Kuala Lumpur is a thriving metropolis offering lots of activities to the single traveller for family travel. This is a very popular destination for couples going for honeymoon. With a beautiful mix of people of various ethnic and religious background, one can immediately see diversity in cultural lifestyles and beautiful blend of transitional and modern. Malaysia has a rich cultural heritage and for a more keen traveller can explore areas like Penang and Melaka.
- Bukit Bintang
If you do not like using public transport you can rent a mid-size to economy car for around 50RM per day from KL airport. Make sure you are fully insured when you rent a vehicle. The road conditions are pretty good. However, for newcomer driving without GPS is a practical nightmare. Rent GPS for extra 10RM and you are ready to rock. Some of the hotels in the city do not have parking, therefore, you might have to park in the metered parking outside. Watch out for the timing and always carry change. In my recent visits, I have stayed at Berjaya Times Square KL near Bukit Bintang. This is a great place for a family holiday as an indoor theme park as well shopping mall is built into the same building. Imbi Station is outside the building providing easy access to Bukit Bintang as well as KL Central.
Unlike most European cities, KL is open till late. People tend to hang out in shopping centres till 10 pm. Roadside cafe and restaurants are open till late hours of the morning, providing cheap tea Tarek, noodles and rice dishes. People socialize, chat, watch soccer matches while sipping tea Tarek and enjoying their meals. For a western, this might appear as a shocking experience where shopping centres close around 5 and nothing much happening during the weekdays.
Here is a typical itinerary if you plan to explore KL in three days
Stay at Bukit Bintang, visit Shopping centres in the neighbourhood. In the evening visit the bars in KLCC and visit Petronas tower. Later drive back to Bukit Bintang and find a nice restaurant for dinner while enjoying the crowds of fellow travellers in restaurants and bars.
Drive down to Putra Jaya and explore the beautiful city, building and take a cruise in the river. Drive back to the city by mid-day and visit Masjid India. Get off at Masjid Jamek Station and walk down to Pasar Seni Station. You can enjoy local food for around 6MG (1.5$). From there you can walk down to Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Merdeka Square, National History Museum.
Drive up to Batu Caves. Spend an hour and then get on the freeway to Genting Highlands. There is too much to do for a day.