Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur is a city caught in a metropolitan dilemma; it aspires to be Singapore, but at times feels more like Bangkok. It is a mix of clean, clinical efficiency of business-like Singapore, and the raffish rough edges of the Thai capital, Bangkok, that creates the Kuala Lumpur's charm. Kuala Lumpur, meaning ‘muddy confluence', has grown with amazing speed since the economic growth accelerated during the 1980s and early 1990s, resulted in vibrant cityscape. Over the last few years the construction and infrastructure projects have seen the city's skyline become crowded with cranes and clanking machinery as entire neighborhoods have undergone redevelopment. Kuala Lumpur is now one of the most important cities of Asia and continues to grow economically, culturally and politically.
For the Malaysians, Kuala Lumpur is ‘Ibukota’ (Mother City) and treated with great respect. The Malaysian government tourism slogan of Malaysia truly Asia is perfect for KL. As the city is the confluence of Malaysian Inhabitants, Chinese settlers, Indian Migrants and British colonials all offered their distinct cultural contribution to KL. The tourism sector also plays an important part in the city’s economy, providing income, employment and expanding business opportunities. As an extension of this, many large worldwide hotel chains have presence in the city. Kuala Lumpur has also developed into an international shopping destination with a wide variety of shopping centers and megamalls which carry well-known global and local brands. Conference tourism—which mainly encompasses conventions—has also expanded in recent years and is becoming a very important component of the industry.
The major tourist destinations are as follows:
Dataran Merdeka (the Independence Square), the House of Parliament, the Istana Budaya, the Istana Negara (National Palace), the Kuala Lumpur Tower, the Muzium Negara (National Museum), the Putra World Trade Centre, the Tugu Negara (National Monument) and mosques such as the Masjid Jamek, the Masjid Negara (National Mosque) and the Federal Territory Mosque.
Other tourist attraction includes the Aquaria KLCC, the Batu Caves, the Makam Pahlawan (National Mausoleum), the National Science Centre, Petaling Street, the Royal Selangor Pewter Visitor Centre, the Zoo Negara (National Zoo), and events such as Malay cultural centres, the Chinese cultural festivals at the Thean Hou Temple and the Thaipusam procession at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
The Golden Triangle, the commercial hub of the city, contains the Petronas Twin Towers and has a distinctive nightlife. Trendy nightclubs, bars and lounges, such as the Beach Club, Espanda, the Hakka Republic Wine Bar & Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, the Luna Bar, Nuovo, Rum Jungle, the Thai Club, Zouk, and many others are located within and around Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang.
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Tour on Private Basis
kuala Lumpur is the new urban center where ethnic cultures, old heritage, traditions and values converge together to give the city a distinct flavor. Kuala Lumpur was a small tin mining town which is now transformed into one of the world’s premier cities. Kuala-Lumpur City is a place where ethnic Chinese, Indians and Malay communities leave together clutching on to their values and traditions at the same time embracing the modernity. Kuala Lumpur has many tourist attractions which are historical in nature and is closely attached with local population’s sentiments. See the Merdeka Square (independence square) and feel the pride of the Malaysians, visit the Petronas twin tower which is identified as the national symbol of Malaysia or simply visit the National Monument to experience the story of Malaysia. See the natural beauty of Kuala Lumpur’s flora and fauna in Lake Gardens, experience the history and heritage of Malaysia in the National Museum and buy traditional handicrafts from Handicraft Center. This tour will provide you a glimpse of what Malaysia is all about.
Country and Batu Caves Tour
This tour will give you a glimpse of the rural Malaysian Villages, its rich traditions and legacy of handicrafts like the Pewter and Batik and a visit to the Batu Caves, a series of natural caves inside a limestone hill which is also the most important Hindu shrine outside India. You will travel to the beautiful countryside and will admire the quaint Malayan Villages. The first Stop is at the famed Royal Selangor Pewter Factory. The Royal Selangor Pewter is world famous as the most modern pewter factory in the world and is highly reputed for its high quality craftsmanship. Here you will learn about the different process of Pewter works. Next stop is at the Batik Factory where you will admire and learn about the famed batik craftsmanship which is prevalent in Malaysia since the antiquity. Next you will visit the Batu Caves situated inside a limestone Hill. The Batu Caves are a series of natural caverns and small caves. This is also the most important Hindu Shrine outside India and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Admire the beautiful natural caves and its location surrounded by pristine thick green foliage. Once your visit is complete, you will be transferred back to Kuala-Lumpur City and will be dropped at your selected drop off point.
KL Tower Tour on Private Basis
The Kuala Lumpur Tower, also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur is the second tallest freestanding tower in the world. This 421 meter high tower was finished in 1995 and is used for communication purpose. The KL Tower is the icon of Malaysia and is loved and revered by the Malaysians. The tower architecture is made of Islamic style with detail Arabic Scripts, Islamic tiles, floral and abstract motifs and beautiful color combinations. You can climb up to the observation deck and will get a sweeping panoramic view of the Kuala-Lumpur city. Here you can also enjoy meals and refreshments at the Berputar Seri Angkasa Restaurant which is a revolving one and provides 360 glimpse of Kuala Lumpur’s cityscape. Visit the tower and admire this icon of Malaysia.
Garden and Parks Tour
In this tour you will visit the beautifully maintained garden and parks of Kuala Lumpur. The Garden and Parks tour will offer you a glimpse of Malaysia’s rich flora and fauna. In this tour you will visit the Orchid Garden which is spread in an area of one hectare and has more than 800 varieties of Orchids including exotic species. The garden is beautifully maintained and is full of flowers blooming in full glory. Next visit the The Butterfly Park which houses more than 6000 butterflies of over 120 species. The park has more than 15,000 plants of 100 species. The park resembles a Malaysian rainforest. Next you will visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park which is the largest bird park of entire South East Asia. The bird park houses nearly every birds of each and every species of birds that are found in this region. This tour will be a quite an educational tour of ecology, environment conservation, bird watching and the flora and fauna of Malaysia.
Templer’s Park Tour
This tour will offer you a relaxing atmosphere free from the urban life speed and tensions in pristine, tranquil and thick green foliage of Templer’s Park. The Templer’s park is located 22 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur and is a popular relaxation and picnic point of Kuala-Lumpur. Visit the Templer’s Park and admire the tropical landscape which also has a towering, million year old limestone hill named as Bukit Takun. Here you can enjoy nature hiking, bird watching or you can simply choose to relax by swimming in the cool and crystal blue natural pools and can simply admire the kanching Waterfalls flowing through the park. Here You can enjoy a relaxing and soothing day free from the noisy cities and fast pace of urban life. Feel rejuvenated after this tour.
Kuala Lumpur enjoys a tropical climate year round and remains warm and sunny. Kuala Lumpur receives heavy rains due to Monsoon from October to March. The temperature remains constant and hovers between 33° C to 23° C. Flooding is common in Kuala Lumpur due to frequent and heavy rains in the city centre and downstream areas.
Kuala Lumpur is the best place to savor the diverse Malaysian Cuisine with various regional and cultural influences. Kuala Lumpur offers authentic Malaysian, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai and Indian cuisine and you will also find international cuisine like Italian, French and Arabian. Visit a roadside stall and try out the various halal and non halal; food. The ‘Mamak Shops’ – food outlets run by Indian Muslim is a must visit place to try out halal foods and other Indian specialties. Visit the Lot 10 shopping mall in the Golden Triangle and sample some local street foods. Malay food can be found in Jalan Masjid India, Chow Kit and Kampung Baru areas in the Tunaku Abdul Rahman district. Chinatown is the best place to enjoy authentic Chinese specialties. The Lebuh Ampang is famous for Indian food and Bangsar has many well known restaurants where you can have western food. A lot of Arab and Middle Eastern restaurants have mushroomed in Bukit Bintang, Cyberjaya and Damai. Kuala Lumpur is a place where you will enjoy the entire culinary specialities of Asia and delicacies from around the world.
Best Time to Visit
Kuala Lumpur is an all year destination and can be visited any time of the year. The temperature remains constant. However, the city receives heavy rains from October to March and this is the period when travelling can be difficult due to excessive rains. Rest of the months is fine and remains sunny and warm.
How to Reach
By Air: Kuala Lumpur, the national capital is well connected with the rest of the world by various international airline. The national carrier is the Malaysian Airlines which serves various important cities of the world. Long distance flights from Europe to Far East made transit stops in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is also served by various low cost airlines that operate in the Southeast Asia.