Central Market, Kuala Lumpur


We learned about KL’s CentralMarket on the internet and in the many brochures we found at our hotel. Since it was located close to Merdeka Square which we were visiting that day, we added the Year 1888 built market to the list of places we wanted to visit in the city. Only later did we also learn that it has received a ‘certificate of excellence’ on trip advisor for 2013 and several other accolades.

The main market is situated in a two floor building painted light blue on the outside. It also has a more recently build annexe and an outdoor pedestrian lane called the Kasturi Walk running alongside the main building.



It’s really nice and several tourists as well as locals throng the place. Inside, the various shops/stalls sell cute little souvenirs and local handicrafts. The stores offer a blend of key chains, fridge magnets, show pieces, trinkets, bags, stoles/shawls, baskets and hats. There are some region specific areas focusing on Malay, Indian and Chinese as well – the décor was really pretty for these (see below).

The market is not very big but I loved the whole layout and feel of the place and picked up a cloth bag, a pair of flip flops, and cute little tortoise magnets to put on my cubicle board … YaY 🙂

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Daylight View from KLT
We wanted to visit the sky bridge at Petronas Twin Towers on our visit to KL. When we checked online for bookings everything was sold out for the next two days. We tried our luck twice at the concourse but no luck there either.
 
Driving around in KL, we couldn’t help but notice the KL Tower (Menara KL) and wondered if it was open to public. On researching further, we discovered that it was – in fact it housed an open air deck, a closed observation area, a revolving restaurant, XD theatre, F1 simulator and several other small shops and attractions for tourists. We also learned that it’s the highest viewpoint in KL open to public.
 
Although slightly pricey (RM 99), we decided to go for the open air deck and we are glad we did. It was totally worth it! The view from above was breathtaking!
 
Sunset from KLT
We had reached at around 6:30 pm and stayed on till 8:00pm and so got to see the KL skyline both before and after sunset. It was such a pretty sight esp. the night vision with all the lights twinkling and shining down below us.
 
City view from KLT
How Petronas look like at night
I now feel that Petronas are probably over hyped! I guess it’s okay if you don’t get to go on the skybridge because it not even the highest floor besides being closed and covered. Besides, when you want to look at the skyline you want Petronas to be in there. KL Tower, maybe not so much. But you do want to be atop it 🙂

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Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

KLCC Park
It was CNY 2014 and with everything shut down in Singapore it was time to hit the road. We were quite late in getting our bookings done so settled upon going to KL by road.
When we checked online there were several bus services available. We chose Luxury Coach and got the tickets done. The price was higher due to CNY costing us approx. 60 S$ one way whereas the normal is usually 40 S$. The bus starts from Concorde Hotel at Orchard Road and drops you at either Dorsett Regency or Hotel Istana in KL, both of which are centrally located.
 
For the hotel we didn’t have many choices again because everything was booked in advance. We finally made our booking at Hotel Royal at Bukit Bintang. Except for the great location you can avoid this place.
 
We started at 8:00 AM and reached around 2:00 PM as traffic was heavy. Normally it takes about 4 hours from Spore to KL. We didn’t mind it so much though; because the bus was 25 seater and so lots of leg space. Besides, the seats were really comfy with entertainment screens! We checked-in and headed for lunch. It was a treat to see several options right outside the hotel.
 
 
 
Later, we headed out towards KLCC/Petronas Twin Towers. There was an elevated walkway very close to the hotel and we started out on foot. We stopped by at the KLCC Park where you can sit around by the lake with the fountains running. It nice and cheery in the evenings.
 
Went to the Petronas concourse but all tickets for the day were sold out and they do not do advance bookings. Advance bookings are available online though. We settled on admiring it from down below, which was also nice by the way 🙂
Spent the rest of the time at Dome Café and window shopping at Suria KLCC Mall.
Our day closed on a happy note at one of the many Hookah bars that dot Bukit Bintang.
A slow paced and fun day it was … just as we had intended it to be.

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