Flights and Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur
The Travel Guides flew with Malaysia Airlines with flights priced upwards of $881 per person for a return ticket, with the Frens in economy, the Husbands in premium economy, and the Snobs and the Boys living the luxury life with business class.
COST: $881+AUD with Malaysia Airlines, or find some Malaysia travel deals and Malaysia travel packages with our friends at Flight Centre!
Once the Guides arrived in Kuala Lumpur, they checked into Momo’s Kuala Lumpur – a social hotel in one of the most happening areas of the city – because it used to be the red light district. This accommodation is unique in that it offers minimalist micro rooms, and a lot of social activities (including DJs and speed dating), making it perfect for budget travel in Malaysia. The Boys absolutely loved it, while it was less of a vibe for the Snobs who would have preferred Malaysia luxury travel.
COST: Momo’s offers three room types charged per night:
Bunkies (bunk beds): MYR90.99 - MYR142.00 (around $30 to $50 AUD).
Crashpads for Two (twin room with two single beds): MYR133 – MYR200 (around $45 to $65 AUD).
Crashpads (queen bed): MYR144 – MYR206 (around $50 to $70 AUD).
Now flights and accommodation are sorted, on to Kuala Lumpur travel guide…
Malaysia Foodie Tour
This might end up turning more into a Malaysia Food Guide, because a lot of the holiday was the Travel Guides eating their way through Kuala Lumpur!
The Travel Guides went to the Taman Connaught night markets – which is one of the Malaysia’s longest markets – covering 700 stalls across two kilometres of market. Its charm is that it’s still a very local market, despite tourist appeal, so you know it’s the real deal.
Here, the Travel Guides had their pick of Chinese, Thai, Indian, and local Malay dishes – including Malaysia’s famous Laksa – a rich, spicy coconut broth… although the Boys found out, the spice level was advanced participants only.
“I don’t know why she thought I could handle that.” – Dorian (the Boys), coughing, partially weeping.
COST: Free Entry, but you’ll have to pay for the food of course, which can range from 3.50+ Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) for a street food skewer – which is about $1.20ish AUD – and anything else you might want to purchase! Setting aside a budget of 30MYR (around $10AUD) should suffice for the budget traveller, or 60MYR ($20ish AUD) if you really plan to do a LOT of shopping and eating.
The Travel Guides also ate their way through Chow Kit markets, where they tried a very unique delicacy from Sup Haji Abi – the Sup Torpedo. Which, in layman’s terms, is beef penis soup.
Apparently, this dish was very gamey, but had a beautiful and strong beef flavour. “Should we really be enjoying this so much?” asked one of the Travel Guides. But, they all had rave reviews for the taste.
COST: A Sup Tornado costs from 9MYR - about $3AUD.
Exploring Kuala Lumpur City
See the City from Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck
One of the best ways to see Kuala Lumpur is from above, seeing the expansive city from the Petronas Twin Towers observation deck. The view from the 86th floor draws in thousands of visitors a day, including the Travel Guides.
You can also see the breathtaking view from the Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge – the highest double decker bridge on the planet. As the Travel Guides learned, the Skybridge isn’t fully attached and can sway and swing.
Within the Petronas Twin Towers fitness complex, , the Travel Guides also played Shuttle in the Dark – glow in the dark badminton.
COST: Petronas Twin Towers tour costs 98MYR per adult (about $33AUD). Shuttle in the Dark costs 180MYR ($62AUD) per hour on weekends and public holidays, and 160MYR ($55AUD) on weekdays, with a max group size of eight people.
Beat the heat at Berjaya Times Square
Berjaya Times Square is a colossal 48-storey (203m) shopping centre that also houses Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park. With over 1000 shops over 19 stories, you can find anything and everything – from getting your shopping fix, make your own wax hands, the world’s first waterless aquarium, and the theme park even has the Asia’s longest rollercoaster – the Supersonic Odyssey. Plus, it’s airconditioned, which as the Travel Guides found out, is a lifesaver in the 40 degree Malaysian heat.
COST: Shopping costs as much as you want to spend, and the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park costs 75MYR ($25AUD) per adult.
Get some TLC with TMC
If you’re in need of some Tender Loving Care (TLC), Malaysia’s big Chinese influence means there are plenty of places to indulge in some rejuvenating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
The Snobs went to Ren Yi Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for a Gua Sha treatment ($30pp) to stimulate blood flow, while the Boys had an acupuncture ($17pp) treatment to help “increase collagen and their lifespan.”
The Fren Family went to Tribal Remedy for a reflexology treatment ($24pp), having the pressure points in their feet and hands massaged… though it can be a bit intense!
COST: Depending on the treatment, you’ll want to budget from 45MYR to 90MYR ($15AUD to $30AUD) – all of which the Travel Guides used their Travel Money Oz Currency Pass!
Day Trip from Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves
Of course, no trip to Malaysia would be complete without visiting one of the biggest tourist attractions in Malaysia – the Batu Caves – which attracts 1.5 million visitors each year and located just north of the CBD.
Sacred to the Tamil Hindus, this stunning and colourful spiritual setting is guarded by Lord Murugan – the Hindu God of War – at the base of the mountain. From there,272 vibrantly painted steps lead you up the mountain to dazzling Hindu shrines and temples set within 400 million-year-old limestone caves.
As the Travel Guides discovered, it’s a place of deep spiritual significance, beauty, “good energy,” and filled with curious, cheeky monkeys.
COST: Free! The Batu Caves have free entrance for the main temple, but for the other surrounding caves there are entrance fees – 15MYR (about $5AUD) for Cave Villa, and 5MYR (just under $2AUD) for Ramayana Cave.