This post was due at least 2 weeks ago. I had a couple of work colleagues who had planned to visit Kuala Lumpur on their way back from New Zealand to London. As I haven’t actually lived properly in KL, I’ve decided to ask Nadwah, a friend who knew KL very well. I was well amazed with the email she sent me detailing out places that might be of interest to the first time visitor to Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia generally.

Since her itinerary was very comprehensive, I’ve decided to cut and paste the whole email into this post. I’ve also translated some of the Malay language which was written in the email here. The whole idea is to enable the first time visitor to get a good grasp of how life is in Malaysia generally. There is a mix of architecture, culture and a bit of nature thrown in the 4 day itinerary.

 

Dinner at Kampung Baru. The last time I was there, I’ve dined at a fantastic Thai restaurant called Sukhumvit.

 

Hello Amer,

How are ya? Anyway, below are some of my suggestions for you.

 

Day 1

1. Around KL area to check out the architecture:
   a. KLCC – Petronas Twin Towers – go up to the skybridge on levels 41 and 42. For RM50, you can also go up to level 86
   b. Rumah Penghulu Seman, Jalan Stonor http://www.badanwarisan.org.my/conservation/rumah_penghulu.php
   c. Sri Mariamman Temple, near Petaling Street http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Mahamariamman_Temple,_Kuala_Lumpur
   d. Sze Ya Temple, near Petaling Street http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin_Sze_Si_Ya_Temple
2. Tasik Perdana – Taman Burung & Islamic Arts Museum (best!)
3. Buy souvenirs at Central Market
4. Dinner at Kampung Baru (there’s nasi lemak, nasi kerabu, nasi dagang other Malay foods)

 

FRIM Kepong canopy walk by Nick Holland

 

Day 2

1. Batu Caves (my OZ friends loved it!)
2. FRIM Kepong (if they like nature) Check out this link for stuff to do in FRIM
   a. Canopy Walkway http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=839
   b. Malay Traditional Houses (you might be able to participate in tea drinking)

3. Dinner at Ampang Lookout Point. Seriously, the food is very average but the view is to die for! You need to arrive probably around 6:30pm to catch the sunset view + to beat the crowd as well. Link is http://lookoutpoint.com.my/ If you google other people’s blog, I’m sure there are pictures to prove them :) http://www.vkeong.com/2010/12/haven-restaurant-ampang-look-out-point-jalan-ampang-hulu-langat/

Day 3

1. Drive to Tanjung Karang
    a. Gorgeous views along the way (there’s lots of side street stalls selling local fruits)
    b. Check out the paddy fields in Tanjung Karang  and stuff to do
    c. Check out the industry desa (village industry), I think there’s plenty of signage
    a. Bukit Melawati to check the museum and feed the monkeys http://www.padat.gov.my/my2/index.php?  option=com_content&task=view&id=20&Itemid=69
    b. Fireflies, Kampung Kuantan (please go, its gorgeous!)

3. Dinner at Aroma Ikan Bakar Jeram, it has a sea view :)  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Aroma-Ikan-Bakar-Pantai-Jeram-Kuala-Selangor/196658987045182 Great place because you can choose what you wanna eat and it’s fresh!

 

Pasar malam at Brickfields by Attila con la cámara

 

Day 4

1. Putrajaya – can bring them to see the new buildings at the Malaysian administrative capital http://www.virtualmalaysia.com/article/top%205%20things%20to%20do%20in%20putrajaya.html
2. Lunch @ Putrajaya. There’s a few options , which are as below. You can check out this link as well http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/9/27/sundaymetro/4771776&sec=sundaymetro
    b. Restoran Samudera, Kelab Tasik Putrajaya
    c. Putrajaya Seafood, Taman Botani
Pasar Malam (Night Market)
Check this list out:
My best bet for you would be:
1. Wednesday – Taman Connaught Cheras (biggest in KL)
2. Wednesday – Pantai Dalam
3. Thursday – Brickfields
4. Thursday – Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum, Bangsar
Oklah, have fun!! Nadwah.

So there you go. A filled itinerary to take you around KL and its immediate vicinity. Thanks Nadwah for the recommendations!

 

Have you been to Kuala Lumpur before? What other places would you add to this list?

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