Trip to Kuala Lumpur

So hubby and I recently went to Malaysia for a family event.  I won’t be posting all the details, as my husband already did that, and you can just read it in his blog.  However, I made this post as a summary for friends who ask whether Kuala Lumpur is a nice place to visit.

First, everyone says that KL is very much like Manila.  Not true.  Maybe it was several years ago, but when we went there (summer of 2012) we noticed that KL seems more, uhm, modern (?).  The malls are huge, office buildings look very new and well maintained.  Anyhow, some main points that I think will sum up the whole trip…

1.  The airport was pretty far from the city proper.  Took us almost an hour and RM115 to get to the hotel.  Having said that, note that we arrived past midnight.  No traffic.

2.  Getting around is pretty tough if you don’t have a car.  I am the type of traveler that studies subway maps ahead of time.  The trains have stations that are several blocks away from the tourist spots.  A lot of the taxis will used a fixed rate, instead of the usual taxi meter, when they find out that you’re a tourist.  Lucky for us that we had my sister in law who toured us around.

3.  The culture is diverse, so the food is pretty diverse too.  Lunch at the foodcourt will usually present you with a mix of Indian dishes (spicy, spicy, spicy!), chinese food (think Singapore Hainanese chicken rice), and lots of noodles.  And like Manila, milk tea and coffee shops abound.

4.  Goods are not cheap.  They’re cheap if you compare it to shopping in Singapore, but the prices are close to what you can get in Manila.

5.  The touristy spots are well planned.  The Petronas Towers tour, for instance, was more than just going up the elevator to get a nice view.  They had a nice interactive displays on one corner, videos on the history of the building while you wait in line, a very well constructed architectural model (scaled to size, I’ll bet), and military precision on the schedule.  Visitors are given color-coded IDs too, so you never lose your group.  Even the elevator had an astounding video replicating the outside view.

6.  So many people know how to speak English.

7.  We went in May, and it rained everyday.  Hot and humid in the morning, rain in the afternoon.

8.  The places that we went to, that I suggest the other tourists visit… The Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, the City Gallery, the Petronas Twin Towers, and Putrajaya.  Putrajaya has amazing architecture, and it’s halfway to the airport.  Leave for the airport early, and allot some time for picture taking.

9.  Two malls stand out, if you’re into shopping.  The Pavilion Mall at Bukit Bintang (like Singapore’s Orchard Rd) and Suria KLCC (connected to the Petronas twin towers)

10.  As with going to any new place, try their food.  I suggest you try some Bah Kut Teh (pork ribs soup), and some pork jerky (Bakkwa/ Ma-pa).  We also bought some coffee buns at a place called Roti Boy.  I think it’s related to the shop in megamall called Roti Mum.  I think I could’ve eaten three of their coffee buns.  Yum.  There is a famous chicken chain called Nando’s, but we found out it’s just like our Peri-Peri Chicken.

So overall, it was a good trip.  I cannot imagine how it would be if my sister in law were not there to patiently take us around the city.  And the good news, flights are cheaper now, with AirPhilippines offering flights to KL! 🙂

Here are some pictures from our trip…. enjoy!

First, a picture of the top of the Petronas.  Taken from the other tower on a rainy night.

This is the view from the base of the building, just outside the Suria KLCC mall.

One of the many architectural wonders at Putrajaya.

This was taken from outside the KL City Gallery .


The designs made at the Royal Selangor Pewter factory are really intricate.



The building model displayed inside the Petronas.



And finally, the chicken dinner that mocked us for not being brave enough to order the spicy version. Haha! 🙂


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