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Kuala Lumpur Itinerary: 3 Must Visits!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It was in 2014 that Malaysia first came to the forefront of my mind. This was when the famous Malaysian Airlines flight 370 vanished off radar between Malaysia and Thailand. It was only a few months later that another Malaysian Airlines(MH17) plane was in the news having been shot down over Eastern Ukraine accidentally. These two incidents naturally clouded my mind and gave me quite a sour taste of Malaysia. I’m thankful though that I didn’t allow that to completely ruin my perception of the country.

Fast Forward to 2019 and I found myself living in South East Asia and looking for another adventure Malaysia came to mind again. I figured I would give it a try after seeing the beautiful towering Petronas Towers online as well as some of the other awesome things that Malaysia has to offer. This post will look at the top 3 things I found in Kuala Lumpur and are perfect for a Kuala Lumpur itinerary. Be on the lookout for more posts from Malaysia in the future!

1. Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

The Petronas Towers are centrally located in downtown Kuala Lumpur and tower 1,483 feet(452 meters) into the air. From 1998 to 2004 they were the tallest buildings in the world. They fall under the architectural category of postmodern Islamic and were designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli. To see them in person is simply breathtaking. I could spend an entire day just staring up at them and their wonders.

The Petronas Towers have to be considered one of the most beautiful, elegant and creative buildings in the world. The coolest part is that their are two of them! About 2/3 of the way up they are adjoined by a skywalk allowing movement between both towers. Whether you like city skylines or skyscrapers this place is a must for a selfie or to lace your Instagram story/posts with flare.

2. Batu Caves

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batu caves itinerary

The Batu Caves are one of my favorite places in the entire world. That’s a pretty strong statement isn’t it? Well that is due to the fact that these caves are absolutely stunning on the inside. They even have some little cute creatures running around.. Yep! There are tons of monkeys that are in this cave and they will not hesitate to walk towards you. The cave itself has a giant opening with some steep peaks that monkeys climb up and down on.

Aside from seeing the friendly monkeys climbing around you will also see some colorful buildings and a giant statue of “The God of War” in the Hindu religion(Lord Murugan). The Batu Caves are actually one of the most sacred Hindu religious sites outside of India. Inside the cave also have some beautiful and colorful Hindu Temples.

View from Batu Caves

How to get to Batu Caves: Check out this post by another blogger over at dailytravelpill to find how to reach the Batu caves.

3. Kuala Lumpur Tower(Menara)

Located in downtown Kuala Lumpur city this tower stands out regardless of where you are in the KL metropolitan area. It’s actually located at a beautiful park within the city. You can even lose yourself in the nearby forest and forget that you are in a bustling Southeast Asian city. The tower stands about 1,381 feet tall and was completed in 1996 after a 5 year completion time.

You can check their homepage over here at this link for up to date admissions and ticketing. Being a penny pinching digital nomad I didn’t even go to the top as I felt the surrounding park and just staring up at the tower were enough for me. However, the next time I am in Kuala Lumpur I would love to go to the top. I would spend as much time up there as possible surveying the surrounding areas from above. I’m sure the pictures up there would be incredible as well.

Concluding Thoughts

Even though Malaysia hasn’t been in the news in the past few years for the right reasons we can’t let this cloud our judgment. I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that is an incredible country worthy of a visit. Whether you are in Kuala Lumpur or visiting Penang Island or going somewhere else completely within Malaysia, there will not be a shortage of friendly people or delicious foods. If you would like to learn more about where to eat in Kuala Lumpur or what some of the most famous and tasty dishes from Malaysia are here check out some of the other posts about Malaysia on the site.

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