Malaysia is an amazing country, rich in culture and diversity! Since visiting this beautiful country, I have found myself more than once referring to it, as a super fresh and organic place. Prior to coming here my thoughts and imaginations were centered around the myths of this being a third world developing country. Surprisingly and pleasantly so, there is a lot of development already in play, you can still feel the natural and organic nature of the land, however the boisterous and ever changing growth of the modern city, I like to imagine it as futuristic .
The beautifully diverse city of Kuala Lumpur (KL as its fondly called), has a lot to offer. Great weather, amazing buildings and places to see, beautiful greenery that boasts of trees that are aged as far back as hundreds of years old and the entire works of a modern city, with a functional and effective metro and bus systems etc. Five days in KL and already I feel like this is home and the thought of returning back to Dubai gives me a headache(lol). Add to the fact that weather is great, and the fact that life in general is cheap and affordable, the food was also quite delectable. In general I fell madly in love with Malaysia ( KL to be specific). During my time here, I visited so many different places but a few places were remarkable to me and so Iʼm listing down a few things to check out and do whilst in KL in no particular order. So if you like shopping , music , good food and need a good place to find connected to God then my little list could guide you.
1. WHERE I STAYED
The Elements @ Ampang
This is a luxury little home away from home, just about 10 minutes away from KL city centre. It boasts of amazing views, well trained security, and resort-like facilities at the recreational level that will make your stay in KL even more fun and exciting! You can make bookings via Airbnb, booking.com or through their website www.theelements.com.my
2. THINGS TO DO
Petaling Jaya street in Chinatown
So this is a shopperʼs haven. However I like to call it the local market as it doesnʼt boast of the glamour of other shopping hubs in KL like Bukit Bitang and KLCC to name a few! Here you can haggle and negotiate and just have fun watching people going about their business! Try not to be too excited when you see something you like, while haggling keep a straight face and try to seem uninterested, works every time,lol!
Itʼs a very vibrant and interesting marketplace! One of the highlights of the moment for me, we were in the middle of negotiations with one of the merchants and instantly around us we saw these men outside literally transforming the marketplace into little mini stalls,literally within less than five minutes new mini stalls had sprung up on two rows along the entire stretch of the street! You would find time gets lost while inside the Chinatown market. You would find all sorts of stuff to buy from Gucci bags, to Louis Vuitton purses, Tom Ford glasses, an array of clothes shops, and little gift shops every where and if you are a foodie like I am, you will not be disappointed as there is an array of little restaurants or food trucks that sell anything from roast duck to fried rice! The street food you have to choose carefully though.
KL Hop on hop off
The hop on hop off bus is an exciting and very fun way of getting a feel of the city! Itʼs a must do,and had so much fun on this bus! They had divided the tour Into 2 parts,you have the green line tour which boasts of the bird parks, the palace, Petaling Jaya street, Little India and the Central market etc and then the red line tour which basically boasts of the inner city buildings like the Petronas towers and observatory deck etc.
Bird watchers park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird watchers park, is a gated attraction,of over 20.9-acres of land boasting a wide variety of bird species. It is one of the most popular tourist attraction in the country, receiving an annual average of 200,000 visitors. This park is a world full of spectacular birds and a tropical paradise not to be missed by all, it is divided into 4 zones. There are so many little restaurants or snack shops, ice cream trucks and there is this amazing little fish spa which would leave you with an unforgettable experience.
The Petronas Twin Towers
These two twin towers are magnificient skyscrappers which stand tall in the city centre you can’t miss it.
Fun fact,the Petronas Towers,according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s official definition and ranking, used to be the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. As a matter fact , the twin towers remain the tallest twin buildings to date. The towers are linked on the top and from that top floor, the view of the city is beyond words. Also the towers are linked underground by a very busy and functional underground metro system.
The Aquaria KLCC is an oceanarium located beneath Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, it’s a state-of-the-art right in the heart of the city. It happens to be one the largest aquariums in Southeast Asia. Home to over 150 species of marine life, its star attractions include scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, seahorses and more. It is foremost to me one of the country`s sightseeing attractions, a quick and easy way to explore the ocean from within.
3. WHERE TO WORSHIP
Kingdom City is a great church , in the city of Kuala Lumpur ,led by Pastor Matt & Lisa Fielder.Its a great way of connecting, equipping & empowering people to bring the reality of God to them. the run Youth and kids church as well, under names of Kingdom City kids, City Youth Junior and City Youth.
4. PLACES TO EAT
Tapang Urban Street Dinning food truck
This is an amazing urban street dining a. spot in downtown KL! During the day itʼs a car park with nothing interesting going on but come night fall there is a bunch of food trucks aligned with a variety of food choices. There is a live band playing music and the sounds and aromas in the air create a relaxing ambiance. You can visit with co-workers, family, friends etc itʼs open and friendly for all.
There is also Auntie Annieʼs pretzelʼs cafe shop this is found at Bukit Bintang Street, which perfect makes killer lemonade juice and some pastries that will blow your mind.
Do not miss eating Malaysian signature meals Nasi Goreng, Nasi Lemak, Satay amongst others from restaurants like Papa Rich and Madam kwans which could be found in most malls in the city.
Pigs and wolf restaurant
If you love food as i do, then you have to try out the ribs at the Pigs and Wolf restaurant. The service is great, the ambiance is super and of course the food is amazing. Fun fact their slogan “Home of the big bad ribs”, how catchy is that?
Rass and Rusty for life music
Situated downtown , Rass and Rusty gives a high class lounge vibe,good real-time live music, mean cocktails , great food and a really good vibe! Itʼs very classy joint if you’re looking for a place to just chill out with your friends on a Friday evening.
5. SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT
Berjaya Times Square
This is a shopper`s paradise located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Times Square is one of the largest shopping malls in the world, both locals and tourists trooping in to fill the shopping fantasies. The complex is a 48 Storey tower, hotel, condominium, indoor amusement park and shopping centre complex on Bukit Bintang street of KL, Malaysia. This complex boast of one of the largest indoor theme parks in Asia.
Sungei Wang plaza
This little shopping plaza which isnʼt so little at all, boasts of a range of amazing shops where you can get amazing buys! There is also a ton of restaurants and on the top deck is a whole chinese street food court! If you trying to shop value for your money Sungei Wang is a great place to start.
Hopefully my little guide will assist, when next you visit Kuala Lumpur, all on a budget.
If you’ve visited KL before let me know your favorite places in the comment section below.