Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.
KL's skyline dominated by Menara KL (KL Tower) and Petronas Twin Towers
the skyline at night including fireworks (there is always some festival in this multicultural city that calls for a fireworks)
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Chinese New Year in Malaysia
Chinese New Year, the spring festival, is the most important holiday for the Chinese community and a public holiday in Malaysia.
Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC
The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park.
The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence.
Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.
Menara KL (KL Tower)
Menara KL or KL Tower, with a height of 421m, is the 7th tallest tower in the world. As it is built on hill, the observation decks offers higher ground than the Twin Towers and the best views in town.
Old Railway Station
The old railway station is a moorish-style structure that was built in 1910. Long-distance train don't stop here anymore but at the nearby KL Sentral station.
Petaling Street (Chinatown)
Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.
Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!... more
Food Paradise in Bukit Bintang. Jalan Alor turns into a giant open air street restaurant at night
TGs Nasi Kandar
Mamak-style restaurant in Bukit Bintag offering Indian, local Thai and Pakistani food
Bazaar Ramadhan Bukit Bintang
Street food market in Kuala Lumpur during the month of Ramadhan at the junction of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail
Changkat Bukit Bintang
Changkat is a street of mostly 2-storey pre-war colonial buildings which are turned into pubs, restaurants and clubs. It is one the most happening nightlife and clubbing areas in Kuala Lumpur.
The pubcrawl takes you, and around 40 travelers & locals to 4 bars and finish the night at a club!
Pudu Sentral (Puduraya Bus) Terminal
The Puduraya bus terminal (now renamed to Pudu Sentral), located in the city centre, used to be KL's main bus station but most most operations have moved the TBS bus terminal. Pudu Sentral now only serves few buses to Genting, Seremban, Sabak Berenam (Kuala Selangor), Tanjung Malik.
Low cost carrier terminal of Kuala Lumpur International Airport serving budget airlines like AirAsia
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS)
Modern airport-like bus terminal in Bandar Tasik Selatan in southern Kuala Lumpur. Main Terminal for all major bus connections from and to Kuala Lumpur
Plaza Low Yat (Tech Mall)
Low Yat is the place go to buy electronic and high-tech stuff like computers, laptops , computer parts and accessories, cameras, mobile phones, blanks discs etc.
BB Plaza / Sungei Wang
Sungei Wang, located in Bukit Bintang, is the oldest shopping complex in downtown Kuala Lumpur. The connected BB Plaza was shutdown in 2015 because of the MRT construction to make way for a new high-rise building.
Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary about 100km (2 hours driving time) east of Kuala Lumpur has been translocating elephants since the 1980s. The sanctuary is open to public.
Hill resort at 1,500 meters above sea-level on the Titiwangsa mountain range, about 100km north of Kuala Lumpur. Originally set up as a tin-ore trading post in the 1890s, it consists of seven hills.
Bukit Tinggi is a hill retreat area about 55km northeast of Kuala Lumpur with resort hotels - most notably the french village themed Colmar Tropicale, a japanese garden, botanical garden and activities like horse riding, paintball, mountain biking and golf .
Travellers Palm Lodge
One of the last remaining small and personal hostels in town. Located right in the middle of Bukit Bintang. Run by owner Suzy for almost 15 years.
Rainforest Bed & Breakfast
Rainforest B&B is a guesthouse in Bukit Bintang, the outside of the building looks like a forest covered with trees and plants.
Fernloft KL @ Chinatown
Hostel near Central Market and Chinatown, branch of Fernloft group of hostels Singapore
Pods The Backpackers Home
backpacker hostel in Brickfields, located within walking distance from KL Central, Kuala Lumpur's transportation hub