Kuala Lumpur is one of the fastest growing cities in Asia, and you really feel this when you’re there. It’s modern but cultural. Colourful yet not tacky. Tourist attractions without the cheese. It’s a bit of everything, and it’s awesome.
Here’s where you need to go:
Petronas Twin Towers
What caught me by surprise was that to reach the Petronas Towers I had to go through a shopping mall. Well, actually, I found out that I didn’t have to go that way, but it was the easiest! Kuala Lumpur is super easy to get around, they’ve made it (almost!) foolproof for tourists. I stayed in Bukit Bintang and there’s a pedestrian walkway above the roads that takes you directly from the Pavilion Shopping Mall to Suria Mall and KLCC Park.
The Petronas Twin Towers are pretty impressive. I mean, they were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, when the Taipei 101 was completed. They are, however, still the tallest *double* structure in the world!
I went back to KLCC Park and the towers every single night and every single night I was in awe. The lights, the fountain display, the joy of everyone around, everything.
This is one of my favourite places, ever. I have never seen colours like this. I cannot stress enough that a visit to Kuala Lumpur is not complete until you’ve been to the caves. You can catch the train from KL Sentral to Batu Caves, which takes just half an hour, so there’s absolutely no excuse!
Please make sure your shoulders and knees are covered though, it’s a sacred place which deserves respect.
Batu Caves has three main caves with Hindu temples and shrines inside. What catches most peoples’ attention though is the 43 metre (140 ft) high golden statue of Lord Murugan, the Hindu God of War.
Behind the tallest statue in Malaysia are 272 brightly painted steps up to the main cave. I went when it was pouring with rain, and, I’m not gonna lie, it was worryingly slippery. Then again, I did have wet sandals on. The monkeys didn’t seem to mind the rain though.
It’s nothing particularly exciting, but it was a nice walk up there if you have some time to spare. I’ve heard the panoramic views from the top are worth it though.
Saloma Link Bridge
I totally found this by accident. In my opinion, I’d rather take the time to walk here than to KL Tower. Yeah, it’s technically just a bridge, but it’s pretty cool and has an amazing backdrop. No hate but the other is a telecommunication mast!
If you’re looking for mosques and markets, the Old City is the place to be! There’s the Colonial District, Chinatown, Independence Square, temples, museums and teahouses.
Merdeka Square, or Independence Square, is where Malaysian independence was declared. At midnight on August 31st 1957 the British flag was lowered and the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time.
The Sultan Abdul Samad is a government building across the road from the square, and if you’re interested in architecture at all, or like to look at pretty things, you won’t be disappointed.
Usually I wouldn’t be running to these things, however when I saw it’s the largest in the world, I couldn’t not check it out. And I’m so glad I did because it’s beautiful! It doesn’t look huge when you step in, but there’s so many little paths and hideaways, you could spend a couple of hours here! There’s over 5000 butterflies, koi, turtles, and exotic plants everywhere. It would be lovely even without all the majestic butterflies licking honey-coated hibiscus flowers at every corner. Make sure to leave a little extra time before you exit, as there’s a museum and souvenir shop on the way out.
GO TO KUALA LUMPUR!