Kuala Lumpur is a bustling, modern metropolis and the capital of Malaysia. There are plenty of adventures for outdoors enthusiasts in Malaysia, but Kuala Lumpur's charms are mostly urban. However, you will likely find yourself there since it's a major transit point to explore the natural wonders of the area. The city can easily occupy you for an afternoon, a day, or even several days' worth of exploration.
The Petronas Towers
The famous Petronas Towers and the skybridge joining them are among the most well-known buildings in the world, and the defining feature of Kuala Lumpur's skyline. Between 1997 and 2003, these were the world's tallest buildings, until they were overtaken by the Tapei 101 building in Taiwan. Both towers stand 1,483 feet tall. For a modest fee, visitors can go up to the observation deck near the top of the tower. The towers are in the city's Golden Triangle where you will find the poshest shopping malls of Kuala Lumpur.
Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
50088 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia has a substantial Chinese ethnic minority, and the capital city's Chinatown is an old, extensive and well-established neighborhood. Located just off the city center, there are plenty of food stalls and restaurants serving authentic, tasty and completely sanitary Chinese food. The local shops are stuffed with curios, and this is a great place to go for reflexology work on your feet. For sights, there is the Sze Ya Temple and Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association, both of which are more than a century old.
Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Assoc.
172 Jalan Petaling
011 (+606) 032 070 6511
The Batu Caves are an interesting site only seven miles from Kuala Lumpur's center. The area has become a Hindu shrine. It is literally crawling with macaques, the nosy and thieving variety of monkey that is so common in Southeast Asia. Keep an eye on your belongings, especially the shiny ones, because once the monkeys get their paws on something they become vicious in trying to keep it. The caves are something of a tourist trap, but the surrounding limestone cliffs are where the city's rock climbers go to get in some challenging practice.
68100 Batu Caves
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Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.