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Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL as it is known locally, is one of the most culturally diverse capital cities in Southeast Asia. Through the ages, people have settled here from all over Asia and the Indian subcontinent, creating the vast mix of peoples, cultures, religions, traditions and foods that make up the city today. As a result, there is a lot to experience and a huge variety of things to do in Kuala Lumpur. As an Islamic state, you will see many mosques throughout Malaysia's capital, but among them, you will also see South Indian Hindu temples, Catholic churches and Chinese temples - an eclectic mix.

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.On the one hand, the city is ultra-modern, with the iconic Petronas Towers dominating the skyline, a monorail and metro system that runs the length and breadth of KL, and more shiny new shopping malls than you can imagine! On the other hand, there are also the more classic areas of the city, which are more in line with what you might expect from Southeast Asia, where street vendors thrive, old colonial buildings reign dominant and arguably where the real heart of the city pumps.

No trip to KL would be complete without seeing the iconic Petronas Towers. Standing 451.9 meters tall, these are the tallest twin towers in the world and truly are a sight to behold. And while the towers are beautiful from the outside, it's the views of the city below the towers themselves that make them a necessary addition to any KL itinerary.

Getting to know Kuala Lumpur

Getting around Kuala Lumpur is quite easy; apart from the train to Batu caves, we walked everywhere. There is both a metro system, a monorail line and a train service, so just check your connections before boarding. Kuala Lumpur Airport is also well connected by public transport to KL Sentral Station. Station staff generally speak English and are very helpful. There is a KLIA Transit Travel Card available, which you can preload and replenish as you seek greater convenience. It works on all trains and buses and can even be loaded with cash to be used as payment in some stores.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

When it comes to finding a hotel, Kuala Lumpur has every imaginable option on offer from luxury hotels to guesthouses and hostels. We chose to stay close to the very central Bukit Bintang area as it was close to Jalan Alor and just a 15-20 minute walk to Chinatown, another popular area for budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur. There is a huge range of accommodation in KL with something to suit all budgets and tastes. We found some great deals on Booking on this trip and our previous trip to Malaysia. Bukit Bintang and Chinatown are probably the two most popular areas in the city, as they are close to many of the city's main attractions, as well as restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife. We really like the city and Malaysia even more.

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