A Mini-Guide To Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, and is a great starting point for any first-timer visiting Peninsular Malaysia. The city is vibrant with several well-known tourist attractions, including the world-famous Petronas Towers. It's also famous for being a shopaholic's heaven with its impressive shopping malls and markets.

Getting There & Around
Kuala Lumpur has one main international airport with two terminals, KLIA1 and KLIA2, which are connected via ERL's high-speed train. Getting into the city centre from either terminal is incredibly easy, and takes just under 30 minutes via the express train. Once you've reached the centre, visitors can then get around on foot, hop in a taxi, or use the monorail to get from place to place. 

What To See & Do
Kuala Lumpur only has a few key sights to see, but the few attractions it does have are pretty incredible. If it's your first time visiting the city, you can't miss visiting the Petronas Twin Towers, which were once the tallest buildings in the world until 2004. Be sure to head up to the sky bridge connecting the two towers during the day for amazing views of KL. The towers are also pretty amazing to see lit up at night.

Besides the Petronas Twin Towers, there's the Menara Tower which is also worth a visit. This tower has a sky box at the top where you can walk across glass and see the world below. Definitely not for those afraid of heights! I visited both towers and preferred the Menara Tower as this still gave you the Petronas Towers in your view of the city. 

Slightly further out of the centre of the city are the Batu Caves, another iconic and popular attraction for travellers. This is where you will find a 42.7 metre high statue next to the 272 steps leading up into the Temple Cave, the best-known cave in the area. If you do visit, beware of the monkeys as they have a habit of snatching things out of visitors' hands!

Where To Stay
If you're looking for a hotel that's both modern and affordable I would recommend staying at either the Tune Hotel or Q Hotel Kuala Lumpur. We stayed at both - the former at the beginning of our trip, and the latter when we were due to fly back home. Both hotels were near to everything we wanted to see, and were also in easy reach of the airport.

Going elsewhere?
From Kuala Lumpur it's incredibly easy to reach other destinations in Malaysia, including Cameron Highlands, Penang and Langkawi. KL has a huge, modern bus station (think the size of a small airport!) with connections to all over the country. If you're wanting to go further afield, there are frequent flights to nearby countries such as Singapore, Cambodia and Indonesia.


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