Visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, is Malaysia’s capital city, and I recently spent a few days there couch surfing with a local.

I am not a big city fan normally, so had only really planned to hop in and out and see a few of the touristy sites. However, after Couch Surfing there, I managed to see and do a lot more. I saw the city through the eyes of a local.

If you are planning on visiting Kuala Lumpur, here are some of the top things you can do.
1. Walking – I always think that walking around a new city is the best way to explore. Although the efficient LRT is inexpensive, a lot of places are easily accessible on foot. Grab a map from the tourist information office and have a wander.
2. The PETRONAS Twin Towers

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This icon used to hold the record for the tallest building (170m). I don’t like big cities too much, but I love big iconic buildings, and this one didn’t disappoint. You can choose to go to the top and see the city from up high, but at a costly price of 80RM (about $25-27), I choose to save my precious ringgits for something else. In the evening there is a free water and light show from 7pm. I took a seat on the ground near a grass verge and just lay watching it all. It was quite beautiful.

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3. Museum hop

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if the heat and humidity is too much to handle, have a wander down to KL square, and visit the free and air conditioned Museums – KL Gallery, and the Textile Museum were two that I visited, both are free.

4. Temple hop

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There are various temples in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is mainly made up of Malay, Chinese and Indian’s, with the primary religions being Muslim and Buddhism. I happened to be travelling during Ramadan, and so at times I was denied entry into the Mosques, but was able to take photos. Note: cover shoulders and knees to enter a Mosque. Chinese Temples.

5. Markets

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KL central (or Sentral as its spelt in Malaysia) market is a great wee spot to wander around and pick up souvenirs. There are also a number of food markets, and the night market has a great vibe.

6. The Batu Caves

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These are the Largest caves in Malaysia! It has a huge Golden Buddha at the entrance, and 271 steps to the top .. a good work out with a not too bad view. Just watch out for the monkeys. There is an LRT train directly to here, and entrance is free, unless you are not appropriately dressed, like I was (and paid 5RM) to rent a covering for my knees.

7. Hidden gems

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As I was couch surfing I was also taken to a few different rainforests with waterfalls by my host. I have no idea where they were, but they were amazing. One was off the side of a highway!If you want to visit places not in the guidebook, get onto Couch Surfing and search for Koo .. he’s great!

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8. Shopping – like its sister country Singapore, people in KL love to shop. KLCC shopping Mall under the towers is filled with many shops, mostly Westernised high end shops.

 

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