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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL is the capital of Malaysia. The words Kuala Lumpur literally mean 'Muddy Confluence'. The metropolis got this nickname because it was founded near the place where the rivers Klang and Gombak intersect (which you can still see just behind Merdeka Square). Over the years Kuala Lumpur grew into an important Asian city. Within Malaysia Kuala Lumpur is seen as the center of the country; 'it happens all' in KL. People from all areas within Malaysia come to KL to find jobs or do business. Tourist love the city as it has numerous great sights and attractions. Besides that there are simply too many choices when it comes to dining options. You can go shopping in one of the many modern shopping malls within the city center. Kuala Lumpur is the perfect destination for a short visit or stopover, but many tourists are drawn back to the great city during their travels through Malaysia.At night, the city lights up with excitement as throngs of revelers crowd the capital's many bars, clubs and pubs. The party starts at about ten but does not stop until the sun rises once again. For a glamorous night out, head to the Bukit Bintang district, where hip nightclubs burst with vibrant energy. 

The 88-story Petronas Twin Towers are a symbol of the city. Once the world's tallest buildings, the towers are joined 175 meters above street level by a double-decker Sky Bridge. From the bridge, brave visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city and beyond, stretching past the highrises to the mountains in the distance. The towers can still be appreciated at ground level for the faint of heart. One of the tower's houses Southeast Asia's premier classical music concert hall, home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and a park with walking paths, fountains and wading pools spans the area to the side of the towers.

The Petronas Twin Towers represent the present and future of the capital, but the Batu caves represent its past. Formed in a limestone hill, the three major caves and many smaller ones are one of the biggest tourist draws in the city, and for good reason. The Batu temple features 100-year old statues and idols in the midst of 400-million year old limestone formations. The most popular cavern is the Cathedral Cave with its awe-inspiring 100-meter tall arched ceiling. The strenuous hike up to the caves is worth every one of the 272 steps, but visitors should look out for bold and cheeky long-tailed macaque monkeys along the way.

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