The vast and enchanting capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is an enormous city that has endless attractions for its visitors. A skyline dominated by skyscapers and impressive buildings such as the Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur Tower, there are also some hidden cultural and historic gems that lie beneath the modern surface, making it a joy to explore. During your time in the city you can enjoy some fantastic retail therapy, visit some beautiful parks and indulge in a few little luxuries that make it such an interesting cruise destination.
The heart of Kuala Lumpur is undoubtedly the district of Bukit Bintang, and this thriving commercial hub is a great place to start when getting acquainted with Kuala Lumpur. Weaving its way through the area, the Bintang Walk gives you a chance to soak up the hustle and bustle as you find everything you could hope for in an eastern city including restaurants, markets, shopping malls and even impressive parlours. Here you can also find some of the best places to sample Malaysian cuisine, after exhausting your energy on the wealth of shops and boutiques that make Bukit Bintang such a prosperous part of the city.
Understandably, such a sprawling city has more than one district that is worth a visit, and the Old City Centre offers an insight into the more traditional side of Malaysia from which the modern metropolis has grown. Besides the prevalence of local shops and markets, there are some important museums and monuments that draw visitors to the area. The National Museum gives you the chance to see the evolution of Malaysian history and culture over the centuries, whilst the Merdeka Square is where the country claimed its independence in the 1950s. If you want to relax and unwind in a more peaceful setting, then head to the Bird Park, Butterfly Park or Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens to see some exotic wildlife and escape the traffic.
With a deeply religious Hindu past, a trip to one of the many temples that scatter the city is a must during your time in Kuala Lumpur. A truly fascinating experience is a trip to the Batu Caves that tell the history of years of Hindu traditions and pilgrimages. Another popular temple is the 19th century Sri Mahamariamman, a colourful temple with great architecture that remains an important site of worship and ritual today. However if you find historic architecture interesting, then the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is perhaps the most intricate building in the city, and shows the rich diversity in modern and traditional landscapes that makes KL so unique.
A trip to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without heading up one of the overwhelming tall buildings to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Be sure to organise a tour of the Petronas Twin Towers during your trip to KL. At floor 86 (yes, that’s right!) there is an observation deck, and you can also cross the bridge at floor 41 on your tour. Many cruise operators include an optional tour of the towers in their itinerary, and it’s certainly a highlight of the city if you want some incredible panoramic snaps.
Although we’ve only touched on the amazing range of attractions and activities that make KL such s popular cruise destination, it’s clear that this is a city with diverse charm and no shortage of things to do. So if you want to see one of the most impressive cities of the Far East, a stop at Kuala Lumpur on your Asian cruise holiday is a must.