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This was going to be a post very much like In Pictures: 48 Hours in Beijing where I waffle on about nonsense for a bit and then post a bunch of pretty pictures for people to ooh and aah at.

Then it occurred to me that I don’t actually have many pictures from Kuala Lumpur because, well, I didn’t really do anything; I was only there in between China and Sri Lanka, on a long 50-something hour layover so didn’t have much time to really get to grips with the place.

On day one I took the metro-subway thing to look at the PETRONAS Twin Towers, stood on the wrong side of them so didn’t really get a great picture, got lost trying to find a Post Office, found the Post Office and then spent a long time walking around malls because KL City Centre is basically just one huge mall.

On day two I went to Batu Caves and then to the airport, ate some fries and boarded my flight.

Not a very exciting weekend.

I think most people tend to think of KL as a stopover destination, somewhere they just pass through on the way to somewhere more exciting! And I totally get it. To me, Kuala Lumpur didn’t really seem like it would be a great holiday destination. But I don’t think I’m qualified to be a judge here when as I already said, I didn’t spend enough time there to really dig my heels in. One day I really would love to go back to Malaysia and explore more of KL and beyond, but until then I have fond memories of a friendly city of malls and getting sat on by a monkey to keep me going.

So without further ado I present you with a bunch of photos of statues and monkeys (I promise there’s more to Kuala Lumpur than just that…).

Petronas Towers 2Rama and SitaMonkey 1StatuePetronas Twin TowersMonkey 2StatueHanumanSleeping Man

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  1. Your pictures are so gorgeous.. loved looking through them! You have such a lovely and inspiring blog here, keep up your amazing work it is paying off! x

  2. I love your honesty. So many bloggers (I’m guilty too) try to come off as an expert on a place after spending a few hours there. While I have nothing against guides or posts about what to do in 1 day or what to do in a weekend somewhere, it’s also refreshing to read an honest take from someone who was just passing through.

    • rhiydwi Reply

      I’ve always felt like the only way I’d be able to give an honest “what to do in X hours/days” guide is if I were to write about my own city, or somewhere I’ve spent an extensive amount of time living (not travelling) in. Not knocking people who travel and write those, as I know loads of people who are able to absorb a crazy amount of info and stuff in a super short space of time and communicate it well with others. But I, unfortunately, am not that kind of person haha.

  3. I love your honesty about KL, it can be heard to get under the skin of a city in just 2 days and yet I always try to especially in Europe. Your pictures are beautiful though and give a bit of a taste as to what you might see if you visit!

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Yes! Europe is the worst for that! Especially with all the cities being so well interlinked, you can’t help but try and knock of a good handful on the same trip, rushing through them. Thank you!

  4. We loved KL. The food is really amazing and really yummy with the longstanding mix of chinese, indian, and malay cultures and cuisines. They are somewhat separate but they have clearly influenced each other too. And the result is really unique and irresistible food. We always gain a few pounds every time we visit KL.

  5. Do people really think of KL as a stopover destination? I think it has a lot more to offer! It’s definitely a really interesting mix of cultures seeing as it’s so distinct from its SE Asian neighbors. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Depending on which part of the world we’re talking about, a lot do. Especially in the UK (or at least my part of the UK!) where most people who visit KL do so as part of a cruise or en route to Aus/NZ. I do really want to go for a much lengthier time one day though!

  6. I feel like there is always more and more to KL to discover! I’ve been a few times but not found some of what you found!… I might recognise that monkey though 😉

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Hahaha, that monkey made my life hell for a whole 2.5 minutes!

  7. KL is actually on my list. I think every country has its own thing to discover and learn from. Hence, I wouldn’t rule out any place unless I have been actually there, and didn’t learn anything new

  8. I was in the KL airport in 2013 and sadly didn’t have enough time to explore the city too much. Based on your photographs I missed so much! The monkeys look so cute. I know they can be vicious, but I still would love to see them up close. I also hope to get back to Malaysia especially to Borneo in the future 🙂

    • rhiydwi Reply

      Oh yes I’m with you there! Borneo would be an absolute dream.

  9. I don’t much much about Kuala Lumpur, but it seems you saw some great sights while only there for a short time. From your photos that you did take, Kuala Lumpur looks fascinating. The monkeys are too adorable. Hope you get back to Malaysia soon.

  10. Your layover doesnt look that bad. You have captured some stark contrasting parts of the city, a modern one, a mythological one and some monkeys. Thats good enough for 48hrs!

  11. One thing I love about KL is that they have the Wendy’s hamburger restaurant so I always make sure I get myself a Baconator meal followed by a Frosty when I’m there. I love your shots of the Petronas Towers, with the dark clouds above, they came out perfect, you have to stand miles away from them anyway to get them into the frame as they are so huge, unless you know someone who has a fish eye?

  12. I spent some time in KL during several layovers and I was absolutely mindblown by the city everytime I was there – even just the incredibly beautiful towers make a visit worth it for me. Whenever I am in Southeast Asia, I try to build a quick stop in KL to visit the city center. I am quite surprised you didn’t like it so much

  13. I am from Malaysia and I think Kuala Lumpur has such a charm to it. I’m glad you enjoyed your time here 🙂

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