I took my first trip of the semester to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this past weekend. Here are the highlights of the four days I spent there!
We took a six hour bus ride from Singapore, and we arrived in KL on Saturday afternoon. We checked into our hostel called The Travel Hub. It was my first time staying at a hostel, and I had a really good first experience. Everyone was clean, the people were friendly, we had free wifi and breakfast, and it was only $10/night!
The first thing we did was check out the Petronas Towers (first picture), which is the most iconic building in KL. We didn’t bother paying to go up the towers; I think the towers themselves are the coolest buildings to look at in downtown KL. We then checked out the Central Market in Chinatown, where we got a fish spa!
The fish nibble on our feet and they are supposed to get rid of our dead and dry skin. Not sure how effective the 15 minute session was, but it was a fun experience.
We started the second day by heading to the Batu Caves. We took the train there, and it was interesting to see that some of the train cars were female only.
I think one of the things we should have done was to do research on the Batu Caves before we went there. We saw a lot of cool things, but we were clueless on what was happening in terms of the religion, culture, and history behind the caves. I was wearing shorts which was not allowed, so I had to buy a light cloth to wrap around my legs before I went up to the caves.
We then checked out the National Museum of Malaysia, where we learned the history and culture of the country we were at. I think it would have been more informative to go on one of the free guided tours of the museum, but we missed the only tour at 10am.
At night, we went back to the Petronas Towers, which were a lot prettier in the dark.
On the third day, we checked out the Thean Hou Temple.
After this, we went to a really nice Thai/Viet restaurant for lunch. This was probably the most expensive meal I had this whole weekend, and it was still less then 15 USD!
We went to Bukit Bintang, which was like the NY Times Square of Kuala Lumpur. The mall at Berjaya Times Square had an indoor amusement park! We wanted to ride just the roller coaster, but we didn’t want to buy admission to the whole park.
Instead, we played at the arcade! We each spent about 3 USD, and it was able to entertain us for an hour.
On our last day, we bussed out an hour to the Kanching Waterfalls. The first thing we noticed were the abundance of monkeys! They were really cute at first, but they were so many of them that it was actually a bit scary. When we started eating lunch by the falls, the monkeys walked up to us, hinting that they wanted some food. We put our lunch back into our bags, and we walked away slowly.
After this we went back to Bukit Bintang, and got a full body massage. I don’t have much to compare to since this was my first massage, but I thought it was pretty good. We paid around 10 USD for 30 minutes.
For dinner we went to Jalan Alor, which was full of great street food. We ended up eating a bunch of satay, including chicken, beef, vegetables, lamb, duck, fish, octopus, and even frog!
We ended our trip by taking a red-eye bus back to Singapore on Tuesday night.
Four days was more than enough time in KL, so we took it pretty slow. All-in-all it was an awesome trip with great food, cheap shopping, good sites, and great company!