Kuala Lumpur Trip: Family and Kid-Friendly Attractions in Kuala Lumpur
When people mention Kuala Lumpur, one particular thing almost always crosses my mind – the Petronas Towers. But let me me assure you, Malaysia’s capital is more than just its shimmery, towering pair of stainless steel. Kuala Lumpur is a city as diverse as one could imagine. Modern-day skyscrapers stand in contrast with Mughal-style domes and minarets. Six-lane highways and mega-sized shopping malls sit side-by-side with lush parks and bustling street markets. And oh, did I mention the wide variety of food, from upscale restaurants to food stalls lining the streets?
My family and I were planning our annual trip, and KL came to be one of the choices. Why not? There’s lot to explore and experience in this bustling city yet it appears to be family and kid-friendly, too. It seemed the ideal place to spend four days with my mom and my very young niece, and so we gave it a go.
Our first stop in KL was Batu Caves, an iconic and popular tourist attraction located in Selangor. This massive limestone outcrop with three main caves featuring temples and Hindu shrines attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists. The first thing that caught our attention was the large statue of the Hindu God standing beside the flight of stairs, as if guarding the entrance to the top. It was a steep climb to the temple with occasional encounters and interaction (to an extent) with monkeys frolicking around the caves.
How to get there: Take the Keretapi Tanah Melayu commuter train at KL Sentral and get off at Batu Caves Komuter station. Another option is to take bus 11/11D from Bangkok Bank Terminus (near Puduraya Terminus) or bus U6 from Titiwangsa. You can also take a taxi or private car going there.
The excitement of seeing the Petronas Twin Towers in person was apparent in everyone so we headed to this part of the city. Dusk was already setting in when we arrived, with the cerulean sky giving the perfect backdrop to the gleaming twin towers. It was a modern beauty to behold. I remember myself looking up to the towers for a few minutes, carefully staring at every edge and curve, admiring the precise details right before my eyes. True enough, it wouldn’t be world famous for nothing. A 58-meter long double decker skybridge connects the twin towers, where tourists are also welcome to experience this world-famous attraction. Too bad we were too late in scoring tickets since they ran out fast.
How to get there: Take the Kelaya Jaya train line and get off at KLCC station. You can also take a taxi or private car going there.
Traveling with my family means getting our dose of leisure and fun. So off we went to Genting Highlands, a high-altitude hill resort comprised of hotels, amusement parks, restaurants, a shopping mall and the Casino de Genting. Several attractions await guests here at Genting Highlands, with the Genting Skyway Cable Car ride being the most exciting part of the trip for us. Our ticket also includes a buffet lunch in one of the restaurants inside the resort which serves good food. Aside from the casino games and stirring rides, there are also special shows and performances inside the resort. It’s indeed the City of Entertainment in Malaysia.
How to get there: The cheapest way to reach Genting is to buy a Go Genting Express bus ticket and ride this bus at Puduraya (central bus station in KL, counter KT-27 L1), KL Sentral, 1 Utama, Pasarakyat and Terminal Putra LRT stations. You can also take a taxi or drive a car.
Come night time, we saw ourselves walking along Jalan Alor, the biggest collection of roadside restaurants and hawker stalls in KL. The street, though crowded with people and passing vehicles, was really alive and gave that foodie haven vibe. The variety of food is amazing; there’s barbecued meats, noodles, seafood, desserts, and other Thai, Chinese and Malaysian dishes imaginable.
How to get there: Ride the metro to Bukit Bintang station right next to Lot 10 Shopping Mall. From there, walk to Jalan Alor for about 5 minutes.
Malaysia has its own version of Chinatown, popularly called Jalan Petaling. Hustling and bustling never ends in this part of KL. It’s home to several hotels and hostels, as well as shopping stores and street food stalls – fruit stands, fashion boutiques, flower shops and more. We found some pretty cheap finds just by strolling along the area. Things get busy here but we didn’t mind.
How to get there: Ride the Kelana Jaya line and get off at Pasar Seni LRT station. Walk a short distance to Petaling street.
We found Kuala Lumpur an interesting and amusing place to travel with the family. If we’re talking about variety, then this place has packed a lot, from its people, culture, attractions down to food. Seeing the Petronas Towers at both night and day left an incredible feeling. Dining at the crowded Jalan Alor was really satisfying and shopping at Petaling street was really a bargain. Still, there’s a lot of things to explore, discover and try in Kuala Lumpur, which I’m sure will leave one surprised, if not amused.