Planning A Malaysian Getaway? Here's Our List Of Places To Visit In Kuala Lampur
Malaysia is one of the most exciting, fast-paced and developed countries in the world
Malaysia is one of the most exciting, fast-paced and developed countries in the world. We recommend making a long stop in Kuala Lampur, the glitzy capital of this country. Here’s why:
* It has the most stunning architecture: Kuala Lampur is full of the most stunning architecture, and some of it dates back to the pre-war era. Most of its architecture is modern in outlook and execution, designed by some of the biggest architects around the world. When you visit this city, be sure to check out these places to visit in Kuala Lampur: the Malaysia Icon, the Kuala Lampur Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, National Palace/Istana Negara, etc. The city is also full of the most breath-taking parks, convention centres, hotels and shopping malls.
* It offers the world’s cuisines. In terms of food, Kuala Lampur offers the best of global cuisines. It is truly a melting pot of cultures when it comes to food and beverages, and some of the top-rated restaurants in Kuala Lampur also have Michelin stars to their name. The best cuisines to try here are Malay, Chinese and Indian. However, you can also get a wide range of European fare. We especially recommend the all-time favourite ‘sambal’, which is a local dish featuring prawn puree, chilly powdered or pounded, some garlic and lime juice. The dish is eaten with steamed rice.
* It is famous for various shopping options: Malaysia is known for being one of the foremost shopping destinations in the world. Some of the biggest malls and shopping bazaars are located in Kuala Lampur. One of the best things to do in Kuala Lampur is to go shopping at the famous Central Market, Little India or China Town, where you get the best bargains. Head to the Bukit Bintang area for some of the biggest shopping malls in the city, to buy cosmetics, clothing, footwear and bags on sale.
* There are many places to explore and unwind with the family: Apart from shopping and checking out the sights, you will love to relax and unwind in Kuala Lampur. There are many opportunities to do so as well – check out the Aquaria KLCC, which is the largest aquarium in the world, at the basement of the KL Convention Centre. You and your children will love to feast your eyes on the over 150 species of fish as you walk through a 90-metre-long tunnel. You can also check out the many public parks and gardens. Some of the best places to visit in Kuala Lampur for outdoor recreation are the Lake Gardens, KLCC Park, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve and the Butterfly Park.
* The city has superb nightlife: Kuala Lampur is one of the world’s foremost cities also because it does not slow down its pace even after sundown. It has a pulsating nightlife that you will enjoy, and the family can tag along as well. The city is extremely safe even for couples and singles looking to explore clubs and discos after dark. Head to the famous dance clubs, karaoke bars, pubs, discos, jazz clubs and restaurants in Kuala Lampur that are open for a greater part of the night, and revel in the festive mood.
The seasons are quite predictable in Kuala Lampur, and the day time temperatures remain fairly constant for most months of the year. The peak tourist season falls between the months of May and July, and then from December to February. The humidity is low during these months, accompanied by clear skies and warm sunshine. Here’s a breakup of the climate per season in this city, to plan your holiday better:
* Visiting Kuala Lampur in the summer: The summer months in the city span from March to September. If you are not used to high humidity and hot sunlight, then it is best to stay away from KL especially during the months of March to July, with March and April often recording high temperatures. But the nights are pleasant, and you can go to the night markets, visit art galleries, etc.
* Visiting Kuala Lampur in the monsoon: The rainfall in Malaysia unpredictable, with some rain falling almost all year, though the showers are light. The actual monsoon season is seen during the months of March and April, accompanied by high humidity. This is known as the monsoon season here, and it coincides with the summer. Another spell of rain is expected between the months of October and November.
* Visiting Kuala Lampur in the winter: The winter season spans the months of December to February. The days become cooler and the nights are quite chilly. You can book many day tours, adventure sports tours and even nightlife tours during this time, between the months of December and February. There are many cultural events that take place in December and January, so you can catch up on these as well.
* Petronas Towers: They were once the tallest buildings in the world, but even though they have lost that title to other buildings, the Petronas Towers continue to exercise a powerful spell on every visitor. They are one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lampur. They tower over the city at 452 metres high, and show Islamic influences in its architecture. Though most people (mistakenly) believe the towers to be a hotel or set of residences, they are actually the headquarters of the Petronas Company. The corporate offices of firms like IBM, Barclays, Reuters and Accenture are also located inside the towers. Their most defining characteristics are their height and the double storied connecting bridge between them. Head to the Towers and explore the Petronas Concert Hall, Petronas Museum and Science Museum. Or just stand at the Observation Deck to get a stunning look at the city.
* KL Bird Park: It is the world’s largest covered bird park. You can see scores of exotic and rare birds here, and the park has been designed to appear like a forest. There are gushing streams, gardens, and also cobbled pathways in certain parts. You will be captivated by the walk-in aviary with many local and migratory birds, and you can also feed them and their babies. Meanwhile, certain sections of the park have been devoted to certain birds, like flamingos, parrots, hornbills, macaws, Indian peacocks, etc. If you want to look at cockatoos, eagles, kites and parakeets apart from several migratory birds, then this is the best place to visit in Kuala Lampur.
* Batu Caves: Who would think that bustling metropolis Kuala Lampur would have caves in its midst? But it does – the Batu Caves are one of the most interesting places to visit in Kuala Lampur. They are limestone caves that are revered by the local Hindu community, though other communities also consider it a holy site. The caves have three temples inside, and are said to date back to 400 million years! There are also three distinct caves inside the complex, which house the Hindu temples. You must certainly take a tour of these fascinating caves with an experienced Kuala Lampur tourism guide.
* National Mosque of Malaysia: If you like visiting sites of worship, then you must head to the National Mosque of Malaysia, one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lampur. It is made entirely out of steel and is exquisitely grand. As is customary with mosque design, there are several water fountains and areas to wash your feet before prayers, plus wide open areas leading to beautiful courtyards. The mosque is open to people of all faiths and is so large that you will need a couple of hours to complete the full tour.
* Tugu Negara: Take a short walk from the Lake Gardens and arrive at Tugu Negara, one of the most important places to visit in Kuala Lampur. It is a group of tall bronze sculptures and a monument of national and historical importance for the country. It was created to commemorate the lives of the Malaysians that fought and perished for Malay independence. Near the monument are the famous Deer Park, Butterfly Park and Bird Park.
* Forest Eco Park: If you and the family like wildlife and dense foliage, then you should head to the Forest Eco Park. It is one of the greenest places to visit in Kuala Lampur, and one of the oldest forest reserves in the country. It was formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, and some local residents continue to call it by that name. You will love walking through the 200 metre long lush canopy that gives you a vantage view of the city from above green tree tops.
* Istana Budaya: The Palace of Culture, or the Istana Budaya, is the cultural epicentre of Malaysia. It is one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lampur for classical music and dance concerts, operas, musical theatre, plays, and so on. Located next to the National Gallery, it is the rated as one of the top 10 theatres in the world, and is almost always fully booked months in advance of any event. Its turquoise coloured roof is its most striking feature, and you will love to explore it on the inside. Every Saturday, there are free live music shows outside the theatre’s steps, and there are food stalls set up around as well.
* National Science Centre: Amongst the best places to visit in Kuala Lampur for the scientifically-inclined, the National Science Centre is a magnet for children. There is an overhead aquarium that you must pass at the entrance, and the different exhibits are arranged thereafter. The main dome is a wonderful place that you must visit, especially for the science show held here every day.
* Berjaya Times Square: What’s the point of going to Malaysia if you don’t set aside a few days for shopping? Head to Berjaya Times Square to shop, get entertained with live music, and eat some sumptuous local eats. There is also an indoor theme park called Galaxy Station, designed for adults, while the children can play in Fantasy Garden. You can shop here all day and explore the place with your family for some fun times,
* Jalan Alor: Kuala Lampur outdoes itself in terms of offering succulent food and delicious beverages. Head to the Jalan Alor area to eat street side food in the night. You can try authentic Malay food (sprinkled satay, meat BBQ) or Chinese noodle and rice dishes. There are some stalls selling Indian food as well. You will love the breezes wafting through the area as you sample some tasty food with your loved ones.
The best holidays are those that are a right balance between sightseeing, eating out, shopping, checking out the nightlife and staying at a luxury resort. When in Malaysia, ensure that you book yourself into the best Kuala Lampur resort, like the Club Mahindra Parkroyal Serviced Suites in Kuala Lampur.
These Suites are located near the famous Bukit Bintang and Jalan Alor areas, so they are close to the exciting nightlife and shopping districts. The suites are tastefully designed, with well-appointed rooms, housekeeping, good amenities and excellent service. Since the Suites are located right in the heart of the coveted Golden Triangle area of the city, they offer easy access to the best restaurants, tour pick up points and a spate of commercial and recreational hubs. Truly a jewel in Kuala Lampur tourism, you will enjoy the most memorable stay at the Club Mahindra Parkroyal Serviced Suites.
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