Often known simply as "KL", Kuala Lumpur is the capital and largest city of Malaysia. It is busy, vibrant and there are plenty of things for you to do. It is also a fantastic gateway to the rest of the Far East.
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If you are going to stay in Kuala Lumpur then much of the real joy lies in wandering randomly, seeing, shopping and eating your way through it. It is modern, clean and with plenty of attractions including the famous petronas towers.
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With its year-round warm, sunny equatorial climate, along with plenty of rain - especially during the southwest monsoon from September to April - KL is a steady temperature, rarely exceeding 92°F/33°C or falling below 71°F/22°C. Even in the "dry" months of June and July, rainfall is typically 125 mm (5") per month, but almost invariably comprises warm, refreshing downpours that clear the air.
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KL is a fairly sprawling place with many residential suburbs in and around the Klang Valley, definitely built for vehicles, not pedestrians, with heavy traffic and little in the way of pavements apart from the occasional district such as Chinatown and Bukit Bintang. Like almost any large urban area these days, personal security is a concern, with pick pockets and bag-snatchers on motorbikes being a problem in KL of late, especially in Chinatown, so prudence is advisable.
KL's main attractions are spread throughout the city, although the greatest concentration of places of interest is in the centre, such as Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka) where Malaysia's independence was declared in August 1957, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and other Colonial-era buildings which surroud the square. There is also the National Mosque; the wonderful Moorish-style Kuala Lumpur Railway Station which now houses a mini-museum on Malaysian railway history, many of KL's other museums - including the National Museum - and the Lake Gardens to the west. Most of the attractions are only crowded on weekends or holidays and remain pleasantly deserted on weekdays.
Also within the city centre are the fascinating narrow streets of Chinatown - KL's traditional commercial district - with its many Chinese shops and eating places.
The area to the north known as the Golden Triangle (no relation to the area around the northern Thai border) is predominantly a shopping and nightlife district. It is also home to the Petronas Twin Towers, once the world's tallest building. In the nearby KL Convention Centre is the Aquaria KLCC, which contains some 5,000 varieties of tropical fish, while just south of the Twin Towers is Menara KL Tower, situated on top of Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) - a forest reserve right in the heart of the city. Views from this tower are far superior to those from the Petronas, though it is not a particularly easy place to reach by public transport.
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