I spent a little over 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur and I wont rush back. And yes this is a bold statement. Obviously this is just my opinion, and maybe I didn’t spend enough time in the city or maybe I didn’t spend my time wisely?
This is going to be my 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur round up.
There are some places that you just gel with and other you don’t, Kuala Lumpur was one of them places. I honestly wanted to fall in love, I went in with no expectations and little knowledge of this slice of Asia.
This feels difficult to write, I love traveling I really do and I think we are now under the misconception that when we visit a place we should love it and want to visit again at the drop of a hat. Maybe it’s social media adding unrealistic expectations?
Without further ado this is what I got up to in Kuala Lumpur
I guess day 0?
I arrived with a bump after a 13hr flight, 3 hours in passport control and customs. Then there was a rather luxurious transfer ride in a Maserati to the hotel. I am pretty sure I was not a very nice person to talk too at that point. I checked into the hotel and promptly fell asleep only to wake up at 3am. Damn you jet lag.
Day one was a full day of photography, a conference and lots of working. I somehow fit in a nap, because jet lag was kicking my ass. Then a meal in the shopping centre … which I do not recommend. Then an amazing night out in a ‘Burlesque/Drag’ club called Suzie Wongs. (This was 100% my highlight of Kuala Lumpur and I insist everyone must go).
So Suzie Wongs is a real prohibition bar, you enter through what looks like a restaurant, through a bar and then into the club it’s self. They serve cheap but strong Gin cocktails and at 10pm there is an amazing Burlesque/Drag show.
Work done for the trip and I had free time. I wanted to take a trip to the famous Batu Caves, more than a few people recommended it to me. There was a debate if I should take the train or grab a taxi. In the end I chose taxi as that day it was 38c and air conditioning is life. It was only £4 return and was a good 30min each way with traffic. I wasn’t on a tight budget, but the train is cheaper.
Dress modestly for the caves, do not forget that it is a temple. Cover knees and shoulders. If you forget you can buy a scarf to wrap around you. I had a little issue of people taking my photo, some slyly and some people came and asked. Though I am not 100% sure why but I put it down to firstly having bright blue hair and secondly been Caucasian. I didn’t really mind, I am pretty sure I made a young couples day. They were very excited. But it wasn’t something I was entirely comfortable with especially the people that didn’t ask but followed me up the stairs with a camera.
As by mid morning the caves were getting rather busy, I escaped and took a taxi to Kuala Lumpur Tower. To my surprise it was empty. I can only imagine that everyone else had gone to to the Petronas Towers? KL Tower is cheaper and you get to see the whole of the city from the top deck. Then on the way down around the Eco Forest.
In the evening I met with a friend and went for a fancy dinner.
Up, dressed and showered. Still fighting jet lag and off to the airport in a very motion sickness inducing car ride for a flight to Tokyo.
Technically it was 4 days in Kuala Lumpur but really 36hrs of time free to adventure.
7 thoughts on Kuala Lumpur
1. Check out the night life. Suzie Wongs was AH..MAZ…ING.
2. Don’t eat in shopping malls, even if the restaurant looks ok. It’ll be not so great.
3. Taxis are super cheap. (Besides the fact they drive like lunatics and motion sickness hit me more than once.
4. The toilets. They have western and squat toilets. Or a western toilet with a hose and no loo roll. Most places have both and you can choose, the floor will more than likely be very wet but 8/10 times there will be an attendant mopping the floor. (service stations on the way to the airport potentially will be squat toilets only … I found this out the hard way and tried desperately not to pee on my feet)
5. People are friendly and they will talk to you.
6. They take high end service very seriously. At times I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t want to be treated quite like a Queen. However, it was very sweet and I can see how some people would really enjoy that level of luxury and apparent status but for me I cringed. A lot. This more than likely the Yorkshire in me.
7. Try Macdonalds. They have rice on the menu as well as an amazing drink thats a little similar to the tango ice blasts here in the UK and it’s the best.