42.7-metres Statue of Lord Murugan is the tallest in the world
“It’s better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times…”-Anonymous
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Traveling teaches you so much about yourself and others around you. It has truly become my best teacher. Living in Asia allows you to travel easily within it, so I was fortunate to have been able to travel to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand in January 2018, from South Korea. I will blog about these amazing experiences separately, so let’s get started. I am temporarily living in South Korea, so the flight from Incheon International Airport to Kuala Lumpur International Airport was just under 7 hours. I have always wanted to travel to Malaysia and in 2014 a few friends went, unfortunately, I was not able to join them, so I kept the idea tucked away in my journal, calendar and vision board. Timing is everything and it finally fell into place for me, last month. I had a blast, so I recommend travelling to Malaysia, at least once. We stayed in Kuala, then headed to Penang for two days and then back to Kuala, because we wanted to do a day trip to Melaka/Malacca. The flight from Kuala to Penang was under an hour. Penang was our favourite place in Malaysia because it was full of culture, tasty food and street art. It is nothing like other parts of Malaysia because it gives you a different vibe.
Accommodations in Kuala and Penang:
Finding a cozy place to stay before traveling can be stressful and downright exhausting, but once you have locked in a place it gives you a peace of mind. We stayed at Ramada Invito Suites, formerly known as Luxury Condo Bukit Bintang. It is centrally located and the host, Kames was an absolute blessing. He was helpful, easy to get a hold of, his apartment was super clean, spacious and had a laundry machine.
The perks were: the view of Kuala, A folder is left on the table with an itinerary of things to do in Kuala, along with a list of some popular dining options, and the infinity pool (open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.) in the condo. The check-in/out was hassle free. They can arrange airport transfer for you, but I recommend downloading “GRAB”, it is just like Uber, but way better because it does not require a local phone number and you can chat with the driver. Kames also said it is the best ride-sharing app in South East Asia.
IT IS CHEAPER THAN LOCAL TAXIS.
*It is walking distance to Jalan Alor, in Bukit Bintang, which has lots of bars and restaurants.*
We tried food at the Jalan Alor street food night market, but our favourite dining place was Bijan Bar&Restaurant. The aura, customer service and food were amazing.
Duck Curry with with fried rice.
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We stayed at Rope Walk Guest House. The staff were friendly and very helpful with recommendations of things to do in George Town. It is a 5-minute walk to inner George Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The street food area and the Penang 3D Trick Art Museum is within walking distance of the guest house. The room only had basics amenities, but it was clean. The Wifi was awful, but there is a television, which had a few decent channels.
When we arrived back to Kuala we stayed in the Ramada Invito Suites, again. You can walk to the Petrona Towers and the KL tower from this hotel. Kuala is absolutely stunning at night, so I highly recommended walking.
Attractions in Kuala:
There are so many things to do in Kuala, but we had limited time, so we had to be selective. I was sad to not have been able to see the Sultan Abdul Samad building, but next time. The attractions we did get to see are below.
The Petronas Twin Towers are the city’s iconic symbols and at 1,483 feet tall it makes them the tallest twin structures in the world. They are 558 feet above the ground.
“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”
Batu Caves is a must when in Malaysia. It has a series of caves and temples inside, but you have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps to reach the top, but it is worth it. I recommend wearing your best sneakers and making sure your outfit for that day is comfortable.
Entrance to the top. The day you visit the caves you can skip leg day
Tip: There are a lot of naughty monkeys and cute birds. The birds make for a beautiful picture.
Inside the Batu Caves
Central Market is one of the most popular markets in Kuala. We got a good deal on two pieces of carry-on luggage. You can bargain like crazy, and just across the street from the market is Petaling Street, in Chinatown. You can get handicrafts, accessories, apparel at cheap prices and a wide range of local delicacies.
Menara KL Tower is beautiful at night and worth the trip, but wear comfy shoes or wait for the van to take you up because the hill to get to the tower is steep and quite a workout. The Weld Mall is across from the tower and it has an all you can eat buffet restaurant inside, called: Bar B Q Tonight. It is halal and the food was amazing.
I was unable to get clear pictures but definitely worth a visit. I am terrified of heights and I hope one day to be able to overcome that fear.