Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, a country that is still not high on the list of many Southeast Asian travelers. The city of Kuala Lumpur (nicknamed KL) which means in Malay "muddy confluence" is a metropolis of over 7 million people. As the name suggests, the city is at the confluence of two streams. The most important is the Klang. It flows 45 kilometers west into the Melaka Sea. The Twin towers at night - the landmark of the city but its metropolis is well worth a stay, before it continues to one of the well-known holiday islands or the beautiful East Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Kuala Lumpur is a very cosmopolitan city, and appears to be quite liberal compared to the rest of the country. Here you will find everything - vibrant nightlife, colorful markets, colonial buildings and a diverse surrounding area, which invites to half and full day excursions. The international airport is now very good from Europe and often directly accessible. And last but not least, Kuala Lumpur is a relatively cheap Asian metropolis - all in all reasons to allow the city a travel time of 3 nights (or even more) when planning your trip.
Kuala Lumpur is still growing strongly and clearly showing the growth of Malaysia. The strong modernization means that the old (colonial) substance is replaced by new and modern buildings. Kuala Lumpur was founded as a favored city by Indonesian nobles and eventually landed under British rule after a colorful history. After independence, Kuala Lumpur became the capital and role model for the entire country. Together with cities such as Petaling Jaya , Subang Jaya , Shah Alam , Klang and Port Klang , the city forms the so-called Klang Valley - an urban conglomerate in which the transitions between the locations are fluid.
The city can be divided essentially into the following neighborhoods. Each part has its own particularity and its own nature. The subdivision used here does not correspond to the exact administrative division, but considers cultural and not least for the traveler practical aspects. For each of the central parts you can reserve a day if you have the necessary time.
City Center - This is the city's former administrative center and Chinatown.
Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens - Just to the west of the city center are the beautiful Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens.
Golden Triangle - The Golden Triangle (also: Bukit Bintang ) is located northeast of the city center. Here are the largest shopping malls, expensive hotels and many party venues - not forgetting the Petronas.
Twin Towers (KLCC), the landmark of the city.
Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Chow Kit and Kampung Baru - The traditional shopping district is located north of the city center, next to the Golden Triangle. Here you will find many budget accommodation as well as the large Putra World Center.
Bangsar and Brickfields - The south of the city. There are many restaurants, clubs and shopping malls here. Here is also the main railway station Kl Sentral with the surrounding financial centers.
Eastern suburbs - Ampang , the suburb (partly belonging to KL, partly own city) in the east of Kuala Lumpur, is quite cosmopolitan and is home to many foreign residents and also a Little Korea.
Damansara and Hartamas - The two residential districts in the west of the city also have a number of good restaurants and clubs to offer.
Northern Suburbs - The large area in northern Kuala Lumpur has some tourist attractions such as the Batu Caves and the National Zoo or smoke the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia - with real rainforest right on the doorstep of the metropolis.
Southern Suburbs - The south of the city has only a few touristy places to visit.
The individual sights of the city can be visited day by day within the individual districts. There you usually have short distances, which can be mastered on foot. Between the districts one can move with one of the cheap means of public transport or the taxi. The first and most important starting points of every traveler are certainly:
KLCC - The city project in the Golden Triangle with the striking twin towers, the Petronas Twin Towers, is certainly a must for every visitor.
KL Lake Gardens - Highlight of this beautiful park area is the KL Bird Park , the largest walk-in bird park in the world.
The area around Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur's colonial center offers an interesting contrast to the modern business districts. South-west of the square you can take a tour of the bustling Chinatown , northwest of it offers a tour of the Little India .
If you want to get a complete overview of Kuala Lumpur, head to the Hulu Langkat Look-Up Point . From up here there is a great view of Kuala Lumpur. Especially at dusk worth a drive to the point. There are restaurants and a small observation tower.
With the Kuala Lumpur Hop-On Hop-Off Bus (see Mobility ) you can take a day ticket to many important attractions. The bus also has printed material and multilingual audio information.
Shopping lovers in Kuala Lumpur can still plan one day or the other. From cheap CD pirated copies to exclusive fashion brands, there's everything in the city. In the Golden Triangle , there are plenty of shopping opportunities. This neighborhood is the current peak of consumerism. The offer of technology and especially fashion is inexhaustible. The central market (nowadays air-conditioned and only for tourists but with fair prices) and the shops of Chinatown in the city center offer crafts and souvenirs as well as a lot of cheap goods, certainly also of questionable origin.
Kuala Lumpur has some very good hotels at fair prices. While just a few years ago almost all hotels in Chinatown or Puduraya Bus Station were, Bukit Bintang has recently become a backpacker center. Especially along the street Tengkat Tong Shin. There are numerous accommodations. It is advisable to spend a few ringgit more and to stay in one of the new hostels in Bukit Bintang. Despite the lively neighborhood (shopping and eating around the clock), the accommodations here are quieter and more enjoyable. In Chinatown and Pudu are still the cheap alternatives, but you usually get only moderate quality. They are therefore recommended only on extremely tight budget. If you only have a long stay at Kuala Lumpur International Airport , or just want to visit the race track in Sepang , which is right next door, there are also accommodations directly at the airport.
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Kuala Lumpur International Airport - KUL
KLIA - Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)
Located 70 km from the city center, it is the main airport of the country.
It is served by these main companies:
Malaysia Airlines , the national airline
Air Asia , the Malaysian low cost company serving both Malaysia and South East Asia from Kuala Lumpur.
Air Asia is booming in the region and regularly makes very interesting promotions, even at the last minute. It is possible to buy tickets online from the website. The different low-cost routes from Kuala Lumpur
Sultan Abdul Aziz International Airport or Subang Airport (SZB)
Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport - Located in Subang in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, it is the former Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Today, it is mainly used for freight.
Berjaya Air , Firefly and Malindo Air serve this airport and are the only company to land on the islands of Koh Samui in Thailand and Pangkor , Redang and Tioman in Malaysia.
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Current conditions for Kuala-Lumpur, (KUL), Malaysia (3.12°/101.53°)
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