Agent Name: Manya Kellou
Date: September 2007
Trip Location: Kuala Lumpur
Capital City of Malaysia is also known as KL. Malaysia recently celebrated 50 years of independence, and banners and flags can be seen in every window and corner of the country. The official language is Malay, but English is spoken everywhere. Malaysia is enriched by a multitude of cultures, which is obvious both in its multi-ethnic population, and also in its amazing architecture, cuisine, and art and crafts. KL is a beautiful city. High rises blend modern architecture with smooth round finish of the Muslim influence, tropical gardens and colourful mosques. It is also a bustling business centre and home to the Famous Petronas Twin Towers, the highest Twin Towers in the world at 410 meters high.
Places Visited: The KL Tower (must view the 15 minute video on the construction of the tower) for an aerial view of the city Petronas Twin Towers, Jamek Mosque, The National Monument, China town night market and the amazing architecture of the Sultan Ahmad Hishamuddin Mosque. Outside of KL: Batu Caves, Selangor, the King’s Castle, and the drive to Putrajaya.
Travel Tips: KL Airport is way out of the city center. Although taxis are available and relatively inexpensive, it can take over one hour to drive to the City Centre at the cost of approximately $60.00 one way. The best option is still the Mono Rail which takes you to the KL Central Station in less than ½ hour. The cost is 35MYR, about $10.00. The city traffic is very congested during rush hour, which seems to last most of the day. Taxis are very, very inexpensive. During rush hour, the taxi driver may charge the price of a round-trip ride to off-set the cost of standing still. Side-walks are raised to keep your feet dry during the rainy season, but as they are quite narrow and high up, I would not recommend walking on them.
Favorite Hotel: Traders Hotel, part of the Shangri-La hotel chain. Located in the heart of KL, a few steps from the KL Twin Towers, Traders is a boutique hotel, with a sophistication that will appeal to both business and leisure travellers. The Sky Bar, on the 32nd floor at the Traders Hotel has a unique décor with its own swimming pool and offers the best view of the Twin Towers.
Favorite Town: The historical city of Melaka (also spelled Malacca). In the 16th century, Melaka gained prominence as a vibrant maritime trading centre. “Must” stops are the Baba and Nyonya Heritage Museum and the Cheng Ho Museum.
Favorite Restaurant: The Green Lemon, at the KL Shangri-la. Food is just amazing, with the different cultures all adding to the flavour of the local cuisine.
Shopping: Shopping is the favorite past-time in Kuala Lumpur. Electronics, cameras, designer clothing, crafts, is available in the multitude of shopping centers, open till 10pm every day. Most hotels offer shuttle buses to the closest center. Spa treatments are very inexpensive and available in all major hotels.
Best Time to Travel: With tropical weather all year round, you can travel to Malaysia any time. The wettest months are March, April and October, November. Light cotton clothing is the most comfortable and being a Muslim country, modest, conservative clothing is recommended.