Flash Packing Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu or Batu River, which flows past the hill.

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.

Flash Packing Kuala Lumpur

The Petronas Towers

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.


Flash Packing Kuala Lumpur

Entrance to Batu Cave.

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.

Flash Packing Kuala Lumpur

Stairway to the cave.

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!



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