Kuala Lumpur is a city of contrast with an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional elements – skyscrapers and forest reserves, street food and fine-dining, shopping complexes and flea markets – the list is endless. These are beautifully complemented by its culturally-diverse citizens; a walk around Petaling Street for instance, will take us to Masjid Jamek, Guan Di Temple, Sri Maha Mariamman temple, Holy Rosary Church and Gurdwara Sahib Polis.
Apart from being the financial and economic center of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is also a popular tourism spot for both local and foreign visitors. There are a plethora of activities that caters for visitors from all ages, interests and budget. The city is also known to be a gastronomic heaven – the rich culture as well as migration from different states and countries contributes greatly to the variety of mouth-watering cuisines available here. There are also plenty of hotel accommodation options. From international and home-grown hotels to budget motels, Kuala Lumpur has rooming options for all. A centralized transportation system that connects most part of the city also makes moving around Kuala Lumpur a bliss.
This well-connected city with world-class infrastructure is also a perfect place to hold conferences and meetings. Most large hotels in Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding area provide meeting facilities that caters to different needs – be it for a large group or for a more intimate group – these hotels are able to accommodate.
Places of Interest In Kuala Lumpur
The icon of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas twin towers or better known as KLCC is reason enough to stopover in this metropolitan; once you have a picture of yourself with the KLCC as the backdrop, consider your trip to Kuala Lumpur almost complete. After the must-take snapshot, you can shop till you drop at Suria KLCC; explore Aquaria KLCC, one of the largest aquariums in the South East Asia; indulge the nerd in you at Petrosains Science Centre; experience Malaysia’s contemporary art scene at Petronas art gallery; get a up-close view of the tower’s spire from its observation deck and take a stroll around the beautifully landscape KLCC Park.
Just a stone’s throw away from KLCC is the KL Tower, another skyscraper that has become the country’s landmark since 1994. The beautiful light-work at night plus the amazing view from the tower’s revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360, puts KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur’s must-visit list. And
then there is the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the oldest forest reserve in the country where KL Tower is erected. Located in the middle of a busy financial district, this small patch of rainforest is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Bukit Nanas is not the only tourist spot in Kuala Lumpur for nature lovers. The Lake Gardens or now known as Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park houses Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park where visitors can get acquainted to the greener side of the city.
Around the vicinity are other tourist destinations such as the National Monument, National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum, National Planetarium and the National Museum. Kuala Lumpur’s China Town and Indian Street are located at Petaling Street and Brickfields respectively. For a taste of Chinese and Indian food as well as a more culture-centric shopping experience, a visit to these two places are a must. Petaling Street is also the perfect shopping spot for bargain hunters. A short walk from Petaling Street is Central Market, the art and culture center of the city. Here, you will see local artists painting portraits, landscapes and modern arts. Other crafts and artistic souvenirs are also available here.
Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
There are a plenty of hotel room options in Kuala Lumpur and its surrounding area that can adapt to all budgets. For those with bigger budget, there are grand hotels that provide luxurious experience,
while for those with smaller budget, there are cheaper but comfortable options. For those with mid-ranged budget, the options are limitless. Famous for its tourist attractions as well as for being the preferred destination for conferences and meetings, Kuala Lumpur offers comfortable hotels with first-class rooming and meeting facilities at a very affordable price.
Transportation in Kuala Lumpur
The city has a centralized transportation network; the main transportation hub being KL Sentral where almost all the railway lines in the country interconnects. There are also bus and taxi services within the vicinity of the building. For interstate buses, visitors can either go to Pudu Sentral or
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan that is located in Bandar Tasik Selatan, some 20 minutes away from KL Sentral.