As my parents were travelling after Christmas, I decided to go on holidays during Christmas time!
Two objective: warm place and sea as mandatory because I was frozen in Turin due to the winter started.
I was thinking to go in Thailand but some friends told me it would be so full of tourists during this period and if I would like a place without too many tourist to change my idea.
After searching for a good and economic destination, I felt in a cheap ticket to Malaysia and so I bought it. I arrived in Kuala Lumpur where I spent 2 days to let me the time for recovering the energies and be used to the time change.
A multitude of cultures infused in one place, mix into one melting. You will enjoy your time savoring the amazingly diverse culinary options and exploring what the city has to offer. KL's unique diversity - the Malays, Chinese, Indians and other ethnicity - have all injected their own unique influences to the city's art, language, architecture and night scenes. The city is full of flavors, colors and experiences to explore.
To go from airport to the city center is easy, there is a train that takes 30 minutes and you paid it 55RM, so don’t take a taxi and I searched for the KL express.
As I arrived in the afternoon, I left the bag in the hostel in China Town and I decided to go for a walk to start visiting the city.
My hostel was on China town, so I thought better to leave this area for the late afternoon/ evening. Therefore, I started from the Eco Park and without any fix direction I arrived to the KL tower. I was inside the building, not for a specific reason. A person at a small souvenir shop told me I could go up to see the view from the top. I was thinking to see the panorama from the Petronas towers but from there it would not be possible to take picture from above of them, so I decided to go up here and left the Petronas tower. The cost was 55RM or 105RM if you want to go also to the open floor (that is the best one).
This is called Sky Deck and it is at 421 meters above ground level. Here there is also the KL Tower Sky Box. At 300 meters up, the Sky Box extends out from the Sky Deck ledge. It is a unique experience for visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur.
After the KL tower, I was walking to the Petronas twin towers. This is recognized as symbol of the Malaysia future and globalization. The Towers symbolizes also the Malaysian culture: the interior motifs are a reflection of local handicrafts and weaving patterns, while stainless steel and glass combine beautifully as Islamic patterns. The design of each Tower's floor plate is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares, creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. Architecturally, these forms describe important Islamic principles of "unity within unity, harmony, stability and rationality".
In front of the towers, there are fountains that during the evening and night are the basement of a light show. The dancing fountains perform daily from 12noon to 2pm, and then again from 6pm to 11pm. You have to be in the park down the twin to see them.
After I looked the first show in the night, I left to go back to the hostel, as I was tired by the trip.
Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and KL city
The day after I woke up and I took the metro to Batu Caves. I am amazed about KL public transportation. It is far away from Indian average, the Asia country I visited most. Batu Caves have a direct train ride from KL Sentral. Therefore, it was easy to go and it takes half an hours. I spent the morning at the temples that remember me India at all.
One of Kuala Lumpur most distinctive geographical features, the place is a labyrinth of spooky caves found within the country's limestone abutments. When you arrive, you see the first Indian temple and at the right side a cave where you can enter for 5RM. I liked it very much because inside there is a whole story told through statues and written descriptions on the walls.
When you will finish the cave visit, the direction is the gold statue. There you can reach the biggest pull of natural caves thanks to 272 steps. From the top, you can view Kuala Lumpur in front of you and starts the visit to the main temple.
If you wear shorts, no problem. At the entrance, there are women that for 5RM rent you a sarong. When you will give back to them, the refund is 2RM.
For this temple no fee at the entrance. If you like to stay more when you go down on the right side there is the “Dark cave” when you can go inside to observe some cave’s animals and the tour tales 45 minutes. I don’ remember the price, but I think is around 35 RM.
When I finished I went to take the train back to the city and after a coffee, I started to walk again. The first site was the central market. Revamped and revived as a huge gifts emporium, the Art Deco wet market, www.centralmarket.com.my, nonetheless provides a focal point for piecing together K.L.'s past, taking in its current artsy-crafty pulse and exploring nearby Chinatown. On the ground floor, portraitists and street artists can be found — giving a dose of old-time character along the long-obscured riverfront. After that I left the city bring me where it wants without any plan. I reached the sultan palace, nice and the textile museum in front of the Merdeka Square.
After this, I was inside the mosque close to there and I walked till the mural of Ernest Zacharevic and going around the city with no destination. The streets of KL are already well marked with road signs and all you need is a map. There are also dedicated sidewalks for pedestrians that are shaded by the trees. And do feel free to ask a tourist police or a friendly local for help whenever you need to!
I closed my afternoon back to the hostel visiting Chinatown during the evening. I was there the night before but I desire to see it also in daytime.
It was the 24th so I had a dinner for Christmas night with the other hostel guests at the rooftop of it, we drink beers and we went out to celebrate with locals the night. It was great. Malaysian were all around the city drinking and celebrating with fake snow spread on all the people they met!