Back in April my friend Lydnsey invited me to go to Vietnam. I was excited because I have never been there and I heard amazing things. However, the plane ticket was more expensive and we wanted to try to do a more inexpensive trip. She found that Malaysia was a good price, it was $1,000 dollars and it was inexpensive to visit. I was not ever sure where exactly Malaysia was. I had never even heard of the city Kuala Lumpur. I bought my plane ticket and started researching. I even looked up my friends on Facebook to see who had been there to message them. According to my Facebook only eight people had checked in to Malaysia. When usually it’s a lot more on my Facebook. Even going to the airport for my trip, airport staff were really curios why Malaysia? People were stunned I was going for vacation. I had never gotten that reaction before. I was in Kuala Lumpur for a couple days and had an amazing time. I feel like tourists should visit it more. I know from the United States its a long flight but it was so worth it.
Kuala Lumpur is inexpensive, it has many sights, and it’s very diverse (Chinese, Indian, and Malaysians). Here were some of my favorite things:
Batu Caves: It’s a Hindu temple about 30 minutes outside of Kuala Lumpur. They have 272 steps. Also, if your a women make sure you’re wearing pants, a maxi skirt, or a maxi dress to enter the temple. I wore shorts and has to pay 5 Malaysian Ringgits ($1.23 dollars) to wear a long skirt They do give 2 Malaysian Ringgit back ($0.49 cents) when you return the skirt. There is also these cute monkeys walking around but be careful because they take your food and drinks. I would advise to not take food and drinks with you to go to the Batu caves.
Eat Street: This place has so many restaurants. My friend and I ended up choosing a Chinese restaurant. We got noodles with chicken. My meal was $4.00 dollars with a coke. Then after we got mango and sticky rice for dessert for $2.00 dollars. Eat Street was a four minute walk from our hotel. I really recommend MOV hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
Menara Kuala Lumpur: Our first taxi driver recommended this to us to see a view of the city. It’s a communications tower and it’s the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. It was an amazing view, we got a lot pictures. we did not get seat in the box because we had an hour wait. We decided to eat at an Indian restaurant downstairs. I had a samosa and two tiger beers.
Pavillion Mall- Is located in the Bukit Bintang district. It has three major components a retail mall, an office block, and two residential towers. The mall is amazing, it has lots of shopping and amazing restaurants. It was never ending, you can be there all day and still not see everything.
Tean Hou Temple: This Chinese temple is dedicated to the queen of heaven. It’s a beautiful temple and it’s free to visit. They even have a restaurant, if you want to relax and eat.
Butterfly park: This park was so cute, there is butterflies flying around everywhere. One even landed on my friends shoe. They even an indoor option where you can see different insects from all over the world. The park was about $4.92 dollars. Make sure you bring cash because they do not accept card. If you go to the butterfly park the bird park and national mosque are not far. You can walk to those areas or take a grab (uber there).
Petronas Towers: Of course you have to visit the tallest twin towers in the world. They use to be the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004. I did not do a tour inside because it was sold out. However, there is a park called KLCC park in front of the building that I did not get to see. I saw pictures and it looks amazing. You can even get good pictures of the towers.
There is so much to do in Kuala Lumpur that it was hard to narrow it down on this list. We were recommended by taxi and grab drivers to visit a tea farm. However, it was four hours away from where we were. I wish I could of spend more time there but I am just happy to of been there at all. I know you might not hear a lot about Kuala Lumpur or Malaysia at least. I did not before I went but it is a place I really recommend to visit. The locals are friendly, its very diverse, it inexpensive to visit, and again there is so much to do!!! I hope to go back and see more nature in Malaysia. One grab driver told me there is a lot scenic nature areas to visit.