Malaysia’s sultry capital is a place where your neck is in for constant exercise as the skyline remains pierced by record-making modern skyscrapers and iconic views that are classified amongst some of the best in the world. One assumes that alone would make a city complacent but Kuala Lumpur is not a place to keep basking in the glory of its past achievements, which is why you keep hearing about mega malls, lively nightspots, and world-class restaurants being opened in the city now and then. Fortunately enough for travellers, this also is not all that this bustling metropolis has to offer. Here are top things to do in and around the city if you are looking for a good time:
Explore Local Markets and Landmarks
For getting an insight into local culture and life, there’s no better way than to start at small markets that natives frequent, and Kuala Lumpur is buzzing with many such vibrant markets. You can visit the Chow Kit Market, considered the largest wet market in Malaysia or attend Thursday’s Fiesta Nite at Plaza Mont Kiara. Chinatown at Petaling Street is perfect for excellent shopping and eating options. The famous landmarks in the city such as the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Bukit Bintang, Independence Square and Lake Gardens are pretty impressive and you shouldn’t miss a chance to visit these.
Visit the Famous Religious Shrines
Kuala Lumpur boasts many Buddhist temples, Hindu shrines, mosques and churches that are not only visually-impressive but also historically prominent. The Batu Caves, featuring different temples and Hindu shrines, are perhaps the most popular of religious places in the city. Climbing the 272 steps to reach the top where a presiding deity rests is a testing as well as a rewarding experience as the view from above is panoramic to say the least. Besides, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Thean Hou Temple, Kuan Ti Temple and Sin Sze Si Ya Temple are some of the other popular temples that will familiarise you with the city’s architecture and culture.
Head to the Natural Wonders in the City
To cool off and to take a break from the city’s noise, you can head to the Genting Highlands, small hill station just 45 minutes away from the city. Genting is equipped with indoor and outdoor theme parks, lush golf courses, shopping malls, hotels, casinos and strawberry farms surrounded by almost 100 acres of tropical rainforest. Adventure-enthusiasts can look forward to a good time as thrilling abseiling, indoor rock climbing and flying fox activities present themselves. Alternatively, you can head to Colmar Tropicale, a picturesque French-themed village resting on 80 acres of natural forestland.
Party to Your Heart’s Desire
Anyone who has visited Kuala Lumpur will tell you that the city has a great nightlife scene. Several swanky restaurants and bars, nightclubs and Karaoke parlours line the streets, especially around the Golden Triangle District. We place our best bet at finding the coolest crowds, however, on the Pisco Bar, a chic, modern restaurant and bar, known for its live music performances as well as for its Spanish and Peruvian tapas. Whisky Tango Foxtrot, The Roof, Whipped Into Place, Reggae Bar, Zouk Club and Beach Club Cafe are also great places for shaking a leg, eating good food and finding entertaining company to usher in a new day after a night of partying.