Malaysia is a VISA-FREE country if you’re from the Philippines, in 3.5 to 4 hours you’ll reach Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It’s officially a Muslim country. You can rarely see people wearing short shorts and other daring clothes. Malaysia is a medley of cultures, history and grandeur with a cosmopolitan vibe. Its appeal lies in its simplicity that remains untainted despite its progress.
• FIRST DAY •
We arrived at around 6PM, we headed to straight to NU Hotel at KL Central. I can say that NU Hotel is an affordable hotel and really accessible, it has quick access to Monorail that connects to KLCC, Pavilion and etc, Express Train, LRT, KTM Komuter Train.
Website: NU Hotel
For our first night, we explored The Petaling Street (also known as The Chinatown of KL). It is a place where the hustling never comes to an end. Visitors keep coming here to either shop or dine on the famous street foods. This place is a shoppers’ paradise if you want to bargain your way to cheap things. You can find everything here from cheap clothes and fabrics, souvenirs to electronic items and cheap street foods.
The whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market at night, with hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of stuff at dirt-cheap prices, making it the most happening night market in the city. There are also other budget hotels in Petaling Street such as the Alamanda Hotel, Ancasa Hotel, etc. The Petaling Street is a famous destination for both local and foreign tourists.
Located at one of Kuala Lumpur’s most bustling streets is the China Town Seng Kee. One of the must-try restaurants in Malaysia. Located at 52, Jalan Sultan, Kuala Lumpur City Center. We tried their Claypot Pearl Noodle (RM11), Majestic Pork BBQ Noodle (RM22), Vegetable Rice (RM9), Thai Chicken (RM22), Lemon Juice (RM4.50)
By the way, my favorite dish was the Majestic Pork BBQ Noodle. It is one of Seng Kee’s signature dishes. It was yummy! Topped with roasted pork belly and fried sugar-coated garlic, the whole dish was ace. Everything was cooked perfectly. Claypot Pearl Noodle is also one of their signature dishes.
Walking distance from Petaling Street is a Reggae Bar, it was our last stop before heading back to the hotel.
Address: 158, Jalan Tun HS Lee, Kuala Lumpur City
Reggae Bar Chinatown is almost exactly what it says it is: a groovy and colourful bar with photos of Bob Marley. The place is artfully decked out in red, yellow and green, but they never play Reggae music or any Bob Marley songs, they play EDM and R&B songs.
• SECOND DAY •
Batu Caves is a magnificent series of caves and cave temples with giant golden statue of Lord Murugan (42.7m) located in the Gombak district. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.
Temple Cave is a place where 272 of steps to get to the top awaits. This is really tiring but on the other hand, the great view will ease your tiredness away.
Before reaching to the top, you will get the chance to see face to face with the monkeys.
Zoo Negara is the 1st local zoo for Malaysians. It is a popular family destination in Malaysia and it can get crowded during holidays and the weekend.
The Giant Panda Conservation Centre is until 5.30PM and Multi-Animal Show is from 11AM to 3.30PM.
One of the highlights of the zoo are the pandas, I was so excited to visit them. Yay! Finally I get to see giant pandas again! Before entering the building, you will be told to walk and talk quietly so as not to disturb the pandas. One of the pandas was sleeping when we were in there. Giant pandas spend 20 hours a day eating, and consume up to 9-20kg bamboo daily. The pandas here are called Xing Xing and Liang Liang (I’m just not sure which one is Xing Xing and Liang Liang in the photos below).
Other animals we saw in the zoo are giraffes, stork, flamingo, tapir, tiger, lazy looking camel and few other animals.
One of the highlights of my trip was the ATV Adventure Park,
The ATV Adventure Park is a great place for an adventure in the city and an exciting introduction to the jungles of Malaysia. The park offers several packages, we decided to go with the basic package (Package B) which offered a 1-1.5 hour ATV ride to a nearby waterfall. Before riding the ATV, we were given a full run-down and instructions on the do’s and don’ts as well as how to properly handle the vehicle.
Things to bring: water, extra clothes, extra shoes, wet tissue, towel, mosquito repellant, and sunblock.
To know more about this adventure, visit their website @ http://www.atvadventurepark.com/about.htm
After our muddy adventure at ATV Park, we headed straight to Aquaria, we arrived there at around 5:30PM and queues were already forming up at the ticket counters. Good thing we already bought the tickets online so we could skip the queue. we just need to exchange the email print out for the actual ticket at the special counter.
Aquaria takes your visit on a journey of discovery; from the source of water in the highlands to the flowing river and the ultimate destination, the sea. They divided the exhibits to several themed areas; such as The Highlands, Touch Pool, The Electric Zone, The Stream, Jewels of the Jungle, Flooded Forest, The Coast, Oceanarium, Weird and Wonderful and finally, the Discovey Zone.
The entire journey will take approximately 45 minutes from beginning to end.
Next in our itinerary was the Petronas Twin Tower, the famous tower in Kuala Lumpur, your visit in Malaysia wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t add this in your trip.
Just an advice, if you want to visit Petronas Twin Towers you need to reserve ticket ahead and have it scheduled.
You can see the rates below, or you can visit their website: https://www.petronastwintowers.com.my
We had our dinner at Nando’s (if you read my Singapore blog post, I mentioned Nando’s there! My favorite restaurant!! 😍)
• THIRD DAY •
For our 3rd day, I woke up early to see Masjid Jamek Mosque, it is one of the oldest mosques in KL and also one of the must things to do in Kuala Lumpur. It was built on the first Malay burial-place in Kuala Lumpur. Unfortunately, it was under renovation when we got there. 😦
One of my favorite spots in KL is the Merdeka Square, I loved the Sanitary Board fountains there.
It is originally a cricket green known as Padang, since 1957 called Dataran Merdeka or Independance Square. The Malayan flag was raised here for the first time on August 31, 1957 and since then National day Parade is held in there.
The flagpole, the main spot of the square, is with its 95 metres one of the tallest in the world.
We were supposed to go to St. Mary’s Cathedral, but we couldn’t find it so we went to St. John’s Cathedral instead, we met lots of Filipinos cooking and selling cheap foods and stuffs outside the church, most of them meet with their fellow Filipinos and spend their Sundays here.
I couldn’t resist taking a photo of that mural.
Or next adventure is Melaka, see my post here to see full post about our day tour at Melaka.
• FOURTH DAY •
Our last day was the most carefree day, to start off our day, since I wanted to see Petronas Tower during daytime, we went back to Petronas!
I think the impact of the towers is best from the ground, both up close, and from a distance. At 7:00AM there were already people visiting and taking photos of the tower.
we went to Lake Garden Park, also known as KL Botanical Garden after Petronas Tower. It is located in KL City center.
When you go to the Lake Gardens remember to bring enough water, and wear light shirts, because you will have travel some distance on foot. Due to the ever-hot and humid climate in Kuala Lumpur, it is recommended to visit the park early in the morning when it’s not so hot.
Places to visit in Lake Garden Park:
- KL Bird Park
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park was opened in 1991. It is a 20.9-acre (8.5 ha) public aviary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. and It is a popular tourist attraction in the country.
I love this bird park in Kuala Lumpur and it is definitely a place to visit in Malaysia with family/friends. It has the biggest walk in aviary in the world and it’s so much fun to walk around because you get to see the birds around you closely.
It is not just flamingos showing off their red colour in the pond, or parrots flying above your head but also the beautiful and colorful wings of the peacock. You get to take good pictures with their colorful wings. It’s nice being surrounded by so much green in this big city.
KL Bird Park was clean and organized. When we reached the place, the weather was kinda hot and the entire visit took about 2 hours on a slow pace.
- KL Butterfly Garden
Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is a veritable secret paradise where butterflies actually dance nonchalantly in clumps of fern amidst scented beautiful flowers and flowering vines.
Operating Hours: 9:00AM-6:00PM
- Perdana Botanical Garden
The Perdana Botanical Garden is situated within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park, which covers an area of more than 170 acres located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Operating Hours: 7:00AM-8:00PM
- Taman Rusa and Kancil (Deer Park)
The Deer Park is located close to the world’s largest free flight aviary, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. From the bird park, take a left turn and move towards the Tun Abdul Razak Memorial. The Deer Park is in between the Memorial and the Orchid Garden. The Deer Park can also be accessible by walking down the steps behind the Memorial of Tun Abdul Razak.
Operating Hours: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Sad to say, we enjoyed KL Bird Park so much and we only have limited time, we didn’t get a chance to visit KL Butterfly Garden, Perdana Botanical Garden and Taman Rusa and Kancil (Deer Park) because we have to be in Starhill Gallery by 11:00AM.
We rode a cab going to Bukit Bintang, Some of the malls in Bukit Bintang are Sungei Wang Plaza (for more affordable shopping), Plaza Low Yat (for CRAZY cheap electronics), Starhill Gallery ( for your favorite designer labels), Fahrenheit 88 (which houses South East Asia’s largest UNIQLO store).
What I love about Bukit Bintang is that….
SHOPPING MALLS ARE LITERALLY EVERYWHERE. Bukit Bintang is really the shopping and entertainment district of Kuala Lumpur. Malls are walking distance from one another.
If you are fond of shopping, like me! This place is your heaven, OUR HEAVEN! 🙂
We went to Starhill Gallery, one of the most luxurious shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur.
We had our buffet lunch at Jogoya (the Largest Japanese Buffet in Kuala Lumpur). Jogoya is located at the 3rd floor (Relish Floor) of Starhill Gallery.
Thanks to their 11th Anniversary Promo that we didn’t have to spend much because of their Buy 1, Get 1 free for the ladies (happy tummy!)
You are only allowed to stay for 2 hours. Most ladies don’t eat much and I think the time given is just right. Each person is given 2 clips with your table number on it. So, all you have to do is choose the food you want by dropping your clip into the bowl right in front of it.
Price: RM 76.5
Feel free to visit their website: http://www.jogoyarestaurants.com
It is easy to travel around Malaysia. Many signs are in English and many people speak English as well. Whether we were catching a train, long distance bus or a taxi down the road. It is cheap and there is a great cultural mix, lots of great food and there are many things to do in Malaysia with family and friends.
What to Wear in Malaysia?
Malaysia is considered as hot and humid country, just like Philippines, so for me, just wear light clothes. But if you will visit mosques or other religious or sacred sites, you will of course need to be properly dressed.
Travel Costs in Malaysia:
What do you think? Would you do any of these things we did in Kuala Lumpur or have you done some already? Share in the comments below! 🙂