Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, or also often named as KL, is the capital of Malaysia (language: Malaysian, currency: ringgit) and is located south of the peninsula of Malacca in Southeast Asia.
Kuala Lumpur has an equatorial climate (between 25 ° C and 35 ° C) throughout the year, which is warm and sunny, with abundant rainfall, especially during the monsoon. Always be prepared for rain since even in the driest months they have at least 14 days of rain.
Kuala Lumpur is a very cosmopolitan city, has a mix of different cultures including Malays, Indians, Chinese, Eurasians, Kadazans, ibans and other indigenous races of eastern Malaysia and the Malay peninsula. The main language is Malay but English has a strong presence, especially in the business world and is also a mandatory language in schools, you will find many signs and announcements in English. Islam is the religion most practiced by the Malays, it is common to hear the adhan or call to prayer during the day, Hinduism is the second religion most practiced thanks to the large number of Hindus who inhabit the city.
It is very important to consider that in Malaysia and KL day by day is governed by a Muslim culture, if you have never visited Muslim countries there are certain rules or codes that you should understand, for example it is very common for women to wear covers all over the body and The head, and although as tourists even they tolerate not being so covered you may not be able to access several places, there are specific areas where you can consume alcohol and it is not allowed to be alcoholized in public, the signs of affection in public are not well seen, the consumption and especially drug trafficking is penalized even with the death penalty. Something that will surely attract your attention is the clothing, whith the Malay Kebaya and Indian Sari.
In my opinion KL is one of the most developed cities in Southeast Asia, it does not reach the level of Singapore as a first world city, but it definitely has an economy, architecture, public transport systems and more developed services than many of the others cities of the area.
The symbol of KL is the Petronas Towers, which were the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2003 and are currently the highest twin towers in the world.
During the day you can go up to the observetory that is on the 86th floor and walk the bridge that joins the two towers, I recommend buying your ticket for the tour in time and online as it usually gets saturated.
I also recommend visiting the towers at night or admiring them from one of the bars overlooking the same as in the Sky Bar of Traders Hotel or in the restaurant Marini's.
Another of the most visited tourist attractions is the Batu Caves which are located 13 kilometers north of the city of Kuala Lumpur and can be reached by train. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, and is dedicated to Murugan. In the exterior they emphasize small Hindu mausoleums and a great golden statue of 10 floors of height. Both inside the cave and outside you can see monkeys.
Back in the city one of the most striking buildings is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, this is an institutional building that is located in Merdeka Square (Independence Square).
And you should definitely go to the Central Market of KL where you will find crafts and local products at a good price in addition to food typical of all Asian countries.
As for food you will find many good places for Indian and Chinese food, but the traditional dish in Malaysia is the Nasi Lemak, coconut cream rice usually accompanied with fried chicken, boiled egg and vegetables.
For nightlife there are many bars and restaurants in the main squares or shopping centers and if you like to party late into the night you should visit what is considered the best nightclub in Southeast Asia: Zouk.
It is KL a city that can be enjoyed in a few days and a great option to try a bit of different Asian cultures, but you must be careful of thefts and scams, it is very common that in the most important places like Petronas towers, you will see groups of Hindus selling selfie sticks but they suddenly surround people while they take photos or they are distracted and they rob them their purses or handbags, also I saw in ATM's how they make machines to not take the money out and later they will took your money, and the classic robbery in any public street taking your bag or whatever is at hand. Unfortunately this is something that happens in many cities in the world, just be careful not to ruin your trip.
I say goodbye with a video in 4k of Kuala Lumpur and I return soon with my summary of Tokyo. Until next time!