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The capital of Malaysia has moved way beyond the original settlement to become a dynamic city. KL, as it is affectionately known, is most people’s introduction to this stunning country. Remarkably culturally diverse, ethnic Malays, Chinese prospectors, Indian migrants and British colonials all helped shape the city. Eating, shopping and nightlife are undeniable highlights of any visit to KL, while with the numerous parks and monuments dottedaround KL make easy day trips for a break from the hustle and bustle.

The nightlife

Dining options in KL reflect the diversity of the blend of nationalities. Spice and peanuts prevail in the choice of satays, whilst Indian curries and Chinese cuisine are equally a part of the Malaysian life. Wherever you go, you will find hawker stalls where freshly prepared, delicious and cheap meals are to be had. In KL the discos and nightclubs attract the young and trendy and many hotels have bars with live music.

The shopping

Kuala Lumpur is a shopper’s paradise and is generally considered to be one of the best value destinations in South East Asia. Air-conditioned shopping malls abound and house everything from huge department stores, designer boutiques to electrical outlets. Lot 10 is one of the most popular up-market malls and the Petronas Towers is home to the Suria KLCC shopping centre and includes a cinema. The best bargains, though, are to be had at the night markets such as the one in KL’s Chinatown. Markets are also a great place to see the fruits of this fertile country.

The sights

Petronas Twin Towers: Enjoy panoramicviews from the bridge walkway linking the towers. No stay in the city would be complete without a visit to the tallest twin buildings in the world, and an iconic symbol of Malaysia’s futuristic developments.

Pateling Street in Chinatown: Although famed for its night market, Chinatown is a hive of activity at any time.

Jamek Mosque: This adaptation of a northern Indian mosque is an oasis of tranquillity.

KL Tower: Unlike the Petronas Twin Towers, you can actually get to the top.

Merdeka Square: Independence Square, surrounded, as it is, by cupolas and minarets, was originally the playing field of an old colonial club. Now it’s the venue for national events and colourful parades.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building: One of the city’s first Moorish style constructions.

Railway Station: One of the most famed and imposing sights is the architecturally awe-inspiring railway station.

Private sightseeing

A private car and driver/guide can be hired for a tailor-made sightseeing day. Please ask for details and prices.

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