Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sightseeing tours of Kuala Lumpur take in old British colonial edifices, pristine parks, historic monuments, upscale neighbourhoods loaded with high-end shops and restaurants, and great wildlife centres. The best place to start on any sightseeing odyssey is Merdeka Square. The Sultan Abdul Samad Building sits on one side of Merdeka and its Moghul appearance is an enduring legacy of British rule.
Other noted edifices from the colonial era are Kuala Lumpur Train Station, the Royal Selangor Club and the Carcosa Seri Negara mansions in lake gardens. Walking or city hop on hop off bus tours are ideal for getting to all the major sights easily. The British originally laid out Lake Gardens on the west side of the city. The gardens are home to the National Monument and several matchless city attractions.
The Bird Park, the Butterfly Park, the National Planetarium, the Orchid Garden and the ASEAN Sculpture Garden all occupy different sections of Lake Gardens. The latter and a WWII Memorial are adjacent. The Bird Park houses in excess of 3,000 birds with huge collections from the surrounding regions of Southeast Asia as well as other continents.
On the edge of Lake Gardens, the Islamic Arts Museum, the Royal Malaysian Police Museum, the National Museum and the National Mosque of Malaysia are major draws. Jamek Mosque is back near Merdeka Square and the epitome of grand Moorish architecture.
There is no scarcity of kid-friendly animal themed centres in and around Kuala Lumpur. Besides the bird and butterfly parks, families can spend a day at Zoo Negara or Farm In The City. The attractions of the Petrosains Interactive Discovery Centre and Aquaria KLCC in the Petronas Tower complex are also worth allocating a few hours to see.
If there is one single thing that Visitors should not miss in Kuala Lumpur it is a trip to the top of the Petronas Tower. Tower tours speed tourists up to the 42nd floor Skybridge spanning the gap between the twin structures before reaching the ultimate viewpoint in the city, the 86th floor observation deck in Tower II.
Chinatown is invariably the second entry on itineraries of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. At the heart of this vibrant and colourful precinct, Petaling Street transforms into the country’s finest night market as the afternoon begins to fade. Cheap fashion clothing, horse-chestnuts, Chinese dolls and Chinese herbal medicines are among the cornucopia of products tourists fill their backpacks with.
Dining on traditional Chinese food is another of Chinatown’s draws and diners get to savour the likes of hokien mee, wan tan noodles or shrimp and pork dumplings. The Little India zone of Brickfields close to KL Sentral Station is another great ethnic neighbourhood characterised by saris hanging in shop widows and restaurants serving curries, Indian flatbreads, yellow rice and lassi drinks.
Kuala’s sightseeing hotspots are not just restricted to the city as there are plenty of places to head off to for half or one day excursions. Batu Caves is the nearest of those with any import and is accessible on KTM Komuter trains. ATV Adventure Park, the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, the Genting Highlands and the Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre are a few of the alternatives.