Here’s a movie about Kuala Lumpur. This movie will give you a quick impression of the destination. The movie is produced for IFLYtheworld.com by bluepig.nl.
KL Tower (2 hrs)
Everybody who goes to Kuala Lumpur wants to see Petronas Towers, and they want to go up as well. But a much better view on the city and Petronas Towers id from KL-Tower, or Menara Kuala Lumpur as it is called officially.
Take a taxi (unless you like to walk uphill) to the tower and buy a ticket for 38 Ringgit and go all the way up to the observatory deck. The view is breathtaking. One floor up is also a revolving restaurant and, if the sky is clear, at night it is wonderful to be up there as well.
You can’t miss the tower from anywhere in town but if you like to have the address: Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P. Ramblee.
Luna Bar (2 hrs)
A really wonderful place to hang out at night is Luna bar. It’s located on the top floor of Pacific Regency Hotel Suites next to KL-Tower. There’s a pool (which is closed at night unfortunately) and around it are wonderful glass embrasures where you can relax on a futon bed.
While you sip your cocktail you get a great view on the beautiful illuminated KL-Tower and Petronas Towers. Cocktails start from 29 Ringgit, which is quite reasonable for a place like this.
Shopping Malls (2 hrs - ½ day)
There are a lot of shopping malls in KL and most of them are located in the Bukit Bintang Area. The newest one is Pavillion, absolutely beautiful and it has a wonderful ‘outside’ street with many bars and terraces.
Just around the corner at Jalan Sultan Ismail you will find Sungei Wang, with many small shops for… almost everything. Next to that one is Imbi Plaza for IT and software.
Again around the corner at Jalan Imbi you’ll find Times Square, a huge shopping centre with even a rollercoaster inside. And the last one we like to mention is Suria KLCC, under Petronas Towers. This is Malaysia’s premier shopping destination.
Starhill Gallery (2 hrs)
One shopping mall we like to mention separately is Starhill Gallery. This one has shops from all expensive leading brands but the basement is the most special part.
You will find a lot of restaurants there and the design of these places is absolutely amazing. Very special floors, walls made of glass bottles or metal with color changing lights. This is an absolutely must see and must eat. For more information, click here, and go to: Feast.
Bangsar Baru (3 hrs)
Bangsar Baru is a neighbourhood a little bit outside the city centre where you will find many nice restaurants in peaceful streets. In Bangsar you won’t see any highrise buildings.
A lot of expats go here to relax in the evenings. For a drink, a nice chat and good food. The restaurants have all kind of cuisines, like Thai, French, Indian or Spanish. Just go there by taxi, about 15 minutes from downtown KL.
Malacca (½ - 1 day)
Malacca was a trading place for the Portuguese colonists. Later it became the old Dutch capital in the 17th century and after that it was ceded to the British.
Many old buildings you see in this small harbour town are from the Dutch period. There’s even an old ‘Stadhuys’ which means city hall in old Dutch. But there’s much more to see, old buildings, graveyards and museums. And don’t forget to walk through the small streets with Chinese houses. They sell the most wonderful antique.
You can go there by bus from Puduraya bus station in Kuala Lumpur. A bus leaves every half an hour from 7 am to 10 pm. The driving time will be approximately two hours and a ticket cost only 12 Ringgit. It’s nice to spend a whole day there.
Batu Caves (½ day)
Also a little out of town but easy to reach within half an hour by taxi from downtown KL are Batu Caves. These caves have temples in a limestone hill, and it is one of the most popular Hindi shrines outside India.
If you like to enter the temples, you have to climb 272 steps first. And besides the thousands of daily visitors you will see an enormous amount of monkeys as well. And beware of them. Don’t bring any food as they like to steel it from you and they can bite. They even try to look what’s in your bag so zip up everything very well.
Elephant orphanage (1 day)
A real elephant freak should go to Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Center, often called elephant orphanage sanctuary. The centre is situated on the edge of Krau Wildlife Reserve and is the headquarters for the Malaysian Elephant Translocation Team.This project started in 1989 to protect the endangered Malaysian elephant.
The elephants lost its territory because a huge area of jungle was carved to make way for the planting of oil palm and rubber trees. The clearing of the jungles created consistent confrontations between the wild elephants and the settlers. The volunteers of the project relocate wild elephants, from areas where there is conflict between wild elephants and humans, into bigger and safer jungle reserves.
The name Kuala Gandah is taken from the nearby small stream running near the electric compound enclosure which houses the elephants during the day from 8.30 am to 2 pm before they are transferred to the roofed holding area.
Watch a movie about the project. See why the volunteers risk their life every time, watch the real elephants and, if you’re lucky, you can get wet with a real elephant.
Kuala Gandah is located in the state of Pahang about a two-hour drive inland from Kuala Lumpur in the middle of peninsular Malaysia. Best way to go there is to arrange a driver or rent a car yourself. It’s nice to go there in the morning and because it can be very crowded it’s advisable to avoid weekends.
Sunway Lagoon (1 day)
Sunway Lagoon is an amazing destination with five different themed parks in 1. There are several parks in Sunway Lagoon; a water park, amusement park, extreme park, wildlife park and scream park. For more information about the attractions, click here. The normal entrance fee is 100 Ringgit per person for all five parks.
A favourite of our crewmembers is a special extra option: body boarding and surfing. This can be done Saturdays, Sundays & Malaysian Public Holidays. Make sure you are on time as there are maximum 20 people who can do this. Body boarding can be done from 3 to 3:45pm and surfing from 5:30 to 6:15pm. You need to register in advance. There’s an extra fee of 30 Ringgit for this.
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Language of the world
Of course you like to speak a few words of the local language onboard the plane or at your destination. Here you find some simple basics of the main language spoken in Kuala Lumpur.