“I hate KL. The best thing about this city so far has been the medical centre.”
Let me say this: Kuala Lumpur is not for backpackers. Just don’t go. I was a bit ill and tired so I might have been extra grumpy, but it doesn’t change the fact that I disliked KL.
I was planning only to fly out from Kuala Lumpur at the end of my 2018 Southeast Asia trip but Hari Raya Puasa, a holiday marking the end of Ramadan, ruined my plans and I got stuck in KL for two and a half days. Here are a few snippets from my journal (15-17 June 2018):
What to do/not to do in the city
“I went to the KCC park and checked out the Petronas Towers which are currently the tallest twin towers in the world. They look like any two modern towers. I didn’t pay to go up. Most things are closed anyway because of Hari Raya.
I visited Lake Gardens which is a nice green space, but I don’t think anything wild lives in that park. The National Museum of Kuala Lumpur located next to the gardens was closed but looked interesting.
Chinatown near my hostel was busy but it was very difficult to find vegetarian meals.
The nicest place I visited was Central Market which is a touristy market hall. I bought a few postcards and had a fish massage. I had my own wild fish therapy session when I was on Pualu Perhentian but I didn’t mind paying 10RM for another tickling session at Central Market. These fish were hungry!”
Grim trip to Genting Highlands
Since I wasn’t a fan of the city, I thought it would be nice to do a day trip to a nearby place called Genting Highlands; I had read about a strawberry farm, cable car, temple, and a butterfly park. Sounds nice?
“1.5 h bus ride to the cable car station which was packed with visitors. I waited in the line for over an hour and ended up traveling up the mountain inside a cloud. Visibility 5 meters.
The cable car threw me into a freaking huge shopping mall. Noises, flashing lights, people rushing, people pushing, people everywhere. I tried to find a way out but found none. I freaked out. Just couldn’t handle it.
I decided to go down right away even though that meant another hour of queuing for the cable car. It gave me time to calm down, so I decided to stop at the Chin Swee Caves Temple midway.
Good decision, because that it the only interesting thing in the whole place. Chin Swee Caves Temple is a quirky Taoist temple with some seriously weird statues. Fun little paths snake around the very photographic buildings. After walking around for a while I descended from the mountain to another expensive shopping mall to get something to eat. I spent several hours in a Starbucks waiting for the bus that I had tickets for.”
This was the last day of my Thailand-Malesia trip. I was very much ready to get out of Kuala Lumpur and fly home. If any of you has more positive memories, I’d be happy to hear about nice holidays in KL.
- What: Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highland and Chin Swee Caves Temple
- Where: Malaysia
- Why: hmm… sightseeing
- Note: Genting Highlands is busy which means a lot of waiting in the line, especially during national holidays
2 thoughts on “Kuala Lumpur – Never again”
Too bad you didn’t have a good experience in KL. When I visited as a backpacker many years ago, I initially didn’t like it either but after some time there it grew on me (probably because we moved to a nicer hostel). I had a great time in the beautiful Cameron Highlands. Appreciate your honesty.
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I really wanted to go to Cameron Highlands but it was impossible to get there or to find a hostel because of the public holiday. It did seem much better than the “highlands” I ended up visiting, good to hear you liked it 🙂
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