Is it possible to enjoy Malaysia’s capital city with just 24 hours?
My cousin and I decided to visit Singapore upon scoring a low airfare from Cebu Pacific. Apart from having an almost week long holiday, it was also a great opportunity to visit her older sister who happens to be one of my closest cousins as well. I’m actually pretty close with all of my cousins but I have to admit that I have deeper relationship with this sisters since I lived with them for a couple of years when I was still in college.
For me, spending six days in Singapore is more than enough to see the highlights of the modern city. That’s why we decided to allot 24 hours to visit its neighbouring country, Malaysia.
Coming from Singapore, the city’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, can be reached by a scenic bus ride for about 5-7 hours. But if you’re short of time, taking a flight would be the best option.
We checked in at Somerset Ampang Kuala Lumpur, a serviced apartment with 4 star hotel rating. I was quite overwhelmed upon searching for our overnight hotel accommodation. Hotels in Kuala Lumpur were definitely priced lower than most hotels here in the Philippines. It’s one of those countries where luxury becomes affordable.
Our One Bedroom Deluxe Room had an amazing city view. It comes with complete hotel amenities, fully equipped kitchen, organic toiletries, comfortable king sized bed, contemporary modern interior and a rooftop pool overlooking the Petronas Towers. Not to mention the centralized location being only 1 km away from the famous Petronas Towers and how could I forget the warm hospitality shown to us by the hotel staff who prepared a healthy packed breakfast for us the next morning for our very early flight back to Singapore. A spacious 52 sqm. room with all those features for only USD80 is definitely a bang for the buck!
VISITING BATU CAVES
After lounging around our room and enjoying the panoramic city view, we head on to visit one of Kuala Lumpur’s famous attractions, the Batu Caves. We hailed a cab with fixed rate since the attraction is located 13 km north of Kuala Lumpur.
You should recognize Batu Caves easily even from afar because of the huge golden Murugan statue. I was amazed by the limestones surrounding the cave temple. Plus, it was actually my first time to visit a cave!
But before you can see the different small temples which serve as the core beauty of Batu Caves, you need to prepare yourself to climb 272 steps first. Climbing up the colorful stairs was one of the most enjoyable moments during our visit. There were harmless monkeys playing around trying to make friends with tourists. It was an added entertainment which we truly enjoyed.
Souvenir shops will welcome you upon the entrance of the cave. From there, you will see different statues and small temples. It’s quite dark inside and the temperature’s cooler than of the outside which makes Batu Caves a very calm and peaceful place. Walk a little farther to the inside and you’ll find an opening up above where rays of light pass through. My heart stopped. It felt like a gate to the heavens!
PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
After wondering around Batu Caves, it was time for us to leave. We hailed a cab once again and asked the driver to bring us to the one of the tallest buildings in the world, the Petronas Twin Towers.
We arrived just in time before sunset and we were able to witness the majestic towers lit up and slowly change its color from silver to gold. Just by visiting this famous landmark and trying to get creative shots out of it was already an experience itself. You may also opt to see the city through the tower’s observation deck but be sure to secure your tickets early since they only allow a certain number of visitors per day.
We finished our lovely day tour with an authentic Malaysian dinner inside the mall located just below Petronas Twin Towers and headed back to enjoy our hotel room.
So, my answer is yes, it’s possible to have a great time in Kuala Lumpur with just 24 hours including travel time. It’s a nice side trip to squeeze in during a long holiday in Singapore. What’s nicer than visiting two countries in less than a week? Talk about hitting two birds with one stone!
Have you been to Kuala Lumpur? If you have any suggestions of sites to visit during a short stay, I’d love to know about it!