Bustling Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it's known, rose up from the forbidding jungle terrain to become one of the most fascinating architectural landscapes on earth. A blend of native Malaysian, Chinese Imperial and European influences has created a city that is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is alive with culture. Replete with fine dining, a fertile arts community and plenty of nightlife, KL has earned a reputation as a must-see world destination.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Most of Kuala Lumpur's historic claims can be taken in from the Merdeka Square/Jalan Hishamuddin area. More contemporary charms include the soaring Petronas Towers, the world's second-tallest buildings, Kuala Lumpur Philharmonic and the National Theatre. If it's a thrill you seek, look no further than Cosmo's World Theme Park, the world's largest indoor amusement park. Finally, wind down from all that excitement with a visit to the celebrated 93-hectare Lake Gardens.
Situated at the junction of the Gombak and Klang rivers, Kuala Lumpur literally translates as 'Muddy Confluence'. It's little wonder that canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting have become passions here. If you're lucky, you may even get a chance to take in a game of Canoe Polo. If that's neither fast nor furious enough for you, there's always the Malaysian Grand Prix Formula 1. Outside the city's confines await myriad outdoor adventures, including mountain biking and jungle trekking.
The cuisine in Kuala Lumpur reflects its heritage of European and Chinese colonialism. Classy restaurants dot the city streets with Asian/Pacific Rim delights as well as more unexpected flavours from Middle Eastern to Scandinavian. Whatever you choose, one thing is for certain: When you reach the shores of this port city, you should be hungry.
KL is a shopper's paradise, with vast shopping centres like Suria KLCC that offer everything from designer goods and upmarket electronics to arts and crafts. Most of these structures lie in the areas around Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. It's easy to spend more than a few Malaysian ringgits in the crowded Central Market on Jalan Benteng, the epicentre of Malaysian handicrafts. Naturally, KL's Chinatown rounds off the shopping experience with all your knock-off designer goods like Guchi, Rollex, Pradda and Kayte Spayed.
Currency exchange shops can be found on many of the city streets in Kuala Lumpur and will usually give the most favourable rate for exchanging US dollars for Malaysian ringgit (MR). Still, if you need money quickly, cash machines are readily available just about everywhere.
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