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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

December 8, 2012

This past November, was fortunate to spend several weeks in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

As it was a business trip, my weekdays were spent working at the office, on mission to assist local colleagues. However, took the opportunity to visit restaurants during the evenings and on the weekends discovered Kuala Lumpur city thanks to comrade and host Solomon Freeman.

Petronas Twin Towers seen from KL tower

It was a terrific experience so want to share some of the photos I made during my stay in Kuala Lumpur, you can see the entire set on Flickr.

In the heart of the city itself you find Kuala Lumpur’s most famous intersection in Bukit Bintang, an area that gathers some of its largest shopping malls like Suria KLCC, Pavilion, Berjaya Times Square, Plaza Low Yat,…

Bukit Bintang crossing

You can also find Hutong Lot 10 there, which holds a food court below the Lot 10 shopping center filled with hawker inspired stalls that serve delicious, authentic cuisine.

Petronas Twin Towers

No doubt the most famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers. At their base is the Suria KLCC shopping center.
Suria KLCC is a must visit spot for otaku because the mall has a Kinokuniya book store with original Japanese manga, artbooks and more.

KLCC streets

If you like shopping, Kuala Lumpur is an ideal destinations with its many huge malls, each filled with brand stores and restaurants.

Due to its convenient proximity to the local office, stayed at the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, adjacent to the Sunway Pyramid mall. Even that shopping center is so large, spent an entire day in it leisurely walking around and browsing the many stores.

KL tower

Next to an observation deck, the iconic Kuala Lumpur Tower also houses Atmosphere 360, a revolving restaurant at 282 meters high that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city.

Kuala Lumpur city view

What could be even better than enjoying an unparalleled view over Kuala Lumpur city? Enjoying that same view while indulging in some fine dining of course!

Kuala Lumpur city view from KL tower

Although it was rather cloudy on occasion, overall had good weather during our lunch at Atmosphere 360, so was able to fully enjoy the epic view as well as the restaurant’s luscious buffet.

Kuala Lumpur city view from KL tower

Snapped quite a bit of photos of the cityscape from KL tower, even though the windows and haze made it rather tricky to get excellent shots. Had to boost the clarity in most images to reduce the haze.

Kuala Lumpur city view from KL tower

Another signature tourist spot well worth the visit is Chinatown and its Petaling street, a roofed pedestrian street filled with shops and hawker stalls, where tourists and locals alike haggle with merchants over what are usually counterfeit goods.

Petaling Street

My first visit to a ‘Chinatown’, it was an unforgettable experience to be immersed in such an area filled with street vendors, hawker stalls, all accentuated by the tropical heat and multicultural crowd.

Petaling street

As Belgium is not exactly famous for street food, had some reservations against the food prepared at such stalls but the food I tried from hawkers during my stay in Kuala Lumpur always proved to be delicious.

Food stall in Petaling Street

While I did avoid most of the spicy cuisine, overall really enjoyed the food in Malaysia, as well as the culture with its unique mix of bustling city life and laid back attitude, and of course the plethora of shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur. It was a terrific experience.

Street stalls in Chinatown

Even though I may have lamented the blistering heat and high humidity while there, the cold winter weather awaiting me when I returned home is even less pleasant, almost prompting me to wish I was back in Kuala Lumpur.

Time to rest

Closing off this brief photo post on my stay in Malaysia with this image of an elderly man napping.
You can see even more of my photos of Kuala Lumpur on Flickr.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 15, 2012 5:24 pm

    Hi Smithy, 久しぶり!Hope you remember me.

    I’ve been busy irl, so no time to stay active on the internet, but I still keep up with anime and blogs as much I can.
    I still check your blog from time to time, and this post catches my eye.

    I was in Malaysia just last month for a short time and judging from your pics, its pretty lucky you got them on a great day. They look awesome! It was raining when I was there.

    I’m currently in Singapore, just started working here. (I was even here for AFA ’12) So if ever you’re in town, drop me a line. And maybe we can catch up and visit some otaku spots haha. ^^

    -sol

  2. December 15, 2012 7:08 pm

    @solwyvern
    本当に久しぶりですね。ご無沙汰しています。
    You were in Malaysia last month as well? What a coincidence, a shame we didn’t get in touch to meet up.
    I’ve heard lots of great things about Singapore, if they ever send me back to Malaysia, think I’ll plan in a stopover in Singapore. ^^

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