Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL, is one of the most vibrant cities in South East Asia. I have been several times during my extended stays in Asia and every time I go, I enjoy a bit of city break in this hectic modern city.
Here are 6 reasons why you should visit KL.
1. Experience Cosmopolitan South East Asia
In KL there is a great mix of people and cultures. The main ones are Malaysian (of course, we are in Malaysia!), Chinese and Indian. You can find yourself in three different countries by just being in one city.
2. Amazing Food
This is due again to the different cultural influences. Eating in KL is a pleasure, you can find the best Indian, Malay and Chinese food at extremely cheap prices. This is one of the best things I look forward to when I go to KL. Food never gets boring.
This does not need much of an explanation. KL is home to the most amazing shopping malls in South East Asia. Shop till you drop, you can spend the whole day in just one mall and get lost into shopping or just wonder around. Berjaya Times Square is the only mall in the world with an indoor theme park!!
4. Electronics Shopping!
This could fit in the category above, but it deserves a category of itself. In KL you can buy just about everything and anything related to electronics. At very bargain prices. KL is home to Low Yat Plaza, the largest lifestyle electronic mall in Malaysia. It is actually kind of overwhelming, especially if you decide to visit on a weekend when the whole of Malaysia seems to head to this mall (and every other mall as a matter of fact!)
5. Visa Run
If you are traveling around South East Asia and need to get a visa for any other neighbouring country, KL is the place to go. Embassies and consulates seem to be very efficient.
6. Grand Architecture
It is amazing how different style of architecture cohabit in harmony. Modern meet ancient, east meet west, Colonial and Victorian buildings alike. It is a mix and match made in heaven.
These are my 6 reasons, but there are many more. Did you find yours?
What to see? Where to go?
Jalan Petaling (Chinatown)
Masjid Jamek (Oldest Mosque in KL)
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The National Mosque
KL Railway Station
KLCC (Petronas Twin Towers)
When to Go?
Where to Stay?
Oscar Guest House: new, clean and cozy budget accommodation right in the heart of Bukit Bintang. Perfect base to explore the City. Close enough to everything including the bar district (but far enough from it to enjoy a quiet night sleep)
I definitely recommend this place however, KL has a huge variety of accommodation choice for any taste and pockets.