Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur Tour Part 1
Last January, I did my mini Asian tour where I went to my home country Philippines and visited 3 other Asian countries; Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore with my family. This is the second time that I visited Malaysia, the first time was back in 2015 when we did a side trip to LEGOLAND Malaysia from Singapore. Our original plan was to visit Bali Island in Indonesia from the Philippines, but the direct flight ticket is exorbitantly high. So I checked flights through Skyscanner and I realized that if I fly from the Philippines to Malaysia, then Malaysia to Bali, Indonesia I could save a lot. It will also be an opportunity for me to explore Kuala Lumpur since the 2015 side trip to LEGOLAND is no way near Kuala Lumpur.
The trip to Malaysia was the first international travel that we did with our mom, so I made it convenient for her by getting a private tour through Asiatravel.com. She is still very active for her age, but I don’t want to stress her with long walks like what I always do when I am traveling. The trip was well planned, I got us a private tour on the first day, hop on and hop off tour bus on the second day and another private tour to Putrajaya on the third day.
Private tour is very convenient. The driver/tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and will drop you off after the tour, and you also have the option to request to be dropped off in another place as long as it is within the same route. The tour will start at 10:00 in the morning and ends at 1:30 in the afternoon. If you request for tour extension, you will have to pay extra to the driver.
It was raining and gloomy on the day of our tour, but we still had fun and made the most out of our tour. So below are the places we’ve been to on the first day of our tour.
1. The King’s Palace
Commonly called Istana Negara, Malay for National Palace. This is the official residence of the Malaysian monarch. There are 2 Palaces, the old and the new.
Gate of the old Palace. What a fancy gate details, a combination of black and gold.
The new palace. Fancier than the other.
Gate of the new palace.
2. National Monument
The world’s tallest bronze freestanding sculpture grouping was built to commemorates the brave soldiers who died during World War II and the Malayan Emergency.
The Kuala Lumpur Cenotaph behind me was the first monument built to commemorate fallen soldiers during the Great War and World War 2. Names of the fallen soldiers are engraved on the cenotaph as a tribute to their sacrifice.
3. National Mosque of Malaysia
The National Mosque is the biggest mosque in Malaysia for Sunni Muslims. It has the capacity for 15,000 people in 13 acres land area.
We did not go inside, so I had my photos taken in different angles around the area. This one with KL Tower in the background.
4. KL Tower
This communication tower is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world with the height of 421 metres including the antenna. The upper level has revolving restaurant with a panoramic view of the city.
Just beside the KL Tower is the Upside Down House. Isn’t that cool?
5. Petronas Tower
When it was completed in 1998, the Petronas Tower was the tallest building in the world, holding the title from 1998 to 2004. It was soon eclipsed by numerous other buildings, with Burj Khalifa in Dubai at the top stop and Petronas Tower went down to the 15th spot.
I know my face is blurred in this photo, but this is the best shot I got with the Petronas Tower in the background. Lol!
6. KL City Gallery
The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a tourist information centre that chronicles Malaysian history in informative and fun way. They have the photographic record of the city, entitled “Old Kuala Lumpur”, miniature building structures and the Spectacular City Model Show.
There is an entrance fee of 5RM, but it is consumable, so you can use it to buy dessert and drinks in their café or use it to buy souvenirs in ARCH souvenir & gift shop.
The popular I Love KL sculpture outside the Gallery. The queue is long so you have to be patient for you to get a photo with this iconic sign.
This is the architecture scale model of the Greater Kuala Lumpur, there was a light show that lasted 5 minutes which showed KL economic growth, sky scrapper buildings and a lot more. I can’t put into words how amazing it was!
I may not stand a chance at being a Victoria Secret Angel, but I do at being a Kuala Lumpur Angel!
This is what we got with our 15RM plus 3 bottles of water. Not bad!
That’s it for the first part of my Kuala Lumpur tour. I still have part 2 for this tour and Putrajaya Tour so stay tuned!