Kuala Lumpur is an AMAZING city. A melting pot of cultures with people visiting from all over the world, you will leave KL with a deeper appreciation for other people groups and cultures.
The city lights stay on late, the food is delicious, and crossing the road will have you fearing for your life; but it’s all part of the KL experience.
A city generally avoided by backpackers, KL definitely surpassed my expectations as there is so much to do and see:
1. China Town An extensive walking market this place really comes alive at night. Fruit smoothies, chicken skewers, rice dishes, you name it. The food here is fantastic. Goods such as sunglasses, watches, purses, and the like are all for sale. Get ready to bargain as that’s how the game is played here. When in Rome…
2. Berjaya Shopping Mall
About as awesome as it looks. This monstrous 12 storey mall will leave you breathless. Even if you are not much of a shopper, you have to see it. The mall is home to a kids amusement park as well as an IMAX movie theatre on the 3rd floor. With over 1000 stores the Berjaya is among the 10 largest malls in the world.
3. Street Food The food is delicious and inexpensive! I would highly recommend eating the street food (just make sure it’s cooked so you don’t get sick). The naan bread, rice, and chicken pictured above was $4.00 (Canadian dollars) and quite honestly one of the best meals I have ever had. The Malay people like their spice so if spicy is not your thing ask for “not spicy”
4. Bukit Bintang The entertainment district in KL. This is where all the fancy malls, bars, and hotels are. This is a very popular spot and has it’s own train stop. Bukit Bintang was also the site of the 27th ASEAN Summit attended by Obama and other world leaders.
5. Petronas Towers These towers are spectacular to see in person. Used primarily by a petroleum company, the towers have become a famous landmark in KL. You need a ticket if you want to go up to the look out point (bridge). And tickets sell fast so go early. The towers are currently the tallest twin towers in the world.
6. Batu Caves Get your walking shoes in as there are 272 steps to climb to reach the top of the bat caves. It’s awesome while you walk monkeys are swinging around you. Admission to see the caves is free. The Batu Caves has it’s own train station and for $1.20 you can have a round trip ticket on the train.
7. Central Market
The market stared in 1888 and is a deep expression of the Malay culture. With many shops selling inexpensive goods it’s easy to spend a lot of time in here. At the end of the market is an informal art gallery not to be missed.
P.S. Met this cute little guy..
Have you been to KL before? What did you do?
I would love to hear your thoughts