5 great things about life in KUALA LUMPUR
ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Kuala Lumpur is a great place for families and children of all ages. There are numerous amusements and waterparks, such as Sunway Lagoon, and modern indoor activities such as Kidzania, Jumpstreet and Escape Rooms. Shopping malls are also very popular as a day out. One has Asia’s largest indoor climbing gym and another even has a rollercoaster inside! More relaxed pursuits such as park playgrounds and going to the cinema are also plentiful.
Image: Suria KCC shopping mall beneath the famous Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Due to the diverse culture of the city and the many different religions, Malaysia benefits from lots of public holidays. There are celebrations all year round, from Chinese New Year to Hari Raya, and Thaipusam to Christmas. It’s a great opportunity to try new foods, watch local performances, view all the magnificent lights and displays, and get dressed up in traditional costumes!
Image: thousands of Hindus visit Batu Caves to celebrate Thaipusam.
Malaysia is a very easy country to live in, with English spoken widely. This is partly because Malaysia is an old British colony, but also because of the importance of English as a business language, and because the mix of people living here means that it is the most common language to converse in. However, living in Kuala Lumpur is a great opportunity to try and learn a new language, such as Bahasa Malaysia or Mandarin, which will make your experience even more enriching and enjoyable.
Image: 'Colours of Malaysia' annual parade in Kuala Lumpur - celebrating cultural diversity in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur is known for the delicious cuisines of Malay, Indian and Chinese dishes. However, the popular brunch scene has also reached this part of the world. With new stylish cafés and coffee shops opening every week, the options are endless, and because it's always warm you can enjoy them all alfresco. Brunches vary from the cheap and cheerful to the more expensive with free-flowing champagne.
Image: steamed buns at a street food stall in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur.
Despite being a busy city like any other in Asia, Kuala Lumpur is surrounded by dense rainforest and it's easy to experience mother nature. There are plenty of hiking and climbing trails, but for those who prefer something less strenuous, take a stroll in one of the many city parks, including Lake Gardens. Just watch out for the monkeys!
Image: Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur.
Winter's would like to thank Phil Leaman and staff at the British International School of Kuala Lumpur, for compiling the information in this article.
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