Why YOU Should Move to Kuala Lumpur!
Welcome to the Heart of Malaysia! Not only is Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s financial and economic centre, it is also a vibrant and welcoming city with a wide variety of things to do, places to eat and natural wonders to explore. Hence, if a new adventure is on your agenda then the beating heart of Malaysia is certainly worth considering.
A Multi-Cultural City
Kuala Lumpur’s population is extremely diverse with a large foreign contingent present in the Malaysian capital, which represents a defining factor of the city and is something that it is well known for. In amongst this diversity is a fast-growing expat group, with demand for skilled foreigners increasing over the years. Whilst the city certainly has other expats from across the world to make friends with, the locals are also very friendly and welcoming.
Kuala Lumpur has a good reputation for being a city with a lively and entertaining nightlife scene, which includes many hotspots like one of the world’s best nightclubs, Zouk. There are a variety of bars and clubs, as well as more upmarket rooftop bars to relax in amongst the beautiful Kuala Lumpur skyline. Bukit Bintang and KLCC are widely considered as the two major areas supplying the best of the city’s nightlife:
This busy central area of Kuala Lumpur encapsulates the lively nature of the city. Known for its lines of bars, shops and restaurants, this is certainly the area of Kuala Lumpur that is rarely quiet. Changkat Bukit Bintang is a famous Avenue in the area that is brimming with restaurants that later turn into bars and nightclubs. There is truly something for everyone, with energetic pubs with DJs, more lavish cocktail bars, slightly more laid-back whisky bars and even Irish themed pubs on the boulevard.
Another popular area for nightlife comes just around the corner from Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Petronas Towers. Similar to Kuala Lumpur as a whole, KLCC has a diverse nightlife scene. This stylish area offers more in the way of up-market rooftop bars which are usually situated at the top of luxury hotels. However, if heights aren’t really your thing, there is a host of grounded locations that are great to relax in after a busy working week.
A Haven for Food Lovers
Often seen as one of the unique aspects of Kuala Lumpur is the street food culture of the city. Multiple stalls that serve up the best of local cuisine, such as Nasi Kandar (meaning ‘mixed rice’), are found in shopping malls such as Hutong as well as in the streets themselves. If this isn’t enough, there are also a host of evening markets to further sample some authentic cuisine and culinary treats. Jalon Alor is one of the most famous streets in Kuala Lumpur and along with Chinatown, is regarded as one of the many street-food hotspots. Street food is a key aspect of the city’s culture, so much so that there are even evening walking tours available, where visitors walk around and try out the best of the food stalls.
As well as street food, Kuala Lumpur also has a nice variety of sit-down restaurants to relax and indulge in. The city has a mix of eateries that serve many different cuisines and provide the perfect place for any occasion or celebration. From trendy Western-style restaurants to contemporary breakfast bars, the diverse nature of the city continues to flourish in its restaurant scene.
Sport & Fitness
After spoiling yourself with the best of the city’s street food and restaurants, you may want to make up for it by getting active. Sports and fitness are becoming more important to people living in Kuala Lumpur, with a number of health clubs and gyms now opening up all over the city to match this demand. KLCC Park also provides green space in the centre of the city which is good for keen joggers. Other more western sports, such as golf and football are continuing to become ever-popular in Malaysia as a nation.
Kuala Lumpur: Where Skyscrapers Meet the Rainforest
Kuala Lumpur is more than just a city laden with skyscrapers and new-builds. This is evident in and around the central areas, with many trees and green areas appearing in the midst of the towering city landscape.
Not far from the city there are some beautiful natural lands to immerse yourself in. Taman Negara National Park and rainforest is a spectacular location for hikers and walkers, with a variety of different packages available from 1-day passes to overnight experiences. A trip here can act as a great release from working life and the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur. There are numerous day-tours, boat trips and other excursions available to explore this tropical rainforest in all its glory and is a real tropical paradise and an activity well worth experiencing.
Shopping is one of the most enjoyed hobbies of the people of Kuala Lumpur and it is easy to see why. The city boasts huge shopping malls that one could quite easily spend a whole day in. The Suria KLCC is a 6-storey shopping centre that stocks all the big brands as well playing host to a cinema and other amenities. For a truly luxurious experience with all the major luxury brands, then Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is certainly worth a visit. Even those who would not consider themselves as avid shoppers, should certainly still pay a visit to some of the shopping malls, simply to enjoy the bustling atmosphere. There is also the Central Market (Pasar Seni), which is a major tourist attraction as well as a shopping location that specialises in handicrafts and allows local craftsmen and women to showcase and sell their work. There are also street markets dotted around Kuala Lumpur that offer bargains, unique Malaysian products and the very best of the street food.
Be a Tourist for the Day
Although you may well be living and working in the city, you should still experience Kuala Lumpur’s most well-known tourist hotspots. The city’s iconic Petronas Towers, the tallest twin-towers in the world, dominate the skyline and are well worth a visit. The towers are connected by a fascinating sky bridge and have an observation deck that offers terrific views of the city. For more cultural days out, why not visit Sri Mahamariamman Temple and the National Museum of Malaysia and learn more about Malaysia’s heritage. There is also the beautiful Batu Caves, where you can witness the beautiful limestone caves, monuments and statues and meet some of the inhabitants of the cave in the form of monkeys, who are usually after your food you have so it’s probably best to go empty-handed.
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