- Flight Time: 12 Hours
- Time Zone: UTC +8:00
- Best Time to Travel: April - September
Kuala Lumpur is one of Asia's most cosmopolitan and modern cities. Over the last 10 years KL has been transformed into a modern thriving metropolis with spectacular buildings like the Petronas Towers and extensive shopping malls. Unlike many Asian cities, KL still has many beautiful old buildings from a bygone era, green areas and friendly charm.
Kuala Lumpur sits at the halfway point of the west coast of the Malay peninsula, 35km (22 miles) inland in the Klang River Basin. A unique blend of old colonial and new Asian where Chinese tea houses, Indian shops and Malay hawker stalls line streets next to world-class hotels and super hi rise office blocks.
The city anchors a conurbation known as the Klang Valley, which roughly follows the Malacca Strait-bound Klang River. KL’s old city centre, which contains the colonial core, is centred around the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, where Kuala Lumpur was first settled. Sights such as the Jamek Mosque and Independence Square are found here. South of this historic heart is the Chinese-inflected Petaling Street. To the northeast of the confluence is Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), the new city centre with its famous Petronas Twin Towers, which sits in the financial district known as the Golden Triangle. South of KLCC is the swanky shopping district of Bukit Bintang.
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