The Kuala Lumpur City Guide

Kuala Lumpur is not only the capital of Malaysia, it’ a melting pot of culture with a vibrant mix of Malay, Indian, Thai and Chinese people. Planning a visit to Malaysia, a stopover or just curious about what this metropolitan has to offer? This is the guide you need!

If you have a few days in Kuala Lumpur, there are n From Shopping, history, culture, nature, to of course food, its all here. Keep one thing in mind, locals love to eat, so you will see everybody eating all day. From street food to fancy restaurants, in KL you don’t have to worry about food. All is fresh and very tasty!

Where to stay

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
We stayed here when we arrived and can really recommend it. Why? This hotel has rooms starting from 85 Euro, so it’s affordable for everyone. It’s located at a very convenient spot if you arrive at the international airport. The main train station KL Sentral is located only a few minutes walk away and the train takes about 28 minutes from the airport. There is a rooftop pool, a gym, 2 restaurants, and the staff is really lovely. The dinner and breakfast buffet is outstanding. A great place to start from. Wanna do some shopping? Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is connected to the Nu Sentral Shopping Centre via an air-conditioned link bridge. Book your stay here.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur
Aloft Kuala Lumpur

W-Hotel
Oh how we love the W hotels. It’s luxurious, but not in a awkward kind of way. It’s hip and happening and it’s always located at a central place. The W hotel in Kuala Lumpur is located right across the Petronas Towers, and from the rooftop pool, you have the perfect view. There is a lovely outside pool bar, 3 restaurants, a gym and spa. The only downside is, that there is a club downstairs and it can be noisy during the weekends. However, if you are looking for a good time, the W is your hotel! 

W Hotel Kuala Lumpur
W Hotel

Cyberview Lodge Resort & Spa
This hotel is really the best place to escape the concrete buildings and relax before heading back home. Elke stayed here during her last day of her Malaysia trip and we can’t even begin to tell you why it’s so good. First of all, it’s not located in the middle of KL. It’s about a 25 minute taxi drive from the airport, and the resort is surrounded by lush palmtrees and plants, giving it a real tropical feel. There are 3 restaurants, of which the buffet restaurant was Elke’s favourite. And if you want to re-charge yourself before your long flight back home, you should go for a 2,5 hour spa treatment in their luxurious spa. Rooms are available from around €58,- which is great value for money! www.cyberviewresort.com

Cyberview Hotel
Relaxing before heading back home



What to see & do

1. Jalan Alor
One thing we discovered is that people in Malaysia love to eat! What a coincidence, me too! If you visit KL and you like food you should definitely go to Jalan Alor at night – located in the north of Jalan Bukit Bintang. During the day the Jalan Alor area is relatively dead, but in the afternoon it gets a complete makeover: busy colorful streets with chairs and tables and food everywhere. Jalan Alor is famous for its diverse street stalls with tasty and fresh street food, known as the ‘hawker stalls’. It attracts a lot of tourists but you will also find a lot of locals. From Malay, Indian, Chinese to Thai and Indonesian food, every Asian country is present and all stalls offer the best from its local cuisine. From 5PM-11.30PM

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A coconut stall in Kuala Lumpur

2. Jalan Masjid
In addition to many diverse stores with Indian goods and food, at nights the streets are busy, noisy, full with tables and chairs where food is the most important for everyone. You will smell the Indian dishes from a distance. So if you love the Indian cuisine, then this is the place to be for you. So for the best Malay and Indian food you will need to go to Little India, Jalan Masjid India. The colorful and vibrant street offer fresh tasty Indian snacks where everyone eats with their hands. Seriously, one of the best Indian food I’ve ever had.

Jalan Masjid

Kuala Lumpur is a city build around food

3. Kampung Baru
This little village exists in a small corner of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Kampung Baru, or “new village,” a Malay enclave, located just a short hike away from Kuala Lumpur City Centre next to the Petronas Twin Towers. This is a very nice place to visit! On Saturday there’s a weekly night market where you can try delicious and healthy Malay, Chinese and Thai food.

Kampung Baru

4. Batu Caves
The very popular tourist attraction located in the north of Kuala Lumpur in Selangor are the Batu Caves. The Batu Caves have three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines with lots of monkeys surrounded. Watch the monkeys, they can be aggressive. With 272 steps, many tourists and heat its best to arrive early in the morning before 10AM during the weekday to avoid this. That said, also avoid weekends and the Thaipusam festival – two months a year with changing dates – where many tourists will visit this attraction. Watch out for slippery stairs due the rain. Despite the hustle and bustle, its definitely worth visiting. If you get there early, you can take some good shots like the one below.

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

5. Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas towers are a big tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. People go in to see the impressive skyline from the top. If you only have a view days in KL and you need to wait, I recommend you to see the Petronas towers at night. Beautiful lightning as you can see in this picture.

Kuala Lumpur, Twin Tower

6. Shopping Malls
Like most Asian capitals, you can find some of the biggest shopping malls in the capital of Malaysia. From high end brands, to cheap stores and foodcourts. These are our favorites:

  • Suria KLCC (more luxury and high end brands, located next to Petronas Towers)
  • The Gardens (many shops, food and cinema)
  • Sungei Wang Plaza (small shops, very affordable, great for souvenirs)
  • Lot10 (mid/upper class stores, looks great!)
  • Nu Sentral Shopping Centre (located next to the Sentral Train Station)

7. Pineapple Hill “Bukit Nanas”
The entrance is quite difficult to find, but if you want to escape the concrete jungle and trade it for a real one, you should go for a stroll through this tropical forest.There are jungle trails, a visitors centre, and a forestry museum. Some trees are over a 100 years old! Take the metro to Bukit Nanas station and bring mosquito repellent because you will need it. 

Tips
» Take a walk, there’s too much to miss if you take a train or a bus in KL
» You don’t have to tip unless stated otherwise
» Eat the street food, it’s amazing!
» Talk with locals, they can all speak a bit English and they love to help you out

Love,

Wander-Lust

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This will inspire you to visit Malaysia

How do you know where you need to go to next when you have so many options to choose from? I’ve have visited a lot of places in various countries, but there’s definitely one that really surprised me: Malaysia. Malaysia is ‘the ultimate destination’ to visit for your next vacation:
An amazing climate, idyllic islands, crystal clear waters and stunning sunsets. It’s also great for snorkeling and a true heaven for food lovers. And what about the jungle, super friendly locals, art & music plus it’s very affordable! 

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A moment for yourself in Manukan, Borneo

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Crystal clear water and idyllic islands

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Cozy streets in China Town, Kuching.

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Super cheap and delicious Indian food in the streets of Kuala Lumpur

“Get inspired by these images that I shot in Malaysia back in November”

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Beautiful views in Penang

Street art in Penang Malaysia
Amazing street art in Penang

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Breathtaking sunsets in Langkawi

Palmtrees in Malaysia
Palm trees everywhere

You can fly to Malaysia from most international airports with arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi or Kota Kinabalu in north Borneo. Have fun!

Love,

Sarah

*Check my previous blogpost about Malaysia here!

Restaurant Jala, Langkawi

After checking out the skyscrapers in the capital of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur, local food tasting at the Filipino night market in Kota Kinabalu, a snorkeling trip in Manukan and an exciting jungle trekking in Kuching it was time to relax for a while!

How to get there
We traveled from Penang to Langkawi by ferry (Langkawi ferry service).
» Departure Times of boats from Penang to Langkawi : Three boats a day – 8.15am (via Pulau Payar), 8.30am and 2pm.

» The costs for an Adult are RM60 one way – RM120 return.
» The high speed boats are scheduled to take 1.5 hours to reach Pulau Payar and 2.45 minutes to Langkawi.
Keep in mind that it often takes a bit longer, depending on the weather conditions.

Langkawi is THE place to be for excellent diving spots, tropical hidden gems, turquoise sea, duty-free shopping and chocolate.

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Along this journey I experienced an abundance of fresh and delicious food. I couldn’t wish for more great food experiences during this trip, on the contrary I got even more I wished for! I was invited by Jala restaurant in Langkawi. A restaurant that is part of the beautiful Andaman resort, nestled between lush tropical rainforest and crystal blue waters lead by chef Thorsten Killian. Thorsten came to our table where I got the chance to get to know him a bit better. I must say that this man from Thai-German origin, has lots of skills! He initially started his career back in 2003 as a commis de cuisine at the Hanner Restaurant in Austria and worked in various high quality Hotels and restaurants before he started working at Jala. From five-star hotels in Switzerland to Michelin-starred Restaurant São Gabriel in Portugal and finally made his way to Asia where he became chef in

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The man himself, Thorsten Killian Source

Together with his team of experts he lives next to the Andaman resort where he starts in the very early morning to prepare the food and serves his unique top quality dishes in the evening. The beautiful part of Jala restaurant is that they partner with local fishermen to ensure the freshest catch arrives daily on the shores of The Andaman, at the Nelayan Hut (a fisherman’s hut in Malay). Every afternoon, guests can look forward to walk down the beach to watch the fish and the chefs of Jala in action dealing and negotiating with local fishermen on the purchases of fresh seafood.

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It was such a beautiful evening when we had dinner at Jala. What makes it so unique is the magnificent quiet surrounding, hearing the gentle breeze of the ocean on the background, your feet tucked in the sand, with comfortable temperatures, far away from the hustle and bustle, a very unique setting with friendly waiting staff, an unique open-air beachside experience where you overlook the glistening blue waters where you watch the breathtaking sunset while having dinner.

Jala offers the finest fresh seafood in an open kitchen concept, prepared in a fusion of Western and Asian cooking styles, located on a secluded part of Langkawi. A very unique experience which I will never forget!

Time to taste some of the best seafood signature dishes:

dinner at Jala, Langkawi
Step 1: Choose your fish from the fresh seafood display/bar

dinner at Jala, Langkawi
Pomfret fish caught from Andaman waters

dinner at Jala, Langkawi
Chocolate hazelnut cake with chocolate ganache and ice cream

More info:
Address: Jalan Teluk Datai · Langkawi, 07000 · Malaysia
Website

I hope you will get the chance to visit to wonderful place in Malaysia

Love,

Sarah

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Malaysia » Wildlife & Adventure in Borneo

As mentioned in my previous post, Kuching in Borneo – the Capital of the Sararawak province – has a lot to offer. You now know your way in the city of Kuching and in this post I will guide you through Borneo’s natural wonders and cultural delights!

Borneo is An absolute treat for nature lovers

The city center of Kuching is a great starting point and from there it’s easy to arrange day treks. From secluded beaches, picturesque coastline of steep cliffs, abundant wildlife, jungle streams, waterfalls, interesting plant life, trekking – all in just 37 km away from Kuching.

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Transport
There are a number of ways of getting to Bako. The most cheap and easy way to get to Bako National Park is by public bus. The public bus (red public bus number 1) takes about 45-60 minutes and costs RM 3.50 each way with various stops in the city center. Buses leave to and from Bako about every hour, starting from 7AM from Kuching and finishing about 6PM from Bako National Park.
Tip! This bus is not always on time, so make sure you arrive a bit earlier.

Ticket

Before you enter the park, when you arrive at the Bako Bazaar right in front of the jetty,  you need to register at the visitor center deck and purchase your entrance ticket to the park – RM20 per person for foreigners, RM15 for Malaysians – and your boat ticket that takes you at high speed to the the start point of many trails in the park – RM20 per person each way. The only way to reach park headquarters is by boat along the scenic Santubong River.

Bako Borneo

The 20 minute boat ride is already a magnificent introduction to the beauty of Borneo and Bako. Keep an eye for crocodiles and eagles on the way into the park, it’s all part of the exciting Bako experience when you pass through it! Bako is a protected area.

Trekking
There are 16 color-coded jungle trails which offer a range of walking and hiking options for the full day. For the adventurous there are various trails with heavy jungle hikes and for those who prefer to take it more easy can choose the more relaxing jungle trails.
Get more info here

One of the best experiences I’ve ever had was during my day trip at Bako National Park. It is a small, breathtaking, beautiful and manageable park, and easy to get to, and even if you are just interested for a day trip, you have a good shot at seeing some pretty unique wildlife and some secluded baches even without tour guide. When you enter the park you will find a notice board that gives you the KM and estimated time of each trail. We chose to do 3 trails which take about 4 hours in total. I must tell you that I’m pretty fit but in the heat I found it quite a challenge..
We did spot macaques, proboscis monkeys, bearded pigs and plenty of colorful butterflies!

TIP! Try to bring your own water and food. There’s a buffet at headquarters, but it’s a bit overpriced and the food is freshly made in the early morning so it will not be as good anymore during lunch.

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Trail Bako National Park

The proboscis monkey
The proboscis monkey
in Bako

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Bearded pigs in Bako
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View at Bako National Park
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The Jungle from another angle
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The end of the trails Telok Pandan Kecil & Telok Pandan Besar

Needs:
» Camera
» Sun screen
» Mosquito repellent with deet
» Walking shoes
» Hiking pants
» Rain coat or poncho
» Zip lock bags to keep your camera/clothes dry
» Bottles of water

WETLANDS WONDERS
I went on a boat trip to Santubong and Salak river in the hope to see crocodiles and dolphins. We didn’t see any unfortunately, but the trip was still so amazing! We saw proboscis monkeys, a number of eagles and awesome fireflies. We also passed by a traditional Malay fishing village on stilts filled with massive catfish. The local family sell these fish to locals traders and restaurants. Soon the boatman will move into a smaller river in the hope to spot some crocodiles where the boat chugging slowly by the river banks where it’s almost touching the low branches of the mangrove trees. I can tell you, this is very exciting when it’s getting dark and knowing that crocodiles are around you. I hope you have more luck than I did. 
Next to that we enjoyed the magnificent Borneo sunset.Best time is in the early morning or afternoons. You can book your trip via a travel agency for RM 188.00 per person inclusive Good Service Tax and a tour guide.

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Safety first!
Local boatmen Borneo
Our friendly local Boatman
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Malay fishing village on stilts
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Breathtaking sunset

Needs
» Comfortable clothes
» Bottles of water
» Camera
» Sun Lotion

» Sunglasses
» Mosquito repellent with deet
» Rain coat or poncho

It was an adventure of a lifetime I will never forget.

Love,

Sarah

* pictures made with Olympus PEN camera

Malaysia » The best of Borneo, Kuching

Borneo is one of the favorite destinations of many travelers who visit Malaysia. I totally agree!
I’ve been to many places in Asia, but Borneo will always have a special place in my heart.
From food, friendly local people to music, nightlife, culture, wildlife and jungle – Kuching has a lot more to offer than many other countries in Asia.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to hear the sounds of the sea and the splashing waves, read a book under palm trees, relax and then jump into a swimming pool, but after a week I’m craving for some adventure. Borneo has something for everyone!

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Malaysia » The Best of Borneo part 1

If you plan to visit Malaysia, then Borneo should be on your travel list!
Borneo is third largest island on earth, a tropical paradise with crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, the oldest and most bio-diverse rain forest, impressive wildlife and an abundance of natural wonders.

I’ve visited a lot of places in Asia but this is definitely one of the places that I would like to go back to.

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