Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city. It is the perfect urban stopover for those en route to Australia or beach resorts throughout Asia. The city has plenty of attractions to keep a tourist entertained. From the spectacular 19th century Batu Caves, to vast and exuberant shopping malls, luscious parks and clean streets, it’s a diverse and exciting city.
Here are our suggestions for how to make the most of a 24 hour stopover in this culturally futuristic minefield:
Start your day with a 30-minute train ride out of the centre to the Batu Caves. The Caves are one of the most popular Hindu shrines in Asia and features an impressive series of grottoes and temples. The biggest and most ornate cave is known as the Cathedral Cave and is reached by climbing almost 300 steps (around 100m) uphill. You can observe plenty of statues here, as well as the natural wonder of the caves themselves. You might even spot a macaque or two, stealing snacks from unsuspecting tourists.
Head back to the city centre to visit the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers. Standing at 451.9 metres high, they rank as the world’s tallest twin towers and were the tallest buildings in the world until 2004. You can purchase tickets to visit the skybridge that links the two towers and the observation deck where you can take plenty of photos of the astounding city views.
If you fancy a spot of shopping then head to the Pavilion Mall. There are around 500 stores, spread over 7 floors, ranging from luxury retail to high street shops, as well as an extensive food court. However, if good food is what you are after, head to Brickfields in Little India. It is a largely Indian area (hence the name), where you can pick a curry dish of your choice served on a banana leaf with plenty of rice for bargain prices.
After lunch, head to the National Monument, which commemorates those who died in World War II, when Malaysia was fighting for freedom against the Japanese occupation. It is an impressive piece, standing at 15-metres high making it the world’s tallest free standing bronze sculpture.
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Take a wander around the botanical gardens and deer park, where you can spot Axis deer, Fallow deer, Sambur deer and the tiny Mouse deer, the smallest hoofed animal in the world. The gardens are a good place to relax and take some time out from hectic city life. It is a true urban oasis.
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Finish your day with a trip to Petaling Street Market - this street is located in the Malaysian equivalent of Chinatown. It is pedestrianised and sheltered under a green cover, which has gained it the nickname the ‘Green Dragon.’ It has a multitude of market stalls selling everything and anything, from counterfeit goods to tasty street food and it is popular with tourists and locals alike. Haggling is expected here so bargain hard!
Health in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a modern and developed city, however there are still a few health risks that all visitors should consider. Anyone planning on visiting should make sure that both their Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccinations are up to date. These should be taken at least 14 days prior to travel to ensure maximum effectiveness, however late is always better than never! Those visiting other parts of Malaysia or visiting for extended periods, may wish to have additional vaccines. These include Typhoid, and courses of Hepatitis B, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. Courses of vaccinations can take a month to complete so make sure you come in to see us early. We can take a look at your itinerary and give you a detailed and personalised consultation to work out what is best for your trip.
One of the most exciting parts of visiting an Asian city is sampling some of the local food. Sadly, many travellers get stomach bugs from failing to take basic precautions. Pick restaurants or stalls that appear busy - this suggests that the turnover of food is high and therefore fresh. Make sure food is cooked thoroughly and avoid cold foods, as it could be washed in local unsterilised water. Stick to bottled water at all times - even if you are staying in a 5 star hotel, this does not mean that the water source is any different to that the locals use. If you are prone to stomach bugs and prefer to be prepared for any eventuality, we sell Tummy Kits which contain a selection of medication so you can treat yourself, should the need arise.
Kuala Lumpur has a low/no risk of Malaria, so tablets are not required. However, it is essential to use a DEET-based mosquito repellent. Whilst Malaria is not common here, there are often outbreaks of Dengue Fever, for which there is no vaccine - bite prevention is the only way to avoid this nasty disease. We sell repellents and a range of travel related accessories in store. Pop into one of our branches now to view our products.
Feel free to book a consultation with one of our specialist nurses to discuss your trip in detail, all recommendations tailored to you.