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The name "Kuala Lumpur" means "muddy
river" and was given to the city by the miners, who made a settlement
The miners and merchants were in search of pewter and built their houses on the
banks of the Gombak river and the Klang river. There both rivers meet . Nowadays the Jame Mosque is situated on
This metropolis in Malaysia has about 2 million inhabitants and has many modern
Travellers, like me, only stay for a few days in the city. So I will restrict
myself to the highlights, because I can't be complete.
Every time when I return to Kuala Lumpur, I discover a new spot, which is
worth a visit. There are many good hotels in Kuala Lumpur. I won't
trouble you about the number of stars they have. You can easily find that in any
It is ,however, important that the hotel is situated in the Golden Triangle of
the city. Then you're close to the shopping centres of Sungei Wang, Bukit
Bintang, Lot 10 and Imbi Plaza. And you're within walking distance of the famous
Petronas Towers (the highest building in the world) with its shopping centre Suria.
Mostly I visit the highlights in the morning. It's quiet then and not so hot. If
you think it's too hot: take a taxi!
Some hotels in the Golden Triangle are:
Swiss Garden, Corona Inn, Hotel Nova, Emerald, Royal Bintang, Federal, Bintang
Warisan, Radius, Capitol, Agora, Fortuna, Melia, Berjaya Times Square, Grand
Plaza Park Royal, The Coronade, Istana, The Lodge, Equatorial, Mutiara, The
Regent KL, JW Marriott, The Westin KL, Dorsett Regency, Ritz Carlton, Holiday
Notice: this list is not complete.
Frequently asked question: What
should I visit in KL?
Morning: When you fly
with Malaysian Airlines you'll probably arrive
at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) early in the morning. This
is an ultra modern airport, that looks like a space-station. The trip by car to
Kuala Lumpur takes approximately 1Ĺ hours. This may look like a long time, but the
surroundings are so impressive, that you won't notice the long ride.
You'll arrive in your hotel around 9 o'clock. It's likely that your hotel room
is already available, if not you'll have to wait till noon.
After you've unpacked, you can do two things:
1) sleep for a few hours in your room or....
2) go to the swimming-pool and have a nap in shadow. (Attention: don't forget
your suntan lotion!)
Late afternoon: Discover
the neighbourhood of your hotel. If you're hotel is in the Golden Triangle, you
can go to the shopping complex of the
Pavilion or Sungei Wang. There you can discover what's for
sale in Malaysia.
Are you a computer freak? Then go to the Imbi Plaza. It's not a big complex, but
there are 3 levels with computer equipment and software. Imbi Plaza is next to
Evening: Take a
taxi around 18.30 to Petaling Street. Petaling Street is in
Town (click). Here you
can visit all the little stalls, which they have placed in the middle of the
street. Almost everything is for sale here: video-tapes, cd's, copy watches
(Rolex, Gucci, Cartier, Breitling etc.), t-shirts (Nike, Reebok, Billabong,
Quicksilver etc.), dvd's, socks, belts, bags, purses and much more. Don't forget
to bargain about the price!
And of course you can have dinner in China Town. Don't be choosy. Every
stall is okay. Don't be afraid to eat here.
Mineral water is for sale in every shop. Buy Malaysian water and not the
expensive imported French water, like Evian or Perrier. You can drink the water
from the tap, but it's not so tasty. It tastes of chlorine.
Have a look at
the best hotel reservations in KL
and save up to 75% OFF normal room rates.
Who doesn't want that???
Morning: Take a
visit to the Petronas Towers (452 meters high). It's not that far and it's a
nice walk. You can't miss it, because everywhere you go, you can see the
impressive building. Sometimes the top is surrounded by clouds. On the ground
floor of the Petronas Towers you'll find the Suria shopping complex with its 6
levels of beautiful and exclusive shops. Admission is free and the elevator will
bring you to the bridge (at 170 meters), that connects the two towers. You have
a wonderful view over Kuala Lumpur. There's also a restaurant on this level.
Afternoon: Take a taxi and
visit the Central Market. It's in a great hall and has two levels. There is much
to see here and you can have your lunch on the second level. In the old days the
Central Market was a wet-market, where they sold fish. Now you can buy your
souvenirs and many, many other things. Don't hurry. Take your time and look at
the colourful shops.
After your visit you can go to the
Masjid Jamek mosque. It's within walking
distance. Not far away from the mosque is the
Merdeka Square with the beautiful Court of Justice and the Selangor
Club (cricket field).
Take a lot of pictures and have them developed in Malaysia.
Evening: Choose a nice
restaurant or go to the hawker stalls for your dinner.
Jalan Alor is
perfect for a very nice dinner. Here you get used to have dinner at Hawker
Stalls. Afterwards you can have a cup of coffee at Starbucks!
You can go to the
Zoo Negara (click) in the
evening. That's very
nice, but it's not opened all year round.
a taxi to the
Batu Caves (click),
hesitate to take the local bus. It's cheap and it is a nice experience.
At the Batu caves it's a pretty heavy climb upwards. Exactly
272 treads. Going
downwards, you'll be greeted by a lot of monkeys. The climb is heavy, maybe you
have to rest halfway, but the view upstairs is spectacular.
Afternoon: Visit the
telecommunication tower, named
(click). Here you have a wonderful view over the
city. The KL-tower is 421 meter high and because it's built on a hill, it's higher
than the Petronas Towers.
Evening: If you havenít eaten at a hawker stall yet, you must try it this evening (Jalan Alor). Visit
your favourite shopping mall or go the Petaling street.
Separate page with pictures of the
Highlights of Kuala Lumpur.[Click