Wednesday, June 4, 2008

KL - Shopping Paradise

Kuala Lumpur (KL), the capital of Malaysia is a man-made wonder. As you are driven from the airport towards the city, on both sides of the road, as far as the eye goes, you can see trees planted neatly in lines on acres and acres of land. You will be dumbstruck with the amount of greenery in the city amongst the high rise buildings. There is lots to see in KL for a tourist. The best part though is Shopping. KL has a lot of malls with virtually every brand in the world available, sometimes at jaw dropping prices.

We went to the following places in KL:

Petronas Towers also known as KLCC(Kuala Lumpur City Center) were the world's tallest twin buildings.
It has a skybridge between 41st and 42nd floor, the view from where is breathtaking.
The skybridge can be visited free of charge on a first-cum-first basis (limited tickets for a day).
But to visit the sky bridge you need to get the booking done at the Petronas itself.
If you go early you can book anytime of the day for your visit. i.e. if you can be there at 7:00 in the morning.:)

KL Towers is another of world's tallest buildings with an elevator which goes really fast.
People do go to the tower to enjoy the elevator ride. You can see the KL tower in the pictures on left

Masjid Negara is the only Mosque in the world which does not have a round dome.
In fact the dome is an interesting umbrella shape. You can see the blue color dome in the picture on the left.

Another place you will probably go is the old municipality building in KL which is designed in the Indian Moghul Architecture. The whole area is very nice though there is nothing much to do.

Shopping - The Bukit Bintang road is a paradise for shoppers for it has as many as 6 malls if not more. There is the massive Bukit Bintang (BB) Plaza, the K L Plaza and the new Pavilion.

You can get all sorts of stuff in BB Plaza and the KL Plaza (mostly local non branded).
If you want to shop for the branded and the designer labels, I would recommend Pavilion or the Suria KLCC (in the KLCC).

Advice: Your Tour guide/ driver might take you to a "factory" tour of leather factory and chocolate factory.
The prices in Leather Factory are 4-5 times that in the city mall (and they will pretend to give you a 50% discount).
The Chocolate factory tour is equally abysmal. The chocolates are not worth buying, though you can taste as many as you like, free of cost :)

Enjoy shopping in the KL malls!

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