Kuala Lumpur Gateway to Southeast Asia



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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – This is the city in Souteast Asia that I have visited for a couple of times.

Since KL is the hub of AirAsia for most of their flights in the region, it was a natural choice for me to drop by to this city.

This is even with the fact that, KLIA LCCT (and now KLIA2) is a 2-hour bus ride to the city centre.

As whole, I personally feel that this bustling metropolis is indeed a gateway to Southeast Asia.

Where to Stay in KL

There are lots of options in this city. Depending on your budget you can get suitable accommodations based on your needs.

BackHome Kuala Lumpur

This boutique backpackers place in the heart of KL was a great find. The staff are friendly and the place is really well-maintained. Its location is also very ideal if you want to use the train.

Hotel Brisdale

Useful Hotel Brisdale Hotel 🙂

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A Malaysian fellow diver has informed me that this is not really the best part of Kuala Lumpur. Currently the hotel is under renovation until 2016.

I think I have booked Hotel Brisdale because it was cheap. It was also near a monorail station and a local wet market and supermarket.

Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur

A short walk away from the Petronas Twin Towers. That sentence alone will make you book this place.

The comfort and hotel services offered during our stay here were really fantastic. A highly recommended hotel. I will definitely go back in Fraser Place Kuala Lumpur.

Other hotels/accommodations options in Kuala Lumpur:

  • Swiss Cottage Hotel
  • Day Cocoon Hotel
  • Ancasa Express Hotel @ Pudu
  • Hotel Westree
  • Ceria Hotel Bukit Bintang
  • Where to eat

    We have visited the old Central Market (frankly it does not look old, you can also buy souvenir items here)

    Food stalls along Bukit Bintang

    It is quite easy to go here from Petronas Twin Towers. There are signs you can follow. It will take you to an elevated and covered walkway. This is also a chance to see some shops along the way.

    Some sights in Kuala Lumpur

    Batu Cave

    Most people will visit the Batu Cave. This is for free and with its own train station really easy to go to. We have left our bags in KL Sentral lockers. This is a good option for those who will take the bus to the airport.

    Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    A Malaysian friend was able to roam me around in KL. This building is in front of the big Independence Square.

    I guess you can park along the red part of the pavement across this building.

    Petronas Twin Towers

    You have to see these towers twice. First during the day (expensive Skybridge optional) and during at night where it glows magnificently.

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