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Destination 1: Kuala Lumpur (Apr 15-17)The Flight: We left New Delhi on 14 April via ‘Air Asia’ flight which left around midnight. The good part about this particular airliner is, it is cheap. The bad part, the flight is too crowded with no in-flight entertainment system and little seating space which makes it slightly (read highly) uncomfortable to sit for 5 hours at one single position. It was like a GoAir or Indigo (actually much worse) except for a longer duration flight. Word of caution: Book Air Asia if you are really tight on budget. Else I would recommend Malaysia Airlines or some other slightly ‘premium’ carrier. (P.S. I never knew this about Air Asia while booking).Place to stay: Tune Hotels, DowntownStay Price: Rs 1500 per night (paid in India before leaving)We arrived KL on the morning of 15 April. The good part is I belong to a worldwide community called Toastmasters, and the great part is KL itself has more than 100 Toastmasters clubs. Hence the moment we landed on the KLIA2 Airport, one of the Toastmasters who I have been in touch with for attending a meeting was already there waiting for us. It was wonderfully kind and generous of him to do so. Malaysian hospitality by a British immigrant Toastmaster!After attending the meeting, we went to our hotel. Tune Hotel is like Oyo Rooms except that the rooms are somewhat smaller than Oyo. But with all the amenities and a good brand name it’s great for a budget hotel.Things to do:I have lived in almost all major cities of India. But when I began roaming around KL, I realized none of the places I have lived compare even an inch bit to the grandeur in appearance and the openness in culture that this city represents. We were awed with the high-rise buildings, the visits across the city from the monorail, the Petronas twin towers, the beautifully decorated cars, the dresses of the women of the city, the free KL bus, the evening rain, the people playing music on the streets for money, and a lot lot more.While in KL, we went to the following places (all of these are definitely Do’s):a. Batu Cavesb. Bukit Bintang – you will be awe-inspired by the gala of the place!c. Street Food opposite Bukit Bintang – heaven for foodiesd. The Petronas Twin Towers – you will keep walking in a shopping mall without realizing when you are underneath the Petronas twinTowers! We didn’t go all the way up to the deck. Personally speaking I didn’t find it worth to spend RM 85 for the view.e. KL City Gallery – You will come across a beautiful city museum with a lights show of entire KL. For RM5, this place is totally worth it.f. I Love KL – Right next to KL city gallery. Definitely the right place to get yourself clicked!g. Chinatown – This place is famous in KL for its Sarojini Nagar type low cost street shopping.h. Little India – If you are from India, do pay a visit and enjoy some inexpensive South Indian food. You can also buy stuff which is part Indian from the Malaysian Indian kirana stores.Food:Speaking of food, for all the vegetarians in the house, Malaysia has their own special version of vegetarian dish which is available almost everywhere in the country. It’s called Roti Canai (pronounced as roti-chanai). Roti Canai is nothing but plain naan served with dal. For a tasty, stomach filling inexpensive dish, this is a safe vegetarian option for those who do not indulge in other foods.Right next to the Tune hotel where we stayed is this place called ‘Pak Punjab’ which serves authentic north-Indian food. Yes, that means paratha, chholey, dal, naan and what not. With tasty food, reasonable prices and hospitable staff, I would recommend this place if you want to taste good north Indian food (believe me you do get craving for ghar ka khana (home food) while away from home).Yet another delicious Malaysian cuisine which I want everyone to taste is the ‘Teh Tarik’ or local Malaysian tea. It has a very different taste which you will never have tasted before. Not only is it unique, it’s delicious as well. We made sure we drink ‘Teh Tarik’ every single day while we were there!Transport:KL has a beautiful train system which was rather complicated for us as newcomers. The monorail connects with the main metro lines (the city has 3 of them). But the good part is, Uber is everywhere! And so is Grab car, which is the Ola of Malaysia (rather south-east Asia). If you have Uber app, no worries. People driving their awesome personal cars will pick you up and drop you to the place of your choice. Alternatively you can also download the ‘Grab’ app for more options.For outstation travel, Malaysia has impeccable roads and an excellent bus service which operates everyday to almost all important destinations across the country. You can book the bus in advance if you are the cautious kinds else you can also go to the bus station and get the tickets at the counter.So after two days of fun, frolic and masti (enjoyment) in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, we took the bus from the KL bus station and moved to our next destination – Cameron Highlands.
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Petronas Twin Towers
For my one full day in KL, I decided to take in the city’s architectural sights followed by an afternoon of the #1 tourist activity here – shopping. Kuala Lumpur, also known as the “Garden City of Lights”, is the capital city of Malaysia. It’s a rapidly-evolving, modern city, with a goal of catapulting Malaysia into “fully industrialized nation” status by the year 2020. After a morning of walking around the city, through the parks and taking about 50 pictures of the Petronas Towers (they are so impressive, it’s hard to stop – though equally hard to get a good picture with all of them in it) I headed into the KLCC Shopping Center. I spent some quality time there and actually did buy a few things before catching an adventurous wave and taking the train down to Chinatown to the well-known Petaling Market. The market was loud, colorful and aromatic with smells from the many street vendors wafting through the stands. I tested my haggling skills with the street vendors and eventually bought a couple of very reasonably priced souvenirs.
It’s a must visit place. Full of monkeys. Cave is really amazing from inside. The best part is the location. It’s a Hindu temple but visited by every tourist who come to KL. Take KTM commuter directly to BATU Caves from KL Sentral (2 RM each). You need to climb 272 steps to reach the Limestone Cave.
Suria KLCC Jalan P Ramlee Kuala Lumpur City Centre Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
We were very hungry by the time we left the towers and on the way, we stopped for food.The next destination was KL tower; KL tower is a telecommunication tower and it looks taller when compared to the twin towers. There is an elevator to reach the top of the tower. If you have time, visit the revolving restaurant- atmosphere 360 on top of this tower and it will surely be an amazing experience.
Petronas Twin Tower Kuala Lumpur City Centre Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
KL has plenty of Indian restaurants, so you’re not going to miss your parathas, dosas, or any other Indian delicacies. After a short noon-break for lunch and rest, we made our next move to visit the KL tower and the PETRONAS towers. KL tower is situated in a tad bit isolated area, but the PETRONAS towers was buzzing with people, posing crazily and happily, to savor their memories, or update their profile pictures.The PETRONAS towers: What a marvel, man has made? A cool breeze blew in the entire area, as we messed up with our look and camera skills (read, selfies). Inside the towers is an even more happening area, with shops and food joint making the most of the glamour. After having a refreshing drink of slush, we moved back to our temporary abode. Our legs had been quite patient with all that walking, our first day of our first International trip came to an end. Oh wait, we again found some Indian food to kill that hunger pang.Second day, we had some time for memento shopping at the nearby flea market (it was huge), before catching our next flight to Bali. And, having packing up everything, we took to BALI!!!!
Kl Bird Park Jalan Cenderawasih Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Our two-day visit to KL was cut short to a day, due to a technical glitch in the flight. However, our day went by with visiting KL Bird Park during the morning. Now, I’d prefer calling it a reserve, owing to its huge area-span and wide collection of birds. The best part, apart from the carnivorous birds, and a select few, all were freely flying in the park. The park is cut off from the outside world, by fences and a huge net on top, acting as a preventive measure to avoid any bird from flying outside. It is spread over 20.9 acres of space and is known as “World’s largest free-flight, walk-in aviary”. They claim to have a live collection of around 3000 birds, and I would dare not challenge them. This park is divided into 4 zones; where zones 1 and 2 are the free flight zones, zone 3 is the hornbill park and zone 4 consists of birds in special cages and mini aviaries. It boasts of attractions like, taking close-up snaps with unique birds (like parakeets, owls, etc.); a bird show, bird-feeding shows and a few more. In short, this is a must-visit place if KL is in your travel itinerary anytime.
Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur
At the heart of Kuala Lumpur is an area which never sleeps, and far more colourful and bustling than its bigger and more glamourous neighbours, KLCC & Bukit Bintang. Chinatown is also a well-known bargain hunter’s paradise, a place where you can find all sorts of stuff from Chinese herbs to imitation goods. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market, filled with hundreds of stalls offering all kinds of goods at dirt-cheap prices, and the best thing is, the prices can be brought lower still as haggling is the way of life here.
National Monument Jalan Parlimen Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
The next stop was the National monument which is a war memorial. It was built to honor the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the world war. We spent about an hour here as we needed some rest from the scorching sun. From the memorial, we went to the PETRONAS towers (twin towers). We did not have time to go inside the towers or the mall and hence stopped for few pictures. While on the way back from the towers, we stopped again to get the full view of the towers for the pictures.
Kuala Lumpur Tower Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
I took a train (you can buy the tickets from the vending machine) from KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang, where my hotel was. Side note: Bukit Bintang is one of the better places to stay in, as the other areas tend to be too touristy or not central enough to all the attractions. Although the check-in was at 3pm, my logic was to leave my luggage at the reception till check-in time so I won’t have to be burdened by it while walking around (as I absolutely had to grab breakfast lest I faint). Capitol Hotel Kuala Lumpur had rave reviews on tripadvisor, and I saw why when I walked in and gave them my Agoda voucher – they let me check in at 10am. Best-thing-ever.
National Mosque of Malaysia Jalan Perdana Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
The museum is right next to the KL Planetarium and is totally worth a visit, only if you’re an art fanatic like me. Otherwise, it can be pretty wasted on most. However, they have unique collectibles in the museum souvenir shop that you can buy back – stuff that you probably cannot find anywhere else in KL. After the museum, I got on board the trusty train again to head towards Masjid India (this is closest to Masjid Jamek Station) for a delicious bout of Indian food at ABC Food Corner.
Nu Sentral Jalan Stesen Sentral 5 Brickfields Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Leaving the hotel to get to the airport was simple – I took a train to KL Sentral again, and then bought a ticket on the KL Express train to KLIA for RM55. This high-speed rail gets you to KLIA in exactly 33mins (it really is exact, I timed it). Also, if you enjoy looking out at the city morphing into country-side, you will have fun on this train ride – though taking photos will be tough.Kuala Lumpur is a true cosmopolitan city. There’s a place for everything that you could possible want, even if it’s Thai food at 2am (although I was too exhausted to explore this option). More than the fascinating culture, this city has a vibrant buzz. The multicultural food and vicinity offers a little something for everyone – though I do not really need to sell KL to Singaporeans as most of us would have already been there at some point in our lives.Have you seen awesome things in KL that I didn’t get to see? Leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out during my next trip.
National Museum Jalan Damansara Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Today was the typical touristy City Tour. We had limited time & thought this was a quick way to explore main attractions of KL. First stop was the National Museum.
Aquaria KLCC Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
That night, it was time for something I was most looking forward to – KLCC. And to my very pleasant astonishment, there was a H&M home in the mall facing KLCC! The products were great, albeit pricey. I settled for cushion covers that were on offer (Judge all you want, but RM15 per cushion cover is a STEAL).
Guandi Temple Jalan Tun H S Lee Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
After that stint, it was time for coffee, tea and cakes at this very cool café called Lucy in the Sky. The Charcoal and Bamboo Mille Crepe was very delicious, and so was their strawberry tea. This is when the downpour started – best to keep umbrellas with you at all times.Day 2
Butterfly Park Tasik Perdana Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
The Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur is located inside the Lake Gardens Kuala Lumpur. The Butterfly Park is one of the five gardens and parks which make up the Lake Gardens. The Butterfly Park has an extensive collection of over 6000 butterflies from more than 120 species. The park is beautifully landscaped with myriads of lush greenery and colorful flowers. There are also a nursery and breeding area where you can see the butterfly larvae emerging as butterflies from their cocoons. Other than these butterflies of various colors and sizes, there are also insects on display. Among the insects on display are the rhinoceros beetles and the praying mantises. In the Butterfly Park itself is also a souvenir shop where you can purchase home some preserved butterflies which are made into bookmarks, keychains and so on.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur Jalan Hang Kasturi Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
LRT to Pasar Seni station, roti dinner and unexpected fireworks display plus dance performance, wander through the very touristy Central Market LRT to Sentral Station, bum around in waiting area trying to explain why “fifteen minutes” doesn’t actually mean fifteen minutes and “technical issues” could mean anything at all, making friends with people who had children and/or mangoes. Board train around 23:30 Overnight on train to Singapore
Jalan Johar Bukit Damansara Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Next on the list were National Palace & Independence Square. We headed back to the Hotel. Later in the day we laze around in the infinity pool of our Hotel. Much needed respite from the KL heat.
Jalan Bukit Bintang Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
After a shower, I changed and headed out to explore the city – but not before stopping by for lunch at the Greyhound Cafe, Malaysia! This Thai fushion café serves scrumptious food (both Thai and Western) in a stunning interior. I ordered the Thai Basil Minced Chicken Rice, and for dessert, Apple Crumble. While the Thai food was slightly subdued (perhaps to adapt to the expat tastebuds), the pesto cream pasta was spot on! Oh, and do try the coconut shake here as well.
Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
When you live in Kuala Lumpur, make it a point to live in this area. This is so colorful, vibrant, lively and energetic. It has many cafes, restaurants, pubs and discs throughout the lanes and the night doesn't really end here. It goes on and on. Bukit Bintang is just one amazing KL experience that you deserve to have a look at the popular culture and night-life of the city.
Palate Palette Jalan Mesui Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Close by on Jalan Mesui, Palate Palette has classics with unusual twists and naughty name. Ideal for sharing, The Threesome has 'chick' strips 'wedgies' and calamari rings with three dips, Asam Boi, a cooler with local calamansi limes and preserved plums, and chili shrimp aglio olio - linguini with seed with chili flakes and lemon. All served up in a cool hangout with an eclectic collection of chairs and tables.
Lot 10 Jalan Sultan Ismail Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
The Lot 10 Hutong has the best street stalls from across KL, the Klang Valley and Singapore, ensconced by invitation in the mall basement, with the food section of the Isten supermarket conveniently next to it. You'll get everything from Woo Pin famous fish head noodles to duckling BBQ here.
Blue Boy Vegetarian Food Centre Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Blue Boy Vegetarian Food Center is an unassuming eatery with just eight items on the menu displayed on the wall. Even carnivores will not miss the meat in the Char Kway Teow (stir-fried rice cake strips), because of the textures of the rice noodles, the tofu strips and the bean sprouts. A bonus is Chung who talks animatedly about why Indians should not eat Indian in Malaysia and why everyone should try local beverages like 'Teh Tarik'. The beverage is usually for roadside stalls (ask them to hold the sugar), the iced version is just one of the draws of the Breakfast at cozy Wondermama at Bangsar. Try the morning Nasi Lemak - with rice, Ikan Bilis (french anchovies), a fried egg, sambal and fried fish or chicken, or the morning Mee Siam (noodles with egg, cucumber, fried chicken and Ikan Bilis in broth). Keep a straight face when you order super Hor Fun - Chinese noodles served with minced chicken and curry sauce and the Malaya Egg Wonderdict - Eggs Benedict with Kaya (cocojam) and crisp Ikan Bilis. We love it when restaurants have a sense of humor, even unintentionally - it makes great food even better!
Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) City Centre Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Medreka Square is the place where British flag was lowered on August 31st 1957 and the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time. It’s a very symbolic place for the nation and a great place to get an initial feel for the colonial history of Malaysia.
Friends The Restaurant
We had wanted to head over to Romdeng after drinks at the FCC, but when we called it was fully booked, so we reserved our table for the next night, and instead headed over to their sister restaurant called Friends which was just a few hundred metres inland from FCC. They didn't have room for us, but I asked when they would, and they said in about 15min. So some of us waited whilst others headed over to the 711. This place was high on my friend BeirutiBrit 's list of places she wanted to try as she had been to the Siem Reap branch. It is run as a charity to train ex-street children in the restaurant business. So an utterly worthy cause in a country previously torn apart by war and still quite poor. What kind of food can you expect at Friends? A combo of Western and Eastern inspired tapas and some special emu main courses.... so basically you can expect just about anything!
What a fantastic space! It is a hub for all forms of local transport, the MRT station leads into a mall if you want High street fashion, houses Little India just beyond the mall for the conservative soul, or anybody missing a piece if Chennai! The monorail to the airport truly makes Sentral an extremely cool place. And this is where you come when you want to take buses to get out of the city!