When I visited Kuala Lumpur, I witnessed a unique mix of cross-cultural traditions. There were communities of Chinese, Malays, East Malaysian, Indonesians, Sikhs and groups of tourists. Kuala Lumpur is a fantastic tourist spot as it is a roller coaster of lively skyscrapers and tasty street food. Above all, Kuala Lumpur is a great bargain shopping destination. I visited Kuala Lumpur few years back however I have managed to find few pictures.
Where did we stay?
My family and I stayed at Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel for five nights. We booked two rooms with a view of the Petronas Towers. The location was very convenient as it was opposite the bus station and many fast food restaurants. For all the attractions, which were located far away, we had booked a tour guide plus cum driver in advance to make the tour informative and comfortable. This is something that I would recommend all the families to do, as it will be a better experience. If you are traveling in a pair or solo; you are good to go on your own.
What did we eat?
The fabulous street food can’t be missed under any circumstances. My family and I were surprised after finding out that it is normal to have about six meals in a day in Malaysia. During our stay, I mostly ate fruits, and noodles from the street food stalls. One should also try the ripe and juicy fresh fruit while shopping at the lively and vibrant markets. Usually I am not all about the street food however it was all delicious and worth the experience so skip junk food/fine dining eateries and discover street food.
Where did we visit?
We also visited numerous attractions, which I absolutely enjoyed and these are my personal favourites.
Chinatown is an area filled with colours; it is an exquisite neighborhood that never sleeps. The entire area is filled with stalls offering all kinds of goods, though this is an area where one should definitely bargain in order to get the best deal. Regarding the shopping, my favourite purchase was a wooden necklace with my name written on it. I also bought plenty of handicrafts and souvenirs for family, friends and myself.
The Petronas Twin Towers are obviously quite a popular tourist destination and hence there were several long queues and all the tickets were sold out quite quickly. So it is best if you book in advance or get there super-early. The towers make up one of the most beautiful cityscapes of the world, and from them, one can experience fascinating views of the city.
Genting Highlands is a famous resort that has a huge indoor theme park. To reach the park, we had to take a cable car ride known as the Genting Skyway Cable car. The ride was very relaxing with views of the trees, clouds and mountain and, since the weather was cool, it was simply breathtaking. The resort also has fun rides and activities but the main highlight was the cable car ride.
If you enjoy taking pictures of nature then you are going to fall in love with the Butterfly Garden — you wouldn’t expect such beauty and wonder in one place. There were hundreds of different kinds of butterflies-a beautiful and charming garden with walkways, ponds, creeks and bridges. I couldn’t stop snapping pictures and admiring the butterflies.
Religious and cultural attractions,
If you convert from Dhs to Malaysian Riggit, it is quiet affordable if you plan your trip accordingly. If you are on a budget, use public transport, eat street food and stay in a 3* hotel. It would cost around AED 155 per day/per person (including attractions) which is 139 ringgits. It definitely cost us much more as we stayed in a 5* hotel and booked a tour guide as well as paid for all the attractions separately. So, it totally depends on an individual as you can be either a big spender or just on a budget! Both are suitable and great options for Kuala Lumpur.
I look forward to visit Kuala Lumpur again, as well as visiting the rest of Malaysia soon.