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Kuala Lumpur on the Cheap – ‘Is Possible?’
By Wendy Merrett, November 2012.

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We first arrived at the LCCT in Kuala Lumpur on a pretty cheap Air Asia flight from
Sri Lanka. After 6 months in Sri Lanka and before that 4 months in India to say I was feeling a little overwhelmed was a bit of an understatement! The airport was nearly enough to tip me over the edge, I mean the women were wearing high heels and short skirts! (A statement I made to the other half who took full advantage of the opportunity to ogle.) Nobody cared that we were white, I was almost beginning to miss being stared at!

We managed to find a decent hostel in Chinatown, we even had a window for RM38 and the shared bathrooms were clean with hot water. I must admit I was a
bit concerned that Malaysia was going to bankrupt us (no please don’t make me get a job) but it really isn’t as bad as you think. Well ok the alcohol is more expensive but we could probably do with a bit of a detox after the cheap beer of Sri Lanka. Food from the local restaurants around Chinatown is tasty and reasonably priced and despite staying in a capital city for the first time since we left England we were managing to stay within budget. Just.

We soon found that there is a lot to do in KL that will cost you money, but there is a lot that won’t (or just a little bit). We wandered around the markets of Chinatown and then found ourselves in the ‘Old’ Little India (Chowkit), the one that was around before the authorities decided to move it to the ‘New’ Little India (Brickfields). I would definitely recommend going to the old one over the new one. Look out for the little old lady just on the corner of MyDin, she serves fab Samosas, bahjis and snacks – 3 for RM1 bargain and delicious. 

From here it is not a long walk to Chow Kit Market which is a complete assault on your senses. I don’t even know where to start to explain the number of different fruits, vegetables, meats and spices that are on sale. Fish are jumping out of their buckets and cow heads are being blow torched on the tables. We still don’t really know why and no one could tell up but were happy to let us snap away with the camera.

Kuala Lumpur is definitely a city that never sleeps, people are out on the street at all hours of the day and it is a great place to people watch. In the evening the lunch food stalls are packed up and the evening street vendors come out, you certainly won’t go hungry.

On our second day we took a walk around Central Market. If what you are after is 
over-priced tourist souvenirs then Central Market is the place for you. We walked quickly by and headed up to Merdaka Square. The buildings here really are beautiful. We came back in the evening when they are all lit up and the lights gradually changes colour. It is strangely mesmerizing to see the City Court change from pink to purple to blue! In the day the square is a nice place to sit and watch the world go by. Around the back is the KL art gallery, which although isn’t very big it is free and air conditioned! I never thought that I would go into to a gallery just to cool down but KL is hot hot hot.

My favourite place in KL though is the Lake Gardens. Again it is free to get in 
(unless you want to go inside the attractions such as the bird garden or butterfly house.) The orchid garden is beautiful with a fantastic view of the KL skyline including the Petronas and KL towers. The lake is very relaxing to wander around; you wouldn’t believe that you are in the heart of an incredibly busy capital city. But by far the best part is across the main road where you will find the ASEAN sculpture garden – sculptures donated by other ASEAN countries in a very 
well manicured garden. Then just behind here is the National Monument, a memorial to all the soldiers who have lost their lives in battle for Malaysia. As we walked around the lake under the covered walk way we looked up to see that on the ceiling were plaques from all the Allied regiments involved in Malaysia during WWII. A must for anyone who has a relative who was there.

The transport system around KL is excellent, with the monorail, LRT, Rail line and many many buses. We took the bus up to the Batu Caves for RM1 but that is a whole other blog.

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