Travel to Kuala Lumpur, a multicultural and traveler-friendly destination

Kuala Lumpur is a city of contrasts. The Malaysian capital is a place where minarets meet skyscrapers, and where markets hum with the hustle and bustle of people. If you visit Kuala Lumpur you’ll get to experience these contrasts first hand. You can stroll through beautiful park land; you can shop ‘til you drop and you can taste some of the local delicacies. There is something for everyone in this city where ultra-modern meets highly traditional.

Night at Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
Night time of Petronas Twin Towers on in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. © charnsitr / Shutterstock.com

If you know anything about Kuala Lumpur then you’ll be familiar with the image of the Petronas Towers; the tallest twin structures in the world. Their sleek and modern exterior, and that of Kuala Lumpur’s other skyscrapers, is only part of the story. These 21st century structures are set against a backdrop of the more traditional mosques; colorful and enticing with a rich history. Kuala Lumpur manages to balance its environment very well. It shows a reverence for its historic self while also making sure it is very much a city for the modern age. There’s a diverse mix of cultures in Kuala Lumpur too, alongside the mosques you’ll find eye catching temples amidst the Chinese and Indian communities.

One thing you should definitely not miss, when you visit Kuala Lumpur, is the food. It’s arguably one of the most enticing features of the city. One of the best places to check out the local cuisine is at any one of its bustling markets. From popiah to curry, your taste buds will explode with the sensations that the food of Kuala Lumpur has to offer.

Kasturi Walk Central Market in Kuala Lumpur
People walking and shopping around Kasturi Walk Central Market in Kuala Lumpur. © f11photo / Shutterstock.com

As you are probably aware, Kuala Lumpur has a very hot environment. You may think that this means you should rule out walking; in fact the opposite is true. It’s a far more pleasant experience to walk along the streets of Kuala Lumpur than it is to get stuck in one of its traffic jams. You can really immerse yourself in the culture of the city and get to know the local people a little better. Part of connecting with the people of Kuala Lumpur is making sure that you pay attention to everything that is going on around you and don’t just get transfixed by the awe inspiring skyscrapers. You need to join the locals in their day to day existence, eating or shipping at the malls or markets. This is where you get to see the real people of the city.

Kuala Lumpur has certainly come a long way over the years. At one time Malaysia was a British colony and it was in Kuala Lumpur, in 1957, that independence was recognized by the country’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. When you visit Kuala Lumpur today you will see many examples of its rich and varied history but you will also see a city that is very much looking to the future, with its every changing landscape.

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A destination per day keeps the doctor away! Peter is the team leader here at Travelfoot and he has been traveling non-stop since his collage days. Now 28 years old with travel experience from all over the world he is sharing some of his favorite picks of both where to go and what to do there.

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