Kuala Lumpur, located in Malaysia, is a blossoming city, known for its Western infrastructure and melting pot of beautiful and rich Eastern cultural heritage. Tourism is its main business, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to the gorgeous destination. Here are the top 10 things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur, inside and outside the city limits:
One of the main reasons for traveling is new food. Jalan Alor, nestled deep in the heart of the city, boasts the absolute best street Chinese food. There is a bustling traditional charm about this place, where eating on the sidewalk and even the street is all part of the custom.
Pasar Seni is the central market for artistic goods for those tourists that love crafts, antiquities and artwork. Similar to New York’s Soho flea market, there are endless small vendors of beautiful art to browse.
Janan Petaling, or Petaling Street is also known as the city’s Chinatown, full of shopping and amazing traditional cuisine served by small businesses and families.
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers are a staple of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, and boasts a huge indoor mall, along with the famous sky bridge. The bridge connects the two towers near the top and is a breathtaking view for any visitor.
Found in the convention centre, this aquarium is home to over 150 different species of sea life. Visitors can walk in tunnels under the water seeing the spectacular flora and fauna of the beautiful sea, while still in the city.
About 11 kilometers outside the city proper are the famous Batu Caves, which house an old Hindu temple and is the site for the Thaipusam festival, a cultural must-see. For visitors who do not want to stay in the city, they can get a hotel near Batu Caves or somewhere in the country area for a less busy surrounding.
KL Bird Park
For those who want to see more native animals, this enormous aviary houses over 3000 bird species of native and exotic origins. These beautiful creatures are truly breathtaking and nestled in a peaceful green setting.
Kuala Lumpur Rainforest
Visitors can book a tour to walk through a real Malaysian rainforest, a rare privilege and a stunning sight to behold. There are exotic trees and wildlife abounding on this fresh-air hike, guaranteed to boost the spirit.
This one is for the coffee lovers. Old town KL is host to the art gallery and cafe, Aku, which offers cultural enrichment and real, non-corporate coffee. Old town itself is worth the visit, but be sure to check out Aku.
Brickfields is a neighbourhood packed with history, where bricks were made way back in the 1920’s. Visitors can take a free walking tour of what is now a quaint string of restaurants and shopping.