Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the central hub of Malaysia and as such has plenty for any traveler to experience and see. You will find everything from boutique shopping, to sacred Hindu caves, to the former tallest buildings in the world for roughly twenty years; from the worlds largest free flight bird park to the national Islamic art museum. You can experience a rich mix if Indian, Malay and Chinese culture throughout the city, depending on which district you happen to visit. For my stay I was in Brickfields, one of the major Indian suburbs in the city. Having stayed there I was treated to the best curries I have ever had the pleasure of eating for a minimal cost. If you would like to experience the nicer part of the city, then you need to head to the central business district, centered around the Petronas Towers, the former tallest buildings in the world. If you want to take the elevator up the towers to the viewing platform, you will however need to book a minimum of a day ahead as tickets are consistently sold out. Personally I recommend visiting Kuala Lumpur Tower instead as it is a fraction of the cost, lest busy and a better view of the city. If you need to get around the city, I highly recommend using the rail system if possible, as it is a cheap, fun and quick way to get around. Just make sure that if you are in the city at night that you be smart about where you go, as it is a large city just like any other in the world and certain areas can be dangerous if you don’t use common sense.



Kuala Lumpur Tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower in my opinion is a far better option than the Petronas Towers. While not being as famous, you get a far better view of the city at a fraction of the cost. This tower has a 360 degree viewing deck on its upper level that allows you to even look down upon the Petronas Towers. Definitely worth paying a visit to if you would like to get a good view of the city.



Batu Caves

Batu Caves is one of the must see attractions in Kuala Lumpur. The caves are a sacred Hindu site and house a temple built inside of the cave itself. Guarding the staircase to the caves is the worlds largest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity. The shrine is the worlds most popular Hindu religious site outside of India itself. Housed at the bottom of the staircase is another temple complex worth exploring as it has several smaller tunnels and caves that are filled with religious art and statues, as well as an underground reptile house. Throughout the complex area you will see and have to either avoid or interact with local monkeys that are no longer afraid of people. Personally I loved the experience and found them adorable, but several tourists around me did not.



Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Kuala Lumpur free flight bird park is a fantastic experience and worth the visit. This is the largest free flight bird park in the world and houses a large variety and number of bird species. Most of the birds are freely flying around the park so you will see them landing or walking all around you during your visit. If you enjoy birds or wildlife photography, then this is the place for you.



Butterfly and Insect Park

The butterfly and insect park located near the bird park is not worth a visit on its own, but if you are in the area, its a nice stop for the beautiful gardens and butterfly species you will see flying around. Unfortunately I struggled to capture may photos of them as they were in constant motion.



Islamic Art Museum

The Islamic Art Museum is one of the best musuems or galleries I have been to anywhere in the world. The building houses a contemporary calligraphy art gallery on the lower level, with the upper housing the museum of Islamic history. This museum has artefacts from throughout the Islamic world and all through its history. I highly recommend visiting.



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