KL, as the locals call it, is the capital of Malaysia and is the symbol of the country’s futuristic development. KL is a city of lush parks, shopping malls-huge shopping malls and very modern skyscrapers mixed in with its tri-cultural essence: Malay, Chinese and Indian. Which is why you will find very vibrant an unique neighborhoods in town dedicated to the Chinese and Indian community. You can imagine the food culture here ( mouthwatering emoji) #nomnom It’s all about the food over here and I will tell you where to check out below.
I would say this is the number one thing you can’t miss in KL if you are into the outdoors and one-of-a-kind natural attractions. The cave is a limestone hill with several caves with one of them hosting one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. To get to the shrine you must climb a step 272 steps but trust me, it’s totally worth it. The only thing you must watch out for over here is the monkeys, they are quite territorial and will try to take stuff from you so make sure you have nothing in your hands, not even sunglasses, and of course no FOOD whatsoever. I highly advise coming in early, the caves open at 10:00AM which is a perfect time to beat the toughest heat of the day and to see the caves nearly empty. They can get pretty crowded in later hours and I don’t think you could fully appreciate the wondrous. cave with so many people.
The highest twin tower building in the world and at some point having been the tallest building in the world (had moved down to number 7 nowadays).
I recommend setting up a time to visit ahead of time, (you can do this online) depending on the season it could potentially sell out for the day. You can go up to the counter and pay for your tickets and you will have to come back at a certain time to go up to the skybridge and top floor observation deck. It will be easier to organize your day as well if you have a time set up to get up there. Price of a ticket is about $20-25 dollars for the visit (closed Mondays). I do recommend heading out there, it’s an amazing view of the city and the skybridge structure is flawless and quite the architectural delight. The entire visit will take about an hour and a half and after that you can walk around the main fountain, the gardens and the financial area surrounding
Consumerism is an essential part of the city so yes, you will se many malls around that are worth looking into, even if you do not plan to do any shopping. One of the major ones is Bukit Bintang and it is located in the center of the city. This is considered the retail belt of the city but you can also find great coffee shops and awesome nightclubs and bars to head out further into the evening.
For some local shopping and souvenirs, head out to Central Market. Revamped exclusively for shopping and some snack stalls throughout. Annexe, an alternative free space for the arts, hidden on the top of one the market’s buildings, is definitely a cool space to check out. Many galleries to appreciate some local art and sometimes you will even find artists themselves talking about their work or working on them during the afternoons.
Chinatown and Little India
After Central Market you can head out to China Town or Little India, which basically right next to each other, and get a taste of the culture, some souvenirs and some traditional food as well.
Perdana Botanical Garden
This was one of my favorite spots in the city, a huge green area in the middle of the city. It was originally created as part of a recreational park but planted with collections of tropical plants, the garden has now been rehabilitated and turned into a Botanical Garden with man-made lakes and restaurants in the surroundings. You will get a sense of the rainforest and actually get lost in the gardens, it was hard for me to remember I was in one of the busiest cities of the country when walking down the paths here. It’s an extensive garden, with areas dedicated to trees, to orchids and hibiscus gardens exclusively, a library and an herbarium.
Still very much a work in progress, it’s made up of a public piazza surrounded by several immense exhibition venues, rows of arty shops and MAP — an arts organization that runs a gallery and sometimes host several events and theatrical plays.
Kampung Barung; this used to be a central train station and is part of the old downtown area of Kuala Lumpur. It’s interesting to come check out such opposing architectural styles form the city’s financial district but you really must come here for the food. The streets fill up with stalls and carts of all sorts of foods and sweets. Don’t expect to see many tourists here, the area is very local and it will be hard to find english speaking locals so, just point at what you want to eat and enjoy the experience of eating where the locals eat.
Imbi Market: Great place to head out for some traditional Malaysian breakfast and coffee. Make sure to try some Hainan Tea or coffee, some egg tarts and a Popiah wrap. #yum
Jln Belfield’s Spicy Food stalls: Located in little India, make it out here for some spicy curry and rice.
Chinatown (Madras Lane); head out to get a taste of Chinese cuisine.
Jalan Alor: used to be the Red Lights district but had now transformed into food heaven! It is another well-known foodie section in the city, not much activity during the day but head out here at night and enjoy the best food as well.
Where to Stay:
Tune Hotel Kuala Lumpur:
I chose Tune Hotels for my stay close to the airport (check out post by following link) as well so I didn’t even search for any other options, Tune Hotels it was. I found the chain to think of the travelers and all their needs; they provide customer service 24/7, an ATM on the actual location, two restaurants, a coffee shop, and it’s close to main transportation. It’s about 3km away from the city center which I found to be a good thing to avoid the tough crows and all the noise. You can follow link for more information on the stay. Tune Hotels Rates are around 15-20$ a night, which is unbelievable if you look at the pics below.