Kuala Lumpur is the bustling centre of commerce of Malaysia as well as its capital city. Kuala Lumpur’s amazing evolution started as a Chinese tin mining settlement only 150 years ago and has now become one of Asia’s most important and favourite cities. Located on the central western coast of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is close to many of Malaysia spectacular tourist destinations.
Visitors to Kuala Lumpur are treated to an enticing mixture of high tech buildings and shopping centres balanced by traditional temples and trader stalls all surrounded by the humid lush jungles of the surrounding mountains.
The city centre of ‘KL’, as it is known locally, contains the traditional colonial administration buildings and established areas including the Selangor Club, Merdeka Square and Chinatown, where shoppers can immerse themselves in the beguiling combination of trading, the rich smells of cooking and the gentle bustle of a friendly crowd. The KL Bird Park is also in the city centre and is a rare chance for visitors to enjoy a walk through 20 acres of landscaped parkland inhabited by many of Asia’s most spectacular bird-life.
The Golden Triangle is a popular precinct to the North East of the city centre where the Petronis Towers and some of the city’s most modern shopping malls are located. Once the world’s tallest building, The Petronis Towers are an icon of Asia and also a great place where visitors can travel up to the Sky Bridge and enjoy panoramic views to the sprawling city.
The Northern suburbs of Kuala Lumpur is home to the National Zoo and another of the worlds iconic attractions, the Batu Caves. These limestones caves are thought to be around 400 million years old and have become a place of worship for Hindus. The extensive cave complex boast a temple that rises 100 metres (330 feet) above the floor of an enormous cavern complete with a stunning gold statue of Lord Murugan that towers over visitors.
Kuala Lumpur is a relatively easy city to get around with a modern light rail transit, a traditional rail system and a network of buses. Like many Asian cities it can become congested (or even gridlocked) during peak hour so taking advantage of public transport can save considerable effort.
Time spent in Kuala Lumpur tends to leave visitors with resounding memories. The mashup of Indian, Chinese, British and ethnic Malay cultures combine to create a colourful exciting city that is perfect for sightseers, food lovers, shoppers and those who wish to experience Asia at its best.