Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and home to 1.6 million people. This is a great first introduction into a South East Asian country and is often referred to as KL. It’s a modern city with a fast paced charm. The streets are busy and full of people. Street food still plays a large part in the KL way of life. On the small streets you will find vendors who seem to appear out of nowhere when it gets dark and around dinner time. It’s quite easy to travel around the city. You can get a taxi quite cheap, walk or use the MRT.
If you want to stay in the city centre, I would recommend staying in Bukit Bintang. The suburb is home to the Berjaya Times Square mall. Inside you will find 9 levels of shops and an indoor roller coaster. In fact, it is one of many rides of the theme park which covers from the 5th to the 9th floors.
Every city seems to have a building in which you can view the city from up high. And KL is no different. The Petronas Towers are two exact looking towers connected via an observation bridge. You have the option of accessing the Observation Bridge 170 metres above the ground or making your way up to the 86th floor and checking out the observation deck. You can pre purchase your tickets online of purchase at the base of the tower. They cost 85RM for an adult. If you are purchasing when you get to KL, arrive at the towers early to reserve a time. I would suggest 1 hour before the ticket desk opens. The desk will open at 8.30am with the first entry at 9am. The view from the cross bridge gives you a good perspective of KL and from here you can see the world famous Batu Caves.
The Batu Caves are located seven kilometres from the city centre. You can see them on a day tour, hire a taxi to drop you off or catch the public bus. When you arrive at the base, you are confronted with a steep staircase and a giant Buddha statue. Have a look around at the souvenir shops at the bottom before taking on dreaded stairs. You will be confronted with wild monkeys playing on the hand rails and sneakily trying to steal food. Once you arrive at the top of the stairs, you will walk through the large archway and foot path with lined with religious statues. It is this point in which nature will regain its spectacle as the cave opens up into an open air amphitheatre with vines creeping from the top.
Keeping in the animal theme, you could also check out the KL Bird Park. The cost of entry is 50RM. There are daily activities such as bird feeding, informative talks and plenty of opportunities to take photos.
Kuala Lumpur is the home to budget airline, Air Asia. They operate cheap tickets to most destinations within South East Asia and connections to Australia. For a quick trip, why not fly over to Kota Kinabalu in Borneo. To get to the airport, you can get the bus. It takes about 45 mins to an hour and costs RM10 one way or RM15 return. Follow the signs out to the busses and purchase your tickets there. Otherwise you can catch the Rail (ERL). This mode of transport only takes 28 minutes, but is a little more expensive. A one way ticket will cost you RM35 each way.
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