Travel Guide for Kuala Lumpur

The majestic Petranoas Towers

SEE

1. Sin Sze Si Ya Temple: This is an old Chinese temple built in 1864 located in a small very-easy-to-miss-out bylane of Petalling street. Many people pray here for good luck from Wenchang Dijun, God of knowledge. For good fortune, Chinese practice is to crawl under the table right in front of the statues of Sin Sze ye or even circling the temple’s main alter three times. Fortune-telling is also performed at this temple. The temple people are very warm and lovely. Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is just a 5 min walk from Pasar Seni station or Masjid Jemak station by LRT train.

2. Petronas Towers: The towers are the man-made marvel which were built at a breakneck speed of two & half years.They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and remain the tallest twin towers in the world. There’s a skybridge halfway through the towers where you get to stroll on and take some pictures before you move further up through multiple elevators. Final stop is at an observation deck on 84th floor from where you can see the other tower (2nd of the twin towers). Only putoff for me was the observation deck was quite enclosed making it bit difficult for me to completely capture the gigantism of the tower. Entry fee cost – RM 65 person

Note: They have timing to visit the tower and tickets have to be purchased in advance.

3. KL Tower: Another brilliant tower to marvel at the man-made beauty. Brilliant observation deck to experience. Go and see it. You get a better view of the city from this tower as compared to Petronas.

Note: They have timing to visit the tower and tickets have to be purchased in advance. Ideal time is to catch the sunset. Its just beautiful.

4. Batu Caves: Its a limestone hill adoring the Hindu temple with a tall statue of lord Murugan at the entrance. It is one of the famous Hindu shrines outside India. This place is also famous for the rock climbing with more than 160 climbing routes. So either lord or nature, just pick your calling. There are some hot springs around. Do explore.

There are some more places that I could like to recommend. But we couldn’t cover due to shortage of time.

5. Hike to Bukit Tabur: Read some opinion here.

6. Rice fields and fireflies tour: Read here.

7. Hot air-balloon flight over Putrajaya: Read here

EAT

1. Heli Lounge: This is a working heli pad which is used as so in day time and converted to a lounge by evening. Highly recommended lounging place as it provides a brilliant open panoramic view of the city. Ideal place for couples to enjoy a candle light dinner.

2. China Town: This place is a mini heaven for Asian street food lover and shoppers located at Jalan Petaling. I suggest a day time shopping and night time hogging trip to this place. Try the roasted chestnuts, momos, wanton mee, claypot loh shu fun. There are some night walking tours as well.

3. Town Squares: Some of the areas have town squares with all food options nestled in one place. Some of the best things to try here is Nasi Lemak, Nasi Kerabu, Sarawak Laksa,etc.

Some interesting options that can be tried:

4. Food trail walking tour: Read here.

Know more here and here.

SLEEP

KL has many options to stay in premium, budget and cheap category. Most opted options are the one with Petronas tower view. Check Oasis, Summer Suites, and Pacific Regency for budget options.

Note: most hotels/ hostels in Malaysia have check-in time of 2pm which is unusual and could make a difference in your itinerary. So plan accordingly.

Weather

Average is hot and humid as its closer to equator

October to April – warm and sometimes wet

May to September – wet

December to February – cool and sometimes wet

Reach to KL

This is an important hub for Malaysia and has great domestic and international flight connectivity. Once you reach KL airport, you may take express train to get in the city costing 55 RM. However, shuttle bus is the cheapest way to travel to city costing 15 RM. Also they have good metro rail connection to travel within city with short walk or short taxi drive distance to famous places. Once here, you may also choose to bike around in the city. Its one of the best and eco-friendly ways to go around the city.

Here’s a little virtual tour.

Wondering in town in my DIY dress

China Town market

Colorful pork momos at China Town

My favourite roasted chestnut stall at China Town market

2 souls in happy state of mind

Hubby negotiating with the temple guard to let us in since we reached after 5 pm. And he was successful 😀

Temple from inside

One of the doors at Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

look at all those adorable leather purses

Ate Pretzel at this place in Petronas Tower and they were to die for

Water fountain at Petronas Towers

My view from Heli Lounge

Colorful buildings

Beautiful graffiti adorning one of the walls in town

Do you think I missed out anything? Please do share your insights. I will be happy to take another trip to this crazy city that doesn’t sleep.