Thanks to its central location, Bukit Bitang street is the hub of Kuala Lumpur’s shopping and entertainment, with sleek shopping centers, all-day restaurants and nightclubs all vying for attention alongside five-star hotels. Connectivity from anywhere across the city is very good. Pavilion LK is a premium shopping destination housing many of the well-known European brands like Versace, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana and many more. Restaurants abound in the area, and nightlife is varied an interesting with live music, open-air rooftop bars and posh clubs spread across the area.
A landmark and symbol of Malaysia, the twin Petronas Towers dominate the landscape of Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle. The buildings became the world’s tallest structure at 452 meters when built in 1998 and held the title until 2004, when they were upstaged by the Taipei 101, which was again topped by the Bhurj Khalifa in 2010. The Petronas Towers still remain the world’s tallest twin structures, and are accessible to visitors, though only a limited number of passes are issued each day.
Besides the Petronas Towers, the Menara KL Tower is the largest free standing structure in Kuala Lumpur, and is easily recognized. The observation deck of the 421 meter tower is in fact 100 meters higher than that of the Petronas Towers, giving an even more spectacular view of the city. Sitting atop Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill), the tower reflects Malaysia’s Islamic heritage. It also has a revolving restaurant at the top, where international and local cuisine is served.
Located in a 7,000 square meter area within Suria KLCC, the Petrosains is a science exhibition center dedicated to the history of hydrocarbons. A treat for children and grown-ups alike, the interactive exhibits here make for great story telling and are updated regularly. The museum is run by Petronas, the Malaysian oil company and their Sauber Petronas F1 racing car is also on display here. With two IMAX 3D cinemas and an iWerks theatre, the center is a good source of information and entertainment.
At the concourse level, the KLCC Aquaria covers nearly half a million square meters, with over 150 species of marine life. While some dismiss it as just a tourist destination, the exhibitions are definitely worth a look and locals love them to. They take visitors through a variety of landscapes, all filled with a variety of fish and sea-life, including tiger sharks, stingrays and more.
An oasis in the city, Lake Gardens is spread around the Tasik Perdana or Lake Perdana, and includes places worthy of a visit, such as the Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Bird Park, Butterfly House and the National Monument, not to mention the Parliament House. The park’s landscaping has been made spectacular over the last 20 years, and is truly a place worthy of spending time.
Like the Bukit Bitang, Jalan P Ramlee is host to a vibrant night life. Listen to local bands, enjoy indie rock and stroll through the various restaurants and bars present along this stretch. Food is available in various cuisines and the variety will leave you spell-bound. There are all the ubiquitous holes-in-the-wall, along with plenty of lively open-air beer joints to enjoy.