If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll probably know by now that I am not one to say no to a travel opportunity. Whenever there’s an option to have a long stopover in between flights in a new city I always take it. Whilst I am a big believer in spending quality time exploring a country, and always ensure I see as much of a place as possible, I also think that stopovers are the perfect way to have a taste of a new destination, see some highlights and decide whether you’d want to return and explore the country more in-depth in the future. So when I had an option to spend twenty-four hours in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia on my way back to the UK I jumped on the chance to take it. Whilst there are a million and one things to do in Kuala Lumpur you can tick off a few of the highlights in a day.
TRANSPORTATION IN KUALA LUMPAR
The train system in Kuala Lumpur is relatively easy to use. The KLIA Express train, which runs regularly, will get you to the city within 28 minutes and costs 100MYR return.
After that the transit within the city is very cheap, on average we paid 3MYR per ride.
WHAT TO EAT IN KUALA LUMPUR
As Malaysia is quite multicultural with a strong mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian citizens the food is a delicious combination of the three cultures. Malaysia is a very affordable country and the food is no exception. You can easily eat your three daily meals at a restaurant for less than $10.
A delicious typical breakfast is Roti Canai, an Indian dish of Roti bread and curry sauce for dipping. It is delicious and surprisingly filling. We ate two serves with two drinks of Milo for less than 5RMY.
For lunch I enjoyed a delicious Beef Kwayteow for less than 8RMY at the food court at KLCC Mall.
The highlight, however, was visiting Din Tai Fung for dinner, a world-famous, Michelin Star restaurant that serves incredible dumplings for a very reasonable price. We ate so much delicious food and spent less than 44MYR/$15AUD each. Worth. Every. Penny!
Din Tai Fung can be found in a number of locations throughout Asia so be sure to look up the locations if this sounds like somewhere you’d like to visit. I recommend the Pork Xiao Long Bao as a starter, the Braised Beef Noodle Soup as your main and the delicious Chocolate and Red Bean Xiao Long Bao for dessert. So good!
WHAT TO SEE IN KUALA LUMPUR
The most photographed place in all of Kuala Lumpur (and possibly all of Malaysia) is undoubtedly the iconic Petronas Towers. The 88 storey building stands 452 metres high and is hailed as the worlds tallest twin structure.
The best spot to photograph the building is from the KLCC Park where you will not only have a great view of the towers and city skyline but is the perfect spot to sit and watch the fountain show, which is on every thirty minutes until 11pm.
NATIONAL CITY MOSQUE
Masjid Negara is the national mosque of Malaysia. It’s spread across 13 acres and can hold up to 15,000 worshippers. As always be sure to dress appropriately, though we dressed appropriately and were still asked to wear the robes and headscarves provided, not they we were complaining. So pretty!
The Batu Caves are only 11km to the north of Kuala Lumpur so could easily be explored for a few hours. The 100-year-old temple, which is located inside limestone caves thought to be almost 400 million years old, is a significant site for Hindus, particularly during the annual Hindu Festival Thaipusam, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
I sadly didn’t get to visit the caves this time around (it was just too hot to be outside for long) but I’m looking forward to visiting in the future.
I had heard mixed reviews of Kuala Lumpur but I really enjoyed my time there. I found the people to be friendly, the transportation easy to navigate, the prices cheap and the city very clean. I will definitely return in the future and am looking forward to exploring more of beautiful Malaysia.
Many thanks to Amy from A Nomadic Existence for being my own personal guide in Kuala Lumpur. I had a lot of fun!
Over to you. What excites you most about the list above.
Or what did I miss that I should go visit next time?
Let me know in the comments below!