Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Petronas Towers

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Hanuman at Batu Caves

Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is known to most is a modern city with a lot of culture thrown in; Indian, Chinese and Islamic traditions tossed together to make one wonderful Malaysian experience.

 

 

Budget things to see and do:

Petronas twin towers at night

KL tower at night

Islamic arts museum (12 Ringgits)

Batu Caves

Markets 

Sri Mahamariamman Temple (hindu temple)

China Town

Perdana Botanical Gardens

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Batu Caves

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Monkey business at Batu Caves

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Petronas Towers

Getting around:

Getting to and from the airport is easy as you have the budget option of the “Star Shuttle” bus (12 ringgits) which will take you into the city or the luxury option of a taxi (roughly 200 ringgits)

Getting around the city itself is just as easy with walking, local buses, KRT’s and LRT’s (metros/subways/tubes) as well as the taxi options.

 

General Experience:

KL is great for budget and luxury travellers as there is a lot on offer in this city. If you’re on a budget and have 3-4 days in the city then you will have pretty much covered the main points if you follow the above list. If you’re on holiday and want to treat yourself, then you will have to find an alternative list that will include the fancy bars, restaurants and malls- which all look spectacular. 

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Islamic Arts Museum

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KL Tower

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Batu Caves

Personal Experience:

KL is an interesting city and although I enjoyed myself here, it was mostly down to the other westerners that I had met and befriended. The locals although friendly actually made me feel quite uncomfortable. The Malaysian women in general are quite lovely and smiley but the Indian and Muslim Malaysian men in the city scared me as they constantly stared at me, cat called and made me feel quite unsafe.

Before arriving in Malaysia I chose to respect that it was a muslim majority country and decided to wear long trousers and baggy t-shirts instead of shorts and singlets despite the suffocating heat-  I figured, if they can withstand the heat, then so can I. Nevertheless there were moments where I envied the muslim women who wore headscarves. I started to wonder how safe women in Burkas (You will see many women in headscarves but a burka will be a rare sight) and traditional muslim attire feel when they are covered; the sense of anonymity, safety and protection that these pieces of material provide them in order to avoid uncomfortable situations… 

I found myself smiling less in KL than I ever have. My facial expression had become a permanent scowl in order to ward off unwanted attention. I found myself wondering how much more I could cover up. Were my arms, hands, and feet that attractive?

Honestly… It was time to leave.

K x


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