Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia… Here I Come!
Soo… after a short flight on Air Asia, I arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Stop #5. This time though, I had someone waiting for me! A friend from home is doing his studies at a university just outside of the city, and he shifted around a few classes so that he could show me his temporary homeland. At this point, I was just relieved that I didn’t have to totally fend for myself for a little while.
He was unable to meet me at the airport however, so I took the bus from the budget terminal and went downtown. It was a long 45 minutes ride and the journey cost me 9 MYR. The bus dropped me off at the central station, and I took the monorail into Chinatown. I was hungry and parched, and Chinatown took care of that immediately. Isn’t it awesome how Chinatown has just about everything??
At this point, I met up with my friend, and he proceeded to take me around the city. Kuala Lumpur is clean!!! That was my first thought. Chinatown was obviously not the cleanest place to be (in any city really) but from the time I stepped foot in Bukit Bintang, it became glaringly obvious that I was no longer in Vietnam nor Cambodia. Neon lights flashed everywhere and cars, not bikes whizzed past on smooth paved roads.
After helping me to secure a nice guesthouse, we visited the Petronas Towers. These twin towers are one of the main national attractions in Malaysia, and rightly so. They are HUGE. I think they’re currently listed at the 3rd tallest twin towers in the world. Not bad, if you ask me. Of course, I had to get a photo in front of this massive landmark.
We then popped into the Berjaya Times Square Mall. Now this was an awesome way to spend the afternoon! This mall’s main feature is the massive theme park that is located inside! I paid the cover charge of 30 MYR, and the rides are unlimited. I loved the roller coaster, as it was pretty unreal to be flipping upside down and at high speeds while seeing people shopping in stores and eating at McDonalds below you!
It was getting a bit late, so we headed back to Bukit Bintang to order a local dish for dinner. He recommended that I try the Tom Yam soup. This was a spicy seafood soup, and when I say spicy… I’m not doing it justice. I also tried the appetizer of fried calamari (squid). The restaurant was quite packed and was playing reggae music. Nothing like reggae to remind me of my Caribbean home!
All in all, it was a great day in Kuala Lumpur. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who has to do a layover. However, If you’re coming to Malaysia as a destination, then plan to get out of the city, and head for the beaches and the highlands. The city, while it offers awesome shopping, doesn’t really have much to do to occupy travelers for longer than 2-3 days.