Blogger: Lauren Lucy Crowley
Kuala Lumpar (known as KL by the locals) is the capital city, and most populated city in Malaysia. Although often thought of as a stopover for long haul flights.. we decided to make a longer pitstop there, and explore what the city had to offer! We’ve gathered some top tips just for you!
Don’t feel like you have to stay in the city: We stayed in a beautiful boutique hotel in very close proximity to the airport (as we were leaving early the following day) called the YouniQ Hotel. I fell in love with the décor at first sight! It was colourful, trendy, and excellent value! Highly recommend staying there on any future visits to KL you may have! We simply got a transfer in and out of the city for a very reasonable price!
Visit the central market: The bustling central market is an ideal stop for lunch as it gives you a real taste of local cuisine and culture. Although quite busy between 12 and 2pm, its probably the best time to visit as there is an electric atmosphere!
Take a trip to Chinatown: Although relatively small in comparison to other Chinatowns I have visited, I particularly liked this area of the city! If you’re looking to do some shopping, you’ll be sure to find something you love here too!
Visit the Batu Caves: This is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan (the world tallest statue of Murugan standing at 140ft is just outside the caves!). Rising almost 100 m above the ground, the Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves and a few smaller ones. The biggest, referred to as Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave, has a very high ceiling and features ornate Hindu shrines. To reach it, visitors must climb a steep flight of 272 steps! (Tip: Be sure to wear appropriate clothing as you must be well covered up!)
Capture that Kodak moment at the Petronas Towers: The famous Petronas twin towers look over the city standing at 1500ft and were once the tallest buildings in the world! It was pretty cool to stand directly beneath them and follow the building right up to the skyline!
Spend some time chatting with the locals: People in Kuala Lumpar are extremely friendly and love to talk about their culture/share their beliefs! Be sure to take the time the chat with them, you will be sure to learn something interesting whilst making a new friend!
Enjoy exploring KL! x