Cheap Flights To Kuala Lumpar
The capital city of Malaysia and known as the Klang Valley due to being founded where the Klang and Gombak Rivers intersect, Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis with an intriguing British-Colonial past. The city is home to almost two million inhabitants and is renowned for its skyline dominated by skyscrapers. The site of the tallest twin towers in the world, known as the Petronas Twin Towers, is located in the city and is symbolic of the region's rapid expansion and development. The city is also hailed for its plethora of interesting attractions and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to fine restaurants, fantastic shopping and unspoilt beaches.
Records indicate that Kuala Lumpur was not established as a town until 1857, when Raja Abdullah bin Raja Jaafar, the Malay Chief of Klang, hired Chinese miners from Lukut to establish tin mines. Due to the city's diverse religious and cultural heritage, an array of festivals occurs each year. Visit in January when the Chinese New Year Festival is hosted as this is one of the most important events of the year in the Chinese calendar and festival goers are entertained by spectacular parades, where participants dress in traditional Chinese costume. The event spans fourteen days and celebrates the first day of the Lunar calendar.
Things To Do
This flamboyant city is an eclectic mix of old and new, boasting an array of sites, tastes and intriguing attractions. Whatever your interests or preferences, Kuala Lumpur will not disappoint.
Enak Restaurant boasts an impressive menu of spicy Malay food. The chef creates dishes based on age-old family recipes and the highly elaborate decor ensures that diners feast in the most opulent of surroundings.
Soak up the sun at Began Lalang situated in the Sepang district. This quiet and secluded beach is safe for swimming and is renowned for its soft, powder white sands. In addition, the beach is surrounded by some the finest seafood restaurants in the area.
Visit Petaling Street Market which is held seven days a week. This huge street market is covered with a gigantic green awning to protect shoppers from the scorching heat. This vibrant market boasts hundreds of stalls selling everything from souvenirs to musical instruments and local arts and crafts.
Calendar of Events
Kuala Lumpar hosts innumerable festivals and events every year, each is colourful, flamboyant and family friendly.
Hosted every January and spanning fourteen days, the Chinese New Year Festival is the most important event of the year for the Chinese community. The festival celebrates the first day of the Lunar calendar and festival goers are treated to parades where participants are dressed in traditional, elaborate clothing.
- Thaipusam in Batu Caves Festival
The Thaipusam in Batu Caves Festival is hosted in February and celebrates Subramanian, a Hindu God. Devotees impale their bodies with metal skewers and many of the colourful celebrations are hosted in the Batu Caves.
The Hari Merdeka Festival is hosted in August and is a celebration dating back to 1957, when the country raised their national flag for the first time, after centuries of war and colonisation. The event is marked by a series of parades and is attended by all nationalities and faiths of the country.