Ancient history coupled with modern culture
Colonial culture meets cosmopolitan chic, in Malaysia’s dynamic capital.
Things to do
For a spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur, climb the 450 metre-high Petronas Towers to the observation deck. When you get down, take a breather from the metropolis and escape into the green expanse of Lake Gardens. Stop by the National Monument, nearby. Then step inside the Islamic Art Museum. This airy, gleaming gallery gives a fascinating flavour of ancient art, from batik to calligraphy and beyond.
Whether you like shops big and modern, or traditional and quirky, Kuala Lumpur has it covered. Browse the glitzy malls and exclusive designer boutiques of Bukit Bintang. Or head to Kuala Lumpur’s suburb, Petaling Jaya, for a busy weekend market selling all sorts of goods and wares.
FOOD & DRINK
You can eat like a king in Kuala Lumpur. There are plenty of stylish restaurants for fine dining. But make time to sample the street food, too. After dark, night markets come alive and the air is filled with tempting Malay, Chinese and Indian aromas. You’ll find spicy meat and fish wrapped in banana leaves, rice infused with coconut milk and, of course, steaming bowls of laksa.
After a day of sightseeing, pop into a kedai kopi. These traditional coffee shops are dotted around the city – and you’ll find plenty in Petaling Jaya’s Old Town.
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