This was the first of our stops in Asia. Immediately after arriving at the hotel, my dad and I wandered the streets aimlessly. It was so humid my lens would fog up as I tried to focus on the beautiful primped trees near the KLCC beneath the famous Petronas Towers. This city is definitely a bustling one, and a businessy one. High buildings and hotels pierced the clouds and the multi-laned streets made it a little bit less of the type of town you can wander by foot. I found the metro (or as they called it “the lightrail”) to be extremely modern, clean and useful. It was über cheap and so easy to use (I had never seen anything like a tolken system before!).
We roamed the city center, climbing the Kuala Lumpur tower (after struggling to find the entrance) and popping by Bangsar for some Indian food at Devi’s Corner, which was like a real Chettinadu. This area was filled with many shops. It was indeed a bit of a walk from the closest metro stop, Bangsar on the magenta-colored line so I would almost suggest hopping in a quick taxi from there for the equivalent to about a buck, ha! Malaysia was a wonderful mix of Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern cultures, and I look forward to being able to travel there again in the future.
As my dad was on the hunt for Malaysian noodles and food, our hotel suggested Songket– a local Malay restaurant with shows before the dinner. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the pleasure of feasting on local dishes such as Popiah Goreng, Satay, Kau Udang Raja and Udang Raja Pangpang. Nom nom nom.
The mall at KLCC is filled with pretty much everything (even cupcake shops.. and one of my personal favorites, Chili’s). If you find anything missing from your suitcase, you’ll definitely find it there.
One thing I did not get the opportunity to try was a fish spa, but here are some reviews on where to do it while you’re in KL, it’s supposed to be a fun thing to try out… how could you not want little fishies to nibble on the dead skin on your feet?
I was very lucky to have Jasmine send me about all of her favorite places from her hometown. Check out her blog here.
If anyone has any other suggestions for KL please put them in the comments!
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Bisou Bake Shop – Suria KLCC Mall, Jalan Ampang, 50088 – 4th floor
Devi’s Corner – 69 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Wilayah Persekutuan, 59100
Fatty Crab – No 2, Jalan SS 24/13 Taman Megah Petaling Jaya, 47301 (closed on Mondays)
Madam Kwan’s – 65 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100
Nirwana Banana Leaf – Sri Nirwana Maju, 43 Jalan Telawi Tiga, Bangsar Baru, 59100
Shin Kee Beef Noodle Specialist – 7A, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 55100 (closed on Wednesdays)
Seng Lee Restaurant – 8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490
Sisters Kitchen – LG 07 + 08, Lower Ground Floor, GTower, Jalan Tun Razak
SkyBar – Traders Hotel, 33rd Floor
Songket – No. 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450
Wondermilk Café – 7A + 8A Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1