Get Inspired / Asia / Malaysia A Stopover in Kuala Lumpur Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Asia / Malaysia A Stopover in Kuala Lumpur story by: Tom Ricketts Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it is known, is the capital city of Malaysia and home to a whopping seven million people. It’s a real cultural melting pot with less than half the population identifying as Malays! The city can be as chaotic as Bangkok, Mumbai or Beijing, but has the class and refinement of cities such as Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. One of KL’s highlights is the shopping. You’ll will of course find all the world’s top fashion brands such as Prada, Gucci and Dior here. But the local markets are where you really want to be. You’ll find everything you could possibly want all sold under the same roof. Spot brightly coloured fruit and veges you’ve never seen before. Beautiful silver and gem encrusted jewellery that looks like it should be in high end antique store. Beautifully painted china and intricately carved wooden items. Chances are you’ll even find more Prada and Gucci in the markets than the actual stores, all cheap knock offs of course. Best of all, everything is dirt cheap. The cultural melting pot continues through to the cooking pot. Alongside the flash five star dining outlets are small, family run restaurants using grandma’s old recipe, or a completely new dish inspired from twelve different cultures. A highlight is the street food. Vendors have small carts piled up with anything that will fit on a skewer. Take your pick and it’s almost instantly cooked in a pot of boiling hot water and ready to eat. Fans of architecture will love Merdeka Square where the stately old buildings remind you of the country’s British colonial roots. From the massive landscaped square you’ll spot domes, minarets and church towers all dwarfed by the city’s massive skyscrapers. The crown jewel (or jewels) in KL’s crown is undoubtedly the Petronas Towers. The world’s tallest twin towers rise spectacularly from a beautiful city park and dominate the skyline for miles. The wonderful city of Kuala Lumpur is the perfect place for a quick stopover during your holiday. If you were to take the best bits from Singapore and Bangkok and combine them to one city, it would be Kuala Lumpur. The eating is good, the shopping is cheap and the sights are stunning! > VIEW ALL THE LATEST HOT DEALS TO KL AND MALAYSIA HERE Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Family holidays in Malaysia: A parent's guide Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 12 Days in Malaysia with the kids Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.