Kuala Lumpur is the largest city and also the capital of Malaysia. Being the tallest building in the world, the well-known Petronas Twin Towers provide an excellent view of the city. The towers are the home of a variety of art galleries and shops. Diverse dining experiences are ensured thanks to the Indian, Malay and Chinese influences. To review the past history of the city, explore the Jamek Mosque by riverside, the 1910 Old Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad building with the 131′ tall clock tower.
Kuala Lumpur city skyline (Copyright: leungchopan)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – DECEMBER 13 : KL-Tower at December 13, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The second tallest tower in the country with its height of 421 m. It stands on a hill in the city center. (Attila JANDI / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – JUN 29: Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 29, 2015. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and most populous city in Malaysia. (Takashi Images / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – FEB 16, 2014: Kuala Lumpur Railway Station in Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, served as Malaysia main railway hub for 91yrs was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. (Gwoeii / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – DECEMBER 26, 2015 : Train leaving the old KL station in Kuala Lumpur city. (KYTan / Shutterstock)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – April 5, 2013: The world’s tallest flagpole at Merdeka Square, where the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time upon gaining independence from the British rule (Supannee Hickman / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – DECEMBER 27: The old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Photo taken December 27, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Vincent St. Thomas / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – CIRCA JULY 2015 The National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia ocirca July 2015. It is known as the Masjid Negara. (Wojtek Chmielewski / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – MARCH 12 2014. Masjid Negara Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Nadezda Murmakova / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – MARCH 12 2015: Non-muslim visitor wearing a special dress to cover their body parts when entering the National Mosque or Masjid Negara. (Abd. Halim Hadi / Shutterstock)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – June 25: People walking and shopping around Kasturi Walk Central Market, Kuala Lumpur on June 25, 2015 (f11photo / Shutterstock)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – April 5, 2014: Kasturi Walk, alongside Central Market, is a popular local outdoor market for its numerous kiosks selling food, souvenirs, and other products. (Supannee Hickman / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – JUN 15: Customers and sellers in KL Central Market on Jun 15, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage. (Iryna Rasko / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – NOVEMBER 13: A Malaysian artist working on a painting during an art awareness program at Annexe Central Market November 13, 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Shamleen / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – AUGUST 31: Unidentified young women posing for photograph during celebration of Independence day 57th in Merdeka square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 31, 2014 (masuti / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR-APRIL 27: crew member on April 27, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. FlyFirefly Sdn Bhd is a full-service point-to-point carrier and a full subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines. (Sorbis / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – DEC 22: Unidentified female cosplayers portray as Minun (L) and Plusle (R) from anime Pokemon during Comic Fiesta on Dec 22, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Syaheir Azizan / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – MARCH 20: Petaling Street on March 20, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. The street is a long market which specializes in counterfeit clothes, watches and shoes. Famous tourist attraction (joyfull / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – MAY 13: Shoppers and traders walk along a bustling Chinatown street on May 13, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. The city’s ethnic Chinese began settling Chinatown Petaling Street area circa 1850s. (1000 Words / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – NOVEMBER 14, 2014 : Local foods in Chinatown Street restaurant . Chinatown is very popular with tourists and locals. (T.Dallas / Shutterstock)
BATU CAVES, MALAYSIA – CIRCA JANUARY 2015: Lord Murugan Hindu Deity Statue by Hindu Temple Entrance at Batu Caves in Malaysia. A popular tourist attraction north of Kuala Lumpur. (Pe3k / Shutterstock)
Malaysian Tiger take a morning deep at National Zoo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Copyright: azmanshah)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – AUGUST 2013 : The Main Prayer Hall at Sri Mahamariamman Indian Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 11, 2013. The main prayer hall has richly decorated ceilings. (sasimoto / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – JUNE 15: Cableway leading to Genting, June 15, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Genting is an important tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (06photo / Shutterstock)
GENTING HIGHLAND, MALAYSIA – SEPT 9 : Pagoda at Chin Swee Temple, Genting Highlands on September 9, 2012. Genting Highland is a famous tourist attraction near Kuala Lumpur. (Jaggat Rashidi / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – JAN 18: A RapidKL LRT train moving above city traffic on Jan 18, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. RapidKL’s transport network serves approximately 690,000 passengers daily. (i.mage / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – FEB 15: A RapidKL LRT train departs Plaza Rakyat station on Feb 15, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. RapidKL’s transport network serves approximately 690,000 passengers daily. (1000 Words / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – MAY 14, 2013: Commuters travel on a city subway train. The Malay capital was founded in 1859 and is now home to over 1.6 million people. (1000 Words / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, JULY 5: A group of tourists visiting the aquarium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 5, 2014. (zeber / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA – 25 May, 2014:Unidentified people shop at Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang. Starhill Gallery is a luxury retail mall located in Bukit Bintang opened in 1996. (TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – DEC 9: Decoration of Christmas for year 2009 in The Garden Mall on Dec 9, 2009 at Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur. (Perfect Illusion / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA – 25 May, 2014:Unidentified people shop at BERJAYA Times Square.Berjaya Times Square is the world’s 8th largest building hosting over 1000 retail shops, and 1200 luxury service. (TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR – JAN 10: A group of unidentified girl(left) was buying putu piring, a traditional Malay cake from food sellers(R) at a night market in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 10, 2013. (masuti / Shutterstock)
KUALA LUMPUR-JAN-23-2012: View of The Petronas Twin Towers at night on January 23, 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Petronas are the tallest twin buildings in the world (451.9 m) (liseykina / Shutterstock)
Top Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
By Lek Boonlertand Lek Nittaya
Whether you are looking for an exciting weekend getaway or a lengthy holiday full of cultural learnings, Kuala Lumpur has much to offer. Food, sites, culture and fun attractions make this capital city a place for a short or long holiday either on your own or with family and friends.
Probably the number one and most obvious attraction in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Towers block. The Petronas Twin Towers are functioning business offices as well as a tourist site and shopping mall. If you visit the towers in the early morning you will see many different people arriving at work for the day dressed in traditional business wear. Some of the most senior professionals in Malaysia work in the twin towers including employees of Microsoft, IBM, Boeing, Reuters and Al Jazeera. The Petronas Twin Towers have stunning views of the city as well as one of the best art museums in Southeast Asia.
For more in the way of art and museums you might try visiting Petrosains. Petrosains is a discovery and science museum for both children and adults where you can interact with advanced technological displays. Unfortunately the centre is closed on Mondays but it is open for the rest of the week and most definitely worth your while to visit.
Another technology-focused display is located at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The convention centre itself is worth a visit just for the views it offers, but it is also the home to Kuala Lumpur’s premier aquarium – Aquaria. Aquaria has a number of different water animas on display and also includes a fantastic underwater tunnel similar to something you might have seen in the movie Jaws 4. There are sharks as well though they are of course rather harmless from the safety of your tunnel view.
For more nature and animals try visiting the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. As the largest aviary in Malaysia, this stunning park helps visitors learn more about a bird’s world. You will have the opportunity to learn about the birds’ natural habitats and dietary needs as well as see species you would normally have very little interaction with.
Another place to visit for a glimpse of wildlife in a natural environments the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. The reserve is located in the middle of the city not far from the Kuala Lumpur Tower. It is most likely just a short walk away from you Kuala Lumpur city centre hotel and an even shorter taxi ride. You must pay to enter the park reserve though free entrance is granted for those with tickets to the Kuala Lumpur Tower. The reserve dates back over 100 years and is a true relic of the traditional metropolis jungle. For more animals visit the Kuala Lumpur Zoo also know as the National Zoo or Zoo Negara Malaysia.
Eating in Kuala Lumpur can also be its own unique experience. In many places along your way you will find several fast food chain restaurants that have made their way all the way across the pacific as well as a number of small authentic hole in the wall restaurants with food that could just blow your top off with spice if you aren’t careful. One of the best and most authentic places to eat in Kuala Lumpur is Chinatown. Here you will find a mix of many different authentic Chinese dishes as well as Malay cuisine. The smells will lure you in and the tastes will keep you eating. There is so much to choose from, so make sure to visit on a hungry stomach and don’t forget to try everything. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel content.