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Kuala Lumpur is a city without a long past. It was founded only in 1857. And the city, along with all of Malaysia, gained independence quite recently in 1957. However, Kuala Lumpur has managed to become a distinctive city. Here they simply decided: “Well, we don't have a majestic past, but we will be the first in terms of advancement and futurism.” And the locals did it very well.
The airport is located about 50 km southwest of the city. A huge building made of glass and steel worth 2.5 billion dollars was opened in 1998, and the airport almost immediately became one of the best in the world. It replaced the international airport named after Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, which is now used only for charter flights.
Now the airport often has problems with queues. Therefore, prepare in advance for a long wait in the control zone. And both on arrival and before departure. Stock up on water and patience. Even the best airports in the world are imperfect. And in Kuala Lumpur, this imperfection consists in too much passenger traffic with less bandwidth.
The cheapest and most convenient way is the bus. For a very modest fee, you will get comfortable chairs, air conditioning and a place for carrying luggage. It all costs about $ 2.5, and the travel time is about an hour. Buses depart every half hour, but it is best to take your place at least 10 minutes before departure.
This is a striking metropolis, known as the "melting pot" for all cultures of Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur often tops the bucket travel list because it offers a full range of pleasures: street food, wild nightlife, historic temples, shopping megamalls and tall skyscrapers.
This is the old part of Kuala Lumpur, which today is known as Chinatown. The street is crowded with small shops and benches. Here you can clearly see what Kuala Lumpur was before its rapid economic take-off. And at the same time, you can enjoy street art or look into several old temples. And in this area, you can grab a penny for everything from fake bags to delicious street food.
Sometimes in Kuala Lumpur you can forget that in the world there is still a miraculous nature. To forget about the metropolis at least for a while, go to the Kampar River. And arrange yourself an extreme rafting tour along its winding rapids. The descent along the river will invigorate and distract from the endless Malay shopping. At the same time you will see that Kuala Lumpur is not only a concrete jungle, but also quite real ones.
Kuala Lumpur is a real paradise for lovers of good food. Because everything is delicious here, without exception. Moreover, at any food court you will find a huge variety of tastes from around the world.
Nasi Lemak is the national dish of Malaysia. If you did not eat this dish in Kuala Lumpur, then why you came here at all. The simplest version consists of rice on coconut water, spicy shrimp sauce, fried anchovies, peanuts and boiled eggs. In other versions, the dish will also serve fried chicken.
Kuala Lumpur's main soup is Curry Lux. It is made on the basis of coconut milk with lots of spices. If you want soup in a bouillon, take shrimp soup.
For an appetizer, try another traditional dish roti kanai. In fact, this is an Indian recipe with a set of sauces. Inside the tortillas often put stuffing like eggs, cheese or onions.