By Nel de Leon

KUALA LUMPUR heightened my fondness for travel when I went there in 2010 with some friends. There were so many sights to see, things to do, and foods to try. That is understandable because this is the capital of Malaysia, a strong Southeast Asian country with diverse cultures and a rich history. Four days was too short to immerse myself with the local culture, so when I had the chance to come back in 2011, I grabbed it with both hands, this time with family.

I arranged our itinerary in such a way that almost every recommended spot was included. My family knows my penchant for creating do-it-yourself trips, and choosing independent budget travel over organized tours every time. Included in the itinerary this time was a trip to the prestigious Suria KLCC. Any visit to the Malaysia’s capital wouldn’t be complete without dropping by this prominent attraction at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers.

Engineered  and designed to be Malaysia’s icon to the world, Petronas’ Suria KLCC accommodates world-class retail outlets and attractions. It is a fantastic shopping center that has an art gallery and philharmonic hall, attracting foreigners and shoppers from around the world.  With six floors of entertainment, food and shopping choices, visitors can’t go wrong.

Suria KLCC’s dome exhibits radiance in the middle of the mall. Pic: Nel de Leon.

Suria KLCC’s dome exhibits radiance in the middle of the mall. Pic: Nel de Leon.

Through the Rapid KL Light Rail Transit, one of the efficient train systems in Kuala Lumpur, we easily reached the Suria KLCC. The shopping center itself is easy to navigate. A number of concierges are stationed strategically inside the mall to assist guests in their shopping needs.

If you are serious about shopping at Suria KLCC, prepare a whole day and a pocket full of cash. Suria KLCC houses some of the biggest brands in the fashion industry. To name a few: Jimmy Choo, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Cartier, Chanel, Brioni, and Paul Smith.

When hunger strikes you can take a break from the shopping and have some refreshments at the RASA Food Arena, a popular food court at the fourth level. You may also try the Signature Food Courton the second level, which offers fusion cuisines at affordable prices.

If food courts are not your thing and you would like to focus on a specific kind of meal, there are many restaurants and cafes to choose from. For a taste of American food with a little Mexican influence, try Chili’s Grill and Bar. Chakri Palace offers Thai; Du Viet for authentic Vietnamese;Spring Garden for Chinese flavors; Umai-Ya for Japanese cravings, and; Koryo-Won for Korean. There’s also an Indian restaurant called Spice of India, and a Taiwanese restaurant called Ki Ki Taiwan Cuisine. For cafés, there is the ever-popular Starbucks Coffee, the not-so-secret Secret Recipe, and the simple Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  If you want fast, no frills food, there are trusted fast food establishments in Suria KLCC. KFC and Pizza Hut are some of the fast food joints.

Suria KLCC is not just for shopping and food. It also offers entertainment facilities which make it an all around mall. There is simply something for everyone. There is the cinema at the third floor, Aquaria at the concourse level, the art gallery at the Petronas base, the Petrosains Science Discovery Center at the fourth floor, and the KLCC park right outside the mall. Of all these, I personally enjoyed the green space that is the KLCC park. It has a jogging track, a wading pool, a children’s playground and, the centerpiece of it all, the symphony fountain. The park is a major attraction in itself for it provides a relaxed atmosphere in the middle of busy Kuala Lumpur. Locals stay here after work to relax and recharge. Tourists, on the other hand, come here in droves around sunset until nightfall to catch the perfect photo opportunity with the Petronas Twin Towers.

The obligatory night shot showing Suria KLCC between the Petronas Twin Towers. Pic: Nel de Leon.

The obligatory night shot showing Suria KLCC between the Petronas Twin Towers. Pic: Nel de Leon.

Maybe, the combined magnificence and relaxed ambiance that Suria KLCC is what brought me back to Kuala Lumpur for the second time around. It has earned its rightful place as a major tourist attraction, I would not think twice about coming back again.

Metal dolphin sculptures adorn the pond of the KLCC Park. Pic: Nel de Leon.

Metal dolphin sculptures adorn the pond of the KLCC Park. Pic: Nel de Leon.

If you enjoyed this article and would like to find out more about travelling to Malaysia, please visit the Tourism Malaysia website

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About the author…

Nel De Leon
Nel de Leon is a tourism advocate blogging at http://pasahera.com. She has switched from gourmet coffee to pearl milk tea to save funds for her long-term travel plan. Talk to her on Twitter @pasahera.

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