Affordable, picturesque and downright exciting, it’s not difficult to see why KL has become a great destination for one-of-a-kind culinary adventures and stylish good times, and now this well-rounded city offers a great mix of activities for the whole family.
Start your adventures outdoors among Malaysia’s lush tropical vegetation at Skytrex (at Sham Alam, 40 mins from KL), where you can pretend to be Tarzan (with a harness) as you swing, climb, glide and dangle your way through the nation’s iconic canopy. With adrenalin running high, Sunway Lagoon (20 mins from KL) is the definitive theme park adventure, split into five zones of adventure and offering a huge range of thrills, from colourful tea-cup rides to bungee jumping. Take your swimsuit and play all day at the Water Park and Asia’s first Nickelodeon-themed land.
Back in the city, Perdana Botanical Garden, formerly known as Lake Gardens, is a refreshing change of pace. A sprawling oasis of tropical flora and fauna for visitors both big and small, this popular heritage park dates all the way back to the colonial era, boasting guided tours and two man-made lakes with boating facilities. The gardens themselves give way to several newly introduced botanical collections. Adjoining are the colourful Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, where the winged wonders flit around amidst scented flowers and vines, and the KL Bird Park, which has a vast aviary housing some 3,000 birds, such as flamingos, hornbills and the turkey-sized crowned pigeon; you can get hands-on with many of its inhabitants, including a photo with Kitty, the Malay eagle owl.
Still among the animals, check out Farm in the City, whose layout mimics a traditional Malay village. The engaging selection of animals, such as monkeys, prairie dogs and fennec foxes, roam their spacious enclosures and can be petted!
With a communal mall culture and fantastic shopping to enjoy, there are also lots of indoor activities situated within KL’s many malls, such as IOI City Mall’s District 21, which offers a super-sized, post-apocalyptical twist on the adventure playground including massive trampolines, an aerial obstacle course and pixelated climbing wall. The vast 1 Utama Mall, in Bandar Utama, houses Camp 5, the largest indoor climbing centre in Asia. While it’s suitable for all ages, it’s a great challenge for teens and adults.
It may be a predictable pick, but it goes without saying that no trip to Kuala Lumpur would be omplete without a jaunt to KLCC. A hive of constant activity, the glittering precinct is something of a city within a city; aside from the iconic 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers, other landmarks that define this area are upscale shopping centres, hotels and a pretty park designed by renowned Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. There’s the hands-on Petrosains Discovery Centre, which manages to excel in making the science and technology of the petroleum industry wholly engaging and fun!
End one of your days on a high note by making haste to the towers’ Skybridge and observation deck. Paid entry to a 7 pm tour grants you access to the glass-encased 86th floor and, consequently,a spectacular sunset view you won’t soon forget.
Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur
Flight Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Frequency 21 ﬂights per week
From Colours May 2016
5 Senses – Sight
An educational adventure for all ages, this tree canopy tour takes visitors on an exhilarating ride through the forest on flying fox ziplines (over two lakes). Balance on tree logs high in the air and take in the views of the forest canopy from platforms nestled in the trees. Situated within the Shah Alam National Agricultural Park, just an hour from the city centre, this is a great way to get the blood pumping. There are 15 challenges on offer with different degrees of difficulty, and the Little Adventure is perfect for younger children. With a minimum height requirement of 1.1m, it is a safe, fun and fully guided escapade for the little ones.