Tripwerkz Travel Guide to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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18/02/22

  • Malaysia has always been revered as a top travel destination for it is a melting pot of different cultures. Its Malay roots cultivated the land with fascinating ways and traditions. And its Indian, Portuguese, British and Asian influences added more color to the country.

    A trip to its capital city, Kuala Lumpur, will educate tourists how history molded the nation to what it is today. Plan your next visit here and get a touch of Malaysian culture along with the perks of the city and for sure it will be one for the books.

    Kuala Lumpur

    Airport: Kuala Lumpur International Airport
    Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)
    1 MYR = 0.24 USD
    Weather: Around 25° to 30° all year round

    Petronas Twin Towers

    Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Petronas Twin Towers
    Distance: 58.7 kilometers
    Travel time: Around 50 minutes by shuttle, car, train. 1 ½ hour bus ride.

    You can’t visit Malaysia without visiting the tallest twin towers of the world. This famous landmark showcases modern architecture and Islamic art.

    Admire the towers from the outside, inside and on top of it.

    Outside- Taking a photo in front of the towers is a must when you go there. Your selfies and groufies will surely generate lots of likes on your social media pages.

    Inside- Shop ‘til you drop in the stores located at the lower floors of the buildings. Galleries, aquariums, a science center plus other attractions will also be worth the visit.

    On Top- Every tourist’s wish is to go to the41st and 42nd floor and walk the bridge that connects the twin towers. See the whole stretch of the capital in the sky.

    Batu Caves

    Petronas Twin Towers to Batu Caves
    Distance: 14 kilometers
    Travel time: 20 minutes by car, 1 ½ by train, bus

    Batu means rock in Malay, which appropriately describes this Hindu/Indian heritage site. The caves are around 400 million years old and used to be the home of the indigenous Temuan people.

    Batu Caves Checklist:

    Lord Murugan Statue- It’s impossible to miss the Hindu Deity statue at the entrance. This was unveiled in 2006 and devotees from all around the world visit the deity to pay respect yearly.

    Batu Cave Stairs- You have to climb 272 colorful steps before reaching the entrance of the caves. This itself is an experience and a great photo opportunity. Just be on your toes for monkeys roam the steps too which sometimes play tricks on the tourists.

    Inner Caves- Each cave is different from each other. Its formation and religious aspect will make the trip from the stairs worth it. Visit each cave if you have the time. (Temple Cave, Art Gallery Cave, Museum Cave, Ramayana Cave)

    Rock Climbing- Opposite the cave’s entrance is a rock-climbing spot which will add thrill to your trip.

    Merdeka Square

    Batu Caves to Merdeka Square
    Distance: 13.1 kilometers
    Travel time: 20 minutes by car or taxi

    Also known as the “Independence Square” of Malaysia. This is where the Malaysian Flag was first hoisted in 1957 gaining freedom from British Colonial rule.

    Visit around the time of Malaysia’s Independence Day (August 31) and enjoy the parades, cultural presentations, and float processions as you look up to the Malaysian flag at the tallest flagpole in the world

    Take a look back at the country’s past and visit the National History Museum at the south end of the square.

    Stroll around and see Islamic artistic influences in the “Big Ben of Malaysia” Sultan Abdul Samad Building right across the square.

    Petaling Street

    Merdeka Square to Petaling Street
    Distance: 600 meters
    Travel time: 2-minute car ride, 8 minutes by walk

    Petaling Street is more commonly known as Chinatown KL in the area. This bargain’s paradise is composed of dozens of stores of all variety where you can shop 24/7. After, you can visit the Hindu temples in the area then stay in the numerous cheap or luxurious hotels of your choice.