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In Malay, Kuala Lumpur literally means 'muddy capital' due to the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers during its establishment. It was an important settlement for the tin-industry in the 19th century before it turned into a real city. The city then boomed in the early 20th century with the development of rubber plantations in Selangor.
Initially, it became the capital of Selangor, later the Federated Malay States, and the Malayan Union, and finally Malaya and Malaysia. Today, Kuala Lumpur is officially known as Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Being the largest city in Malaysia, it is also the capital of the country. As of 2016 statistics, it covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.73 million. The city is commonly known as KL and is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in South-East Asia, in both population and economic development.
It is widely recognised for numerous landmarks, including Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers), Petaling Street flea market, and Batu Caves, which is over 400 million years old. Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle which comprises Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown. These areas are famous among visitors who either come for vacations or business trip.
Kuala Lumpur has a year-round tropical rainforest climate which is warm and sunny, along with abundant rainfall. However, flooding is a frequent occurrence in Kuala Lumpur whenever there is a heavy downpour, especially in the city centre and downstream areas. People in the city speak mostly Bahasa Malaysia or English. Most of the signage in the city is also written in Bahasa Malaysia.
You can reach Kuala Lumpur by plane. Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IATA: KUL) is about 50 km south-west of the city, in the Sepang district of Selangor. The airport serves as the main gateway to enter the country. It is usually flocked by travellers from all over the world.
From the airport; a taxi would be the most convenient way to reach the city. You are advised to use the coupon taxi available at the exit point or else the drivers that hang around the waiting lounge will try to scam you. There are bus services that transfer passengers from the airport to the city. Some of the operators are; Airport Coach and Star Shuttle. You may buy the ticket from the bus counter on the ground floor in KLIA2 and from the public bus terminal building in KLIA. The bus fare would cost around RM12 to RM15 for a one-way trip.
Meanwhile, KLIA Trains link the main airport terminal with the KL Sentral transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur. KLIA Transit trains get to the airport in 36 minutes and stop at Salak Tinggi, Putrajaya, and Bandar Tasik Selatan on its way, while the Non-stop KLIA Ekspres trains complete the journey in 28 minutes.
If you drive on your own, the airport is well connected to Peninsular Malaysia's expressway network. It is directly linked with the North-South Highway about 70 km or nearly 1 hour away from Kuala Lumpur. Exit the highway at KLIA interchange for both the KLIA and KLIA2.
Getting around Kuala Lumpur is easy. There is an efficient link of public transportation to most part of the city. The city, however, like many developing cities, suffers from paralyzing traffic jams periodically throughout the day. In the rush hours, consider combining various methods of transport.
Kuala Lumpur is one of the most travelled cities in the world. Known as a shoppers’ paradise; there are numerous huge shopping malls where you can literally shop until you drop. Other than that, the city offers many interesting attractions, be it for the breathtaking architecture, vibrant cultures, tantalizing spread of culinary feasts or the richness of history. There are also happening theme parks and spectacular views of the skyscraper buildings.
Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC)
Visit one of the most iconic buildings in the world; the KLCC and admire the breathtaking panoramas that that stretch across the city. Visitors flock here for the walk over the sky bridge that joins the two towers together. The towers feature postmodern architecture and style and also feature Islamic designs due to the Muslim majority in Malaysia. There are also many prestigious hotels nearby.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
You may also make some feathered friends at Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. The bird is located at Perdana Botanical Garden. Spanning over 20 acres, this enormous aviary is home to over 3000 birds. It focuses on promoting local species to visitors, although there are also some imported birds housed in the park. The park is also a well-respected scientific location and there is an emphasis on conservation and education program. Visitors can enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna, as well as bird watch at the same time.
Next, visit the National Museum to learn all about the history and culture of Malaysia and take in the replicas of Malay houses, wedding scenes, and hunting displays. It is an architectural wonder in itself as is fashioned in the shape of a traditional house and includes decorations that are a mixture of contemporary and more traditional designs. There are also local instruments and national costumes on show.
Central Market is a centre for Malaysian culture, art and craft located in the heart of the city. It is a firm location on the tourist map and was developed from a former wet market selling fruit, vegetables, and meat. Also known as Pasar Seni, the area has been updated and includes different sections to reflect the various influences and ethnic backgrounds present in Malaysia such as Malay, Indian, and Chinese areas selling local products like souvenirs and arts and crafts nowadays. The area in front of the market is known for street performers and musical shows, while on the upper floor, there is also a food court selling local delicacies.
As a melting pot of vibrant Asian cultures and traditions, Kuala Lumpur is well-regarded for its wide array of tantalizing local delicacies. Eateries in the city are diverse, ranging from all-day hawker centres, food courts, and quaint coffee shops to fine-dining restaurants and posh bars.
Your trip will be considered wasted if you fail to try nasi lemak, the mighty national dish! Basically, nasi lemak is Malay fragrant rice that is cooked with pandan leaf. Served with hard-boiled egg, spicy gravy and fried anchovies, it is considered one of the most famous dishes for a local-style breakfast.
There is also ikan bakar or the barbecued, grilled fish. It can be commonly found in many restaurants in the city, especially during lunchtime. The fish is basically marinated with a mixture of sweet soy sauce and coconut oil or margarine, applied with a brush during grilling. To up your experience, have your ikan bakar with air asam, the gravy that comes together with the fish.
Meanwhile, roti canai is an Indian-influenced flatbread dish and is also known as roti prata. It is also one of the most popular breakfast and snack dishes in the country. It is served in stalls located in both rural and urban areas and can be enjoyed while you are hanging out with friends and family.
If you want to go somewhere away from the city, visit Janda Baik, a calm, beautiful village that is located approximately 30 km from Kuala Lumpur. It is a peaceful village surrounded with the untouched natural tropical rainforest at an altitude of 400–600m above sea level. It is one of the famous weekend gateways for those who plan to run away from the hustle and bustle of the noisy city. Janda Baik is a popular highland tourism retreat spot where dozens of operators offer homestays and chalets in Malay village style. You may enjoy the fresh and cold water that runs in the river, the flora and fauna that surround the area as well as delicious local meals.
On the other hand, visit Genting Highlands if you prefer limitless entertainment at one of the best amusement parks in the country. Located about an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, the temperature in Genting ranges from 15° C to 25° C. It is an integrated resort development comprising hotels, casinos, shopping malls and a theme park, perched on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali at 1,800 meters high. You may take a bus from KL Sentral to get to this place.
Tadom Hill is another gateway to unwind. It is located in Banting, about an hour drive away from Kuala Lumpur. The place boasts a range of activities and facilities such as ATV tours, BBQ pits and bamboo raft building. It offers an array of accommodation – namely the Hakka Village, Gendui Chalets, Astana Ninik Chalets, Bamboo Hut, Hammock Spheres, Bamboo Tents and Eco-Tents, especially catering for various group sizes. Immerse yourself in the naturally cool and fresh surroundings and tranquility of the mother nature.
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