Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Arriving through Kuala Lumpur’s airport is like arriving in another world. An open air rainforest centrepiece is encircled by the port, giving you a quick glimpse of what Malaysia is rooted by. With just a short drive into the capital, the city is your oyster.
Get stuck into the culture and give a hands-on traditional cooking course a go with cookbook author Rohani Jelani. An out of town retreat offers courses for all skill levels finishing with a well earned banquet. There’s no rush, accommodation is provided so sit back and enjoy the company; after all it’s not a frequent occurrence to find yourself creating delicious traditional meals in the KL countryside alongside great company and a professional chef to give guidance. Staying with the traditional theme, the food served up by the street hawkers along Jln Alor, just north of Jln Bukit Bintang is nothing short of brilliant. From 5pm the street transforms into a food fest with chairs and tables lining the streets and quite literally hundreds of Malay Chinese dishes being simultaneously cooked up. The price is cheap, the atmosphere is carnival-like and most importantly the food is known to be amazing.
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Simply unmissable, the Petronas Towers are the tallest twin buildings in the world and look across Kuala Lumpur with a dominant presence. Reaching an amazing 88 floors and 457 metres high, the towers house a large variety of attractions as well as large international companies. Tours up to the sky bridge and the top floor observation deck in Tower 2 are available six days a week.
The epicentre for shopping and entertainment in Kuala Lumpur and nestled in the famous Golden Triangle. The area’s boulevard, known as Bitang Walk, is a great place to explore with trendy bars and cafes, second-to-non shopping facilities and bustling night markets lining it on either side.
13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, a limestone hill leads up to a series of temples which are set in caves. A year round tourist attraction and known to be the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, the Batu Caves are dedicated to Lord Murugan. They take centre stage for the Thaipusam full moon festival held in January and February.
The place in which the Union Jack flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag winched high for the first time in 1957, is the country’s stage of independence. A national day parade can be seen here on the 31st August each year to celebrate independence.
Jamek has been re-opened following an extensive renovation project and so is looking even more stunning than usual. Situated next to the Chinatown district of the city this mosque was officially opened in 1909. Jamek was built splitting the Klang and Gomback Rivers giving it an air of island-like tranquillity.