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Where in the world in Kuala Lumpur?

Where in the world is Kuala Lumpur? I  was asked this question a lot after I started posting pictures of my trip to KL. It’s a fair question. Where is Kuala Lumpur…..

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My friend Libby and I spent four days in KL over New Years. The city is a nice mix of the Western world and Asia and almost everyone spoke English. There is a huge muslim population to the point where they have “female only” train cars. There were less motor bikes then in HCMC so it was quieter.

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First stop- Petronas Towers

We found a nice park to sit in to watch the fireworks. We thought they would be going off over the towers but much to our surprise they came from right next to where we were sitting. It was a really cool experience!

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So many people!

Day 2- Theme of the day… getting lost

When planning this trip, we were excited that KL had a metro system. Little did we know how confusing that system would turn out to be. From what we understood the different lines are owned by different companies. Some use a token and some use a card. They all go out of the main hub (which is in a mall) but after that you have to get off one, walk, and find the next one (if your switching lines/companies). Confused? Yah….. we were. And because of that, our first try ended here. In a village on the outside of town. Opps!

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Token for the train

But we made it back into the city and kinda found were we wanted to go. Sometimes half the fun is in getting lost!

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The walk way outside Bukit Bintang Market
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Bukit Bintang Market (Central Market) You could spend hours walking around in here
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Bukit Bintang Market
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Bukit Bintang Market
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Old French Buildings
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A temple
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The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur
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The Sri Mahamariamman Temple
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The Sri Mahamariamman Temple
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Petaling street/Chinese market

 

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Petaling street/Chinese market

There was the main walk way (pictured above) and then stores on either side of it. Lots of purses and luggage being sold.

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This, at some point, is going to be the taller building in Asia. It unfortunately blocked off a street we needed to get to.
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This picture looks photo shopped!

Day 2- Seeing the sights

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The National Mosque of Malaysia
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The National Mosque of Malaysia
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The National Mosque of Malaysia

The butterfly park was one of my favorite things in KL. It was a beautiful green oasis with so many butterflies!

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The Sultan Abdul Samad Building- Such a cool looking building
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Outside the City Art Museum
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The Sultan Abdul Samad Building
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I loved the flowers on the light posts
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Masjid Jamek- Oldest standing mosque in KL
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Along the walls of one of the subways was cats pictures.

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I want this in my apartment

Day 3- Batu Caves and fancy dinners

The Batu Caves are an easy 30 minute train ride from the KL’s main train station. They are a series of cave temples and the main cave was free to enter. If you want to read more about them click here 

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There were so many monkeys!
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Ready to climb all the steps
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Lord Murugan Statue is the second tallest Hindu statue in the world
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Monkeys  monkeys everywhere
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Inside the cave. Off to the left they were building a restaurant

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How many monkeys do you see in this pictures? (Hint: there are more than 5)
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How I felt about all the mean little monkeys
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Hanuman the green monkey god
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Hanuman’s cave cost to get into and was a bit different then the Batu Cave
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KL Tower at night
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The view from KL Tower of the Petronas Towers

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What a fun dinning experience
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Dessert. Yum!

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Last Day – The Aquarium and one last trip to a mall

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Streets of KL

The aquarium had the longest shark encounter I have ever seen. It was so cool!

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Jelly fish are my favorite
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The park behind the Petronas Towers

I need to take a moment to address the mall situation. There were malls everywhere. When we walked out of the airport we walked into a mall, when we switched metro trains we had to walk through a mall, there was a mall for just electronics, an air-conditioned walk way through town that connected two malls, malls, malls, and more malls! I have never seen so many malls in such a small area. It was insane!

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Air conditioned walk way.
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It was nice to see English books

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Dining at the mall…. so many choices
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Getting my fix of two of my favorite western treats!
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The main train station is in a mall.

This trip was a really nice way to end my winter holidays!

 

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