Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Which is Better?

Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur? Choices, choices, choices.

If you’re planning a trip to Asia, the two cities mentioned above are probably on your shortlist of places to visit. But, which is better? Well, we’ve looked at an array of things, such as cost, things to do, and nightlife, and have made a decision for you. Which city wins? Just keep reading.

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Location – Kuala Lumpur

When it comes to location, Kuala Lumpur edges it. As its closer to Australia than Bangkok, it’s going to be easier for many people to reach. It’ll also take a shorter amount of time to reach if you’re coming from New Zealand. Interesting fact many travelers are chartering private jets to Kuala Lumpur.

Scenery – Kuala Lumpur

The Scenery in both places is amazing, but Kuala Lumpur once again edges it. The city’s skyline is absolutely stunning, and features many iconic buildings such as the Kuala Lumpur tower and the Petronas Twin Towers. It’s also a lot greener. There are more trees here, and lush greenery surrounds the outer limits of the city.

Street life – Bangkok

Walking along the streets in Bangkok is just an interesting thing to do. The city has some interesting architecture, and there is always something fascinating for you to stop and look at. The city just feels more vibrant than Kuala Lumpur, which is why Bangkok takes this particular accolade.

Cuisine – Kuala Lumpur

Both Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are amazing when it comes to dining. You could stay in both forever and never get bored of the range of food items available. But the range available in Kuala Lumpur is otherworldly, which is why the Malaysian capital takes the award for cuisine. Sorry, Bangkok.

People – Bangkok

The people in Bangkok are as interesting as the place itself. They’re friendly, unique, and will go out of their way to socialise with you. That’s not to say the people of Kuala Lumpur are bad, they’re just a little more reserved. Bangkok wins this one.

Tourist Attractions – Bangkok

Both cities have amazing sights to see. The reason Bangkok wins here is because many of the attractions are located close to one another. In Kuala Lumpur, a little more travelling has to be done to see all of the sights. As you can tell, not a lot in this one.

Shopping – Bangkok

This was another close contest, but Bangkok wins it by the narrowest of margins. While in both cities you’ll find quality merchandise and an abundance of places to shop, what seals it for Bangkok are the low prices found throughout the city. With Siam Paragon and other big malls located within the city, virtually everything you want can be found here, and at a great price, too. With many duty free options around, tourists often marvel at the amount of bargains on offer here.

So, the Winner is… Bangkok (Only Just!)

By a margin of 4-3, Bangkok wins out in the battle of the cities. While Kuala Lumpur is indeed a fantastic place, we believe Bangkok offers just that little bit more. And it turns out tourists agree with us. Last year, Bangkok finished second in the list of most visited world cities. In 2013, it finished first, pipping London to the title.

If you’re undecided between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, we recommend you go for Thailand’s capital. Unless of course you’re travelling solely for the fine dining! If you want to travel in style you might want to consider chartering a private jet to Bangkok.

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