Knowing that somebody will ask me whether or not I am bored of Kuala Lumpur after having visited it three times, I have prepared a simple answer: No, I am not. For me, traveling is not about paying a visit to new places or new countries, traveling is about something new that you can learn during the process. It doesn't matter how close the place is from your backyard, or how many times you've visited it before. So, that’s my excuse for not being creative in choosing other destinations.
My first journey to KL happened in 2010 or 2011, the second was in 2014, and the third, but probably not the last, was in 2017. The capital has barely changed, even though I did notice that they have polished some places up a bit, such as the Merdeka Square and some areas close to the Jamek Mosque.
Despite its crowd, Kuala Lumpur is still a pleasant place to visit. Personally, I found it quite homey as it is almost the same as my Jakarta – not 100% of course, but at least 50%. The traffic in Jakarta is incomparable. So, I wouldn't dare compare KL with Jakarta in this respect.
When to go to KL
I like this question because I don’t need to exercise my brain to answer this. The weather in KL is quite predictable. The dry season is from April to August and the monsoon season is from September to March/February. During the dry season, you will get full scorching summer days, while during the monsoon season you can dance or sing in the rain.
To be honest, I was there in September and October. I didn’t experience as heavy a rainfall as I thought I would. Instead of that, we had a pleasant walk in a moderate temperature (for us), which was around 28-29 degrees celsius.
How to get there
KL is easily accessible by road, rail, and air.
If you come from Singapore or the cities around KL, buses are always available almost every day at a reasonable price. For further information, please check: www.easybook.com.
If you love to fly, almost all airlines have flights (non-stop or with layovers) to KL. If you're on a budget, I recommend you use AirAsia (local company), Scoot (Singapore), Jetstar (Singapore) or Lion Air (Indonesia). But if you are one of the spoiled travelers like I am (sometimes), you can try a full-cost carrier such as Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, KLM, Garuda Indonesia and so forth.
Travel by rail is only available from Thailand (Hat Yai) and not from Singapore or even from Indonesia.
Where to stay
TUN H S LEE (HOTEL RECOMMENDATION - 1000 MILES HOTEL)
The last time I was in Malaysia, I accidentally found a pleasant hotel at a very reasonable price that wouldn’t bleed me dry. And, as a bonus: it's a stone’s throw away from Jamek Mosque, Pasar Seni (art market) and Merdeka Square. Our stay was really satisfying. The room was quite spacious with a reliable bunk bed, clean bathroom, and air conditioner. The staff were very friendly, and the breakfast was nice. They serve bread, cereals, milk, tea and coffee every morning till around 10 am. To check the price, please kindly visit www.booking.com
Where to eat
Tips before going to KL: