Apart from Bali, Malaysia was the first trip we took to South East Asia from Australia. It’s been five years since we were here. KL has a unique contrast where it feels familiar but very different. Most people speak English. The weather was hot and ‘smoggy.’
It felt good to be back. The Petronas Towers stood in all their glory. The Suria Mall KLCC, is a huge designer shopping complex, which lies adjacent to the Towers. Next to the Towers is the KLCC Park which feels like an oasis providing an open green space.
As in wherever we go, we are drawn to the Little India and Chinatown areas. These are always colourful, noisy and vibrant and appeal not least for the amazing food on offer.
There’s food around every corner and the smell of insence prevails, with colourful temples and mosques which you can normally visit if you are dressed appropriately. I always wear thongs (flip flops) as they are easy to remove while jumping from temple to mosque to holy shrine.
Next a visit to the Petaling Street and Central Market, an Arabic quarter where you can buy all sorts of paraphernalia. We both bought long Hindi pants and a few other things a fraction of the price in Australia.
We’ve been using the Grab app which is like Uber for booking taxis and it has worked out well. You can also use it to order food delivery but we haven’t done that yet!
The amazing limestone caves around the Batu Caves Temple are thought to be around 400 million years old. You have to climb a daunting 272 steps to reach the biggest of the 3 main caves. We did this in 36 degree heat but it was totally worth it! The cave is one of the most popular Hindu temples outside of India. Lunch was veg dosa and hot sweet tea in one of the many cafes dotted around the complex.