Soaring mercury levels usually take the fun out of our lives. And the months of May and June often make us rush to faraway lands in search of a relaxing holiday.
Something similar happened to me last year! The summer sun was shining bright over my head in mid-June, and my kids were wreaking havoc at home as their schools had closed for a 2-month break. While surfing online for an ideal place to retreat, I came across some exciting holiday packages for Malaysia, within my budget. Without giving it a second thought, I called up my husband and booked our vacation. The kids were jubilant on hearing the news and we left our home in full vigour to explore a new country altogether.
Malaysia being one of the most sought-after destinations in Southeast Asia, calls out to tourists with a mishmash of impressive resorts, soaring skyscrapers, exotic gastronomic delights, swanky shopping malls, and rich cultural diversity. I also happened to pinpoint on the country for our holiday as it is famous for its leading shopping emporiums selling designer labels.
June is the ideal month to visit the place as the east coast remains dry making it perfect for enjoying water activities while Kuala Lumpur (KL) receives low rainfall extending a pleasant weather for sightseeing. Since I was visiting with kids, we decided to unravel the mysteries of KL.
Soaking up the echoes and aromas of its vibrant culture, we landed in the glittering Malaysian capital brimming with fascinating sights. One of the most visited cities in the world, it is a melting pot of diverse ethos, traditions and religions. Preserving its rich heritage amidst the escalating development, the metropolis astounds visitors with its palm fringed boulevards, daunting edifices, dazzling night markets, and shopping plazas.
There is so much to see in this mesmerising landscape that you will be confused about chalking out your sightseeing details. In our short journey, we were able to touch a few of the many attractions that you must include in your itinerary, such as:
Standing tall at 451.9 meters, the Petronas Twin Towers are truly amazing. My kids were instantly captivated by the overwhelming construction. The 88-storey towers are the crowning glory of the city and exhibit an architectural gem erected in the heart of the town. The structures are connected through a sky-bridge that allowed us to take in the spectacular panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur. For shopaholics like me, there is also a shopping mall at the base of the building, Suria KLCC as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra is placed in the towers’ base. Since we visited the place in the evening, the sight of the scintillating towers in the alluring skyline was exemplary.
Our next stop was the magnificent religious shrine called Batu Caves, located 13 km away from Kuala Lumpur. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, this ancient sanctified place won our hearts. The 140-ft high statue of the deity embellished in gold paint at the entrance of the temple is extraordinary in every sense. We climbed up more than 250 steps to reach the temple cave situated on the tip of the hill. Spiritually inclined travellers as well as inquisitive tourists must visit this tranquil site once in their lifetime.
The majestic KL Tower or Menara Kuala Lumpur is the world’s fifth tallest structure situated in the verdure Bukit Nanas forest. We could not resist but relish a lavish meal at the revolving restaurant positioned on top of the structure allowing a 360-degree view of the city along with a fine-dining experience. My kids were enthralled to visit the observatory deck on the rooftop with built-in telescopes that permitted to zoom in any part of the city.
Since we love to discover anything Indian in an international destination, we headed to Little India. We felt that we were back in our homeland on reaching the vast area buzzing with Tamil accents, traditional aromas and Bollywood music. We savoured a few south Indian delicacies and Teh Tarik, a local tea which is quite popular among the locals here.
Since we wanted to make the trip worthwhile for the kids, we next stopped by the National Museum or Muzium Negara. The gallery houses a variety of antiques artifacts, handicrafts, armaments and currencies. On stepping out of the museum, we saw the original Proton Saga car.
Since Malaysia is synonymous with shopping, we had to make a stopover at Chinatown in Petaling Jaya Street. We bought various souvenirs, clothes, bags and accessories from here at quite cheap prices. However, you should be good at bargaining to visit the marketplace. There are also cafes and tea shops in the area that offer a respite after a long shopping spree with kids.
The best part in KL is that you can round off the day by treating your taste buds to a stimulating gastronomic experience. Restaurants in the city serve everything from local delicacies to international cuisine prepared with perfection.
So what are you waiting after reading this? Make plan today your next vacation in Malaysia and make your journey lifetime memorable!
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