Kuala Lumpur – Rising eastern star

KL, Malaysias metropolitan city. We stayed in KL for five days and spent a couple nights at the Doubletree Hilton hotel and some nights at the Piccolo hotel. We enjoyed staying at both hotels. The Hilton had an incredible breakfast buffet. The Piccolo hotel was at the urban and busy area, Bukit Bitang.

KL seems to emulate big brother Singapore, but doesn’t quite have the same finesse and sophistication. However the city has the main ingredients of a metropolitan city; shopping, restaurants, international brands and chains. Nevertheless we found KL slightly boring, especially during daytime. Frankly speaking, we think three days is more than enough time to explore the city.

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The first two days we had a bit of a hit&miss with some of the restaurants and attractions we visited, but here is what we have picked out as worth visiting: So first, the area – Bukit Bitang, this is basically KLs heart, here you will find restaurants, cafes, bars, high street fashion chains such as H&M, Zara, international fast food chains and shopping malls with high-end brands.

At Changkat Bukit Bintang, a streak of restaurants and bars are lined up. You will find a lot of expacts here. NB.There are also many prostitutes in this area. This streak is great if wanting to have everything easily accessible and/or if you don’t know of any other places to go. There are some nice restaurants and bars, but as far as uniqueness is concern, not interesting at all. If you do visit this area, try some good tapas at Pinchos.

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Do make time to visit the top of the Petronas towers (Twin towers), you will get a magnificent view over the city. Otherwise there are two skybars which are worth visiting: The traders hotel and Marini’s57.

Both have great views. The traders is more of a chill-out lounge spot with a younger, mixed clientele. The Marini’s57 has a more refined crowd and has a nice restaurant section. We enjoyed both places very much.

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If you would like to experience something a little different, mingle with the locals and tickle all your senses, visit the Central marketplace and The Petaling Street (Chinatown). We found The Petaling Street (Chinatown) too messy, noisy, crowded and smelly, we will not visit again, but interesting to have experienced it.

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For excursion, we went to Batu Caves, which was just 15-20 min drive from the city central. The easiest way to get there is taking a taxi, it’s a good idea to agree on the price beforehand. You can also ask the hotel you are staying at to assist in booking a legit taxi or a designated private driver.

The best thing about KL is that there are inner-city flights (firefly) to other cities in Malaysia. And you can easily connect flights to other countries, such as Thailand, Bali, Singapore.

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