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Expats will never be short of things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur. A true blend of East and West, and traditional and modern, walking or driving through the city will reveal beautiful colonial architecture and heritage buildings beside towering modern skyscrapers. From interesting museums to tropical gardens and religious sites, there is something for everyone to enjoy, and weekends are sure to be jam-packed with exciting activities and excursions within the city and the wider Klang Valley.
Below are some of the most popular sightseeing spots in Kuala Lumpur.
Attractions in Kuala Lumpur
The National Museum
The National Museum (Muzium Negara), located on Jalan Damansara and close to the Perdara Lake Gardens, is a great starting point for expats wishing to learn more about the culture and heritage of Malaysia.
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers are a landmark of Kuala Lumpur. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. The towers offer spectacular views of the city as well as great shopping opportunities at the base. For a fee, visitors can take a tour of the double-decker sky bridge connecting the two towers and can also go all the way to level 86.
The city's mosques are both breathtaking and awe-inspiring. With their intricate carvings and peaceful settings, Masjid Negara Mosque and Masjid Jamek (Friday Mosque) should definitely be on the bucket list. The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is a perfect architectural example of where East meets West.
Catching a train or bus to Taman Negara is recommended for hikers and nature lovers keen to experience some of the oldest rain forests in the world. Trekking, rafting, fishing, bird watching and climbing (the Peninsula’s highest mountain is Gunung Tahan) are all great options for a family wishing to spend a weekend away from the city.
Another great weekend getaway is the Cameron Highlands, which offers cooler mountain weather and great strolls through the country’s oldest tea plantations surrounded by rain forests and jungle scenery. It's the ideal vacation spot to escape the general Kuala Lumpur lifestyle.
►For more on what to see and do with the little ones, see Kids and Family in Kuala Lumpur
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