Destination: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 4 Days
Best time to go: Kuala Lumpur is suitable to visit year round. The climate is hot and humid, but it can cool off a bit with the rain. The rainy months in Kuala Lumpur are March through April and September through November, so try to avoid them if you’d like to steer clear of the wetter seasons. If it does rain, we recommend checking out the KL Bird Park – it’s the largest free-flight aviary in the world and was actually pretty cool.
Best part of the trip: We really enjoyed visiting Batu Caves. It is such an iconic Malaysian spot. Located just 15 minutes outside town, it’s an easy taxi ride away. Going early in the morning to avoid the crowds is a good idea. Remember to dress modestly, covering your legs, chest, and shoulders.
Best place to stay: Hands down, the Regalia Residence. There are plenty of airbnb hosts with listings in the complex. We chose this one. The loft was spacious and clean, and although a bit sparse, the floor to ceiling widows offered an incredible view. And for just 42 USD a night, you can’t beat the access to the infinity pool on the roof. The view at sunrise is utterly jaw dropping. We also recommend their SkyLounge restaurant – it was delish!
Best thing I/we packed: Light, thin fabrics! The humidity is intense, and while still appropriate to dress modestly, bring some clothes you can breathe in. And don’t forget the sunscreen! We decided to climb Bukit Tabur (a must-do if you enjoy a challenging and unique hike!), and the heat and sun were much harsher than we anticipated.
Best meal: I have to say, the street food in KL is top-notch. My favorite meals were always from the small, cafe vendors off the street.
Best drink: The best place for a drink is SkyBar, found on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel. With an indoor pool, lots of cool events, and a superb view of the Petronas Twin Towers, we wished we had splurged for a cozy bottle service nook. It’s best to make reservations in advance.
Best thing I/we brought home: A small horde of curry pastes and spices. These are great gifts for friends and also to bring a bit of Malaysian flavor to your cooking at home.
Best word to describe the trip: Diverse
Best picture from the trip: The KL skyline at sunrise from the SkyLounge pool at the Regalia Residence, of course.
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Travel on, Beaches 🙂