Founded in 1857 as a tin mining outpost, Kuala Lumpur has progressed very quickly to become the seat of the Parliament of Malaysia and contains some of the world’s cheapest five-star hotels, great shopping and delicious cuisine from around the world.
Home to the famous twin towers Petronas, the tallest building in the world, Kuala Lumpur is also the capital and largest city of Malaysia. Founded in 1857 as a tin mining outpost, Kuala Lumpur has progressed very quickly to become the seat of the Parliament of Malaysia and contains some of the world’s cheapest five-star hotels, great shopping and delicious cuisine from around the world.
The traditional areas of Kuala Lumpur are in the south, where Merdeka Square lies alongside some of the city’s best preserved colonial buildings. The centre of the city lies in the Golden Triangle, between the roads of Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Tun Perak and Jalang Ampang – where shopping malls and trendy nightspots are available for your pleasure twenty-four hours a day.
A visit to Kuala Lumpur should involve a lot of wandering, seeing, shopping and eating – and there are PLENTY of avenues to do the latter. Kuala Lumpur has cheap and tasty Chinese hawker stalls and restaurants all over town catering to all sorts of tastes, from the homely dishes of Roti Canai, a popular Indian dish with a unique crispy pancake dipped in curry; Yong Tau Foo, a Hakka Chinese dish consisting of large pieces of tofu and vegetables to more familiar fare such as French, Greek and Italian dining and the like.
Sporting enthusiasts will appreciate that over the past 20 years, Kuala Lumpur has fought hard to become a regional centre for world class sporting events such as the 1998 Commonwealth Games, the Formula One World Championship, and A1 Grand Prix as well as regular soccer games, cricket matches, and golf tournaments.
When you want to rest, there are a number of lovely places to relax. Kuala Lumpur offers some of the cheapest five-star hotels in the world alongside having many public baths in which the tired tourist can rest their weary bodies in a good, relaxing soak.
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