Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and is the country's cultural and economic center. Most arrive in KL from KLIA airport, but the low cost carrier terminal – klia2 – is also a popular entry point for those flying with AirAsia, Firefly, Jet Star or Tiger Air. For quick transits, there are plenty of hotels near klia2 and KLIA, though staying in the city center is a far better option for travelers staying a couple of days.
Kuala Lumpur is a very modern city with an efficient and inexpensive network of public transport comprising trains and light rail. The biggest attractions in the city – literally – are the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world at 88 floors. The connecting bridge between the towers provides unsurpassed views of the city and tours to the skybridge are a popular activity for tourists. Kuala Lumpur Tower – Menara Kuala Lumpur – also has an observation deck from which a 360-degree view of the city can be had without obstruction.
Shopping is a popular activity in KL, as it is in most Southeast Asian capitals. The 'Golden Triangle' section of the city comprises several large malls; the Mid Valley Mega Mall and up-market Suria KLCC are two of the largest in Southeast Asia and sell everything from electronics to designer handbags. The main shopping streets are Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, and Jalan Imbi.
Another great place for shopping and dining is Chinatown. Nightly markets and food stalls set up in Jalan Petaling opposite Puduraya bus terminal. Chinatown provides a great opportunity to indulge in Chinese and Indian food as the restaurants here are inexpensive, authentic and in plentiful supply.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Kuala Lumpur, click on the interactive Kuala Lumpur map on the left-hand side of the page.