Experience Kuala Lumpur: South East Asia’s Vibrant City

Kuala Lumpur, commonly nicknamed as “KL”, is a city that is receiving a lot of attention from tourists all over the world. From its humble beginning, KL continues to shine with its success in terms of economy as well as in tourism. Today, locals of Kuala Lumpur are more determined to make KL the leading city in Asia.

Why Travel to Kuala Lumpur

What makes Kuala Lumpur a popular place for tourists is the fact that despite the modernization that was implemented in this city, the cultural diversity is still evident. Moreover, the low cost of travel as well as the variety of shopping places make a lot of impact to travelers.

Locals of Kuala Lumpur are open minded, well-educated and multi lingual. Although Bahasa is their native language, most people are able to converse in English. Language barrier would definitely not be an issue especially for tourists from English speaking countries.

For those who are on tight budget, KL is absolutely the right place for you. Transportation would normally cost a lot but in Kuala Lumpur, you will be surprised to know that the city offers a variety of transportation in a low cost. From the airport, tourists can take the KLIA Ekspres to reach the city. The travel would only take for about 30 minutes. Taxi, metro and city buses are also available in a surprisingly inexpensive cost.

Excellent accommodation could also be found in Kuala Lumpur. In this city, you have the option to choose from world class, high quality five star hotels or stay in the simple yet vibrant hostels. The prices are very flexible and can totally accommodate the budget preference of the tourists.

“Must Visit” Attractions

Malaysia is known to have a great taste when it comes to architectural designs of buildings. Most of the skyscrapers in Asia can be found in Malaysia and a lot of those buildings are situated in Kuala Lumpur.

First in the list would be the famous Petronas Twin Towers. This magnificent structure can surely capture the hearts of travelers due to its impressive architectural design, as well as its 452 meters height. In fact, Petronas Towers is considered the 3rd tallest building in the world in year 2009.

The King’s Place is another great attraction of KL. The King’s Place is actually the official residence of the supreme head of Malaysia. From outside the palace, you can see the guards in British inspired attires riding a horse and guarding the main gate. Tourists would definitely enjoy taking pictures of the views here in King’s Place.

Other must visit places in Kuala Lumpur are the Menara KL, National Mosque, Batu Caves and Merdeka Square. These places can definitely show how diverse Kuala Lumpur is in terms of culture and traditions.

Other Things to Do

Shopping is probably the best thing to try in Kuala Lumpur. A lot of shopping centers in this city can absolutely drive the shopaholics crazy. The Golden Triangle is known to offer both luxury and budget items that can totally accommodate all kinds of shoppers. Traditional street stores can also be found in the streets where bargains can be purchased.

You will also be able to find numerous first class restaurants where fancy foods are served to surely satisfy your cravings. A lot of the traditional and local foods of Malaysia are served in these restaurants and the cost is totally worth it. However, there are also inexpensive food stalls available in the streets which offer a variety of dishes that you can choose from without having to spend a lot of money.

Kuala Lumpur can also offer a great nightlife experience. Several places, specifically hotels, offer cultural shows which are intended for people who would like to know more about the culture of Malaysia. There are also trendy bars as well as night club, mostly situated in Golden triangle, which operate up until morning. This is certainly the perfect place for party goers who would like to fully maximize their stay in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur is definitely a must place to visit. The city, locals, attractions as well as the activities are all admirable. All the time and cost that it would take to visit Kuala Lumpur would definitely be worth it.


There are many different accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur like hotels guest houses and some superb serviced apartments in Kuala Lumpur.

John Chen is a travel writer currently located in Bangkok, Thailand.

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