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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.
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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Since weather stays hot and humid mostly, you can visit Kuala Lumpur all year round. Though wetter months like March-April and September-November isn’t the peak time to visit. Due to tropical climate, it experiences occasional rainfall, the intensity of which varies throughout the year.
Kuala Lumpur has a well-developed transport network and is well connected to all the major cities and states by air, road and rail.
By air: Kuala Lumpur International Airport is the main airport having two different terminals. The airport is well-connected to various cities across the world,.
By rail: There are regular trains to and from various cities across Malaysia and international cities, such as Singapore, Hat Yai in Thailand, etc. The prices are reasonable and tickets can be booked online.
By road: Kuala Lumpur is connected to various cities in Peninsular Malaysia by road. North-South Expressway is a major expressway that passes through the city. There are several bus stations and terminals in the city, but the main ones are Pudu Sentral, Hentian Putra, Terminal Bersepadu Selatan and Pekeliling Bus Terminal.
Whether you enjoy spending time wandering in a park or shopping in a multi-storied mega mall, Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t disappoint you. It has something to suit all ages and budgets. Here are some of the best things/activities to do in Kuala Lumpur:
-Visit the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur: It is one of the most iconic sights in the world. Visitors flock here to walk over the sky bridge that joins the two well known towers together and admire the breathtaking view that stretch across the enticing city.
-Take in the history at Sri Mahamariamman Temple: This ravishing temple isn’t just a place of worship but here you can also explore the grounds and marvel at the architecture and blissful atmosphere it is known for.
-Sample some local flavor with Nasi Kandar: Nasi Kandar, meaning ‘mixed rice’, is a cornerstone of Malaysian cuisine. Actually, customers are given a plate of plain rice and can choose a variety of toppings and sauces to accompany it.
-Make some feathery friends at Kuala lumpur bird park: Here, visitors can enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna. Popular for bird watching, Kuala Lumpur has one of the largest public aviaries in the world.
-Enjoy the culture at the National Museum: You can visit the National Museum to learn all about the history and culture of Malaysia, take in the replicas of Malay houses as souvenirs, along with wedding scenes and hunting displays.
-Feel the rush Sunway Lagoon Theme Park: To beat the heat Sunway Lagoon theme park is the best place. This place consists theme park rides, interactive games, wave and surf pools, and even a zoo. The park also has wonderful dining and shopping options.
-Do some shopping at Central Market: The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, also known as Pasar Seni, is a firm location on the tourist map and is the perfect place to shop and hog on to the finest local delicacies.
A nation where up to six meals a day is not uncommon (breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon noodles, dinner and a late night hawker snack), food courts located within malls are plentiful but street shops serve some the best authentic delicacies.
Some of the must try dishes along with the places you can try them at, are :
-Fish head curry : One of the things Malaysians love but hardly talk about, this delicious curry with the fragrance of aromatic spices goes best with a plate of steamed rice.
Try it at - Acapella Suite Hotel
-Char Kway Teow : Providing you one of the most authentic local hawker experiences, this dish, made with stringy rice noodles, fresh prawns, eggs, beans and sprouts fried to charred perfection, is a sinful delight in lunchtime as you can hardly stay awake after this hefty meal.
Try it at - Tiam Fatt Restaurant
-Chilli pan Mee : One of the newer staples, most popular among youngsters is comfort food for many. Made with minced meat, crispy shallots, a runny soft boiled egg, scallions crispy anchovies and thin flour noodles has the spicy kick everyone loves.
Try this at - Super Kitchen Chilli Pan Mee
-Satay : It is basically meat skewered and barbequed over flaming hot charcoal. With sweet honey and succulent meat dipped in spicy peanut sauce, It is every Malaysian’s side dish/appetizer. A DEFINITE MUST TRY WHEN IN KUALA LUMPUR.
Try it at - Pondok Satay
-Roti Canai - Whether you like plain roti canai, roti with egg, roti with Milo, or banana or sugar, Malaysia got you covered with huge varieties of roti available at Mamak (Indian Muslim) stalls everywhere.
Try this at - Murni SS2
-Nasi Lemak : Of Course the epitome of Malaysian cuisine, it is one of the most favourites in Kuala Lumpur. It is actually a plate of hot steamed rice infused with coconut milk, served with peanuts, fried anchovies and chicken along with cooling slices of cucumber.
Try it at - Village park Restaurant
A variety of lavish hotels and resorts are present across Kuala Lumpur, apart from the finest hospitality these hotels have a number of tours to offer.
Some the best resorts in Kuala Lumpur are:
-Shangri La Hotel
-JW Marriott Hotel
-By rail and bus: If you're staying for an extended period in KL, consider the prepaid MyRapid card, valid on public buses and rail lines. It costs RM20 (including RM5 in credit) and can be bought at monorail and LRT stations.
-By Car: Taxis and cabs are available round the clock in Kuala Lumpur. These cabs are metered and are available at an affordable fare.
There’s something for every taste and budget in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the best places to shop are :
-Mid Valley Megamall: Mid Valley has over 430 stores spreading across its five floors. This place is one stop for all your needs and visitors throng here in large number.
-Berjaya Times Square:The biggest shopping mall in Malaysia has over 600 shops, ranging from huge stores at the lower levels to numerous small shops at the higher levels. There is even an indoor rollercoaster, which makes it the perfect to visit if you are traveling with children.
-Pavilion: It is one of the grandest shopping malls in KL. It is especially exciting to visit this place during festive periods like Christmas, Easter, Diwali or Chinese New Year. Definitely even though it is decorated beautifully throughout the year.
-Petaling Street Market: The center of Kuala Lumpur’s original Chinatown is considered as shopper’s haven and Foodie’s Galore with hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of stuff along with Chinese food at cheap prices.
Some of the must visit wildlife sanctuaries and national parks near Kuala Lumpur are:
Buntal, Sarawak: In the shadow of Mount Santubong, about 35km north of Sarawak’s capital Kuching, you’ll find Santubong and Buntal, hotspots for the unusual-looking Irrawaddy dolphins.
-Kuala Gandah Wildlife Sanctuary: It is estimated that there are only 1,200 wild Asian Elephants left in Malaysia and this sanctuary, 150 km from Kuala Lumpur City, is the main conservation centre.
-Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC): Malaysia’s most famous orangutan rehabilitation centre, it is in Sandakan, Sabah, where around 75% of the primates are allowed to roam as they wish all over the 4,300-hectare forest reserve.
-Talang-Satang National Park: The largest Turtle Island, Pulau Satang Besar, is a 30-minute boat ride from Damai Beach. It is open to the public but you must travel in an organised manner.
Kuala Lumpur has amazing options to beat the tropical heat, with a coastline of nearly 4,700 kilometres, it’s an ideal place for water sports.
You may enjoy following water sport activities at :
-White Water Rafting: Sungai Selangor
-Scuba Diving : Mabul Island and Mataking Islands
-Banana Boating: Langkawi
-Parasailing & Jet Ski: Langkawi
Life can be mundane and it’s always better to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. Here’s the list of road trips for a refreshing experience in Kuala Lumpur :
-Kuala Lumpur to Taman Negara National Park
-Kuala Lumpur to Belum Forest Reserve
-Cameron Highlands to Penang
-Johor Bahru to Malacca
-Johor Bahru to Desaru
Some famous destinations to enjoy caving near Kuala Lumpur are:
-Batu Caves : One of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, it is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. It is located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur.
-Cathedral Cave : The largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its 100-metre-high arched ceiling. At the foot of Batu Hill are two other cave temples – the Art Gallery Cave and Museum Cave – which houses numerous Hindu statues and paintings.
The city of Kuala Lumpur is teeming with bars, pubs and clubs on the streets, and swanky rooftop restaurants and bars situated within five-star hotels.
Some of them are:
-Zouk KL- Jalan Tun Razak
Where : 436 Jalan Tun Razak
When : 22:00pm-4:00am
-Pisco Bar- Changkat Bukit Bintang
Where : 29 Jalan Mesui off Jalan Nagasari ,Kuala Lumpur
When : 5:00pm to 2:00am
-Sky Bar -KLCC
Where : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Stall 7, Jalan Pinang
When : 10:00pm to 1:00 am
-Marini’s on 57-KLCC
Where : Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC
When : 7:00pm to 11:00pm
-TREC Kuala Lumpur- Jalan Tun Razak
Where : 436, Jalan Tun Razak, Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor
When : 10:00pm to 3:00am
The city of Kuala Lumpur might be relatively new but it’s rich in culture and heritage. Some of the famous museums are:
-National Visual Arts Gallery
-National Textile Museum
-Royal Malaysian Police Museum
The monuments that decorate the skyline and postcards of Kuala Lumpur have their own slice of profound history, which is rooted in their construction. From the widely recognizable Petronas Twin Towers to the Borneo Convention Center, here are just a few of the architectural wonders in Kuala Lumpur;
-Petronas Twin Towers
-Banguna Sultan Abdul Samad (Merdeka Square)
-Lord Murugan Statue,Batu Caves
-Istana Bundaya-Cultural Palace
-Masjid Negara-National Mosque
Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest buildings in the world and have now become world’s tallest twin structures. These towers are connected by a double-decker Skybridge.
Where : Centrally located at 50088 Kuala Lumpur, in the Federal Territory of KL
How to Reach : Being well connected by a network of Cabs and Railways, commuting here is not a problem. The integrated train system is the most convenient way to travel here.
Visiting Days : Tuesday-Sunday (9:00am-9:00pm)
Cruising is one of the main attractions of Kuala Lumpur and there are so many places you can get on board at with your family and head for an amazing journey. There is a variety of tours to choose from as per your convenience.
Some of the best cruising destinations in Kuala Lumpur are:
Kuala Selangor Boat Tour
Where: Kuala Lumpur Port
Highlights: Enjoy a relaxing, scenic evening boat ride through the mangroves of Kuala Selangor followed by the finest wines and dines of Kuala Lumpur.
Duration: 8 Hours
Langkawi Sailing & Island Hopping Tour
Where : Langkawi island
Highlights : A relaxing boat ride through Langkawi lets you witness natural wildlife. You can enjoy long evening strolls and feast yourself with some of the most delicious barbeque and free flow of drinks.
Duration : 7 hours
Pulau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling Tour from Langkawi
Where : Langkawi
Highlights : You can enjoy pristine landscapes, coastal views and can head under the water for a closer look at coral, tropical fishes and other colorful marine life.
Duration : 8 hours
Petaling Street aka ChinaTown has beautiful temples, sprawling flea markets and quirky art galleries, all of which are must-visits on a traveller’s sightseeing itinerary. It is a lively and vibrant night market with hundreds of stalls selling all kind of stuff at dirt cheap prices. For those who soak up the local culture, there are plenty of ornate Buddhist and Taoist temples. Visitors can’t help but be mesmerised by these well preserved landmarks.
Location: Accessible within a five-minute walk Pasar Seni LRT Station, lies within Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
How to reach: ChinaTown is easy accessible by car or by public buses. From Bukit Bintang, you can walk here in 15 min or take monorail from Maharajalela station. You can take an LRT and get off to Pasar Seni, which is just the west of Chinatown.
The Sunway Lagoon theme park is located in Petaling Jaya - a thriving satellite town - about 15km southwest of the Kuala Lumpur City Center.
World’s largest man made sandy surf beach, water slides that whirl and twirl, a man made river ride, a wave pool, a 360 degree revolving pirate ship… the list of fun attractions here is endless.
Having encompassed a total of 5 different zones, Sunway Lagoon provides an all in one experience of - water park , scream park, amusement park, extreme park and wildlife park.
Although Malaysia is a Muslim country, there are many great Buddhists and Chinese temples present in this area. Here’s a list of some of the famous temples :
-Batu Caves Temple
-Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
-Thean Hou Temple
-Guan Di Temple
-Shri Maha Shakti Temple
Thrill seekers would love the city for various adrenaline-pumping adventure activities, like:
-Rock Climbing at Batu Caves
-White Water Rafting at Sungai Selangor
-Stand Up Paddling at Tasik Biru (Blue Lake - Selangor)
-Paragliding at Bukit Jugra
Genting Skyway is a gondola lift, cable car service connecting Gohtong Jaya and Resort World in Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia. Spanning over 3.38 km, It is known to be one of the longest cable car system in Southeast Asia.
The thrilling ride up the mountain begins at Awana station. Passengers have the option of disembarking at two stops to explore the attractions around Resorts World Genting. They can alight at Chin Swee station to enjoy the panoramic views or they can remain in their gondola until the final stop at Sky Avenue station which connects directly to the Sky Avenue shopping mall. It is definitely worth a visit.