About Kuala Lumpur
A lot of things get unwritten, but they remain in the mind for so long, if not forever. Many months after the trip, I would still say, Singapore was worth every single penny I spent, worth all the juggling, worth pulling our heavy trolleys around from one airport to another, worth the transit in Kuala Lumper both to and fro, and also waiting for long hours.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is from December to February
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Arenaa Mountbatten Hotel Jalan Tun Perak Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
My last day in KL was spent in the popular Times Square Mall – yes, the one with the indoor theme park. While I did not pay and get myself into the theme park to be screaming on the coasters, I did observe that there wasn’t too big a range of games to play. Most of the higher floors of the mall constituted stores selling men and women clothes at reasonable prices. The designs were modern and gave the expensive illusion – something that most shoppers look for. Other than wandering around here, we also went to Low Yat Plaza. This place is the KL equivalent to Singapore’s Funan Mall. Then there’s also Sungei Wang Plaza, which is a thrifty shopper’s true paradise. However, Sungei Wang is very big and you can get lost quite easily. So bear in mind to look out for the exits wherever you go.
Flea Market Petaling Street
Great place to buy knock offs, amazing contrast to the malls and the Golden Triangle. If you are looking at buying little baubles, souvenirs, imitation Michael Kors handbags(they have others as well but MK knock offs are closest to the genuine ones), some quirky clothes. You could also just observe the Chinatown area.
Terminal Bersepadu Selatan Bandar Tasik Selatan Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
On reaching inside TBS we encountered people waiting in queues to buy their tickets.One can book their bus tickets online to Malacca (http://www.easybook.com/) however I preferred going to TBS counter and purchasing the tickets so that we had the liberty not to stick to a pre defined scheduled and hence not facing a risk of missing a bus.Purchasing a ticket at TBS is simple as there are around 20 ticket vending desks and you have the option to choose between the bus operator based on the time you are travelling.I preferred travelling by the bus operator named Delima as there were many buses which where departing in a shorter time interval and seemed punctual.Also the buses were clean, luxurious and had comfortable reclining seats.I ended up paying 12 ringgits (3 USD) for the ticket however the rates vary for different bus operators.The journey took us around 3.5-4 hours(depending on the traffic).It's always better to leave earlier in the morning to avoid peak traffic .We reached our destination that was Melaka Sentral bus station .Once at Melaka Sentral we had two options to take,either the local bus or a taxi.We took a taxi which charged us 15 Ringgits(less than 3USD) and took me 15mins to reach Jalan Merdeka Square (where the clock Tower, Christ Church etc are).The reason I opted for a taxi was because the buses were not departing at frequent time intervals.Although the ride by the bus is more colourful as you get a tour of the entire city and costs just 1 ringgit, I saved that for my return journey back to Melaka Sentral bus station.Note : The bus journey back to the Melaka Sentral bus station from Jalan Merdeka Square took an hour although it is a 15 mins journey.The bus travels around the town picking up local passengers.As soon as you set your feet in Jalan Merdeka Square you see a vibrant city hustling with tourists, tuk-tuk's and blaring music.
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.
KL Tower Kuala Lumpur Selangor Malaysia
This massive structure is also situated in the heart of the city and every-time you see it, you’d keep wondering: ‘What is in there?’ (We were in awe as well). It is a 421m tall broadcasting and telecommunications tower which is one of the highest in the world. If you get the time, you should in fact go to the revolving restaurant or its observation deck to get the best views of the city.
Rootz Dance Club Jalan Sultan Ismail Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
I loved it. I loved the music, the drinks, the ambiance, the crowd and all of it because it forced me to dance and I hated to even stop. It's an amazing dance bar at the rooftop and it will trap you into its wonder with the fantastic music. They don't call KL one real party destination for no reason!
Jalan Alor Food Street Jalan Alor Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
If you're a foodie and manage to get yourself to Bukir Bintang, you can't not go to the Jalan Alor food street. Locals flock to Wong Ah Wah ( WAW on the signboard), the last stall on the strip, for the grilled chicken wings. Even vegetarians will find enough to keep them content.
Berjaya Times Square Pudu Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
A good place with many shops to get your shopping done!
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!
Flea Market Petaling Street Jalan Petaling Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
This is the real China Town of Malaysia and its great for shopping and also to savor Chinese delicacies. You must really spend a few hours at China Town to complete your KL experience.
KL butterfly park
On our last day we went to the KL butterfly park for half a day. It was very well maintained and there were lots of colourful butterflies all around. My nice and nephew were busy running after the butterflies and my sister was busy with her photography. Its a nice place and they have a museum also at the exit of the park. We spent rest of the day in shopping and we spent the evening at our hotel packing our bags. On the next day, we were all going to the airport in the morning. My sister and her family were flying back to Melbourne, Australia and I was flying back to Bangalore, India. It was very hard to say goodbye after this wonderful vacation. I was lucky to spend some amazing quality time with Anya and Anam.
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!!!!
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!