Citytrip in Kuala Lumpur
The first time I set foot on Kuala Lumpur ground was, like many other travellers, when I had a short layover and had to run too my connecting flight leaving for Borneo. Luckily for me I had a do over when my university announced that our second year field trip was going to the beautiful capital of Malaysia. This way I got to see that Kuala Lumpur is a lot more than just an airport hub. One of my fellow travellers was photographer and dear friend Floris Heuer, he let me use his photos for this blog.
The name KL is derived from the Malaysian word for Muddy River. Both locals and travellers often abbreviated Kuala Lumpur into KL. The city was founded in 1850 when the first Tin factories where constructed here. The city quickly developed from small river town into the metropolitan capital of the country. The most important highlights of the city are definitely the Petronas Towers, currently the tallest Twin Towers in the world.
Our program started right after we exited the airport with a city tour. Our perfect English-speaking guide showed us the highlights around the city. We visited the Emperors Palace and the Masjid Negara, the National Mosque of Malaysia. Malaysia is an Islamic country, which you will notice right away when you exit the airplane.
There is a first time for everything and for me it was a tour with the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus in KL. Usually I try to avoid this way of transport but in KL it turned out to be extremely convenient. This way we were able to visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Petronas Towers and the connected shopping centre KLCC. We also went inside a huge shopping mall Times Square, including its own rollercoaster. In the late afternoon we visited the China Town of the city. I have seen many China Town’s, but this one had the largest collection of knock-offs I have ever seen. Everything was available here, including fragrances, watches, DVD’s, electronics and clothing. Not everything that is on offer here is fake though, there are a lot of products that are offered because of over production in factories nearby. You can usually spot them because their quality is simply a lot better.
What I thought was very interesting was the National History Museum that showed the timeline of Malaysia from it’s early development until the present. Close to the Museum you can find the Mouse Deer Park. The Mouse Deer is the smallest deer on earth, also the you will encounter a lot of monkeys wondering around in the park.
Outside KL you will find a lot of different places of interest. For the Dutch traveller it is always interesting to see the old Dutch Colony in Malacca. Also when you have never even been to the Netherlands you can still appreciate the old houses and churches. You can take a daytrip to Malacca from KL. Around KL you can also visit the Tin Museum or visit the Batu Caves. In my opinion, Batu Caves are a little overrated, it is to touristic and the small Indian temple in the end is rather disappointing.
Petronas ‘Twin’ Towers
Like I said, the Petronas Towers are the biggest highlight in the city of KL. I highly recommend you to visit the tower! Your first stop will be on the 42nd floor of the building, here you will find the bridge where you can cross from one tower to the next. Stop 2 will be on the 88th floor, with a panoramic view over the entire city and its surroundings. Want to enjoy this magnificent view? Buy your tickets early because it is rather difficult to get a hold of some.
1. For wine-and-dine you can visit the Jalan Ampang Area, closte to Petronas Towers and the KLCC Mall.
2. For a high end cocktail you can have a drink at the Luna Poolside Bar, with a rooftop terrace on the 33rd floor.
3. Use the Skytrain at least once, it is the fastest and easiest way to cross from one side of the city to the next.
4. In the Golden Triangle Area you will find the luxury Shopping Malls and 5 star hotels. Perfect location for a luxurious overnight stay, but also great to just stroll around.
5. If you did not manage to get tickets for the Petronas Towers you can make a reservation at the KL-tower. For a quick ‘high-tea’, perhaps? This way you still get to enjoy the great view.