Kuala Lumpur: The City of Contrast and Diversity 

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is a city of contrast and diversity.  You can clearly see the mix of culture and people.  The old and modern blend together, making this city an interesting place to visit.  It is complete, with beautiful skyscrapers, forests, mosques and temples.

We were surprised by how many things this city has to offer.  It really exceeded our expectations and it is definitely worth visiting Kuala Lumpur.

The only problem is, that the airport is a bit far from the city center, where most of the attractions are located.  It took us almost 40 minutes to get to our hotel, which was located close to everything.

On our trip to Kuala Lumpur, we did not miss the opportunity to visit the temples and landmarks that are unique, and super modern.

Tip: Visit the sites in the morning. It will be empty and the traffic will be less heavy. Also wear comfortable shoes, because you will walk a lot.

During the morning, after a 30 minute drive from the city center, we visited Batu Cave. This is a milestone hill, comprising three main caves and a few smaller ones.  It is an important religious landmark for Hindus. There are a lot of crazy monkeys running around, looking for food as well. Watch your bags!

Batu Cave
Batu Cave

In fact, there are many beautiful temples and mosques in Kuala Lumpur.  We visited Thean Hou Temple. It is one of the largest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. This six-tiered Buddhist temple, is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven.

Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple


Mosques in Kuala Lumpur are beautiful sights that also serve as places of worship for the local Muslim community. National Mosque, and Jamek Mosque are one of the most famous mosques in Kuala Lumpur. The architecture is unique, there are expansive prayer halls, and picturesque surroundings.  Visitors must be dressed  appropriately. Most mosques provide the right clothes to wear for free.

Merdeka Square is situated in the centre of the city. It’s close to the Mosques, the Central Market and China Town. Here you find buildings like the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and other important landmarks.

Merdeka Square

We went to Central Market to buy souvenirs, which is a very popular and tourist spot. Here you can find all kinds of crafts, food and batik.

Central Market

At the end of the day we visited Chinatown also known as Petaling Street.  This is a bargain hunter’s paradise: a place where you can find all kinds of things, from Chinese herbs to clothing and accessories.

If you are looking for brands and fancy outfits, the Bukit Bintang area of KL is the best place to go, or around Petronas Twin Towers, it’s also perfect for shopping.

The next day during the morning, we visited The Petrona Towers.  These are a signature landmark of Kuala Lumpur, and currently the tallest twin towers in the world.

Petronas Tower

Last but not least, Kuala Lumpur Tower is a cool observatory, as you have a 360 degree panoramic view of the entire city!

KL Tower observatory

If you are looking for bars with a view of the city check out these places:

•Troika sky dinner

•Sky bar

•Bars Chang Kat

Do not miss the chance to explore this unique city.  Surely you will have great memories. Most people only stay at the airport, or spend a day there. Visit it calmly. With 3 days you will have the opportunity to see almost everything in this incredible city.

Currency: Malaysian Ringgit

Official language: The official language of the country is Malay. You’ll also hear Cantonese and Mandarin, Hindi and Tamil.. English is also widely spoken. 




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