World Travel 2013-2014, Malaysia Wrap Up

  • Overall what we did: 5 (and a bit) days spent in Kuala Lumpur from 14 November to 19 November 2013
  • Favourite part of Kuala Lumpur: How easy (and cheap) it was to get around KL – much easier than I expected and the trains and free buses (green and purple line around the city) were great
  • Key tip: Think the guide books are kidding when they mention to watch out for un-crossable 6 lane highways and large holes in the ground? Think again! We managed to find both of these with a few hours of being in KL – just watch your step
  • Cultural points:
    • Religion: Malaysia is predominately Muslim. Ensure you carry a scarf with you if you plan on visiting mosques and cover up appropriately
    • Traffic: While it may appear chaotic, things run pretty smoothly and most drivers are considerate to pedestrians when there is large amounts of water at the side of the road
  • Highlights: Drinking Teh Tarik in Chinatown behind the main street, and eating Roti Bakar with kaya and butter (mmm)
  • Best Experience: Wandering through KL Bird Park, only to have the downpour occur minutes after we had finished while we were still under cover. Perfect timing!
  • Worst Experience: Getting stuck in a torrential downpour without the dry bag for the electronics. Didn’t make that mistake twice.
  • Must See Attraction: KL Bird Park, viewing the city from the KL Tower and visiting the Petronas Towers would have to be at the top of the list if you’re visiting KL
  • Most Over-hyped Attraction: Most likely Batu Caves. It’s a beautiful spot to visit and is worth going to, but it is heavily commercialised (like Lantau Island in Hong Kong) which is something to keep in mind
  • Would I go back? Yes, it would be great to come back to Malaysia and see some other spots that we didn’t get to like Penang and Mt Kinabalu

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