Kuala Lumpur is a rich patchwork of religions, cultures and influences. From the sleek modern, to the mesmerising traditional, Malaysia’s capital is a cacophony of sounds, sights and cultures. Economically, Kuala Lumpur continues to rise, which is why tourists are met with such a vast array of food, shops and hotels. However, despite the city’s wealth, it is still possible to plan a trip to Kuala Lumpur on a budget. Kuala Lumpur is a fairly young city; founded by the Malay and Chinese in the mid-19th century, before becoming colonised by the British just two decades later. The city’s youth is reflected in its culture and atmosphere; there is a certain open mindedness, a willingness to develop and to embrace new ideas. The result is a vibrant city, in which colonial buildings, skyscrapers and minarets have equal dominance over the vast skyline. Also discover other great cities in Asia
Direct flights to Kuala Lumpur will bring you to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), Malaysia’s primary airport, about 45 minutes from the centre of Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur’s proximity to the equator means that it is hot all year round, with the rainy season from October to March. If you don’t mind a spot (a lot!) of rain, a visit during rainy season will be a little quieter, what’s more, you will probably be able to find cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur in the quieter months. If you are able to travel outside of school holidays, you are also likely to find better deals and quieter hotels.
If you want to fully immerse yourself in the culture, you will join Kuala Lumparites in their favourite pastime: shopping. Escape the heat of the day in Kuala Lumpur’s opulent air-conditioned malls, such as the Mid Valley Megamall and the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, where you can browse a staggering choice of designer fashion and couture pieces. If your tastes are less mainstream, opt for Publika and Bangsar, where you will find unique pieces from less well known labels and edgy independent designers. For crafts, souvenirs and antiques, take the plunge at Central Market and Chinatown where you can enjoy the traditional bustle and buzz of people browsing, bartering and, inevitably, buying a range of wares.
Kuala Lumpur’s architecture is a fair representation of the city’s ethos; old ideas and new jostle alongside each other, complementing one another instead of competing. Petronas Twin Towers, the world’s tallest twin towers, transform the Kuala Lumpur skyline with their dramatic, gravity-defying architecture. Entry to the twin towers is free; you can shop in the designer boutiques of the Suria KLCC mall, or ride the elevator up to the 41st floor and get your free pass to cross the bridge connecting the two towers. Make sure you get there before 11.30 so you don’t miss out, and stand your own in the queue; the views from the bridge will be just rewards. Presiding over Chinatown, you will find Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Malaysia’s oldest Hindu temple. Founded in 1873, the magnificent temple pays homage to Mariamman, the South Indian Mother Goddess. With its colourful statues and shrine to Ganesh, the temple is stunning to behold with a lively, engaging atmosphere that will instantly draw you in. A visit to Masjud Jamek, the city’s oldest Mosque will highlight the exquisite contrasts of Kuala Lumpur. Built at the point where the Sugai Gombak and Sugai Klang rivers meet, the sleek red brick and marble structure is an oasis, surrounded by water and lavish coconut trees.
Kuala Lumpur offers an almost limitless choice of food to cater to all tastes and wallets. The best way to experience the variety and unique identity of Kuala Lumpur is a trip to Jalan Alor. As soon as you set foot in the city’s largest street food venue, you are transported away from the sterile glamour of air-conditioned malls and breath-taking skyscrapers and confronted with the very roots of Kuala Lumpur’s character. During the day, Jalan Alor seems unimpressive, but after 5pm the street wakes up and becomes a food heaven, offering the very best of Malay, Thai and Chinese food. The best way to enjoy this unique dining experience is to make sure you are not too hungry when you arrive! Take time to wander up and down the street, look at menus and note where the locals are eating before choosing your first stop on this incredible culinary tour. For many people, a trip to Kuala Lumpur is an opportunity to leave our own world behind, just for a little while. The unique combination of old-world charm and contemporary ambition means that visitors can, literally, experience the best of both worlds. If you are planning the trip of a lifetime, let Travangelo help you to find cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur.