Kuala Lumpur, commonly known as KL, is named after the Malay for 'muddy confluence', referencing the colour of the Klang River that flows through it. Established in the 1850's as a tin mining town with a small population of prospectors and workers, KL has grown from these humble beginnings to a population today of more than 7 million people.With so many direct daily flights from Australian capital cities, your Malaysianadventure will almost certainly begin and end in KL. And you'll be very glad it does. In the capital you can soak up the invigorating atmosphere of a busy Asian city while enjoying affordable but sumptuous luxury accommodation.When it's time to eat, you'll find that Malaysians take their food very seriously. That's why the dining options in KL are nothing short of spectacular. Whether tasty Malay hawker food, fish-head curry in Little India, fancier Chinatown fare or high tea and European-style fine-dining, the Malaysian menu will feed your passion for food.
Nightmarket Shopping in KL is an obsession as well as a pastime. There's every shopping experience imaginable, from exciting street markets to sophisticated luxury brand signature stores. KL has everything you might want, and with a great deal thrown in, too. When your shopping legs become exhausted, KL has hundreds of luxury spas where you can stop, refresh and reinvigorate.Other KL highlights include securing one of the limited free tickets to check out KL from the Petronas Tower sky bridge, enjoying the tranquillity of the Lake Gardens and Bird Park and feeding your cultural appetite at the Islamic Art Museum and National Mosque.There's plenty to do outside the city, too, with the easy day trip to the Batu Caves top of the list. A natural wonder of religious importance, you'll be greeted by monkeys seeking peanuts then awed by the immense Cathedral Caves 100 metre-high ceiling.