Reasons to move to Kuala Lumpur, Southeast Asia

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Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL, is a beautiful city with approximately1.6 million inhabitants, set in the heart of Malaysia. Here, the ancient culture of Southeast Asia blends with modern technology and architecture to stunning effect. The city both suffers and benefits from a longstanding rivalry with Singapore, whereby both cities compete with each other to be the superior destination. Anything that Singapore does, Kuala Lumpur matches, and visa-versa.

This has made the KL skyline, housing and infrastructure amongst the most magnificent in the world, and there are now a plethora of remarkable attractions and sights to behold. The following is a rundown of some of the must see places when you’re in the city.

The City Centre

The centre of Kuala Lumpur is where you’ll find some of the most awe inspiring sights in the city. Beautifully landscaped parks sit in the shadow of gargantuan skyscrapers. Although officially located in the Golden Triangle district, the incredible Petronas Twin Towers, famous for holding the reign as the tallest building(s) in the world from 1998 to 2004, dominate the skyline.

For a taste of colonial times in the city, the former colonial administrative centre is also located in the area. The Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and Selangor Club can all provide a snapshot of the past. Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese commercial centre, more commonly known as Chinatown, is a hive of activity, with its numerous restaurants and street vendors serving some of the most amazing food on the planet.

The Golden Triangle

This is the busiest shopping zone in KL, as well as the financial centre of the city. Here you’ll find designer outlets, unique boutique stores and high end restaurants using the finest ingredients in Southeast Asia. Public transport to this district is simple, as the Golden Triangle is the hub of almost every bus or rail service.

One of the key attractions of this area is the Aquaria KLCC. This enormous aquarium houses over 5000 varieties of tropical fish, octopuses and all the underwater nasty’s you could ever want to behold - sharks, piranha and jellyfish to name but a few. Or, for the budding scientist or enthusiast, Petrosains can offer an eye opening insight into the world of petrol production and the technology that makes the industry work.

Of course, there’s no way you can forget to visit the KL Tower. This location offers an amazing view of the city that has to be seen to be believed. Prices are reasonable and multimedia presentations provide visitors with an in depth experience of the city. And for the adrenaline junkies, the opportunity to bungee jump from a 421 metre building is one that should not be passed up. But for those with more gentile tastes, the revolving restaurant can offer some of the best views and most refined food in Kuala Lumpur.

If you’re looking to move to South East Asia, Kuala Lumpur has much to offer. There’s something for everyone to do in this unique, sprawling city and time spent here will be an experience you’ll never forget. The fact that it is such a diverse and relaxed city, where people are known to be quite laid back, makes this a great city for British Expats to emigrate to, as it is surprisingly easy to live there.

Submitted by Kirsty Collingwood, Marketing Manager at Crown Relocations. Crown Relocations is an international removals company that specialises in moving abroad, managing every step of the journey from visas to property management, finding schools to packing up.

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