About Kuala Lumpur
It is very easy to misunderstand Kuala Lumpur as a mere concrete jungle. But once you set foot inside, you will find that the blessed forests and landscapes of Malaysia, have been retained with great care, discipline and love in the capital city. There are not many cities in Asia which have a rainforest at its heart, and urge people to take long hikes just as much as they spoil them with magnanimous shopping malls.
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
Day 1: Visit the iconic Petronas towers-the tallest twin towers in the world-which was also the tallest building in the world from 1998-2004. It's an absolute architectural marvel! You can either take a ticket and go inside or sip cocktails at Marini's on 57 and enjoy the splendid view like we did. Next to Petronas, you can find Suria KLCC which is the most high-end mall of the city! Shop here or grab a bite. We had Godiva's ice cream and then had dinner at Naughty Nuri's which is walking distance from the mall.
Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur
After lunch (finally!) I started to explore the city proper. First stop: Chinatown, or Petaling Street. This is located next to Pasar Seni station, monorail line (Klena Jaya Line). You simply have to walk a short distance to get there. Petaling street is a cross section street filled with Bangladeshi store owners selling counterfeit goods at exorbitant prices. I was surprised that this place was still standing, though it was shadow of what it used to be. After a horrible massage that brought my impending headache to an untimely climax, I moved on to Kuala Lumpur Central Market. This place is more reasonable – their goods are original or imported and cultural in nature. I would recommend going to KL Central Market if you’re looking to shop, rather than Petaling Street.
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.
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.
Kl Bird Park Jalan Cenderawasih Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
On our way back from Bali, we did a stopover again in Kaula Lumpur. We had a window of 7 hours excluding the time for travel and the departure. Bird Park in KL was the major place to visit in the itinerary this time. We reached the park around 10 AM and spend about 4 hours in the bird park which is a home for variety of birds from all over the world.
National Mosque of Malaysia Jalan Perdana Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
At first, we went to the iconic land mark “I love KL”. It is located in merdeka square and there is no entry fee to visit the place. This was a photo stop and we spent about 20 minutes there. There is a gallery building near to the land mark and you can plan a visit if you have time. We then headed towards the grand mosque. Make sure you are dressed appropriately to visit the mosque. As it was a Friday, there were plenty of stalls that served food and sold books outside the mosque.
Aquaria KLCC Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
I must tell you that Malaysian government does not allow visa on arrival so you must have Malaysian visa before (cost around 4500INR). My Air Asia flight was 11.30 in night and it took Exactly 5 hours to reach KL international Airport. Malaysia is 2.5 hours ahead. I reached KL International airport , it was beautiful, less crowded and away form the main city. I see one sign board with name KELUAR that means exit in malay language. So from the airport either you can board a KL metro (50 Ringgit) or can take bus (15 Ringgit) 1 Ringitt = 16.5 Indian rupees around, As i was on budget travel so i preferred bus , on my way i see the beautiful and clean roads with less traffic in compare to india. It took around 1.30 hours to reach KLCC.
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
You can see hundreds of different types of butterflies as well as a few different turtles and other animals. There was even a spot to feed Koi fish.
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
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.
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.
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
You can have lunch at Tg's Nasi Kandar in Bukit Bintang after coming back before going back to the hotel for some rest. In the evening, we strolled in the Bukit Bintang area and had a delicious dinner at Opium. How to get around: We took Air Asia flights from and to Singapore. From the airport, we took a two way metro pass to reach our hotel. Since we stayed close to the centre, we took uber for getting around as it was both cheap and convenient. Where to stay: Near the city centre should be your best bet. We stayed at Holiday Inn Express and our stay was pretty comfortable! Weather in November: Similar to Singapore, it was a bit rainy but that didn't disrupt our plans. You can get a SIM card at the airport itself. Most service providers run very similar plans at similar prices. We ended up there on the same weekend as the Bersih Rally due to which certain roads were closed down so check before planning a trip! Finally, I think the best thing I enjoyed in KL was the food- so flavourful and cheap! Happy Travelling!This post was originally published on Voyage Treasures.
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!
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!!!!
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!