Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur – The Heart of the Country
Before it became the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur had been founded as a humble mining city in the 1950s. Today, it is a fast-growing city beloved by tourists. The Tamils, Chinese, Malayan and indigenous people are the main ethnicities living there.
Kuala Lumpur covers an area of 200 square kilometers. Nowadays it seamlessly connects to its suburbs thus creating the center for trade and tourist industry. There are many sights to see – historic and modern, the choice is yours. On one hand, temples and mosques reflect the multicultural atmosphere of the city, its history. On the other hand, futuristic skyscrapers show that the city belongs to the 21st century. Local markets and street food vendors add to the atmosphere. Kuala Lumpur offers anything you like. If you plan to travel to Kuala Lumpur don't expect that several days in the city will suffice. Busy streets, amazing architecture. The city has been rightfuly dubbed the heart of Malaysia.
The Malayan ringgit (MYR) is the official currency in Kuala Lumpur. The city itself boasts 66 shopping malls. In addition to that the city is known as the shopping and fashion capital of Malaysia. According to tourist book guides it is the 6th city as for the number of tourists visited (around 10 million per year). 61% of the populace are Muslims so people have to adhere by Islamic rulebook at some places. For instance when visiting a mosque men have to wear long trousers, women must be covered. Moreover, men are not allowed to walk in shoes... Yet don't worry for locals are quite used to tourists. They will gladly remind you of what is expected from you. The best way to get around in Kuala Lumpur is either a cab or subway. Some sights are quite apart fone from another. One more thing may catch you off guard – the weather. Usually, it is very hot there so bear this in mind when you will pack your things.
One of the best things in Kuala Lumpur is the shopping at one of its luxurious shopping malls. Shopaholics and all social classes will have a good time there. Suria KLCC is probably the most famous sshopping mall in the city among other reasons due to its proximity to Petronas Towers. Visiting the air-conditioned shopping mall, the best way to have fun and cool down between the trips.
Berjaya Times Square
Berjaya Times Square trade center is the biggest entertainment and shopping center in Bukit Bintang borrough. This mall offers great attractions like in Alice in Wonderland . You may buy cheap bazaar items as well as luxurious brand items. There is a cinema, many restaurants and also, surprisingly, a roller coaster. Wash your clothes, have a massage, cosmetic treatment, visit a gym, get tan, or a tattoo all on upper floors.
Next week we take a look at local skyscrapers…
GPS: (airport) 2°44'43.8"N 101°42'35.5"E
Text and photos: Monika Fuchsová
Enjoy this couple of skyscrapers. These must be on the list of any visitor to Kuala Lumpur. Their silhouette lures you already from afar. Crowds of tourists visit them every day and millions see the towers each year. On day or at night, Petronas Towers add to the city's atmosphere. In Kuala Lumpur you will see them all the time from any place. It is as if these gentle giants held their protective hand above you. They look gloriously but are the towers as beautiful from the inside as they are from the outside?.
After visiting North Sumatra we return to Malaysia, but this time not back to Kuala Lumpur, but heading north. We fly to the northwest coast of Malaysia, to the state of Penang (also Pinang), which consists of the main island with the capital George Town, the mainland (Seberang Perai) and other smaller islands.
From Penang harbor we set off with a small ferry to the very popular and popular tourist resort - the island of Langkawi (Pulau Langkawi). It takes about three hours to get there, and it is definitely a good idea to take something warmer, because the ferry is extremely cold due to extreme air conditioning. Outside the closed part of the ship, unfortunately, there is not much room for comfortable long journey. The island can also be transported by air, such as from Penang and Kuala Lumpur.
We have an organized a trip to Kilim Karst Geoforest Park. In fact, there is no other option, because the tour of the Geopark takes place only on the water. It is not a physically demanding trip, no visitors will enjoy much walking, but it is still worth visiting the geopark. Stretching is possible at least while swimming on a nice beach.
Our stay on the beautiful Malaysian island of Langkawi is nearing the end and the last trip is ahead. Today we set out on the most famous icon of the island, the Sky Bridge. The bridge is less than 20 kilometers by car from Pantai Cenang.
After hot days on the sunny island of Langkawi, we move to the coldest area of our journey - the Cameron Highlands. Located at a higher altitude, there are lower temperatures, which is a bit unusual for us in Malaysia. But it is nothing dramatic, the windbreaker and long pants are enough for morning and evening. Our destination for the next two nights is the city of Tanah Rata, which will also serve as a starting point for our two scheduled trips.
Our second day in the Cameron Highlands we again take a trip to the tea plantations. We take a taxi and go from Tanah Rata through the city of Brinchang to about 10 km distant Kea Farm, where roses are grown.
The sobering-up station provides sanctuary for elephants who have fallen into poacher traps or other difficulties. They use their own elephants, who are very ethically trained here (do not really expect any circus, here it helps). Injured elephants are undergoing rehabilitation and, if possible, their return to nature. The station also takes care of moving elephants due to the ever-increasing agricultural area. The employees are doing a really beautiful job here, be sure to come to support them.
Our last day in Malaysia has come. We don't want to go too far from Kuala Lumpur and we also enjoyed the beaches a lot, so we will visit the city of Putrajaya. It has served as a federal territory since 2001 and is the planned capital and administrative center of Malaysia. The seat of government moved here as early as 1999 due to the congestion of the existing capital Kuala Lumpur. However, the king, parliament and embassies are still based here.
Singapore is a relatively small city-state that rises above other states in Southeast Asia by being highly economically developed and economically ferocious. With nearly 6 million inhabitants, it is one of the most populous states in the world, which is also due to the high level of migration. Everybody in Singapore would simply want to live.
The most interesting, most visited and beautiful place in Malaysia. Today we visit a city, which should not be on the list of any traveler. Just two hours southwest of Kuala Lumpur, we meet the city of Melaka, the capital of the Malaysian state of the same name. This historic city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
A quiet island with white beaches, turquoise sea and an unspoiled underwater world is the dream of each of us. Have you ever heard of this little paradise? Thanks to the white beaches, the island was named Pulau Kapas or "Cotton Island". (Kapas means "cotton" in Malay, Pulau "island").
Be sure to visit Chinatown near Petaling Street once you are in Kuala Lumpur. The street is above Pasar Seni stop). Lined with red laterns, one half of street's population are Chinese.
The most impressive feature of Sri Maha Mariamman temple is it structure which copies that of a human body - there is a head directed to the west, and legs to the east. The legst are symbolized by a 75-meter tower adorned by the statues of 228 Hindu gods. They are made in south-Indian style.
Brickfields aka Little India used to be an ordinary residential district near Kuala Lumpur. However, as of late it transformed to a wide boulevar featuring Indian sotres, and Indian restaurants.
Malaysian national mosque is situated opposite the train station. Its capacity is 15 thousand people. Surrounded by lush vegetation the park covers an area of 13 hectars. The mosque replaced a church in 1965. Its main features are 73-meter minarets. The main construction of the roof drew inspiration of an open umbrella. Minarets should resemble folded umbrellas.
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