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Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, the home of the PETRONAS Towers and a fantastic spot for a stopover. In fact, I have had fleeting visits twice before by strategically booking a stopover with my flights. Occurring once on the way to Europe for a backpacking trip back in 2012 and recently on my Sri Lankan / Maldivian odyssey. Being the home of Malaysian Airlines Kuala Lumpur is an easy stop over just like other major hubs such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai and is a place not to be missed. Oh and did I mention it was a cheap place to visit?
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1) The obvious, PETRONAS Towers
These iconic towers stand tall across the skyline and are famous within the city of KL. Missing the opportunity to visit the top of the PETRONAS towers while on my first trip due to it being sold out, I made sure to book online before arriving in the city. I was able to skip queues and not waste the small amount of time I had within the city. Once at the top of the towers, the view of the sprawling city is mesmerising.
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2) The Batu Caves
Would you like to see a 42.7m high gold statue of Murugan, a Hindu god? Yes? Be sure to head out to the Batu Caves just out of the city of KL. Not only is it famous for the gigantic statue there is also some caves, fancy that. After walking up a multitude of steps avoiding the sneaky yet cute monkeys who will steal anything and everything you arrive at some pretty epic caves that are certainly worth a look.
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3) The Butterfly Park
This small yet pretty Butterfly house can is situated within the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur not far from the famous bird park. If you are interested in a butterfly park without thousands of butterflies swooping around your head, and you want a tranquil place to relax in be sure to check out the Butterfly Park. However, if you are more into thousands of butterflies everywhere, I wouldn’t waste your money on exploring this park. To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the lack of butterflies however the massive coy fish were especially fun to feed
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4) Templer Park Waterfalls
North of the city is a park known as Templer Park. Home to some stunning waterfalls, often filled with locals and tourists alike there are many beautiful natural pools. There are chances to bathe in the water below the waterfalls, and this is a place not to be missed.
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Where to stay!!
Kuala Lumpur is home to a massive array of accommodation options. From hotels, hostels, resorts and Air BnB’s there is something to suit everyone’s needs. On both occasions, I have stayed in hotels. Once in a luxurious hotel and the second was more of the standard level. However being within Asia the standard level is still incredible for a very reasonable price. To check out some hotels in Kuala Lumpur with fantastic prices check out Traveloka.
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Need to get to KL?
Depending on where you are coming from, KL can be easy to get to. For me, from Australia, I have a direct flight from my major capital city, Adelaide, on Malaysia Airlines. So it is super easy. However, coming in overland can be a little trickier. Check out Travel The Fire’s tips for Using The Train In Malaysia.
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