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Discover Kuala Lumpur and its environs on this tour of its top 10 sights and attractions, as recommended by a local in KL.
1. Petronas Twin Towers
The No. 1 building/attraction that will never cease to amaze me is the Petronas Twin Towers. This skyscraper is visited by millions, loved by all and is like no other building in KL.
No visit to the city is complete without a picture of you standing in front of the twin towers and afterwards enjoying the adjoining park and shopping centre. The sun sets around 7pm in KL, so be sure to visit during the afternoon.
For the traveller who wishes to see the view from up high, buy a ticket to the observation deck which is located on the 86th floor or walk from one tower to the other by using the world's highest double-decked sky bridge. Make sure that you show up early as ticket sales will start at 8.30am and are quite limited; alternatively, book online.
2. The best food in town - Marini's on 57
One of the hottest restaurants in KL, Marini's is divided into a lounge/bar section on one side and restaurant on the other. The food is absolutely incredible and a reservation is needed as this venue is in high demand with the locals.
Marini's has a spectacular view of the twin towers which can be enjoyed while sipping one of its signature cocktails. A dress code is required so do make sure that you are appropriately dressed for Malaysia's highest roof-top bar.
Tip: Make dinner reservations at a time that ensures a sunset view from the restaurant.
3. Bazaars during Ramadhan
Ramadhan is one of my favourite times of the year as this country, although well known for its delicious food, offers even better food during the month. You will be able to taste amazing Malaysian dishes that can be found on the many bazaars on the side of the street.
Top bazaars are the ones in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kampung Baru and Subang's SS18. All bazaars have their own popular dishes and you will notice which stand sells the best food by looking at the turnout.
Tip: Go around 3pm to 4pm when the bazaar is starting and you will be able to get the freshest bites. These bazaars are also a great time for you to get introduced to the locals and improve your Malay.
4. Batu Caves
This Hindu temple and shrine located about 10km north of KL is known for its giant golden statue, Lord Murugan, and the numerous steps that lead visitors up to the top. Batu Caves can be easily reached by train or bus from KL Central.
The busiest day is during the Thaipusam festival when around one million pilgrims visit the site for religious and festival purposes. The 272 steps provide you a great workout while enjoying the view. However, beware of the cheeky monkeys.
5. Petaling Street/China Town
Whenever you crave anything related to Chinese food, make sure you visit China Town, but please note that halal is not a standard word here. For anything pork-related, you can't go wrong in Petaling Street. Also, you can practise your bargaining skills here as there are many stalls that offer knock-off brands.
Many vendors will call out to you here so if you do not like to be pestered, bring your earplugs; for certain you will get a lot of attention! Any typical Chinese dish can be found here, from roasted duck to Hokkien mee and original claypot dishes. Don't leave home without your appetite as you can find delicious and filling food here 24/7.
6. Little India, Brickfields
Try on and customise your own saree or just come to enjoy the numerous curries, naans and other dishes that make the Indian kitchen a true favourite in Malaysia. Girls can also get their customised/traditional henna tattoos.
My suggestion is to visit Vaani's beauty salon, which is frequented by my friends for occasions like Deepavali. If you want to get the full Brickfields experience then go to KL City Hall to enquire about the guided tour. It is free of charge and will be held every first and third Saturdays of the month.
7. Fraser's Hill
Fraser's Hill is located about two hours away from KL in the state of Selangor but is definitely worth the visit. At this beautiful nature reserve you can check out the stunning views, the waterfall and the traditional village.
A highly demanding road that requires maximum physical effort to negotiate awaits cycling enthusiasts.
8. Chocolate at Dip and Dip
Be prepared for a chocolate overdose when going to Dip and Dip. This dessert restaurant offers dishes that are packed with the most delicious chocolate you will ever taste. Abandon all thoughts of a diet as you savour the numerous calorie-laden desserts.
My favourite sweet delight is the chocolate waffle with fruits. Regardless of when you visit, this place will be busy as many have discovered this finger-licking-good restaurant.
9. The Grand Hyatt
The Grand Hyatt is one of the newest hotels in KL and what a view it has! The panoramic 360-degree view is thanks to its giant windows. At the Thirty8 lounge, you can enjoy an amazing live band that plays on Tuesdays/Thursdays and Saturdays.
The reception is located on the top floor so you will first be greeted by a great view. Feel relaxed lounging here and if you are hungry, there is a great restaurant that has already bagged a number of awards.
10. KL Bird Park and Butterfly Park
Both parks offer plenty of fun, no matter what age you are. I come here to just relax and walk through the park as I work on my photography skills. The KL Bird Park and Butterfly Park are in the same vicinity and they offer a great experience for a day trip.
The birds are used to visitors so if you come with some food, they would love to sit on your shoulder and pose for a picture.
At the Butterfly Park, the resident insects will flutter about as you walk through the grounds.
These parks are a soothing escape in a bustling city.