To be honest, we hated Kuala Lumpur. We felt very ill-at-ease in this agressive and dirty city. A lot of people are distasteful and many men have surly looks towards women. Two days was the maximum we could stand there.
What to do in Kuala Lumpur
As we did not like the city, we did not visit much of it. But here are the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur that we can list for you.
The Petronas Towers are twins skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur and the biggest pride of the city. Indeed, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are stil the tallest twin towers in the world. Their design particularity is that they reflect Malaysia’s Muslim religion, as the pattern are inspired by Islamic art. You can enter the towers for free if you remain in the mall below the towers. On the other hand, if you want to visit and walk up the towers, you must firt purchase the tickets (19 € per adult). Think about booking in advance as there are limited availabilities.
Eat at Little India
Little India was our favorite place, for we found an amazing Indian restaurant ! We cannot recommend it enough. We stopped by Sri Paandi haphazardly and were pleasantly surprised. The place is mostly frequented by Indians and the food is amazingly tasty. To be honest, we never ate such a good Indian food so far. You serve yourself on a buffet, enjoy your meals and lick your fingers after ! And don’t forget to ask for the delicious Masala Chai, which is a flavoured tea beverage made of black tea with a mixture of aromatic Indian herbs and spices.
Day trip to Cameron Highlands
Cameron Highlands is the top tourist spot of Malaysia. You can see huge tea plantations there. We planned to go there at first, but we finally did not. One French guy at our hostel told us that it was possible to do a day trip there from Kuala Lumpur. You wake up very early and come home very late though. As we did not do it ourselves, we are not of big help here, but still you know it is possible to do it.
This is also a tourist spot we were too lazy to visit, but it is supposed to be interesting. 🙂
As you can see, this article is totally useless, sorry about that. But for us, Kuala Lumpur was hell on earth. A lot of people we met in Indonesia had that same feeling about Jakarta… they should head to Kuala Lumpur to relativize their opinion. People were not friendly in the streets and we felt a real agressivity. This feeling was common to many foreigners we met in our hostel and others we spoke with on the road. Apparently, we should have given a chance to the country and we are sure about it. You cannot judge a whole country by a city (let alone its capital and the unhabitants of this capital), but we acknowledge that we had this stupid reaction. We had first planned to visit Malaysia for one month but we changed our plan in Kuala Lumpur and decided to head to Thailand. We really felt uncomfortable with people and were afraid that it would spoil our last month of holidays. So, that useless article is the only thing we can share with you about Malaysia. Who knows, maybe the future will lead us again to Malaysia…or not.