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The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, is a bustling hub of different cultures and religions, making it a great place to experience a range of cuisines. The city is full of both historic and modern buildings, and has a lot to offer tourists. To make your travel planning easier, read my travel guide on the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
1. ECO FOREST PARK
If you are looking for a little nature in the city, the Eco Forest Park is a great place to be amongst the trees whilst getting some great views of the skyline. Whilst we weren’t sure the path we were taking was leading us to the correct place, we eventually found the stairs to the walkways! It will take you about 30 minutes to walk through, which can be made more fun by wobbling the bridges as you go along!
2. CRANE YOUR NECK AT THE PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
You can’t visit Kuala Lumpur without getting a photo of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers! Built in 1993, they bring thousands of tourists everyday to the area. The best place to get a great view of them is the KLCC Park, just outside the shopping mall. Make sure you also head back for the water show at night. There are free showings every night at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm, ensure to arrive a little early to get a good spot.
Tip: If you can’t fit enough of the towers into your photo, there are so many locals selling wide angle lenses for your phone!
3. WANDER AROUND THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
If you are looking to kill a few hours and don’t mind bearing the heat, there is so much to see at the Botanical Gardens. We only saw a small section of it after spending two hours wandering around! But it is a great place to make repeated visits if you want to spend a few hours out of the busy city. There is even an area that houses a herd of deer!
4. ADMIRE THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE SULTAN ABDUL BUILDING
I think the pictures below speak for the beauty of this building. Whilst we only spent a little time wandering around the outside of the building, it was enough to admire it!
5. CENTRAL MARKET & CHINATOWN
These markets are the place to go for tourist souvenirs, the kind of souvenirs that you will most likely see at every town or city in Southeast Asia! If you are looking for a little more luxury head to the KLCC mall just below the towers for all the designer shops!
6. TAKE THE 272 STEPS TO THE BATU CAVES
Along with the Petronas Towers, the Batu Caves are definitely one of the most touristy spots in Kuala Lumpur. Just a 30 minute drive outside the city will take you to the caves that are reached by hundreds of colourful steps! It is completely free to enter, so will just cost you the Grab or train ticket that you take to get there and back. After a few hundred steps of trying to avoid people taking photos and the treacherous monkeys you will reach the caves. There are two levels to the caves with a temple in the first level.
I think the main draw of visiting the caves is unfortunately the monkeys, as there wasn’t much to grab our attention otherwise. Not being very trusting of the monkeys, I didn’t stick around in the top level of the cave for too long, leaving Jack to take photos!
HOW TO GET AROUND
If you haven’t yet downloaded the Grab app, do it right away! The taxis are available in most cities in Southeast Asia, and at such cheap prices. I would try to avoid the normal taxis in Kuala Lumpur as I have heard horror stories, and their driving didn’t seem to be the best. Grab is the way forward, it is a set price and all the journeys are tracked for extra safety.
WHERE TO STAY
Luckily accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur are in abundance. There are so many great hotels and hostels that look modern, clean and cheap! We ended up staying at an Airbnb apartment for just £24 a night. It felt really luxurious and was even equipped with its own kitchen so we could cook our own meals. Unless you are keen to stay in a hostel to be able to meet people, I would highly recommend looking on Airbnb. For the same price as a room you can get a whole apartment, even with a roof top pool!
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