By Stephen Bugno
It’s not that great either. But the average traveler can find something interesting in KL to fill at least a couple days, even if it’s just relaxing in a nice hotel (if one has the money) and filling your stomach with delicious food. Do a little searching and in between modern soulless skyscrapers you will find plenty of character.
A good place to start. Get there at about 8am to line up for the limited tickets they offer for each day. You have to wait for an hour or two but 10 RM ($3.30 US) will get you a ticket for the Skybridge on the 41st floor and the ensuing view below down to KLCC park and beyond. The Petronas Towers are a symbol of pride for Malaysia, and remain to this day the tallest twin towers in the world.
I walked the Lonely Planet recommended walking tour through Little India. It passes an old Dutch mansion, some fantastic art deco buildings, the Mogul-inspired Sessions and Magistrates Courts, and lots of food and shopping choices. If you visit on Saturday, check out the market that sets up around 3pm. My favorite part of the walk was a stop in the Coliseum Café for a coffee. This place, including the waiter’s uniforms, hasn’t changed a bit from the day it opened in 1921.
Chinatown is another area of Kuala Lumpur you don’t want to miss. Although it’s a little touristy, Chinatown is still a great place to try a variety of foods, find architectural remnants, and shop your heart out. Start your walk at Masjid Jamek LRT station and you’ll pass by KL’s original market square with the same name, various art deco buildings, and KL’s oldest Taoist temple, Sze Ya. There’s even a Hindu temple in Chinatown, Sri Mahamariamman.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going out of your way to visit KL, but chances are it will be on the way to or from one of the other destinations you will be visiting in Malaysia. So try not to be jaded and just enjoy a few of the things that Malaysia’s capital city has to offer.