I went to Kuala Lumpur this year during a trip to Malaysia. It was the second time that I visited this city after a first passage 4 years ago. My first feeling when I arrived for this trip was that no big changes had happened during this time.

I think that KL gets, like a coin, 2 opposite faces. This city is a successful mix between the Malaysian history and the Modern World. Moreover, this city is still on a human-scale compared to other megalopolis over the world. You can still explore it by foot.

CBD from Menara Tower
Historic district

The old district is still KL main center. The main administrative buildings (installed in old colonial houses), the most important mosque, Masjid Jamek and the Central Railway Station are all located around the Independence Park.

One hotel in the historic district Colourful houses in historic district

Short distance from here, you can roam in Chinatown where fake markets (DVD, watch, clothes…) and restaurants are numerous or lost yourself in a Buddhist temple (Sri Mahamariamman Temple) in the middle of Little India.

Street Nuts vendor in Chinatown Sri Mahamariamman Temple Main Door

Bukit Bintang, deep dive in modern world

On the other side of the city, the Golden triangle in Bukit Bitang shows another vision of KL with huge malls, modern restaurants for expatriates or rich people and massage places.

Note for travelers: we tested the foot massage in one of many massage places and it was really good. After a long day exploring the city, it is relaxing and cheap. Don’t hesitate to make a stop. :)

You can also find in the neighborhood one of the KL’s symbol, the Petronas Twin Towers.

The famous Petronas Twin Towers In front of Petronas Twin Towers...

We didn’t manage to get tickets to visit them. We changed our plan and went to one other big tower in town, the Menara Telecommunications Tower. The panoramic view was amazing.

Menara Tower in middle of the vegetation Petronas Twin Towers from Menara Tower

We finished our day with a dinner on a terrace closed to the Petronas Twin Towers which are really impressive by night. Our express stop in KL was already over as we moved early the day after to go to the Jungle in Taman Negara National Park…

More pictures are available on Flickr.