Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is often referred by residents is Malaysia’s largest city. A cosmopolitan mix of Old World colonial charm meets booming modern Asia, a visit to this city is never dull and always memorable.
KL was born out of a malarial swamp in the nineteenth century and is an intoxicating blend of India, South East Asian and Chinese cultures, all inter-mixed with Western influences. The city is busy, bustling, booming and a brilliant place to visit. Be prepared for humidity and a sensory bombardment as you look to explore this travel hotspot.
Be aware however that the city can be a bewildering place for local residents, let alone for the first time visitor. Perhaps this is why many first-time tourists to the city prefer to use the services of a tailored holiday service, such as freedom Asia for tailored Asian holidays.
But scratch beneath the surface of this pulsating place and you will find a tourist Mecca just waiting to be discovered. Travelling around Asia can sometimes be chaotic. Of course, if you’re going on an escorted tour the chaos can be quelled and much of the detail of your travel arrangements arranged for you.
Variety may very well be the spice of life, but not when you’re trying to reach one region from another and are unsure how you’re going to get there.
Sometimes the best way to explore a new destination is through the services of a travel company. The company’s guides will be able to point out the country’s highlights and it’ll organise hotels and travel as well as provide you with a guide who speaks the local language.
Within a short distance of KL lie the Batu Caves. These eerie caves are a natural phenomenon and be prepared for a healthy 272 step hike to reach the Temple Cave.
The caves are home to Hindu shrines and the best examples of images from the Hindu religion are at the foot of the mountain in The Art Cave and the Museum Cave.
You can reach this destination by public transport but a taxi from KL is more reliable. Just remember to decide on the fare before you set off and allow for waiting time.
If you want to see what’s happening in KL’s contemporary art scene, then head over to MAP in the Solaris Dutamas housing complex. Galleries, studios theatres and shops have occupied the whole area and this is the place to go to get your finger on the pulse of contemporary Kuala Lumpur.
These 452 metre towers dominate the KL skyline and are a constant talking point. Modern architecture fans will recognise the influence of Richard Rogers but in fact the Argentine architect, Cesar Pelli, designed them. Brave individuals should take a walk along the skybridge that connects these twin towers. This is not recommended for those suffering from vertigo.