When flying long distance, it’s always nice to try and fly direct. However as this isn’t possible, making the most of your stopover is essential. Who wants to rush getting off one plane and jumping straight on to another, or spend hours sitting in an airport lounge waiting for a connection? If you’re going to land in a country, go out and explore it. When travelling to South East Asia, Kuala Lumpur is a common stopover. Reminiscent of a VERY clean London, the buildings are tall and grey, yet are surrounded by greenery and parks. The tubes also make everything worth seeing only a short journey apart, and are a pleasant escape from the chaos on the roads.
A couple of days is all you need in Kuala Lumpur, and to guide any one who may get the chance to stop over in this gorgeous city, these are the places see (and stay).
A FANTASTIC PLACE TO STAY
If you’re not really bothered by fancy hotels when traveling and are happy to stay somewhere basic (and spend your money whilst you’re there), this hotel is a gem. At around £50 for two nights, WP Hotel is only a short walk away from all of the main sights to see and even has a rooftop pool. It’s easy to find, the staff are lovely and the views from the pool (in the day and at night) are incredible.
THE BEST VIEWS OF KUALA LUMPUR
THE MENARA KL
With the Observation Deck an impressive 276 meters above ground level, and the even higher Sky Deck, a 360 degree view of Kuala Lumpur is more than possible from the Menara KL. On a clear day, the views are incredible… and even on a slightly cloudy day you can still see for miles. It’s a quick elevator ride to the top, and few extra stairs to climb to the Sky Deck, meaning that getting the best views take little effort on your behalf. The staff are really friendly and helpful, and even provide a shuttle bus that takes you up the massive hill that needs to be climbed to reach the entrance.
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
The Petronas Twin Towers are possibly Kuala Lumpur’s main attraction, as well as the landmark the city is most commonly known for. Tickets can be bought online before you even arrive in the city, and can be collected on the day you visit. Soaring to a height of 451.9 metres, the 88-storey twin structure is amazing to see in both the day and night. 170 metres up in an elevator, the doors will open at the Skybridge; a bridge that connects the two structures (and is also apparently the world’s highest 2-storey bridge). After your visit to the Skybridge, travel up higher to level 86, where the breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur continue. This landmark is not to be missed. Visit The Petronas Twin Towers during the day to scale to the top, and then return in the evening to walk around its gardens and spend some time in the shopping centre and numerous fancy restaurants.
GETTING OUT OF THE CITY
Kuala Lumpur isn’t all tall buildings and hectic traffic. A short tube and taxi ride from the centre you will find FRIM (The Forest Research Institute Malaysia). With an amazing looking canopy walk to conquer, plenty of monkeys to coo over/keep well away from and endless paths to adventure down, FRIM is worth a visit if you have a couple of days in the city.
Not far from FRIM, and totally manageable in one day (if you can handle the heat) the Batu Caves is another place to explore which is a little further out of the city centre. The Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples to explore as you climb. One of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, the climb to the top of the Batu Caves isn’t for the faint hearted, as the stairs seem to go on forever. But the views from the top are worth climb. Just once again, watch out for monkeys!