Less than 200 year ago, Kuala Lumpur was just a quiet tin-mining town in West Malaysia. Today, this same sleepy village has flourished into the country’s federal capital and largest metropolis. Commonly called KL by locals, this vibrant city is a cultural melting pot, noted for its impressive skyscrapers and buzzing scenes of shopping, dining and nightlife. When compared to other major world cities, KL is one of the more affordable travel destinations.
Like many large cities, Kuala Lumpur suffers from heavy traffic, so getting around is best by monorail, public buses, trains and taxis. From sightseeing historic landmarks and British colonial buildings in the Old City to viewing the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in the modern district, and browsing the colorful street stalls in Chinatown, there is no shortage of things to see and do in KL.
Abounding in shopping malls, KL is a paradise for shopping while public parks, forest reserves, golf courses and water parks all offer outdoor recreation. From street vendors serving traditional Malay food to coffee shops, curry houses and international restaurants, KL is a dining delight.