Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It’s known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers. (source: Google)
A few great words to summarise Kuala Lumpur. It’s clean, fresh, organised, well-structured, beautiful and very green city. I loved it. So much todo, so much to eat, and truly cosmopolitan and all religions seemed to be very happy side-by-side. I hope Malaysia will continue to embrace piece and harmony in the country. As an Indonesian origin, I am truly jealous!!
We stayed at the Swiss Garden Hotel in Jalan Pudu, a really nice, clean and affordable hotel. Its location is very centre, easy to get to great places in the centre of town on foot. It was a little bit far to walk to the PETRONAS Twin towers, but we did walk it, and as Kuala Lumpur was fairly cool in the evenings, it didn’t matter at all. If you plan to walk around KL, just make sure you carry some mineral water with you.
The layout out the city is really great, perfect for a walkabout. Taxis are not too expensive, but you could also go on public transports such as buses and the monorail. The transport system in KL is so organised and it was easy to get to places. Most buses are air-conditioned, and the monorail system is well organised and the map is easy to follow.
There are so many things to do in KL, sadly we only stayed for 4 days, but we had so much fun. The China Town and the Pasar Seni were very special, but my favourite was the bird park. In the evening we would visit the street restaurants nearby the hotel. I can’t remember the name of the street exactly, I think it was at Persiaran Raja Chulan, not far from Jalan Bukit Bintang.
Evidently, many Indonesians go there now for short holidays, as Jakarta no longer able to offer that short break comfort. I think it’s time for Jakarta to tidy itself up, or its population will escape one by one to other Asian cities, particularly now Air Asia offer cheap tickets to all Asian Destinations.
KL is really a destination worth a visit. This was my second visit, I went there with my husband in 1988, things got better since then. Well done Malaysia.