This busy, modern, yet charming metropolis is somewhere every visitor to Malaysia should experience and spend at least 2 or 3 nights exploring. Whether it’s the back street local food stalls cooking up some delicious Malay cuisine, the modern, designer shopping malls that are dotted around the city or the amazing cultural sites within or surrounding the city, there’s plenty to pack into a few days here and you’ll be so glad you did.
As the capital of Malaysia, you’d expect this city to be modern, business-like and efficient. Indeed it is, but it also a city steeped in history and one that benefits from a wonderful mix of cultures from nearby Indonesia, Thailand, plus India and China beyond.
Step away from the busy streets and high-rise buildings and you will come across side streets oozing with character, whether its old buildings housing generations of one family, small boutique shops selling locally handcrafted goods or local family-run restaurants serving delicious homemade cuisine. Don’t be shy to venture away from the main tourist route and explore some of these back streets, whether it’s on foot, by bicycle or even by hailing a local trishaw driver and asking him to show you around.
Unlike some of the other major cities in Asia, and perhaps with the exception of the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur is not necessarily blessed with iconic buildings and sights to see – it is for this reason that you need to grab yourself a good guide book and some comfy shoes and go out there and explore the city – you won’t be disappointed!
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