Often termed as Asia’s green capital, you will find the best of both city and country life in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, with upbeat shopping malls to wildlife sanctuaries, the list is a good mix and match for visiting tourists. Just know that there is much more to Kuala Lumpur than just the Petronas Towers, which is obviously worth a visit. Here are some things that you should not miss out on –
Food lovers will be mesmerized by the Ibni Market. It mainly has two sections, one where one can buy vegetables and meat and the other comprising of hawkers who will be serve you the best of Malayasian street food. It is ideal for breakfast; it opens at 6.30 am and shuts around 1 pm.
Petaling Street Market is worth visiting, you can find a variety of goods including trinkets, electronics, DVDs and T-shirts. It is also famous for ‘Hainan Chicken Rice’ (which is a local favourite) and Mee Goring (fried noodles). This market is located at Jalan Peataling.
Central Market was opened in 1936, the art deco building was initially full of stalls selling meat and produce, but from the mid 80s it started promoting Malaysian arts and culture. The interior is split into themed areas representing the country’s diverse population, which include Lorong Melaya, where shops sell Malay handicraft, a replica of Malacca’s Jonkers Street, and Little India.
Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary helps look after abandoned elephants, tourists can visit the sanctuary to get up-close with the Malaysian elephants. You can feed these gentle giants and if the weather conditions are appropriate, you can even help bathe them.
How To Reach: Fly to Kolkata, then you will be able to get flight tickets from Air Asia and Biman Bangladesh at a very modest price ranging from Rs 11,000 -13,000.
Where to Stay: Crossroads Hotel is conveniently located near to the Chow Kit monorail station.
By Payel Bhattacharjee