The variety of things to do in Kuala Lumpur means there’s something for all tastes.
Located 11 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur is the breath-takingBatu Caves. This impressive limestone outcrop is home to three major caves, a series of smaller caves, and a brilliance of colourful and sacred Hindu statues and paintings. If you’re up for a steep 272-stair climb, you can reach Cathedral Cave and unbeatable skyline views of the city centre. If you’d rather stay close to base, you’ll be kept company by a large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance, as well as the curious monkeys that call this sacred place home. Batus Caves attracts thousands more tourists and worshippers during the Hindu Thaipusam festival, which is generally held at the end of January each year.
The Central Markets showcase the city’s artistic community with endless handicraft stalls and boutiques. You can pick up authentic local merchandise and other souvenirs at affordable prices, and you can enjoy Chinese culinary delights at the restaurants and foodcourt on the second floor of the building. The 120-year-old building has been redesigned over the years as a huge gifts emporium, but it still celebrates Kuala Lumpur’s history.
Reverred as the ‘Twin Jewels’ of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Towers stand an impressive 452 metres tall amongst the hustle of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. The skyscrapers boast Islamic-inspired architecture, andthe Skybridge serves as an ingenious way to move from tower to tower without needing to go back down to ground level.
If you’re after a place to relax and take some nature shots,Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens is the place to go. Just as its name suggests, Lake Gardens is a lush getaway peppered with manicured and colourfulgardens around the lake. It spans over 227 acres and is home to two manmade lakes and a variety of gardens – with each garden having a specific theme. Flower-lovers will be in their element in Orchid Garden, where there is over 800 species of orchids, while the Hibiscus Garden pays hommage to Kuala Lumpur’s national flower. Other incredible parks include Butterfly Park, Deer Park, and Bird Park, which is home to more than 3,000 birds.
Built in 1928, the Royal King’s Palace is completely fenced-off and is protected by two guard posts. While you can’t enter the palace, its intricate details and beautiful architecture make it an incredible sight from a distance. Don’t worry if you don’t catch a glimpse of the Malaysian King –you can tell if he’s home if the flags fly at full mast. If they’re folded away, that means you’ve missed him entirely.