GPS Coordinates: 3.143851, 101.6983923
An area bordered by Jalan Hang Lekir, Jalan Sultan and Jalan Tun H.S.Lee, Chinatown retains much of its 19th century colonial architecture. Chinatown never fails to enchant visitors with its amazing colours, smells and sights. The central section, "Jalan Petaling", is a frantically busy market that is closed to traffic. Under the shade of multi-coloured umbrellas is an amazing array of shops selling fruits, flowers, souvenirs, magazines, clothes, watches and iced drinks such as "dragon-eyes water". Chinatown is about 5 minutes by road from the hotel.
Built in 1936 as a wet market, Central Market today functions as a cultural and crafts centre, crammed with souvenir stalls and food outlets. See craftsmen at work on the ground and mezzanine floors which teem with all manner of trinkets and handicrafts. Excellent Malay and fast food can be enjoyed on the first floor. Bangsawan (Malay opera), Wayang Kulit (shadow play), Chinese Opera, Bharaha Natyam and other traditional dances are performed in its open-air amphitheatre on the banks of the Klang River.
Petronas Twin Towers, designed by famed architect Cesar Pelli, is one of the tallest buildings in the world at 451.9m. Each of its 88-storey towers is served by double-decked passenger lifts and 10 escalators. A sky bridge links both towers on the 41st floor, the KLCC Skybridge is accessible to visitors and promises a magnificent view of the city. At the base of the towers is the Suria KLCC Shopping Centre where exciting shopping and dining experiences awaits.
The fourth tallest telecommunications and broadcasting tower in the world. Standing at 421m, Menara Kuala Lumpur offers a variety of facilities such as Observation Deck (276m) that provides 360 degrees spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur City, revolving restaurant Seri Angkasa (282m) and Mega View Banquet Deck, that caters for private functions at 288m.
If you love people-watching, sipping aromatic coffee and nibbling freshly-baked croissants, then head for Bintang Walk. Besides that, the Walk also boasts of shopping malls that offer a wide range of local and imported goods at reasonable and affordable prices.
During the annual Thaipusam festival, thousands of kavadi-carrying devotees climb 272 steps up to the main cavern of Batu Caves to pay homage to Lord Subramaniam. The limestone walls overgrown with ferns, loom 20m high with rays of light piercing from gaps above. Another cavern, the "Art Gallery", contains colourful images from Hindu mythology. In the temple grounds, monkeys roam freely around the souvenir stalls.
Merdeka Square is located in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur, near the convergence of the Kelang and Gombak rivers. British officials once played cricket on this square. On August 31, 1957, the Union Jack was lowered and the nation's independence was proclaimed here. Today, the world's tallest flagpole stands on this stretch of green, rising 95m high. At the basement beneath the square lies Plaza Putra, with cinemas, souvenir stalls, a tourists information centre, a restaurants and performing arts theater. It takes approximately 10 minutes to reach the Square by road from the hotel.
Donning a Minangkabau roof and two long murals on its facade, the National Museum is located on Jalan Damansara. The ground floor houses dioramas depicting scenes from Malaysian life while the upper floor houses exhibits stuffed animals and birds, traditional musical instruments and weapons. Vintage locomotives, antique cars and bullock carts are also displayed at the museum grounds.
Sited at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers, Masjid Jamek was built in 1909 and is the city's oldest mosque. Designed by government architect A.B.Hubbock, it incorporate North Indian Muslim elements in its design. Its main dome is flanked by two smaller domes together with couples and minarets topping the brick walls and arched colonnades.
KL's biggest collection of roadside restaurants and street food vendors sprawls along Jln Alor, just north of Jln Bukit Bintang.
The National Mosque is located right next to the architecturally fabulous old railway station (Kuala Lumpur KTM Station), and just a short walk to the sprawling Lake Gardens and National Monument.
Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Southwest of the city, it is a popular tourist attraction and is located along Jalan Klang Lama.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is approximately 1 hour by road. Subang Airport is 30 minutes by road.
Main Bus Station is called Pudu Raya, within 5 minutes walking distance.
Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and KL Sentral Station (Light Railway Train (LRT)) is about 2km away, approximately 5 minutes by car.