Back in 2013 we very quickly booked tickets back to the United States. There was a random day that flights were only $900 USD per person one way back the the U.S. instead of $1500 pp, so we jumped and booked them. This would require one night in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and home of the famous Petronas Twin Towers. (This is the emblem of Malaysia, I liked so much that I may have purchased a souvenir magnet!)
Neither of us had been to KL, so one night was going to be fun. Just enough to see a few things and then head out the following night back to the U.S. We flew in from heavenly, sunny Lombok (Indonesia) via AirAsia. Unfortunately for us, our plans derailed a little bit. When we arrived it was pouring. I mean raining down cats & dogs, our entire stay was gray (sad trombone). We chose the Tune Hotel in downtown KL for the great location, not really a great experience there either. The staff was rude, the sheets were stained, it’s very a la carte, and just seemed like they were nickel and dimeing you the entire time. (View my Tripadvisor review ironically my most viewed review as well) Because the rain was so bad, we just decided to eat at a local buffet style restaurant. Basically a marketplace for food where they weigh your food and you pay accordingly. Pretty yummy chicken and rice.
(Chicken & rice, Jen enjoying some “Kickapoo”, and the can of Kickapoo “The Original Joy Juice”)
This was located right next to the Tune Hotel, so with our raincoats, we scurried over and ate a quick dinner. No way was the rain letting up, so we decided to just chill and plan our one full day in KL back at the hotel.
Our first and only morning started with coffee at the San Francisco Coffee in the lobby of the hotel. Not bad, but got us ready for the day. It was pretty humid out, probably 90 degrees F, and as Malaysia is a predominately Muslim country, we were pretty covered up. What I’m really saying is we were very hot and very sweaty all day. We had planned to walk over to the Central Market. Seemed like a good place to get a sense of the city. Plus, walking there we got to see a little of what KL was like.
(check out this thug – I think she’s in a street gang)
The intent of going to the Central Market was to purchase some souviners. We were on our way back to the U.S. so why not stock up on goodies for friends and family. Of course we had to be careful on space as we only had our 2 travel backpacks and 2 regular backpacks.
I really loved the architecture of the market. What we found inside was yes, very touristy, but we need the souvies! So we rolled up our sleeves and bargained. There were plenty of your typical magnets, pashminas, etc. But we ended up purchasing hand painted rubberwood masks. If anyone knows me, they know I love some local masks. And that I have a collection of sorts. Typically it’s my favorite thing to buy in a foreign country. Here is a picture of the open air walkway. It was raining, so the covered part was great.
Our flight was at 10pm that night, so we wandered around the city a little more. Walking in and out of random malls, some of which were pretty vacant. We decided to take transit to the KLIA airport as the taxi the previous day was pretty slow because of traffic. We used the KL Sentral, which ran us about 35RM per person, roughly $9.60 USD. It was pretty smooth, about an hour ride. Here’s a link to a guide with prices and ways to get to KLIA.