KUALA LUMPUR: BACK AGAIN
The last time we were here we had a great time but only had 5 days, and when you add in the jetlag and the acclimatising to the heat, it wasn’t as productive as it could have been. So before heading on to Borneo, we decided to grab another few days in KL.
This time, we’re staying at the Metro hotel in Brickfields, which where you’ll find Little India. A great little hotel only five minutes from the monorail, it was a nice base and nice to stay in this colourful part of town (last time we were more in the city centre).
burgers and berjaya
We’ve not missed or craved too much on this trip, but I (Colin) have craved a real burger for a week or so, so we seek one out and set Expectations to ‘low’. We find Tripadvisor points us to Burger on 16, adjacent to the Berjaya Times Square. I go for it and even top it off with a milkshake. I’ve been on noodles and rice for 2 months; don’t deny me this now. The burger was excellent and worth the trek.
We take the opportunity while we are in this part of town to go have a look inside the Berjaya Times Square mall; there’s a mini theme park and a full sized rollercoaster on the 5th floor and we can’t help be curious and go have a look. Interesting to see, the park is expensive to enter and besides we’re not really that bothered.
kuala lumpur bird park
On our second day we amble across to the KL Bird Park. The KL bird park is west of Bukit Bintang and best reached by taxi (cheap if you use the Grab app) but can be walked too (it’s about 30 minutes walk from Brickfields if you get the monorail to KL Sentral). If you walk, there’s plenty to do around about, including the botanic gardens, planetarium, and national mosque. We go into more detail in our 2 day and our 3 day KL itineraries.
Despite a very hot and sweaty walk across, and a near stroke after seeing the prices then being stuck queuing behind TWO coachloads of people waiting to enter, we get in and have a nice day.
Home to over 3000 birds, this is billed as the largest aviary in the world. We see Hornbills being fed, and there are bird shows at 1230 and 1530 each day.
The latter is more birds doing tricks than anything tremendously educational, so though it was a wasted opportunity in that regard, seeing the birds close up was special.
There are informative displays about birds, the incubation process, and their lives throughout the park, and the opportunity to feed emus is too good to pass up.
Despite some of the birds being in too-small cages (it’s not all ‘free-fly’), the welfare of the animals is generally pretty good and the restaurant is not ridiculously expensive
We take the same, hot route back afterwards, and PY Jr takes quite a bad tumble within 10 minutes of leaving the park. We slowly walk home with our wounded soldier and have a relaxed evening, do some laundry, and plan our trip tomorrow to Batu caves.
We wake up, grab breakfast, and crack on with a trip to the Batu caves, a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples therein. It is one of the most famous Hindu shrines outside of India, and it’s a marvel inside as the cave roof towers hundreds of feet above your head.
To get there, get the monorail to KL Sentral. When inside KL Sentral station, get the train north to the caves; it will cost only 3RM or so per person each way and takes about 45 minutes before arriving at Batu Caves (the terminus).
A walk along in front of some temples later and you’re facing the huge gold Murugan statue and the 272 steps up to the cave entrance. There are piles of bricks and buckets of sand laid out and it is politely requested that visitors carry something to the top cave to aid the volunteers in restoration work.
The main cave is free to enter so it’s a small way to pay something back.
The caves inside are fairly busy, and there’s a lot of work going on building temples and renovating the ones that are there. You can pay to enter some of the smaller caves and to get a tour of the Dark Caves but the main cavern is impressive and we’ve got a poorly PY Jr so we take it all in then get the train back to KL.
street food in little india
On our final evening, we wander down to Jalan Thamby Abdullah and happen upon Warung Indonesia, a series of very rustic open shopfronts with plastic chairs and tables outside. NB: It may not be called Warung Indonesia, but it’s at the top of Jalan Thamby Abdullah, at the main road. The place is jumping and the counters are filled with platters of ‘snacks’; daal, chickpea salad, curry ‘puffs’, samosas, pakora, doughballs and the like. We’re initially a bit nervy as there’s absolutely no sense of order but the owner comes out and helps us though the options.
The food is absolutely superb. Fresh, delicious, and quick. We all eat heartily and drink water, spiced tea, coffee, and it comes to 17RM (just over £3).
Great day. So glad we came back to KL. Tomorrow, we fly to Borneo!