Technically this is my second day in KL, but the evening I arrived I only went to get food and stayed inside because I was tired. So, I spent the night figuring out what I wanted to do the next day since I didn't have a guide book.
The next morning I woke up pretty early to head out. I went to the front desk to ask what was the closest thing to see around the hotel. The girl gave me a map and circled a few places like Merdeka square, KL city centre and the KL city gallery. I got lost as soon as I left the hostel, but somehow ended up in Merdeka square. I guess I just took the long way around. Kuala Lumpur definitely seemed like it would be a harder place to navigate than Singapore. Merdeka Square wasn't anything special. It was just a big green space with a fountain and a big flagpole with the Malaysian flag and some smaller flagpoles with other countries flags.
It was extremely hot outside, so I went into the KL city gallery. There is a big map of KL on the wall and some maps that you can't take. You can also book tours here, a whole bunch were displayed on the wall. But, there was another door leading to the rest of the building. So I asked the ladies at the desk what was through the door and they said there was a gallery, cafe and there is a short video in one of the room and it would cost 5 myr ($1.75 cad) so I couldn't say no.
When you first go in there are lots of old photos of KL and what it used to look like in the past. There were lots of pictures from famous sites that show the construction of the buildings. Then there is a theatre room where they show a short video about the progress of KL as a city. You can see how much it has developed for the better. Then, on the table, there is a huge display of KL and it lights up. You can see all the landmarks and buildings. It was really nice and informative.
After the video the only thing left was the gift shop. The gift shop was really expensive, so I didn't get anything. But there was nothing I really wanted in there anyways. When you pay to view the gallery you also get a discount at the cafe in the gift shop of 5 myr. So, I got a drink and I bought this durian dessert. Yes durian, the smelly fruit. Durian apparently smells like lots of things like "rotten onions, pig feces mixed with gym socks". Fortunately I didn't smell anything, but I ate it and it tasted pretty good. The smell of durian is so bad that in Singapore it is banned from the subway and even some other places.
SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING
The Sultan Abdul Samad building is right across the street from Merdeka square. This building used to be where the superior courts were held, but now it is the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture of Malaysia. Its really beautiful, I was thinking it used to be a palace or something.
Menara (KL Tower)
After Merdeka Square I decided to walk to the KL Tower. I think it took about 40 mins because I had no idea where I was going. When I was close to the tower I took this picture. It was a great photo spot because of the graffiti. It also looks a lot like the CN Tower.
Menara is one of the most popular attractions in KL. It is 421 meters tall, I think it was the 7th or 8th tallest building in the world. There is a long winding road that leads up to the tower, but thank god there are free air conditioned shuttle buses to take you up that hill.
When you get out of the shuttle buses you get ambushed by people that work there trying to sell to you right away. Lucky for them I already knew what I wanted to do, so I just left the guy take me to get my ticket. You have to sign a waiver that if something happened to you they are not responsible, but that's normal. I was going to the observation decks. It was more expensive than I thought, it was 99 myr ( lol $34 cad) for the highest observation deck. But, buying that ticket allowed you to visit the highest observation deck and the lower one. It was a long ride up the tower and it was packed with sweaty stinky people lol. The view was AAAmazing!!!! You get a 360 degree birds eye view of KL.
Of course there was a professional photographer there as well. He took like 8 pictures of me. I wasn't planning on buying any, but I wanted to be in some of the pictures, plus they turned out really nice. This is a picture of the picture I took, it doesn't look as nice as the actual picture. One picture costs 35 myr ( $12 cad) so I bought two. Writing this post I just realized I have such long arms lol.
I think I was at the top deck for about 15 minutes. Next, I went down to the lower deck. They have lots of gift shops with souvenirs there. But I just came for the view. I actually liked the view a little better down here because I thought it made me feel a bit closer to the buildings. And you can get a better view of things below you.
The Petronas Twin Towers remind me of the Empire State Building in New York in this picture.
After the Menara I decided I wanted to see the Petronas Twin Towers. So I used the map from my hostel plus google maps on my phone to get there. I think google maps saved my life the entire trip. Even though I didn't have wifi I can still use the map to see what direction i'm going and I can see landmarks. I think it took me about 15 minutes to get to Suria KLCC from Menara.
The mall is huge. There lots of stores, especially luxury stores. After all, around the KLCC is all five star hotels, million dollar condos and penthouse suites. The mall was filled with mostly tourists it seemed.
I hadn't eaten lunch yet, so I found the food court. There was a variety of different cultural food, but I decided on Thai. I got chicken pad see ew, I think it was the worst Thai meal I have ever experienced. The noodles were very mushy, it just looked sloppy kind of like a child made it. I really should be surprised, the only Asian person working there was the cashier. Word of advice, do not eat here!
KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTER
The Petronas twin towers were so nice. Even though they are just building, they are very attractive. They are like space ships ready to take off. I wanted to go up to the bridge but since I did the observatory deck at Menara I decided not to do the walkway. I think I sat outside in the promenade for like 30 mins just looking at the towers and taking pictures.
From the front of the Petronas you get the best view. There is an area with places to sit where lots of people take pictures.
Behind the Petronas there is a big area with a pond and water fountains. There are also restaurants and lots of green space, so this area blocks a bit of the towers. But at night it looks beautiful because the lights in the pond light up and the fountains are musical.
I waited about 3 hrs for it to get dark, so that I could get awesome pictures of the Petronas towers. I'm actually really glad I waited because it looked beautiful.
I really needed to go to the bathroom, then I saw this sign. So I paid for the bathroom because I didn't want to walk to the other side of the mall. But, there was nothing luxury about this bathroom at all. It was just close to the exits.
After the bathroom I went to the front of the mall because the view isn't obstructed by the mall, and just snapped a whole bunch of pictures and selfies.
It was about 9 pm when I was ready to go back to my hostel. I really wanted to go out, but I ready how taxis are expensive and usually charge double far at night. Also, I was out all day and kind of tired. So instead i went back to the hostel and went up to the rooftop bar, had a beer and some pizza. I actually met some backpackers up there who were telling me about where they were going next in KL and where they have been. My #1 attraction I wanted to see was the Batu Caves but I was confused how I would even get there. Luckily one of the girls told me the train goes there for 4 myr and it was only 30 minutes. So that's how I decided what I would do tomorrow.
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