Considered the ‘heart and soul’ of Malaysia is the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, fondly referredto as KL by most regular visitors. The city has managed to preserve its rich history, having oncebeen a tin-mining centre in the 1850s.
KL aptly fits the title of ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia’ with its Asian cyber city, towering hi-tech buildings, skyscrapers, historic temples and mosques,shopping malls and glitzy hotels. The minute you enter the vivacious city you are greeted with afuturistic vibe, reflecting the economic boom of the sovereign nation-state. The gleaming Petronas Twin Towers represent the rich culture of Malaysia with its museums,shops and eateries, while the line of stalls offering products of every description from leather,handicrafts, artistry to the customary ‘Dunhill’ watches attract locals and tourists alike lookingfor worthy bargains.
The bustling Chinatown will leave you spoilt for choice with its attractiveg oods, while the National Museum with its interesting collections and beautiful Batu Caves willgive you a glimpse of Kuala Lumpur’s cultural diversity. With all these attractions and manymore, Kuala Lumpur is an alluring example of where old meets new, and vintage meets contemporary.
Much like its food, the people lend the city a distinct culture that sets it apart from other Asiancities. Wherever you go, you can hear the breathless chatter of ethnic Malays, Chinese Muslims,Indians and Punjabis. English is widely spoken throughout the city. Let your hair down at a ritzylounge, shop all day at one of the magnificent malls or test yourbargaining skills at the quaint cluster of makeshift shops in the heart of the city.
There is no endto the things you can do here. Climb the giddying heights of the Menara Kuala Lumpur Observation Deck after snacking on some local specialties in Petaling Street. The view encapsulates the feel of one of the greatest cities in Asia, and there is no denying it.