Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city of Malaysia, home to the Malaysian
King – The Istana Negara, and boasts famous modern
landmarks along with the historic charm of colonial buildings. KL ranks high on World’s Best Cities list and has become a Mecca for shoppers.
Iam always pleased to return to Kuala Lumpur. For many reasons this is a city that has become one of my favorite travel destinations, is easily accessible from Bali with a quick 3 hour flight and offers so many of the things I look for while away from my daily plod at the office.
There are two shopping centers I am drawn to on my visits here. The Suria KLCC situated at the base of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. This is one of Malaysia’s premier centers and where stores offer major brands as well as more affordable merchandise. The other is the Pavilion, a modern shopping center in the Bukit Bintang area with hundreds of retail shops representing some of the world’s finest brand names along with well known local brands, entertainment and a selection of quality eateries.
Despite of the impressive high rise buildings, futuristic architecture and the fast pace of development of the city, Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of cultures and has successfully kept and preserved the best of its of heritage buildings. I spent my next day here visiting historical sites and started with the Sultan Abdul Samad building situated in front of the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square). The Blue Mosque is another interesting and renowned place because of its unique architecture featuring a blend of traditional and modernist styles the structure of which integrates Malay and Islamic architecture. I also visited the Thean Hou Temple, recognized for its dramatic architecture and has become a popular venue for weddings.
Later on that evening I spent an enjoyable time at the Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill. Housed in the Traders Hotel, Kula Lumpur, the Lounge is the place to enjoy an aperitif while overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers. From there I moved on to the Grill where I treated myself to one of their steaks for which they have a sound reputation.
For visitors to KL who have the time, a trip to the Genting Highlands is well-worth the effort. Here one can easily imagine they have been transported to parts of the English countryside. The clement weather of these parts and English styled gardens where British colonial officers once spent their holidays offers one a delightful change in scenery. This short trip is best taken from Kuala Lumpur in the early morning so allowing for the best aspects of a rising sun’s effect on shade and colour over the hills. This trip is quite a treat to be had.
I am always pleased to come back here, there is always a new restaurant to find in this cosmopolitan city and there is always something different to see and enjoy.
With 5x daily direct flights from Bali to Kuala Lumpur, one can easily experience the delights of this city. Visit www.airasia.com to purchase a ticket.