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Kuala Lumpur, popularly referred to as KL, is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia and one is also known to be of the most developed and cosmopolitan cities of Southeast Asia. The city has transformed itself from an old world Chinese tin mining village to a modern day bustling metropolis. It is also known to be a melting pot of various cultures and is home to some of the cheapest shopping and luxury hotels in the world. With breathtaking natural wonders steps away and excellent sights to see within the city, Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer for all sorts of tourists.

Kuala Lumpur might be typically Asian in its sights and sounds, but there is nothing Asian about its gleaming skyscrapers and glitzy malls. In fact, the city is a beautiful blend that allows hawker filled streets and individuals selling counterfeit DVDs to coexist with cloud hugging skyscrapers, WiFi enabled coffee shops and expansive shopping malls. The pulsating nightlife and world class cuisines might be the highlights of any trip to the city, but the man-made attractions and natural sceneries also offer ideal settings for a perfect day tour.

Whether you prefer to explore the commercial sights and casinos of the Genting Highlands or prefer to check out the scenic beauty that Sunway has to offer, no trip of Kuala Lumpur can ever be complete without visiting either one of these two theme parks. Both are known to be the very best in their own right and offer travellers with an entirely unique experience.

Some of the most famous sights in and around the city include the world famous Petronas Twin Towers, that were once known to be the tallest towers in the world, the Sultan Abdul Samad building that is known for its 131 foot clock tower, the rugged limestone Batu Caves, the beautiful Jamek Mosque, the Old Railway Station, the magical fireflies of Kuala Selangor, The KL Bird Park that is famous as the largest walk in aviary in the world and the breathtaking Lake Gardens.

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Kuala Lumpur holidays - Top Places To Go

1. Merdeka Square

What is it? The 328ft (100m) flagpole rising from Merdeka Square is the tallest in the world, and marks the place where Malaysia achieved independence in 1957. The city's colonial past is still very much alive in the architecture of the surrounding buildings and the field still hosts the occasional cricket matches. The Tudor-style Royal Selangor Club rests on one corner of the square, looking onto a large video screen displaying religious messages and advertisements. The Club served as a social centre for Kuala Lumpur's British residents; its doors are now open to anyone who can afford the membership fees. In keeping with die-hard customs women are still not allowed entry to the bar, except by invitation. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Chinatown

What is it? The crowded and colourful Chinatown area is a jumble of shops, food, smells and people. The central section of Jalan Petaling is closed at night to traffic and the street is transformed into an exciting, brightly lit experience. Vendors spread their wares onto the pavement and one can stroll along endlessly taking it all in. Merchandise ranges from jewellery to toys and t-shirts and bargaining for the best prices is accepted practice and part of the fun. Hours of Operation: Phone:



3. Petronas Towers
City centre. Ticket Booth: Tower 2, Concourse Level
What is it? The Petronas Towers are designed to impress and encapsulate Malaysia's emergence as South East Asia's commercial and cultural centre. Celebrated as the tallest towers in the world until the recent completion of Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the buildings stand at a height of 1,483ft (452m) and are joined by a skybridge extending 192ft (58m) across. Traditional geometric principles of Islamic architecture have been followed using modern technology, with an inspiring result. The Petronas towers are used as office complexes that form part of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Development Park. Hours of Operation: The Skybridge is open to the public Tuesday to Sunday 8.30am to 5pm Phone:(0)3 2331 1769 (Skybridge)



Kuala Lumpur holidays - Top Events


1. Colours of Malaysia

From 2007-05-01

To 2007-05-29

What is it? Malaysia is extremely proud of its cultural diversity, which is showcased in Kuala Lumpur each year with one of the world's most colourful extravaganzas, Citrawarna, or 'The Colours of Malaysia'. This month-long cultural celebration is packed with a kaleidoscope of events, the highlight being a grand parade involving thousands of people escorting a float bearing the Royal family. The event also marks the King's birthday. The spectacular procession is a moving mosaic of rhythm and dance. Throughout the month there are numerous offerings including art and craft exhibits, sumptuous cuisine at food festivals, resplendently costumed music and dance performances and sports meetings. Where is it? Merdeka Square and other venues around the city centre



2. Kuala Lumpur International Tower Jump



What is it? The Menara Kuala Lumpur (better known as the KL Tower) is the fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world, standing at 1,381 feet (421m). The tower has become a magnet for extreme sports enthusiasts, particularly 'BASE' (building, antenna, span and earth) jumpers. Every year 50 or so daredevils make repeated jumps from the tower and make three-second free falls before opening their chutes, leaving spectators breathless. Allied events on the day include a light aircraft fly past, helicopter roping, radio controlled aircraft displays and gliding exhibitions. Where is it? Menara Kuala Lumpur



3. KL International Water Festival

From 2007-04-12

To 2007-05-10

What is it? Water looms large in the life of Kuala Lumpur and the city capitalises on its suitability for water-based activities with an annual Water Festival. There are hundreds of components to the month-long water carnival, like a sandcastle building contest, an underwater treasure hunt, the 'catch the duck' competition, log-walk fights and many kayak, canoe and jet-ski races. A programme of cultural music and dance performances, most offered free of charge, tops off the extravaganza. For more information contact the Ministry of Tourism on (603) 2693 7111 or Where is it? Taman Tasik Perdana



4. Thaipusam

From 2007-02-01

To 2007-02-01

What is it? Malaysia celebrates numerous religious festivals, but the best known and most popular with tourists is the Hindu test of faith and endurance, Thaipusam, held at Batu Caves during the tenth month of the Hindu calendar. This festival, involving a procession of devotees carrying yokes (kavadi), bearing offerings, up hundreds of steps, is not for the squeamish. The bearers, in a trance-like state, are pierced with skewers through tongues and cheeks, with hooks and spears pierced through other body parts. The procession follows a ceremonial decorated chariot drawn by bullocks. Where is it? Batu Caves, about seven miles north of Kuala Lumpur



5. Malaysian F1 Grand Prix

From 2007-04-08

To 2007-03-08

What is it? One of the first events in the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix motor racing season is the Malaysian Grand Prix at the impressive Sepang track. The first World Championship Grand Prix held at this new ultra-modern circuit, known for its sweeping corners and wide straights, was in 1999, and since then the event has become known as one of the most thrilling on the F1 Calendar. Where is it? Sepang Circuit




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