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By Chris | May 23 2007
From breathtaking natural wonders to ancient shrines, Kuala Lumpur has a wealth of attractions for the elite traveler to enjoy.
Take in the cultural highlights of the city at the Islamic Arts Museum and National Theatre, or marvel at Kuala Lumpur’s ancient past at the Batu Caves. There are also a score of family friendly options available in this bustling metropolis. Here is our guide for creating the perfect day out.
Situated amid the leafy surroundings of Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens, the Islamic Arts Museum is home to the largest collection of Islamic art in the whole of Southeast Asia.
The museum holds a staggering collection of more than 7,000 artifacts, culled from all four corners of the world, as well as an exceptional library of Islamic-art books. Art displays range from the tiniest pieces of jewelry to one of the world’s largest scale models of the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. The aim of the museum is to create a collection that is truly representative of the Islamic world.
Located approximately 11 kilometers (7 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, the Batu Caves are one of the most important Hindu shrines outside of India.
Graced by a 140 foot (42 meters) high golden statue of Lord Muragan at the entrance steps, this 100- year- old temple, which is incorporated into an ancient limestone cave system, is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions. It is the focal point of the Hindu festival of Thaipusam which takes place here every January, drawing pilgrims in their thousands. Ask your concierge to arrange a private tour.
+60 3 2287 9422
Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, 50754
Reputed to be the largest walk-in, free-flight aviary in the world, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park houses approximately 200 local and foreign species of birds.
Here, in the scenic surroundings of the Lake Gardens, around 2,000 birds of every conceivable shape and size live freely among these natural and beautifully-landscaped environs, remarkably just ten minutes away from the bustling city center. VIP packages include a Private Family Day Out, which features, amongst other things, a guided tour by a park ranger.
+60 3 2272 1010
No 920 Jalan Lembah Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480
See some of Malaysia’s rich diversity of marine life without getting wet.
The Aquaria KLCC is accessible through the underground interlink from Tower Records in the Suria shopping mall, presenting an ideal way to amuse the kids whilst you entertain yourself in the boutiques. The Aquaria has more than 3,000 sea creatures of various shapes and sizes living harmoniously within this simulated natural habitat. Don’t miss the sand tiger sharks, stingrays and eels.
+60 3 2333 1888
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088
Rising out from above the rainforest canopy is the Menara Tower, the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world.
But this is more than just a telecoms landmark; the Menara offers a unique mix of experiences not found anywhere else in the Kuala Lumpur. For the thrill seekers there is an opportunity for base jumping – the Menara is host to the largest urban base jump event in the world – or if that seems a little too extreme, why not experience the best views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline from the observation deck or take a forest walk starting at the foot of the Menara tower.
Borneo is famous the world over for its precious ecosystems, rare wildlife and natural wonders.
The landscape is veined by rivers wending their way through some of the oldest rainforests on earth, housing species that can’t be seen anywhere else. There is such a wide variety of things to see and do in Borneo, from trekking up through jungles and scaling volcanoes, to taking a closer look at some of the captivating island wildlife.
One of the most famous diving sites in the world, Sipadan Island is Malaysia’s remotest outpost, home to a rich array of marine life. It is tiny, but rises 700 meters from the sea floor, attracting countless species like hammerhead sharks, giant turtles and swarms of barracuda.
So wonderful is the diving experience here that Jacques Cousteau once claimed it to be an “untouched work of art.