When I asked around before my trip, I was told that you either love or hate Kuala Lumpur… There is apparently for many travelers no middle ground. This made me even more eager to discover KL, a controversial place. How exciting?! And the least I can say is that I disagree with the above statements. I did not love nor hate it. We had a nice 2-day stay. I am glad we checked it out but I was glad to fly out, if this makes sense. I must however admit that we treated ourselves to a nice hotel with a pool (and not even expensive! See my post in November about cheap traveling) and this might have slightly biased our experience (oops!).
Let me take you to Kuala Lumpur this week and you might want to check it out if it happens to be one of your stopovers in a near future!
About Kuala Lumpur:
- Capital city of Malaysia and its largest city
- Founded in 1857 by Chinese tin miners
- Kuala Lumpur achieved the status of a city in 1972
- The Malaysian King (Almu’tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah or Abdul Halim in short) has his official residence in KL
Kuala Lumpur’s random and funny facts:
- Kuala Lumpur is known as KL and its residents as KLites
- The Petronas Towers (452 meters high, 88 floors) were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004 (since then replaced by Burj Khalifa in Dubai)
- In Malay, Kuala means “Muddy” and Lumpur means a “confluence”. Kuala Lumpur is given the name because it is situated at the junction of Gombak River and Klang River
- The languages commonly spoken in the city are Tamil, Behasa Melayu, English, Malay, Chinese and Hindi
- Kuala Lumpur has over 60 shopping malls!!
If you only have 48 hours in KL, have fun:
- Jumping on a hop-on hop-off bus to discover the city. We particularly liked the KL Tower, Little India, Central Market, KLCC and the national Palace. It is not cheap but i believe it is worth every single penny
- Checking out the Petronas Towers at night from the Kuala Lumpur Menara (Menara means tower in Malay), it was quite impressive. The Kuala Lumpur Menara is cheaper than the Petronas Towers and offers a nice view over the city and the Petronas Twins
- Tasting some delicious street food, cheap and delicious, you gotta love cheapilicious!
- Going to the Batu caves in Gomback. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. My favorite one is the Ramayana Cave with its wonderful statues. To reach the Cathedral cave, you will have to climb 272 steep steps. Under a very scorching sun, it can be challenging as you must be covered. You are definitely glad to reach the cool (literally) cave!
- Chilling next to your hotel’s pool (even for an hour… Bliss!)
Happy trails and remember: Carpe Diem!