Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is a place that suffers in comparison to others. Maybe it’s because people just misunderstand it. Yes, it’s ‘another big city’. But to write off KL at first glance is to miss its many charms altogether. This is indeed Another Big City, but it’s still a great one nonetheless.
Petronas Twin Towers
If there is one building (or two actually) that has come to symbolize Kuala Lumpur then the Petronas Twin Towers is surely it. Once the tallest buildings on earth, these are still the tallest twin towers in the world and one of the highlights of a trip to Kuala Lumpur is the journey to the 41st and 42nd floor where you can go for a walk across the Sky Bridge. Before you ascend you can enjoy a video session all about the construction of the towers and the views across Kuala Lumpur are simply spectacular. Tickets are on a first-come-first-served basis so pick them up as early as possible in the morning.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
From the modern delights of the Petronas Towers, move back in time to the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu Temple in Malaysia and an important place of pilgrimage for the local Tamil community. The facade of the temple is very colorful with its carvings of Hindu gods, but as this is still a working temple don’t miss the baskets of coconut husks piled high inside the temple complex as offerings.
Come to Chinatown for a different side of the culture of this city, namely that of the large Chinese-Malay population here. All the action is located around Petaling Street and you can expect a crowded, if pricey, tourist market as well as a cluster of street food stalls that set up after darkness falls. Expect some classic dishes such as satay, Chinese clay pot, flash fried noodles, and barbecued chicken wings dripping to perfection.
The Golden Triangle
When it comes to nightlife Kuala Lumpur has a pretty good scene compared to many other cities in Southeast Asia, so as proof that this city is definitely not boring check it out with a visit to the Golden Triangle, an area known for its bars, clubs, restaurants, and hotels. The area extends over several streets but the central hub is basically around Jalan P. Ramlee where the party keeps going into the morning.
To imagine that KL is just another boring business hub in Asia is to overlook its pulsating and multifaceted personality and to ignore the different layers that make up one of the most interesting and vibrant cities not only in Southeast Asia, but in the world. From its food scene to its temples, its modern architectural wonder to its afterhours party culture, it won’t disappoint you.