Due to a delay with my flight from Krabi (Thailand) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) I was left with only two full days in this vibrant and modern city. Disappointing I know but it wasn’t too bad in the end. Of course I was forced to transform my itinerary but despite the set back I feel I made the absolute most of my time here. I would like to share my itinerary with anyone else who has found themselves with just 48 hours in this great city.
The earlier you can start this day the better but it’s not essential. I was pretty tired from my previous day of travel so accidentally rolled out of bed at 10am. I then got dressed and took advantage of the included breakfast at my accommodation (The Explorers Guest House). At 11am I ambled out the door towards my nearest train station. Luckily for me this was just a three minute walk. I caught the Port Klang Line from my local station of Kuala Lumpur all the way to the Batu Caves. The journey cost 2.50 Ringgits for a single. Its worth taking some time exploring the different caves. Entry to the cave and temples is free but there is one cave which tells the story of Ramas life through a series of statues that charges 5 ringgit for entry. The Batu cave itself involves a climb of 272 steps. When I visited there was some building work going on so I was kindly handed a bucket of sand to carry up to the top. If you start to feel peckish after all those stairs and are becoming envious of the cave temple monkeys eating their fruit offerings then I suggest taking a look at some of the street food stands located around the bottom of the steps.
After I had my fill of caves I caught the Port Klang Line again this time to KL Sentral. It has a large shopping mall attached to it so I wondered around there for a bit before grabbing some lunch in DuboYo, a Korean food chain located inside the mall.
From KL Sentral I took the Kelana Jaya Line to KLCC and did the 5 minute walk to the Pertronas Twin Towers and KLCC park. You can go up to the sky bridge. I personally didn’t do it due to budget constraints but it looks like it would be well worth a look.
After that it was back to the hotel for a quick freshen up before heading out into Central Market to grab somthing for dinner. Central Market has a small food court inside as well as many shops selling traditional goods and batik painted clothing. I decided against eating in the food court this time and headed out onto the street where I had some delicious curry and bread at a nearby food stand. If you still have some energy left after dinner I recommend heading to the heli lounge bar for a drink. It has great roof top views of the city including the Petronas towers and entry is free between the hours of 6pm-9pm. You just have to buy a drink.
I managed to wake up a bit earlier this morning and walked for about 20 minutes to KL Bird Park. It boasts the world’s largest free flight walk in aviary and was very impressive. Many of the birds were out of their cages and able to walk freely amongst the guests. It felt like the animals were well looked after and there was plenty of space for them to get some alone time if they wished. For me it was the parrots that won the day. They had such great little characters. The park also puts on a daily parrot show where the birds perform tricks in return for a lot of treats. They seemed to be enjoying it. The cost of the park was 67 Ringgits and well worth it. There is also a butterfly park, orchid garden, planetarium and Kuala Lumpur national museum next to the bird park. If I had longer in the city I would have definitely visited some of these.
After the bird park I walked for about 20 minutes until I reached Little India. Little India is the name given to an area of Kuala Lumpur called Brickfields. It has a selection of Indian shops selling textiles, sarees, gifts, home goods and eateries. I recommend picking up some lunch here but if you’re not feeling particularly adventurous then you could always pop into NU Mall located right next to Little India and attached to Sentral station. From Sentral I caught the train one stop to my local station and wondered to Petaling Street in Chinatown. I was lucky that my hotel was located right by this street in the heart of Chinatown. Petaling Street is very busy and full of stalls selling knock offs, suvineers and authentic Chinese cuisine. If you’re prepared to haggle then there are some good bargains to be had here. Chinatown also has the oldest temple in Kuala Lumpur called Sin Sze Si Ya Temple. It’s bright elaborate architecture and carved pillars are a must see. There are also many other temples dotted around Chinatown. Another nearby favourite of mine is Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple decorated with Spanish and Italian tiles. Once you’ve had you fill of temples I recommend heading back onto Petaling Street to sample some of that authentic Chinese cuisine for dinner. I then headed back to my hotel for an early night as I had to be up at 5am for my flight.
As previously mentioned I was only in Kuala Lumpur for a short time but there is so much to explore in this city. I am hoping to be back again soon if only for another short break. If you have been to Kuala Lumpur and have any favourite places or recommendations I would love to hear about it in the comments.