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A City Guide To Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is the main street in Kuala Lumpur (Bukit meaning hill and Bintang meaning Star it's Star Hill). This street is home to many of the top hotels in the world with JW Marriot, The Westin, Royle Bintang Hotel, Federal Hotels Bingtang, Capitol Hotel Bingtang and many more. If you are thinking of staying in a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, you can rest assured that the service will be top notch.

Without doubt, Bukit Bintang is the shopping center of Kuala Lumpur with around 30,000 shops within close proximity. There are a number of shopping centers along Bukit Bintang among which are Lot 10, Sun Gai Won which is simply massive and it is very easy to get lost in, Low Yat Plaza which has to be the spiritual home for people interested in computers and gadgets.

There are many great restaurants in Bukit Bintang, but one of my personal favourites is the Bangkok Jam in Low Yat Plaza. There are also a number of street side bars and cafes where you can enjoy either a coffee or a beer while you watch the world go by.

Bukit Bintang has it all, from people trying to sell you caricatures to stalls offering tourist mementos. This is a busy street that moves at a fast pace and it is a great place to get lost for a few hours. Bukit Bintang is easily accessible by mono rail and taxi service. If you are planning to get a taxi, don't be afraid to haggle.

The Twin Towers

The Twin Towers are spectacular pieces of architecture that should not be missed during any visit to Kuala Lumpur. Finished in 1998 these towers were at one stage the tallest buildings in the world at 452 meters each. Each tower has 88 floors and is designed in the form of an 8 sided star which is a symbol of fullness and regeneration in Islam. Currently ranked as the second tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 in Taiwan is currently the tallest building in the world at 509 meters and 101 stories.

Interestingly, the structure of the Twin Towers is different to the sky scrapers of the rest of the world which are building with the extensive use of steel, the twin towers or Kuala Lumpur are concrete built.

The Skybridge joins the two towers at the 21st floor at just under 150 m above ground. This is the only viewing deck on the Twin Towers and if you wish to get a ticket you must arrive early. Interestingly, when the Skybridge was being put in place by the builders, KL had a power outage that lasted 24 hours so the Skybridge was left hanging in the air by the cranes until the power was restored.

At the base of the Twin Towers is the Suria, KLCC shopping center. This shopping center caters for the more wealthy section of the Malaysian population and is a favorite of Arabs who often visit KL during August when their own countries become too hot. Here you will see shops such as Louis Vuitton, Channel, Ralf Lauren and all of the other major fashion houses.

The Twin Towers are unavoidable sight in Kuala Lumpur as they dominate the skyline and really are a sight to behold. While constructed using only concrete, they have a metal finish which reflects both natural light and the spectacular night lights on the Twin Towers themselves.

Bangsar

Bangsar is mainly an expatriate area of Kuala Lumpur and while it is not the most up market of the expatriate areas in Kuala Lumpur, there are some stunning houses in the area along side up market shopping centers and car shops. Among the auto shops here are Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and Mercedes Benz and if you are a car enthusiast look carefully as you drive through here and you might just see a couple of Ferraris or Austin Martin DB9s in the windows.

While there are bigger clubs nearer Kuala Lumpur and KLCC, this is one of the main places that the youth of KL come out at night to play and get drunk. The Malay don't drink so it will mainly be expatriates, Chinese Malay and Indian Malay here. There is a wide range of bars, restaurants and shops here. This is a safe area and taxis to and from Bangsar are not a problem.

Among the places worth a mention are the Red Chamber which delivers great cocktails in a comfortable atmosphere and offers Shi Sha if you are interested. The Castle is your run of the mill night club, but on Friday nights it is very busy. Finnegan's Irish Pub is also worth checking out, but drinks here are very expensive.

Bangsar is also a great place to go if you are looking for a restaurant. All types of food are covered here, from Indian, Chinese, traditional Malay and Thai.
About the Author
Ronan Menton is the webmaster for a number of travel related websites and has been for some time in Ireland, associated with search engine optimisation in the Irish travel industry. He spends two months a year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and now sees it as his second home. For further information check: hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
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