About Kuala Lumpur
You just finished reading that travel catalogue that was handed to you about visiting Asia, most especially Malaysia. Perhaps you are attracted to the beautiful photographs on the catalogue that highlight Kuala Lumpur as a perfect tourist destination. Below is a brief description of Kuala Lumpur, all you need to know to help you navigate the area.
Historically, the city of Kuala Lumpur is known for the extensive mining of tin, a reason that had the consequence of it being colonized by the Britons. Its popularity grew over the years during the colonial period, but by 1957, Malaysia had started regaining its independence, finally getting it by August 31st 1957, with Kuala Lumpur as the capital city, both administratively and financially.
Geography and population
This great city is located approximately 40 kilometers from the coast and is about 243 square kilometers in size. It is located within the federal state of Selangor, but it is not part of the state. Additionally, it is found at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. The population within the city is approximately 1.8 million.
The climate in Kuala Lumpur is that of a tropical rainforest, due to its proximity to the Titiwangsa Mountains to the East and the Sumatra Island to the West. It is warm and sunny, the temperatures being relatively constant, with a lot of rainfall. However, the rainfall can sometimes be too much, leading to floods in the city centre and downstream areas.
Kuala Lumpur is a cosmopolitan city, with people from all parts of the world. Do not be surprised if you meet many of your country here. This city could easily be the New York of Southeast Asia.
Navigation/movement within the city
In the event that you want to move from one place to another, as a tourist, it would be favorable to use a taxi. These are readily available outside the hotels as well as other taxi stands. If you are well aware of the city, for example, if you have been there before, the bus,taxi, Uber or Grabcar is the best means of moving around for you. It is not only cheaper but also more convenient, making frequent stops at the most appropriate attractions. But remember that for you to use the bus you have to know the city well, the stops or destinations. However, taking a Uber or Grabcar services is very convenience for you to move around in Kuala Lumpur.
If you love trains (eg. MRT Train), then you are well covered. In case you want to move from the city to other parts of Malaysia, or outside it, you can take a train. What to do in Malaysia? You mean apart from the food? Well, there is more than a handful of things to do, like see The skyscrapers, the beautiful old buildings, the KLCC Aquaria, Sun Theme Park, Batu caves, art galleries, Chinatown and many more.