A Different Kuala Lumpur

The federal territory of Kuala Lumpur (also known as the capital of Malaysia) attracts millions of visitors each year thanks to its modern skyscappers, food paradise and a unique combination of different cutural aspects with multilation of religions namely Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. For this “Little Asia” country, most well-known places have been recognized through numerous websites with detailed guide that can be found easily online. But, if you are a person who wants to go beyond the common destinations and love to wander where locals go, these sites are what you must list on your note.

Taman Connaught Night Market

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The market gets crowded at night

Not as world-wide famous as Chatuchak Market in Thai Land, Taman Connaught Night Market, somehow is the longest and bigsest night market (Malay: Pasar Malam) to exist in Kuala Lumpur itslef. The most special feature that makes this market unpopular to visitors is the weekly opening schedule that just happen on only Wednesday from 5 PM to 1 AM. It’s also the distance from Kuala Lumpur center that make tourists hesitate going to this spot. However, once envolving in, you will absolutely be impressed by the number of food and goods here. Taman Connaught market has more than 150 stalls along the 2 kilometers of Jalan Cedras with mostly Chinese, Japanese, Korean and South East Asian food

 

 

There is variety of dishes for you to try while walking in the market. Some of them are even cheaper than that inside the capital center. Moreover, some types of food are not common to see in Kuala Lumpur. The best time to hang around this place is from 5PM to 7PM. After that period, you will be stuck in a long line of people from everywhere. Be aware of picpocket as it is too crowded then.

How to get there: Take a railway train at MRT Bukit Bintang station boarding Kajang line to Taman Connaught station (fare around 3-4RM without Touch n Go card), walk down around 5 minutes and you will see the market.

Opening time: Weekly Wednesday, 5PM to 1PM

I City Park

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The magical garden of lights in I-City park

I City is actually a small theme park in Shah Alam, which is about 13 kilometer from the center of Kuala Lumpur. I’m sure there is hardly any foreign visitor that has heard much about this park perhaps because of its distance. You may have a great time with the bult-in world of snow inside the park with just 30RM before evening. Walking inside snowy building, playing snow balls or just enjoying the snow yourself as there is no such place in most parts of South East Asia that has snow! The water park is another excited activity there. But all of those are not the main feature that attract people here, except for the Garden of Lights. Every trees are equipped with colorful electric city lights that turn to be a dream at night. And the most shocking information is that you can experience it with totally NO COST! If you feel like eating something, food stalls around there will offer you some of the best foods in town with coffee, chicken, snack and other dishes.

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How to get there: The only convenient way is to taking grab from Kuala Lumpur to I-City park as there is no direct train coming there. You can also use bus if you want, but the journey will take up to more than 1 hour as the bus stops at a lot of station. A small tip for you to save as much of your budget as possible is to take KTM line KLANG from KL SENTRAL to station PADANG JAWA and then use grab to get there. This way of transportation cost around 10-15 ringgit with a total of 40 minutes.

Opening time:

Garden of lights: 5PM-1AM

Snow walk: 11AM – 12AM

The Curve

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The best spot for shopping lover in Kuala Lumpur besides the two famous malls: Berjaya Timesquare and Pavillion is The Curve in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya. This mall attracts a number of people to come there and shop with the special small market along the walking way inside with pretty hand-made jewelries and other items. If you think that’s just what you can see there, you are totally wrong. As a combination of the best entertainment, this mall has a link with 4 other malls as E-Curve, IKEA, Tesco Mega mall and Ikano. Five malls in one area! I’m sure that anyone who love shopping will find this place a must not to miss. The underground floor of Ikano will offer you the best foods with variety of dishes while you will have a number of funiture to buy at IKEA as well as look around all the famous fashion shop in The Curve.

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How to get there: you may want to cacht MRT from both KL Sentral station and Pasar Seni station to Mutiara Damansara station, which takes around 30-40 minutes with just 4RM.

Opening time: 10AM – 10PM

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