This modern city with its skyscrapers and lush open spaces is a shopper's haven. In fact, many people visit Kuala Lumpur just to enjoy the shopping in its teeming shopping malls. But people stop off here more than just retail therapy; it's also the gateway from which to explore Malaysia's magnificent tropical rainforests and paradise island resorts.
The city itself is also worth exploring, from the lush Lake Gardens, some of the most exquisite gardens in the world, which includes a Bird Park with a walk-in aviary, an Orchid Garden and a Hibiscus Garden. There's also the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve in the city centre.
Once you've had your fill of the city's modern shopping malls, you can enjoy a more traditional method of shopping in the colourful Central Market, which is a lively place full of covered market stalls and street artists. And for bargain shopping, head for Chinatown, where you can pick up everything from herbs and replica designer goods in Petaling Street, which is transformed into a busy night market when the sun sets.
Of course, Kuala Lumpur has its fair share of excellent museums and art galleries, and then there's the traditional side of the city. One of its landmarks, the Batu Caves, are located just outside the city itself. You can climb the 272 steps to the top of this vast limestone outcrop and reach the main Temple Cave, which is home to a number of Hindu shrines.
- Kuala Lumpur International Airport, WMKK
- Malacca Airport, WMKM
- Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport, WMSA