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A Quick City Guide to Kuala Lumpur

Big, bustling and bursting with cultural influences from around the world, Kuala Lumpur is one of our favorite city breaks in Southeast Asia. Where else can you find superb shopping, dining and nightlife in a modern metropolitan setting, yet still be close to pockets of natural tropical beauty, historic colonial architecture and traditional Asian culture? For traveling foodies and fans of the after-dark scene, we give let you in on our top picks.


For the business traveler:Shangri-la Kuala Lumpur, +60 (3) 2032 2388

Luxury:Villa Samdhi,+603 9212 0372

Boutique:Aloft,+60 3-2723 1188


Local haunts:Sambal Hijau,+60 3 7731 2045

Modern Malay cuisine:Dewakan,+60 3 5565 0767

Fun gastronomical experience:Babe,+60 3 2095 8599


Trendy:The Vault,+60 1 2465 0551

Fancy cocktails:PS150,+60 3 2022 2888

For the hipster in you:Barlai,+60 16-681 0671


Expats party at:Pisco Bar,+60 3 2142 2900

Newest club:Red Room, +60 1 4263 0208

You can never go wrong at: Zouk,+60 3-2110 3888


If you have a few days,stay at Bamboo Village, which offers a kampung style retreat like no other.More details here.

Enjoy being adventurous and being outdoors?Jungle mountain treks, waterfall treks and more.More details here

Drive1-2 hours away from the cityand escape toThe Banjaran Hot Springs, the best resort around.

Located in KL’s central market, Precious Old China is a blast from the past with an eclectic collection of antiques, crystal chandeliers, teak cabinets and art pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries. The food also plays homage to the past with traditional Peranakan dishes that fuse Chinese flavors with Malay spices and character.

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