Kuala Lumpur: Holidays
Easier to negotiate than Bangkok, less cosmopolitan than Singapore and more eclectic than Hanoi
Backpacking in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a popular destination for backpackers. The efficient transport links makes it easy for backpackers to get around the city. Backpacking in Kuala Lumpur is relatively inexpensive. There is a wide choice of backpacking hostels that will suit all budgets. Most of the backpacking hostels in Kuala Lumpur are located within places where the local lives. Backpackers are therefore able to mingle with the locals and experience the local way of life. The price for backpacking accommodation varies according to the location. A backpacking dorm stay in the Golden Triangle (city centre) area could set you back at RM25 per night whilst dorm stay in Chinatown or at the fringe of the city could cost RM12 per night.
City Breaks in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is an ideal destination for a city break. Whether you are looking for shopping bargains or you like to join the locals in their favourite Malaysian cuisines, you will be spoilt for choice of things to do on a city break in Kuala Lumpur. Visit the bustling open air market that lines the main street in Chinatown and then escape from the heat into the cool air conditioned surroundings of the shopping complexs. Between shopping and eating, why not experience the thrill of being at the top of the world at Petronas Tower. Explore the Moorish influenced architectural wonder from the city’s colonial past and discover the different cultural heritage that makes Kuala Lumpur so colourful. Getting around the city is not difficult, the Light Rail has links to the major attractions within the city and there is plenty of useful information available for tourists at each station. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy the sights on their city break in Kuala Lumpur from the comfort of a taxi though the possibilities of getting caught in a traffic jam are high.
Corporate Weekend in Kuala Lumpur
The blend of old world charms and modern skyscrapers make a corporate weekend in Kuala Lumpur an interesting experience. Kuala Lumpur is a city of diverse culture with plenty to do for a corporate weekend. Discover the cultural heritage of the city, explore its colonial history from the magnificent buildings and visit the religious places and practices. There are also popular cuisines to indulge in and a vibrant night scene which all make for a successful corporate weekend in Kuala Lumpur. The city has excellent facilities that can cater for all budgets and most hotels are highly experienced in organising the perfect corporate weekend of team building activities.
Cruises in Kuala Lumpur
Though Kuala Lumpur is located inland, away from the sea, a cruise holiday to Kuala Lumpur is increasingly becoming popular. Cruise ships will dock at Port Klang, which is a major cargo port in Malaysia and it holds a modern cruise terminal. It is 45 km southwest from Kuala Lumpur. Most cruise holiday stopovers are in Kuala Lumpur after travelling from their last port of call which could be Bangkok or Singapore. Cruise operators will usually organise sightseeing tours for their passengers to the city from Port Klang. You can also make your own way to the city in a taxi or private car hire if desired.
Culture and Arts in Kuala Lumpur
For a culture and arts holiday, Kuala Lumpur contains the rich and diverse heritage of different ethnicity. The many art galleries and museums in Kuala Lumpur showcase the lives of the people from the country’s historical past. The National Art Gallery is a treasure cove for a spectacular introduction to over 2,500 pieces of art display. There is also the Islamic Art museum for visitors to marvel at 7,000 or more artefacts that are truly representative of the Islamic world. The art and culture scene in Kuala Lumpur can also be witnessed city wide with small scale performances found in theatres or outdoor arenas like the Central Market. Visitors can enjoy shadow puppet shows, batik painting demonstrations or have their fortune told at these venues. And if you want to relax to the sound of classical music, why not attend a classical concert performed by the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas at Petronas Towers.
Disabled Needs in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is really not an ideal place for anyone disabled and in a wheelchair. Most of the pavements are uneven and sometimes drains that run along some streets are not covered. There have been some improvements to provide more disabled friendly facilities in Kuala Lumpur like toilets for the disabled, rail supports and drop kerbs in public places such as the train stations and bus hubs. Most shopping malls and hotels are also equipped with ramps for wheel chairs and lifts usually stop at all floors. It is important to let hotel staff know your special requirements. For example if you need a room with special toilet facilities. Whilst holidays for disabled people in Kuala Lumpur might not sound very attractive, Malaysians are generally very helpful and they will not hesitate to help a disabled person.
Family Holiday in Kuala Lumpur
There is a bundle of activities for a family holiday in Kuala Lumpur. The city itself offers the sights for cultural understanding and the modern amenities of family friendly restaurants and food outlets. A family holiday in Kuala Lumpur does not end here, in addition to the city scene, families can have an enjoyable holiday in Kuala Lumpur filled with thrilling theme parks and fun resort parks. There is a wide range of theme parks generally combined with a mixture of water activities, adventures, futuristic experiences, games and rides that will excite the young and the young at heart. Spend time in exotic resorts such as Colmar Tropicale, a French themed resort, 40 minutes from Kuala Lumpur or head to Genting Theme Park, a highland resort with a range of indoor and outdoor thrill seeking activities and entertainment.
Alternatively, families can choose water based themed parks in Sunway Lagoon and Mines Wonderland which offer wild adventure rides through manmade waterfalls and rapids and a magical display of lighting against the night skyline. There are many types of family friendly accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, from hotels to serviced apartments and family rooms in resorts, there’s sure to be something that will meet your budget.
Gay and Lesbian in Kuala Lumpur
The gay scene in Kuala Lumpur is surprisingly widespread and sophisticated in a country where the religion is predominantly Islam and gay sexual activity is illegal. Though gay life in Kuala Lumpur is still largely underground, the city’s fast growth in the international arena has probably contributed to a more liberal support and acceptance of gay activities. However, one still needs to act discreetly and avoid unwanted attention with overt displays of affection. As a holiday for gay and lesbians in Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant city. There are thriving businesses in retail, fashion and entertainment outlets that cater especially for gay customers. A growing number of night clubs and bars welcome the patronage of gay and lesbian customers. Gay and lesbian nights at straight clubs are a common event.
Hen Destination in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has the perfect recipe for Hen holiday. The glamorous city is one of the most exciting cities in South East Asia. There are many things to do on a Hen Party celebration in Kuala Lumpur. The huge selection of food ranging from local ethnic dishes to international cuisines means you will be spoilt for choice. A perfect way to work out after a hearty meal would be to head towards the many shopping malls in the city for some excellent shopping. Kuala Lumpur is a haven for a spot of retail therapy and you can get your hands on bargains to designer wear.
As night falls, dance your night way at one of the many clubs or listen to live music in jazz bars, music lounges and pubs. There are several entertainment spots for a hen party celebration in Kuala Lumpur, the more interesting ones are in the Golden Triangle which is the main shopping and nightlife district or in Bangsar, a popular nightspot for locals and expatriates in Kuala Lumpur.
Stag Destination in Kuala Lumpur
Deciding to have a stag party in Kuala Lumpur is a good choice. The city is a blend of modern skyscrapers and old world charms. A stag weekend in Kuala Lumpur could be spent on discovering and exploring the multi cultural way of life and history in museums in the city. Take an exhilarating trip to the 452m tall Petronas Tower and get that top of the world feeling as you stand in the middle of the Skybridge which connects the two towers. In addition, you can challenge your mates to climb up 272 steps at Batu caves and dodge the monkeys along the way. Have a foodie feast with a huge selection of local ethnic food or international cuisines, and end the night partying in the vibrant night entertainment spots in Kuala Lumpur. Head to the Golden Triangle or Bangsar for even more clubs and bars.
Honeymoon in Kuala Lumpur
A honeymoon in Kuala Lumpur embodies a combination of diverse culture, modern eccentricity and old world charms. Honeymoon couples can expect a holiday that is fun and romantic at the same time. There is a romantic charm about the historical and Moorish inspired architecture from the British colonial days. Marvel at the beautiful Islamic artefacts and immerse yourself into the way of life of a multi cultural community.
For a honeymoon in Kuala Lumpur, couples can sample Kuala Lumpur’s popular local cuisines in open eateries or fine dine in one of the many choices in restaurants. Kuala Lumpur is also an excellent place for a spot of retail therapy as the city is filled with shopping malls offering cheap bargains and designer goods. Kuala Lumpur has the reputation for being one of the world’s cheapest places to experience five star luxury. Honeymoon couples on holiday to Kuala Lumpur can expect to find quality and affordable honeymoon packages that will surely leave a beautiful and lasting memory.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Kuala Lumpur
Party revellers and singles can expect an exciting party holiday in Kuala Lumpur. There are plenty of night entertainment places for a great party holiday in Kuala Lumpur. You can dance through the night in one of the many nightclubs, listen to live music or watch a live show. The nightlife is also very creative with frequent special themed nights to add a touch of something different. Most of Kuala Lumpur’s nightclubs and bars are within walking distance especially in the popular Golden Triangle area, which makes it an ideal place for all night dancing and drinking.
If you prefer a change, there are many bars and live music venues in the Bangsar area. Singles can also have a great nightlife in Kuala Lumpur. The friendly people and the party atmosphere welcome everyone. Though party holiday in Kuala Lumpur is exciting and vibrant, it is important to remember that it is primarily a Muslim country and rowdy behaviour is frowned upon and can land you in trouble with the police.
Couples Holiday in Kuala Lumpur
There are many things for couples to do on their holiday in Kuala Lumpur. The city is a delightful mixture of old world charms and modern attractions. Couples on holiday in Kuala Lumpur can expect a full and interesting itinerary. Discover how the different ethnic community live harmoniously together as they celebrate different religious festivities or visit the museums to find out more about the history of the indigenous people of Malaysia. Compare the old world charms of British architecture with modern skyscrapers such as the Petronas Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the world.
There is also the challenging 272 steps to climb up the Temple Cave, a famous Hindu shrine. Couples on holiday in Kuala Lumpur should not miss out on tasting the fine selection of food which represents the multi ethnicity culture of Kuala Lumpur. Shopping is also a must for couples on holiday in Kuala Lumpur. The air conditioned shopping centres around the city are a great way to escape from the warm weather. They offer an excellent range of goods from bargains to designer wear.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is neither ideal nor safe for a cycling holiday due to the heavy flow of traffic in the city. However, visitors to Kuala Lumpur can hire a bike and enjoy a lovely ride in Kuala Lumpur’s two main lake gardens, Taman Tasik Perdana and Taman Tasik Titiwngsa. The tracks in these two parks run through woodlands and around the lake and make for easy cycling.
Adventure seekers can have a mountain biking holiday in Kuala Lumpur (without the mountains) in nature reserves around the fringe of the city. One of the best places for mountain biking in Kuala Lumpur is around the reservoirs behind Batu Caves. The terrain at the reservoirs varies from well used single track to steep rocky slopes.
Golf Activity Holiday in Kuala Lumpur
Golf Holidays in Kuala Lumpur are beginning to attract golf enthusiasts both locally and internationally. There are not less than 15 golf courses surrounding the city of Kuala Lumpur. Most of these golf courses are new and modern and are designed by renowned course architects. The golf courses in Kuala Lumpur are carved out from rolling hills, undulating land of former plantations and the courses meander through palm trees and rainforest. Doglegs, well-bunkered fairways, water hazards, sand traps and more will challenge any avid golfers. All these truly provide a perfect tropical setting for a golf holiday in Kuala Lumpur.
The golf courses in Kuala Lumpur have also hosted numerous high profile international tournaments. Kuala Lumpur’s efficient transport system means that visitors can easily get to the golf courses. Alternatively, you can opt for a golf holiday package in Kuala Lumpur. It usually includes a 3 night to a week stay with several rounds of golf included. As part of the package, shopping and sightseeing days will also be included for golfers and non golfers.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Kuala Lumpur
It is not difficult to enjoy a hiking holiday in Kuala Lumpur if you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the middle of the city is one of the country’s oldest nature reserves, the Bukit Nanas Recreation Forest. This reserve is the ‘Green Lung’ of the city and it serves as a recreational spot for the visitors to escape from the city. There are several entrances to the reserve with 3 different hiking trails for you to choose.
Another nature reserve suitable for a hiking holiday in Kuala Lumpur is located along the Selayang-Kepong highway, about a 45-minute drive from the city centre. The nature reserve is a 600-hectare tropical rainforest filled with thousands of flora and fauna species. It is managed by Forrest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM). It is as much a recreational park as a forest reserve. Hiking through its nature trails not only provides a breathtaking view of the scenery, it also gives visitors an excellent opportunity to learn more about the many plant species in this part of the world. There is also a canopy walk in FRIM for the thrill seekers. On a hiking holiday in Kuala Lumpur, hiking is best done in the morning before it gets too hot and also to avoid the frequent rain showers.
Shopping Holiday in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is renowned for its numerous shopping malls offering the perfect retail therapy for anyone looking for a shopping holiday. The city is geared for shopping even with events held annually to promote shopping. The best time for a shopping holiday in Kuala Lumpur is probably in the mid year during the Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival which starts from July and ends in September and the Malaysia Year End Sale which is usually scheduled from the end of November to end December. However, visitors heading to Kuala Lumpur for a shopping holiday can also expect to find many great bargains and designer products at anytime of the year.
Some of the best shopping places in Kuala Lumpur includs Bukit Bintang, an area with a cluster of shopping centres and small retail shops. The Suria KLCC is a premier shopping centre for the latest fashion and gadgets and is situated next to the Petronas Tower, Berjaya Times Square. This is one of the latest shopping malls. Mid Valley Megamall is the biggest mall in Kuala Lumpur. Shopping in Kuala Lumpur is not restricted to just indoor shopping. There’s a colourful open air bazaar in Chinatown where you get the chance to exercise your bargaining skills with the stall holders.