KUALA LUMPUR :
Long, long ago in 1857 some 87 sailing Chinese mineral prospectors struck tinat the confluence of Klang and Gombak rivers and christened the spot as Kuala Lumpur, which meant "muddy river mouth". In contrast, there standstoday a modern, civilised city, leaving far behind the history of its tin trade.
It is the Capital of the federation of Malaysia. Getting there isquite easy with around 40 airlines flying to and from the KL international airport at Sepang. By road, rail and sea too it is easily accessible. The main port-of-call for cruise liners is Port Klang, 41 km from KL. The city is dotted with sky-scapers. The world's tallest building, 88-storey, 452-metre Petronas Towers,is here.
The other places of interest are Chinatown and its night markets for food,Merdeka Square ( the site of original settlement), Sultan Abdul Samed Building ( a major landmark, houses the Supreme Court), Masjid Jamek, Railway Station, National Zoo where sea lion can be seen, Central Market, Petronas Art Gallery, Menara KL ( the tallest tower of Asia, one can go up for a panoramic view of the city), National Museum, National Mosque, National Art Gallery, the popular Lake Gardens, Deer Park and Butterfly Park. Chinatown, Jalan Pudu Lama and Jalan Bukit Bintang are places where budget hotels are available.