This is one of the most emblematic icons of the city of Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers are impressive right from when you leave the subway station and then from anywhere that you look. Deposed from his throne of world's tallest towers, they are still spectacular, especially for its illuminations. But its exterior appearance is not the only impressive thing about them, the interior also offers a mall full of upscale shops. An office building that houses companies recognized only suitable for the rich and not for the mere mortal. In a world where it seems that you have to prove who is better, I must admit that it is visually amazing, another thing is whether this kind of construction is cheap or not.
Though I wasn't that impressed with Kuala Lumpur, this extraordinary place made the trip worth it. The Batu Caves offers the best of both worlds: a scenic a majestic setting and interesting, moving religious services. It's set in a majestic natural cave in the middle of a limestone mountain and is one of the most important Hindu temples in Malaysia. You can reach it by a 272-step staircase carved into the rock. During the ascent, you can see unique Hindu rites with offerings, blessings, and drums that are sometimes disrupted by mischievous monkeys looking for something to eat. The pilgrims gather in mass and their spiritual participation is really addictive. The main temple is located in the center of the mountain, which is accessed through a huge cave. Completing the complex is an enormous golden statue, lakes, and the folk songs of the people. To get to Batu Caves, which is about 15km from downtown Kuala Lumpur, you should hire a taxi for 3 hours which costs about $20.
These islands are 45 minutes by boat from kuala besut. The hotels usually have transport included in the reservation but if not, you'll have to go to this port and take a boat, the price is usually between 35 and 40 RM, About 10 euros. Photos taken up there are from when we went snorkeling on the beach in front of the hotel. Spectacular sea and beaches. Highly recommended.
The KL Menara tower is situated in the city center and offers an interesting 360 degree view of the whole town, and the Petronas Towers. It costs about 30rg and when you pay the entrance fee, you will go up in the elevator accompanied by one of the nice members of staff (all were very helpful and nice to me) and give you a kind of iphone with headphones. They ask you what language you speak and a very nice gentleman who speaks Spanish with a rather strange accent appears, telling you what to do when you're in the area which are the buildings you should see and a little history about each. It is perfect to inform you about some of the places to go, because in a country with such a mix of cultures and races like that in the beginning you feel kind of overwhelmed, but you have to take your time. This tour is very well organized and you come out of there safely with a much clearer idea of what you want to see in the city, plus you get the option included in the price to do different activities (pony riding, try a f1 simulator do not forget the famous Racecourse in kuala lumpur, an area where you can learn about the culture in Malaysia, with typical houses and playing instruments ..) pretty touristy so I stuck to climbing the tower. I highly recommend it.
Tioman Island is south of Malaysia, on the East Coast, is 4 hours or so from Singapore, making it attractive to the people of this island, who come to spend the weekend here, diving and using their amazing beaches. It is a small paradise, which is still untapped, and cheap for a backpacker. There are many villages, small in size, the one more for a backpacker is Air Batang, ABC, where you will find cheap and tasty food, a mixture of Chinese, Indian and Indonesian. The island can be crossed on foot, on the other side there is only a tiny village with limited hotel and infrastructure, a generator for the night and not much else. The seabed is fantastic, and shallow, and you don´t need to rent snorkel gear, just with a mask you will see a lot. But there are diving schools. The boat across the island runs many times a day, and takes 1 hr. You can also get there by plane, but it is expensive. There is 1 small road on the island, which you can use to rent a bike and discover the people. There are tours to the jungle from the center of the island, to see the wildlife, as well.
Situated on the corner of Lake Garden (Taman Tasik Perdana), the Orquidario has about 800 species of exotic orchids from Malaysia. The walk along the paths lined with the colorful orchids is absolutely incredible, it is definitely a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur and be immersed by a floral scent, the sound of running water from fountains. There is even a small flea market where you can buy your orchid, but not before learning about the special care that they require.
Very close to the Bukit Bintang monorail stop, is this picturesque street lined with restaurants and Asian food stalls, crowded with cars and pedestrians, with terraces for eating outdoors. The endless asphalt smells of exotic fruits and fish, grilled, fried, and even rotten in some places ... every three steps you'll be assaulted by a smiling gentleman or lady armed with their restaurant's menu, and the only way to get by is to insist that you've already eaten. There are all kinds of Asian cuisine here: Chinese, Malay, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, etc. They are cheap places frequented by locals.
At the top of a hill stands the great temple of Kek Lok Si, which is dedicated to Mahayana Buddhism. In the interior of the temple, a seven-story pagoda is constructed which is known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. They have a huge statue of Kuan Yin, Buddha of compassion. Particularly interesting is the presence of Chinese motifs such as letters, lanterns or lighting.
There are many cities in the world that have a Chinatown, probably by the highest percentage of the Chinese population is in Kuala Lumpur. Going in to these streets is like being immersed in ancient China. The market is spectacular, with its unparalleled covered narrow streets, you can buy imitations of absolutely everything you can think of, salespeople call you but they're not annoying. You can have traditional Chinese and Cantonese food adapted to western tastes. The food market is nearly impenetrable, especially of the very strong odor. Buy yourself everything!! An unmissable trip if you're in the Malaysian capital!!
The Baku Park is one of the best in Sarawak in terms of fauna and flora. There are gray monkeys, macaques, wild pigs, presbyopic monkeys (those that have nose like pear tomatoes), carnivorous flowers, boas, a countless number of species. Amateur photographers will delight in walking through the park. The flora is thick and varied as I mentioned. The monkeys are quick to appear as a family jumping from branch to branch.
Close to China Town is the picturesque traditional Asian crafts market. Originally it was a Cultural Bazaar where traders from all over the continent showed their crafts and fabrics. Today the Central Market is a luxury market with all sorts of crafts and souvenirs from various ethnic groups that live in this city. The streets are themed and shops are grouped by ethnicity of the street, for example, the streets of India, China, colonial street, Arabic crafts and many more ... A good place for walking away from the glamour of the city's big shopping malls...
In the center of Kuala Lumpur is the Masjid Jamek, one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. Located on the banks of two rivers, it was opened in 1909, and strikes visitors with its Moorish-style architecture. A series of domes dominate the building, surrounded by a tropical garden with green lawns and lush palm trees. You can only enter the mosque if you're wearing the right clothing (you can pick up a long dress at the entrance), and the prayer hall is a large room full of columns, rather stark and modern. It is well-connected by public transport, a short walk from Masjid Jamek LRT station, although the entrance is difficult to find.
Probably the most luxurious shopping center in modern Kuala Lumpur, offering more than 400 shops including many large international fashion chains. This place is frequented by the rich and famous from all over the world. In our case, most of the shops are for window-shopping only. The best area of the Pavilion is on the first floor (see: 1st Floor Pavilion Mall) where there is food at surprisingly affordable prices. In the main entrance is the Pavilion Crystal Fountain. This is a must see at night. It's a good place to take a walk if you cannot stand the heat in Malaysia any longer.
Kuala Lumpur is the most populated city in Malaysia and it is also the capital of the country. The airport is located about 55 kilometers away from the city center, in the district of Sepang. It is a relatively new airport, which was inaugurated in 1998. The facilities are very modern and it is equipped with all the necessary facilities for passengers such as shops, rest areas, duty free, cafes and restaurants. It also has a free internet service in some areas. It was designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa. One of the most interesting things about its facilities is that they are surrounded by a kind of jungle vegetation which is typical of this Asian country. There is even a part of the satellite terminal which has vegetation inside. Another interesting point: the signs are in Malay, English, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic.
More than 700,000 square meters in size, with more than 1,000 stores across 320,000 square meters, an IMAX 3D, an indoor theme park, two 5-star hotels and almost a hundred restaurants make this building with twin towers of 203 meters high the largest shopping and entertainment centre in Malaysia. Getting there is easy, get off at Imbi Monorail station and you'll find yourself inside the complex. Here, you can buy everything you need, particularly technology (some dubious Chinese technology). One tip, unless you're looking for something specific, you will simply get lost inside...
Don't miss the amazing views from the Skybridge that connects the Petronas Towers. When you first arrive, there's an exhibition hall with facts and figures about the construction of the buildings shown and the there's a documentary about the construction of the towers. Finally, you get to visit the Skybridge. Only about 16 people can go up at a time, and the elevator takes exactly 41 seconds to get to floor 41. Once up on the Skybridge, you find a wonderful view of ultra-modern Kuala Lumpur, free from the pollution and chaos at street level. Definitely a must-see!