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Kuala Lumpur Inside Out

20 Feb 2008  Local born and bred
4.5 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

So you've got three or four days in Kuala Lumpur (KL). Don't want to just spend it shopping, you want to see some sights within the city limits. Where do you go?

  • Category: Wish list
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • 1. KL Tower

    Also known by its malay name Menara Kuala Lumpur, this telecommuncations tower is located on Bukit Nanas. Without doubt it has the best view of kuala lumpur, head up to the observation deck to have a 360 degree view of the KL skyline 276 meters above ground level! You can also have dinner here in the revolving restaurant and have spectacular views while you eat.

  • 2. Petronas Twin Towers

    Once the tallest building in the world, these iconic 88-storey buildings are a symbol of modern malaysia. Visitors are allowed up to the skybridge, but tickets are limited; queue up early in the morning. A visit to the towers must be combined with a visit to the adjoining Suria KLCC shopping mall at its base, where designer brands, combined with good food, an art gallery, an aquarium and a science discovery centre make it a compulsory shopping interlude. In the evening, take a stroll along the adjacent KLCC park to admire the architecture of the surrounding KL skyline.

  • 3. Merdeka Square

    Merdeka or Independence Square is the area of Kuala Lumpur that best retains the colonial feel of British Malaya and has a sense of history. The well-tended cricket grounds are bordered by the Royal Selangor Club, a mock tudor styled private club which was the colonial british elites favourite watering hole. On the other side is the moorish styled Sultan Abdul Samad buildng, well worth a KODAK moment and to the north the black domed old city hall building. If you like architecture and history, a must-see place to visit, the square where independence was declared from the British. Combine this with a visit to Little India, where you can also see the old Masjid Jamek, the mosque which is located at the confluence of the klang and gombak rivers, the exact location which gives kuala lumpur ("muddy confluence") its name!

  • 4. Petaling Street

    Petaling Street in Chinatown is Kuala Lumpur's most famous or infamous street market. Go there after 6pm, to experience shopping asian-style. Be prepared to haggle and you will enjoy the experience. This is the place to get everything from imitation "designer" goods, watches, t-shirts, sunglasses, handbags, the list goes on. Can also be combined with a visit to the nearby Central Market, an art deco style building that was once the city's main wet market. Now transformed to an air-conditioned mall, this is the place to get art, handicrafts and other knick-knacks as a souvenir of your visit.

  • 5. Lake Gardens

    The Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens dates back to the 1880s and is the city's most pleasant park. 91.6 hectares of undulating greenery interspersed with flowering shrubs and shady trees make this a compelling stop to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown KL. Combine it with all the attractions located at its fringes and the Gardens could easily take up half-a-day or more to cover. The National Monument, National Mosque, the old Railway building and the Parliament buildng make good photo moments. Several museums are also located in this area, including the National Museum. But probably the pick of the attractions in this area is the excellent KL Bird Park. There is also the butterfly park, the orchid and hibiscus gardens. So much to see and do!

  • 6. Bukit Bintang

    So you've seen the sights. But you still want to do shopping! Head over to the heart of the Golden Triangle at Bukit Bintang ("Starhill" in malay). This is where the shopping in KL is the best, ranging from the high-end i.e. the spanking new Pavillion mall, Starhill Gallery or Lot 10; to the mid-range Berjaya Times Square mall ; to the budget heavens of Sungai Wang, BB or KL Plaza. Want computer stuff? Go to Low Yat Plaza. Bukit Bintang is undoubtedly tourist central in KL with many good hotels and budget accomodation located here. Good restaurants and street food abound, go to Jalan Alor in the evening if you are adventurous and looking for malaysian street food.

  • 7. Jalan Doraisamy

    Its night time in KL. Have fully explored Bukit Bintang, what else is there to do? Head over to Jalan Doraisamy, which has been cleverly re-marketed as the Asian Heritage Row. Strategically located in the heart of the city, these rows of pre-war houses have been given a make-over to become the preferred destination of the young and trendy. A row of chic restaurants, clubs and bars, this is the place to while the night away!

  • 8. Jalan P.Ramlee

    If the Asian Heritage Row is too sedate for you, head to Jalan P. Ramlee. This may not be everybody's cup of tea, but it certainly is the party zone of Kuala Lumpur. Plenty of bars and watering holes to satisfy the drinking crowd. The place to people-watch, and the view to the nearby Petronas Twin Towers are a bonus.