Nothing but good stories and kind words have I always heard about this city from other people. So I thought it was time to see it for myself what Kuala Lumpur has to offer me!
Flights from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur are being flown every day of the week by KLM. The flight time is around 12 hours and costs around 600-800 euros. You can also choose to fly with Malaysian Airlines or fly with the Emirates with a stop in Dubai. For more information on KLM flights and availability check: www.klm.com.
In a busy and lively city that has an average yearly temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius it is nice to have a place where you can relax and come to rest. For that reason I chose to stay at Hotel Bangi Putrajaya, a little bit outside of Kuala Lumpur. This Hotel has the most amazing pool outside and a golf course surrounds the whole area. It really gives you the feeling you are on a tropical island instead of close to a world city. Prices start from 148 euros for 3 nights up to 540 euros for 3 nights, depending on the rooms. For more information visit the website: http://www.hotelbangi-putrajaya.com.
Since you arrive in the late afternoon at the hotel, we ate some dinner and went straight to bed after the 12-hour flight. So the first stop on day one was the Twin Towers. By taking the free shuttle bus the hotel provides it will take around 45 minutes to get into the city center. The magnificent towers can be seen far from the city and are really two eye catchers. There is the possibility to go up into the towers, but only as far as the bridge in the middle gets. You are not allowed up any higher. The waitlist for getting up is bizarrely long so we decided to make pictures from the outside instead of the other way around.
The KL Tower is close to the twin towers and is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 meters and is currently the 7th tallest tower in the world. When you walk inside you can buy a ticket to get upstairs to m=the main viewpoint. Getting upstairs is done by a immense lift that will take about 50 people at a time through the big shaft up to the main deck. Once you’ve arrived upstairs you will be greeted with an amazing and breathtaking view of the whole city and even everything that lies beyond that. There is also the ability to dine in the revolving restaurant that gives you a different view every 5-10 minutes. For more information please visit the website: www.menarakl.com.my.
One of the things that I always want to visit when I’m in a big city is the aquarium. Right next to the Twin Towers is a huge aquarium, which is situated beneath a shopping center. This aquarium has a lot of species ranging from fishes to sharks to tarantulas and even snakes. Tickets are around 15 euros but they are definitely worth it!
Kuala Lumpur Park
Once you come outside of the aquarium you will walk into the magnificent park which has many trails you can follow and even a waterpark for the kids. From this area it is nice to take pictures of the twin towers as well as of the KL tower. You can either relax or take a walk to view the nice fauna.
Luna Bar at the Pacific Regency Hotel
In the late evening when its completely dark outside all the lights in the city turn on and its one big show. To get a good view from the lit up Twin Towers and KL tower with a cocktail in your hand the best place to go to is the Luna Bar located in the Pacific Regency Hotel. This bar is a rooftop bar surrounding the pool, and has great music and drinks.
Tour day at Bukit Melati, Fishing Village and Fireflies
On day two we decided to make a tour with an excellent guide. The guide picked us up from the hotel around 1 pm so in the morning we could enjoy the pool and relax a bit. We were picked up in a very nice car with a very kind guide. Along the way towards Bukit Melati he told us about a lot of things we saw during our drive. Then we made a stop at the Sultan’s palace and we took plenty of pictures there. He told us great stories about the Sultan and why his palace was this large. We continued our journey to the “monkey mountain” as he called it. Once we got up the mountain there were so many monkeys. These monkeys were very kind and not aggressive at all. These Silver Leave monkeys are used to people and like to sit on you. The guide bought us some vegetables, which we could give to the monkeys. It was a very exciting moment to see the monkeys coming up to you and sitting on your lap or shoulder, and eating the vegetables.
Once we’d seen enough we continued our journey to an old fishing village and fish market. We walked around the market and saw the fresh fish being sold to restaurants and regular people. Somewhat further into this village was a restaurant built on the river, standing on poles. This restaurant was the best seafood restaurant in the whole area. We had delicious fresh crab and fruits and once we got our bellies full we went to our final stop, which are the fireflies.
We went to the lake and had to put on life vests. Once we were all set we were guided to the small canoe boats with a paddler in front. He paddled us through the lake and stopped at every big bush to see the fireflies. It really looks fake, almost like a Christmas tree with lights, but you can see the fireflies move and switch their lights on and off. It was really amazing to see this up close. Once we were back in the car we drove to the hotel and arrived at around 11 pm. For more information about this tour, or other tours, please visit the website of the great team that organizes these tours: www.serimalayatravel.com.
Times Square Shopping Mall
On day three we decided to take it a bit slower than day two, so in the morning we laid by the pool and took our time. At around 12 noon we took the shuttle bus to the city center and went to the Times Square Shopping Mall. This mall is so large that they have a West and an East Wing to divide the shops in. Something that’s really special about this shopping mall is that they have an indoor theme park, which contains a roller coaster that soars past the shoppers. There are also multiple cinemas where you can catch a movie at any time of the day.
Pavillion Shopping Mall
One of the most recent shopping malls that has been designed and made is the Pavillion Mall. It is home to the most extravagant and luxury brands you can think of and has the best food court on level -1. Here you can wander around for a long time just doing window shopping or of course real shopping.
Petaling Street is the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. Here you can find food, accessories, purses and clothing all in one place. It is a very busy place but nevertheless quite entertaining. There are many places where you can sit down and have some typical Malaysian dishes to eat.
Other places to visit when in Kuala Lumpur:
- The Batu Caves
- Bird Park
- National Museum
- Zoo Negara
Recap of the 3-day visit
A direct flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur operated by KLM will cost you around 600-800 euros. I chose to stay in a hotel that is on a remote distance from the city. This hotel is Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya and offers many facilities. On day one we visited the Twin Towers, the KLCC Tower, the Aquarium, the Park and the Luna Bar. On day two we visited the monkey mountain, ate fish in a local fishing village and saw the fireflies from a canoe. On day three we visited Times Square Mall and rode the theme park rides inside, visited the Pavillion for some good shopping and to top it off visited Petaling Street for the markets.
That is all for now! Keep looking out for new blog posts about new destinations!