With only 12 hours to spare, I got to work exploring this incredible city. From natural sites to manmade wonders, I found that it’s possible to experience this city in less than one twenty-four hours. As a corporate worker, I don’t always have the time but I always find a way. Check out how I made it through in this famous city on a very short period of time.
My trip began with an 8 AM arrival from Siem Reap via Air Asia. Traveling the flashpacker style, I ditched my heavy bag in a locker I rented at the central station for 8 ringgit. Without my pack to weigh me down, I got a hold of a map and took off to explore. (Tip: always take a free map in the airport) It was challenging, I must admit, but with the use of trains and buses, I got myself everywhere I needed to go. The top site on my list of must see places was the Petronas Towers. This site was not just another tourist trap. I really found myself fascinated with these beautiful towers and I even spent an hour just admiring and taking photographs of them.
My next stop was the Batu Caves. About 13 kilometers north of the city I saw this system of caves in which many housed temples and shrines. I was greeted with a monstrous golden temple at the entrance and an even more monstrous set of stairs to climb in order to see the caves. The unique temples were beautiful amongst a spooky setting. After my fair share of photos and stair climbing, I retired to a nearby restaurant to sample the Malaysian cuisine. I dined at Roti Canai, ate chicken curry and drank a refreshing lime juice as a reward for my busy morning. The overall trip to the caves was amazing and I enjoyed the rock formations.
I took the train back to the main area and decided to get some quick sightseeing. I made sure to check out the National Monument which was surrounded by beautiful gardens and went to the KL Tower to see a view of the city from above. Another break was due and I found my way into an interesting coffee shop for a drink. While there, I met a few guys from China who were in a band. We started chatting and got along really well. It turns out that they were traveling to Kuala Lumpur to play a show that evening. They invited me back to their hotel to watch them practice. I had such an inspiring time with the band and thought their music sounded great. I was a little sad that I wouldn’t have time to see them play before I left.
After parting ways with my musical friends, I had one more Malaysian meal and bought a few souvenirs before making my way to the airport for my 8 PM flight to Singapore. Although my time was limited, I never felt rushed and I truly enjoyed wandering around the city. Seeing Kuala Lumpur in 12 hours was possible for me and will be possible for you too!