Lonely Planet is out with a new book and Kuala Lumpur is in it! Titled The Place To Be, the book revolves around the idea that every place we visit conveys a particular emotion or feeling, with some emotions felt more distinctly in certain areas than others.
The book features over 240 travel destinations around the world, with 20 places and experiences assigned to each emotion and state of mind. According to the book, Kuala Lumpur is the place to be to experience Exhilaration!
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Read the excerpt on Kuala Lumpur from The Place To Be below:
For most of the year, the people of Kuala Lumpur live a life of quiet modernity, but every January or February, devout Hindus put down their mobile phones and pierce themselves like pin-cushions for the festival of Thaipusam, one of the world’s most extreme rituals of self-mortification.
Skewers through cheeks and tongues are de rigueur and more committed devotees sport portable altars known as kavadis mounted on gantries of spikes. A palpable sense of excitement grips the city as devotees affix their impalements and begin the long climb up the steps to the Batu Caves.
Travellers have been known to get carried away by the atmosphere, offering up their own skin for ritual piercing. Pilgrims enter a trance-like state, making them seemingly impervious to pain, but it is not known if this extends to tourist volunteers.
You can participate without the agony. The best festivals are not just spectacles but immersive experiences, where outsiders can step across the divide and feel for a moment what it would be like to be a local."
Other feelings and emotions talked about in the book include:
- Adventurous / Brave
- Alone / Solitary
- Awe / Wonder
- Ecstatic / Enlightened / Exhilarated
- Reflective / Thoughtful
What do you think? Is 'Exhilaration' the right emotion for Kuala Lumpur? What other emotions would you assign to KL or other Malaysian/Asian cities? Tell us in the comments.