Visitors to Malaysia often include a stopover at Kuala Lumpur in their itineraries, but there are actually a few other worthwhile spots to visit nearby if you want to get a sense of the country’s culture with all the amenities of a modern setting. A mere 20 kilometres away from the capital, for example, is Bandar Sunway, which holds among other things one of the most popular water theme parks in Asia.
That already tells you what sort of place it is, though. This is probably not the ideal place to visit if you seek a more rustic experience of Malaysia. This is a place where the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon exists, where Pitbull and OneDirection have concerts, and where a shopping mall with more than four million square feet of retail space exists.
From here you can hop on an aircraft to take you to Singapore in less than half an hour and from which you can travel using any number of major highways to reach cities like Petaling Jaya and the country’s capital. Nearly every hotel here offers online booking and also offers details about its services and prices on the Web, which makes it easy to compare and book lodging from among your many choices.
In sum, Bandar Sunway is Malaysia at its most modern.
Does this mean you can no longer get a good experience of local culture here? Hardly! Rather, it actually offers you a good glimpse into how Malaysia has grown and aged with the times and technology.
There are more than a few centres of local culture to visit here for insight. You can try the universities—of which Bandar Sunway has several—for instance, in order to get a new understanding of how young Malaysians now are being educated as well as what directions they are heading intellectually as well as philosophically. You can check out The One Academy of Communication Design to learn more about their directions in art and marketing. You can visit religious sites like the Majid al-Husna if your interest in more in seeing how modern Malaysians conduct spiritual worship. You can sample the many restaurants in the township too for the culinary side of your trip.
And of course, you can visit the Pyramid. The Sunway Pyramid has long been one of Bandar Sunway’s biggest draws—for locals as well as for tourists. This enormous shopping mall actually opened a while back (in 1997, to be precise), but it has gone through several expansions and improvements since then. It is impossible to miss if you come to Bandar Sunway, given its central location as well as its size. Besides, most tourists get directed to it if they need to buy something.
Alternatively, you can visit the Sunway Lagoon. Not only is this mammoth-sized theme park chock-full of attractions, but it also boasts Surf Beach, where a lot of international artists visiting the country have concerts. Surf Beach also happens to be one of the largest manmade beaches in the world, by the way, so that may be added reason for visiting it.
The best reason to visit Sunway is really to use it as a jump-off point or as a comfy home-base for your travels in the country. Yes, there are dozens and dozens of remote temples and islands worth a look when in Malaysia, but most of these can be accessed quite efficiently from Sunway too thanks to its central location and high connectedness when it comes to local transport pathways. If practicality and comfort are high on your list when traveling, it is hard to trump the modern efficiency of places like Bandar Sunway—so if you want a comfortable and efficient place to leap from as you dive through the treasures of Malaysia, book here now for a Sunway lodging.