5 Things You Should Know About the Kuala Lumpur Experience

Beyond the bustling city and the tall skyscrapers, Malaysia is the perfect example of cultures intermingling with each other creating a kind of harmony unique to the country. Its cultural diversity, phenomenal natural landscape and biodiversity are what make Malaysia one of the perfect places to visit. One of these places is the capital city of Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur. A trip to the capital will definitely be filled with countless holiday options like fun activities and must-visit destinations.

But before you go looking for accommodations in Kuala Lumpur, let’s look into the Kuala Lumpur experience. What are things you need to expect in this gleaming city?

Kuala Lumpur architecture
Photo courtesy of Mithun On the Net

A city filled with contrasts

If you look at Kuala Lumpur now, you wouldn’t be surprised by its megacity status. It boasts modern buildings that show Malaysian engineering and architecture at its finest. There is the famous Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre which houses the underwater park, Telekom Tower which is among the Top 50 tallest buildings, and the Kuala Lumpur Tower which is the capital’s tallest telecommunications tower.

These modern feats are flanked by colonial architecture that harks back to the history of Malaysia. They are like gems that are hidden behind the tall skyscrapers and buildings. There is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building which has more of a Moorish influence rather than Malay or British, Royal Selangor club with its classic Tudor-inspired style, the Gian Singh Building which has a blend of Islamic and European styles, and the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin built in the English Gothic style.

Kuala Lumpur Hawker Stalls

Food is everywhere

There’s definitely one thing you can be sure of when you’re in Kuala Lumpur: you will never be hungry. Restaurants and hawker stalls are everywhere in the city. They serve Malay, Chinese, Indian and other international cuisines. There are also stalls that sell fresh fruits and delicious delights you will only find in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur People

Almost everyone can understand English

For first-time travelers to Malaysia, you don’t need to worry about navigating in the city because most of the locals understand English. You wouldn’t need to be afraid about asking for directions when you’re lost or ask for suggestions on where you can go next. But make sure not to speak too fast, and as much as possible use simple English words. If you do learn how to speak a few words in Bahasa, make sure to use them when you greet locals, which will surely be met with big smiles.

Kuala Lumpur Food

Pork may not be part of the menu

In fact pork may not be in most menus. It’s usually served in Chinese-run restaurants, so if you’re a bacon lover, you probably need to hold off on it for the duration of your stay. Nevertheless, the local delicacies and the various cuisine options make up for it; you probably wouldn’t even miss it during your vacation.

Kuala Lumpur Milo

Malaysians love their Milo

Malaysia is one of the biggest consumers of Milo in the world, and it’s everywhere! They sell it in fast food chains, kopitams, and mamak stalls. You can get it iced, hot, mixed with coffee, or have it made with the Milo powder on top (Milo dinosaur and Milo Godzilla).

Of course, the perfect place to stay is a hotel in Kuala Lumpur that represents the vibe of the city. Hotel Istana sits at the heart of Kuala Lumpur; its location makes it convenient for travelers to go to various destinations. This luxury hotel offers modern accommodations but serves guests with a Malay hospitality that is engraved in their tradition and culture.

So if you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday experience, Malaysia should definitely be at the top of the list. Get packing, start planning, and have an amazing Malaysian trip!