THE BEST CANOPY WALK KUALA LUMPUR HAS to offer (probably)
Before diving in to the monkey spotting at the canopy walk Kuala Lumpur, you can read days one and two part one, part two, and day three to get all the previous-day good stuff! Also, remember you can find out more about us in our bio.
We made breakfast! 10 minutes before it was due to end (we are no doubt favourites of the staff) but we made it. Your applause is appreciated.
The canopy walk at the KL Eco Park was our morning activity. We are only a short distance from it, but given that it was late morning by the time we got out and we’re all still adjusting, it took about 40 minutes to walk there. Located in the shadow the KL Tower, this is a superb, FREE attraction that we all really enjoyed. Our journey took us along some pavements, which may not sound like much but already I’m sensing this could be an issue. As we got to across-the-road from the entrance, we were looking to get across a dual carriageway and there was zero sign of a crossing. This city does not seem set up for walking people outwith the very city centre. This is still a really main bit of town but the pavement ends suddenly and we are taken to crossing an overpass, where the ‘path’ shrinks to a foot wide as cars go haring past. We get across and make our way to the entrance to the canopy walk but then it’s about not dropping the pushchair into one of the gaping holes or falling in missing manhole covers.
We entered from the entrance on Jalan Raja Chulan, not the entrance at the KL Tower itself. There is a visitor centre there which is well worth visiting.
Yes, it’s airconditioned but that’s not the only reason to visit. Honest. When you enter, you’re not quite sure if you’re allowed in, partly because when we went it was totally empty. Also partly because the security guard, nice as he seemed, spent the whole of our visit watching a film on YouTube on his ipad, with both earphones in. The main issue I had was that he was watching it in portrait mode, with the little video at the top of the screen and then the other suggested videos listed below. I thought that maybe he would switch at some point but no, the whole time we were there he persisted.
The visitor centre itself is fairly compact, spread over 2 floors, and full of information about the biodiversity of Malaysia. There’s an ‘Illumination Room’ downstairs, which explains how bioluminescence works, and upstairs there are some exhibits in glass cases and a childrens play area with lots of puzzles, games, and a playhouse.
All over the walls are informative and well-produced information panels. We spent some time here cooling off after the hot walk and playing in the play corner, before heading out to the canopy walk via the (utterly atrocious) toilets.
The canopy walk is not at all suitable for pushchairs. The walk begins with a load of steep steps, then each section of canopy walk has a circular stairway leading up. The walk itself has boards across a sort of rope bridge. So all in all, it’s a walking and carrying effort.
We were really pleased with the canopy walk Kuala Lumpur offers, right in the heart of the city. A miniature rainforest in the middle of the city, one crosses 4 or 5 bridges among the trees, getting progressively higher off the ground below, before joining up with the top of the hill adjacent to the KL Tower, whereupon you can take a different route back down. There are more sections going deeper into the trees but we opted to bail out after the first section. On the nature trail back down (well signposted) we descended back through the trees, and spotted a few monkeys high in the canopy, which delighted the children. The noise of the forest is immense, as all the different creatures make their voices heard, and with that, the humidity, and the monkeys, it was a tremendously atmospheric walk and well worth it. Remember your bug spray. We are in defcon 1 (or 5. I can’t remember which is higher) for mozzies.
A brief stop inside the visitor centre to cool off (yes, he was still watching in portrait mode), and we set off to find another LP recommendation: a vegetarian, Indian restaurant
around a 15 minute walk away, just beyond the Telecom Museum.
The area of the restaurant seemed all of a sudden very different to what we’ve experienced so far. We were now surrounded by a noisy, Indian-influenced area with boutiques filled with saris, delis stocking different displays, and hindus; it was as if we’d been transported elsewhere! We found the restaurant and were quickly seated. The menu was a hot mess of confusion (to us), knowing as we did, none of the dishes. Which was exciting for foodies such as us. When asked for our order by the not-sure-if-friendly-or-hates-us maitre d’ , I explained we’d like what the table by the window was having and the children would like what the table next to us was having. Seemed the easiest way, especially as all food requested looked fantastic. We ordered watermelon juice and a mango lassi (a sort of smoothie type drink with yogurt on the bottom, fresh mango juice on top, and mixed through with some sugar and a bit of spice.
Spotting a hand wash sink in the restaurant being well-used, we had a conflab about our knowledge of Indian and Hindu etiquette (which turns out to be fairly thin) and decided we’d best wash our hands and try to eat with our right hand only (because traditionally the right hand is for eating the left one for cleaning your….well, your bottom, to be to-the-point). We barely had time to bask in the mouthwatering smells when the food arrived and by god it looked enticing. Via the table next to use, we received a bowl of yellow rice with an assortment of chopped vegetables. Thanks to the table by the window, we also faced a platter with rice and a soft flatbread in the middle and nine small metal bowls, ramekin-sized, in each of which was a portion of something different (in the menu as ‘Sangeetha meals’, with Sangeetha being the name of the restaurant.
Finally, a plate of pakora-style balls surrounded by a deep sauce of onions, garlic, and chilli (veg manjurian). Sensing my confusion (I may have been wearing my panicked-foreign-guy face) the maitre d’ explained, patiently that the bowls were meant to be eaten in a particular order, culminating in ‘dessert’. Thank you, kind man. Thank you.
The food was even better than it looked. Truly, it was incredible. The most interesting of the dishes was the final small dish, which was a sweet milk, with tiny little noodles in and some balls of something resembling frogspawn. Hard to describe but trust me, superb.
It’s now incredibly hot outside so we head back to the hotel. More pavement death pits to avoid.
Honestly, some of them are ridiculous. I think of the ‘did you have an accident that wasn’t your fault’ adverts at home and can’t help but think they’d be billionaires over here.
The late afternoon was spent relaxing in the room and rooftop swimming pool, then I walked with older child to the mall to pick up some electronics then grabbed some dim sum and fried meat and veg from the Jalan Alor street market.
Still struggling to sleep.
Keep thinking about that security guy watching the video in portrait mode.