Faces of
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur

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.

Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lake Titiwangsa

address: Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
kl-taman-tasik-lake-titiwangsa.jpg, Lake Titiwangsa - also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa - is a recreational park and lake north of downtown Kuala Lumpur with good photo opportunities and the adjacent Istana Budaya, an arts and culture centre.
Lake Titiwangsa - also known as Taman Tasik Titiwangsa - is a recreational park and lake north of downtown Kuala Lumpur with good photo opportunities and the adjacent Istana Budaya, an arts and culture centre.

Istana Budaya, an arts and culture center with galleries and theatre (concerts and musicals) is also there. It is the big building with the jagged blue roof

Getting There:

  • take Monorail until the last stop (Titiwangsa Station) or LRT to  Titiwangsa station, from there take Bus #120 or walk (20-30min, need to cross some major roads)
  • if you have KL Hop-on Hop-off bus ticket, get off at stop 21 in front of Istana Budaya, from it is a 5min walk to the lake (just behind Istana Budaya)

 

view of downtown Kuala Lumpur
view of downtown Kuala Lumpur


police patrol on horses
police patrol on horses


Istana Budaya
Istana Budaya, an arts and culture center


KL Hop-on Hop-off Bus stop
KL Hop-on Hop-off Bus stop #21 in front of Istana Budaya



Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Sunshine Bedz KL

Hostel centrally located at the main junction of Bukit Bintang (Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail)

Reggae Guest House 1

Hostel in Chinatown, 1 of 3 outlets of the Reggae Hostel Group in KL

Attractions

Rock-climbing at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

You can rock climb at 4 spots of the limestone hill that also hosts the famous Batu caves temple. Climing the walls is free of charge unless you want to take courses.

Thean Hou Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Picturesque Chinese temple with impressive architecture. It is situated on a hill offering excellent view over the city.

Attractions

Zainal Abidin Mosque, Kuala Terengganu

The mosque, also known as the White Mosque or the Big Mosque, was built by Sultan Zainal Abidin II between 1793 and 1808 but has been renovated and extended after that.

Teluk Chempedak (TC) Beach, Kuantan

Teluk Chempedak, also called TC, is a beautiful beach facing the South China Sea, one of the main attractions of Kuantan