KL is a bit of a sprawl of a city. The big shopping malls, trendy restaurants and bars are clustered around The Golden Triangle and the KLCC. Here too are the Petronas Towers, once the tallest in the world, and the KL Tower, another mighty spike on the landscape. The ethnic neighbourhoods lie southwest of here – there’s Chinatown, a web of bustling streets filled with temples, funeral stores, restaurants and shops, and Little India, packed with stores selling Bollywood DVDs, saris and spices. Also here is the colonial core where the remnants of the British Empire ring Merdeka Square. You can escape from the hustle a few streets southwest of here in the Lake Gardens, which house the fine Islamic Arts museum and a bird and orchid park.
Around the city are the intriguing Batu Caves and some good entertainment in the form of the Sunway Lagoon and Mines Wonderland. Seremban, a former tin-mining centre and window on the world of the Minangkabau culture, is south of the capital.