Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia has often caught world’s attention through its majestic skyscrapers, well-blended mixture of people from different ethnicity and vibrant city life.
Our two visits to the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur was mixture of ups and downs. During our first trip, we managed to enjoy the city’s lively culture and do some sightseeing. The second trip was bit of a disappointment, as most of the places were inaccessible due to smog covering the city thus leaving us to spend most of our time in shopping malls and giving us an excuse to shop to our heart’s content.
Here are 8 things we recommend not to miss while visiting Kuala Lumpur:
1. The Thean Hou Temple
The Thean Hou temple is an impressive six storied building built to commemorate Goddess Thean Hou (Goddess of Heaven). Perched atop Robson Heights, it is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia and also one of the peaceful places in the city. The temple structure has some elaborate carvings, dragon inspired pillars and colorful ceilings giving us a glimpse of Chinese influence on the architecture.
2. Menara KL tower
One of Malaysia’s popular landmarks, the KL tower is the tallest telecommunication tower in Southeast Asia and 7th tallest in the World. The observation deck at 276 metres offers a bird’s eye of the Kuala Lumpur city extending upto the Batu Caves and Genting Highlands. One can also enjoy a romantic meal here at the revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360 accompanied by the spectacular view of the city. Ticket to the Observation Deck costs R 52/person and to the open deck, it is RM105/person.
3. National museum
Engross yourself in the wide collection of historic artifacts, which gives a detailed insight on the longstanding history of Malays and also how people from different origins have settled in Malaysia over the years. The tour of the museum is all we needed to get to know the underlying culture and history of this vibrant country. Entry ticket to the museum is RM5/person.
4. Petronas twin towers
Another iconic landmark of the city is the Petronas Twin towers, which reigned as the tallest building on earth between 1998 to 2004. Similar to KL Tower, the observation deck at 84th floor offers the stunning view of the metropolitan. Combine this visit with the walk through double-decked Skybridge that connects the two towers at 41st floor and also the KLCC Park at the base of the towers. Tickets costs RM 84.80/ person and we would recommend you to book it online in advance to avoid the long queues at the counters.
The best part of Kuala Lumpur (or any of the major Asian metropolitan cities) is that there is a sprawling mall in every corner of the city. It was a delightful shopping experience for us as we could shop high-end brands at Suria KLCC as well as find some treasures at Central Market.
6. Batu Caves
Visit the ancient limestone formations that date back to about 400 million years at the Batu Caves located on the outskirts of the city. These caves also have the famous Hindu temple of Lord Murugan, which attracts millions of devotees every year during the Thaipusam Festival. Read more about the Batu caves here.
7. Genting Highlands
Approximately an hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is a perfect getaway location for the city dwellers as it has an exciting combination of luxury resort, theme park, retail shops and a casino. Do not forget to take a ride in the Skyway Cable car to the top of Uli Kali Mountain where Genting Highland is located.
Although the outdoor theme park is currently closed for renovation as they are making way for World’s first Twentieth Century Fox Theme Park , the indoor theme park along with snow world and many other fun zones are open for visitors.
8. Beryls Chocolate Kingdom
Get lost in the delicious dream world of chocolates at the Beryls Chocolate Kingdom, Malaysia’s finest chocolatiers. Tour around this villa-like building was definitely an eye opener for us as we sampled several kinds of exotic flavoured chocolates like green apple, blueberries etc.