Kelang (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia
Seaport for the sprawling Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area, Kelang lies on the fabled Strait of Malacca about halfway up Malaysia's west coast. Kelang boasts a thriving Little India district, but visitors should spend the bulk of their time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's energetic capital about a 90-minute drive inland from the passenger cruise terminal.
What We Love
Perdana Botanical Garden: Also known as the Lake Gardens, this giant green space in the middle of the helter-skelter city features an aviary, butterfly park, several museums, orchid garden, and numerous walking paths.
Rooftop Bars: Kuala Lumpur's sultry climate lends itself to al fresco cocktails at places like Marini's on 57, the Heli Lounge Bar (on an actual helipad), and the SkyBar atop the Traders Hotel.
Best Known For
Food: Few places anywhere on the planet offer such a tasty array of edibles — local Malay and Peranakan cuisine, North and South Indian, and half a dozen different types of Chinese. Sample the local fare in street stalls, hawker centers, or gourmet restaurants.
Architecture: From the British colonial Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the flamboyant Sri Mahamariamman Temple to the Petronas Twin Towers and delicate Dayabumi Complex, the variety and panache of Kuala Lumpur's buildings is bound to blow your mind.
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Who It's Best For
Foodies: This goes without saying. You could literally eat your way through several nations just within the confines of this city.
Shopaholics: Kuala Lumpur's shopping scene runs a broad gamut from luxury shops in air-conditioned malls to gotta-bargain street stalls in Little India, Chinatown, and Jalan Alor.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Traffic Is Often Horrendous: Think about walking or taking public transit. And remember: Cars drive on the left side of the road — Malaysia is a former British colony.
The Port Is Far From Picturesque: Cranes, containers, oil tanks, and public housing make for a rather drab waterfront landscape.
Joe Yogerst is a California-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Travel + Leisure.