Commonly known as KL, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur the national capital of Malaysia has more reasons to be visited more than any other capital cities in the world. Etymologically, the name Kuala Lumpur was derived from a meeting point of 2 muddy rivers, literally meant Kuala as the ‘confluence’ and Lumpur as ‘muddy’. Born in Kuala Lumpur, my heart will always remain as a city girl. A fast urban developing city, KL is so rich with its historical, culture, party lovers, financial and economic hub suitable for those with lots of adrenalin in their body. English is widely spoken here so dont worry about being lost.
Why Kuala Lumpur is not like other capital city in the world?
Once you are in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, feel the ambience compared to other capital cities you have been before. Most of our buildings in the city centre are designed to balanced the social life as well as the working life. Thus, most of the offices have shopping malls in their ground floors or at least a coffee place with sandwiches so that people could run down to get a good cup of coffee and a quick bite to make it a day. Our most proud State of the Art building would definitely be the Petronas Twin Towers.
Petronas Twin Towers is not just any kind of tower. The concept and sorroundings are blent in together into one. Concept were to encourage a healthy lifestyle with a 1.5km running track forest in the city park, 4 storeys of shopping mall with varieties of delicious foods at the foodcourt, nearby holy places, nearby hotels with breathtaking sunset views, enjoyable places for families to spend time with their kids such as at the Aquaria and Petrosains Science Centre and even much more.
If you have very limited time in Malaysia but would love to know how a real rainforest looks like, spent some time to visit Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve Centre. Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, with a surprising 11 hectare coverage, ensure to wear suitable shoes to see the rich floras and fauna and even to experience yourself with the canopy walk in the middle of the jungle. You would see magnificent views of the KL Tower as well as the Twin Towers.
Of course being in the city, shopping is a must. KL caters shopping from Night Bazaars, street markets, electrical goods, high end luxurious shopaholics and even must buy Malaysian souvenirs. We are unsure how best shopping experience is defined but we sure do now how to make you come again shopping at the same place tomorrow. For shopaholics, make sure to have at least one full day visiting Pavillion (7 storeys high) and its sorroundings such as Berjaya Times Square, Low Yat Plaza (electronics) and Sungei Wang Plaza. And also a reminder, DO NOT wear high heels if you plan to walk a lot, DO NOT play with your phones while crossing the busy city and last but not least, try to wear a sling bag instead of a handbag. If you’d like traditional souvenir’s do check out Kraftangan Malaysia or Central Market for some good deal items such as batik and pewters. Quick tip, to just drop by at Rumah Penghulu Abu Seman if you are around Kraftangan Malaysia, its not to far from there to see the traditional old Malay houses in Malaysia.
Ensure to have a lists of religious site visits in KL. Our religious building architures that is a must visit would include Thean Hou Temple, National Mosque, Sri Mariamman Temple and much more. It would be very interesting to see a mixture of architectural designs back to our historical moments during the vital centre of trading. Fascinate yourself with influence from the Middle East, British colonization as well as the Chinese and Indian traders. The blend of harmony of multi cultural and multireligious identity of Malaysians would be a wonderful sight you hardly see in other countries in the world.
If the above places are still not enough to fascinate you, do include some of the places that heart’s us all in Azuki Tours as it was places where is symbolizes blood and tears of Malaysia such as Dataran Merdeka (Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Building), National Monument, National Palace and Masjid Jamek. Not so far from this places there is also a nice Bird Park with colorful birds for you to see and photograph yourself with. We love the sights whenever cocky peacocks wandering around showing off their beautiful feathers. It is just so sweet.
We are not classifying foods for Kuala Lumpur because it is the central of Malaysia. However, we would recommend you to not miss out foods and drinks such as Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (be careful of the red sauce because its normally super spice), Crispy Popiah, Yong Tau Foo, Assam Pedas, Pan Mee, Fish Porridge, Banana Leaf Rice (most of the gravy is a little bit spicy), Roti Canai, Cendol, Karipap (Curry Puffs) or even Pisang Goreng (Fried Banana). Maybe some of which you have heard in other states as well but KL consists of mixtures of everything. Try it out yourself 🙂
So, when would be the best time to visit KL? The weather is more or less the same throughout Malaysia. Although we are not a four season country, we do have a heavy rainfall count throughout the year. Raining would be unbearable and you MUST have an umbrella or you might get soaking wet without it. Our suggestion would be from May up to November. But be weary in the months of September onwards, it could be sometimes frustrating with too much rain.