It’s been a long slow process of housebound living and patience during this pandemic and many of you may be starting to look at future travel plans. Travelling during the pandemic reuqires a great deal of extra caution, but since the announcemnt of a new vaccine by Pfizer this week, it may just be time to start thinking 2021 travels. Although it isn’t certain that a vaccine will be available by then, a little planning ahead never hurt anyone.
If like me you are a lover of Asian travel, you could consider voyaging east. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s buzzing capital city, you will find an amalgamation of modern and ancient, with plenty to discover and amazing views all around. Here are three of the many reasons to visit Kuala Lumpur.
A Mix New and Old
Although Kuala Lumpur’s impressive cityscape could only be described as futuristic, that doesn’t mean this beautiful place hasn’t preserved its Malaysian culture. In fact, quite the opposite. Kuala Lumpur is dedicated to preserving the roots which existed long before the city sprung up. Here are just a few of the amazing historical places you can visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Thean Hou Temple – f you are fascinated by religious buildings and wish to get a little closer to the culture in Kuala Lumpur, visit the breathtaking Buddhist Thean Thou Temple. Although the building itself is not ancient, it represents and preserves ancient architecture.
The City Gallery is dedicated to educating its visitors about Malaysian historical culture.
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a beautiful structure that was originally built by British colonists, but is now available for tourists to visit.
Merdeka Square, is a central square in Kuala Lumpur that bustles with beauty and ancient tradition. Its ancient buildings and clear blue fountains are well worth a visit.
Kuala Lumpur will amaze with its contemporary design, efficiency and technological feats of excellence. But at the same time, you will appreciate the city’s efforts to preserve Malaysian heritage, never forgetting the history that came before this fabulously modern town.
Kuala Lumpur is a highly affordable destination, making it attractive to tourists of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Between gorgeous, modern accommodations for couples and families who wish to have a city view and a taste of true Kuala Lumpur life; and the excellent and affordable cuisines you can try, you will be able to afford a holiday to Kuala Lumpur at any price point.
If you wish to take an extended trip to Asia, longer than your average holiday, you can rent a luxury apartment for a family of four at Bennington residences, or other lettings agencies, for around 2,000 RM (Malaysian ringgit) – which works out at around $500 per month. This is, as you can tell, an astonishingly affordable price range compared to a luxury apartment in a city such as New York or London and even Cape Town, and would make for an ideal change of scenery.
Even if you are just stopping for a short while, you can find affordable tourist attractions and beautiful holiday lets for equally affordable prices. Try out a different restaurant every night; wander the streets with the city lights glistening in your eyes; make memories without worrying about your budget’s limits. What are you waiting for?
A city break doesn’t exactly make you think of a safari trip, but nevertheless, there is stunning wildlife to be found in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is home to many endangered species, including the Malayan tiger, the orangutan and the tapir. These beautiful and seriously endangered creatures are protected by law in Malaysia, who are fighting daily against palm oil production and the destruction of natural habitats.
In Kuala Lumpur city, you can visit the KL Bird Park, which is home to a dazzling array of brightly coloured birds, looked after by specialist staff who seek to preserve these precious animals. If you are willing to venture outside of the city and into more rural terrain, Malaysian nature reserves allow tourists in small, respectful numbers to visit the large protected species of Malaysia. A rewarding and encouraging activity.
Kuala Lumpur makes for a phenomenal holiday destination which allows you to mix your love of city breaks with a smattering of culture and a little wildlife intrigue on the side. With a friendly reception for tourists of all ages and budgets, 2021’s adventures await you.