In June of 2019, I made a quick visit to the beautiful Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. I’ve never been here before and I actually didn’t know (and still don’t know) anything about Malaysia. Here are some quick summary points:
- Traffic lights here make no sense, you are forced to J-walk. Pedestrians have to wait 5 minutes or more before getting a chance cross major intersections. Even then you’re only given under 10 seconds to cross and not get killed.
- Food is really good and really cheap. If you like Chinese food and Malaysian Indian food, KL (Kuala Lumpur) is an amazing spot.
- Downtown is really up and rising. High-end malls are impressive and much more modern than I thought.
- Watching a movie at KLCC (a nice mall) is chaotic. They don’t let you in until 5 minutes to show time, and everyone crowds around the front, causing an unnecessary amount of chaos. When I rise to power, all KL theatres will be deconsecrated. (Yes, we watched John Wick 3)
Getting To Kuala Lumpur
- Air Asia HND -> KUL (One way)
- Cost: ~18,000 Yen, $220.952 CAD
- Duration: 7h 10 minutes
- Kuala Lumpur Airport -> Air BnB (Grab)
- Cost: 80 RM (Ringgit – Malaysian Currency), ~$20 CAD
- Duration: ~30min
For some reason, I thought KL was much closer to Tokyo, I was wrong. The flight duration being at 7h 10 minutes was really long. I took the red eye so the price was a little cheaper. A small note to anybody who flies Air Asia, the flight doesn’t come with any food (though it’s available), so if you want food, prepare to pay. On a cooler note, Chatime bubble tea is available on the flight.
I’m not going to talk too much about food in this post, because I made a video about it. That’s right, Getting Fat With Carson Episode 2 is here! Magically, this episode features the same people, Ray & Lisa. I don’t know how we always end up travelling together…
On this trip, we pay the Batu Caves a quick visit. This tourist attraction is a series of hills and caves which houses a Hindu temple. To get to the top you must climb 272 steps. That alone isn’t that bad, but when combined with the heat and humidity that lives within Kuala Lumpur, it can be a little tough. Also, the cave entrance is home to some monkeys that are very smart and aggressive. If you choose to climb these steps, DO NOT hold food or a drink in your hand, because the monkeys will steal it. Show these guys some respect, and they will show you the same.
Traveling around KL is easy, just use Grab (Uber in Asia). They do food deliveries too 🙂 One of the biggest shames on this trip was not being able to go up the Petronas Towers. Unfortunately, the towers were closed due to a public holiday, so we only got to enjoy this iconic tower from the outside.
Much like Taipei, Kuala Lumpur is pretty cheap. Without knowing it, we actually ended up staying in a pretty nice area, across the KLCC mall. It’s pretty high end and right in the downtown core. We were really close to Bukit Binang, which has a lot of great food, and also home to an even better mall, the Pavillion. I recommend staying there!
- Taking the transit:
- Between 1 RM – 5 RM ($0.33 – $1.67 CAD)
- “Grab” to places within 3km
- ~20 RM (~$7 CAD)
- Air Bnb
- 108 RM / day ($36 CAD)
- This Air Bnb had 2 beds, we split this across 3 people.
- Cheap Meals
- 15-30 RM ($5.00 – $6.00 CAD)
- Chinese and Indian meals can be pretty cheap
- Seafood (Clams / Crabs)
- 50-80 RM ($10 – $27 CAD)
- Seafood anywhere is expensive, but it’s not too bad. The Black pepper crab we had was amazing, I highly recommend it.
- Spa / Foot Massage
- ~50 RM ($17 CAD) for an hour of foot massage + shoulder massage @ Bukit Binang
I exchanged about 30,000 Yen (1150.26 RM, ~375 CAD) for my entire trip, and I had about 200 RM left over at the end. I used cash for everything except for the AirBnb and Grab rides. Most of the cash really went to Escape Rooms, which I didn’t include in my budget since that seems to be a Carson special. But for those interested, KL has a bunch of good Escape Rooms, and it’s pretty cheap at about 30 RM ($10 CAD) for Breakout Escape rooms at Avenue K across KLCC.
That’s it for Kuala Lumpur. See you next time Malaysia!