Perhaps many of you out there have not even heard of my country, the beautiful Malaysia, one of the countries exist in the Southern Asia. Now let me tell you, the city of Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia located in between of Singapore and Thailand, locally known as KL, home to almost 1.8 million citizens and of course, I am one of them. If you are searching for a place where you can savor the varieties of Malaysian local delicacies with one of the world’s most iconic structures in the background, then please do make a ticket reservation to Kuala Lumpur now! This is definitely the place that you are looking for! Welcome or ‘selamat datang’ to Malaysia peeps!
The first thing you should keep in mind while packing your clothes is that, please do not even think of bringing your sweaters or thick clothes. Bear in mind, the climate here is totally freaking blazingly hot! Well, occasionally there is rain to cool down the place, but no worries, just pack light clothes and I assure you, the climate will not worry you much while enjoying your time here in Kuala Lumpur. Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is between January to early September since there will be lesser rain fall.
Brace yourselves please, because this will make your hands and feet itchy to start your journey here. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
The 88 floors building with the height of 452 meters above the ground will definitely leave you in awe. The two towers are interconnected with a double-decker sky bridge at level 41 and 42, you should not miss the opportunity to walk on the sky bridge especially during the sunset. The view from above as I mentioned, it is to die for! But please do keep in mind; this place is closed on Mondays. Great news for the shopaholics! The PETRONAS Twin Towers are connected with the Suria KLCC, one of the most famous shopping spots and you can also enjoy watching movies in the cinemas inside the shopping mall as well.
Get yourself on the LRT train and make sure it is the Ampang line that you board on because there are few other lines available across Kuala Lumpur. Do not get confused, there are signboards at the LRT stations that you can always refer. You can get off the train upon arriving at the KLCC Station and you will find yourselves entering the Suria KLCC Mall right when you disembark the train. If you are taking the Hop On Hop Off bus, you may get off at stop no. 23.
Another offer for towers’ enthusiasts out there! KL Tower is another tower you should visit then. This tower houses a variety of souvenir shops and of course an observation deck which fits the purpose of the building itself. Ever heard of a revolving restaurant? Yes, I really mean it when I say it revolves; it will keep rotating in a much simpler word. There is a revolving restaurant on the upper deck of the tower named as Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant. Enjoy your lunch or dinner at this restaurant while enjoying the panoramic view of the magnificent city of Kuala Lumpur. Need an adrenaline rush activity? Then make yourselves available during the annual event which is the KL Tower International Jump Malaysia where you have the opportunity to be out of your mind by jumping off the KL Tower at the height of 300 meters above the sea level!
KL Tower is reachable by train. However, it is quite complicated as you still have to walk quite a distance with confusing junctions around. It is advisable for you to take taxis instead getting yourselves tired and full of sweat. You can also take the Hop On Hop Off bus, and get off at stop no. 2. Make yourselves comfortable by either taking the taxis or the bus.
Built in the year of 1897 this building originally served as the secretariat for the colonial British during the colonization period of the British. Later on, the building housed the superior courts of Malaysia after the Independence Day of Malaysia; the Federal Court of Malaysia, the Court of Appeals and the High Court of Malaya, however the courts are now transferred to Putrajaya. The Sultan Abdul Samad building remains as a historical landmark in the city and it will always be for the future generations to see.
Taking the LRT is the wisest thing to do for you to get to these two places. Alight at the Masjid Jamek Station and walk for 10 minutes, you definitely will not miss the building as there is lots of signage along the way and the Sultan Abdul Samad building is the biggest building you can see there.
The first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra al-Haj announced the Independence Day of Malaysia back in the year of 1957 at the equally historic Merdeka Square. Therefore, the Malaysians will gather at the Merdeka Square on 31st October every year to celebrate the Independence Day. These two places are definitely a must to visit for any tourists. The architecture of the Sultan Abdul Samad building is magnificent, constructed entirely of bricks, influenced by both the western and Moorish-style.
The Merdeka Square is just right in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building and across the Royal Selangor Club.
Apart from Suria KLCC, you can always drop by Bukit Bintang area if you are ready to spend your money and do some shopping as Bukit Bintang housed quite a number of famous shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. Shop till you drop, they said! Bukit Bintang is basically the trendiest shopping and entertainment district among the locals and the tourists; you can enjoy a vibrant nightlife in this area as well. Pavilion KL, one of the shopping malls houses European luxury retailers whereas Sephora KL is where you can find the renowned French cosmetics. Lot 10, Starhill Gallery and Farenheit88 should not be missed as well! Bukit Bintang is definitely the place for the food lovers as you can easily find the local delicacies along the streets in Bukit Bintang at a very cheap price.
You can go to always go to Bukit Bintang after spending your time at KLCC by walking under the air-conditioned bridge known also as Bukit Bintang-KLCC Walkway only for the pedestrians. The bridge links KLCC and Bukit Bintang, walk around 15-20 minutes, and you will be at the Pavilion KL in Bukit Bintang. You may also take the Hop On Hop Off bus and alight at stop no. 6.
Istana Budaya or literally translated as ‘The Palace of Culture’ is currently Malaysia’s main venue for various types of theatres, be it the musical theatres, classical concert as well as opera and others, performed by the locals and the international performers. Well of course you have to buy the tickets if you have the intention to see the performances and it might be quite pricey sometimes. The uniqueness of this building is the main attraction where the architecture of the Istana Budaya is basically based on the Malay traditional house’s concept. The design of the theatre was inspired based on a flying traditional moon kite and proudly to say, the architect in charge in constructing this building was a Malaysian citizen. Stroll along the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens after visiting the Istana Budaya since the park is just located nearby the Istana Budaya.
If you are taking the LRT train, get yourself off at the Titiwangsa Station. Meanwhile if you are taking the Hop On Hop Off bus, you should alight at stop no. 20.
Need a time off from the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur? Then pay a visit to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, a home for almost 3,000 birds of various species. It is also well-known as the world’s largest ‘free-flight walk-in aviary’, which means you can see birds are let free in the aviary as if they are flying in their natural habitat instead of being caged like in the zoos. There are 4 zones actually where in the first 2 zones, the birds are flying freely; zone 3 is the Hornbill Park and zone 4 is where the birds are being placed in cages and small aviaries. Please do remember, the park is only opened from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm.
This time around if you are taking the train, you have to take the KTM Commuter Train and not the LRT train. Please disembark at the KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur Station near the National Mosque. As for the Hop On Hop Off bus, get yourself off the bus at stop no. 14 right in front of the park’s main entrance.
Ever wondered how Malaysia gained its independence and other things on the development of this country? Get yourself to the National Museum then, again a unique building that should not be missed. The architecture of this building itself is based on the traditional Malay and Minangkabau’s culture. The National Museum houses the natural history, local cultures and customs of the Malaysian as well as outdoor exhibits of artifacts recording and reflecting the country’s past. It will be a good educational trip for you after all those fun you have gone through in the vibrant city of Kuala Lumpur.
Board on the Kelana Jaya line if you are taking the LRT train and get off at the KL Central Station and you will find the museum 500 meters away from the station. Alight at stop no. 12 if choose to ride the Hope On Hop Off bus.
Rows and rows of stalls selling items at a very low price can be found along the streets in Petaling Street. You should never miss the vibrant nightlife in Chinatown especially the night market. The large signboard of Petaling Street and the red ‘tanglung’ or Chinese lanterns will definitely attracts you to at least spend an hour or two in that area. Since it is a Chinatown, you can find Chinese food easily from the hawkers along the streets.
Again, if you are taking the train, board on the Kelana Jaya line and get off at the Pasar Seni LRT Station.
Located just across the Petaling Street, stands the grand Central Market where you can purchase beautiful local handicrafts at a very affordable price. You may do some bargaining, do not forget that peeps! Try some of the local foods as well at the food court. On my last visit there, I noticed there are quite a number of guesthouses along the street right next to the Central Market and lots of tourists are seen roaming around that area.
Why so short? You need more? Then you certainly have to spend more time in Kuala Lumpur. Usually for a short visit, 3 to 4 days will be more than enough. However, you can visit more places if you decided to spend more time in Kuala Lumpur. My advice is, spend at least 4 days in Kuala Lumpur and start your journey to other parts of Malaysia. I promise you, Malaysia is a county that is full of surprises. Last but not least, welcome to Malaysia and have a wonderful stay!