Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur is a country in the midst of change: old norms and racists cultures are changing with the younger generation who are more respectful and adaptive to race, sex, gender, and nationality.


Kuala Lumpur has a wealth of options available, in all price categories, but I opted for the Shangri-La (https://www.shangri-la.com/kualalumpur/shangrila/) which I can’t recommend enough.  We opted for the Horizon Club room which offered an abbreviated breakfast (compared to the larger restaurant version), coffee, tea, and soda all day long, and evening cocktails and snacks (which some people used as their complete evening meal).  And the rooms were spacious with views upon the bustling KL neighborhood.


Sadly, there weren’t any outstanding restaurants in the city, but if you venture toward the central market, which is also next to China Town, you’ll be able to find street food, small restaurants, and hotel restaurants that will keep you nourished, if not salivating over your next return.


A trip to Kuala Lumpur must include a visit to the Batu Caves.  I read umpteen articles about how to get there (train or guide), what to do, and why you needed a guide but, to be honest, simply hop in an Uber (its super cheap) and wonder at your own pace, climbing the stairs to stunning caves at the top.  Beware of the monkeys who are scavenging for food, and will aggressively steel food from you if you’re eating on the steps (which you shouldn’t, as this is a temple).  And when you’re finished, call an Uber to pick you up and wait outside the gates with the throngs of everyone else waiting for an uber: it is literally what everyone does.

And if you do nothing else, a visit to the Petronas Towers, if even just from the outside, is a must.  Gorgeous in their design, viewing the twin towers during the day as so much different then viewing the hotel at night.  And with proper planning, book your tickets to visit the sky bridge, and the upper floors with breathtaking, and heart-stopping, views of the city.  (This is not for the faint of heart, dear reader.)

And right around the corner from the Shangri-La hotel is the original high rise of KL, the Menara Tower which like it’s much taller sibling, the Petronas Towers, offers gorgeous views over the city.

A short uber ride out of the city is the FRIM Skywalk (https://skywalk.frim.gov.my/), a suspended walkway among the trees that offers gorgeous treetop views while also supporting the research of FRIM.  Tickets are required, in advance, and you may be charged to actually enter the park to get to the walkway, but the park is gorgeous and well-maintained and, if you’re lucky, you’ll see families of monkeys running around.

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