Malaysia

Moments in Kuala Lumpur

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Eastern culture has always intrigued me - so my fist time out of South Africa definitely had to be somewhere in Asia! Our first port of call was none other than the amazing city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As the capital of Malaysia, KL is one of the largest and fastest growing cities in South-East Asia. It's a great tourist destination and even boasts a ridiculous number of shopping malls including some of the coolest and fanciest ones I've ever seen!

It was just my mum and I on this trip - our taxi from trip from the airport to our hotel was roughly an hour long and the drive afforded us the opportunity to see a great deal of the city right off the bat.

Regardless of where you are in the city, the most noticeable landmark is undoubtedly The Petronas Towers. With 88 floors, they were once the tallest buildings in the world, but now remain the tallest 'twin' buildings in the world at a staggering 452m! They're stunning and by far one of my favourite architecturally designed buildings. Another notable structure is the Kuala Lumpur Tower. It is 421m tall and is mainly used for communication purposes.

The city is bustling and has a great vibe, with many parts of the city still being developed. People are friendly, comprising predominantly of Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicity, and there are affordable modes of transport such as buses and monorails linking most of the surrounding areas.

There are malls around every corner and streets teeming with people. Malls range from average such as Sogo at Jalan Tuanka Abdul Rahman, specialising in reasonably priced clothing, bags and shoes as well as a floor for restaurants and a food court - to massive, boutique malls like Pavilion in the Bukit Bintang district, comprising of every expensive brand store you can imagine!

I really enjoyed KL, it's the type of city that isn't just great to visit but makes you feel as if you want to live there too. I definitely would have loved to explore more of it, to see the temples, shrines, and the more cultural side of things, but we didn't have a lot time there before we were off to our next destination - Bali.