Kuala Lumpur: Suggested Itinerary

Easier to negotiate than Bangkok, less cosmopolitan than Singapore and more eclectic than Hanoi

Day 1: Most hostels and budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur can be found in the city centre. After you have familiarised yourself with your immediate surroundings, the Malaysian capital's city centre is full of vibrant districts which are constantly buzzing. Merdeka Square (Independence Square) is located right in the middle of downtown Kuala Lumpur and is adorned by the largest flagpole in the world, fountains and the city's famous Clock Tower. Another place to see right away is Chinatown. Peppered with stalls which sell all kinds of goods and foodstalls selling all types of food, this area is at its most vibrant at night when is it just one bumbling hive of activity.

Day 2: Visit the city's most instantly recognisable landmarks, the Petronas Towers. They stand at 452 metres high and, until recently, were the tallest buildings in the world. If the queues are unbearable, in KL's Golden Triangle District is Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower). It is the fourth tallest telecommunications tower in the world and boasts breathtaking panoramic views from its observatory deck which challenges the twin towers for having the most impressive views of the city. In particular, the areas around Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan are lined with bars and restaurants making it the perfect place to finish off a day's sightseeing.

Day 3: Located just 8 miles north of KL are the Batu Caves, the city's most popular tourist attraction outside of the city centre. The main cave is the Temple Cave which is perched atop these steps, while other caves which attract most visitors are the Dark Cave and the Museum Cave. Upon your return, KL's Hard Rock Cafe is one of the city's most popular haunts, both for food and entertainment. The food is perfect when you're after some American food and if you stay there until 11pm you'll be treated to some live music.

Day 4: Finish off any last minute sightseeing before heading home.