Kuala Lumpur: more than just a stopover

At the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) we focus on providing exceptional educational events for the veterinary profession. However, we also work very hard to create truly welcoming events in fascinating locations, providing an experience which will stay with you long after you return home. This year's ISFM Asia-Pacific Feline Congress is no different. We have a packed scientific programme, which includes high-level masterclasses, plus scheduled in free time to allow delegates to enjoy the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Still not sure if this is the destination for you? Here are some reasons why Kuala Lumpur should be on your 'bucket list' and why it is way more than just a stopover destination... 

Petronas Twin Towers
No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world. The towers stand at an imposing height of 452 metres and are connected with a 58 metre long 'Sky Bridge'. Surrounding the towers are a host of other popular attractions including Malaysia's premier shopping centre Suria KLCC, a 50-acre park with fountains and lakes, Petronas Art Gallery and the state-of-the-art Aquaria KLCC oceanarium.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building
In striking contrast to the Petronas Towers, is the historic Sultan Abdul Samad Building, one of the most important and beautiful landmarks in Kuala Lumpur. Constructed entirely of brick, this well-preserved building features strong gothic, western and Moorish-style influences with an imposing 41.2 metre high clock tower, graceful and intricate arches, and curved colonnades topped with copper cupolas.

Batu Caves
Batu Caves are located just 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur and are a must-see attraction. These ancient limestone caves are guarded by a monumental statue of a Hindu God, and contain a number of different caverns housing shrines, paintings and statues of Hindu idols and deities. Cathedral Cave – the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves – houses several Hindu shrines beneath its amazing 100-metre-high arched ceiling. 

Central Market & Petaling Street
Kuala Lumpur is often described as  a ‘one-stop souvenir shop for everything’. Its Central Market is a hugely popular flea market which boasts an amazing range of handicraft and souvenir stalls, as well as boutiques selling authentic Malaysian batik prints and local artwork. Just a five-minute walk away from Central Market is the ever-bustling Petaling Street in KL's Chinatown, where pretty much everything is on sale at bargain prices.

Jalan Alor eateries
After the sun sets in Kuala Lumpur, make your way to Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang for a gastronomic experience of Asian delicacies and local hawker fare. Filled with rows of stylish air-conditioned restaurants, mixed in with hawker stalls, there is something for everyone. The barbecued meats, noodles and desserts on offer are some of the best (and cheapest) in the city. 

Changkat nightlife
No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without experiencing its vibrant nightlife, and Changkat Bukit Bintang is the city’s most popular nightlife destination. Just a five-minute walk from Jalan Alor, this area is buzzing with international two-storey restaurants, lively nightclubs, cocktail lounges, whisky bars, and lively Irish pubs. 

This is just a taster of what Kuala Lumpur has to offer...
This fascinating and vibrant city also boasts an excellent transport system, making travel around the city and to the airport a breeze.

We think Kuala Lumpur is hard to beat as both a congress and sightseeing destination. So why not combine the two – investing in both your career and your wellbeing.

To find out more about ISFM's Asia-Pacific Feline Congress, click here.

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