KUALA LUMPUR, Diversity In Thirteen Hours

Like Indonesia, I’ve also been to Kuala Lumpur three years ago for a layover from Bali to Shanghai. But we only got to visit the Petronas Twin Towers from outside cause apparently then, Monday’s are for maintaining purposes and therefore is closed.

So we ended up just wandering around the mall next to it. It didn’t help that the bus that we took from the airport to the city center was very slow so we really only had the time to visit just one attraction- which was the mall. Disappointed that I was, I knew I wanted to see more of this huge, diverse metropolis. Granted that buying my sister’s and my ticket to Indonesia, I chose one that has a long layover to Kuala Lumpur back to Shanghai. Although I had quite a bad start with some people, I saw four different architectural styles and I loved it.

Our Itinerary in Kuala Lumpur

With the exception of and to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), these places are about 20 to 30 minutes away from each other by car.

In the beginning, I only wanted to see Batu Caves and the Petronas Twin Towers but it turned out that we had a lot of time to spare so we added Thean Hou Temple and the Wilayah Mosque, which I really loved because we actually get to see the four sides of Kuala Lumpur!

BATU CAVES

Our arrival in Batu Caves was quite a letdown. Though it’s definitely not because of the place nor it being a bit crowded. But because I got yelled at by some taxi drivers. Our driver parked at the wrong place and was blocking a little bit of the entrance. He got out to get some change and came back after a while, while on the other hand, I was being roasted by the taxi drivers wanting me, the passenger, to move the car out of the way!

THE PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS

After Batu Caves, we went to see the Petronas Twin Towers from KLC Park. Again, we witnessed a security guard yelling at a kid for climbing a post to take the photo of the towers. As the security started shouting at the kid and so the other people (I guess as a joke). Seriously, what’s with people and screaming, as if they cannot talk to people calmly. To add that she was just a kid. I can’t even. This scene and the earlier incident really put me off.

The Petronas Twin Towers is the tallest twin tower in the world.

WILAYAH MOSQUE

We spent an hour and a half in this beau of architecture. It was on my list since I researched that Wilayah Mosque was inspired by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Before this, I’ve never been in a mosque and wasn’t sure if we’re going to be provided with cover-ups or if we should’ve brought one ourselves. Luckily, they do provide cover-ups such as floor-length cloaks and a hijab to cover the hair for women. They also have it in different colors. We were provided with a guide to tour us around the Mosque and teach us about Islam.

THEAN HOU TEMPLE

It was sunset and the sun was as red as blood when we arrived at our final destination, Thean Hou Temple. The entrance part of the complex was being renovated although the upper part of the temple was working.

Things To Know While You’re In Kuala Lumpur

-There are places at the airport where you can leave your bags and other belongings for a fee.

-Malaysia is diverse but most people are Muslims. Wearing proper clothes are advisable. Although most Mosques provide clothes for women and men to cover up.

 -How to get to the city center?

 Before actually planning to leave the airport, plan the time you want to spend in the city and the extra time you need to go back, check-in and immigration process to avoid missing your flights. There are a couple of ways to get to the city center from KLIA 2.

Download a Grab or Uber app and call a car. Although this option might be quite a hassle if you don’t have roaming services. You need to buy a local SIM card (which I think is necessary to get around the city connected).

Taxis can be found everywhere. Some taxi doesn’t use the meter from the airport and also in Batu Caves. They mainly use is in the city center. There are also taxi booths where you can just say the name of the place and they would give you a quote.

The express is the fastest way to get to the city with only 28 minutes to spare. Although, it will not take you directly to any sightseeing place. So if you only have a couple of hours to spare, I suggest you get a car or a taxi.

-Entrance fees and donations.


All in all, we loved each place we’ve seen and would definitely come back to see more of Malaysia.

Thank you for reading!

 

Check out my layover in Hong Kong here.

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