The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has quietly become one Malaysia’s most popular and accommodating tourist locations. Once a sleepy Chinese tin-mining village, Kuala Lumpur, which literally means “muddy estuary,” has developed into a multi-million resident modern metropolis. Here, some of the cheapest five-star hotels in the world can be found, ... Read more
like the Madarin Oriental or the Hilton Kuala Lumpur, but just because the hotels are cheap doesn't mean that Kuala Lumpur is lacking in things to do. You can find great shopping opportunities throughout the city, including at the Midvalley Megamall located to the south of the city proper. Excellent food like saree and banana leaf rice can be found on truly any street corner but places like Damansara and Hartamas in particular have an extensive selection of eateries and drinking spots. A rail system makes getting around Kuala Lumpur easier, and the main regional station, KL Sentral, is south of this Malaysian Capital. The Batu Caves, a national Zoo, and the towering Petronas Twin Towers round out a solid selection of fascinating attractions in this increasingly popular tourist favorite.

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Plan to sweat in Kuala Lumpur, and pack extra changes of clothes accordingly. The temperature all year sticks to a pretty consistent average of 90F (32C). With the mercury out as a good judge for when to go, ... Read more
travelers are left to decide based on two other factors: rain and festivals. The heavy rains and humidity peak in March/April and October/November, although the clouds don’t disappear the rest of the year, so pack an umbrella. If you’d like to visit the Malaysian capital during a festival, National Day on August 31 is one of the most popular. Other choice celebrations include Chinese New Year and the Hindu Diwali festival. Book well in advance if you go during these times.

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Klang

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Getting around Kuala Lumpur is convenient as trains, buses and tacus are easuly avsilable. KL Sentral is a modern transpiotation hub that cinverges a network of trains.

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Pittsford

This is a very modern city which still retains a foot in the past. Very nice Temples and markets abound.

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Brno

Kuala Lumpur is crazy place. Pedestrians doesn't have any rights so get ready for some adrenaline while crossing street. Waling path you will find mainly only in centre of the city which is the best place to visit anyway. Metro is bit confusing. PS: doesn't matter which single ticket you buy as they work in any station anyway

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Very clean city. Most local is pretty nice and friendly. I love the buildings in this city.

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Kuala Lumpur is lovely. Top places to visit has to be right in the heart of KL! Food is everywhere. Head to Lot 10 Hutong and try local food from all over. Walk around Pavilion and Bukit Bintang. For something higher end, go to Ritz Carlton for their Afternoon Tea.

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Local from Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a city that I've learnt to love the more I've gotten to know her. She is fast-paced, fun, crazy, spiritual and full of amazing things to do and explore. Oh, and food is like a religion here - so eat all you can, anytime, anywhere!

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Taipei

Twin towers at night are pretty. If you have more time. You could walk through skybridge to see the city from the top. Walking around this area is safe.

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Melbourne

Kuala Lumpur is a city very similar to others. I didn't think there was anything really special about it. There is a massive divide which is incredibly obvious between class which I found quite unsettling. We had to stop in KL quite a few times as it's the hub of getting to and from different destinations. My highlight was probably the Petronas Twin Towers. They are pretty impressive from outside and provide a spectacular view. There is a massive shopping mall beneath them which was full of westernised shops (my first look around Topshop in months!) and we went to the cinema to see the latest release for £2! I felt quite uncomfortable in KL. To me it was quite dirty and the class divide was quite off putting. Saying that, we didn't stay long enough for my opinion to be changed.

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The World

Great place to shop but be ready for the humidity factor other than that y people are great and place is great. It becomes alive at night especially during the holiday period

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San Luis Obispo

At first KL was just a place I transited through en route between Thailand and Singapore. But the more time I spent in the city, the more I came to really look forward to my visits there. Wandering the street hawker alleys, stepping inside white marble mosques, joining the high-tech shopping madness, craning my neck up at the Petronas Twin Towers...it all grew on me, and now KL is one of my favorite Southeast Asian cities to take a few days off in.

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