Malaysia Truly Asia is home to Kuala Lumpur or as the locals call it ‘KL’.
KL is not really a destination that pops up on many peoples bucket list, right?
But damn this city is impressive.
Think Singapore except
bigger and brasher, without the foreign lawyers and bankers and definitely more Asian.
If you’re looking for Asia’s most ethnically and culturally diverse city then this is it.
At KLIA you’ll be greeted by cheery ‘Selamat Datangs’ and waved through immigration.
Hop on the KLIA express.
You’ll pay approximately $7 and will arrive in downtown KL in under 30 minutes.
In KL, walk through the city streets
And you’ll find
Colonial buildings reigning dormant against towering skyscrapers
Roll through glitzy, space-age shopping malls which shelter designer threads and boutique beds
then eat nasi lemak in Little India against a backdrop of bangra beats.
When the heat gets too much, hop on the skytrain and fly through the heat and congestion above wide highways.
KL’s a city of contrasts
chaotic but organised
modern yet traditional.
Where you’ll find grand Malaysian architectural achievements sitting next to traditional Chinese shop-houses.
and money dripping testament to Malaysia’s economic power.
A place where the big and the bold unfolds
Against the gritty, raw feel of local life.
Markets brimming with fruits and fresh fish will sate your hunger.
Malaysia has a tropical climate. When it rains it pours. Remember this or, like me, you’ll learn the hard way not to wear white…
KL is a place where life moves fast and kindness flows.
A heady mix of cultural and religious traditions.
A city which celebrates diversity.
Where an outsider can do her best to try and understand.
In KL, I tossed my plans into the wind and lived off the city’s pulse.
Ya, this place basically rocks.