We arrived in Kuala Lumpur late at night after our bus from Singapore took triple the suggested time given to us by the bus company. However, we did have a ‘treat’ in store for ourselves. We had booked a rather unusual hostel that was located on the 27th floor of a high rise building in the business district of KL. AG Vacation Hostel was essentially a luxury apartment owned by an Indian man who had bought six bunk beds and put them up in his living room. Despite being greeted by the unsavoury sight of the owner wearing nothing but a sarong every morning, we had a cracking view from the balcony and also access to an amazing swimming pool and gym for some much needed fitness work!
To be honest, as we had a pool and as we both weren’t feeling great, we didn’t do a whole lot in Kuala Lumpur. However, these were our top three highlights:
- The Petronas Towers
The famous Petronas Twin Towers should be visited during the day and also after dark. You should combine the day visit with a walk around the Suria KLCC shopping mall and check out the food court on the top floor for an unbelievable selection of food from all around the world. The nearby gardens are ideal to sit down for a couple of hours to get out of the hot Malaysian sun.
Chinatown is located on Petaling Street and although it didn’t compare to the one in Singapore it is still worth a visit. There is also a huge market to explore and practice your haggling skills if you are going into Thailand next. We also found a really cool cafe nearby that had only just opened and it was so good we decided to do a blog about it – Leaf & Co Cafe – Kuala Lumpur.
- Batu Caves
A visit to the caves is one of the top rated things to do in KL according to Trip Advisor so we decided to go and check them out. There is actually a metro stop called Batu Caves so they are really easy to get to and although everything is very touristy they are still a cool sight to see. Unless you are blind you won’t miss the giant gold statue of Lord Murugan at the bottom of the steps which you have to walk up to access the caves. You will also be greeted by numerous baboons on the walk up so keep an eye on your bag!
After KL we ventured further up the west coast of Malaysia to explore Penang and Langkawi and you can read more about the rest of our Malaysia trip here – Travelling up the West Coast of Malaysia- Penang & Langkawi Islands and also watch our YouTube highlights below.