The Berjaya Times Square is a mega shopping complex located in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You could easily spend two entire days browsing through the stores in this mall (there are over a thousand stores in all). It is truly a shoppers paradise, but I didn’t visit the shopping plaza to max out my credit card. I was there for a whole different reason altogether.
The biggest indoor theme park in Asia is located at Berjaya Times Square and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself. The park was called Cosmo’s World and extended through three different levels of the mall. There was a wicked looking rollercoaster which almost touched the roof, and I was quite excited to give it a go! However, I actually needed to get inside, and there was a long line of people waiting to buy tickets at the gate.
The ticket was bought for 30 Malaysian Ringgit, and gave you a day pass for all the rides and activities inside of the park. On entering, we were instructed to store all bags and small items in the lockers provided for a small charge. The fee you pay depends on the size of locker needed.
There were many kinds of rides in the park, and I spent the entire afternoon riding every one. Security measures were constantly being taken, and the staff ensured that everyone was strapped in properly before the rides were started. I had on sandals, so I had to remove my shoes for a few of the rides, while those who wore sneakers didn’t have to bother. This was to prevent anyone’s shoes from falling off and injuring persons walking directly below.
The highlight of the park was the large and brightly coloured rollercoaster, which was named the Supersonic Odyssey. It was full of loops and turned us upside down a few times during the ride. It was very bizarre to be flipped over, only to see people sitting down and eating lunch at McDonalds two floors down below! The ride was so awesome, that I went twice in a row.
Apart from the thrill rides, there was a small area for children called the Fantasy Garden. The rides there were much slower and smaller, but large enough that parents could accompany their children.
If you became hungry or thirsty while in the theme park, and you’re reluctant to leave to get a bite to eat, there were several food stalls around. The price wasn’t the cheapest, but there was a pretty decent selection. The food options included hot dogs, popcorn and various sweet treats such as cotton candy.
I managed to spend an entire afternoon in Cosmo’s World. The best part of being in an indoor park, is the chance to have lots of fun without worrying about the weather. If you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur and the weather prevents you from touring the city, make a stop at Cosmo’s World. A great time is guaranteed.
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.