I was in Malaysia with my family. We stayed for two days on our way back from New Zealand. We landed at about 6am in Malaysia. We were super exhausted with all the traveling so we dint spend the first day effectively. We booked our room in Silka Maytower Kuala Lumpur hotel. We could see the Twin towers and the skytower from our room.
We dint have a planned itinerary for Malaysia like we had when we were in Dubai. So no fancy food posts from Malaysia. We visited during the Chinese new Year and all the Chinese temples had hundreds of red lanterns hanging. We could also see many roads decorated with these lanterns which made us want to visit Chinese temples first.
We had a quick nap at the hotel and got out of the hotel at around 12pm for lunch. We used taxis as our mode of transport in Malaysia. Chan She Shu Yuen was the first place we visited. Opened in 1906 to serve immigrants with the surname Chan, this Cantonese-style temple is a beauty. Decorative panels of 100-year-old Shek Wan pottery adorn the facade and eaves, while side gables swirl like giant waves. Inside, an altar enshrines the three ancestors of the Chan clan.
We, then had chicken noodles and chicken fried rice with coffee in a hotel beside this temple. And walked straight into China Town for some shopping. The Chinese shops were beautiful. Really !
And, Bargain lovers GOOD NEWS ! It is also famously known as the Bargain Hunter’s Paradise. You can find everything here, from the Chinese herbs to the imitation goods.
While we walked we saw many shops where LV, MK bags being sold on the roads. We dint bother to look at them (For the obvious reason that they are Imitation goods). My mom loved the Chinese lanterns and got a few medium sized Chinese lanterns. We then took a taxi from China Town to The Twin towers which was triple the cost of Uber. We were awe stuck seeing the towers. Ramya and I had been to the world’s tallest Burj Khalifa. Yet, seeing this we were excited (Probably because these are the tallest TWINS). All four of us were. We spent about 2-3 hours taking loads of Pictures in all possible ways.
DAY 1 – EVENING
My parents had a flight to catch in the evening, so we saw them off, and lazed in our hotel room for a few hours before we started our evening tour. We used taxis all the time when we were in Malaysia. Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and it is a very good spot for photoshoots. Merdeka Square or the Dataran Merdeka is a very well known recreational park or the historical place to visit in Kaula Lumpur. In the year 1957, the Malayan flag was hoisted here. We got off the taxi and started walking towards to the Malaysia Art gallery which was closed by the time we reached. But, we managed to click few pictures at the art installation which says I love KL.
We dint have time to accommodate visiting the National textile museum which is right infront of the Art gallery, but clicked many pictures infront of the National Textile museum and Sultan Abdul Samad building.
In close proximity to the Merdeka Square there are a number of historical building such as the Old KL Train Station, Galeri Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Club Complex, and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Knowing these would want you to spend a little more time appreciating the history and the architecture.
The Central Market serves as a shopping destination for most of the tourists. If you love antiques and keen about your collection, you cannot afford to miss the Central collection. It represents the nation’s art and heritage culture. It also serves as a platform for the budding artists to display their work and present in the several art galleries.
There are various food stalls into the streets. We had bubble tea and some roadside food before we went back to our hotel.
DAY 2 – MORNING
For the second day Ramya and I got few biscuits and snacks so that we don’t waste time for breakfast. We started early in the morning at around 8am to Batu Caves. It took us about 40 mins in a taxi.
Batu Caves is a an iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor. Its a limestone hill located just north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves. Its main attraction is the large statue of the Hindu God (Kumanaran Swami) at the entrance, besides a steep 272 climb up its steps to finally view the stunning skyline of the city centre.
We came down and went into one of the Indian cuisine hotels to have our lunch. We ordered idle and masala dosa. After our lunch we had some fresh coconut water from a vendor who was breaking the coconuts fresh.
We took a train on our way back, the biggest mistake we have done for the day. The train was late by more than 30mins.
DAY 2 – EVENING
In the evening we visited Thean Hou Temple which was much better than the first one. This is a 6-tiered temple to the Chinese Sea goddess Mazu.
If you have an extra day or two you can plan visiting Langkawi. Langkawi is a serene archipelago of 140 islands – only a few of which are inhabited. The largest of these is the eponymous Langkawi Island, which has UNESCO World Geopark status because of its richly populated (by wildlife, that is) conservation areas.
This was our budget/transit trip to Malaysia on our way back to India from New Zealand. I hope you guys find this transit visit to Malysia useful. Happy travelling.