From Singapore we made our way to Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur for a super short visit. Flying would have cost too much compared to a relatively short 6 hour coach journey which cost us S$25 per person. The coach station was at the Golden Mile Complex which was only a 10 minute walk from our accommodation. We bought the tickets only the day before we had to travel, so it was a really convenient way of moving on from Singapore. As we were crossing a border between two countries we had to take along our passports when buying our coach tickets.
The following morning at 6.30 am we left our lovely hotel and walked the 10 minutes in the already sweltering heat with our huge backpacks to the coach station at the Golden Mile. I refused to get a taxi for that distance much to Adams’s dismay. We left the city on what proved to be quite a comfortable coach (if a bit too hot) at 7am and only stopped once before we got to the Malaysian border to stock up on coffee/tea and snacks. At the border everything went really swiftly and we got our 30 days tourist visa on arrival without a question.
We arrived at the central bus station of a humid and bustling Kuala Lumpur by about 1pm. We spent the rest of the afternoon finding our hotel and getting some food and planning out our next day as well as our onward journey to Phuket. Then got an early night so that we were fresh and ready to roll early the following morning.
It could be said that for the next day we lived a fairly ordinary life in Kuala Lumpur. We decided to not go crazy and try and pack everything into this one day, because it was going to be impossible. And that’s ok. We made our peace with the fact that we only came here to fill a couple of days before going back to Thailand, we made our peace with not being able to explore Malaysia. We decided to just enjoy ourselves for the one day we had here and that’s what we did.
Ok ok, we did actually start with something touristy and that was to visit the Petronas Twin Towers. I will be honest one of the main reasons for us to come to Kuala Lumpur was to see the Petronas – I love architecture and the towers are so iconic, I really didn’t want to miss out on seeing them. If you want to get tickets for the tour of the building and you haven’t bought them in advance make sure you get there as soon as the ticket office opens in the morning at 9am.
We left our hotel in the morning which according to Google Maps was located only about 20 minutes walk from Petronas. Well let me tell you it may only have been 20 minutes, but that was the sweatiest walk of my life at 8am in the morning. By the time we got to the towers I had to take a few minute to compose myself – not a great way to start the day, but luckily the day only got better and better.
After queuing up for a little bit we managed to get our tour tickets for 11am that morning (tickets cost 85 Malaysian Ringgit per adult, about £15). To fill the time we got breakfast and coffee in the shopping centre that is attached to the towers and then ventured outside to get the most fabulous view of the building. The Petronas are the world’s largest twin towers and from the square at the front we almost couldn’t get far enough to fit in all of the building in our photos (I only had my 16-50mm lens, of course savvy photographers with a wider lens will have no problems taking photos from this angle).
The tour itself was really fun, well-organised and informative. Security was strict and we had a hologram for a tour guide 🙂 We walked across the bridge between the two towers on floor 41 and the made our way to the observation deck at floor 85. From the top, as far as the eyes can see over Kuala Lumpur – an urban jungle of rooftops, road networks and the hustle and bustle of a megacity.
Believe it or not we did not venture much further from the Petronas Towers for the rest of the day. We could have gone to see Batu Caves and in a way I do wish we had done so, but in the extreme heat and humidity of the day we didn’t feel like we wanted to make the journey. Sacrilege, I know as Batu Caves are possibly the best attraction in KL and would have been well worth the visit. You can also pay for a tour and get pickup from your hotel for a guided tour of the caves, but we simply could not afford this on our budget.
At this point we were also just so tired, all we wanted was to have an easy day and so decided to stop being travellers for a day and just be like normal people. So we went to the shopping centre, ate lunch and watched 2 movies back to back in the onsite cinema complex. Before sunset we walked around KLCC Park and then returned to watch the sunset over the two towers. I loved seeing this magnificent building illuminated after the sun had gone down, a real treat for architecture lovers.
When you are on the road for a long time it is nice to take out a few days every now and then and just recharge. At the same time by the end of our day in Kuala Lumpur I was ready to get back on the road and be travelling with a destination in mind, with clear plans and on a mission to achieve them!Sometimes it is those lazy days that psyche you up for the next part of your journey.