Kuala Lumpur

Like so many Asian cities, Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of old and new, Asian and European.The cityscape boasts dozens of gleaming towers with the Petronas Twin Towers dominating all. At their feet is a melée of hawkers’ stands, old Chinese shophouses and faded colonial mansions with the chaotic traffic swirling around the city. For sweeping views head for the observation deck in the Petronas Twin Towers then descend to street level to Independence Square, the heart of the city with the glorious colonial Royal Selangor Club. For contrast savour the bustling streets with their traditional shops and lively markets in Chinatown and Little India. Don’t miss the spectacular Friday Mosque and the vast National Mosque and try to time your visit for the evocative call to prayer by the Muezzin. Admire the ornate railway station before shopping for souvenirs at the art deco Central Market or for designer clothes in one of the many sleek shopping malls.

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