Visiting Kuala Lumpur

Inside info

Kuala Lumpur, or KL, is the capital of Malaysia and is a 21st century metropolis. It has an amazing mix of history and modernity with historic temples and mosques standing amidst modern skyscrapers and shopping centres. A visit to Kuala Lumpur would not be complete without a visit to Pudu Market. This market is the city’s biggest wet and dry market and is where all the locals go to do their shopping so do not expect to see many tourists. The best time to go is early morning where you will experience the market at its most lively. Everything from chickens, goldfish to fruit is sold here and the place is packed with people so be prepared to be pushed about, although, like everywhere else in Malaysia, the people are really friendly and ready to help. A real eye-opening experience!If you are looking for a bit of peace and quiet after the bustling market atmosphere, take a trip to the Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery. This beautiful Buddhist temple is a great place to relax away from all the noise of the city. Visitors are welcome to sit and meditate inside the temple. This temple is dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of compassion, Guan Yin. Take the opportunity to stroll through the temple’s grounds and admire the beautiful bonsai trees and gilded statues. If you are looking for somewhere to eat, at the back of the monastery is a vegetarian restaurant which serves cheap but tasty food. However, make sure you go during the week as the restaurant is closed at the weekends. Situated in the south of the city is Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur’s version of ‘Little India’. The area centres around Jalan Masjid Street, which is one of the city’s oldest streets. This vibrant area is great if you are on a budget holiday as there is plenty of good value accommodation. It is also a great area to eat as the area is packed full of Indian and Chinese restaurants. A great Indian restaurant to try is the Vindya Curry House. It is also an excellent place to go shopping, especially for products made in India such as bags and beads. Go shopping on Saturday evenings when a huge night market is set up. Enjoy the Bukit Nanas Forest Park situated near Kuala Lumpur Tower which is one of the oldest forest reserves in Malaysia. As it is situated right next to the entrance to Kuala Lumpur Tower, for those who have tickets for the Observation Deck at the Tower, a complimentary guided nature walk is organised through the park. If you do not have tickets, there are plenty of nature trails that you can choose from which are well signposted. There are plenty of species to look at from butterflies, birds or squirrels to the long tailed macauque monkeys. A fantastic place to go if you are looking for a bit of nature within the city.

Travel review

My boyfriend and I went on a 2 week tour of Malaysia last year and KL was one of our stops. We stayed for 3 days in the ‘Little India’ district as hotels were cheap. This area is just fabulous, it’s lively all the time especially at night when it really comes alive. It’s full of great shopping opportunities too, and if like me, you’re a shopaholic then this is the place to be! You can find the most beautiful fabrics at unbelievably low prices and you can get beautiful evening dresses made here by tailors for next to nothing. Apart from the shopping, there are also great restaurants (mainly Chinese and Indian) at astonishingly low prices. A bargain hunter’s paradise!We tried the fish spa experience at the Foot Master Fish Spa located at the Berjaya Times Square shopping complex. It was the weirdest thing ever being nibbled at by fish, but at the end of the experience, our feet had the softest skin ever! This was just perfect after a long day of walking. We couldn’t leave KL without visiting its icon, the Petronas Twin Towers but we were disappointed. There were long queues and once we got the tickets, we went to the skybridge which was only at the 47th floor level and to be honest, the whole experience was ordinary. We much preferred the Menara Tower and had much better views of the city.Kuala Lumpur was definitely a lifetime experience for us. This was our first long-distance holiday and we loved every minute of it. The Malaysian people are really lovely and friendly.

Did you know ?

Kuala Lumpur was founded by Chinese tin miners in 1857.

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Found in southwestern Malaysia on the confluence of the Lang and Gombak rivers, Kuala Lumpur is the federal capital and the most populous city in the country with a population of 5.7 million in the metro area. The city’s history is young, dating back only to the 1850s. Today, it is the fastest growing area in the country. Popular destinations for tourists include the Mardeka Square, the House of Parliament, Petaling Street, the National Palace, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, and the Batu Caves. Kuala Lumpur has a tropical rainforest climate that is warm and sunny and has abundant rainfall. The average high temperature is around 32°C year-round with lows near 23°C. Annual average precipitation is 2,427mm with a large amount of rain falling during the northeast monsoon season from October to March. June and July are the driest months with about 125mm of rainfall each month. Flooding can occur in the city when there is a heavy downpour. Dust particles from forest fires may also cause a haze over the capital.