If you’re off travelling to South East Asia but have to stop over before getting to your destination, Kuala Lumpur is a great place to acclimatise to the weather and get over jet lag. We stopped off in KL for 3 nights on our way to Thailand and it was enough time to get over the 13-hour plane journey from London Heathrow and to see the beautiful, cultural city.
What we did:
Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park
The twin towers are an internationally recognised landmark with a height of 451.9 metres and 88 storeys. If you’re visiting KL, they are a definite ‘must-see’! From Pusat Bandar Damansara, you can get the train into the centre for RM2.60 (£0.50)or about RM11 (£2) in a Grab Taxi, which will drop you off right outside KLCC park. The park provides a beautiful walk to the twin towers with a few man-made waterfalls along the way and a great view of the towers throughout. You can also go up the towers to get a fantastic view of Kuala Lumpur. We decided not to but for those of you who want to, we have listed the prices below:
Adult: RM80 (£16)
Child: RM33 (£6/7)
Senior Citizen: RM42 (£8.50)
Kuala Lumpur Tower
The KL Tower is the 7th tallest telecommunication tower in the world and tallest in South East Asia with a height of 421 metres. You can enjoy the stunning view of the KL skyline from 276 metres up on the observation deck. The prices to go up the tower are noted below:
Price per person: RM105 (£21)
Kuala Lumpur Tower is located within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve (one of the oldest forest reserves in the country), which is about a 20-minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers. The forest reserve consists of a tree top walkway with great views of the surrounding city and the KL tower. We definitely recommend walking through it! One tip: MAKE SURE YOU WEAR MOSQUITO REPELLENT as we got bitten a lot on the walkway!
The Batu Caves is a limestone hill with different caves and cave temples. At the entrance, there is a large golden statue of the Hindu God, next to 272 steps leading up to the caves. There are monkeys everywhere so make sure you don’t bring any food or drink with you as they’ll snatch it from you. We even saw a monkey steal a lady’s glasses off of her head! As it is a temple at the top, you must be covered above your knees otherwise they will charge you RM5 for a sarong. Unfortunately when we visited, the temple was under construction and had scaffolding everywhere but the cave itself was beautiful. You can also pay to take a tour around the dark cave for RM30-40 (£6 – £8), which is also worth a visit.
The Batu Caves are about 20 minutes north of the city centre but it is still easily accessible by train or taxi if you don’t have a car! If you decide to go by train, the KTM Komuter runs from KL Sentral straight to the Batu Caves for about RM2.60 (£0.50) each way. If you decide to go for a Grab taxi, it costs around RM20 (£4).
BANANA LEAF CURRY
One of the best ways to sample Malaysian curries is on banana leaves. You get given a pile of rice, some curried vegetables, and one or two meats, all served on a banana leaf, instead of a plate. It’s a fantastic way to try something new!
Laksa is one of Malaysia’s famous dishes. It is a tasty noodle soup dish, consisting of rice noodles in a thick gravy. It is a mix of Chinese and Malay cuisine and is most definitely a must-try for any traveler in South East Asia!
Nasi Lemak is the national dish of Malaysia and is probably the first dish you’ll come across when you get to Kuala Lumpur or any part of Malaysia. Nasi Lemak is a coconut rice dish, traditionally served in a banana leaf with ikan bilis (dried anchovies), samba (a spicy sauce), a boiled egg and roasted peanuts.
Roti Canai is an Indian influence on the Malay cuisine. It consists of flatbread (roti), served with a variety of Malay curries. Roti Canai was one of our favourite Malaysian dishes so if you see it on the menu, give it a try!
Any questions, advice or feedback? Get in contact! Enjoy your travels!
~ Megan and Rowan ~