Kuala Lumpur ~ The Capital of Malaysia

1 04 2010

My 1st trip to kuala lumpur, aka KL was during my childhood days when I won a pair return air ticket on JAL. I travelled to KL quite frequently on business these days and the city has become like my second home. What I can say is the KL now is so different some the KL that I saw when I was a little kid. The twin towers, which is the tallest skyscrapers in Southeast Asia, form a modern constrast to the old shophouses in the city area. Chinatown provides a good place for tasting local Chinese food and of course some very affordable shopping. Jalan Petaling in Chinatown area offers nice traditional Chinese items (but remember to bargain and bargain and you can get at least 50% – 70% off the original quoted price). For Indian food and stuff, head up slightly north of Chinatown to Indiatown where you can get them.

KL has been transformed into a shopping and partying paradise. Suria KLCC (at the twin towers) is the place where you can get “atas” stuff (ie a premiere shopping mall). The ground level will have most of the designer boutiques while the upper levels have slightly more affordable shops. There are many great restaurants in KLCC, my favourite being the Chakri Palace which serves Thai food. Madam Kwan’s (which serves local food – the Nasi lemak is really good) and Spices of India (Indian food) are amongst my favourite as well.

Bukit Bintang (meaning Star Hill in Malay language) is another nice area in KL to shop. From luxury shops to nice shopping malls (such as the Pavilion, Star Hill Mall, Lot 10), shoppers will be “lost” in their shopping spree. For those looking for electronics stuff, Low Yat Plaza will be a good starting place (but remember to bargain hard, and really hard).

When night falls, head off to Bangsar for the Pasar Malam (night markets) which opens every Sunday evening around 5.30pm. This is one of the largest and most happening night market in KL selling fresh fruits and vegetables, clothes, accessories, souvenirs and many other stuff. If all these shopping is still not enough, head off to 1 Utama in Petaling Jaya for more shopping spree 🙂

Side trips:-

– For those wanting a to do some activities, you can make a side trip to Sunway Lagoon for a day of fun with water (of course there is shopping there as well in Sunway Pyramid). It’s around an hour drive from KL city (depending on traffic).

– Genting Highlands which is a highland resort with theme parks and casinos is also a good getaway for a couple of days (drive is around 1.5 hour or so).

–  Cameron Highlands, another highland area, is a good place if you like a very relax and slow environment with nice farms and plantations.

Food:-

– Strongly recommend the Chakri Palace (Thai food), Madam Kwan’s (the Nasi lemak) and Spices of India (Indian food) at KLCC.

– For Chinese food, my favourite is the Overseas Restaurant at Jalan Imbi, which serves really nice Char Siew (BBQ pork).

– Another Chinese food place that I like is the prawn noodle at Centrepoint Badar Utama at Petaling Jaya.

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