Kuala Lumpur Journals

Five Days in Malaysia

A March 2004 trip to Kuala Lumpur by Asia Traveler

Sightseeing in Malacca Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: I spent five days in Malaysia with my roommate. In addition to spending time around Kuala Lumpur, we did a day trip down to Malaca.

Five Days in Malaysia

Overview

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My favorite thing to do in Malaysia was EAT!!! As a crossroads to Asia, Malaysia has lots of great food - traditional Malay food, satay, Indian, Thai . . . Our hotel actually was right across the street from a small restaurant/market where there were several vendors selling various kinds of food. You don't have to go to a fancy restaurant to get good food!! It was also fun to meet up with a woman as we were getting off the bus in Malacca and spend the day with her. Of course, spending the day with a stranger made planning our day a little more complicated, but it was fun in the end - it gave us a little more variety and was a great learning experience! Quick Tips: Malaysia...Read More

Sightseeing in Malacca

Attraction | "Visit to Malacca"

Sightseeing in Malacca Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Malacca is a historical town about 2.5 hours south of Kuala Lumpur. There are two historical churches, a fort, a replica sailing ship, and a replica sultan's palace. The Indian restaurants are great and not to be missed -- just make sure to drink lots of water (it's spicy!). Also make sure to wander through the Chinese quarter and stop into the shop that makes and sells tiny shoes from the era of footbinding.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2004

Sightseeing in Malacca
Malacca
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers

Attraction | "The Petronas Twin Towers"

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The Petronas Twin Towers are beautiful skyscrapers! Frankly, I think that they are the most beautiful skyscrapers that I have ever seen -- they have an aesthetic quality to them not usually seen in tall buildings. Getting up to the skybridge, however, is a much more difficult task. We tried three times but were not able to get tickets (our fault for not reading all the information clearly the first time). First, Monday is the day that the towers are closed (we tried that first). Second, only a certain number of tickets (with a time stamp to return) are issued each day, so if you go late in the day or with a time constraint, you probably won't get a ticket. We had fun looking at the towers a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 11, 2004

Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Kuala Lumpur 50088
60 3 382 8000

Batu Caves

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Frankly, I found the Batu Caves disappointing. After reading all about them in the guidebook, we were excited to go, but the caves themselves are not all that interesting. If you are interested in the Hindu aspect of the caves or want to go for the annual festival, then by all means, they are a great sight. Also, while we were there, the temple at the base of the stairs was under construction, so we couldn't really see it. One note: Don't take a taxi to Batu Caves -- they'll rip you off. The bus is much more affordable. Also, a trip to the Caves can be combined with a trip to the Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), where there is a rainforest canopy walk. Take a taxi from FRIM to the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2004

Batu Caves
Batu Caves Sri Subramaniam Temple Selayang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 68100
+60 3 6089 6284

Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Museum

Attraction | "Rainforest Canopy Walk"

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We took the rainforest canopy walk, which was quite interesting and a very unique experience, but definitely not for those who have a fear of heights!! The walk only lasted about 15 minutes (depending on how slowly you walked), but that was long enough for us, as we walked across the swinging rope bridge between trees!! It was a great experience that helped us learn more about the ecosystem of the rainforest. I believe you are supposed to call ahead to book the canopy walk, but we were able to show up that day and book it then. There is a fee for the canopy walk (RM5, I think), although entrance to the park is free. In order to get to FRIM, many people take taxis from Kuala Lump...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2004

Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Museum
Kepong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 52109
+60 3 6034 2633

Amazing Fireflies

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Dinner view Photo, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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The fireflies in Malaysia were amazing! There are hundreds of them roosting along the riverbanks, all flashing in unison. It was a beautiful sight! We chose to go from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor to see the fireflies via a tour that we booked through our hotel. It was pricey, but since going ourselves would mean buying bus tickets, then catching a taxi and chartering the boat, we felt it was worth it. And actually, it was, as we were picked up by car (for just the two of us), taken to a hilltop lighthouse where we could also see monkeys, taken to dinner and then on to see the fireflies. It was so much more relaxing than going through the hassle of booking everything ourselves. The o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 11, 2004

Taxi Drivers

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Taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur-what to do? We were warned (rightly) beforehand that some would try to charge outrageous fares or not use their meters. Yes, we got ripped off a time or two, but we found some helpful ways for getting better fares: 1. Walk away from whatever tourist place you are at. Whether it's a hotel, bus station, or scenic spot, there's a good chance that you can get a better fare simply by walking away from the area and hailing a cab off the street. 2. Make sure they use their meter. We got into a cab once, thinking that the meter was on, only to find out that he wasn't using the meter and was going to charge us RB15 for what should have been a RB5 ride. W...Read More