7 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

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Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, or fondly known as KL, is a big city with an area of 94 square miles and a population of 1.3 million. Being a big city, sometimes we wonder, what can we do in this city? Where to go or what to do? Here are my 7 suggestions based on my personal experience. 7 things that we can do while in Kuala Lumpur:

Batu Caves

The Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Not exactly in Kuala Lumpur, but this place is located near to the border of Kuala Lumpur and the state of Selangor. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of cave and cave temples. The main attraction here, apart from the highest Lord Murugan statue in the world, is the fact that one has to climb 272 concrete steps in order to reach the Temple Cave. It has another cave for exploration, called the Dark Cave tour, which is open for the public to explore, with a fee of course. To read more on Batu Caves, go here. To go to Batu Caves, take the Komuter Line train to the Batu Caves station.

Try Banana Leaf Rice

Banana leaf rice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Yes, it is Indian food. But don’t you know that Malaysia is Truly Asia. Yeah, go to the Petaling Street (Chinatown) area this time of the year and with the upcoming Visit Malaysia Year 2014, the Malaysia Truly Asia song will go into your mind like a North Korea propaganda song. Haha. So, if you have never had the chance to go to India, try the banana leaf rice in Kuala Lumpur. They are delicious, exotic for those who are going to eat with the hand (right hand only, please) for the first time and satisfying. There are plenty of banana leaf restaurants around, just go on a food hunt!

Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

No visit to Malaysia is not complete if a trip to the tallest twin building in the world is not included in the itinerary, they say. I agree. If we were to visit a particular place, of course we are going to take photos with the famous landmark of the place, no? Well, a visit to the skybridge comes with a fee, so if you want to enjoy the place for free, just go to the 2 exits in the middle of the shopping mall for different views of the towers. One exit through the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and another through the KLCC Park. Definitely a sight to remember. To get to the Twin Towers, just take the Kelana Jaya Line LRT, exit at KLCC Station.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For a dose of colonial period building, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building can fix that. Built in 1897, this is one of the oldest buildings in Kuala Lumpur. Previously used as the British government administrative office, this building had also been used as court houses as well as the Culture and Heritage Ministry office. This building had also seen a lot of historical events, such as the independence day and the infamous trial of Anwar Ibrahim. The design is unique to the period it was built and is evidenced by the similar concept buildings around its vicinity. To go here, take the Kelana Jaya Line or Ampang Line LRT and disembark at the Masjid Jamek station.

Eat At The Roadside Stalls

The delicious roadside food stalls of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Soutarou, my CS surfer from Kyoto, eating satay at one of the many roadside stalls

Nothing beats roadside stalls. Seriously. Whenever I am travelling out of Malaysia, I tried to eat at roadside stalls, if possible, which are always the best -- minus the hygiene. Lol. The same goes to Kuala Lumpur. There are plenty of such stalls at Chinatown area. The one near the Petaling Street offers good kuew teow goreng (fried noodles or fried flat noodles) and tons of other fried foods. Also satay and Chinese steamboat. Near Dataran Merdeka besides the river is D’Tebing, a roadside food stall. Just find one. Amazing experience.

Go For An LRT Ride Around Town

The LRT in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Inside the Kelana Jaya Line LRT

I intended to ride on Singapore'’s MRT from one end to the other to see the city during one of my visits there. Nevertheless, considering the fact that almost the whole journey were underground, I cancelled the plan and did something else instead. But here in Kuala Lumpur, most journeys are elevated, so you could see the city from a higher point, including all the suburban places. So, why don't you buy a ticket to the next station, but ride it until the last station, and then at the last station, get back into the train and go back to the station where you bought the ticket to. Sounds like a plan? ;)

I said 7 did I? Well, maybe you can suggest what is the 7th thing that can be done in KL?

Share your comments and suggestions below!

Khairul Idzwan

A simple guy from Shah Alam, in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. Got bitten by the travel bug since December 2011 and the first destination he went to was Bangkok. Ever since then, he travels once in a while, mostly backpacking style. 

Website: kairulizwan.wordpress.com

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