Visit the Batu Caves, a major Hindu Shrine, and the site of the yearly Thaipusam Festival from mid-January to mid-February. During Thaipusam, thousands of Hindu pilgrims journey to the Batu Caves to do penance for their worldly sins, often through elaborate body piercing. The caves contain a series of caverns and grottoes, filled with colorful painted sculptures of the pantheon of Hindu gods, and the immense cliff faces outside the caves are the favorite rock climbing routes of local macaque monkeys.
Visit the impressive Islamic Museum with the founder, a friend of Remote Lands, whose team has tastefully populated this modern building with beautiful calligraphy of Qu'ran verses, jewelry, armor, ceramics, and other art pieces and relics.
Wander the calming grounds of Masjid Jamek, Kuala Lumpur's most beautiful mosque - a Mughal fantasy of arches, minarets and onion domes.
Start your morning with a tai chi lesson at a local park. Kuala Lumpur has a large Chinese community, who perform their daily exercise and meditation at the city's various parks.
See Kuala Lumpur's Islamic-inspired, iconic landmark: the Petronas Towers. A symbol of Malaysia's booming economy, the towers were financed by the state-owned Petronas oil company, which occupies the entirety of Tower One's 88 floors. Take a high-speed elevator to the viewing deck and walk on the Sky Bridge connecting the two towers.
Plunge into Malaysia's diverse cultural mix while wandering the bustling morning Pudu Market, the main produce market in Kuala Lumpur. Here, ethnic Chinese, Malay and Indian vendors hawk tropical fruit, greens, clothes, local crafts, and just about anything you can imagine.
Go on a "food crawl" through the eclectic, flavorful world of Malaysian street-food. Sampling hawker food is practically the national pastime, and your guide can introduce you to the top local specialties, which blend Chinese, Indian, and Malay influences. Sample nasi lemak, rice steeped in coconut milk, lemongrass and ginger, and garnished with anchovies, roasted peanuts, pickled vegetables, a variety of meats and hot spicy sauce (sambal). There’s also Indonesian satays, South Indian roti chennai (a popular flaky flatbread), and Chinese-style fried rice noodles, or mee.
Enjoy a walking tour of the old Colonial District for a taste of the city's British past. Pass through Little India and experience its vibrant community, full of kaleidoscopic colors and pungent smells. Finish in Chinatown, the heart and soul of Kuala Lumpur's large Chinese population.