The first time I had a stopover in Kuala Lumpur I was young and travelling long-haul alone for the first time. Having a hotel for myself after weeks sharing was a massive novelty and I was hesitant about heading out alone. I didn’t really leave the (Malaysia Airlines provided) hotel room.
With a 9 hour stopover in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, between flights this year, I wanted to use them this time. Mike only had around four months left on his passport before it expired and we were unsure he’d get through customs. I was determined to go regardless.
He got through. We put our hand luggage in storage got on the KLIA Ekspres train into the city quite rapidly. From there we got some ridiculously cheap Uber rides around the city and spent around five hours ticking the boxes.
(If you’re a first time Uber user and want a free ride worth NZ$10, use my promo code sarahk1099).
Petronas Twin Towers
You need to buy tickets in advance in busy periods in order to go up the Petronas Twin Towers. With a flight we had to get to and the next available session being six hours later this it was not a possibility.
The Suria KLCC mall below the towers was awesome for shopping and included my favourites Nike, Topshop as well as having an H&M just across the road.
The Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower
Hint: Don’t circle the block aimlessly looking at the tower trying to find a way in because you’ll be walking half the day. There’s a free shuttle van from the gate on Jalan Puncak up to the Menara lobby where you can buy tickets to get up more or less immediately with no need to pre-book. We went straight up to the open deck 421 metres above ground level.
The day we were in Kuala Lumpur was the day of the terrorism attack in Paris. While many of the world’s landmarks were lit up red, white and blue, the Menara was green.
— Sarah (@sarahseestworld) November 14, 2015