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Visiting Kuala Lumpur
Another must-see place for any tourist in KL is the Batu Caves. Although not in KL itself (it's 13kms away), the Batu Caves has always been a tourists' attraction for visitors to Malaysia. It is now possible to go to Batu Caves directly from KL Sentral by the KTM Komuter train for only 2 ringgit (price in July 2011).
Better have a good rest in the train as there are some 272 steps to climb upon arrival at Batu Caves in order to reach the top of the caves. On the way you will be greeted by a colony of monkeys, some of which are quite cheeky and will not hesitate to snatch your paperbags if they think there are bananas or nuts in them. So watch out for the monkey pickpockets! At the foot of Batu Caves you will not help noticing the gigantic Murugan statue, standing 42.7m high. It was unveiled on 29 January 2006 and a plaque there claims it to be the world's tallest Murugan statue.
In fact Batu Caves is the culminating point of the Thaipusam festival in January or February every year. If you are in KL during that time of the year don't miss it! Go here for article on the Thaipusam festival.
Apart from monuments, KL also boasts of a number of mega shopping malls, two of the biggest being the Berjaya Times Square in Bukit Bintang and the Suria KLCC (KL City Centre) mall next to the Petronas Twin Towers. Believe it or not, the latter has two whole floors devoted to foodstalls! Here you can find food from each of the different states in Malaysia.
Nightlife in KL is more or less concentrated on two areas - in Bukit Bintang, especially around Jalan Alor and the Bukit Bintang Walk and Chinatown in Jalan Petaling and its surrounding streets. So if you have only two nights in KL make sure you spend them in those two places. Of course if you would rather shop in air-con comfort then you can spend your nights at any of the big shopping malls in KL, most of which remain open till 22h00.
The photos below illustrate some of the places of interest in KL.
Note: Click on any photo below to reproduce its original size and press the F11 button on your keyboard to fill the whole screen (press F11 again to go back to where you were). All photos were taken in July 2011.