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Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Written by LouiseElizabeth

27th April 2019

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Capital was the next stop on our Family Travel Adventure. We travelled from Krabi, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, on the budget airline Air Asia with a short flight time of only 1hr 40minutes.

We had chosen to go to Kuala Lumpur as a means to arrive at our next destination and see what the capital had to offer. With Kuala Lumpur being Air Asia’s hub, you generally find reasonably priced flights with plenty of destinations to choose from.

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Flight from Krabi to Kuala Lumpur take 1.5 hours

Missed our previous Family Travel Adventure blog post? Check out our Koh Phi Phi, Thailand blog

Kuala Lumpur

We spent 3 days staying in KLCC, a popular tourist destination in the city centre. KLCC is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, Menara KL Tower, and Suria KLCC Shopping Mall and it connects to many areas of Kuala Lumpur via its public bus and rail services. We were surprised to learn that Kuala Lumpur’s International airport was so far from the city centre. The journey from the airport to KLCC is around 60kms and we caught a Grab Taxi to our hotel, which took around an hour. Thankfully, during our long journey, our taxi driver was really helpful. His English was fantastic and he taught us a lot about the city and what it had to offer on route.

Boys playing at KL Airport arrivals
Kuala Lumpur International Airport – Long Queues at Passport Control

Accommodation

The hotel we had chosen and booked via Agoda was the Maya Hotel Kuala Lumpur. A 5-star hotel in the heart of the city, which boasted views of the Petronas Towers, the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers. Arriving after the check-in time, we were made to wait a little while for our room. We had chosen a suite at the Maya Hotel. The room was very spacious and it had a good size TV, sofa and working space. We found the staff very helpful and the breakfast was fantastic. Unfortunately, the hotel was under refurbishment when we visited and we had a few issues with our room which we didn’t expect from a 5-star hotel like Maya. We have since emailed our complaint to the Maya Hotel, to which received no response.

Breakfast at Maya Hotel KL
Breakfast at the Maya Hotel KL

Weather

Kuala Lumpur is HOT and Humid and barely fluctuates throughout the year! It was by far the most uncomfortable weather I’ve experienced during my travels. With temperatures at around 34 degrees, the shade felt no cooler than being in the direct sunlight. I personally don’t enjoy this type of heat and this meant wanting to spend a lot of our time in shopping malls or air-conditioned rooms. Luckily the Suria KLCC Shopping Mall was right on our doorstep.

Average relative humidity in  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Average min and max temperatures in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KLCC Park

We absolutely loved the KLCC Park, a 50-acre garden set close to Suria KLCC shopping centre. It was originally designed to bring some greenery to the Petronas Towers and it certainly does that. Home to Lake Symphony a 10,000sqm manmade lake, which has water fountains that rise to a height of 42cm. A fountain show is performed at noon and frequently in the evenings, which attract a crowd.

We found the KLCC park to be incredibly clean and it has a large 2-acre children’s playground, various waterfalls, pools, footpaths, and sculptures. It felt like you were out in the countryside and certainly not right in the centre of a busy city.

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KLCC Park – 50-acre garden, close to Suria KLCC shopping centre

We really enjoyed our visit to the park and would have loved to have spent more time there, had the weather been a little cooler. This is a place I’d definitely recommend going to, but maybe go when it is cooler, in the evenings. There is plenty of shaded areas at the park to be out of the direct sunlight. However, unfortunately, with it being so humid, it doesn’t provide much relief.

Petronas Twin Towers

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The Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world. With 88 storeys you can see them shining from almost any part of the city.

It is the biggest tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur and you will find tourists posing for pictures whilst locals are trying to sell mobile phone lens attachments to get the perfect pic.

You can ride the elevator up to the Skybridge which connects the 2 towers and is the world’s highest 2 storey bridge. You can then travel even higher to level 86 where you can see the breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur.

Cost & Times

The towers are open Tuesday to Sunday (closed every Monday). You can purchase tickets on the Concourse level at the towers or advance tickets online. Adults tickets 80 MYR, children tickets (under 12) are 30MYR and infants (under 3) go for free!

Go KL City Bus

We used the Go KL City bus service which takes you to the city’s most popular districts, train stations, shopping malls, and landmarks – completely free of charge! The bus has 4 different routes which run in a loop/circle. So essentially you can just ride the bus back to where you started. Or just hop on and off as you please and explore the city. We found the routes online but these are also in some free tourist maps.

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Go KL City Bus Map Route

It is certainly not for those who are in a hurry, traffic around Kuala Lumpur is very slow (like any major city) and it can take a while to get anywhere. Especially as there are no bus lanes to speed the flow of traffic.

We initially found it a little hard to find the bus stop we needed for the Go KL City Bus. Then the first and second bus’ that arrived didn’t actually stop for us! However, the bus’ runs every 5 (peak) to 10 minutes, so we soon found another bus to hop onto. We rode the green route and found it a bit confusing. With no visible signage or announcement on the bus to indicate where we were stopping, we ended up riding the bus around the loop. Not that you can complain about a free tour around the city!

Sickness

Unfortunately, our trip was tainted and therefore not exactly action-packed. We would have loved to have spent more time at the KLCC Park, visit the Butterfly or Bird Park or possibly the Batu Caves but this wasn’t to be!.

Firstly, I got sick after having a McDonald’s on the first day. I was adamant it was the McChicken sandwich I’d eaten and vowed never to eat one again. However, this was not the case and 2 days later Dylan started to get sick too. Later that day (the night before our early flight to Sydney) Orla also fell into decline.

Needless to say, sadly our stay in Kuala Lumpur was slightly tarnished with towels of sick and smells from the walking dead.

Overview

With only 3 days in Kuala Lumpur (and a sickness bug) we were somewhat limited. The weather was so humid that we struggled walking around during the day. Kuala Lumpur is a modern city and offers everything you could expect from one of the major cities in the western world. The level of English spoken was the best that we have come across during our time in Asia. I would like to return to Kuala Lumpur, possibly when the children are a little older, so they could cope with the humidity a little better. If I were looking at Kuala Lumpur as a destination to stay in longer than a few days, I would definitely look at getting an Airbnb where there seems to be a lot of choice and appear reasonably priced.

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