Ranked among Asia’s top holiday hotspots, KL is no less dynamic than Singapore or Bangkok. Here are some of the reasons why the captivating Malaysian capital should be on your bucket list.

 The Batu Caves

If there’s one compelling reason to visit KL, it is surely the chance to see the Batu Caves in person. Located just 11km away from the heart of the city, this religious epicentre is also the world’s largest cathedral cave. Reached by climbing 272 steps up a steep mountain guarded by a mammoth sculpture of the god Murugan, this iconic place of worship is a magical temple of truly impressive proportions. Easily accessible via the MRT link from KL, the venue is also one of the easiest highlights to reach in Malaysia.

The Shopping

Bukit Bintang Plaza in KL| Image by Mohd Fazlin via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

Whether you’re based at the PARKROYAL COLLECTION Kuala Lumpur or any other family hotel in Kuala Lumpur, you are never too far from the city’s best malls, department stores and bustling markets. From massive shopping centres such as Berjaya Times Square and Suria KLCC to Sungei Wang Plaza and the Petaling Street Market, there are bargains to be had everywhere.

The Food

Foodies will find that Kuala Lumpur’s street food joints are no less impressive than that of Bangkok or neighbouring Singapore. Some not-to-miss food hotspots in the city include the Jalan Alor Food Street, Hutong Lot 10 and Tapak Urban Street Dining.

The Events

In addition to concerts and performances by world-renowned pop stars and bands, KL is also renowned for its colourful local event calendar. Thaipusam Festival, Merdeka celebrations and the Chinese New Year are marked with great pomp and pageantry each year.