There is little in Kuala Lumpur to remind you of its humble roots, it is now a bustling lively and vibrant city filled with modern architecture and skyscrapers.

The humble beginnings as a small shanty town long forgotten, but don’t let these ultra chic buildings fool you; beneath the glitz lies a traditional heart – temples on every street corner; stalls filled with pungent spices, fresh fruit and street food sit happily amongst the shopping malls and high class hotels giving this Malaysian city a uniquely exciting feel of old meeting new and creating something incredibly special.

Step outside the lively bustling city and you are soon aware of the true Malaysia, dense rainforests, national parks, beautiful beaches and islands, all things that remind you that this cosmopolitan city sprang out of this the most wild and exotic of locations.

Kuala Lumpur has plenty of good quality accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from locations in the heart of the city to rural retreats surrounded by lush greenery, whatever your reason for travelling to this city there will be accommodation ideal for the purpose.

Highly rated by both travellers and industry experts the Shangri-La Hotel is beautiful with a great location, the rooms are light and airy but with opulent touches that give them stand out appeal, neutral tones with highlights of gold perfectly compliment the solid marble fixtures that fill this hotel. For something really special book the Royal Suite, stunning views and a private lift up the 28th floor make this the most amazing of experiences.

If you are looking for something a little less budget busting try the Tropical Guesthouse, very popular with backpackers this small guesthouse is centrally located and prides itself on the cleanliness and quality of the rooms, no frills just an excellent place to base your holiday.

It is almost compulsory to eat at the street food stalls and nowhere within the city is better than the Kampung Baru Hawker Stalls, the best time to visit is on a Saturday evening when all the stalls are to be found in full swing – every Malaysian delicacy that you can imagine is served; lively and loud this is the taste of Kuala Lumpur that you really shouldn’t miss.

If you want the Malay food experience but in slightly more salubrious surroundings then the Restoran Sakura offers great local food that you can sit down to enjoy, although as a huge and popular restaurant the surroundings are no less busy or noisy.

The vast array of cultures within Kuala Lumpur is certainly apparent with Le Bouchon, a top class authentic French restaurant situated in the centre of this most Asian of cities, a great wine list is the perfect accompaniment to the array of excellent French dishes on offer.

The day tour to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage is a trip not to miss, run by the Malaysian Wildlife Society the centre rehabilitates injured elephants and raises the orphaned young all with the aim of returning them back to their natural wild habitat – a perfect trip that humbles you with the grace and beauty of nature.

There is so much to see and do in Kuala Lumpur that it is almost impossible to visit it all, the best way to see as much as possible to to ride on the KL Hop-on Hop-off tourist bus, air conditioned for comfort the bus stops at all the main attractions giving you clear information about the best places to see. With buses running every 30 minutes, much of the city can be seen in a relatively short time.

Nearly always hot and nearly always humid Kuala Lumpur has rainfall for most of the year although March/April and September/October are generally the wettest months; there is no particularly bad time to visit Kuala Lumpur although for excitement it is always good to visit Malaysia during one of the many festivals.

Chinese new year is well celebrated and is always a vibrant time for the city however with a full calendar of activities and festivals throughout the year (including the Malaysian Grand Prix) there is nearly always something happening to make your visit worthwhile.