An expat's recommendations for Kuala Lumpur
Travel writer Bex Hall recently explored the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and found a city bursting with culture and innovative architecture. From its landmark Petronas Twin Towers to the bustling Central Market, Kuala Lumpur is a very modern city steeped in heritage.
Bex Hall, a travel writer who writes frequently about the expat experience, recently compiled a list of reasons that Kuala Lumpur should be on any traveller’s wish list. She found that Malaysia’s capital and largest city offers a world of attractions, from its cosmopolitan vibe to its remarkable architecture.
Hall’s recommendations begin with Kuala Lumpur’s airport, which offers a wide array of activities and diversions beyond the normal airport offerings. In addition to the kind of transit hotel rooms that are found in airports throughout the world, Kuala Lumpur’s airport also boasts a movie lounge, a spa, and showers that can be used for a fee. Beyond that, however, the airport also offers a reflexology and massage centre, a welcome indulgence following a long flight.
Once travellers are out of the airport, Kuala Lumpur provides any number of types of accommodations at all prices. The city has the typical backpacker-type hostels, as well as establishments geared towards solo female travellers. Hostels in the city run the gamut—from the very basic, budget-friendly variety to those that also book tours to the city’s many attractions. Hotels in the city are as varied as its hostels, with budget establishments and a wide number of five-star properties, such as the Intercontinental, Grand Hyatt, and Hilton.
Beyond its airport and accommodations, Kuala Lumpur is a thriving, vibrant metropolis that is known throughout the world for its innovative architecture. Arguably the city’s most famous structure is the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. For a period from the 1990s to the early 20s, the towers were the world’s tallest buildings. With their distinctive connecting sky bridge, the towers are an iconic part of the city’s skyline, and they offer visitors to the city unparalleled views of Kuala Lumpur.
Another of the city’s iconic structures, the Menara KL Tower, made Hall’s list. The tallest communication tower in the world, the tower’s observation deck provides panoramic views of the city and also serves as a world base-jumping centre.
For visitors who want to experience the culture of the city, one of the best places to explore is Central Market. Built in 1888, it’s one of the best ways to explore the city’s heritage and architecture. It’s also a great place to buy Malay souvenirs and traditional foods.
Just to the northwest of the city, the National Palace is the home of Malaysia’s monarch and is one of the more imposing structures in the city, with 22 domes at its peak. The massive residence is spread out over 242 acres.
With a wide variety of accommodations to suit any type of traveller, and an array of remarkable buildings, as well as a vibrant culture, Kuala Lumpur should be on the itinerary of any traveller to Southeast Asia.
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