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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Top 10 things to do/see in Kuala Lumpur

I recently spent a week in KL and thought I'd share what some of the things to do / see there for reference of future travelers. Photos are shared here.

Here goes the list of Top 10 places to visit in Kuala Lumpur:
  1. Petronas Twin Towers - Surely worth seeing from both near during the day and from far during the night, one of the stand-outs that symbolize the KL sky-line.
  2. KL Tower - The Tallest tower in Asia and the 4th largest in the world and has a revolving restaurant that we decided to give a miss considering my partner (a pure vegetarian) wasn't a big fan of the cuisine/dishes served there and time-constraints (a bus to Singapore to catch in a few hours)
  3. Genting Highlands - Loved this to the core. Having gotten lucky on my first trip to New Orleans (US$ 800 on a damn slot machine), I considered myself "The Great Gambler". This was Bhagya's first Casino Royale experience and she thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a real good time losing upto RM150 initially, going up 250RM on the first day and coming back on Day 2 to go RM300 up on the second and almost losing it all in the last 15-20 mins of gambling. I know it would have been more fun if we had walked away when we were around RM600 up (1RM = 14Rs). Anyway, I am wiser now and live to gamble another day. As for Bhagya, she's said that all her next few overseas trips will be to gambling destinations (Hong Kong/Macau, Singapore, Phillipines, Las Vegas, etc)
  4. Petaling Street (China Town) - The place for getting all things cheap - be it KL T-Shirts, Fake Perfumes, Bags, Clothes, Slippers, Shoes and a million other things. We spent nearly an hour walking up and down this street and haggling away to glory. We made a few friends with shopkeepers who realized they'd found their match and acknowledged it and also made a few enemies with shopkeepers who got frustrated by our haggling styles.
  5. Batu Caves & Murugan Temple/Statue - Supposed to have the World's tallest Murugan Statue, a good walk up to the Caves as you avoid getting attacked by the Monkeys looking for food in your bags/plastic covers/hands ends in the calm of Batu Caves. Inside there are a couple of temples and several Stalactites/Stalagmites growing in the calm and quiet of the Caves.
  6. Little India - A little over-hyped for anyone coming from India. But might be a big hit (view of India without going to India) for foreigners. This was supposed to be inaugarated by Manmohan Singh on his recent visit there. Tons of Bolly/Kollywood posters, loud music and pretty much everything/anything Indian you want, you can find here including a couple of temples.
  7. Sepang Circuit - Of course, the F1 circuit of Malaysia. How can you miss it? It is quite close to the LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal) airport in case you want to visit. Visiting it from the City will be quite far and painful. We had to miss this ourselves, but would have loved to run around the track maybe and get a few photos.
  8. Fish Spa - There are tons of places where you can relax and get bitten my fishes. Especially super-soothing after a long shopping experience in China Town or any other Flea Market in KL.
  9. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park - Supposed to be the world's largest aviary. We had to miss it but we had heard great things about this park.
  10. Bukit Bin Tang - Shopper's paradise (Berjaya Times Square and other malls), foot reflexology/body-massages galore in the area, swanky bars, night markets, the real KL. This is the place to be for all young and old. Well, the young for sure. :-)
Overall, we had a great time in KL and hope this is useful for anyone planning a similar trip to KL. Reach out to me if you want any suggestions or have questions.

Coming Up:
Top 10 Things to do/see in Langkawi Islands and
How to sure-fire gamble and win on Roulette? (You'll thank me and probably pay me for writing this)
How I almost didn't make it to Kuala Lumpur - The Visa Story?

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  1. Wow, this is great..

  2. Sir, if i only have 6-day-vacation, can you be kind enough to guide me from malaysia to singapore.. like an itinerary.. and where to start and end my day. more places to go the better.. so my trip will be worth-it... its my first time, so i better consult an expert. thank you very much.

  3. Sir, i am planning to have a 6-day vacation from Malaysia to Singapore. it will be my first time, and i'd better be careful so not to get lost or waste my time.. Can you please be kind enough to make me an itinerary? the more places in a day, the better... and i will be very happy if you include the time, so i can keep up the tour.. also where to ride bus/Lrt. Thank you very much..