The futuristic metropolis of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, is a city of contrasts where technology and tradition combine with a true multicultural mix of inhabitants to produce an unforgettable experience. This is where modern shopping malls and the tallest skyscrapers in the region mingle freely with historic temples and mosques; where you are as likely to pick up local delicacies like the pungent Durian (most westerners will try this unusual fruit only once) as you are the latest counterfeit DVDs; where you can snack on McDonald's or step onto the street to sample the infinitely superior and varied fare on offer from street-side hawker stalls.
Famously, the Petronas Towers, once the tallest in the world, stand as testament to Malaysia's success as one of the the south-east asian tiger economies, playing second fiddle only to local rival Singapore with whom the city seems locked in a constant battle of one-upmanship. The shops and restaurants that populate this maze-like behemoth are the best example of the modern side of the city, although while there are some spectacular views to be savoured they aren't as good as those on offer at the KL Tower.
In the shadow of the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline you can find colonial buildings that are a fusion of Malay, Moorish and Victorian influences, as well as a profusion of mosques, Hindu shrines and Buddhist temples. The colonial core at Merdeka Square is worth exploring, as are the markets of Chinatown and Little India which offer the chance to pick up souvenirs and some tasty street food. Later, you'll want to find refuge in the air-conditioned shops and restaurants of the Golden Triangle, the modern sector of downtown KL, which also offers a vibrant nightlife for those looking to take in some live music or follow the latest Premier League action. In line with the general low cost of living, the area also features some of the world's cheapest 5-star hotels, so it's possible to stay in the lap of luxury without breaking the bank.
While eating, shopping and the nightlife will likely prove the highlights of your stay, there are plenty of parks and monuments in the surrounding area worth seeing, if only for a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Despite rather chaotic traffic that means you should always allow more time than you think you need when traveling, the infrastructure is generally good, although if you do hire a car make sure it comes equipped with GPS as the road signs can prove confusing (or just plain wrong).
One respect in which Kuala Lumpur definitely has the upper hand over Singapore lies in the plethora of golf courses within easy reach of the city centre. Where Singaporeans are forced to cross the border into southern Malaysia in search of a wide variety of golf courses, things are much simpler for those in KL, and even the premium courses offer excellent value for money, not least the Palm Garden Golf Club where the green fees are a pleasant surprise considering the immaculate condition of this spectacular course. You'll gain a new found respect for the professionals if you take on the lightning quick greens and plentiful hazards of the West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club, and if the 27 undulating holes of Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah are good enough for the Malaysian Royal Family then they are probably good enough for the likes of us. Kota Permai Golf & Country Club has hosted a raft of prestigious events and is has routinely been voted the best course in the country, and as you take in the stunning panoramic views from the elevated 18th tee, which will probably be in stark contrast to the mess that is your scorecard, you'll understand why.
There are quite simply too many courses to mention here, so you should browse our in depth course reviews before choosing which courses to include in your Malaysia golf holiday, but rest assured that whether you are a weekend hacker or aspiring professional, looking for a tough challenge or a walk in the park, on a budget or looking for a premium experience - Kuala Lumpur has it covered.
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