Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur: Why go

If you're travelling around Malaysia, chances are you'll pass through the bustling, multicutural capital - home to 1.5 million people and hub of most transport routes - at some point.

But it's worth staying a night or two, not just for the shopping opportunities (which are legion, from the pewter cups and pandan leaf table mats of the Central Market to the exotic fruit and fake designer goods of Jalan Petaling and Chow Kit); but also for the astonishing mishmash of architecture, from colonial shophouses to skyscrapers of gleaming glass. Most famous of these are the distinctive Petronas Towers, once the tallest building in the world; take a lift to the skybridge on the 42nd level for breathtaking city views. There are art galleries and musems too, including an interesting Islamic Arts collection and a Buddhist Pagoda which hosts meditation workshops.

If you want a break from the traffic, head west to the Lake Garden, where walking trails lead past ornamental ponds, a deer park and beautiful banyan trees planted in the colonial era. Or take the train to the vast limestone Batu Caves, 13km to the north, which houses a Hindu shrine and a huge 42m statue of deity Rama outside.

Getting around by monorail or Kommuter train is pretty easy, and taxis are dirt cheap; walking around the city can be tricky, though.

With thanks to Lightnshadows and Two hundred percent on wiki for their photos

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