A thoroughly modern Malaysian city with a strong sense of history
Kuala Lumpur, or KL to those who know and love it, is where the modern and the historic mingle in a typically Malay mix of Chinese, Indian, indigenous and cosmopolitan. If that sounds like an exciting cocktail, just wait till you take your first sip on your Kuala Lumpur holiday.
The city energetically embraces all the trappings of present-day Malaysia’s economic growth, with its bustling streets, gleaming skyscrapers and stylish scenes. Yet, as your Kuala Lumpur tour will reveal, it also continues to cherish places that are redolent of a very different past. The city’s rich history can be strongly felt in the British colonial buildings of the Dataran Merdeka and the midnight lamps of the Petaling Street nightmarket.
The varied cultures that make up its population can all be explored in neighbourhoods, markets, temples and mosques. As you navigate the bustling Central Market you can experience music, crafts and culture from all of Malaysia’s different regions, from Kelantan to Sarawak. If you head over to the National Museum you can explore the fascinating and complex history and cultural heritage of Malaysia. Many of its natural, as well as national, treasures can be seen in this urban setting: visit the botanical and bird parks of the Lake Gardens to get a sense of the incredible beauty and diversity of Malaysia’s plants and animals.
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur will give you the chance to experience the best of Malaysia’s past, the excitement of its present and, perhaps, to glimpse something of its future too.