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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer more?
Kuala Lumpur 5 38.46%
Boston 10 76.92%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 13. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 01-24-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Bostonia is a place of 7.6 million people, while Kuala Lumpur is a place of 7.5 million people (in Klang Valley)-- albeit Kuala Lumpur takes up FAR less land area to achieve this population and a higher density.

I've recently had the pleasure of visiting Kuala Lumpur for the first time this passed summer, I was amazed by it. Modern, sophisticated, cultured, fast paced, excellent quality of a city. I left it thinking if I were given a project there, I could easily live there and accommodate myself to it. I was stunned by the incredible natural beauty of the area surrounding it, absolutely stunned. The people were amazing and the quality of service was so exceptional there. Even though I barely know the city and only saw it for a few days as a tourist, I must say I deeply miss the city and I miss the polished historical buildings too and the absolutely gorgeous modern skyline. I have nothing but exceptional things to say about my experience in Malaysia and especially Kuala Lumpur-- being as I am Southeast Asian/South Asian/American, I felt right at home there instantly. It felt like a safe and clean city to me throughout and a prosperous one.

Now Boston is one of my favorite cities in the United States, I just saw it about 2 months or so ago and likewise it's a very modern but historical city with very lovely scenery as well. It has a bit of a reserved New England culture but the city speaks to quality to me at everything, the urban parks there like Boston Common and Boston Public Gardens are my all time favorites in all of America. It's the only place you can have a Sam Adams beer at a bar right across the grave of the actual Samuel Adams. The incredibly safe (for American standards) and clean city is also very polished. I loved all the historical sites and the harbor, the food, and overall my experience there has been nothing short of exceptional too. I have nothing bad to say about this city either and it's one of the FAR and few places I could EASILY live in the United States if I had to leave my home, Washington. Neighborhoods like Beacon Hill, North End, Southie, Back Bay, streets like Boylston and Newbury were incredible (and lively) experiences for me. Few cities in America are as great as Boston.

Both places have beautiful scenery, Kuala Lumpur is more dramatic scenery-- far more appealing personally, the coastline nearby as well. Beautiful water colors. However, the point nonetheless being, both are very beautiful cities from street level, air, sea, whatever the case.

Have any of you been to both? Please share some experiences. For some reason while these cities have superficial similarities, they're actually nothing alike but remind me of one another-- I don't know why. Which of the two would you rather visit or live in? What interests you about them? Please feel free to add anything else you'd like as well.

I'll leave the poll as multiple choice to the few (like me) would be torn to pick between these two absolutely lovely cities.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Boston. No contest for me. But then again I don't like very modern cities and Boston appeals to me archtecturally , culturally and esthetically....


Not enough old buildings left for me, too many skyscrapers and ( to me) bland and characterless modern shiny buildings in KL. I love Malaysia, malaysian food but KL does nothing for me. And it is even more humid than Boston is in summer...

I adore New England and to me Boston is one of the few cities in the US I would want to live.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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Boston. No contest for me. But then again I don't like very modern cities and Boston appeals to me archtecturally , culturally and esthetically....


Not enough old buildings left for me, too many skyscrapers and ( to me) bland and characterless modern shiny buildings in KL. I love Malaysia, malaysian food but KL does nothing for me. And it is even more humid than Boston is in summer...

I adore New England and to me Boston is one of the few cities in the US I would want to live.
When I found out we were headed from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and later on Bangkok I was excited about Bangkok and I felt the exact same way you do (in bold) about Kuala Lumpur.

I had the impression it was a very boring, lifeless, cultureless, too modern of a city and did I mention boring? My impression as an American before visiting was that I was going to see one of the worlds top 5 most boring cities. Something I later regretted thinking. When I got there, the first 5 minutes alone dispelled all those thoughts. I was simply blown away by how wrong I was on each and every single one of those fronts. I still wouldn't describe it as a panacea of fun but I wouldn't for Boston either.

Then again, I consider myself a boring person. Someone that only experiences nightlife till 12 and calls it a night afterwards. Loved both places, saw Malaysia's second in command city too (Johor Bahru) and that one was definitely boring despite being a formidably large metropolitan of 2.5 million. Yeeesh.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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No contest for me. Hands down, Boston! It is both historical and modern. I actually walked the entire Freedom Trail :-) Don't mind living there.

KL is not a walkable city and does not have much character. I prefer Penang to KL.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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I've been to both. My dad is Malaysian (though not from KL), so I've been to KL many times, the first time around 1990 or so, so I have seen it change over time. I'm still more familiar with Singapore, but a lot of my overseas vacation memories as a child include a lot of Kuala Lumpur.

Obviously, they are so different that it's hard to compare. The one area where KL kills Boston or any American city, at least if you like Asian food, is food. I'd say KL rivals Singapore for food: probably the best Indian food in the world - some even say better than you can find in India (I've heard the same thing about London).

As for the cities themselves. KL is pretty sprawling for an Asian city, but is still pretty dense. Feels more chaotic than Singapore. It has grown A LOT in the past 15-20 years, and there's been tons of developments. I think the Petronas Twin Towers being the world's tallest buildings from 1996 to 2004 really marked Malaysia and KL's emergence on the 'world stage.' It definitely has a lot of modernity, that's for sure, but also has the Asian grit. It's also a very cosmopolitan city like Singapore with different cultures, which have also blended a bit to some degree. It's a relatively young city, founded by Chinese tin miners in the 1880s I believe, and differs from the more traditionally British Straits settlements of Penang, Melaka and Singapore. Still, it's historic centre still has some handsome buildings.

Personally, I think KL is definitely as good as Bangkok and doesn't feel as sleazy. The Islamic culture is different from the Buddhist culture that dominates Thailand but you have a lot of Chinese Buddhists in the city.

Boston is a very clean, modern city, but has a lot of history KL can't hope to match. It's one of the few American cities that feels 'colonial' at it's core. KL is definitely a lot more vibrant/busy, as Asian cities usually are for the size, although Boston is more walkable than both. Boston's T is probably more practical than KL's system. For an Asian system I feel KL's public transport is a bit lacking. It's not as easy to know or get around as Singapore. Both are pretty exciting cities though that are worth a check out.
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