This trip started out as a 4 day stop over on our way to Bali, turned into a 2 month stay in the wonderful and welcoming Kuala Lumpur.
We had just left Chiang Mai and arrived exhausted in Malaysia. My son and I were both recovering from a toxic encounter with a chicken kebab and all we wanted was good food and sleep. Kuala Lumpur delivered in big way. In hours of landing in the city, we felt home. There was no language barrier, we understood the food and they had Uber!
Our haven became the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. The towers are part of the KLCC Suria Mall, and they have everything a weary traveler may need, and I mean everything.
When we discovered their food court alone, we were in heaven. My son had spaghetti bolognese for weeks in a row, and we ate anything but Asia food to recover from our Thai food trauma.
The mall has a science center that will keep you entertained for hours and if you want to get outdoors, they have a massive garden with lakes and splash pools for the kids. At night, the fountains come alive with lights and music.
Some days were just cooking hot so going outside was not an option. We took this as an opportunity to get in a little art and culture. KL has many sunning galleries and museums that not only display their rich history, but have incredible AC.
Getting Outdoors in a City
Coming from South Africa, we have grown up with wide open space and the idea of living in a concrete jungle puts us somewhat out of our comfort zone. This consideration however, was complete wasted energy. Kuala Lumpur has integrated nature into the city. If that is not quite enough for you, take an hours drive toward the highlands and there won’t be a building in site.
Located in the heart of the city is the the KL Botanical Gardens called Taman Tasik Perdana, or the Lake Gardens. In walking distance from there is the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park which is the Worlds largest walk-in aviary. They are both perfectly kept and well worth a visit.
Titiwangsa Lake Garden is another beautiful outdoor area 10 minutes from the city center. You can walk the paved pathway around the lake or rent a bicycle or roller-blades to speed things up.
If you want to tick off all the sights in the area, and plan to visit the KL Tower, there is a canopy sky walk over a palm forest called the KL Forest Eco Park, only 2 minutes walk away.
Early into our travels, we had discovered the “World School” community on Facebook. This became an incredible source to find other traveling families staying in the same city. KL happened to be one of the most active world school hubs we have seen to date. The kids did as kids do, and had a ball. Getting together and sharing experiences was a highlight and a great source of information on where to go, and more importantly, where not to go.
Besides the famous Hindu, Batu Temple, there are many other awe-inspiring temples throughout Kuala Lumpur including the 6-tiered, Chinese Thean Hou Temple.
We visited Thean Hou as if became night time. As the light faded, it transform into an even more exotic an magical spectacle, decorated with dragon sculptures and Chinese lanterns.
Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot which exposed us to such an incredible mix of religions and people. Malay, Indian and Chinese influence, scatter the city that celebrates them all. We were lucky to be visiting over Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights. The entire city joined in the festivities with dance shows and fire works. Floor art covered the entrance of almost every building we entered.
The affordable, yet high quality of living, made Kuala Lumpur an easy and comfortable city to live in. The people are open and friendly, and for the first time in 4 months of travel, we missed the comforts of home a little less.