A trip or a stopover in Malaysia? Discover the best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital!
The industrial, financial, commercial and cultural center of peninsular Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has a population of 1,627,172 inhabitants spread over 243 square kilometers, but the urban area has more than 7.3 million inhabitants. Despite the high population density, rent prices are affordable in Kuala Lumpur and finding a place to stay in Kuala Lumpur is easy. Disconcerting, dynamic, suffocating, effervescent, disproportionate, overheated, welcoming could sum up in themselves this sprawling megalopolis to unbridled economic growth.
The city of Kuala Lumpur has grown in the middle of the Ecuadorian jungle at the confluence of the Klang River and Gombak. As a Buddhist enclave in a predominantly Muslim country, it is a very cosmopolitan capital. Here is where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, often called “KL”.
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Photo credit: Flickr – Daniel Hoherd
Otherwise known as KLCC, the city center is home to the historical and emblematic monuments of Peninsular Malaysia: the Petronas Towers, the Menara Tower, so high (452 meters) that one would almost hurt the cervicals to contemplate from below . It is a dynamic, effervescent district, even tumultuous day and night. Here you will find the largest density of shops and boutiques in the city: the shopping temple. You will find many food-courts to eat cheap but also restaurants of more refined cuisine. Here, we feel like in the West except that it is between 28 ° C and 35 ° C all year. Strong point: most of the locals are fluent in English, ideal for making themselves understood. Thus, it is a central area, a good area to stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Photo credit: Flickr – Sham Hardy
A shopping and entertainment district with innumerable cafes, bars, pubs, hotels, youth hostels, restaurants and shopping malls in the city, it is a popular area for young Malays and tourists. Located between Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Pugu and Jalan Sultan Ismail avenues, the atmosphere is rather casual and affordable. It is a neighborhood where to stay in Kuala Lumpur if you want to discover Asian cuisine – Chinese, Indian, Malay, Thai, Indonesian – while enjoying great Western brands and the charms of its nightlife. But beware, as a popular place for night owls, your street may not be quieter.
Photo credit: Flickr – Jack Skipworth
Enclosed on Petaling Street, Chinatown is located west of Bukit Bintang and is, like all over the world, a glittering, colorful neighborhood. You will find the famous flea market to glean a thousand and one branded products from major brands (beware, these often come from counterfeiting). It is a good area to sleep in Kuala Lumpur, especially to discover Chinese cuisine and it is easy to find a cheap accommodation. Don’t miss the Sri Maha Mariamman, the Hindu temple of the city. Not far away, stroll to the Perdana Botanical Garden and Kuala Lumpur Orchid Park, a lush green space in the heart of the city with its vast body of water.
Photo credit: Flickr – Bruno Vanbesien
As its name suggests, it’s the Indian neighborhood of Kuala Lumpur. Exotic and brightly colored, Little India – or Brickfields – is home to tens of thousands of Indians and Sri Lankans. It is a busy area to stay in Kuala Lumpur, sometimes noisy because of the music that is broadcast all day and its affluence. To eat cheap South Indian specialties – the cheese naan is law – to do the flower market or go shopping, this is where you have to stay in Kuala Lumpur.
Main photo credit : Flickr – Dani Oliver