Kuala Lumpur Offers Perfect Multi-cultural Mix for Events

Kuala Lumpur TowerI landed in Kuala Lumpur 2 days ago. It's my 17th time in Malaysia and, after a 3-year absence, it's great to be back. For corporate events, business meetings, incentive travel, and conferences, Malaysia offers the total package.

  • It's affordable.
    In 2010, it was ranked as one of the top 10 most affordable destinations in the world.
  • It has a rich cultural diversity
    Malaysians trace their roots to Chinese, Indian, Malay, and over 64 different groups of indigenous people. Visitors to Malaysia have an opportunity to sample cuisine, music and multi-cultural attractions
  • It offers variety.
    The landscape runs the full spectrum from rainforests to beaches to jungles to mountains that soar above the clouds. There is even a resort and casino (Genting Highlands)to which you have to travel by cable car above the clouds.

When visiting Malaysia, one trip is won't be enough to see everything. Kuala Lumpur, the capital, is a good place to start and use as your base for exploration. If most of your group is coming to Kuala Lumpur for the first time, start out with a city tour and view Petronas Twin Towers (up until recently the tallest building in the world), Kuala Lumpur Tower, the National Monument, the King's Palace, Embassy Row, the Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, and the Leather, Batik Souvenir Centre, Merdeka Square (Independence Square), and the old railway station.

Merdeka Square, Kuala LumpurOld Railway Station, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Once participants get their bearings, they can take advantage of the Hop-on Hop-off bus to get to major attractions.

 Hawker Stall, Kuala LumpurLittle India, Kuala Lumpur

Interesting areas to explore at night include Chinatown, Little India, and Bangsar, a truly "happening" area with a weekly night market. For playtime, there is nothing like the Sunway Lagoon and the Mines Wonderland (with a snow house, musical fountain and the only mall in the world that you enter by boat).

Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaLake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

For a touch of the outdoors, spend some time at Bukit Nanas at the forest reserve at the base of KL Tower, Taman Tasik Perdana (Lake Gardens), or the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (with a canopy walk).

Sports enthusiasts can take soccer (football) matches or polo at the Royal Selangor Polo club. Car enthusiast will enjoy the Formula One Grand Prix that takes place every year. Extend your itinerary by a day and explore some of the hill areas I featured in another Cvent blog.

Conference planners will be pleased that Kuala Lumpur has a number of conference centers; 5 Star hotels with meeting facilities and special event venues include The Saujana Hotel, Royale Chulan, Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, JW Marriott, Grand Millennium, and Hotel Maya.

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