We spent the day in the capital of Malaysia!
Do you have a short stop or a layover in Kuala Lumpur? Take advantage of the great transportation the city offers and see all the main attractions in one day!
From the airport you can either take a taxi, train or bus into the city. Taking a taxi is rather expensive so I recommend taking the train or the bus. We took the train because although it costs a bit more (35 MYR), it's twice as fast (30 min).
Train/bus takes you to KL Sentral, where you can travel cheap around the city in the metro. The ticket only costs 1,6 MYR one way!
Petrona Twin Towers
We started our day at the Petro twin towers! The train stops in the building itself, in a large shopping mall, KLCC. The building is one of the largest buildings in the world and is 452 meters. You can go up to the sky-bridge between the towers, which is 170 meters high, and admire the view. It's about 80 MYR per person - please note that the sky-brigde is closed on Mondays. Yes, you guessed it! We came on a Monday.
China Town / Little India
We jumped on the metro again to go Kuala Lumpur's "Little India / Chinatown".
If you want to find good bargains at markets and eat good local food, this is definitely the place. It looked like every other China town, but it was fun to experience the culture and then walk around the city. Nearby you can see the Kuala Lumpur's oldest Mosque (Masjid Jamek), Sultan Abdul Samad Clock Tower, Merdeka Square and the National History Museum of Malaysia.
The famous Batu Caves are just a 30 minute train away! Although we had time, we didn't go see them this time. But I'm recommending them anyway, since their one of the main attractions there and are so close by. There you will find the largest statue of Murugan, the Hindu deity, outside the the caves, and the limestone caves are thought to be about 400 million years old.
Keep in mind: You'll need to walk a lot of stairs to see the caves, and remember to hold on tight to all your belongings. There are monkeys around collecting souvenirs.
Things to keep in mind when traveling to Kuala Lumpur
- Malaysia is a Muslim country and therefore it's good to keep in mind to dress modestly. The city is very multi-cultural and is one of the most popular tourist stop in Asia, so the locals are accustomed to tourists. But I do not recommend dressing to "skimpy", unless you want people to stare.
- To go inside temples, people need to be well covered, so it's not a bad idea to bring some extra clothes. (To go see mosques, women need to cover their hair as well).
PS. If you want a super good cup of Joe and free WiFi, we recommend EspressoLAB cafe in shopping center KLCC, in the Petrona Twin Towers!