Kuala Lumpur, or "KL" as it is commonly known, is the focal point of new Malaysia and is the federal capital city in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur's past is still present in the British colonial buildings of the Dataran Merdeka and the midnight lamps of the Petaling Street night market. The city's bustling streets and shining modern office towers, with its cosmopolitan air, project an unbounded spirit of progress and symbolize Malaysia's unhesitating leap into the future. For some people Kuala Lampur has lost its ancient cultural traditions, but in many ways KL marks the continuation rather than the loss of Malaysia's rich past.
Kuala Lumpur has played host too many international sporting, political and cultural events. Including the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One Grand Prix. Kuala Lumpur is home to the Petronas Twin Towers which have become an iconic symbol of Malaysia's futuristic development and has been featured in many Hollywood blockbusters
The weather in Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid with essentially two seasons. There is a dry season during May to September and a wet season from mid-November to March. Kuala Lumpur receives rain on about 200 days of the year with steady temperatures throughout the year averaging between 22°C and 32°C.
Hailed as the Twin Jewels of Kuala Lumpur, a visit to KL is not complete if you have not visited the Petronas towers. The 88-story chrome and steel towers are the headquarters of Malaysia's oil and gas company – Petronas.
Chinatown is a well known bargain hunter's paradise that seemingly never sleeps. Deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history, Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Malaysia. Representing Malaysia's multicultural background perfectly, you can find all sorts of stuff, from Chinese herbs to imitation goods
Aquaria KLCC is located on the concourse level of the Kuala Lampur Convention Center. The Aquaria KLCC is said to be largest aquarium in the world and is home to over 150 species of marine life. It boasts its star attractions being tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, seahorses and many more.
One of Kuala Lampur's most frequented tourist attractions is Batu Caves. It is a limestone hill comprising of three main caves and a few smaller ones. Featuring idols and statues erected inside the main cave and around it. This temple has limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old. There are 272 steps to access the caves and during Thaipusam thousands of Hindu devotees come to this site to perform religious rites.
Malaysian food can get rather spicy and hot. Always bring medication for stomach upset or diarrhea if you have had problems with spicy food or stomach upset. Pack your sunscreen.
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