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Buckle up, as a visit to Kuala Lumpur (KL) is likely to induce sensory overload. From the competing aromas of sizzling satay, heady incense and exhaust fumes to the regular calls to prayer and the eye-popping decoration of Chinese and Indian temples, KL is a full-on, round-the-clock city, offering plenty of tradition alongside the best of modern Malaysia. Long in the shadow of more glitzy southeast Asian metropolises such as Singapore and Bangkok, Malaysia's capital came zooming onto the tourist radar with the shiny, soaring Petronas Towers, for a short while the tallest buildings on earth. At their base lies a wonderful shopping center, ...

Buckle up, as a visit to Kuala Lumpur (KL) is likely to induce sensory overload. From the competing aromas of sizzling satay, heady incense and exhaust fumes to the regular calls to prayer and the eye-popping decoration of Chinese and Indian temples, KL is a full-on, round-the-clock city, offering plenty of tradition alongside the best of modern Malaysia. Long in the shadow of more glitzy southeast Asian metropolises such as Singapore and Bangkok, Malaysia's capital came zooming onto the tourist radar with the shiny, soaring Petronas Towers, for a short while the tallest buildings on earth. At their base lies a wonderful shopping center, performing arts hall and relaxing parklands. For all KL's modern conveniences, it's the colonial heritage and delicate balance of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures that gives the city such a rich character. Whether you choose to haggle for fake designer bags at Chinatown's night market, admire the beautiful craftwork on display at the Islamic Arts Museums, relax over a luscious cream tea amid the lush Lake Gardens, or dig into a steaming bowl of laksa at a street stall, KL is a pleasure seeker's paradise.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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  • Location: Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia, located in the southeast of the island.
  • Language: Bahasa Malaysia (offcial), English, Chinese
  • Currency: Ringgit
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Anytime. March to April and September to November are the wettest months.