Kuala Lumpur has a reputation of its own that almost separates it from the rest of the country. Most visitors now say they are traveling to Kuala Lumpur almost forgetting that it is part of Malaysia. It is in a way a starting point to any tour of the country, as this vibrant city invites you in to enjoy all it has on offer.
Being the largest city in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur or KL is a true melting pot of diverse ethnic groups. You would find yourself at one point being taken in by the old world atmosphere of temples and mosques and next shopping in the many extravagant shopping malls that are situated across KL.
These malls are a shopper's paradise and you will find yourself spending days on end simply checking out the shops! However, there are many road side markets offering more localized products with prices that can be bargained on. Browse these markets to find knick knacks that are perfect as mementos for you and souvenir gifts for friends and family back home.
While you browse around these malls with their designer stores and experience urban chique do not forget that you can always step out and enjoy authentic Malaysian food, from the street vendors available all over. Malaysian cuisine is an experience and those willing should definitely give the street food a taste.
Kuala Lumpur while being very urbanized and a shopping haven, also maintains its old world charm. Along with its uneven pavements, botanical garden and British colonial buildings you find the fantastic modern structures of Suria KLCC-Malaysia's Twin Towers, which until recently was the tallest building in Asia and Times Square, just to mention a few.
Visitors to KL can see the city by monorail or simply walk around visiting China Town and such markets. There are many places worth a visit with little pockets of tranquility being available amidst the bustle of the many huge department stores in the city.
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