Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and due to its geographical location it is one of the most common stopovers for long flights to Oceania or Southeast Asia. In this article we explain what to see, how to get around the Malaysian capital and what visa you need to see Kuala Lumpur in one day.
As we have already said, we love to take advantage of every minute of the trips we make, that is why we take into account the stopovers of the planes we take and we always try to lengthen them enough to do a bit of tourism and get to know a new one. city while we stretch our legs a bit.
This is how we got to know Kuala Lumpur and made the most of a nine-hour layover on our return to Sydney from Bangkok.
Do you want to know what to see in these nine hours and how we move around the city?
Although we had learned about Kuala Lumpur and there are several interesting things to visit in the city, we had to prioritize and we decided on the best known tourist places: The Batu Caves and the Petronas Towers. We left our bags at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport storage room and went to explore the city. The left luggage office costs about $ 8-10 per large suitcase per day.
The caves are one of the most important Hindu shrines outside of India. The gigantic golden statue of the warrior god Murugan that presides over the entrance to the caves and to whom the main temple is dedicated is impressive.
The Hindu temple is located within limestone caves formed 400 million years ago. The cave temples are decorated in the purest Hindu style with flowers and statues of idols and gods.
How to get
The Batu Caves are located about 11 km north of Kuala Lumpur, in the Gomback district.
The easiest way to get there is to take the train from the airport to Kuala Lumpur Central Station (KL Sentral) . The price of the round trip ticket per person is about 20 US dollars and the journey takes half an hour.
From the central station take a train on the KTM Komuter line towards Batu Caves. The stop bears the same name as the caves and once there you just have to walk a little to get to the entrance of the caves. The price of the ticket (One way) is 50 cents of US dollar and the journey only takes 25 minutes.
It is also possible to get to the caves by taxi or bus, we had read that the traffic was not very good in Kuala Lumpur, so we preferred to use the train so as not to risk losing a minute.
These 452 meter tall twin towers were the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2003. Although they have now been relegated to eleventh place, they are still impressive buildings and are without a doubt the most typical postcard of Kuala Lumpur.
To get to the Petronas Towers take the LRT train from KL Sentral towards Gombak, the stop is called KLCC LRT Station and it is directly connected to the Suria KLCC shopping center and the Petronas Towers. The ticket price is 50 US cents (one way) and the journey takes only a few minutes.
Once there you can walk around, take some photos, eat something or take a walk through the shopping center that is inside the Petronas Towers.
To return to the airport, return to the KL Sentral station and from there direct to the airport. The journey takes about an hour.
On this map you can see our entire tour of the city of Kuala Lumpur.
Depending on the country you come from, you will have to request or not a tourist visa . You can consult it on this website: Tourist visa
It was a great experience for us to make a stopover in Kuala Lumpur, if you have the opportunity, don't hesitate, leave the airport and go exploring the city, the train service is very reliable and is very well priced.