Kuala Lumpur or KL is the capital city of Malaysia, boasting gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, charming locals and a myriad of natural attractions. In comparison to the other cities in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (KL) possesses the largest population in town (1.8million) and with its varied hotspots – from fine dining, to entertainments, to that of nature based retreats, parks, rainforest waterfall, mini zoo and so forth.
Divided into numerous districts, its main hub is called the Golden Triangle which comprises Bukit Bintang, KLCC and Chinatown. KL is widely recognized for numerous landmarks too, including the Petronas Twin Towers (the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers), Petaling Street Flea market and Batu Caves, which is over 400 million years old.
With frequent sales events throughout the year, expansive shopping malls like Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC are among the biggest tourist attractions in the city, hosting a wide range of upmarket labels from all over the world. Plus, if you need more reason to love Kuala Lumpur, there is the abundance of gastronomic delights-with thousands of hawker stalls, cafes and restaurants serving every imaginable type of delicacies.
Dataran Merdeka is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. It was here the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time on 31 August 1957. Since then, Dataran Merdeka has been the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade.
Sultan Abdul Samad building
This late 19th century building originally housed the offices of the British colonial administration, and was known simply as Government Offices in its early years. In 1974, it was renamed Sultan Abdul Samad building.
Jamek Mosque, officially Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and may be accessed via Jalan Tun Perak.
Central Market was founded in 1888 and originally used as a wet market, The current Art Deco style building was completed in 1937. It has been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.
Similar to that of KL, the city of Melaka is equally ‘fashionable’ in maintaining its position as a top tourist spot among both local and international tourists that flock to the city via offering the experience of being laidback and projecting the feeling of being ‘lost in time’ to its visitors. This then makes both relaxation and being THE escape place to be from the usual fast routine, it’s main focused objectives.
Located on the southwestern end of Malaysia, Melaka is its own capital and a state in Malaysia
From the hands of the Portuguese in the year 1511 to that of the Dutch, British, Japanese and then back to the British, before they too ceded the city back to its original occupants, clearly portrayed the city’s strength and confidence in withstanding the test of time. It was also from this city that the Malay Sultanate regime was first established, back in 1400 AD!
It is thanks to the above and its interestingly varied points of interest – the Stadthuys Building, Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, the Melaka Sultanate Palace Museum, Ayer Keroh, Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuaries, the ever famous duos: The A-Famosa fort and that of Jonker Street; as well as, many other site attractions have enabled the city to be awarded the title of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, back in the year 2008.
The Stadthuys is a historical structure situated at the Red Square. The Stadhuys is known for its red exterior and nearby red clocktower. It was built by the Dutch in 1650 as the office of the Dutch Governor and Deputy Governor.
St Paul's Hill
Go for a stroll up St. Paul's Hill on a cool late afternoon and wander among the majestic trees and historical remnants. Here, you can almost imagine the glories and miseries of the besieged lives the Portuguese would have led right here all those years ago.
A Famosa was a Portuguese fortress located in Malacca, Malaysia. It is among the oldest surviving European architectural remains in south east Asia. The Porta de Santiago, a small gate house, is the only part of the fortress which still remains today.
St Peter Church
Baba Nyonya Museum
The Baba & Nyonya House Museum, also known as the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, is a museum in Malacca, Malaysia. It showcases the local history of ethnic Chinese-Malays called Baba-Nyonya or Peranakan in Malacca.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
The Cheng Hoon Teng temple is a Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. It is the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia.
Jonker Street – the centre street of Chinatown – was once renowned for its antique shops. The best part of Jonker Street is the night market on Fridays and Saturdays that sells everything from tasty treats to cheap keepsakes.
Malacca River Cruise
The Melaka River Cruise is a great way to see the sights of Melaka at a leisurely pace, in comfort and without breaking the bank. The Melaka River is where the town began and it has played a key role in Melaka's colourful history.