Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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Discover the top photo spots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Once a tin-mining village, Kuala Lumpur has grown to become the capital and largest city in Malaysia.

The iconic Petronas Towers, once the tallest building in the world, dominate the skyline and juxtaposes with colonial architecture dotted around the city.

This photo guide will tell you how to capture the best of Kuala Lumpur during your visit, including: towering skyscrapers, stunning cityscapes, temples, colonial architecture and even some magical caves.

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The Petronas Towers are the instantly recognisable icon of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline, and compositions including this structure instantly conveys a sense of presence. Tours of the towers are available, but I believe the best views are of the towers, not from them.

KL Tower is another skyscraper nearby which offers better photography opportunities including the Petronas Towers.

Batu Caves are a sacred Hindu site to the north of the city which offers spectacular photography opportunities of the shrines within, particular when rays of sunshine or rainfall cascades into the cave.

Petaling Street is the city’s famous night market where one can spend several hours haggling for all sorts of clothing, accessories and perfumes. It’s a great spot for street photography and people watching.

TRAVEL TIPS

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is exceptionally well connected within the region thanks to a new terminal catering towards low cost carriers. For this reason, Kuala Lumpur is well placed as a stopover city for further adventures in Asia.

Train transfers to KL Sentral station are cheap and easy, though not especially quick. Taxi transfers are affordable and in plentiful supply outside the terminal – look for one of the city’s red and white metered taxis.

There are several different types of rail transport within the city, which can be a little daunting particularly at KL Sentral where different lines require different tokens and an array of ticket booths for each. A KL TravelPass simplifies this somewhat – it offers 2-day unlimited rides on LRT, MRT and KL Monorail lines, however KTM Komuter lines are not included. Having said all this, rail travel is very cheap and efficient once you have acquainted yourself with the different railways.

The bus network is cheap, efficient and extensive. A free circular bus route exists within the Central Business District but can be congested at peak times.

Kuala Lumpur is not an ideal destination for travellers with limited mobility. The more modern areas of the city have been constructed and designed with accessibility in mind, but unfortunately the majority of the city can be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair or buggy.

Grab is the app of choice for locals to hail a car to get around. Fares vary depending on demand, so rush hour should be avoided.

Crime is not a big problem in Kuala Lumpur but as with all major cities, common sense should prevail particularly in areas with a lot of tourists which may be a target for pickpockets.

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About The Author

Mathew Browne

Mathew Browne is Snapp Guides' CTO as well as an award-winning photographer from Carmarthenshire, Wales. He specialises in all aspects of travel photography especially cityscapes, landscapes and night photography. His interest in travel photography has taken him to over 50 countries and is frequently featured online and in print by media outlets, tourist boards, newspapers and magazines. Mathew runs photography workshops and tours to teach others how to do the same. His first book "Wales in Photographs" is published in October 2018. Closer to home, he enjoys honing his craft with the rich variety of scenery that Wales offers in the company of his wife Louise and son George who was born in 2017.