Our first day in Kuala Lumpur – Day Twenty Five, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).
Tuesday 10th July
Monday was a pretty stressful, long and frustrating day so we were so pleased to wake up in Malaysia – even if we were waking up in a pretty disgusting room. I was determined to really enjoy our time in Kuala Lumpur so set straight out to sort out the dirty room we were currently staying in. I got in touch with Agoda, letting them know about the poor condition the room was in and spoke to reception at the hotel about moving rooms. Agoda was pretty helpful, giving us a small refund and speaking to the hotel. The hotel on the other hand weren’t that helpful, refusing to move us rooms till 2pm and then when they did finally move us later on in the day the upgraded room they put us in really wasn’t that much better – oh well, at least we wouldn’t be staying in the first awful room, the newer one at least had a shower that wouldn’t make us dirtier!
Determined to not to think about the awful hotel, we headed out walking to Bukit Bintang main street to explore some of the local stores – this area really reminded us of some of the streets in Hong Kong. After exploring the streets for a while we decided to walk to the more cultural area of the city, I say cultural because this area of the city contains all the beautiful buildings and interesting museums such as City Gallery & Sultan Abdul Samad Building – you could very easily spend a whole day exploring museums and buildings around here.
Just a short walk from the City Gallery is Central Market, the market is held in a beautifully restored art deco building (great for a picture!). Inside is a range of cute little shops ranging from Indian, Malaysian and Chinese gifts, a large selection of food stalls and a whole section dedicated just to art!
Our next visit of the day was to Thean Hou Temple, which was easily my favourite part of the whole day – this temple is one of the most amazing I’ve ever seen, I’d probably put this down to all the bright wonderful colours used throughout the temple. The temple is 6-tiered, so there’s plenty to explore, and was built for the Chinese sea goddess Mazu.
A thirty-minute walk from Thean Hou Temple is Brickfields, or as the locals know it – Little India. Brickfields should definitely be high up on your list of places to visit if you ever come to Kuala Lumpur, especially if you like Indian food! We visited a little Southern Indian restaurant named MTR 1924, a nice change to try some southern Indian food rather than Northern.
After a busy day, and 15km worth of walking we headed back to the hotel to turn in for the night and get some sleep before another busy day in KL on Wednesday.