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.

Kuching

Kuching is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo. Kuching is the most populous city in the state of Sarawak and the fourth largest city in Malaysia. Kuching means “cat” in Malay.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zoo Negara

address: Zoo Negara, Hulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia - tel: +603-4108 3422/7/8
zoo-negara-kuala-lumpur.jpg, Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society.
entrance to the National Zoological Park
photo: Panoramio user bodria
Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society.

Entrance Fee (rates / prices)

with Insect Zoo & Butterfly Park
Adult: RM35 (RM25 Malaysian citizens)
Children: RM18 (RM9)
Senior Citizen: RM35 (RM9) / 60 years or older

without Insect Zoo & Butterfly Park
Adult: RM30 (RM20 Malaysian citizens)
Children: RM15 (RM6)
Senior Citizen: RM30 (RM6) / 60 years or older
 

Opening Hours:
daily 9am - 5pm
last admission at 4.30pm

Links:

Zoo Negara (Official Website)


How to get to Zoo Negara

By Light Rail Transit System (LRT) :
- Kelana Jaya Line to Wangsa Maju Station
- take a taxi or Rapid KL bus (number U34) from there

By Bus
- Metrobus number 16 from Central Market, KL
- Rapid KL number U23 from Titiwangsa Station, KL

 

The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. As it is run by privat a organisation without government funding it relies on donations and entrance fees to finance its operations. This lack of funding seems to be the reason why some visitors complain about the state of some of the animal shelters and the state of the Zoo in general, even though things seems to be improving slowly. Still it has long ways to go to get on par with the Singapore Zoo.

Nevertheless, the Zoo Negara is a popular family destination and it can get crowded during holidays and and the weekend, finding parking can be problematic during this days.


giraffes
photo courtesy: rlzzza



Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Central Lodge

Hostel / Guesthouse in Brickfields, near KL Sentral railway station

BackHome

Backpacker hostel near Masjid Jamek LRT station, located in a 2-storey shop house close to Chinatown

Attractions

Little India Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

KL′s Little India. There is a lot of history to Brickfields as it is one of the pioneer settlements in Kuala Lumpur with a large Indian community, the area along Jalan Tun Sambanthan makes you feel you are in India.

Lake Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur

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.

Attractions

Bukit Puteri, Kuala Terengganu

Princess Hill. Hill in city center with the remains of an old fort.

Thean Hou Buddhist Temple, Kuala Lumpur

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