The metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur combines old traditions with modern architecture.
KUALA LUMPUR AS A TRAVEL DESTINATION
Entertainment and culture in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, which grew and developed at lightning speed, is an easy first contact for Asia for a Westerner. On the other hand, alongside everything new and shiny, the traditional Malaysian city with its market stalls and street kitchens is pulsating.
Travelers looking for historic Kuala Lumpur head to Merdeka Square, famous for its colonial-style architecture. Both Islamic and European influences can be seen in the buildings of the square. It was Merdeka Square that declared Malaysia’s independence in 1957.
Golden Triangle is the shopping and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur, where you will also find the city’s most famous attraction Petronas Towers. In the dark night, the brilliant illuminated twin towers are an impressive revelation and a magnificent example of modern architecture in Kuala Lumpur.
All year round to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a popular destination all year round. In the tropical climate in Malaysia, the temperature almost always remains high. Most visitors to Kuala Lumpur visit in December-January and in June, July and August. The summer months are also the driest time in the city.
Kuala Lumpur is an ideal holiday destination for travelers of all ages who enjoy city travel. The destination can be conveniently combined with culture, shopping and attractions. Food enthusiasts will love the lively street kitchens, and there are plenty of theme parks for families with children.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur
In Kuala Lumpur, shopping has its own program number. Lovers of designer clothes will make their money burn at the Suria KLCC shopping mall at the foot of Petronas Towers, which features both international chains and luxury luxury brands.
In the hustle and bustle of Chinatown, you can make inexpensive discoveries and test your own bargaining skills. Teenagers will love Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall, which has plenty of clothing stores, a movie theater and an amusement park.
Excursions from Kuala Lumpur
If you are visiting Kuala Lumpur for a long time, you should also explore the city’s surrounding areas. There are plenty of day trips to the Batu Caves, which inspire Indian culture. The historic city of Melaka, on the other hand, is a charming destination a couple of hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. In the Cameron Highlands, you can feel the British colonial atmosphere and admire the tea plantations and wild jungles. Cameron Highlands can be reached from Kuala Lumpur in about 3-4 hours.
The giant Sunway Lagoon theme park with its zoos and water and amusement parks is a great destination for families with children. Sunway is just a quarter of a drive from Kuala Lumpur.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN KUALA LUMPUR
Via Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
There are no direct flights from Finland to Kuala Lumpur. Package tours can be inquired from tour operators.
The easiest way for a self-employed traveler to get to the Malaysian capital is to start traveling with Finnair’s direct connection from Helsinki to Singapore (about 11 hours). Round-trip air tickets cost about a thousand euros. An hour-long connection to Kuala Lumpur can be taken from Singapore Changi International Airport.
In Kuala Lumpur, flights operate to three different airports. The planes of the largest airlines land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), while the center of the low-cost airline Air Asia is the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT). Third Airport Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport receives some short-haul international and domestic flights to Malaysia.
The transition from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur is also successful by land. There are numerous train and bus connections. You should book about 5-8 hours for the trip.
Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur offers a myriad of accommodation options, from the lavish luxury hotels of the Golden Triangle to budget inns in Chinatown. The city also has all the most common international chain hotels. You can get a mid-priced hotel night for about 30 euros.
During the busiest high season, rooms should be booked well in advance, as hotels and inns fill public holidays and local holidays.