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Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia

I stopped off overnight in Kuala Lumpur during a longer trip over Christmas which ended in New Zealand.

Kuala Lumpur was an interesting city to explore, and although I was only here for just under 2 days, I was able to see and do a fair amount.

As a country I'm sure Malaysia has a lot more beauty to offer, especially when talking about the countryside, but Kuala Lumpur was a fun city to explore.



Petronas Towers

The most famous landmark, or should I say landmarks in the city. The Petronas Towers as best viewed at night when they are lit up against the night sky.

At one time they were the tallest buildings in the world.

The towers have several company's occupying them, a concert hall, and at the base you'll find a large shopping mall.

It's possible to take a tour inside to see the Skybridge connecting the towers and the observation deck at the top for some magnificent views of the city.



Batu Caves

Quite far north of the city centre are the Batu Caves, but they are easily accesbile by public transport, or even a taxi if need be.

The Batu Caves consists of a series of caves and cave temples.

Outside is a huge good statue of Lord Muruga, and there are usually various monkeys hanging around seeking food from tourists.

You'll then be confronted by 272 colourful steps leading to the caves. These steps can be a killer in the heat, so be warned. I decided to stop for photos every once in a while, although in all honesty it was really only to catch my breath.

The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan.



Ramayana Cave

Close by the Batu Caves is the Ramayana Cave. It features many sculptures inside telling the story of The Ramayana, a very famous and ancient Indian Epic.

It's easy to find the cave as there's a giant statue of the monkey god Hanuman outside, next to a temple devoted to him.

The sculptures inside are a nice touch, lit by psychedelic light.

There are several stairs to climb when you're inside, and these lead to a shrine, plus give you a view over the caverns below.

If you're lucky you'll see bats flying around or resting in the higher caverns above you.





Central Market

There are several markets in Kuala Lumpur, including the weekly Wednesday Connaught Night Market and Petaling Street in China Town. I would suggest visiting Central Market for a vast range of products but mainly handcrafted items which make great souvenirs.

The second floor has a food court where you can try several types of Asian food.

The prices here can be a little more than other markets in the city, but the goods are of better quality.

There's also a street market outside Central Market which has much lower prices, but usually for fake designer goods and street food.



River of Life

I discovered this completely by chance, and I had no idea what was happening until I arrived home weeks later to google it.

As I was exploring the city I suddenly noticed a huge mist coming from the river. I wasn't sure if this was some type of chemical reaction or the weather that was causing it.

It's actually part of a project to rejuvenate and clean the Klang River. Therefore I'm not sure if this mist will only occur until the river is fully rejuvenated or if it will remain for the long term.


Menara Kuala Lumpur

Also known as KL Tower. Not a sight I visited myself, it's a tall communication tower which stands out against the city's skyline.

As with most towers of this type there is an observation deck at the top which gives a 360 view of the city. It's actually said to give a better view of Kuala Lumpur than the Petronas Towers, and I guess you'd get a good view of them too whilst up here.

There's also a revolving restaurant at the top, to ensure you can see all of the city as you dine. The tower also includes a theatre, an amphitheatre, beautiful cascading pools, a fast food restaurant and souvenir shops.

Tickets work out at about £10 per person.



Changkat Bukit Bintang

If you're looking for nightlife, Bukit Bintang is a good place to start.

There are several bars and restaurants along here, but be warned, drinks prices are not as cheap as other Southeast Asia countries.

I also suggest being a little more cautious in the bars. Whereby it seemed fairly safe to me, there are many stories about drinks being spiked and people passing out and losing their wallets and phones. One notorious place for this is Beach Club Cafe, which is located in the northern part of Bukit Bintang. Although this is said to be a popular club, there are many accounts from people having their drinks spiked.

I was actually warned by a taxi driver not to go here. His name was Cigarette Man! He told me he was famous as he's on YouTube. Whilst driving he then began to throw and catch cigarettes in his mouth. He did this until he had about 20 cigarettes in his mouth, and then smiled. he's remained a memorable character I've met on my many travels.




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