When in Kuala Lumpur make sure you don’t miss these Kuala Lumpur highlights”
The Malaysian Tourist Centre is the place to start your Malaysian Adventure. It’s open 24hrs daily and housed in a renovated old tin miner’s mansion, located on Jalan Ampang (“Jalan” means road in Malay) near the Petronas Towers. Originally built in 1935 by a wealthy Chinese tin miner, the mansion served as a war office for the British army and later the Japanese army during WWII. In 1957 Malaysia gained independence from Britain and the mansion held the first sitting of the nation’s new Parliament.
Petronas Twin Towers are two of the tallest buildings in the world standing 452meters (1480ft) at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre development. The 88 level towers were constructed in only 4 years with a stainless steel and glass exterior. The movie Entrapment, with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was filmed on location. The double-level skybridge on levels 41 & 42, which joins the two towers, is open to visitors from 9-10.30am and 2.30-4pm daily (except Sunday). The visit is free of charge. Arrive at the information desk on the ground floor of Tower Two early to reserve your tickets. At the base of the towers is the Suria KLCC shopping complex.
KL Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) was designed with an Islamic influence, is 421metres (1380ft) high and sits on top of a hill giving the best views of KL. There is a souvenir shop, revolving restaurant, cafes and public observation deck with an audio tour of the view in every direction [Open 9am-10pm daily]. The restaurant revolves every 90mins and has a delicious buffet lunch and dinner [formal wear is required]. At the base of the tower are shops and an area that hosts venues such as fashion parades. The Tower is located next to the downtown area in the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, a natural jungle sanctuary for birds and wildlife, with a rain forest walk and suspension bridge for visitors.
Batu Caves is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, located in the Gombak district, 30mins drive north of Kuala Lumpur. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (or Batu River) which flows past the hill. The main cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to the god Murugan, and is accessed by climbing up 272 steps.
Royal Selangor Pewter is the most well-known brand in pewter offering over a thousand beautiful tableware and gift items. Royal Selangor pewter is composed of tin, with a small proportion of copper and antimony added to strengthen it. Take a factory tour at The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, a 20 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. The Factory Tour shows the different pewter production processes and ends at the Retail Store where a wide selection of Royal Selangor pewter can be purchased. [Open daily 9-5pm, free admission]
Genting Highlands Resort is a hotel resort, casino and entertainment complex located 50 km (30 miles) northeast of KL on top of Banjaran Titiwangsa (the mountain range that runs down the centre of Malaysia) at 2000m (6600ft) above sea level. Gentings’ casino is one of the largest in the world and there is plenty of inexpensive accommodation in six hotels. The resort has an outdoor family-oriented theme park an indoor theme park, shopping complex and two theatres featuring international cabaret dinner shows and magic shows. There is a golf course and equestrian course. Formal wear is required for the casino. The resort is accessed by a steep, winding road but there is a cable car complex at the base of the mountain for a more relaxing and scenic ride up to the resort. An Express Bus service departs Puduraya Bus Terminal and KL Sentral Station to the Genting Skyway station (takes 50 mins). Buses are not allowed up the steep road. The Skyway operates daily from 7.30am-11pm (12pm weekends).
Tasik Perdana Lake Gardens are located in the middle of the city not far from the city centre (open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 8am-6pm). Visit the Bird Park and Butterfly Park (open 9am-5pm) to see local and exotic species within forested enclosures. There is a Planetarium which houses the Arianne IV rocket engine used to launch Malaysia’s first satellite (Measat I) into orbit. Other attractions in the garden include a deer park, orchid garden, hibiscus garden, ASEAN sculpture garden and row boats on the lake. Within the gardens are Parliament House and the National Monument that commemorates those who died in the communist insurgency in the 1950s. The monument is modelled on Washington DC’s famous Iwo Jima monument.
Firefly Park is located at Kampung Bukit Belimbing in Kuala Selangor just outside KL. Fireflies are harmless insects with no pincers, no bite, have a life span of two months and inhabit the berembang trees that grows along the riverbank. Watching fireflies is an enchanting experience as you cruise on a boat along the river in the night to capture the beauty of this natural wonder. The best time to watch is the first few hours after sunset. Enjoy the spectacle of whole trees being lit up like ‘Christmas trees’.
Chinatown lies behind the soaring skyscrapers of KL’s financial district contrasting the old with the new. In the crowded and colourful network of streets and alleyways Chinese merchants sell their goods from the ground floor of quaint pre-war shophouses. The main streets of Chinatown are Jalan Petaling, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Tun H.S. Lee. Chinatown is always an interesting area where shoppers will find copies of branded goods, CDs that haven’t been released yet and any interesting shops. Shoppers can test their bargaining skills. It’s a great place to visit day or night.
Malaysian Grand Prix is a formula one race held in early April at a circuit next to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Elephant Park Is located 90mins drive outside KL and is popular with tourists. Tour operators also take visitors to a deer farm where you can feed the sun bears.
As you can see there is a lot to do in KL – one visit will not be enough!