Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Kuala Lumpur - The Dazzling Capital City

This is the city I call my home, Kuala Lumpur or KL in short. It's definitely the most vibrant cities one would find in Asia. Once here, one would experience modern sophistication added with nostalgic old-world charm all wrapped nicely into their single destination. It's not surprising if you find yourself immersed in its abundance of attractions - fascinating places of interest, a variety of sensational shopping opportunities and exciting theme parks. KL boasts a comprehensive transportation network that makes any sightseeing experience pleasant and hassle free for all who comes here.

Offering a wide range of accommodation choices to suit any preference and budget, one would find with ease international-standard hotels and resorts equipped with MICE facilities, as well as budget accommodation. For those who plan to stay for longer periods in Kuala Lumpur you could try our youth hostels and if you want to be pampered but don't want to bear those hefty hotel bills try the wide choice of Serviced apartments available. The majority of hotels are situated close to shopping malls and convention centres which makes everything available at a stones-throw-away. If enjoying food is another part of your itinerary, worry no more as you'll be able to enjoy a profusion of mouth-watering delicacies, beginning from our local fare right to those international cuisine.

Places of Interest in Kuala Lumpur are :

KL Tower - Best to visit at night, when one will have an unforgettable time at the world's fourth tallest tower. Dine in style as there is a revolving restaurant at the top and cultural performances on certain days or just enjoy forest walks in its surrounding compounds. For the adventurous traveller, get an adrenalin rush, try the reverse bungy jump.

Petronas Twin Tower - This gleaming structure of steel and glass is the tallest twin buildings in the world and it stands majestically at a height of 451.9m. Once here, take time to visit the famous sky bridge which is located on the 41st floor and view the city from a dizzying height.

Themed Attractions - KL would indeed be a delightful family outing as there are many themed attractions surrounding this dazzling capital city. One could start with the Aquaria KLCC, the largest aquarium in the world or make a trip to Petrosains for an exciting insight into the petroleum industry if you're into technology. Enjoy thrilling rides at the Cosmo's World Theme Park, touted to be the regions biggest indoor theme park. This is situated in Berjaya Times Square, also another spectacular shopping mall.

Entertainment - What can I say, KL is surely loaded with a wide variety of exciting nightspots, including karaoke lounges, clubs with live bands and discotheques. Just mention Bangsar, Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Sri Hartamas, Mont Kiara, JalanAmpang and Jalan P. Ramlee and you'll be entertained. These are the top and favourite places to unwind.

KL Lake Gardens - Many come here simply to enjoy verdant greenery in its refreshing enclave. Within these environs are also the Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens, KL Butterfly Park, Deer Park and the KL Bird Park.

National Museum - Located here is also Malaysia's premier museum which is the repository for our nations rich history and heritage. This museum was built back in 1963, its facade features a Minangkabau-styled roof and two impressive front murals making it last the times. Highlights inside include the collection of keris or Malay dagger and ceramics from the ancient Ming Dynasty.

Merdeka Square - Coming here at night is great as the whole street is lit-up signifying that the city never sleeps. For the locals this is an important heritage site in the city, where the Union Jack was lowered here on 31 August 1957, marking Malaysia's independence from colonial rule. Nearby is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which is another heritage site for our country.

Masjid Jamek - This is KL's oldest surviving mosque which is said to be built in 1909, this mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. Just a minute away is Masjid India, built in a southern Indian style, one of the many favourite places to enjoy great Indian food and clothing.

Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex - The architecture on this complex resembles a Malay village, this complex is an artists' colony, housing handicraft shops, an art workshop, craft museum and also incorporates a food court. Shop for the very best in Malay ethnic crafts, or try your hand at batik-painting. To view a fine traditional Malay house, one could also visit The Heritage Centre which is located nearby.

Shopping - Definitely a shopping paradise if you ask me. Having a wide range of shopping establishments which can cater to every taste and budget. There are numerous upscale malls throughout this great city. Bargain hunters should not miss out in visiting our famous China Town or locally known as Petaling Street. And if novelty items is what you're set in getting, try visiting Pasar Seni or the other name for it, Central Market, a bazaar styled arts and craft centre where one finds great souvenirs such as batik, woodcarvings and pewter-ware.


Mariuca said...

Hi Nihal! I remember my clubbing days or should I say night in KL! Ahhhh those were the days... After clubbing go for supper at Ravi's or the mamak stalls nearby... nowadays where got time for clubbing?! :):):)

darlene said...

they look like amazing places, glad to see you back!!

Jean Chia said...

hi nihal. nice write up! very informative! :)

NIHAL said...

What would I do without you beautiful ladies???

Marzie @ Ya, I know. Faces, 11LA, Phase 2 and Traqs "were" my personal favourites clubs. It's funny how time changes us, I recently went to Laundry Bar at the Curve and boy, did I feel out of place.

Darlene @ To be frank... they are! You should visit KL sometime and I could be your personal guide :) he he he

Jean @ Thanks so much, I'm owing you a write-up and that's coming up this couple of days.

Overall, I'm truly greatful to you all. I've been missing you gals for the longest time and just as I'm back... all of you are still there. I'm speechless. Thanks a million :)

Yasmin said...

Hi Nihal,

It's been a while since your last post and this is surely an informative one. What happened? We missed you...

Keep those post's coming, okay!

NIHAL said...

Hello Yasmin,

I know, I know... it's been a while now. Life sure does cook up some crazy problems.

Anyway, I'm happy to be back and posting my usual stuff and it wouldn't be fun without all of you around as well.

Thanks for the support and concern :)

Mariuca said...

Wah wah Nihal, u party animal u! LOL! :) I've not been clubbing in the longest time. Maybe we should go together and feel out of place together!! :):):)

Btw, I've just tagged u, come see here!


NIHAL said...

Marzie, you're so witty :)

Ha ha ha :)) You definitely got me there and ya, no problem I kinda miss my younger days which were "stress-free days", so why not.

And, OMG! you tagged me... wonder what's in store, uumh??

gogogo27 said...

for visiting. Good luck !

NIHAL said...

Hi Gogogo27 :)

Glad you could join us and thanks a million for leaving me a note.

Will definitely come by yours again, ya :)

Rolando said...

Looks like an awesome place!

NIHAL said...

Rolando, you should really visit KL one day, especially if you're a lover of "summer all year long".

Another fantastic thing about this place is it's food ... you could probably end up enrolling yourself into a "lose weight program" after a visit to KL *he he he*

Thanks Rolando, for taking the time to come by :)