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A December 2004 trip to Kuala Lumpur by Marianne

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Quote: Kuala Lumpur is the ideal city for first-time Asia travellers. Its skyline of futuristic looking skyscrapers rivals London or New York.

Traveller in Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur has all creature comforts: luxurious 4- and 5-star hotels; shopping malls with designer goods; exquisite dining in elegant restaurants; Starbucks coffee shops; and a perfect city transport system, LRT, that is clean and swift. Only the climate makes you realise that this is not Europe. But Kuala Lumpur is also a true Asian city: chaotic; motorcycles galore; featureless blocks of flats; narrow alleyways; traffic jams; air pollution; markets; and hawkers’ centres, where you can slurp mee soup or have nasi lemak for breakfast.. For the best bird’s eye views head for the 44th floor of the Petronas Towers, the second tallest building in the world. Do so...Read More

Hotel Nova

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My hotel room need not be decorated to the latest fashion, with frills and automatic sun blinds; I need no art on the walls, no 24-hour room service, no video entertainment, no in-room safe, no private, stocked bar-cum-refrigerator, no computer, and certainly no multi-line telephone. All I need is a room that is not too confined. I like to have enough space to move freely about without having to resort to the bed when my husband wants to go from the window to the bathroom. I like a decent luggage rack for my suitcase, so that I need not sit on my heels when rummaging in my bags. All I want is a moderately spacious room in a mid-range hotel, centrally situated. Hotel Nova, at RM$13...Read More

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Hotel Nova
16-22 Jalan Alor
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Batu Caves

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The Batu Caves are situated 1 km northeast of the Kuala Lumpur city centre, but are within the city’s boundaries. You can get there under your own steam. Catch an Intrakota bus no. 11D or Cityliner no. 69 from Medan Pasar, next to the clock tower. Buy your ticket on the bus. It is a frequent service that takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. The caves are in limestone outcrops and were discovered in the late 19th century by an American naturalist who stumbled upon them when collecting rare plants. There are still plants that only grow in these caves. At some time a Hindu shrine was built in what is now known as the Temple Cave. It developed into the most import...Read More

Orang Asli Museum

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The Orang Asli Museum is 25km northeast of Kuala Lumpur. It is reached in about 30 minutes by bus no. 174 from Lebuh Ampang in Kuala Lumpur. The museum is open from 9:30 am to 5 pm, but is closed on Friday. Admission is free. Orang Asli is Malay for original people. Today there are 100,000 Orang Asli. Just over half of them live in the jungle; the others are coastal people and often fishermen. They speak different languages and many of them are animists. Animists believe that humans and spirits share the universe and that the human soul has two distinctive lives, one before death and one after death and that animals, plants, and celestial bodies also have spirits. The...Read More

Two-day itinerary in Kuala Lumpur: Day 1

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Your first day in Kuala LumpurIt is most likely that you will arrive at Kuala Lumpur’s ultra-modern international airport, known as KLIA. It is 75km south of the city. The fastest way to the city centre is by the KLIA-Express Train, which takes you in 30 minutes to KL Sentral. From here, you can change trains or take a taxi to your hotel. Trains run from 5am to 1pm, leaving every 15 minutes. A single trip is RM$35 (=8.75E). The Golden Triangle is central and a good place to stay. There are many hotels, from very simple backpackers’ places to luxurious 4-star-plus hotels and everything in between. Unpack, take a bath, and relax in your comfortable, air-conditioned room. Th...Read More
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DAY 2 Morning: Petronas Towers If your hotel is in the Golden Triangle, it is a short walk to the Petronas Towers. It’s the world’s second tallest building: 452m, 1,483 feet from street level, 88 floors, 58 elevators, and 32,000 windows. You can go up to the sky bridge, where you’ll have a spectacular view of Kuala Lumpur. This visit is free, and this is how to get your entrance ticket. Join the queue--the earlier you are there, the shorter it is. You are issued a ticket that states your time slot. To while away the time, take pictures of the towers from all conceivable angles. Walk in the park at the foot of the towers. Shop at the luxurious, six-level Suria shopping comp...Read More

How to Choose a Hotel in Kuala Lumpur

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How to Choose your Hotel The Golden Triangle is Kuala’s business, shopping, and entertainment area. It runs roughly from Jalan Raja Chula via Petronas Towers, Menara Kuala Lumpur, and the telecommunication tower to Jalan Imbi. Its throbbing centre is Jalan Bukit Bintang. This is a good part of the city to find accommodations. We stayed in: Hotel Malaysia, 67-69 Jalan Bukit Bintang, promotion price RM 85 (€22) The sparsely furnished lobby is cool but not cold, as the air-conditioning is on half-blast. The façade and windows of this two-storied hotel are hidden by a metal grill, which prevents people from jumping down (which they may well want to do ...Read More