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Aquaria KLCC

The Aquaria KLCC is said to be the world’s largest aquarium, holding over 5000 freshwater and marine creatures, which include massive arapaimas, giant groupers, gar fishes and many more. Some of the major attractions of the aquarium are the scary tiger sharks, bright coral fishes, lethal sea snakes, seahorses, and blue rays. The Aquaria KLCC is one of the country’s foremost sightseeing attractions involving the real depth and complexity.


Location: The Aquaria KLCC is located on the concourse of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.

Price: The entry fee approximately starts from 64 MYR for an adult and 53 MYR for a child.



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Islamic Arts Museum

History: An art is the best way to express a thought, idea or a solution. The Islamic Arts Museum was opened to the public on 12th December, 1998. The art museum is located in Perdana Botanical Garden which is at the heart of the city. You would be surprised to know that it is the largest Islamic Art Museum in South East Asia.



About: There are around seven thousand artefacts which throws a light on the Islamic world. Altogether there are 12 galleries in this museum and they are divided into groups based on their levels. The Quran and Manuscripts gallery is at Level 3 along with Chinese gallery, Indian gallery and Islamic architecture. There are jewellery, textile, ceramic work and armour at Level 4. The Islamic glassware is also displayed at Level 4. The museum is open from morning to evening and is a must visit tourist place.




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Sin Sze Si Ya temple

History: This is a Chinese Temple in Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. It is said to be the oldest Chinese Temple. Beautiful objects are used to decorate the Temple. The Temple was inaugurated in 1864, where 10,000 people attended the ceremony.



Speciality: Want to know your fortune? Purchase the fortune sticks and find what the number says about your life. There are staff members to translate the meaning to the devotees. There are wooden chair which are used during religious processions to carry the deity statues. Witnessing these processions is said to be holy.

Location: The Temple is located at Jln Tun HS Lee. The nearest metro is Pasar Seni. The Temple is open between 7.00 am to 5.00 pm for all the devotees. You are sure to find it very peaceful inside the Temple.


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Merdeka Square at night

Merdeka Square or the Dataran Merdeka is a very well known recreational park or the historical place situated in Kaula Lampur. In the year 1957, the Malayan flag was hoisted here. It has a wide and green field just close to the Merdeka Square. This makes it a great picnic spot with a very spacious playground for the kids.

Location: In close proximity to the Merdeka Square there are a number of historical building such as the Old KL Train Station, Galeri Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.


 
Highlights: The vicinity of the Merdeka Square is well lit and the cool nigh breeze there makes it an exceptionally ideal place to relax after a busy day.

Best Time: In order to actually enjoy the night life of the Merdeka Square, one must visit the place post mid night especially during the weekends.


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Cooking Classes at Bayan Indah

Bayan Indah is a rustic two-storey bungalow that doubles up as a cooking school, located in the middle of idyllic lush greenery of a Malay village. If you’re looking to mix things up while you’re in Kuala Lumpur indulge in this unique experience at Bayan Indah, a culinary retreat that offers over 70 cooking classes all different in its own special way, ranging from your typical mouth-watering Malaysian dishes to more complicated ones such as pies and tarts. Rohani Jelani, a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef heads the class, with impressive skills on the chopping board and enthusiasm to match.


Location: Kampung Penchala Indah, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Timings: Classes start as early as 9:30 AM

Price: Approximate price starts from 280 MYR onwards.




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Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat Bukit Bintang is often associated with the London’s Piccadilly Circus and New York City’s Times Square. It is one avenue, where one can come across a number of KL’s most popular bars and restaurants. This trendy place is ideal for pub crawling. Jalan Alor happens to be an extremely busy area especially during the weekends and the public holidays.



Location: Nestled behind the Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor is very easy to get to especially if you are staying near the Golden Triangle area.

Highlights: Buildings on the Jalan Alor Street are unique. Originally the buildings belong to the pre-war, colonial shop-houses that were later remodeled and converted into the up market pubs and restaurants that usually serve the Western food. There are a number of hawker stalls and Chinese seafood restaurants too. Dining options here are endless. This street has the most vibrant scene in the downtown of KL.

Best Time: 10 PM – 3 AM in the morning.
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Petaling Street Night Market

Looking for a subtle Kuala Lumpur Chinatown nightlife experience? Head from the main road (Jalan Petaling) to the narrow side and get to the Petaling Street Night Market. The thriving street market with the stalls cluttered close to one another stock everything from the Hello Kitty watches to fake-label Gucci clutches. To get your stuff at the best price, you can stroll along doing ‘window-shopping’ first and then return back to the stall that gives you the best price. All the prices quoted by the seller are usually marked up by approx 50%.



Location: Situated along the Petaling Street at the intersection of the Jalan Hang Lekir

Highlights: Referred simply as the Petaling Street by locals this is your go to place to satiate your every need from the local handicrafts, souvenirs to batik-print shirts. You can also get a range of designer apparel, handbags, shoes, watches and even, pirated DVDs at a much cheaper price.

Best Time: 09:00 – 12:00 & 18:00 - late
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Jalan P. Ramlee

Jalan P. Ramlee is the best and the most eccentric alternative to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Famous for its glitzy cocktail lounges, tropical-themed bars and pubs and the chic nightclubs adorning the streets of bustling Kuala Lumpur city centre, Jalan P. Ramlee is always packed with backpackers, business travellers, expats, and a handful of locals.



Location: The night life district of Jalan P. Ramlee is easily accessible within a 10-minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers as well as the five star hotels such as the Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

Highlights: Night life is vibrant and lively. There are a number of venues here that host events like live bands playing radio-friendly covers and DJs spinning a medley of electro, hip-hop, and retro tunes. Jalan P. Ramlee os known to be the hottest locale as it is a great place to unwind with a pint of ice-cold beer.

Best Time: Visit after 21:00 to experience the active nightlife.

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What You Should Know More About Kuala Lumpur

  • Travel Advice

    • Taxi drivers of the Kuala Lumpur are very smart. They have a habit of overcharging you. So, make sure you get a fair idea about the fare that you have to pay for traveling from one destination to another. This will prevent any chance or argument.

    • Thefts are a common site here. It is good to guard your cash and valuables. Do not flash your important stuff in the public. This can be an invitation for the pickpockets to cheat you.

    • If you are traveling via public transportation in KL, you might experience traffic. So, do get yourself some patience!

    • If you have rented a vehicle here, make sure you know about the local rules.

    • Be wary of the touts.

    • Monkeys in Kuala Lumpur are a pain. A lot of monkeys can be found hopping around near the temples waiting for an opportunity to snatch away the eatables from you. Make sure you keep the eatables in the bag so as to avoid any such incident.

    • Keep away from the drugs. If you are a tourist, you must particularly avoid landing up in a legal hassle because of the drugs.

    • Make sure you carry with you a copy of your passport, visa and license.

    • Check for the quality before you eat any street food. 

  • Drinking Laws

    For Non Muslims, the legal age for drinking in Kuala Lumpur is 18 years. On the other hand, there is no legal age for drinking for the Muslims as it is against the law.


  • Our recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Petronas Twin Towers

    Petronas Twin Towers is an iconic attraction in Kuala Lumpur. The towers were built in the year 1998 and are prominent for their sleek structure. It is a huge tower and until 2004, the Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur were the tallest buildings. Now, they have been surpassed by the Taipei 101. However, the towers still happen to be the tallest twin building of the world. It is a huge 88 floor tower with a sky bridge between the two on the 41st and the 42nd floor.

    Menara KL tower

    Overlooking the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, stands the Menara KL tower. It is indeed one of the tallest stricture in in the world that has been superseded by the Petronas Twin Towers. Despite everything it is an architectural marvel and a must visit for all.

    Batu Caves

    Situated at a distance of some 11 km from the KL, the Batu Caves is a 400 million-year old limestone hill. It has a temple incorporated within it which is a century old. The temple receives maximum footfall during Thaipusam which is an annual Hindu Festival.

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building is indeed one of the foremost Moorish-style buildings in Malaysia. It is a spectacular landmark of the city and was originally the secretariat for the British administration. As of today, the building houses the offices of the Communications and Culture of Malaysia and the Ministry of Information.

    Brickfields

    Brickfields fondly known as the Little India is the center for the Indian population visiting Malaysia. For tourists who wish to explore the Indian tradition, culture, festivals and cuisines, this is your go to place. The place is best visited during the festival of Deepawali.

  • What you will like there?

    Shopping

    To be able to connect with the locals, you got to join them in one of their most favorite recreation – shopping. The consumer culture of Malaysia is at apex in the Kuala Lumpur where you can probably spend an entire day scrounging the glaring air-conditioned malls such as the Mid Valley Megamall, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Suria KLCC to avail bargains and the designer fashion. To get a collection of off beat independent designers you can opt for lesser known markets of Publika and Bangsar. You can also explore the Central Market to get your hands on some of the most authentic handicrafts and souvenirs. Also hunt out for some remaining antique dealers and artisans who are very well existing around the Chinatown.  

    Food

    The Malay food can just impress anyone. Its sheer variety in the delicious dining options reflect the best in the Malaysian cuisine. But then, it is way more than that. Kuala Lumpur is indeed the finest place to indulge in the finest culinary delights. Here you not only get the Malay dishes but also cuisines such as Indian and Chinese. You can also relish on the native to inter continental and gourmet dishes. The traditional dishes here are characterized by the sweet smelling aroma, spicy flavor and the highly curried ingredients. Favorite Malay cuisine is known as Sambal which is made of lime juice, prawn paste and a hot paste of the chilies. Usually eaten with rice, this is one cuisine you simply cannot miss out in Malaysia.

    Architectural Marvels and landmarks

    Malaysia’s Capital City is thrived with pre war buildings and architectural marvels. The world renowned tower of Malaysia - Petronas Twin Towers is indeed the most important place to see. At the heart of the city you can find an array of landscaped parks, star rated hotels, convention center and shopping malls. Other landmarks of Malaysia include National Palace, KL Tower and Istana Negara.  

    Sharks and the swimming

    Malaysia is a hub of sharks. Do visit the Aquaria KLCC that is located at the basement of the KL Conventional Centre. It is reputed to be the largest aquarium of the world. You can spot more than 150 different species of fishes. Do take a long walk through 90 m long tunnel to have fun indulging in the fish feeding session. Swimming too is an important thing to do in KL.  

    Alluring Picnic Locations

    Kuala Lumpur has a vast range of tropical parks and green areas for everyone to enjoy. You can definitely enjoy a good and refreshing picnic with your friends or family at the Deer Park, KL Lake Gardens, KLCC park, KL butterfly park and enjoy these beautiful landscaped parks. If you love nature, these are some of the best tourist attractions for you.

    Museums

    Kuala Lumpur has a number of great museums that are indeed attractive for the tourists and the locals. They are excellent sightseeing locations of KL. Some of the must visit museums of Kuala Lumpur are National Museum, Cultural Museum, Malay World Gallery and Islamic Art Museum. All these museums exhibit the finest collection of art in Malaysia.

    Nightlife

    Kuala Lumpur is one of the few cities that never sleeps – it is always lively. The city is brimming with several fascinating night spots right from the jazz bars to the discos, pubs, discos, karaoke lounges and dance clubs. Just as the sun goes down, the city is at a new high with the rhythms of the night spots. One important place to experience the nightlife fun in Malaysia is Bangsar. It is definitely the heartbeat of the city when it comes to nightlife.

    Wildlife

    For those who wish to get a glimpse of wildlife in KL, there is enough in store. For wildlife lovers, the best place to see is Bulkul Nanas Forest Reserve. This happens to be the oldest reserves of the city and is about a century old. It is home to the rate silver leaf langur. To explore the wildlife fully, you can take a walk tour around the reserve and admire the rich foliage and the climbers and the trees. Other places to visit get a glimpse of wildlife include KL Bird Park, National Zoo, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens.

    Performing Art scenes

    Kuala Lumpur is an incredible tourist destination in Malaysia that is known for its art scenes. There is no better place to immerse yourself in the Malay art scenes than the capital city itself. You can relish on the theatre, cultural shows, ballet performances, concerts, live music performances and the cultural shows.  Entertainment here is top rated!

    Spa retreats

    Those who wish to be rejuvenated, there indeed is no better place than Kuala Lumpur. Some of the best spas here include the Spa at Banjaran Hot Springs Retreat, Mandara Spa and the Spa Village.

    Festivals

    Kuala Lumpur has a galore of festivals that deserve attention. Several international events and festivals are also celebrated here. Some of the major celebrations are seen on the Diwali (Indian festival), Chinese New Year, National Day, Hari Raya Puassa, birthday of the King of Malaysia and definitely the most notable of all is the Colors Of Malaysia Festival. Do partake in any of these when there is Kuala Lumpur.  


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