If your visiting Malaysia then your more than likely to pass through the capital city at some point, wether you have a full week or just a day or two, KL has plenty to offer.
What To Do:
The Batu Caves are Kuala Lumpur’s number 1 tourist attraction, it probably has something to do with how easy they are to get to from the city, just 30 minutes on the KMUTER subway line. The caves are a 2 minute walk from the station, you can’t miss the massive statue standing just outside the main cave. Be careful to keep any food hidden from the cheeky monkeys that roam the area. Also, the caves are considered a religious site, therefore knees and shoulders must be covered at all times.
The Petronas Towers are the glittery symbol associated with the KL skyline. Visitors can go to the top for RM85 but we thought that was a waste considering how amazing our view from the hotel was (and it was free!). We decided to admire the towers from the ground at the KLCC park, just behind the towers.
KL has its fair share of designer shopping malls, the KLCC (next door to the Petronas Towers) is a good one to hide from the rain for a few hours. The city also has some pretty good street markets, with the biggest one at Petaling Street. Expect everything to be fake (clothes, handbags, sunglasses, shoes etc) and never pay the full asking price. See my “how to haggle” blog HERE.
When you get sick of skyscrapers and are in the need of some greenery, head to the Botanical Gardens. It’s absolutely huge with various attractions inside, some are free and others aren’t. We loved the Hibiscus garden which was free. Or visit the canopy walkway at the base of the Menara Tower for something a bit different. The walkway is free and great fun, you only need to spend an hour or so here.
Getting to the centre of KL is really easy, if your coming from another country you will most likely land at KL international airport. From there an express train leaves every 5 minutes to KL Sentral (yes that’s how they spell central in Malaysia), it costs RM55 each way and takes around 30 minutes. From KL Sentral you can take a subway anywhere in the city.
If your coming from anywhere else in Malaysia then you will likely arrive at TDS bus terminal, this also has good subway links to the city, although you may need to change at KL Sentral if your staying outside the centre.
Where To Stay:
During our first visit to KL we spent 7 nights at the Regalia Serviced Apartments (booked through airbnb.com @ £36/night). The apartment was absolutely perfect, full cooking facilities, laundry facilities, rooftop pool, a gym and supermarket etc. We couldn’t have been happier with our stay! Although it was abit of a walk to all the tourist attractions (45 minutes) but we had time to kill and we enjoyed the walk every day (Putra subway station is only 5 minutes away if you don’t like the sound of the walk).
About a month later we visited KL again but this time we were just passing through on our way from Borneo to Malacca. We had less than 24 hours in KL so we decided to stay a lot more central. We stayed at the Hotel Geo opposite the central market and 15 minutes away from the Jalan Alor night market. (I booked this on Hotels.com for £21/night.) The room was modern and clean, it was perfect for a night or two.
Where To Eat:
We had spent quite a few weeks traveling and staying in basic accommodation, so the chance to cook our own food was a real treat for us, because of this we ended up eating in a few nights running.
But when we did go out we loved the choice of food available at the various markets around KL. Especially at the Jalan Alor Night Market (so much that we went there again during our second visit to KL).
As expected with all capital cities, KL is more expensive than the rest of Malaysia. If your on a tight budget then KL can quite easily be squeezed into 2 or 3 nights.