Travel: Malaysia tops

A panoramic view of the country’s capital and its best attractions.



Tourists who visit Malaysia always return with a top view of the country — quite literally. Kuala Lumpur, which is home to Malaysia’s tallest towers, takes tourists to new heights with its natural beauty and towering cityscape. And if you are planning your next family vacation there, here are a few things that can help you map out an affordable trip that will incorporate the best of what the city has to offer.

Must visit

• The Petronas Twin Towers - Catch a bird’s eye view

If you aren’t afraid of heights, don’t miss the view from the observation deck on level 86 and the sky bridge connecting the once world’s tallest buildings. The bridge has the ability to sway, but as the guide will reason, that is only to stabilise the towers.

Open Tuesdays to Sundays:

9:00am - 9:00pm.

Cost of tickets:

Adult RM80

Child RM30

• National Monument - A moment for monuments  



Situated on a hilltop overlooking the Parliament House and the Perdana Botanical Gardens, the monument honours the Malay soldiers who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom during World War II and the Malayan Emergency. Take a tranquil moment here to breathe in the beauty and get in touch with the country’s history.

• Bukit Bintang - Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle

It is also known as ‘Star Hill’ because of its shopping and entertainment combo. For nightlife lovers, this is the place to be. Take a long walk along the beautifully lit-up Jalan (road) Bukit Bintang shopping strip and stop by at the street-side cafe or pub for a quick bite. If you’re tired, walk up to the nearest massage parlour and rejuvenate yourself.

• Chinatown - Why shy away from shopping

It is the town’s commercial hub where you can sample authentic Malay street food and indulge in some retail therapy. From home decor to accessories, this place is a paradise for bargain buys. For successful haggling, slash the price of the item by 50% and then work your way upwards till there is a consensus.

Closing time:

10pm

Steal buys:

Charm bracelets

RM10 (each)

Wall Masks

RM60 (for a pair)

• KL Tower - See you at the top

The tower stands tall at the peak of KL Eco-Forest Park and is the seventh tallest telecommunications tower in the world. You can move up to the observation deck and capture some stunning views on your camera and later grab a meal at the tower’s revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360.Operational hours:

9:00am - 10:00pm

(everyday)

Observation deck

ticket:

Adult RM49

Child RM29

Family package RM138

(2 Adult + 2 children)

All that attracts



• Aquaria KLCC

If you’re travelling with children, this will be a fun and educational experience for them. They have an underwater tunnel with a moving walkway where giant turtles and sharks float right above you.

Operation hours:

10:30am - 8:00pm

Entrance fees:

Adult RM50

Child RM40

(3 years to 12 years)

Senior citizen RM30 (60 years and above)

• Sunway Lagoon

This is a one-stop fun destination for tourists. You will need an entire day to complete all the rides at their Water, Amusement, Extreme and Scream Parks. Don’t miss out on the Waterplexx 5D and the suspension bridge that offers a 360° view of the parks and the Sunway Hotel.

Operation hours:

10:00am - 6:00pm

Entrance fees:

Adult RM120

Child RM90

(11 years and below)

Senior citizen RM90

(60 years and above)

• Snowalk

Freeze your joyous moments by visiting Malaysia’s largest snow-play attraction at i-City Leisure Park. In controlled temperatures of below 5 degrees Celsius, enjoy riding the ice slides and taking pictures with the ice carvings.

Operation hours:

10:00am - 1:00am

Entrance fees:

Adult RM22.50

Child RM18.00

Senior citizen

RM18.00

• Bird Park

This walk-in aviary is simply mesmerising with its manmade waterfalls and landscapes. You get a chance to get up close and personal with the birds and even take pictures with the tamed ones at the photo booth.

Operation hours:

9:00am - 8:00pm

A mouthful of flavours



Akin to their culturally diverse population, Malaysian cuisine is heavily influenced by Chinese, Indian and Thai flavours and can easily satisfy a wide variety of palates. Although Malays are a little light-handed with the spices, the overwhelming variety of food helps to make up for it.

Rice and seafood are staples here so do help yourself to the freshest calamari, lobsters and prawns that are on display in tanks at most restaurants. And if you wish to sample traditional Malay food, just hit the streets. The chicken skewers and roasted chestnuts are great for snacking and will keep your energy levels and spirits high as you indulge in some retail therapy alongside.

Given that a meal in Malaysia is incomplete without fruit, every menu includes a platter of sliced fruits in the dessert section. The star and dragon fruits are particularly refreshing. Also, fresh fruit juices, especially watermelon, are the perfect accompaniment to a meal.

Recommendations



• Pack an umbrella as it rains almost every evening, at the most for two hours.

• Do not spend money on a cab ride that will cost you around RM20 to RM25 to drop you at the next street when you can easily walk the distance. This way you will get a chance to experience the bustling street life as well.

• Visit Chinatown and Central Market before hitting the high-end malls or you’ll end up regretting the unnecessary amount you spent on wares that are available worldwide.

• All malls shut down by 10:00pm, so plan your trips accordingly.

• Pack the most comfortable pair of sandals as you will be walking a lot.

• Free Wifi is available at most places, so you won’t necessarily have to buy a local sim.

Dilaira Dubash is a senior subeditor on The Express Tribune magazine desk. She tweets @DilairaM

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, July 20th,  2014.

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COMMENTS (2)

Queen | 6 years ago | Reply

Reminded me of my visit to Kuala Lumpur.

Stranger | 6 years ago | Reply

Hope to visit one day .

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