The Lake Gardens are a manicured expanse near the Malaysian Parliament building, which was once home to a British colonial official. The park includes a Butterfly Park, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Hibiscus Garden and the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Southeast Asia’s largest bird park…….enough to make children skip and hop around these shining species, playing with them, running after them and trying to catch those colourful butterflies!
Other parks in the city include the ASEAN Sculpture Garden, KLCC Park, Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Metropolitan Lake Gardens in Kepong, Forest Research Institue, Malaysia Taman Tasik Permaisuri or the Queen’s Lake Gardens, Bukit Kiara Botanical Gardens, Equestrian Park, West Valley Park and Bukit Jalil International Park…….again a special treat for your children……..exploring the vast land with their innocent vision and minds, and a mind-teaser for the teenagers!
The entertainment hub of the city is mainly centred in the Golden Triangle encompassing Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Ampang Road. Trendy nightclubs, bars and lounges, such as the Beach Club, Espanda, the Hakka Republic Wine Bar and Restaurant, Hard Rock Cafe, the Luna Bar, Nuovo, Rum Jungle, the Thai Club, Zouk,and many others are located here. You could leave your children behind with some care-taker and indulge yourselves with your spouse or other elders, simply to get a taste of the other tempting side of life! Resistance is yours!!!!
Suria KLCC is one of Malaysia’s premier shopping destinations due to its location beneath the Petronas Twin Towers. Apart from this, the Bukit Bintang district has the highest concentration of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. It houses various cafes, alfresco dining outlets and retail malls. The Bangsar district also has a few shopping complexes, including Bangsar Village, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Mid Valley Megamall and The Gardens. The Damansara subdivision north-west of Kuala Lumpur, though not in the city-proper, is the home of the only IKEA outlet in the country, and a cluster of locally operated malls such as Cathay Multi Screen Cinemas, The Curve, Power Centre and One Utama. Apart from shopping complexes, KL has designated numerous zones in the city to market locally manufactured products such as textiles, fabrics and handicrafts and the Chinatown, commonly known as Petaling Street is one of them featuring many pre-independence buildings with Straits Chinese and colonial architectural influences. KL’s Central Market (Pasar Seni), which was once the city’s wet market, offers an assortment of arts and craft merchandise, varying from antiques and paintings to souvenirs and clothing. Of course, most of the malls and shopping arcades are full of electronic toys, games, i-pods, digital diaries, sound equipment, clothes and accessories for children and teenagers!
The cuisine here reflects the versatility in restaurants, malls and street-side hawkers’ stalls; in KL, food is served in buildings which are known for housing cafes, restaurants, fast food outlets and street hawkers, offering a delectable gourmet adventure with a blend of Indian, Continental, Chinese, Malay and Japanese food fare. The most popular Malay food is such as Char kwey tiaw, asam laksa, rojak and nasi goring, and this is something which the adults and the young would relish together……..exploring their adventurous taste buds!
A short distance away from KL, lies the `Las Vegas’ of Malaysia, called the Genting Highlands, a magnetic charm for visitors all over the world, especially children and teenagers. The adults could flavour some pleasure as it is the only legal resort for gambling! The Highlands introduces itself to you with all its proud buildings connected to a continuous chain of linkways, underground tunnels and escalators, with direction signboards to lead you to your required destination in that huge stretch with strong concrete structures and glitzy theme parks,set in a forested highland…… and definitely eclatic! It would be enthralling for your children to get mesmerised with The Chin Swee Caves Temple, a Taoist temple, and a picturesque monument set within Genting Highlands, possessing a majestic ornate roof. Within the Temple is seated a black statue of the Reverend Master Chin Swee considered a deity in the Fujian Province for his supernatural abilities to summon rain and drive away evil spirits, as the exterior wall carries many inscriptions that depict his life. A myth that would be wondrous for the children and teenagers! Behind the statue is a natural rock in a stream providing clear cool mineral water, called the `Dragon Mineral Water’. The Genting Skyway located at the Kuala Kubu Bharu, the Selangor side of Genting, is a monocable gondola lift serving the resort, determining its illuminative impact on everyone with a rollicking ride!