Kuala Lumpur Overview

January 13, 2020

Malaysia is the melting pot of Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur has quite a diverse population with a blend of immigrants from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, Singapore, Thailand and many other countries. Malaysia’s capital city surprised me with predominantly Muslim religion and western-Asian influence. Then again, it surprised me in general as I had zero background knowledge on this country because I just decided on a whim to visit. KL’s new age attributes like the Petronas Towers and KL Tower reminded me of Singapore, while its old age landmarks like Chinatown and Batu Caves resembled cities in Thailand. 

If there’s one thing you hear from people who’ve visited Malaysia it will always be, without fail, “the food there is amazing.” And that it is. In fact, having heard this several times leading up to my trip, I decided to revolve my entire itinerary around where to eat. Needless to say, the multi-ethnic culinary scene did not disappoint. Ranging from Malaysian Nasi Lemak (the national Malay dish) to Hainanese Mee Hoon Goreng to Indian Chicken Tikka, the food options will please all of your Asian cuisine desires. 

Like any big city, there are a number of things to see and do. That being said, my initial plan of using KL as a home base for five days and taking day trips to a couple of other cities went out the window when I arrived and realized three days in KL wasn’t enough. Spending all five days in KL, I feel like I was able to really indulge in all that the city has to offer. To discover the tastiest places to eat, the best rooftop views, the iconic sights and more, check out my KL city guide (coming soon).