I have just come back from an amazing experience in Malaysia where we touched Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Terengganu and Perhentian Island (Besar). After been in Bali for about a month, I have developed a deep interest and love for Asia and I can’t wait to visit it all!
I have decided to split this experience into 3 parts as It was so full of surprises that one post wouldn’t be enough to tell everything, so here we are with the first stop.
My partner and I departed from London (Heathrow Airport) flying with Malaysia Airlines directly to Kuala Lumpur; once there, reaching the centre (KL Sentral) was quite easy by train, only 28 minutes, (the ticket costs RM55 pp), and from there it was super easy moving around the city using buses and the tube. We stayed at the Corus Hotel, 3 minutes walk from the Petronas Towers, next to KLCC tube station and I highly recommended. Clean, very good food, in a very good spot and with standard very close to Europe.
Tube and Transport
We didn’t get the KL TravelPass as we walked a lot and we stayed pretty much in KL Sentral so we bought normal tickets, called tokens, which were quite unusual, very similar the tokens are given at fanfares.
Markets and Chinatown
The markets (Jalan Petaling and Kasturi Walk) were probably my favourite bit, I wanted to buy, eat and drink everything! Chinatown was quite interesting too, very busy and selling mainly fake brands replicas which are not really my thing.
We were lucky enough to be there during the Hari Merdeka (Independence Day) celebration, which was very nice to see, all the people dressed up in colourful costumes celebrating in the street.
Eco Park, Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve
Kuala Lumpur is the only city in the world that has a natural rainforest situated right in the middle of the city, not far away from the Petronas towers, about 20 minutes walking.
We enjoyed the Canopy Walk very much but unfortunately, we weren’t able to see any animals.
Visiting hours: 7.00am to 6.00pm daily including weekends and public holidays.
Entrance Fee: Free
I loved KL! Very international, a wonderful mix of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian culture, old and new, tradition and futurism, strongly Muslim but open to everybody. The feeling I had here it was pretty much the feeling you can get in any other international city like London, New York, Milan.
The locals owing stalls and shops are not so pushy to make you buy and they are not constantly on you like in other countries; not many local people speak English, they know the basics but not many of them are actually able to have a conversation and they also feel very uncomfortable in trying (apart from hotels, info points, train and tube stations and government services).
A lot cheaper than Europe of course but it really depends on where you are eating, we bought at the market a pack of Putu Bamboo Tradisi for RM 3.50 which is 0.75 p circa and juices for RM 14/15 which is £1.80/2 circa but we could see that many American chains like Starbucks had the same we have in London pretty much! (crazy!). I haven’t seen much need to bargain like in other Asian countries, a lot of prices are fixed and there is no room for massive discounts.
From Kuala Lumpur, we took a domestic flight (only 1 hour and £35) to Kuala Terengganu, our next stop: we were looking into buses as well and we were up for a 7-hour journey but unfortunately we couldn’t find any solution to travel during the day and we didn’t want to leave the hotel we already paid for, 1 night before.
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