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Kuala Lumpur is one of the most vibrant cities in Southeast Asia. It’s a melting pot of cultures, as its diverse immigrant population bring their own traditions and customs, combined with the local Malay way of life – as such, you won’t find any other city like it.
And while it may look like a big, spangly city with skyscrapers, you might be wondering if it’s the right city for a family vacation. I’m here to put your mind at ease, as there are many things to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids.
From exploring ancient temples, dining on street food, exploring eco forests – there is no shortage of family-friendly attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
Let’s check them out…
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur With Kids
History has proven that few good things come out of colonization, and like all great cities, Kuala Lumpur gained its independence from the Brits in 1957 and has proven itself to be one of the best places to visit in Malaysia and one of the great cities in Southeast Asia.
So without further ado, here are the best attractions in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the best places to eat, stay and hang out.
1. Eat at Jalan Alor, Hawker Market, Kuala Lumpur
If you’re ever unsure about where to eat in Kuala Lumpur, you can never go wrong with the world-renowned hawker market, Jalan Alor.
As soon as you walk along Jalan Bukit Bintang, the main thoroughfare, the energy of the street is infectious. You are surrounded by the sounds of BBQs sizzling and hawkers shouting their fares, the smells of smoke, and the mouth-watering aromas of spices and seared meats.
It was a good mix of lit billboards that promote luxury goods companies and street food smells wafting in the air.
This is the hybrid that is Kuala Lumpur today and it’s not to be missed.
2. Try Dondurma (Turkish ice cream)
On one corner of the Jalan Alor, there was a big crowd gathered that caught our attention. It was a vendor that served Dondurma (Turkish ice cream).
Dondurma is a bit different from the ice cream most of us are used to having. Its texture is thick and a bit chewy, and best of all, because of the inclusion of a thickening agent called salep, it has resistance to melting. Imagine that in the heat?
In what I learned to be a requirement in serving Dondurma, a show comes along with it.
In short, the customer is teased for a few…
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