Jun 11

Walking Tour of Kuala Lumpur

Best way to enjoy KL heritage and culture is to take a historic tour through the old part of the city. You can book your tour with one of the daily tours or explore at your own pace. The street is marked for destination and distance. If you are good with maps and like to explore a bit you might as well do the tour yourself which normally costs around 150RM ( $15).

I decided to take a walk from Masjid Jamek. You can catch the train to the stop near Masjid Jamek. The area offers great shopping options and gives insight into the rich history of the city. Little India, Chinatown and Central Market is walking distance from this place. I walked towards the Central Markets which are quite popular for local artifacts, handicrafts. You can buy a wide range of souvenirs. The markets are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur since the 1940s and are divided into handicrafts of various races that live in Malaysia. Walking through the Markets you can feel the rich cultural heritage and diversity of cultures in the country. 


Walking across the Bridge you can see the historical Abdul Samad Building which is opposite to Merdeka Square and City Library. Merdeka square hosts the highest flagpole in the world bearing the flag of Malaysia. Sultan Abdul Samad building provides a backdrop to many historical events in the country and currently holds the offices of the ministry of information.

Walking further on I went to Petaling Street to see explore some shopping and street food. Petaling offers a similar experience to Bukit Bintang offering a great bargain, affordable hotels and hustle and bustle all through the night. The place is quite attractive if you are travelling on budgets and want to enjoy budget food and great shopping bargains. You can find a wide range of imitation brands of shoes, watches, bags etc. Don't forget to try the salted roasted duck which is a speciality in this area. This dish is sold on hawker stalls.

Other Kuala Lumpur attractions include Batu Caves located on the outskirts of the city. If you like joyrides or casinos, Genting is fun-packed holiday destination popular with Malaysians. A 4km long chairlift takes your from bus stand to Awana resorts where buses can take you to different resorts in the highlands. On a clear day, you can have a birds-eye view of Kuala Lumpur city from top floors of First World Hotel, which claim to have more than 4000 rooms.

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