Travel to Kuala Lumpur to ex­pe­ri­ence beau­ti­ful Asia

Kuala Lumpur is per­fect for those look­ing to ex­plore a di­verse and vi­brant city, as Naomi Andrews dis­cov­ered.

Style Magazine - - Contents - BY NAOMI ANDREWS

When I think about Asian coun­tries I dream about fra­grant and ex­otic foods, unique ex­pe­ri­ences and sights, friendly and smil­ing people and an awe­some ex­change rate with the Aussie dol­lar. Malaysia’s tourism slo­gan is “Truly Asia”, which couldn’t be more ac­cu­rate.

When I vis­ited its cap­i­tal city Kuala Lumpur in May, I dis­cov­ered ev­ery­thing I had ever dreamed Asia to be.

From the minute I left my ho­tel in Bukit Bin­tang, I en­tered into the bus­tle of street-side food stalls sell­ing a va­ri­ety of lo­cal foods and dessert op­tions.

An usual treat was the baked cheese tart which con­sisted of a warm, gooey savoury cheese fill­ing in a sweet tart shell.

Kuala Lumpur was a shop­per’s par­adise.

There are a mul­ti­tude of large-scale shop­ping cen­tres spread across the city, most of which fea­ture a range of in­ter­na­tional chain-stores.

How­ever its the open-plan mar­ket places, like Chi­na­town KL’S Petaling Street, where you can re­ally put your bar­ter­ing skills to the test.

From tourist sou­venirs and food, to cloth­ing, jew­ellery and home decor items, the per­sua­sive cho­rus of stall hold­ers try­ing to en­tice you into their shops is an ex­pe­ri­ence not for the faint-hearted.

Ea­ger to ex­plore other cul­tural of­fer­ings of this vi­brant city, I em­barked on a half day tour to the Royal Se­lan­gor Pewter and Batik Fac­tory, and the in­cred­i­ble Batu Caves.

While the caves are a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion, the crowds in no way di­min­ish the feel­ing of awe you get when you reach the top of the 272 stairs and walk into the main Cathe­dral Cave.

Lo­cated in the heart of a lime­stone hill, it houses a num­ber of Hindu shrines un­der its 100-me­tre high arched ceil­ing.

At the base of the stair­case is an im­pos­ing 42.7 me­tre tall, gold-painted statue of Lord Mu­ruga —the Hindu de­ity to which the caves are ded­i­cated.

Fi­nally, no trip to Kuala Lumpur would be com­plete with­out a visit to the Petronas Twin Tow­ers, and they did not dis­ap­point. At 452 me­tres tall, I highly rec­om­mend head­ing up to the Sky­bridge and Ob­ser­va­tion Deck for an un­par­al­leled view of the city.

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