Our trip to Kuala Lumpur was less than two months ago, but it feels like a world away. It was Joel and my first visit to Malaysia and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. We anticipated a mix of high end Singapore with some of the grittiness of Jakarta. We were pleasantly surprised to find a city that has managed to cultivate a polished, multicultural identity while staying affordable and easy to navigate.
We did a fair amount of cliche touristy activities, but zipping through town on the double decker tour bus was downright delightful. I highly recommend the National Textile Museum and of course their gift shop full of batiks and traditional woven goods. We braved the heat to stroll through Little India taking in the colorful storefronts and fragrant Indian cafes. I bought some cheap samosas from the street vendor as an afterthought, but they ended up being one of my favorite treats. We had a number of other delightful meals at Pavilion Mall including fantastic shrimp dumplings at one of the Chinese eateries and a super spicy laksa soup at Simple Life. We were so excited to find great vegetarian food that we ended up at Simple Life more than once.
KL exceeded our expectations with it’s food and design, cleanliness and affordability. I think we were a bit sad that it had taken us so long to get there (it would have been a very easy and affordable weekend getaway from Semarang) and disappointed that we couldn’t explore a bit deeper. Like Jakarta, it’s a city with so many hidden gems if you just take the time to look. We hope for more KL visits in our future with lots of time to explore all nooks and crannies in depth, not just from atop a double decker bus.