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From Penang our next stop was Malaysia’s Capital, Kuala Lumpur where we spent three days exploring everything it had to offer.
It is possible to travel between Penang and Kuala Lumpur via by plane, train or bus and we opted for the latter due to prices. The journey was okay once we got going but bizarrely we had to change bus at a bus station on the outskirts of Penang 30 minutes after boarding and after waiting around this meant about an hour or so of our day had been wasted.
Due to our upcoming wedding anniversary we took the opportunity to push the boat out a little and booked in at the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade. We fancied a little bit of luxury, a rooftop pool and the option of room service…I guess this is where the term ‘flashpacking’ came from eh! We booked directly so I could accrue some Accor points and let the hotel know the reason for our stay, which therefore on check in meant a balloon, petals and towel swans were placed in our room…it could not have been more adorable!
Located slightly south of Bukit Bintang the hotel is in a great location for seeing the city, and the nearby Imbi station on the MRL helped connect us to where we wanted to go.
Kuala Lumpur is full to the brim with things to do and sights to see and I could not wait to get out and about exploring. As we didn’t arrive until the afternoon we unpacked and then headed out in the evening to Jalan Alor night market for a bite to eat.
I’m a big fan of walking around a city as much as is feasible to take in the sights and often epic buildings, and to get a real feel for the place and KL was no exception. From our hotel we jumped on the the MRL and made for Merdeka Square to take in the surrounding buildings including the stunning Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Next we ventured towards Perdana Botanical Garden which, despite being in the centre of the capital, remains quiet and tranquil.
For lunch we headed to the cafe at the National Museum of Malaysia where a delicious buffet was on offer for an extraordinarily cheap price. Next we ventured inside the museum just in time for an English guided tour by a Korean student who was studying in the city. Over a couple of hours we were educated on centuries of Malaysian history whilst viewing a variety of artefacts.
Despite having already crammed in a fair amount we had one more place to visit before retiring back to the hotel; the KL Forest Eco Park, which I have read about on a few blogs and I really wanted to locate it for the treetop walks however I was left deflated as not only was the supposed walk from the entrance to Kuala Lumpur Tower was partly closed, it was nowhere near as fun or well kept as the internet suggested.
Having pre-booked (this is essential) tickets for an early morning slot we were up and out fairly early today, for the highlight of our Malaysian excursion was upon us; the Petronas Twin Towers.
Despite no longer being the tallest building in the world these are still rather impressive and to visit two different sections on the inside was more than worth it.
Once we’d descended the towers we headed to the adjacent KLCC Park to stretch our legs before going back to the hotel for a chill by the pool.
In the evening we’d planned to watch the KLCC Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain Show, we arrived a little early so headed inside the Suria Mall for a mooch and a glass of wine at one of the lakeside bars ahead of the show starting. The performance is on at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm daily and it was pretty impressive, and busy, so get there early for a seat!
When I was in KL with a friend in 2010 we didn’t visit the Batu Caves so naturally this was pretty high up on the agenda, and we decided to leave it to our final day as it’s located out of the city centre and we wanted to avoid rush hour on the train by going on a weekend.
The caves are extremely impressive but of course as with any tourist attraction they get super busy so every article I read said to go early in the day, and that we did. It was worth it, and despite being a little busy when we arrived it was packed when we left around midday.
After the Caves, we got the train back to town and headed for the Central Market to pick up some souvenirs and have a bite to eat.
Again we wanted to make use of the hotel pool so spent the afternoon relaxing before making for Petaling Street Market in Chinatown for more mooching and dinner.
We loved Kuala Lumpur, and this was down to delicious food on offer, the friendly locals, the sightseeing spots, and the mix of cultures…for sure we’d be back!