One day, after vigorous job hunt, I told Mariam that I had a crazy idea – to go home early than planned. Surprisingly, she agreed. We changed our flight from Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur and bought tickets from there to Istanbul.
The decision to go home was so quick that my boyfriend, Oto, and my mother did not believe me. It was quite upsetting to cut such trip short, but Hey! we came so far and fulfilled our dreams.
On February 6, we were in Kuala Lumpur and stayed until 9th.
After arriving from a developing country to a developed one, it’s hard to miss differences like skyscrapers, greenery, mosques and women in burqas or hijabs. One factor remained same – very chaotic traffic.
Malaysia is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, where Islam is the state religion. Thus, it also allows freedom of worship for non-Muslims.
The capital has various touristic attractions. I realized here that I dislike metropolitan cities. It fades the feeling of being in an exotic part of the world.
Unfortunately, we only saw the capital. However, I am pretty sure Malaysia is more than Kuala Lumpur. Wanting to see as much as we could, we embraced on long walks around the city.
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
The most colorful and busiest areas of the city where you can easily bargain through large stalls of clothes, accessories, shoes and what not. You can also relax at any street food parlors or freshen up with delicious ice-cream or cold lemonades.
Just behind Chinatown, there is a Hindu temple called Sri Mahamariamman. However, it is not the only one here.
11 kilometers from the capital, there is Batu Caves. A hill complex features three big and several little caves with idols and statues from Hinduism. The limestone formations are 400 million years old, making it an important religious area for Hindus.
Our visit to the caves was on Saturday, therefore it was overcrowded, dirty and loud. It looked kind of interesting in the picture, and I must say the looks have been deceiving. What a shame!
The capital is full of different mosques scattered all across the districts. The entrance for women is strictly regulated. The center of the capital is home to Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Merdeka Square.
Tourist information center is on the ground floor of this building. A very nice lady gave us all the interesting details and spots to visit. Thanks to her, we tried the blue rice dish – a meal not so commonly found in the city.
Petronas Twin Towers
And lastly but not least, Kuala Lumpur’s iconic landmark is Petronas Twin Towers. It has 88 floors. The towers are connected at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) with a 58 meter-long bridge.
The most unusual and striking for me was to see separate waiting lines and train wagons for women. And the signs showing immoral and rude behavior in Malaysian society.