Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 27, 2015 – March 1, 2015
Once again we loaded up our stuff and headed to the bus station. Our next destination would be the capital of Malaysia, the huge city of Kuala Lumpur. Home of the Petronas Towers and more street food, malls and skyscrapers as far as you can see in every direction. So we boarded another super modern and comfortable bus and headed south along the coast of Malaysia.
Arriving at KL Sentral, the central station transportation hub of the city, we were amazed at how easy it was to get around the city. Trains, trams, monorails, a half dozen different types of transportation on tracks will take you everywhere in the city with ease. We boarded a monorail to Bukit Bintang in the center of downtown Kuala Lumpur and walked to our hotel. Once again we were surprised at just how cheaply we could stay in the middle of such of large modern city. We were able to get a room at a small hotel in the middle of downtown, with skyscrapers all around for just $80 Ringgit (US$22) a night, and we also happened to be just a block from one of the largest collections of street food venders in the city, selling nearly every type of food you could think of, cheaply. With such affordable accommodations, meals and cheap and easy transportation everywhere in the city, Kuala Lumpur is very budget traveler friendly. Of course if budget is not an issue, the sky is the limit on fancy hotels and shopping, you could spends weeks wandering malls and never see the same place twice, and Ferrari’s are available for rent on the street.
The city center is just a few metro stops from the old historic downtown which is home to many museums, parks as well as Chinatown and Little India. It is a great place to spend a day walking around seeing the sights and keeping a look out for some good food and a deal on some fake watches and shoes. By the way, if you are in the market for goods of questionable legitimacy, Kuala Lumpur had the best deals we’ve found anywhere so far. Beware about quality though, Krista bought some super cheap Birkenstocks which lasted almost an entire week before they started to disintegrate.
We couldn’t visit the city without seeing the one time tallest towers in the world, the twin Petronas Towers. About a 20 minute walk from our hotel through a few high end malls we found the Petronas Towers. Built in front of a large beautifully landscaped public park, we admired the building from underneath, as we watched colorful fountains of water dancing to music in the small lake beneath. But we wanted to see the towers from up high, and that meant returning again and going to the Skybar at the top of hotel across the park from the Petronas Towers. The Skybar was also a destination on the TV show The Amazing Race, and it made a great place to see the towers from up high. We could have gone up the Petronas Towers themselves to the observation deck, but there is an inherent problem with being able to admire a structure in its entirety when you are standing on it. So we elected to spend the price of a ticket to the observation deck on a couple drinks at the Skybar instead.
For a large modern metropolis we found a lot that we could do on a limited budget. After a few days exploring Kuala Lumpur we boarded another bus south to our last destination in Malaysia, the historic city of Malacca.