We have been in KL for 5 days and I thought it would be a good opportunity to jot down initial impressions of the city. In a nutshell, I am in love. Best way to describe it is it’s like Sydney but with nicer people.
We lucked on to an awesome one bedroom apartment, Abest Seri Bukit Ceylon, that is walking distance to most things. It is very spacious and has kitchen facilities which is oh so appreciated by this family when one (or all!) of the kids refuse to eat anything other than toast. The hotel also has an awesome pool and kids playground that are used very frequently by our kids. The best part about this apartment is we scored it for half price when we booked directly with the hotel’s website (hotelabest-kl.com).
Our first day in KL was spent in Berjaya Times Square, mainly because we needed groceries but also because people rave about this place. It’s one of the biggest shopping centres in the world and it is huge but I didn’t love it, I actually found it a bit boring. Sure there is a roller coaster in a shopping centre which did blow Amelie’s mind but all in all the place didn’t do much for us. One thing to note though is that all the shops here open 10am-10pm, which caught us out on the first morning because we didn’t have anything for breakfast.
On the second day we did a morning visit to the KL Tower, we hadn’t decided if we’d go up before we left because we were under the impression from our research that there was heaps of stuff to do around the KL tower. Wrong, it was all under construction. So we’d walked about a kilometre, caught a free shuttle up to the front doors which left zero chance of us not going up to the top. It was an amazing view over the city and we spent a fair bit of time up there surveying the landscape.
In the afternoon we decided to head on over to the much anticipated Petronas Towers. First stop the kids playground which was everything I had read about, the kids had an absolute ball. It was slightly stressful trying to keep tabs on 3 kids who did not want to play on the same equipment and we did have one hairy moment when charlie decided to climb down a 3 foot wall by himself but all in all we had a fantastic time. The place even has a water park which Amelie and Ruby had a ball playing in with the local kids. Unfortunately a storm came over which cut the play short, interestingly they have a security guard who blows a whistle signalling everyone to leave at the first sign of rain.
Petronas Towers are magical, I have never seen anything like it. Rohan thoroughly enjoyed giving his new camera a work out capturing the towers and then the KLCC lake symphony fountain once the sun had set. The kids attracted a lot of attention, a common occurrence so far, and there were lots of requests for photos.
Yesterday we had a much needed recharge day in anticipation for a visit today to Petrosains. This place is like a science theme park, Rohan was in nerd heaven. It’s an interactive science museum with hands on exhibits teaching kids about everything from space exploration to racing cars and oil drilling. It is a massive advertisement for the Petronas company and they seem to gloss over any sort of environmental impact which is slightly concerning given the place was packed with school kids.
In amongst all these activities one must make mention of the delicious food. Most nights we have been putting the kids to bed and then Rohan goes searching for the food. Not once has he disappointed. Chicken kebabs, chicken rice, nasi goreng, mee goreng. It’s all good.