So after Thailand, we went to Malaysia – and the only stop we made in Malaysia was KL.
If I had to describe KL in one sentence… it’s a ridiculously hot city with only infinity pools and pretty buildings to offer. I’d say if you’re going to Singapore or Hong Kong, you can definitely skip KL. It’s not a bad place, but it IS still a “city”, and it’s not comparable to the other cities.
WHERE I STAYED
We stayed at the FACE Suites. It’s not as extravagant as Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, but since we can’t afford the real thing… FACE Suites! It has an infinity pool included with your room. Our room was amazing, it had a bedroom, a kitchen, living room, an amazing bathroom. We paid about $400 for 4 nights for 2 people, so $50 a night – for an incredible hotel.
Don’t get me wrong, I often stay in cheap hostels and hole in the walls when travelling – because all you really need is a bed, right? But we were about a month into our trip and wanted to feel pampered for once 😛
WHAT I DID
- Pavilion mall: huge mall It was nice to be in a city for once, surrounded by people who go shopping and wear business clothes. You know? Like a small taste of home. There was even a Sephora!
- Infinity pool: we actually coincidentally were staying in the SAME HOTEL as the guys we met in Koh Phi Phi on that boat tour! So we all went to enjoy the infinity pool of course. My recommendation is to go in the morning if you want your photoshoot with nobody else around you.
- Batu Caves: lots of stairs, incredibly dirty, 39 degrees, monkeys and pigeons and roosters everywhere. I have nothing more to say.
- Quill City Mall: we clearly had nothing to do, since we went to ANOTHER mall. This mall was shitty, and all the restaurants didn’t take VISA despite the fact that everywhere else in KL accepted VISA. We ended up at Pizza Hut.
- Petronas Towers / light show: there’s a fountain/light show at night, I think there are multiple time slots for this. It’s not a “must see” but it’s somewhere for you and your friends to go and chill at the end of the day. And it’s right behind the Twin Towers! 🙂
- Central Market: an indoor market where you buy cool clothes and souvenirs. I think it’s worth checking out. I bought green “happy pants” haha. Entire place is cash only. It’s more expensive than Thailand, but still decent prices.
WHAT I ATE
- Ben’s: a restaurant inside the twin towers. (Not super upscale, don’t worry). Decent food 🙂 one of those places where you don’t really have to worry about food poisoning haha.
- Pelita: an outdoor-ish food court with cheap food that accepts Visa.
- SoongKee: Great place!! Known for their beef noodle soup dish. Recommended to us by a local Uber driver. It’s near Central Market, so maybe eat here after shopping.
- Jalan Alor: it’s a street that has lots of food carts and “restaurants”. We loved eating here! It has a variety of options and it very lively.
- Secret Recipe: a dessert place in the Central Market. We bought white chocolate macademia cake from here, and it was delicious.
THINGS TO KNOW
- Have cash on you because some places just won’t take VISA
- Brace yourself for humidity. Probably worse than Bali, but not as bad as Cambodia.
- Have some sort of access to internet, because you’ll need it to call Ubers.
- Again… always haggle! We haggled shoes from 150 ringgits to 50 ringgits! And didn’t even end up buying them LOL…
- Take a look at my general South East Asia tips!