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Exploring Bukit Bintang

Kuala Lumpur is a popular stop for many visitors to Southeast Asia as Kuala Lumpur International Airport receives many intercontinental flights and is a major transport hub in Southeast Asia. Air and land connections from here cover almost the entire region, including Australia.

There are a number of districts in Kuala Lumpur. The central business district is often referred to as the Golden Triangle, or Kuala Lumpur City Centre, not to be confused with the old city centre, located west of here. Bukit Bintang is a predominantly retail district located in the central area, centred on Jalan Bukit Bintang. The district, site of the infamous race riots of 1980, has been refurbished and is now one of Kuala Lumpur’s most-visited areas and a retail and trendy dining hotspot.

Sights nearby

There are many things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur to occupy at least a couple of days. The city makes for a great introduction into the many cultures of Southeast Asia and the city centre is a great place to have as a base.

Jamek Mosque
Opened in 1909, the Jamek Mosque is the main mosque of the old city centre. Situated right at the confluence of the Gombak and Lumpur Rivers, the Jamek Mosque is often considered one of the most beautiful mosques in Kuala Lumpur. To stay close to this landmark, book a room at the Hotel Arenaa Mountbatten.

Petronas Towers
One of the most easily recognised architectural icons of the world is located in the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Completed in 1996, the Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers which dominate the Kuala Lumpur skyline. Both towers stand nearly 1,500 feet high. They still hold the record for being the tallest twin structures in the world, but lost the title of tallest structures in the world in 2004. It is highly recommended that you visit the towers at night when they are beautifully lit up. Nearby are the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur and Ascott Kuala Lumpur.

Aquaria KLCC
An attraction that the children will surely love is the Aquaria KLCC. It is located in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, near the Petronas Towers. The Aquaria KLCC is a large aquarium which features up to 5,000 species of fish.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The main shopping, eating and drinking spot in Kuala Lumpur is Bukit Bintang. This area contains a variety of shopping malls, both upscale and middle of the road, including Berjaya Times Square, Starhill Gallery, Pavilion KL, Lot 10 as well as a huge electronic and gadget plaza. The district is busy during the day and even busier at night. Visitors in search of a food experience are spoilt for choice: Bintang Walk is home to a selection of Arabian dining options; Hutong in Lot 10 is a gourmet food court; upmarket dining, along with pubs and party venues can be had in Changkat Bukit Bintang, while for hawker food Jalan Alor’s stalls have much on offer.

Public transport

Public transport in Kuala Lumpur is fairly comprehensive. Exploring the city is easy with the three LRT lines: Kelaja Jaya (northeast to southwest), Ampang (north to west) and Sri Petaling (north to south). There are also commuter train services for travelling to the suburbs and to satellite cities. Rapid KL buses and metered taxis are plentiful as well. Bukit Bintang is well-connected to the rest of Kuala Lumpur via the monorail system, with three stations giving access to the district.

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