Date of stay: January 2015
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Kuala Lumpur was just an amazing city and our group spent 3 days there. We arrived at the KL Airport and managed to find a friendly taxi driver just outside of the airport who drove us to our accommodation. He charged us 20 dollars for a group of 4. We stayed at the Guest Inn house hotel, located in the golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur. The hotel was alright, I would give it a 5/10, I'd recommend you to look for other options in Kuala Lumpur.
The hotel location was pretty good and was within close walking distance to important places in KL. In this area is China Town (10 mins), street food market at Jalan Alor (10 mins), the best bar street at Changkat (10 mins), shopping centres and the famous Petronas Towers (30 mins). Our opinions differ from each other, the staff were pretty good, they gave us useful tips to get the best out of the trip.
KL is an interesting city, but given that we spent little time there (3 days), we could have easily spent 5 to 7 days exploring. I can highlight things about Petronas Towers and Batu Caves which were worth visiting. The best places in KL for us at least. We also traveled by metro to Batu Caves as we were located in a good location we walked to different places.
Although more expensive than other parts of Malaysia, KL’s mix of cultures (Indian, Western, Malay and Chinese) creates a unique blend of food, shopping, and nightlife. Despite our short journey, I believe that KL is one exciting place and one of the best cities in the world.
The best things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Go to the Petronas Towers.- These towers definitely dominate the whole skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Tourists can take in the view from the connection of the bridges which joins the towers on levels 41 and 42. To get in the towers, visitors must pay AUD 30 approximately. You’ll need to be early as the tickets get snapped up fast.
Visit Central Market and JL Petaling Market in Chinatown.- These places are great to pick up bargains on food and clothes. They are open day and night.
National History Museum - Definitely a great place to get to know Malaysia’s culture and history. Here you can get to see a 40,000 year old human skull and an eight-sided gold coin dating back to the 15th Century. Entrance is free.
Eat.- Malay, Western, Chinese and Indian are all common in KL. The multicultural social mix in Kuala Lumpur creates an extremely varied blend of local food. Unsurprisingly, Little India and Chinatown serve amazing food at very reasonable prices.
Go up Menara Kuala Lumpur.- From the observation deck the view here is more impressive than the Petronas Towers.
Batu Caves.- KL is not only about skycrappers and tumultuous traffic, it is good to get out to the outskirts and visit nature wonders as Batu Caves. You will be rewarded after climbing 272 steps, when you get to see the huge golden Murugan Statue and the largest of the 3 caves “The Cathedral Cave”. In addition, this place is full of monkeys, so be careful as they might steal your stuff.
Useful information in Kuala Lumpur:
Food in streets is the best way to enjoy local food, it usually costs between AUD 2-4 per meal. If you are planning to sit down in a nice restaurant, a meal with drink will cost around AUD 13. Western food is more expensive, however it is still a bargain compared to Australia. You usually ended up paying no more than AUD 5.
Hostel is one of the most common places where backpackers stay. Shared rooms cost between 7-10 AUD per night. AUD 12 if they are single and AUD 20 if it is double.
The best way to get around KL is by public transportation which is excellent. Underground and monorail cost between 0.50-1,50 AUD and buses 0,50 AUD. Prices are calculated according to the distance. However, if you are staying in the city center or located in Chinatown and Little India, try to explore the city by foot. Most of the emblematic places are closed to each other.
Try to find accommodation in Chinatown, it is one of the cheaper neighborhoods and close to many attractions.