Packing a backpack, and heading off to Kuala Lumpar? We’ve compiled the most exciting and interesting list of ‘must-visits’ which the Malaysian capital has to offer, all essential destinations to ensure a complete itinerary.
1. The Central Market
Central Market has been around since 1928, and more recently has been reopened to focus on crafts and traditional merchandise. The number one place to get souvenirs for those loved ones left at home, you’ll find more than 350 kiosks and shops. Stop by and haggle for batik or embroidery, try out the sumptuous local cuisine, and people-watch the sights and sounds of the big city.
Craft making demonstrations and traditional shows will be a once in a lifetime delight, while local experts are on hand to display their wares and make you feel at home.
2. Genting Highlands
Right on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali, only a short hours’ drive from Kuala Lumpar, is the versatile and exciting Genting Highlands. Overlooking beautiful acres of rain-forest, on a clean day the view alone is worth the trip. Once you’ve arrived, the resort includes something for everyone, including stunning hotels, fun and exciting theme park rides, as well as Malaysia’s only legal gambling outfit.
Some of you may be familiar with Genting online casino’s, yes, they are the same people who own Genting Highlands and although primarily a destination for the whole family, it’s also a big attraction for travelers who want to try their hand with lady luck in the stunning highland casino and make a little spending money while on holiday. Good luck!
3. Petronas Towers
Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, this is a must-see if you’re visiting Kuala Lumpar. Can you imagine heading to Paris without checking out the Eiffel Tower? No? Well now you know what we mean.
The towers are impressively beautiful to look at, with postmodern architecture and Islamic design. Take a stroll across the sky bridge which links the two towers together, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views of the city possible.
4. Jalan Alor
While many years ago, a person may have raised a few eyebrows by announcing they were going to Alor St, it’s reputation as a kind of ‘red light district’ is long gone. It can now be best described as foodie heaven, and a great place to visit in the evenings to discover a real taste of the city.
Most of the street vendors focus on one key food type, crafting their recipe to the max, and giving visitors an explosion of culture and cuisine in one dish. There are literally dozens of options to sample and enjoy, and many of the vendors will have English menus, or be happy to give you more information about the background of the food on offer.
5. Batu Caves
No explorer should jump back on their plane without visiting the Batu Caves. Located in Selangor, just 11km north of Kuala Lumpar, it boasts three caves with prominent Hindu shrines and temples. The most famous is the large statue of the Hindu God at the entrance.
If visitors happen to be travelling during January, they can look out for the Hindu festival Thaipusam. Join the procession from the center of Kuala Lumpar, a joyful and colorful event which lasts for more than 8 hours, arriving at the shrine in the early hours of the morning.
Kuala Lumpur is a Must Visit Destination:
Gorgeously hot and satisfyingly diverse, the city is known for its architecture, religion, culture and good old fashioned family fun. Add these destinations to the map for a sure-fire round up of the best Malaysia has to offer.