leaving for Kuala Lumpur in a week for 5 days, what are some recommended things to see and/or do?
Posted on Jul 15, 2012
Azul nailed the answer with his list!
The shopping in KL is amazing and the prices are pretty cheap so if it rains while you're there hit one of the many malls around the city... the malls are great even if its just to window shop.
The food in KL is an amazing fusion of Asian cuisine! Be sure you hit the hawker stalls (Kampung Baru)... I would also recommend having Indian food in KL... its the best Indian food I've had outside of India! There are also some killer duck places where you'll be staying in China Town... just got to the busier ones that the locals are hitting because obviously they're good!
Explore the streets around China Town as there are some great Buddhist Templs and Hindu Temples in that area.
You absolutely have to get a foot massage in KL... they are super cheap and they know their reflexology. The best foot massage I have ever gotten was in KL and then after that I went back to the foot spa ever day I was there. This is a must!!!
The best place to see the Petronas Towers is called the "Sky Bar" in the Traders Hotel... just go there for a drink because the prices for food are expensive.
I am an avid cyclist and rent bikes almost everywhere I go, but KL is not all that bike friendly, it is hilly at times, and the streets are a spiderweb (not a clean grid)... I do not recommend biking in the city and I certainly don't recommend going to the Batu Caves by bike. The metro is cheap in KL... The best way to get to the Batu Caves is by metro/train.
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Posted Jul 16, 2012Add a comment
Yup, taking the train to Batu Caves is probably the cheapest way to go. Check out the train routes here: http://www.myrapid.com.my/rail/routes
If you're staying in Chinatown, you're nearest stations should be Pasar Seni and Plaza Rakyat.
Posted on Jul 17, 2012
Hi Phillip, it depends on what interests you. Anyway, here are some places to check out, in no particular order:
1. Petronas Twin Towers - an icon for Malaysia. Go there just to take a photo with the towers in the background :)
2. Menara KL - highest view of KL. Great for photography (on a clear day)
3. Petaling Street - for buying cheap and fake goods
4. Central Market - for souvenirs and local handicrafts
5. Bird Park (Lake Gardens) - "World's Largest Free-flight Walk-in Aviary"
6. Islamic Arts Museum - excellent collection of Islamic artifacts. Wonderful shop.
7. Little India (Brickfields) - the area was recently redeveloped with beautiful Indian designs and decorations
8. Batu Caves - a must visit. Thousands of people from all over the world come here during the Thaipusam festival at the beginning of the year.
9. Merdeka Square / KL Railway Station - for historical buildings
10. Jalan P Ramlee - check out this street for nightlife
Do let me know what your areas of interest are - I may be able to recommend other places
Posted Jul 15, 2012Add a comment
thankyou very much for the respose! it was very helpful, i have read about many of those things you have mentioned and since many of them seem not too far distance from eachother I will probably try to take in as many as possible. What would you suggest is the best way to travel within Kuala Lumpur over short distances (between 1 and 8 kilometers roughly)?? Is it possible to rent a bicycle and is cycling pretty safe within the city center. I am staying at a hostel in chinatown. And what is the best way to reach the batu caves? taxi or bus?
Posted on Jul 16, 2012
would you consider spending a day or two in malacca on the way up to KL. there are direct buses from SIN to Malacca and from there it is a short hop to KL. It is where Malaysia began and it is the most historic town in the peninsula including Singapour. If you have time you should go up to Penang .. all these can be done comfortably in 10 days. The bus services within Malaysia are good and inexpensive, food some of the best in asia, people in general can communicate in english
Posted Jul 17, 2012Add a comment
I was interested in travelling to Malacca but how long of a train/bus ride is it from KL? Would I be able to visit Malacca within one day if I left early in the morning from KL?
Posted on Jul 17, 2012
Malacca can be reached, around 2 hours, a bit longer if heavy traffic from KL. Lots of companies plying the route, The new Bus station is less confusing. Malacca can be done mostly by foot. If you want to stay the night I highly recommend Hotel Puri, possibly the best boutique hotel in all of Malaysia! Cheng Ho museum is a must for history fans of this great naval admiral. Great food so different from other places, NYONYA cuisine, the best can be had at many places but Seri Nyonya at Hotel Equatorial is good. the ride from Malacca to Singapore is usually under 4 hours but avoid weekends, as there is heavy traffic on the route by imprisoned islanders to the south.
Posted on Jul 17, 2012
This thread is SO helpful! I'm heading to KL this week and will be traveling by myself for a few days before my husband joins me. I want to keep busy! Phillip, what did you end up doing? Anything you would def do again or really wish you had more time to do? (Sorry, this is a question and not an answer!)
Posted Sep 30, 2012Add a comment