Just like any big city, Kuala Lumpur has big buildings, a lot of traffic, buses, trains and lots of people. Like any place, it all depends on where you position yourself and what you want to do. As we said in our First Impression, we stayed at an amazing hotel within walking distance to the Petronas towers where we went to walk around the six story mall at the base of the towers, yes six stories, it was a bit absurd but it had air conditioning and some decent food. We also went to a cultural dance at the visitors center just across the street from our hotel where every Saturday night this show is presented along with music and local food and craft vendors. This is a great spot to get a little of the local culture for a very cheep price. The show is free and the plates of food are only a couple of U.S. dollars. The area around Kuala Lumpur after the sun goes down doesn’t exactly give you that warm fuzzy feeling though and we were lucky to be staying very close by.
Our big adventure in KL was to use the public trains to make our way to the Batu Caves Temple where we would climb the 272 steps to the top and view the massive cave, which holds multiple temples and shrines of the Hindu religion. Although the cave was impressive, the people and the temples were not much to get excited about. Unlike the temples we had visited in Bali, there was just this feeling of uneasiness that we got. The people had this hollow look to them and the temples seemed to be more of a cash register than a place of worship. As we left, we felt that we could have skipped this one and not been disappointed, but at least we got to experience the train system and see some more of the surrounding areas. If you do visit KL, the train system is very good and surprisingly clean. The highlight while in Kuala Lumpur turned out to be our little outing to the cultural dance and food stalls across the street from the hotel and not the highly talked about Temples of the Batu Caves.