I have a new favourite city in Asia: Kuala Lumpur. Before this trip, I would have listed Tokyo and Hong Kong as my top two but that has changed now. Right after landing, I could feel that there was something different about KL...
First let's start off with a look at my hotel room. I had really made a very good decision by choosing Traders Hotel. The main reason had been for the view of the Petronas Twin Towers. It turned out that the room itself was very comfortable and pleasant. The service was great too: laundry and room service were on point. The staff was always helpful and friendly.
I really liked the lit up sink in the bathroom. There was a shower plus a bathtub and the toilet had a bidet function incorporated.
This was the view from my room, which was located on the 19th floor. The hotel has a famous SkyBar on level 33 where you can enjoy the same view. I went to the bar twice. When I first stepped in, I thought, 'this is the sickest bar I've ever been to'. There is a swimming pool in the middle, which can be used by hotel guests during the day, all around there are tables plus a dance floor area. To get an idea, see my Instagram video here. The service was also great as the waiters really looked after you. Not something I'm used to in Luxembourg.
There was a lot of construction work going on all over the city. It is already a concrete jungle but I'm sure that in a couple of years, the landscape will be completely different.
My Twitter friend @chrisdulux recommended that I check out Devi's Corner, an Indian restaurant, in Bangsar Baru. As I didn't have any plans on my first evening, I took his advice and went there. It was quite an adventure. The cab ride there and back was ten times the price of the meal. The meal was really cheap but very good. I had nasi lemak, a Malay dish, which came with rice, anchovies, nuts, a boiled egg and cucumber slices.
After a short walk around the area, I took a cab to KL Sentral but the driver took me to Sentul instead. Apparently he had misunderstood my request. I just asked him to drop me at Sentul and I was going to take a train instead. Well, I had to wait like 40 to 50 minutes for that train.
Once I was in KL Sentral, I decided to have a drink at Le Meridien. By chance I gate crashed an event for Mariah Carey fans, who were there for a preview of MC's new reality show Mariah's World. Somehow no one noticed that I hadn't been on the guest list and I just partied along by having a few glasses of wine and chilling by the pool. I didn't really feel guilty because after all I had been to two MC concerts this year (Las Vegas and Luxembourg).
Once I got back to my hotel, I realised that a Malaysian friend of mine had been waiting for me in the lobby. We hadn't seen each other since uni in London and so we went out for more drinks in Bangsar where I had eaten dinner earlier on.
The next day, my friend took me for lunch at Tupai Tupai, a Malaysian restaurant. We had their lunch buffet, which was so delicious.
After lunch, we did a tour around the old city centre.
My friend then dropped me off at KL Tower.
I started off at the open level, which also has two glass boxes in the sky. They only let three people into a box at once. As I was by myself, I could go alone. I didn't stay too long as there was a queue with people staring at me, so I just took a couple of pictures and that was it (others were posing lying on the floor and having their picture taken by a photographer who was there for that purpose).
As you can see, KL Tower offers great views of the city, so definitely worth it.
Quite close to the Tower is another top floor (rooftop) bar with a pool at The Regency Hotel. When I got there, I was the only customer and it started raining heavily. I had one drink and after a while decided to continue my sightseeing despite the continuous rain.
I went for a walk through Chinatown, visited a temple and the street market.
I didn't enjoy the street market that much and didn't take any photos because the stalls were selling counterfeit designer goods and they all want you to stop and look at their stuff.
The next day I went to Batu Caves.
I walked up 272 steps; thanks God, I had I been using the stairmaster at the gym the weeks before, so I managed fairly well. Along the way there were monkeys roaming around. They stole sweets from one guy and from then on whenever a monkey was approaching him, he would run away. It was quite funny to watch.
I didn't envy this man whose job was to carry drinks up the stairs. I gave him a I-feel-sorry look but he reassuringly smiled back at me.
On my last day I visited the Golden Triangle, including the Pavilion and Starhill shopping malls. Shopping and restaurant wise KL offers everything and more you could wish for.
Last but not least, some night views taken from the top of the stunning Petronas Twin Towers, another must do. The visit includes a stop at the Skybridge, upper level of Tower 2 and a visit to the gift shop. I'm glad that I went at night since I had done the KL Tower during daytime.
Overall I was super impressed by Kuala Lumpur. I may have chosen a bad (rain) season but I'm so glad that I went. What I liked most was the cultural mix that is so unique and which I don't think exists in other, more homogeneous Asian countries. Hopefully I can revisit KL soon, in combination with a trip to Indonesia, the Philippines or as a stop over to Australia.