From modern high-tech skyscrapers to ancient temples

British colonials, Chinese prospectors, ethnic Malays and Indian migrants all helped carve out Malaysia's capital from the jungle at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers.

Ascending the Petronas Twin Towers to the level-86 observation deck is one of the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur (KL) today. For another bird's eye view of the city, head to the 421-metre Menara KL tower built atop the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. When your feet touch the ground again you'll see Malaysians love their food and shopping. KL spoils its visitors for choice in these realms.

Kuala Lumpur: City BuildingsKL's Spectacular Skyline

Feasting in the mamak restaurants and street stalls here is a joy. Sweet and spiced meats, flatbreads and rice dishes are available in flavoursome variety. Once sated, consider making your way to KL's CBD equivalent, the Golden Triangle, northeast of the old city centre. Equivalent to Tokyo's Ginza, the premier shopping area here is in the Bukit Bintang area of the Golden Triangle. While English is spoken, if you have a few phrases in either Cantonese, Tamil or Bahasa Malaysian up your sleeve, a holiday in Kuala Lumpur will be more rewarding.

Kuala Lumpur: Thean Hou TempleThean Hou Temple

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