Malaysia is a mixture of Malay, Indian and Chinese culture so its no wonder that people find its diversity appealing.
Kuala Lumpur is known as the hub of connecting flights. Most flights have their lay over here, be it into or out of Asia. And because a lay over usually only lasts for less than 24 hours, the beauty of this city is not much explored by others.
So for all the tourist and travellers out there, try to see Malaysia more than a tour to its iconic buildings cause it has lots to offer.
If you will stay in a hotel/hostel, try KL Sentral, it is where the hub of MRT and LRT is located. Even the MRT for intercity travels. And there are lots of places of interests that are within its five kilometer radius. I recommend Double M hotel @ KL Sentral which is cheap, the rooms are clean, and their staff is very helpful. They will be willing to help as much as they can like early check in if there are rooms available. Malaysia also has a travel tax so be prepared to pay 10rm per night of stay in hotels.
For currency exchange, we found a very good deal along KL Sentral. Say less than 10cents per rm difference compared to the one listed on the internet.
Places of Interest:
• Jalan Alor – try the Nasi Lemak and their street foods like the various Durian delicacies and other fried foods.
• Jalan Changkat – near Jalan Alor for some pubs and a hidden street art
• Little India – you can find various South and North Indian restaurants in here. We tried South India’s sambar dish with rice.
• Chinatown or Petaling Street – you can either eat various Chinese dishes here or haggle for some items that catches your eye.
• Various fast foods are also all over the city. Note that there are lots of Muslims here so you can find most fast foods as halal.
If you are not a fan of spicy foods, always ask if its spicy and ask to lower the amount of spices in it.
• St. Mary’s Cathedral – an anglican church
• Jamek mosque
• National mosque
• Sri Mariahman Temple – hindu temple
• Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – buddhist temple
• Thean Hou Temple – Chinese temple
• Batu Caves – brave the approximately 300 steps going to the top to see the hindu temples. A cave tour can also be found in the middle.
Iconic Buildings/ Museums/ Parks
• Petronas twin towers or locally known as KL twin towers
• KL single tower (Menara)
• Sultan Abdul Ahmed Building
• Merdeka Square
• KLCC park
• Medan Pasar
• Textile Museum
• Kuala Lumpur railway station
• Butterly park
• Bird park
• Perdana botanical gardens
Try to visit the golden triangle (Twin tower, KL tower and KLCC park) at night.
Malls and Shopping places
• Central Market
• Kasturi Walk or the Cultural walk
• Pavillion Mall
• KWC fashion mall
People there are friendly and will help tourists as much as they can. English is widely spoken along with Malay, Tamil and Mandarin.
One more great thing about this city is it is a city where visually impaired individuals can work and walk somewhere on their own. The city has tactile pavings on stations, malls and some streets.