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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Truly Asia - Part 1

TRAVEL DATES: April 26 - 27, 2013

Now I clearly understand why Malaysia's Tourism tagline is "Malaysia, Truly Asia!". Malaysia is like a melting pot of almost all Asian races and cultures. It is a country composed mainly of Malays, Muslims, Chinese, Indians, and Indonesians. It may sound complex but I guess because of time, different cultures had blended well already.

Malaysian Flag
Malaysian Flag in Dataran Mardeka

The capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur or popularly known to travelers as "KL". From Singapore, you can ride a coach bus which is a 5-hour trip, or you can opt to ride a plane via Air Asia and it takes 1-hour. From Thailand, you can ride a sleeper train from Bangkok or book a flight for faster travel time.

KL is considered as the Central Business District of Malaysia where lots of business institutions are found. However, there are also nearby places like CyberJaya and Subang Jaya, where other business establishments are located.

KL High Court view with Mardeka grounds

I only stayed for 2 Days and 1 Night in KL and admittedly, the time was not enough. Anyhow, I just maximized my stay and visited as many places as I can. A little bit of time-squeezing sometimes :).

Here are some of the places I visited during my not-so-long stay in Malaysia:

The many "faces" of Petronas Tower
KLCC Petronas Tower
Also known as "KLCC" Tower

KLCC Tower ReflectionKLCC From the back view
The "other" side of KLCC Tower

Istana Negara view
Istana Negara Malaysia

Istana Negara picture

Istana Negara mosque
Istana Negara

Peringatan Malaysia statue
Tugu Peringatan Negara Malaysia

Tugu Peringatan Negara Malaysia

Peringatan Malaysia 01Peringatan Malaysia 02
Tugu Peringatan Negara Malaysia

TRAVEL TIP: Tourist spots in KL are far from each other so it is better if you have a service van, tourist bus group, or private car rented for convenience's sake. The weather is seriously hot, just like the Philippines, and it reaches around 33 degrees Celsius during noon time. Bring with you your water, cap, and towel to escape the sun's heat!

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