Enjoy a Vacation to Kuala Lumpur
Why not get away from it all and enjoy a few days in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia? The city is a melting pot of cultures: Malay, Chinese, and Indian, with mosques, temples, skyscrapers, street markets, shopping malls, and more.
Arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, with an easy train connection to the city. You will be awestruck by the landscape – it’s very green and buzzing with activity. The buildings and the city seem to be living in harmony within a canopy of shrubs, palm trees, and exotic plants; the city was built on a jungle.
Start with a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers; for a small fee, you can go up to visit the connecting bridge with great views!
Afterward, visit the nearby AquariaKLCC and catch a glimpse of the piranha feeding! Don’t miss the Living Ocean exhibit through a 90 meter transparent tunnel, where you will find sand tiger sharks, tawny nurse sharks, green sea and olive ridley turtles, shovelnose rays, and honeycomb stingrays in their element. Plan at least an hour for this activity.
Next, head over to Kuala Lumpur Chinatown (Chee Cheong Kai), which is known for its flea market along Petaling Street. There are stalls full of items for purchase. You will see the streets lined with hanging red lanterns, which give it a fun ambiance. Feel free to barter!
A short walk away is Central Market (Pasar Seni), built in 1888. I found it was the best place for authentic Chinese-style clothes. You can find beautiful, traditional cotton shirts known as cheongsam or qipao. The market is separated into a few areas, and there are a few restaurants on the top floor. You will find a variety of crafts that reflect the local culture. It’s open from 10 AM till 10 PM.
Towards the end of the day, visit Jalan Alor Street Food Market for some local food, open from 7 PM to midnight. You will notice the strong smell of a fruit called Durian, lovingly known as the “king of fruits” due to its large size, smell, and its thorns.
A visit to the Batu Caves will take up the whole morning, and commuting there is accessible on the train from KL Sentral. It’s a limestone hill with caves and temples, dedicated to Kartikeya, a Hindu deity. His statue stands 42.7m high. Enjoy a cold coconut while observing the playful monkeys as you go up the 272 steps that are painted in fun colors. Be mindful as the monkeys tend to grab things off your backpacks or pockets!
There are also several shopping malls you can visit; Nu Sentral is perfect because it’s connected to the train station KL Sentral. For lunch or dinner, find the Japanese restaurant Sushi Zanmai. From the drink menu, try the Ryokucha and Milky Green Tea, and from the food menu, try a selection of sushi and the Chicken Katsu Curry.
Another shopping mall worth visiting is Sunway Pyramid. It is enormous, and you can even find a store to practice archery. Try the Oolong bubble tea from Yi Fang here. Bubble Tea is a Taiwanese drink made of black, green, or oolong tea with a wide variety of options, and the well-known “pearls” made of tapioca or jelly.
Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful destination for a getaway, and there are so many things to do. From the delicious food and the tropical weather to the friendly locals, you will feel wholly refreshed on your return home!
Know Before You Go:
- Try the local street food at night markets.
- Use Grab or the many trains for transportation. Beware of the traffic!
- The climate is tropical, so bring loose, comfortable clothing suitable for warm weather.