The capital of Malaysia and the largest city, Kuala Lumpur is one of the greatest cities in Southeast Asia. Officially called the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, but many people call it just KL. The home of the Parliament of Malaysia and official residence of the Malaysian King, KL is a financial, economic and cultural centre of Malaysia. In 1874 Sultan Abdul Samad accepted a British Resident, which allowed the British to rule while the Sultan remained the head. The British rule lasted until 1957.
I flew in from Bali and only had 3 days to explore KL so there was a lot on my “to do” list. First of all exchange some money at the airport. Malaysian ringgit is the currency in Malaysia ( $1=4.18 MYR) then a taxi to the hotel. Bytheway I was using Grab app, probably the best way to travel around KL and very cheap as well. Once you get over the heat and humidity, you will love the great mixture of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cultures, fantastic food, awesome and friendly people.
Petronas Twin Towers – most people probably heard about the iconic Petronas Twin Towers before, so myself being a bit of fun of the Formula 1 motor racing visiting the towers was on the top of my list. Once the tallest skyscraper in the world, the towers stand some 452 m tall. Largely occupied by the oil company Petronas and its subsidiaries. The towers are also a tourist attraction. You can buy a ticket to go to the Sky bridge on the 41st floor and 86th floor where the observation deck is and admire the amazing views over Kuala Lumpur. If you come to KL visiting the Petronas Towers is a must. More info about tickets to Petronas Towers available here
Suria KLCC – after coming down from the Petronas Towers you cannot miss the largest upmarket shopping mall in Malaysia with over 300 shops at the ground level of the towers. If you want to splash some cash the Suria KLCC is the right place for you.
Lake Symphony – within the KLCC park is a 10.000 sq feet man-made Lake Symphony. A set of fountains shooting water sky high. The best time to come here is after dark when it all comes alive. Watch the fountain-show here every night with awesome colour and music performance.
Petaling Street Market – a bargain hunters paradise. Located in Chinatown, come here to get some unbelievable bargains, from handbags, clothes or watches. You name it, Petaling street market has it for you. Just keep in mind that all the designer goods are knockoffs. Take a moment to relax in one of the many food stalls here and watch the world go by.
Sultan Abdul Samad Building – located close to the Merdeka Square the building is one of the oldest in Kuala Lumpur. The landmark once housed the colonial British administration, now the home of the Ministry of communications, information and culture of Malaysia. Behind the building, where the Klang and Gombak rivers confluence is a lovely tropical garden, ideal for taking a rest from the heat and humidity of the city.
Menara Kuala Lumpur is also known as KL Tower is a communication tower. Reaching 421 m, the tower is very popular with visitors. You can get to the observatory deck and admire the 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur or take a break at the revolving restaurant. The tower also acts as the Islamic falak observatory to observe the crescent moon which marks the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan. Check pricing and get your tickets to KL tower here
Batu Caves – another popular place to visit in Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples. The complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. Cathedral Cave is the largest and most popular cavern in Batu Caves. The caves are located about 13 km from Kuala Lumpur and are easily accessible by commuter train from KL Sentral or by a car.
Whether you like satay skewers, curry or noodles, the streets of KL offer something for everyone. One might find the street food here as diverse as the city’s inhabitants. A rich mixture of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines go side by side on every corner. It is quite common in Malaysia to eat 6 small meals a day, yep 6 meals a day, often outside of the home and in the company of friends. The food stalls in Kuala Lumpur are usually pretty busy and people sit on plastic chairs and chat with their friends as dishes are brought out one at the time. Grab a chair in the shade away from the heat and immerse yourself in the atmosphere and different smells and dig in. I went to probably one of the most famous places to eat at Madras Lane right next to Chinatown. A wet market in a small alley offers everything for your cravings after a long day of exploring KL.
Being a top destination for visitors in South-East Asia, Kuala Lumpur offers endless possibilities for places to stay from hotels to apartments for very reasonable prices. The 12 million visitors coming to KL every year are being spoiled for choice. I stayed at the Ambassador Raw Hotel Suites by Lanson Place.
I guess like any Asian city, KL is notorious for its traffic jams, gridlocks and infamous morning and evening rush hours. Luckily with extensive public transport network, trains and taxis, getting around Kuala Lumpur is very easy and cheap.
Public transport – is highly developed in KL to make it easy to travel anywhere in the city and beyond.
Using Metro, Mono Rail or Bus will take you to your desired destination around the city and the KLIA Ekspres is a good way to get to the airport from the city centre and back. For journey planner and ticket prices visit myrapid
For those travellers who don’t have much time to spend in Kuala Lumpur, the Hop on – Hop off bus is a great and affordable way to explore the city. You can choose from the Garden route or the City route or why not take both routes for the best KL experience. No worries the bus is air-conditioned a must in KL. For more info about the routes, timetable and prices visit KL Hop-On Hop-Off
Another great, cheap and my favourite way to explore Kuala Lumpur is using Taxi.
Download the Grab app, which is similar to Uber or other taxi apps and move around KL in comfort and without the hassle of waiting for a bus or train. Also, a great way to get to know the locals by chatting to a friendly driver, who’s always happy to advise you on what to see or do in Kuala Lumpur if you do not have your own plan.
Kuala Lumpur has hot and humid weather all year round with two seasons, wet and dry. So no need to worry that you’ll be cold there, but you will experience the odd shower or a thunderstorm in the evenings. The best time to visit KL is May to July with the least showers, but quite hot temperatures.
The dry season is from March to September and it gets hot and humid here. The wet season is from November to March. Worth mentioning are the two monsoon seasons. One is from March to April and the other from October to November, with the latter being the worst one with heavy rain and storms.
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