KUALA LUMPUR + DIARY
TRAVEL / MALAYSIA
August , 2013
The Malaysian capital of industrialism and I.T. A big city full of modern and old buildings with an unbelievable charm captivated our hearts and made us feel right at home. Our first stop was The Petronas Towers, so impressive and majestic! We had lunch there, it is full of wonderful restaurants and shops. We really liked hanging out at the KLCC Park, especially at night when everything is lit up. We stayed centrally located in the touristic area of Bukit Bintang close to Pavillion shopping Center. It was really nice for us, as we were walking distance to all the attractions.
Bukit Bintang is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and where most tourists decide to stay. At night there’s food markets and massage parlors open everyday. There is a main street full or restaurants and bars offering a variety of international cuisines, pretty lively on the weekends. One of the ones we liked was Tapas bar and El Loco, go here for excellent margaritas.
We took little field trips to Merdeka Square everyday and would just walk around to China Town and little India searching for hidden treasures and cool locations to photograph, it was the best way to explore the city and get to see KL from different perspectives. We discovered hidden streets, amazing colorful architecture, colorful textiles and exotic food. We would have to encourage everyone to walk around with no specific destination in mind and see what beauty you can discover!
Jalan Petaling (China Town)-
Like in every part of the world, China town does not disappoint when it comes to bargains: cheap hostels, cheap accessories, and cheap food, its all-good fun, but a little crowded as per usual! Jalan Petaling as they call it here, is where you will find back-packer heaven and its great to indulge in local food.
We have to say that a place we really enjoyed visiting was Little India. It was full of color and beautiful architecture. They have street markets full of amazing bright fabrics placed one after the other. Where most women go shopping in search of a good deal, they also sell beautiful rhinestones and the traditional Hijabs and Kopiahs!
From all the great malls in KL, our favorite was Pavillion. We kept coming back to hangout and explore different areas, it is just very relaxed, has a lot of coffee shops, restaurants and stores. One of our favorite places to eat was La Boca, being a little homesick now and then it’s nice to have some good Mexican food. We also kept coming back to Dome Café as they have a great breakfast menu.
13 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur, there is an astonishing place you must visit. You can take the monorail for a small fee or a taxi. It’s a limestone hill, which has a 272-step climb up in order to get to a series of caves and cave temples. It will take your breath away and it is worth the exercise because the feeling of being inside these beautiful caves is indescribable! There is an overwhelming feeling of devotion from all the religious visitors. The view from the top is marvelous and you also get a little show that the residents put on! Yes we are talking about the cheeky monkeys jumping all around. These little fellows are fun to watch and you might even have to dodge a few on your way down the stairs!
Besides the Petronas Towers another landmark that stands out is Menara Tower. You can wait for the shuttle or go up 15 min walk to the entrance it. It offers the best view point of Kuala Lumpur. In another level there is also a revolving romantic restaurant to enjoy dinner with a view.
You only need 2 days to see all the attractions, but if you are like us and want to experience and absorb the culture try to stay longer! It is a great destination that exceeds expectations with its cultural diversity!
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xx A + C
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