We only had a few days in another great international city so we had to make the most of what we wanted to see and do. First thought when arriving to KL (Kuala Lumpur for short) is that it reminded us of Bangkok. They had great public transportation, tall buildings, and a large mix of people from different cultures. We tried to stay on a budget so we took advantage of the rail and train systems. It was great to use, but it wasn’t the fastest, so that took away time from us. Below is a list of what we could squeeze into our short stay.
Grab some food at Jalon Alor
This is known as one of the best places to go to for street food. The area is open until 5am! You will have your mix of sit down outdoor eateries that have menus and then there are food stands where you can just grab a chicken on a stick. You’ll also find lots of choices of desserts to try. There’s a mooncake stand there, a place where you can try “Dragon’s Breath”, you can grab a coconut shell filled with ice cream and choose your own toppings, or you can watch them make you a cup of rolled iced cream!
Treat Yourself to a Massage!
….or foot reflexology, or ear candling. Right at the edge of Jalon Alor there are a bunch of shops offering the massages. They aren’t your fancy spa massages, but after a long flight or a long day of exploring the city a massage is a nice treat! They are also much cheaper than what you’d pay for in the US.
Visit Petaling Street
Looking for a bargain? Or some knock offs? Stop by this street which is really a marketplace and try to make a deal. If you’re a really good haggler you’ll be surprised at how low prices you can get your items for. Afterwards, if you’re tired from all that haggling, grab a bite to eat at any of the food stands there for something delicious.
Visit Batu Caves
The easiest and cheapest way to get to the Batu Caves is by using the train. It will take a bit of waiting for the train to come, so if you are running tight on time, this would not be the best way of getting there. Once there, you’ll have your pick of caves to go to. There’s also a small little park with a few animals that you can pay to go see (we didn’t go in). The main cave is free and you’ll see a giant golden statue in front of the entrance. It will take you 272 steps up a staircase to reach the entrance to the cave, and along the way you will probably encounter some playful monkeys! Just be careful that they don’t run off with any of your things.
Across from the Batu Caves you’ll see a bunch of Indian eateries. We decided to try some since Jorge, saw it on Youtube. The food was cheap and delicious!
Take a Picture in Front of the Petronas Towers
Kuala Lumpur is probably best known because of these towers so you better go make a visit.
Visit KLCC Park
This area is like Central Park in NYC. There’s a lake with fountains that spray up in from of the towers. At night they light up in different colors, almost creating a Bellagio water fountain show like in Las Vegas. The park is a great place to stroll around for a walk. If you have kids, there’s a great water park and playground here and its free! It’s great if you’re on a budget. Also, if you’re tired of being outside, you can just go to the shopping center underneath the towers. There are many shops and eateries to hang out at.
Take a Swim in a Skypool
In KL there are many tall residential or hotel buildings. Stay at these places and take a swim in their pools on the very top floor for amazing views of the city. If you can stay at The Face Platinum Suites like us, then you can take a picture with the Petronas Towers and KL tower!
I know there’s tons more things you can do. Enjoy Kuala Lumpur!