We were only in Kuala Lumpur for 3 nights so it was quite the whistle-stop tour. But we did find some gems that are worth checking in out in KL.
Often tourists end up in KL on transit or stopover via their VERY busy airports, so the city is used to a decent level of tourism.
But the city is served with great public transport, some incredible cuisine, interesting tourist attractions and it’s pretty affordable.
These are 7 of the best things about Kuala Lumpur
The Monorail System
It’s cheap and easy to use. It is reliable and gets you around the city very quickly. There are quite a few interchanges with the rail system as well.
They’re pretty impressive close-up. Go in the evening to get the best photos.
Follow the locals for the best curries, naan bread, nasi goreng or more. We found a fantastic restaurant in the bottom of the Lotus Hotel, it serves incredible food and costs maybe a couple of quid?! It’s called Nasi Kandar Penang and located on 1 Jln Medan Tuanku in Chow Kit. Just down the road from where we stayed at Tune Hotels.
Malay tea is delicious. It’s made through pouring between two jugs to infuse with air. The result is sweet and rather moreish.
There is a direct train to Batu Caves from KL Sentral and costs less than a couple of quid. These Hindu shrines are both impressive (watch our vlog for a sneak peek).
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Beautiful and striking architecture built during the 19th century. Built during British occupation it still houses important administrative departments. Also, interesting fact for you, it’s home to one of the tallest flagpoles in the world. It seems the Malaysians like their tall things!
Head to Chinatown
Much like the Singaporean version, the Chinatown in KL is bustling, full of places to eat and people watch.
One final note: Keep a scarf handy. It’s a Muslim country, so ladies in particular, do cover your shoulders in places of respect.