overwhelming with its different neighbourhoods, such as Chinatown, Little India and The Golden Triangle, it is extremely compact.
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