Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. The city’s unique mix of Indian, western, Chinese and Malay culture offers a unique experience regarding cuisine, shopping and lifestyle. I found the Indian food there incredible and maybe the best outside of India of course.
The twin towers and KLCC Park
I took a trip to infamous Petronas Twin Towers. If you have ever seen anyone visit Kuala Lumpur, this building is usually the most notorious location for a selfie which people take while standing in front of the gargantuan tower. Up until 2004, the towers were the highest building in the world.
At 451m high, I knew that it was worth going all the way to the top for a panoramic view of the city. Keep in mind that there are limited tickets per day so make sure to arrive early to get a chance to go up. At night, the tower is lit up which makes for a great photo or two. There’s also the KL Tower that gives a great view of the city, take advantage of the free shuttle bus that goes there.
Nearby to the famous Petronas Twin Towers is the KLCC park, the green park is well-kept with even a public swimming pool for kids. Tourists and locals alike love to relax here under the shadow of a tree on a hot day, and it’s a nice break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Bargain hunting like a badass
I didn’t plan to spend too long in the tower, so I quickly made a move to the central market (also known as Pasar Seni). There was an array of bargains in pretty much every category you can think of; clothes, electrical goods and food. I expected to find a magic lamp that I could rub for a genie, but there wasn’t any around. The alternative to central market is lot ten which is a huge shopping mall that sells designer goods but is also at bargain prices, possibly the cheapest I’ve ever seen in South-east Asia.
Merdeka Square, city gallery and Sultan Abdul Samad building
Three great places to check out can all be located within proximity. At Mereka Square, you can see the former highest flagpole in the world, hoisted up the first time back in 1957. Next to the square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, home to the legal authorities of Malaysia. The late 19th-century building used to house the British colonial administration and was just known as government offices in its early years.
Behind the Sultan’s building is the national mosque, Masjid Negara. It has enough room for over 13,000 worshippers, and the modernly designed mosque has a cool star-shaped roof. You can visit the mosque daily and for free but make sure to dress appropriately.
Another thing worth checking out is the KL city gallery. It is located at Merdeka Square; a fantastic museum to learn about the past and the future of the city. Entry to the museum is really cheap, so it’s worth visiting.
Shopping, sight-seeing and sky bar
The most famous shopping district in KL is known as Bukit Bintang. It is the place to find everything you may ever need from bars to night markets. The area is very popular amongst the younger generations. There is also an Arabic district which has some delicious food.
Alternatively, for shopping, there’s always Chinatown though it doesn’t get busy until late afternoon. Once it is alive, however, there are stalls everywhere with clothes, souvenirs, handbags and Chinese food. If you do want to buy something, prepare to haggle.
The best way to spend an evening after shopping is to go to a sky bar and the best one is located at Traders Hotel. Aside from the best view of the Petronas Towers, there is even a great pool in the centre and a fair set-menu if you are price-conscious.
Into the wild
As much as I enjoy city life, I enjoy spending time in nature too. The Batu Caves was just the break I needed after some heavy shopping. Located about 20 minutes out of the city, the caves are filled with temples and Hindu shrines and a huge golden statue at the centre. There are also loads of wild monkeys, so I had to be diligent with my belongings.
The Botanical Garden’s Park is a must for nature lovers. Based in the middle of the city and an easy walk from the national mosque, it feels like stepping into an island when you arrive. The gardens have a range of different parks to check out; from the orchid gardens where you will find the hibiscus (the flower of Malaysia) to the Perdana Lake Gardens where you will be greeted by outdoor sculptures and a mock-up of Englands Stonehenge.
Not to forget the deer park where you can see the smallest hoofed animal in the world, the mouse deer or if you like parrots, take a trip to the KL Bird Park. Well, there are hundreds of different birds there, also monkeys, lizards and butterflies.
Food for thought
When you are looking around KL for something to eat it’s worth visiting the infamous Yut Kee restaurant. They have been serving traditional Hainanese food since 1928 and a popular breakfast place amongst locals.
One of the oldest restaurants in KL, the place is highly renowned for their dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Chop, Fried Hailam Mee, Roti Babi and Chicken Rice. Yut Kee is crowded the majority of the time, but you can register your number at the counter although you may share a table with a stranger or two. Luckily the staff is highly attentive, and service is fast.
For something more modern, there’s always the Tanglin Food Court. Located in Orchard Road, the food court is a myriad of international cuisine from Vietnamese Pho to traditional Cantonese dishes. Perfect if you are in search of something with a little familiarity.
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