Kuala Lumpur, what you might or might not think about Asia

Asia is different. The unrelenting heat, the spicy food, the huge contrasts from the incredibly poor and rich, diseases and illnesses, corruption and cronyism and the whole maddening noise and pace of life all get under your skin and can have a profound effect. 

You don't have to be here that long for it to take a hold on you. Asia changes you. Some people for the better, others for the worse. Your whole perspective on life changes and you find yourself questioning some of your previous beliefs. Living here is an exciting and invigorating thing. The culture, foods and people all seem a world away from the Western world because, of course, they are. Maybe it is not an easy transition to make. At first it doesn't seem to be palatable it's exotic and diverse flavors but after a while you get used to it and before too long you develop a preference for it. The experience can be unusual, perhaps not entirely comfortable at first but you soon become to appreciate that it is always exciting, dynamic and quite simply, you never know what will happen next. You learn to expect the unexpected. Keep an open mind and try to go with the flow. 

If anything here really sounds crazy, talking about it to somebody who hasn't lived this life is like trying to explain colors to a blind man. Life in Asia has to be experienced to be believed.

However, finding the perfect place to live in Asia can be tough, but somewhat never boring experience. Spend a few months in the country and see how it is, without committing yourself totally. That'll give you a good idea of what it is like to live there, which really is completely different to what it is like holidaying. You do need to reconsider your Western ways and you may be asked to compromise your principles if you want to survive, and prosper.

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Kuala Lumpur (KL) is one of the most overlooked cities in Asia for quality of life. However in pure terms of luxury versus cost, offers a good value opportunity in an upper-middle class emerging economy. While it doesn’t have much glorious views, things generally work well more or less on schedule, but prices remain reasonable. It offers a lot to the Asian expat who doesn’t want to spend $5,000 a month to live in a centrally-located broom closet.

Truly Asia - The Essence of Asia - The soul of Asia: is surely here? It’s safe to say that the city doesn’t meet most travelers’ expectations. If you’ve got an idea that says how Asia has to look, smell and sound like then KL definitely doesn’t match up with it. It is Southeast Asia’s underrated, hidden gem. A city of contrast and diversity. However a place not totally overrun by foreigners, making a visit all the more interesting. It has a certain flair but it is definitely way less authentic what you imagine. It feels rather sterile. Expect nothing experience everything. So like any other place on earth, if you want to find something of value in any place it is there.

The cultural and religion mixture that gives its soul. A melting pot which is unique in Asia. Cultures from around the region have settled in this more liberal part of Malaysia. In addition to the local Malay population, there’s a substantial population of Chinese, Indians, Middle Easterners, Western expats and British colonials have all put their mark on the city. There is hence also a profusion of faiths and religions, with Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sikhism and even shamanism on the map. It is one of the significant characteristics of Malaysian culture. I suspect something that one probably didn’t have in mind when thinking of South East Asian exoticism.

Malaysia is a mix of the modern world and a developing nation. A financial hub and a business centre. With its investment in the high technology industries and moderate oil wealth, it has become one of the richer nations in SEA. The conservation and sustainable use of Malaysia’s biodiverse and forested environment is critical to the future prosperity. It seems the country recognizes the need for changes and developments, but what will happen is the question of the future.

Kuala Lumpur is a fascinating mix between old and new, from historical sites to cutting edge architecture, with some of the largest luxury fashion malls and skyscrapers in Asia. Colonial landmarks are like gems hidden amongst the modern cityscape of glass, steel and concrete. It epitomizes the Malaysian melting-pot with more sharp contrasts and cultural diversity than most cities can boast. No matter where you venture it is full of local neighborhoods and a very vibrant cultural, street life. Spend hours wandering through the concrete alleyways all around the city and find plenty to pique your interest. The Malaysian lifestyle, with its charming pace and unique practices, leaves no visitor unmoved. As the capital city of a former British colony English is widely spoken making interaction with friendly people easy. Hospitable locals are thrilled with the international attention given to this emerging city. There are unique food from different races and regions readily available. It is, in my opinion, one of the world’s best food cities. Whatever you like, KL is a great place to eat your way through Asia or the world.

Malayan Railway Administration Office building

While transportation can be a bit disjointed in Kuala Lumpur, it is a great city for those who want a taste of different cultures. It has great cultural options and interesting things to do, including its elevation of street food to a highly social and hygienic art form. And, there is one of the major airports in SEA which has a good connection anywhere in Australasia.