Kuala Lumpur: Having a transfer here while traveling eventually to Bangkok we really enjoyed ourselves in this NYC look a like city. While driving in from the airport the 8 lane highway, suburban houses and horizon filled with buildings that reached the clouds gave us the idea of driving up to New York City. While we were here the entire city was filled with a layer of thick fog which apparently happens every year when large fields are burnt in Indonesia and the smoke gets carried with the wind to the city. In Singapore they even had to close the school due to the fog and smoke, but in KL (Kuala Lumpur) a simple mouth mask would work just fine. Personally 3 days is perfect for discovering the highlights and that is why I give you: Kuala Lumpur Malaysia: Discover in 3 days trendy hotels, good street food, what to do and hip shopping places in this foggy NYC look a like city .
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Shopping: Suria KLCC and markets like Jalan Petaling & Central Market are the places to shop until you drop. Suria KLCC is located exactly underneath the Petronas Twin Towers and I’d recommend to go here at the end of the day so you’ll be finished shopping when it’s dark to see the lighted up towers. Find really expensive brands here like Gucci and Prada or the more normal priced Zara and Top Shop.
For some textile, souvenirs, fake watches, and more absolutely experience the Jalan Petaling the best at night were you’ll be surrounded by stalls and find long small paths in the pack that wind you through the market to see all the different mini shops and stall. While walking through Jalan Petaling take a look up to the ceiling and find hundreds of red lampions A few meters further you’ll find the Central Market which is a bit more laid back and has statues, furniture, garments and gem stones.
1000 Miles: This was a great hip trendy and modern small compact hotel that was great for what we were searching. True it was small but it had everything you needed and was super close to the train and other sites. Behind our hotel we had the indian neighbourhood and just a small walk and you were in Chinatown. The styling was modern with scandinavian design chairs combined with cement walls and tiled geometrical patterns.
I’ve been noticing a lot of these kinds of styles in the more trendy hotels, it seems that they really look towards Europe for the trends. The hotel was run by 2 people working both 12 hours each and almost everyday 7 days a week: wow! They are super helpful and kind and I talked to the younger guy who explained that he was working this hard to earn some money before going study in Singapore and Australia as he received a scholarship. If you have any Q they’ll help you find it out and plus they had 2 computers downstairs for the heavy duty internet work, but the Wifi was also just fine in your room.
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Lokl: This because they served the best breakfast in town and it was right across the street of our hotel, woopie! Oh yumsters the scrambled eggs with sun dried tomato was welcome in my belly together with their strong coffee to wake you right up.
Plus if you like it sweet, order the fluffiest pancakes you’ve ever had with coconut cream and maple syrup Nom Nom Nom Nom. They speak really good English and are super friendly so say hello and grab a bite.
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Street Food: For some great street food head on over to China Town, Bukit Bintang, The Best Food Court in Asia: Lot 10 Hutang, India Town and Kamping Baru. In the short time that we were here we tried them all and loved them all. Even though the pic up here doesn’t look that scrumptious, it really was the best flavoured street food we had. Watch out in China Town that you get a good one this doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to look nice, just make sure that there are enough locals or Chinese people eating at the tables. In general this is always a good sign and tip when choosing street food. From Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and more KL has everything. The only difficult thing to really find was pure authentic Malaysian food.
We ended up finding a red building with hundreds of food signs and a weird underground mazed like food court called Lot 10 Hutong. At first I couldn’t believe that this was the best place to eat, as I’ve never experienced that in a food court before. But really Lot 10 Hutong is big recommendation and for Malaysian food go to Kampong Kravers and order Nasi Lemak! For Indian food go to Bakti Woodlands in the Indian district and munch down some curry’s. Kamping Baru has great authentic street food with little to no tourists and eat an entire meal for 2 euros. Bukit Bintang has great Vietnamese food and is great to walk through plus is easily reached with the train to station Bukit Bintang. Find a street food vendor that has fish tanks, this will for sure guarantee fresh food.
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Petronas Twin Towers: Ok ok yes I know very cliche but seriously this will be one of your coolest selfies and you’re not the only one. Find dozens of people with smartphones on poles and selfie sticks taking their best shot together with these bright babies. Want to do a drink on top on the 57th floor and enjoy the view at Marini’s? Don’t make the mistake that we stupidly did and don’t wear short and t-shirts. Dress to impress, ’cause men are only allowed up in the sky lounge with a polo and with long pants. Also, it’s found in the third tower…yup there’s a third tower. Ask around as you’ll otherwise search all over the place for the third tower. Behind the colossal towers you’ll find a colourful rainbow fountain with light show. Catch your breath here and maybe even take another selfie.
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Butterfly and Bird Park: Had enough of the bustling busy streets? Head on over to the green center of peace and fill your surroundings with the birds and the …butterflies. Inside the huge park you can go to either the worlds biggest Bird Cage or stand in between 6,000 types of butterflies. We decided to see our small fluttery friends. It was really nice to get away from the traffic and to see these bizar coloured small insects twirl in the air around you. Be aware however, the temperatures are high and the air is moist so you’ll start sweating like a little pig so remember to bring enough water and an umbrella cause we ended up going outside and right at that moment the sky broke and waterfalls came out.
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UNESCO World Heritage Exhibition: Underneath the Sultan Abdul Samad Building there is an exhibition taking place from 18th October 2014- 31 December 2015. This is entirely free to enter and is a great way to discover the history, culture, nature, and wildlife of Malaysia. With amazing interactive showcases and replica’s the facts are presented in a playful and interesting way. Particularly interesting was the archaeology area with a (fake) skeleton that represented the 10,000 year old Perak Man which is one of the most renowned archeological finding of Malaysia.
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Moth Balls: While our first interaction with these stinky moth balls was in Bali, we were quick to discover these friends also in KL. Unknown as to why they use moth balls for in the toilet and bathroom we came up with our own reasons. First it might be a better cover up for the stench in these grimy toilets than the European pine scented toilet perfumes. Second they might like the scent and think its wonderful (cough cough). Third they’ve seen European and American TV and think that our toilet fragrances and think that this is what they smell like. Fourth the Southeast Asian Moth is attracted to the urine smell and therefore they place moth balls as repellant. Fifth, maybe you have a better idea? Let me know why below!
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Rain Roof: Caught in a rain shower in the middle of the city? Have no umbrella or poncho? No worries look around for the nearest rain roof that is found above the sidewalk to protect you from the tropical drops.
That’s all folks, next stop: Bangkok Thailand
For tips on other places I’ve visited check my older posts such as: Bali Indonesia.
Keep you updated and posted, until then Terima Kasih!