KL is an excellent location for shopping and for Dining. The new malls are fantastic, especially ‘The Pavilion’ on Jalan Bukit Bintang – opposite the ‘Marriot’ hotel. ‘The Pavilion’ is also a great place to eat and chill out; offering an array of bars and eateries for all palates in sophisticated surroundings at very reasonable prices. It also has a great cinema, a spa and an up-market karaoke venue on the upper floors. The hawker stalls on Jalan Alur, parallel to Jalan Bukit Bintang, are also great and popular with the locals. As KL is relatively a new city, its historical quarter is very modest in size and most of KL’s history and development is new. As a result, the main tourist sites in KL can generally be visited in just 2-3 days. However, the number of days that you should put aside for shopping is completely dependent on the size of your wallet or the limit on your credit card. If retail therapy is what you seek, then look no further then KL. Having enjoyed Hong Kong and Bangkok as shopping locations, I can honestly state that when it comes to shopping KL is king. The upmarket shops are bigger and more extensive than in Hong Kong, the mid-range retail market is highly competitive and the imitation designer goods market is superior to and cheaper than that of Bangkok. Did I mention the food? The food in KL is great! In terms of tourist destinations, obviously the ‘Petronas Towers’ are a must, but try to visit the stupendous new ‘Museum of Islamic Arts’ and its beautiful lunchtime restaurant – opposite the National Mosque on Jalan Lembah Perdana. The buffet lunch is fab. Central Market is good for traditional souvenirs. China Town is a disappointment and the surrounding area is filthy and run down. KL’s surrounding suburbs offer more pleasant experiences and are architecturally and culturally more rewarding a visit.
Although they represent extremely good value, the 3 different metro systems in KL are nevertheless logistically very strange in that its stations do not generally interconnect with each other and, geographically speaking, metro stations tend to be inconveniently located. The ‘Golden Triangle’ is best covered either on foot or by Taxi. Taxis are quite economical, so long as the driver uses the taximeter for the journey. Some Taxi drivers or touts will insist on fixing a price for your journey and charge you 8 to 10 times the actual fare for the convenience.
Also, did I mention the food? Eating out in KL is pure culinary pleasure and the quality of the vast array of cuisine available is a direct reflection of KL’s historical ethnic mix and its mission to become a modern cosmopolitan business hub. Shop, eat and enjoy.