A Night Worth of Kuala Lumpur

This was the first leg to our Indochina trip. We literally had less than 24hours to spend in KL, this is basically just a connecting flight to get to Vietnam. But thanks to their train line, our short stay in KL was enough for us to go around the city to explore some of its spots.

What to see
When you get to KL, there’s nothing really jaw dropping about it in a sense that it’s just a huge city with buildings. So don’t think that you will be greeted by something else. But the culture diversity is refreshing. But I think to be able to appreciate Malaysia; you have to see its provinces, because they have a ton of stuff to offer.

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So from our hostel, our friendly receptionist (with just our luck was a Filipino) helped us understand their city maps and helped us plan our short attack on the city.

Batu Caves and the stairs behind it. It's hard to imagine how huge it is that you need to scale the people in the picture so you can imagine how big it is.

Batu Caves and the stairs behind it. It’s hard to imagine how huge it is that you need to scale the people in the picture so you can imagine how big it is.

No entrance fees. Open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Remember to take off your shoes before climbing up the stairs at the temple. For the record, we did not attempt to climb the notorious stairs. One because we were lazy, two because we didn’t want to tire ourselves since we had an early flight the next day. 

Our first stop was the farthest attraction by train which is the Batu Caves. I can’t stress enough that navigating around KL is so easy because of their trains and the proximity of their attractions to the train stations.

After seeing the giant Buddha statue at Batu Caves, we headed to see the famous Petronas towers. Funny thing, since my friend and I are both clueless, after jumping off the train, we headed inside the “mall” and wandered around trying to find the towers. We kept on asking people where to see Petronas Towers but everyone couldn’t understand what we were asking. So in vain, we just tried to find the exit when low and behold, we were actually inside the Petronas tower. Although we did feel like two idiots abroad, it was satisfying to see how huge the towers actually were.

Petronas Twin Towers. This was so tall that even when I tried to lie on the street to take a picture, i still get the whole thing.

Petronas Twin Towers. This was so tall that even when I tried to lie on the street to take a picture, i still get the whole thing.

After taking a few pictures, we thought we should head back to the hostel because it was already nearing 10PM and we weren’t sure until what time the trains were operating. But before we got home, we got a chance to take a snap shot of KL tower. It would’ve been better to see it from the inside, but the picture for now will do.

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What to eat

Food in KL is very different from what we are used to in the Philippines but nonetheless we had fun trying it out. Make sure that you try their coffee, it’s good!

We didn’t have the time to go around finding good food but since we stayed near Chinatown, there were a lot of things to try to eat. Definitely try the Indian food if you like spicy things together with their shakes.

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What to remember
1. If you are travelling via Airasia, note that you will arrive at the budget airport which is farther than the main airport from the city.
2. You can easily take a bus from the airport to wherever you need to go to. We stayed near Chinatown and there are a lot of cheap and decent places to stay there.
3. Trains are your friends, you can get anywhere you want to go within the city just by taking the train.

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