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Port Klang is 45km from Kuala Lumpur, and offically a 90min trip by road. Kuala Lumpur is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombek Rivers. The city was founded in the 1850s as a tin mining outpost. The city is approximately 60km away from the port. From a lawless huddle of kampongs in the trackless jungle, Kuala Lumpur, the capital city has grown into a fascinating metropolis. Steel and glass towers stand side by side with graceful stone colonial buildings and mosques adorned with slender minarets. The commercial, financial, economic and cultural heart of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (better known as KL), is a melting pot. Its population of 1.6 million is comprised of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and a mix of different cultures including Eurasians and others.

Malaysia's capital city of Kuala Lumpur has experienced tremendous changes in the past quarter-century. In 1990, it was not yet an economic or technological powerhouse; the city was easy to navigate, and there weren't many high-rises. But since then, strong Asian economic development has given this 150-year-old city a new look and vibe, with tall skyscrapers, luxurious hotels and expansive shopping malls. The shopping, in particular, enjoys an advantage over that found in Kuala Lumpur's Asian counterparts like Singapore and Hong Kong because prices are phenomenal -- Kuala Lumpur is a great place to find quality at massive discounts. 

A bit of the credit for the city's burgeoning reputation as an Asian destination can be given to the 1999 movie "Entrapment." The sexy thriller starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery was partly filmed at the city's 1,482-foot-high Petronas Twin Towers (which briefly, on completion in 1998, held the title of "world's tallest building"). Although the towers no longer top the list, they are still among the most recognizable skyscrapers in Asia. 

KL (as it's known) emerged in the 1850's as a trading town for the tin industry, which was dominated by the Chinese; later, rubber also became an important part of the local economy. The city's exotic-sounding name is a remnant from those early days -- it actually means "muddy estuary" in Malay. In the 1870's, the British (who held interests in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore) took notice of the area's resources and appointed a "resident" administrator. A great deal of the city's fanciful colonial architecture reflects this era, exhibiting Victorian and Indian Moghul influences. Malaysian territory was occupied during World War II by the Japanese and became fully independent from the British in 1957. 

The modern country of Malaysia was formed in 1963, with a federation that originally also included Singapore. The kingship rotates among sultans from each of the nine different states, changing every five years. 

Malaysia is an ethnically, racially and culturally diverse nation. The majority of KL's 1.6 million inhabitants is almost equally split between Malays and Chinese, with an Indian minority (originally brought as laborers by the British) of about 10 percent. Islam is the most widely practiced religion, but Buddhism is a close second. 

The area around KL gets a soggy 99 inches of rain per year, averaging 158 days with precipitation. Downpours can be torrential, even causing modern roads to flood and block traffic. The months with the lowest rainfall during cruising season are January and February. Your chances are greatest for getting drenched in October, November, December and April.

Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at Port Klang (also written Kelang),  is an industrial area and the port for Kuala Lumpur. Port Klang which is 40 miles (40 to 90 minutes, depending on traffic) southwest of Kuala Lumpur.
 
Though your itinerary may say Port Klang, but most cruise ships use the Star cruises terminal at Pulau Indah. Though there is a cruise terminal, there is nothing nearby and you will need to take a taxi or shuttle out of the area. The nearest railway station at Port Klang is 13km away and the nearest city is Klang. If busy, the container terminal piers to the south may be used. Cruise Centre website with schedule here http://www.pkcc.com.my/

Most of the sightseeing tours from Port Klang head into Kuala Lumpur. If you'll be going off on your own, a taxi or car service is needed. The terminal has a taxi counter where fixed-price roundtrips into the city cam be arranged. Taxis accept U.S. dollars but not credit cards. 
The port has free Wi-Fi in an upstairs lounge and very limited convenience store-style shopping facilities. However, if you're into golf, try the Port Klang Golf Resort, which is located less than a mile south from the terminal. Die-hard shoppers may want to visit the AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre, about 20 minutes away.

Most visitors will want to go to Kuala Lumpur. Depending on traffic, it takes a little more than an hour to get from Port Klang to Kuala Lumpur; expect longer times during rush hours.
On Foot: Attractions can be far apart, so consult a map before setting off from the Central Market to, say, Petronas Towers. It's doubtful you'd want to hoof it; the traffic is often wicked. You'll find a stroll in the city's old colonial heart to be pleasant, though. 

By Taxi: There is a taxi counter in the terminal where fixed price, return trips can be purchased. USD are accepted but not credit cards. Price is 196 MR for a non-luxury taxi (98 MR one way, Nov 2012). It is recommended to pay for a return trip since the drivers will know when and how to get back to the terminal. Journey takes an hour or more depending on traffic. Drivers are always required to use the meter. If you're booking a longer trip outside the city, limousine services offer very competitive fares in addition to a higher quality of car than normal taxis. 

By Mass Transit: Within the city, mass transit includes buses, a light rail and a monorail that operates through the major areas and offers a good overview of Kuala Lumpur. 

By Train: An extensive rail network connects suburbs and the city. However, it doesn't connect conveniently with the port. The modern KL Sentral is the main railway station.

There is a commuter rail network, KTM, with the nearest station, Port Klang, 13km away. Since you need to take a taxi there, you might as well go all the way to Kuala Lumpur. If you still want to take the train, your destination is KL Sentral. It is advised when coming back on the train to get off in Klang (22km away) since it will be difficult to find taxis at the Port Klang station. http://www.ktmkomuter.com.my/

Note: For those not wanting to go to KL, a shuttle bus may be provided to AEON Bukit Tinggi Shopping Centre 20 minutes away. This mall is large with over 160 stores.

Local Transportation in Kuala Lumpur. The best way to get around in KL is using the light rail and monorail network. Fares are around 1-2 MR and depend on distance travelled. http://www.myrapid.com.my

Things to See and Do In Kuala Lumpur
When visiting a destination, some things you can do without, while others are considered the essence of a place. For instance, missing out on a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a faux pas when visiting Paris and so is neglecting a trip to the Coliseum when you are in Rome. Kuala Lumpur may seem like a small city but visitors often find that they need help exploring this multicultural haven.
 
So we decided to compile a list of KL’s Top 10 Things To See: making the cut are world famous iconic landmarks like the PETRONAS Twin Towers, religious hotspots like Batu Caves as well as culturally enriching streets markets and temples.
 
Petronas Towers
Anchoring the sprawling Kuala Lumpur City Centre, are the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. Hailed as the Twin Jewels of Kuala Lumpur, a visit to KL just is not complete unless you have visited these doppelganger structures. The 88-storey chrome and steel towers are joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58m-long, double-decker Sky Bridge.
 
Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world. Now the world’s tallest twin structures, the 88-storey buildings were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates with both towers joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge.
 
Standing 452 metres tall, the Petronas Twin Towers retained its world-title claim to fame until 2004 when Taipei's 101 was built, measuring 508 metres tall. Today, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai (opened in 2010) retains the spot as the world’s tallest building. Located in the KL city centre, the Petronas Twin Towers’ architecture is Islamic-inspired and the buildings primarily house the corporate headquarters of the Petronas Company and other offices.
 
When the Petronas Twin Towers were completed in 1998 they were declared the tallest buildings in the world, surpassing the 442-metre-tall Willis Tower in Chicago, U.S.A. At the base of the Petronas Twin Towers is Suria KLCC, an upmarket shopping mall that is very popular with tourists.
 
Tower One is fully occupied by the Malaysian state oil company Petronas, and its subsidiaries and associate companies. Tower Two is mostly taken up by multinational companies such as Accenture, Al-Jazeera, Barclays Capital, Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, McKinsey & Co., Microsoft, Reuters and more.
 
Fun for Everyone
Stretching out to the side of the Petronas Twin Towers is the spacious and beautifully landscaped KLCC Park which features a jogging track, walking paths, a water fountain and a wading pool for children.
 
Besides the mall and park, the Petronas Twin Towers has a host of other attractions including the Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Plus the Petrosains Science Centre is here set inside Suria KLCC: it is an interactive science discovery centre showcasing exhibits related to the petroleum inOpening Hours: 09:00 – 19:00 (closed for Friday prayers 13:00 – 14:30)
Location: Near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, in between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Chulandustry, from petroleum’s origin in the age of the dinosaurs to its latest oil-based products.
 
Menara KL Tower
Standing atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the 421m-high KL Tower is, at present, the world's fifth tallest structure. Officially known as Menara KL, it has been outshone by the Petronas Twin Towers but remains an important architectural marker and boasts spectacular views of the city. The viewing deck is at least 100 metres higher than the Petronas Tower’s Skybridge - to get free tickets be sure to arrive early.
Along with the Petronas Twin Towers, Menara KL Tower is easily Malaysia’s most recognizable and popular landmark. Constructed in 1994, the tower stands at 421 metres and effortlessly trumps the Petronas Twin Towers with the highest and most spectacular view of the city. This gleaming tower’s spindle-like apex is visible from almost anywhere in Kuala Lumpur.
 
Menara KL’s viewing deck is, at 276 metres, at least 100 metres higher than the Petronas Twin Towers’ Skybridge; the view is marvellous during the day and even better at night when you can see the entire sparkling city centre.
 
The tower is erected atop the Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) Forest Reserve – the oldest gazetted forest reserve in the country, which houses age-old trees as well as flora and fauna indigenous to Malaysia’s tropical climate. Primarily used as a communications infrastructure, it is the fifth-tallest telecommunications tower in the world.
 
When it was originally built, the natural surroundings of Bukit Nanas were kept intact to ensure balance in development; in fact a 100-year-old Jelutong tree was preserved, at great cost, by building a retaining wall around it.
 
When Menara KL Tower was constructed the overall design was meant to represent the human journey for perfection in life. The tower’s architectural-style reflects Malaysia’s vibrant Islamic heritage with Arabic scripts, Islamic tiles, and archetypal Islamic floral and abstract patterns.
 
The structure has ‘Muqarnas’ – a type of corbel used as a decorative device in traditional Islamic and Persian architecture – underscoring its design as homage to the revival of Islamic architectural heritage. The main lobby of the upper ground floor is decorated with exquisite glass-clad domes that sparkle like giant diamonds; the tower’s familiar globular pinnacle is inspired by a Malaysian spinning top.
Menara KL TowerOpening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 weekday; 09:30 – 22:00 weekend & public holidays
Address: Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee Tel: + 603 208 5448
 
Chinatown
The colourful Chinatown is a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise that seemingly never sleeps. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia, and holds its own against its more glamorous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Representing Malaysia’s multihued multicultural background perfectly, you can find all sorts of stuff, from Chinese herbs to imitation goods in this area.
 
At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamourous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown, based in Petaling Street, is also known as 'Chee Cheong Kai' (Starch Factory Street), a reference to its roots as a tapioca-producing district. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia.
 
Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices.
 
Chinatown’s biggest attraction is perhaps the rows and rows of stalls selling all types of merchandise from food to clothing at bargainable prices. But look further and you will find that there’s more to Chinatown than fake branded goods.
 
Just around the corner from this paradise of bargains are temples that have been around for more than a century. Built in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest and most elaborately-designed Hindu temple in the country, while Chan See Shu Yuen Temple and Kuan Ti Temple are fine examples of Oriental architecture with open courtyards, symmetrical pavillions and embellished roofs.
 
Batu Caves
11 km north of KL, Batu Caves is a 400-year old limestone hill (with a 100-year old temple incorporated within it), best known as the focal point of the annual Hindu festival of Thaipusam. The celebration attracts thousands of visitors who come to see the colourful spectacle of devotees who pay homage by carrying ornately-decorated ‘kavadis’ (frameworks) combined with various metal hooks and skewers which are used to pierce the skin, cheeks and tongue. Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur. Opening Hours: Daily, 06:00 - 21:00 Address: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Tel: +603 2287 9422
 
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-style buildings, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a distinguished city landmark that originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British administration. Today it is home to the offices of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture of Malaysia. Built in 1897 and designed by AC Norman, it is set to the east of Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) and is frequently the backdrop for Malaysia’s annual Independence Day parades.
Location: Jalan Tun Perak (across from Dataran Merdeka on Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin)
How to get there: Take the LRT and alight at Masjid Jamek station. This building is 10 minutes walk from the station. You will not miss it because there are many good signages to guide you to this place.
 
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Water slides that whirl and twirl, a manmade 'river' ride, surf beach, wave pool and 360° revolving pirate ship… the list of fun attractions at the 323,749sqm Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is extensive. Located in Petaling Jaya, the park encompasses a total of five different zones - the water park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is located in Petaling Jaya – a thriving satellite town – about 15km southwest of the Kuala Lumpur city centre. With a variety of watery rides on offer and plenty of dry-land activities too, there are few more fun ways to spend a day than cooling down at Sunway.
 
Water slides that whirl and twirl, a manmade ‘river’ ride, a surf beach, a wave pool, a 360° revolving pirate ship… the list of fun attractions at the 80-acre park is extensive. Built on the site of a former tin mine and quarry, when it first opened the highlights of this multi-zone theme park were its water slides and the world’s largest manmade surf beach. These days, it has expanded and encompasses a total of five different zones – the water park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park.
 
Waters of Africa
Sunway Lagoon’s water park, the Waters of Africa ‘playground’, is its most popular zone. Malaysia’s first surf simulator, the FlowRider, sees the most action; here, surfers can show off their skills and it is frequently used for competitions while surfing and body-boarding sessions are held at weekends at the wave pool. Other popular rides include the Congo Challenge – a six-lane water slide that achieves speeds of up to 40kmph – while thrill-seekers will love to spin around in the loops of the African Pythons before they’re spat out of the gigantic tubes. Another ride for daredevils is the Cameroon Climb. Here, two riders swoop down from a height of 15m in double tubes and shoot up and down till they come to a standstill. Kids are also well-catered for – especially noteworthy is Little Zimbabwe, an interactive water playground built to resemble an African village complete with huts and Masai warriors guarding the entrance.
 
Scream Park
Sunway Lagoon’s newest addition, Lynton V. Hariss’ Scream Park is home to everything that goes bump in the night. It’s extremely popular due to its ‘after-hours’ feel – lots of scare zones, a vampire-centric horror theatre (Pontianak Theatre of Fear) and a ghost house (Rumah Hantu in 3DX). The most iconic movie monsters are brought to life at Horrorwood Studios – an exhibit where you can traverse through the world’s biggest zombie apocalypse landscape and also meet Freddy, Billy, Jason and other unforgettable characters. Those looking for a little post-Judgment Day fun can arm up with high-tech weaponry and face off against the elite Cyberdyne Systems Corporation battle squads in an interactive game of laser tag within SkyNet’s booby-trapped battle arena at the TerminatorX: A Laser Battle for Salvation attraction. There’s also a ‘Night at the Museum’ attraction, an exhibit of Larry’s pals within a replica of the famous movie’s museum gallery.
 
Amusement Park
Comprising the Wild Wild West and World of Adventure zones, the Amusement Park is where all the heart-stopping adventure takes place. Populated by ‘cowboys’ and ‘red Indians’, the western frontier section has the standard thrill rides and an interactive wildlife zoo where you can stroke giant tortoises and cuddle hamsters. Perfect for kids, adults are kept occupied with the Grand Canyon Rapid Falls (where you sit on inner tubes and swirl down the 350m river). For those looking to get a kick, the Niagra Falls Flume Ride is the attraction to head to – you’re seated in a ‘log’ that’s dropped down a steep hill into a 260m-long river.
 
Excitement is the name of the game at the World of Adventure. There’s an enclosure with majestic Bengal tigers but if you’re in the mood for an Indiana Jones adventure, then ride through tunnels and evade booby traps and lethal tarantulas at the Lost City of Gold. The highlight of this section of the park is the Pirate’s Revenge – a 360-degree rotating pirate ship that swivels 24m off the ground. The screams emanating from riders can be heard throughout the park. Other attractions include the Buffalo Bill Coaster, Butch Cassidy’s Trail, Colorado Splash, Tomahawk and a 428m suspension bridge that has views of Sunway Lagoon’s entire expanse.
 
Extreme Park
A good place for adrenaline junkies, the Extreme Park has an archery range and paintball arena as well as all-terrain vehicles, a rock-climbing wall and go-karting, golf and other activities. Besides that, water sports, including diving lessons and Asia’s highest slingshot ride – the G-Force X – call this park home. Extreme Park also has Malaysia’s longest flying fox ride (206m) and visitors can take the ultimate leap of faith with the country’s first bungee jump.
 
Wildlife Park
Those looking to get in touch with their inner Tarzan and Jane can check out the animals at the Wildlife Park. Home to more than 150 species of animals from across the globe, it’s Malaysia’s first fully interactive wildlife display with educational animal-themed attractions and live animal shows.
With a wide array of water rides, kid-centric attractions, midway amusements, thrill rides, live shows, animal exhibits, themed souvenir shops, and above-average dining venues, it’s no wonder that Sunway Lagoon is a favourite local attraction.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:00 Monday & Wednesday – Friday; 10:00 18:00 Saturday & Sunday Location: Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa Address: No. 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, 46150 Tel: +603 5635 8000
 
Aquaria KLCC
On the concourse level of the KL Convention Centre, the 464,515sqm Aquaria KLCC is home to over 150 species of marine life. Some people write it off as a tourist trap, but they’re sorely missing out – beyond the gallons of water filled with necklaces of kelp, coral and sea creatures, is one of KL’s foremost sightseeing attractions with real depth and complexity.
Aquaria KLCC Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00 Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Centre Tel: +603 2333 1888 or +603 2333 1975
 
Jalan Alor
Called the cultural heart of the city’s local cuisine, Jalan Alor (located just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang), is basically a strip of atmospheric air-conditioned Chinese seafood restaurants, with a row of hawker stalls set up on the five-foot walkway on both sides and plastic tables and chairs spilling out onto the road. The variety of food available is amazing with barbecued meats, noodles and desserts recognised as some of the best (and cheapest) in the city. Location: Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur (behind Jalan Bukit Bintang)
 
Central Market
The focus for the city’s artistic community, Central Market is a KL cultural landmark, just a short walk away from Petaling Street. Also called Pasar Seni, it was built in 1928 and used to be a simple wet market, until the early 1980s when it was revamped into a handicrafts outlet. In similar vein to New York’s SoHo flea market – the merchandise here is cheap and comprises traditional goods such as batik, embroidery carvings, souvenirs, and sculptures.
 
Central Market Highlights: Arch Collection, Actop Craft, Asli Craft, Borneo Pearls, Cute Fish Spa, Dodo Art & Craft, Fine Batik, House of Silver, Kheng's Antique and Collectible, Success Portrait, Suria Portrait Centre, Swartz Creation.
Opening Hours: Daily, 10:00 – 22:00 Location: Just around the corner from Kota Raya Shopping Centre Address: No. 10, 1st-3rd floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi Tel: +603 2031 0399 or +603 2031 5399 or +603 2031 7399
 
KL Bird Park Lake Garden
The showpiece of the renowned 600,000sqm Lake Gardens, the 209,000sqm KL Bird Park (also called Taman Burung Kuala Lumpur) is billed as the world’s largest covered bird park. It is home to more than 3,000 birds from 200 species all over the world, most of which are free and accustomed to being around people. Twice the size of neighbouring Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park, the park is divided into several sections, keeping different species of feathered creatures separate but free to fly around their respective enclosures.
 
Bird Park Kuala Lumpur Opening Hours: Daily, 09:00 – 18:00 Address: No. 920 Jalan Lembah Taman Tasik Perdana Tel: +603 2273 5423
 
Watch Out For the credit card fraud risk might make you think twice about using plastic. It seems like a fraud ring is busted in KL every year, and another pops up. Travelers have reported fraud even when cards have been used at major hotel chains. 

While Kuala Lumpur has numerous gardens and lush greenery, the air can be quite hazy and occasionally almost dangerously so for people with breathing problems. 

Some visitors complain about the practice -- not uncommon in other countries, either -- of charging foreigners more than locals for admission to attractions. The price difference can be considerable in Kuala Lumpur.

Don't Miss
The Petronas Twin Towers feature an extraordinary sky bridge between the twin buildings at levels 41/42, 558 feet above ground, and an observation platform on level 86, 1,181 feet above ground. The towers are located in the "Golden Triangle" bounded by Jalan Imbi, Jalan Ampang, Jalan and Tun Razak. This section is home to most of KL's hotels, office complexes and shopping malls. (open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday but closed from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays)  http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my

Despite the rapid pace of building in the past few years, the Colonial District is still replete with historic buildings that offer a quaint ambience. You'll find many colonial buildings in and around Merdeka Square, including the Royal Selangor Club (a former magnet for British society) and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (also constructed by the British as their administrative seat). The square features a flagpole said to be the tallest in the world. Other notable colonial architecture nearby includes the former post office, the National Textiles Museum and the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, a fantasy of turrets and gingerbread. 

The National Museum features exhibits -- all with information in English -- that focus on the country's history, culture, arts and crafts, economic activities, weapons, transportation and more. (open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; free tours at 10 a.m.) 

Also found in the "Golden Triangle" is the Kuala Lumpur Tower (called Menara Kuala Lumpur). From a height of 905 feet, visitors can enjoy superb views of the city, except during hazy or rainy days, of course. A cultural village, aquarium, F1 race car simulator and other attractions are located in the same complex. (open 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) 

With its lush gardens, the old King's Palace ranks as a popular photo stop during sightseeing trips. The new palace (Istana Negara), with its impressive 22 domes, also has been popular for shutterbugs since it opened in 2011. Neither is open to the public. 

The Central Market is a former fresh-food market that has been transformed into stalls that sell crafts, antiques and souvenirs. On the upper floor of the Art Deco building, a food court serves local cuisine. (Jalan Hang Kasturi; open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) Not far away is Petaling Street, KL's historic Chinatown. It's been pedestrianized and covered with a green roof dubbed the "Green Dragon." If you like to haggle for knockoffs, this is your spot. Try to pay no more than half the initial asking price. 

With a very international and bustling atmosphere, Bukit Bintang is one of the busiest areas for shopping, dining and entertainment; think of it as Kuala Lumpur's version of New York's Fifth Avenue. Numerous shopping malls, such as Pavilion, Sungei Wang Plaza and Lot 10, are located in this area. These are great places to shop for affordable clothing, among other things.

Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) - The city center is surrounded by many historic buildings including the 
Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

Chinatown - Petaling is the main street with a long, covered outdoor market
KL Tower - An observation tower. Entry fee 45 RM. http://www.kltower.com.my
Batu Caves - A Hindu shrine built inside caves. You will need to climb up 272 steps to reach the caves. Take the KTM line to Batu Caves (30 min journey) from KL Sentral or Kuala Lumpur station.

Been There, Done That
If you're prepared to climb 272 steps (yep, we counted them), Batu Caves is an awesome attraction. Founded by American naturalist William Hornaday in 1878, the limestone cave has become a popular spot for Hindu pilgrimages. A wild population of monkeys brings an added challenge on the steep climb, as they are very aggressive when seeking something to eat. Batu Caves is located eight miles north of the city center. (open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) 

An hour's bus ride from Kuala Lumpur sits the mountain retreat of Genting Highlands, one of the most popular resorts in Malaysia. Located 6,500 feet above sea level, Genting Highlands is a bit like Las Vegas -- with an amusement park, the largest show restaurant in the country (often with some of the most famous entertainers in Southeast Asia) and the only place with legal gambling in Malaysia. The resort also features several hotels, a water park and golf courses.
 
Shore Excursions
Best for First-Timers: A "Highlights of Kuala Lumpur" tour typically features visits to the National Museum and all the photo opportunities along the way, including Selangor Club, Jamek Mosque (one of the oldest mosques in KL), Blue Mosque (the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, accommodating up to 16,000 people), National Monument (which commemorates Malaysia's heroes of World War II) and King's Palace (Istana Negara). 

Best for Flower Children: A garden-oriented excursion visits the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens, which feature about 5,000 species of hibiscus flowers and some 3,000 species of orchids, including 800 from Malaysia alone. The tour also squeezes in photo ops at other sites like Petronas Towers and Merdeka Square.

Best for Foodies: A "local flavors" tour takes you into Chinatown and the Central Market, both of which offer local food vendors. You'll visit Chinese and Hindu temples, then taste the local teh tarik (pulled tea, poured high in the air) and roti canai (crispy, layered Indian flatbread). Lunch is a Malay buffet, followed by a visit to KL Tower.

Best for Nature-Lovers: Putrajaya, "the Intelligent Garden City," stretches over 11,320 acres, with more than 70 percent devoted to greenery and water, including 13 gardens. You'll visit other sites, including a mosque, and take a leisurely cruise on the lake.
 
Eating Out
Kuala Lumpur's dining scene offers something for everyone, ranging from Western fast food chains like McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks (and, yes, Hard Rock Cafe) to ethnic specialties. The majority, naturally, feature the cuisines of Asia. While Malaysia is a Muslim nation, alcohol is available in most of the restaurants.
 
Kuala Lumpur’s Atmosphere 360 restaurant has the highest view in town. At 276m, the viewing deck of Menara KL (KL Tower) is about 100m higher than the Petronas Twin Towers’ sky bridge: Atmosphere 360 is set one floor above it on the second floor of the Tower Head. It is usually called the revolving restaurant at Menara KL.
 
Tables are arranged in a single line around the edge of the restaurant right beside the floor-to-ceiling windows: when you first sit down you don’t notice that the restaurant is moving. Then, after a few minutes, you become aware that either the world outside is moving or your table is changing place – one moment you are sitting beside the buffet counter, the next you are beside the grand piano and front entrance.
 
Lumpur’s Atmosphere 360 restaurant has the highest view in town. At 276m, the viewing deck of Menara KL (KL Tower) is about 100m higher than the Petronas Twin Towers’ sky bridge: Atmosphere 360 is set one floor above it on the second floor of the Tower Head. It is usually called the revolving restaurant at Menara KL.
 
Tables are arranged in a single line around the edge of the restaurant right beside the floor-to-ceiling windows: when you first sit down you don’t notice that the restaurant is moving. Then, after a few minutes, you become aware that either the world outside is moving or your table is changing place – one moment you are sitting beside the buffet counter, the next you are beside the grand piano and front entrance.
 
It takes more than an hour for the restaurant to do a full circle but you will definitely get to see the Petronas Twin Towers close up during your meal. The vibe at Atmosphere 360 is relaxed with lots of people chatting, but it’s never noisy. With curving walls, intimate table arrangements and romantic, sky-high views, it is a popular place for date nights.
 
The place looks like a spaceship with smooth lines, neon lights and starry fibre optic ceiling lights – the effect is tasteful and trendy. The furniture is simple with modern leather couches that can easily accommodate a group of six and dark wooden tables for couples looking to have a romantic dinner. The buffet spread is set along the walls with three stations – the appetizer area, main course section and dessert bar.
 
Shopping centers, such as Suria KLCC at the base of the Petronas Towers, feature food courts for a quick bite. Hawker food is quick and affordable. The best areas for hawker food are places like Jalan Imbi and Jalan Barat as well as Chinatown. Everyone probably knows what satay means (marinated and grilled meat), but other popular options include hokkien mee (noodle soup with prawns, ribs, bean sprouts and chili paste) or ikan bakar (grilled fish), just to name a few.

Hotels typically offer good restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur Hilton features several dining spots, and Lafitte Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel is a nice choice for French dining.
 
Starhill Gallery in Bukit Bintang (close to Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott Hotels) features an extensive selection of good restaurants. Those serving lunch include Fisherman's Cove (seafood), Koryo-won (Korean), My Thai (Thai) and Pak Loh Chiu Chow serving Chiu Chow-style Chinese cuisine.
  
Shopping 

From the massive malls that line Bukit Bintang to the backstreet stalls of Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur is a shopaholic’s dream. But if you’re in town for only a few days, deciding where to start can be rough.Here's a look at the top 10 places to shop in Kuala Lumpur.
 
The Curve is a popular venue for KL expats. Its most recent foreign import? Johnny Rockets.
It might be located way out in west KL, but The Curve beats many of its competitors with its indoor/outdoor layout, range of al fresco dining and pedestrianized walkways.
 
Add to the mix Kuala Lumpur’s only Ikea, as well as an adjoining Tesco, and you have the most family-friendly mall in town.
 
This explains why it fills up on weekends with parents pushing strollers.
 
But there’s still ample room to shop. For eating, almost every Malaysian favorite can be found, including branches of Pappa Rich, Little Penang Cafe and Secret Recipe. Location -- The Curve, 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Selangor; +60 (0)3 7710 6868
 
 
Mid Valley Megamall, open in 1999, is one of the world's largest retail spaces. While it can’t match Bukit Bintang malls for high-end luxury, Mid Valley is one of KL’s most popular malls for its abundance of affordable shopping -- not to mention a huge array of stores and restaurants (430 and counting), 18-screen cineplex, large Metrojaya and Aeon department stores and exhibition center.
 
There are two food courts, but those in the know head to Oasis on the second floor, where the prices are cheap, and food more authentic.
 
If you really need an upmarket fix, you can walk across the connecting passageway to The Gardens Mall.
Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2938 3333
 
If you're into tin-based alloys -- and who isn't? -- Royal Selangor is the go-to joint for pewter in KL.
A huge tankard -- with what appears to be foam overflowing from its brim -- stands at the entrance to the head office of Royal Selangor, one of Malaysia’s most iconic companies.
 
At the KL visitor’s center, you can learn how to make your own pewter dish at the School of Hard Knocks (RM60).
 
If you just want to explore, there are free guided tours that take you through the company’s history (it was founded by young Chinese pewtersmith in 1885), the science behind making the alloy and a factory tour.
 
Naturally, there's a gift shop for those who want to pick up a souvenir. This is a shopping list, after all.
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 4145 6122
 
Berjaya Times Square -- New York has one, as does Hong Kong, so it only makes sense that KL -- arguably Southeast Asia’s shopping capital -- has a Times Square.
 
Highlights include Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park, split between family-friendly and adult-only rides; a Taipei-style night market on the third floor, complete with flashing neon signs, manholes and food stalls; and the Grand Musical Stairs, where you can pretend to be Tom Hanks in the movie "Big," as you make your own music on giant keys.
 
All this and much more in what claims to be the world’s ninth largest building in terms of floor space.
Berjaya Times Square, 1 Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2117 3111
 
Petaling Street Market "These Rolexes are a steal!" It might be a little cheesy, with its Disney-esque Chinese arch and blue covered walkway, but Petaling Street Market, the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, buzzes with life. Here you'll find a variety of tourist trinkets, T-shirts, electronics and DVDs.
 
As soon as you veer off the main strip, you enter a warren of backstreets where hungry locals go to fill up on bowls of asam laksa, Hainan chicken rice and mee goreng.
 
Eating on plastic stools next to crates full of squawking chickens, it’s a good pit stop before heading back to to the maelstrom for more haggling over bargain goods. Petaling Street Market, Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 9235 4800
 
Central Market, a one-stop venue souvenir shopping.Opened in 1936, though a wet market has stood on the site since 1888, KL's Central Market has seen it all.
 
While once the art deco building was full of stalls selling meat and produce, since the mid-1980s it has promoted Malaysian arts and culture.
 
The interior is split into themed areas representing the country's diverse population, which include Lorong Melaya, where shops sell Malay handicraft; a replica of Malacca's Jonkers Street; and Little India.
 
The adjoining Kasturi Walk features an array of food stalls; the Annexe Gallery is a center of contemporary arts. Central Market located, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2031 0399
 
Peter Hoe Beyond is on the hit list of every visiting shopaholic.Run by the eponymous Malaysian designer, this warehouse store, which occupies the second floor of the Lee Rubber building sells a huge range of unique pieces -- housewares, silverware, furniture, clothing -- either designed or commissioned by Peter Hoe himself.
 
The in-shop cafe sells delicious slices of cake.Peter Hoe Beyond, 2/F, 145 Jalan Tun H S Lee, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2026 9788
 
Suria KLCC -- For those who judge malls by the height of the buildings that sit on top them, Suria is a clear winner. Suria KLCC is close to the top -- or should that be basement -- of KL's shopping greats.
 
This luxury mall occupies the bottom six podium floors of the Petronas Twin Towers, and their 170-meter-high Skybridge.
 
It has everything from luxury goods to everyday items, including branches of Parkson, Isetan, Cold Storage and Marks & Spencer, a fantastic food court, a cineplex, a huge branch of Kinokuniya bookstore and a fun-filled Science Discovery Centre and aquarium. The adjoining KLCC Park has water fountains and a two-acre playground. Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2382 2828
 
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. If Suria KLCC has a rival in the upscale shopping stakes, it’s Pavilion. Since early 2012, the two malls have been connected by an air-conditioned walkway, which makes getting between the two a breeze.
 
Pavilion is as much known for its dining as its shopping, with a range of casual places (Fish & Co., Din Tai Fung, Madam Kwan’s) and fine dining restaurants, such as Al-Amar (Lebanese cuisine) and Spice of India.
 
Where it really wins is with its location -- it's at the top of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur’s most famous shopping street, lined with a dozen different malls. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur; +60 (0)3 2118 8833
 
Malaysia Year-End Sale
 
It’s not a venue per se, but Malaysia’s annual Year-End Sale (that’s YES, for short) is the best time to find bargains in Kuala Lumpur and the country at large.
 
Running this year from November 16 to January 5 under the slogan “My Extreme Shopping Addiction,” shopping malls and markets throughout the city offer huge discounts -- up to 50% off selected items -- as well as Christmas concerts, carnivals, clearances, fairs, exhibitions and lucky draws.



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