The kaya we are talking about is neither an actress nor an anime character; we are talking about the sweet delicacy common to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and a few other Southeast Asian countries.
Head out north of Kuala Lumpur, far enough from suburbia. On Route 1, drive past the Country Club, whose membership we can't afford. The faded sign directing to Templer's Park from Route 1 will likely be hidden by leaves.
Kuala Lumpur is a place where you don't need to break the bank for an all night casual party. Maybe it's the weather, or maybe it's the laid back and relaxed KL atmosphere that makes going out smooth and easy. A morning top up with a hearty bowl of spicy laksa is ideal for lingering headaches...
In addition to Bahasa Malaysia and Malaysian English, Malaysia has 137 living languages. Between the natives tribes of Sabah and Sarawak, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hakka and other Chinese dialects, Tamil and Malaysian Tamil, one has to master more than one language to get by as a true insider.
The Malaysian experience is never complete without a walk through a pasar malam. Pasar malam take place in the evenings from about 6 to 11 pm at various places. The range of goods sold include fresh produce like fish, vegetables and tropical fruits like mangosteens, durians, rambutans, watermelons and others. Look out for clothing items - mass produced bras and underwear, pyjamas, t-shirts, shorts, batik (local Malay print) housecoats which can pass out as evening wear.
Shopping in Kuala Lumpur offers some of the better deals in Asia... Designer labels are expensive anywhere but visitors with hard currencies will find Malaysia relatively cheaper than some of its neighbours.
Being the capital city of multi-cultural Malaysia, KL offers food and dishes of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Peranakan varieties. The wave of globalization has also swept in a large number of good Western dining spots in Kuala Lumpur. We have eaten Malaysian cuisine all our life and will recommend only the best to you, the adventurous visitor.
Built in 1864 by Yap Ah Loy, a Kapitan Cina (Chinese Captain), as the Portuguese called the leaders of the Chinese enclaves under their dominion. Yap Ah Loy was Kapitan Cina of Kuala Lumpur from 1868 to 1885.
KL was born in the 1850s when the Malay Chief of Klang sent Chinese workers upriver to open a tin mine. From the 1880s, under British rule, the city developed quickly with brick buildings. Pasar Peni, the wet market, stood at the centre of town. The Chinese thrived south of this square, while the Malay lived north. The British administration clustered around the Padang.
Kuala Lumpur offers a generous choice of accommodation at both ends of the scale. Backpackers and jet setters are likely to unearth treasures with relative ease and find value for cash.