There’s something about big cities that polarises people. I met a few travellers who weren’t crazy about Kuala Lumpur, or KL as it’s known, because they thought it was full of skyscrapers and not much else. For me, however, I fell in love with this modern, exciting city as soon as I arrived.
KL is the capital of Malaysia, and is the sixth most visited city in the world. The airport here is a major hub for travel to other parts of South-East Asia and the rest of the world, so if you’re travelling around South-East Asia there’s a good chance you’ll connect through KL airport (it’s a really nice airport!).
The first thing I did when I arrived, after a long journey with not much sleep, was head to the Petronas Towers – the tallest twin towers in the world. For some reason I was totally fascinated by these buildings, and I spent a lot of my time in KL simply sitting with a cold drink and staring at them from various viewpoints. There is just something about the design that I find really beautiful, and I particularly love how they look illuminated at night.
There is a lot to do in KL, but you could probably squeeze it all in to three or four days. I visited the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Merdeka Square, Petaling Street Chinatown, Jamek Mosque, the Botanical Gardens and the Batu Caves. I also spent lots of time walking the city to see what I could find – on one occasion I wandered into a Grand Prix event!
The shopping malls in KL are amazing – glamorous, air-conditioned and full of great shops and even better food courts. Public transport is also good. I used the subway most of the time and, although it could sometimes get quite crowded, it was generally very good. Maybe I have a soft spot for Kuala Lumpur because it’s the first city I visited entirely by myself. But I had a great time here and there’s definitely much more to it than skyscrapers.
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