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1. Posted by sunicol (Full Member, 93 posts) 6 May '07 05:14

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Hi,
Are the Batu Caves worth the trip from KL? Anything else a 'must see' other than the Petronas towers?
Suz

2. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru, 1836 posts) 6 May '07 09:10

Batu Caves is cool!!!! You will have to visit that place when you are in KL. Other than KLCC, you can try to visit KL Tower. Chinatown is one of the attraction in KL. You can also go to Pasar Seni or Central Market to see malaysian souvenirs and cultures there. Not even 5 minutes walk from Chinatown.;)

3. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member, 61 posts) 6 May '07 16:35

Good comments above from someone who lives in the place. However word of warning about Chinatown and the markets. If you go at night and want to get a taxi back to where you are staying then be prepared for a problem or two. Some taxi drivers flatly refuse to take you because of ""jams''. That is short for traffic jams and they don't like being caught up in them because it takes forever and they lose out on more fares. Try and find out if any buses leave from a place you can easily find and then perhaps taxi from the drop off. I would also be trying the many food outlets of typically Malaysian style food. No one makes a chicken curry as well as the Malaysians...the curry powder is the magic ingredient.

4. Posted by lizp (Full Member, 74 posts) 6 May '07 18:25

And a word of warning for Batu Caves, don't pay for the audio-visual tour (or whatever they call it) . It's the headphones and tape thingy that you listen to, not worth the money. Sometimes they try and con tourists that it's for an entry ticket!
As Buckra said, be careful of taxi drivers who try to cheat, make sure they use the meter, or else find a different taxi.
Walk round the old buildings near Chinatown at Merdeka Square, maybe go to National History Musuem which is by the Square. All walkable from Chinatown.

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member, 316 posts) 8 May '07 19:41

If you have the budget, I spoke to many people whilst in KL that the revolving restaurant at the top of the KL Tower is excellent for it's buffet lunch. The price is quite reasonable, about RM60 if I remember rightly. If not, the KL Tower is good as you have a 360 degree view of the city, the audio tour is free and pretty good and you can see the petronas towers. Make sure you visit the Petronas Towers at night - they look amazing.

If you're into shopping, Times Square is HUGE! There is also an indoor rollercoaster there, but when I was there last it was never running...but you might be lucky. China Town has a good market and some very good food stalls.

6. Posted by kidd27 (Budding Member, 34 posts) 8 May '07 23:29

Batu Cave is definitely a worthwhile trip when you're in KL for holiday. During the "Thaipusam" festival, this cave is full of activities with people from all over walks of life thronged the area. However, you only have the opportunity to witness the festival in January or February each year. Nevertheless, it is still great to visit any other time as it gives you much space, leisure and you can take your time to climb over the many steps up to reach the cave. There aren't any direct public bus that can take you there but public cabs are easily available to take you there from the city centre. Distance from city is approximately 10 to 15 kms. Do insist on using the meter or you may want to negotiate with the cab driver on the cost.

Apart from Batu Cave, yes, there are many other attractions that you may want to consider in your itinery. These include the "Thean Hou" Temple located well within the city area. The National Musuem is also another place where you can go. In terms of nature tour, you can also visit Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), which is very near to Batu Cave (you can stop there after your Batu Cave venture), Bird Park, which is also situated within city, the National Palace, where the King resides, KL Tower, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, KLCC, the twin tower, Petaling Street for its variety of Malaysian food and budget shopping and Bukit Bintang/Jalan Alor/Tengkat Tong Shin for choice of accomodations. Towards the greater of KL, you can try out Putrajaya with its great structures such as the mosque, convention centre, bridges and government buildings.

7. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 9 May '07 11:35

Quoting claireh

If you're into shopping, Times Square is HUGE! There is also an indoor rollercoaster there, but when I was there last it was never running...but you might be lucky.

There was an accident back in January (the time you were here) where a metal piece fell off (not sure if it was from the track or the train) and injured someone. They had to close the ride for investigation.

8. Posted by Mohammad_Amir (Inactive, 160 posts) 9 May '07 14:44

Bird Park was nice too...

but dont ask malay ppl how far a place is ... coz the obvious reply would be VEEERRYYYY FAAR... NO WAY U CAN GO THERE BY FOOT ...

which actually means ... 30 mins walk... AT THE MOST ...

ya and do try the spciy chicken curry... one with ketchup ... it was AWESOME .... can anyone tell me the name again plz....

RoLa

9. Posted by clarife (Respected Member, 294 posts) 14 May '07 09:17

Quoting Hien

Quoting claireh

If you're into shopping, Times Square is HUGE! There is also an indoor rollercoaster there, but when I was there last it was never running...but you might be lucky.

There was an accident back in January (the time you were here) where a metal piece fell off (not sure if it was from the track or the train) and injured someone. They had to close the ride for investigation.

Sounds a bit dodgy to me - is it back working again does anybody know?

I will be in KL for two days before BKK - one will probably be spent sleeping off jet lag! but can anybody recommend anything we could do in the second day?

I definitely want to see chinatown & the petronas towers - is there anything else anybody thinks we might fit in?

Thanks!

10. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 14 May '07 09:50

Quoting clarife

Quoting Hien

Quoting claireh

If you're into shopping, Times Square is HUGE! There is also an indoor rollercoaster there, but when I was there last it was never running...but you might be lucky.

There was an accident back in January (the time you were here) where a metal piece fell off (not sure if it was from the track or the train) and injured someone. They had to close the ride for investigation.

Sounds a bit dodgy to me - is it back working again does anybody know?

It's been a while. I've not been there for quite some time. It should be running again now. I'll try to check it out for you though.

I will be in KL for two days before BKK - one will probably be spent sleeping off jet lag! but can anybody recommend anything we could do in the second day?

You get jet lag flying from BKK to KUL?!

I definitely want to see chinatown & the petronas towers - is there anything else anybody thinks we might fit in?

Apart from Times Square, where else did you go the last time you were here?