Upon departure of Malaysia I was thinking of how I would ever describe the past few days there. The city of Kuala Lumpur is undoubtedly something I’ve never seen before. This urbanized city is filled with skyscrapers that tower over you. It is now home to the tallest set of twin towers in the world. The Petronas Towers are filled with businesses, amazing retail shops, and a variety of restaurants with every kind of cuisine imaginable. So as you can assume, with some of the best shopping and food, the city’s nightlife is also incredible! The streets of Kuala Lumpur are filled with local venders alongside the multitude of different hot night spots that stay open into the wee hours of the morning. This being said, sleeping gets bumped down a little lower on the priority list.
It’s within the light of day that this fast paced urban city reveals a different side. Mixed between the concrete and growing industrialization the city also has a deeply preserved history and lush greenery. Kuala Lumpur sits in one of the worlds largest untouched jungles. It has done an excellent job of safeguarding the environment and using its allure to enhance the city. We got to see this raw beauty firsthand by taking a short ride just an hour north to the Genting Highlands. After a 12 minute ride on a sky tram looking over the rolling jungle mountains you arrive at the world’s largest hotel and casino. This resort/theme park was built by Lim Goh Tong, a man who came from nothing, but with passion and a dream created something amazing. As you can see from the photo, the view from the top is breathtaking!
Looking back on the past few days spent in Kuala Lumpur, I have concluded that it’s really a city that never sleeps, yet lies in the most natural, tranquil jungle imaginable. Like any jungle ecosystem, it’s made up of all kinds of species of plants and animals. Kuala Lumpur is no different with its wide variety of history, culture and ranging ethnic groups. It is truly something special with this mix of growing urban industrialization and mother nature acting as a strong root system grounding it’s growth.
Malaysia is a place that embodies both the nature and the urban vibe, so I was temporarily baffled by an accurate description. After some thought, I’ve determined that it’s nothing short of The Jungle City.
– Madison Dooley