Discover a Variety of the Finest street art in Penang – Malaysia

Discover a Variety of the Finest street art in Penang – Malaysia

Authored by Anitha Thanabalan (Contributor)

 

Everywhere that you turn in Penang, you will see some metal sculpture or mural on the wall. The whole idea was to enhance the streets and add some flair with a little Penang graffiti.

The history of Penang is a fascinating one. The modern history of the Malaysian City only started in 1786 because Captain Francis Light of the British East India Company landed on Penang Island which is where Fort Cornwallis now stands. For Light, Penang was the ideal place to be because it was in the middle of the maritime trade routes between China and India. It made it a convenient place for trade and an ideal place for French and Dutch expansion in Southeast Asia.

The British influence is so high, that the street names in Penang have English names for example; the city itself is called Georgetown. There are streets here like Lorong Buckingham, Armenian Street, Leith Street, etc.

Because Penang dates back so long to the 1700s, a lot of buildings are rundown and wearing thin. Since that time, the people have tried to renovate the buildings to bring a stunning touch, with artists and muralists alike, attempting to enhance Georgetown’s position as the street capital of Malaysia.

 

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Discover a world of Street art in Penang.

 

 

 

A Breakdown of the Best Street Art in Penang

Since 2008, Georgetown has been listed as a World Heritage Site,  because of that, the Penang art has developed at a rapid rate. In 2009, cartoonists such as Tang Mun Kian and Baba Chuah wanted to help bring awareness to the history of the street by adding the stories of road and social history through the use of caricatures, now, there are metal caricatures that have been set up all over the city for everyone to see and it looks splendid.

The iron caricatures blend humour and historical facts that describe the colloquial demeanour of early settlement days that gave a memorable history to each of those streets of Georgetown Penang. They depict the daily lives of the people where those landmarks start at this moment.

In 2012, London-trained Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was asked and commissioned to paint a collection of Penang wall murals around the inner city, and you can see them all over Georgetown. The project sparks interest with the locals and more and more local artists are starting to add murals to the walls of Georgetown.

Now, rather than walking around aimlessly, most hostels and hotels will have a brochure of all the street art, so that you can go on a scavenger hunt around the town and take photos of all of the murals and sculptures. Being interested in the Penang street art myself, I was excited to start my tour so with a fresh coffee and my brochure in hand, I was ready for an adventure around Georgetown to see all the street art.

Below, is a selection of what I found in the Penang Street Art tour.

 

The Narrow Walkways lead to the most exceptional Wall Street Art in Penang

For people that don’t already know. Shoe designer Jimmy Choo is actually from Penang, and because of this, this metal sculpture describes his start in shoe designing. The Penang Jimmy Choo is located on the corner of Lebuh Leith and Lebuh Muntri and is number one on the scavenger hunt.

 

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Shoe designer Jimmy Choo Penang.

 

Located on Lorong Stewart, it’s a famous walkway because it claims to be a five-foot walkway, but just from the picture, you can see that it is the narrowest walkway in Penang and it is connected to the Wan Hai Hotel in Georgetown.

 

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Capture Penang Street Art through the narrow walkways.

 

History states that back in the day, the rich husbands of Muntri Street used to come to Love Lane, which used to be a street filled with brothels, to sleep with their mistresses. So, it is clear that the artists truly embraced that idea with this metal sculpture of a husband climbing out a window.

 

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Love Lane Penang Street Art captures the behaviours of naughty husbands.

 

Love Lane Penang Street Art has now become a hub for backpackers and travellers because of the abundance of bars and hostels on the street. This metal sculpture depicts that perfectly, but the history of this street has changed in the past few years.

 

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More incredible Love Lane street art in Georgetown.

 

Incredible Penang Wall Murals

There are so many different wall murals around the city, and you need to look for closely the creative art because some are hidden and out of plain sight.

Another amazing thing to see around Georgetown are the murals that are painted on the Penang wall. Some are pretty faded, and you can tell that they have been there for a very long time, but there are some that have made Penang what it is now and don’t seem to be going away any time soon.

Little Children on a Bicycle is a Penang mural that was painted by Ernest Zacharevic on the wall of a shophouse on Armenian street, and it depicts a little girl taking her younger brother on a bicycle ride and the joy on their faces provide cheer and adds character to Armenian street. The cool thing about this mural is that he used three-dimensional objects to add some flair to the painting.

 

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Little children on the bicycle Penang.

 

Old motorbike is another example of how Zacharevic uses three-dimensional objects to add something more to the painting. You can find this mural on Ah Quee Street. It depicts a boy that is waiting on his bike as he watches pedestrian traffic. Ah Quee street has another one of Zacharevic’s painting along with a 3D form of cigarettes sitting out of the wall.

There are many murals and art installations around the city; all you have to do is walk around and see al the street art on offer in the popular city of Malaysia.

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Old motorbike street art.

Old motorbike street art.

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Helpful Tricks and Tips for Travelling to Malaysia

Helpful Tricks and Tips for Travelling to Malaysia

If you need helpful tips for travelling to Malaysia, you might know a bit about all that it has to offer, or you might just know it’s just south of Thailand a popular destination, so why not stop by for a few days and have an awesome Malaysia holiday?

Well, with all that Malaysia has to boast about, consider giving her more than a few days of your time. From pristine beaches known for their diving to stunning cities and national parks to colonial roots and tea plantations, Malaysia’s beauty is rich, deep, and diverse.

 

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Helpful Tips and Tricks for Travelling to Malaysia

 

 

Diversity & Festivals to look out for in your Malaysia Travel

Starting out with the basics, Malaysia is diverse. With an ample Muslim population, all Muslim holidays are observed, including Ramadan, usually ending in June. There are major Buddhist, Hindu, and Chinese influences as well that bring many festivals and traditions to Malaysia.

If you’re hoping to see a certain culture, make sure to plan a trip around their festival. So, if you’re hoping to experience that stellar celebration that comes at the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, then come during Hari Raya Aidilfitri. With such a celebration happening, you will likely be welcomed into the party as a guest. Be prepared for this with modest clothes and a healthy appetite!

Chinese New Year will also be a great time to visit, where the cities come to life with festivals, parades, shows, and performances. Red is the colour of the new year, so come ready to celebrate. To experience the Buddhist influence, come during Vesak Day in May. This is when they honour the life, death, and enlightenment of Buddha. The temples will be decorated, and decadent vegetarian food will abound.

Our last two festivals are Hindu festivals: Deepavali and Thaipusam. Deepavali is commonly known as the Festival of Lights, and yes it lives up to its name. In the evenings, lanterns, lights, colours, and high energy abounds as Hindus celebrate the victory of light over darkness, which essentially means the triumph of good over evil.

Our last festival, Thaipusam, is more of a heads up so you know what you’re getting into if you travel in January. A tribute to a specific Hindu God, followers will be holding spiked alters that cut into their bodies. So, know beforehand if you want to attend this festival or take a beach day.

 

Batu Caves

Batu Caves is a cultural and popular tourist area.

 

Basics & Safety for when you Visit Malaysia

Now that the culture has started to entice you to Malaysia, let’s talk quickly about the atmosphere. The main language is Malay, but most people speak decent English, so you should be able to go about your travels relatively easily.

While Malaysia is quite safe to travel in, pickpocketing and petty theft are still popular, as in many Southeast Asian countries. So, keep your travel documents and money safe and tucked away. Finally, stay away from the Eastern Sabah, on the island of Borneo. There has been a growing number of kidnaps in the region, so it’s better to steer clear.

 

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Watch your belongings at popular tourist attractions such as Petronas Twin Towers.

 

Weather: The Best Time to Go on a Vacation in Malaysia

Malaysia is near the Equator, so humidity and high temperatures are a part of daily life, all year round. Seasons are not noticeable, however, there is a distinct rain and monsoon season from November through mid-February on the east coast. On the west coast, the rain starts in April and ends in October. So, if you like staying dry, plan accordingly.

 

Budgeting for your Malaysia Trip

Malaysia is definitely a less expensive destination then the Western destinations but depending on your travel style you can spend as much or as little as you want. Staying in hostel dorms can be as cheap as $3, while you can splurge on a luxurious hotel for over $50. There is, of course, all sorts of things in between.

Meals can also be as cheap – from street food starting at $1 and reaching up to $15 – $20 if you want sometimes spectacular. Alcohol has a large tax on the mainland, so most will range between $3 – $6. It is important to note that Malaysia has won the Guinness League of Excellence Award, meaning it will have the creamiest drink outside of the German Homeland.

Getting around can be cheap or a pain depending on what you choose. Taxis in Malaysia are known to be difficult and usually unmetered. This means they will charge you whatever they feel like, so make sure to agree on a fee beforehand. Local buses and trains are the most reliable best, ranging from just fifty cents to a few dollars depending on your destination.

 

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What to See, Where to Go in Malaysia

Now that you’re ready with an understanding of culture and logistics, where should you go to the wonderful country of Malaysia? Let’s start in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The most iconic part of the skyline is the Petronas Twin Towers. Rising far above the city, they can boast the title of the tallest twin towers in the world. If you’re not hesitant about heights, walk on the sky bridge connecting the two or check out the view from the 86th floor.

While in the city, take advantage of the plethora of street food vendors. Try out some apam balik, a sweet, nutty pancake snack or satay. While you may have had meat on a stick before, it is something else when roasted to perfection all day outside. Take note that being a predominately Muslim country, pork will be a rare find. Lastly, make sure to try the laksa wherever you go. Using a brothy base with meat, veggies, and coconut milk, it will be a warming and homey dish to make you fall in love with the country just a little more.

Malaysia is known for its natural beauty, so make sure to get out and explore the Taman Negara National Park. You can backpack for miles, simply take a stroll through the rainforest, or have a picnic at an overlook. If you like canoeing or rock climbing, hire a guide and head off on a trek. If you’re fit enough for 272 steps uphill, make sure to go to the Batu Caves. Made of limestone, the three caves house a temple. A stunning sight where culture, nature, and tradition meet, it is one of the most beautiful and authentically Malaysian places to visit.

The beaches in Malaysia and islands off the coast are known for their stunning scenery and epic diving. Take a ride or a dip on any of them and enjoy soaking up the sun. If you’re hoping for a little more privacy, head out to one of the islands, such as Langkawi. The islands of Redang and Perhentian are known for their over thirty dive sights and shipwrecks. As the islands are more known as tourist destinations, the alcohol tax is lifted on many of the islands as there is a lesser Muslim population.

As you’re exploring nature all over Malaysia, make sure to stop and enjoy the small villages along the way. This is where you’ll get to know the people who get the privilege of calling Malaysia home. If you make your way to Penang, enjoy the street art that adorns nearly every corner of the city. It is spunky and unusual at times, but breathtaking.

So, I hope this has given you a glimpse into how to start planning your Malaysian trip. There is so much packed into this country, it is a must-see destination if you’re already heading to the Eastern part of the world. So, grab your rain jacket and your adventurous spirit and head on over!

 

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Ella, Content Manager for trekbible, is a writer and content specialist with a predilection for learning and exploring new places and cultures around the world. With family scattered throughout the U.S. and South Korea, she loves to see cross-cultural influences around the world. Her favorite thing to do on her travels is to taste the local cuisine of each destination.

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The Experience of Tasting Durian for the very First Time in Malaysia

The Experience of Tasting Durian for the very First Time in Malaysia

Durian, the tropical fruit commonly found in Southeast Asia that we have all heard of and it’s not necessarily for it’s taste or unique appearance, it’s mainly because of its odd smell that has most people running away at the very thought of trying durian.

Durian, I must admit, is not new to me either, and when I say, “not new”, I mean, I have heard of the fruit, I have just never tried it before. That changed on a recent trip to Malaysia, when tasting durian became a whole new experience for me and I had the chance to reluctantly try the unique fruit that is commonly found all over Kuala Lumpur.

I say reluctantly, because I have only ever heard negative things about Durians’ before and those less than kind reviews have kept me away in the past. Me and many other I assume too. That changed when a couple of my Malaysian friends that I met during my travels in Laos the previous year, insisted I give it a go when I returned to their home country. I had no choice but to duly obliged, I was after all a guest in their home country.

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My Malaysian friends introduce me to tasting durian.

 

 

Tasting Durian in Malaysia

It happened on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, after a day out with my Malaysian friends on the ATV’s. We went to a fruit shop, a unique market setup that had hundreds of durians and a range of other fruits common in the country.

All the durians were placed on al large shelf, although the shelves were quite bare at this stage as a ute load of fresh durian had only arrived. When shelved, the durians are placed in the five category classes, with class-one being the best down to the lowest at class-five.

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A boutique little fruit shop that host a range of yummy fruits.

 

I will admit at this stage, I didn’t get all the talk about its smell, because from where I stood at close range, there was nothing wrong with the smell, of course that is my opinion, but my smelling senses couldn’t pick up anything out of the ordinary.  

My friends, who seemed like professionals in selecting the right fruit, carefully selected two large and expensive durians that cost around $30 Australian dollars for one. A man who worked at the fruit shop got out his large knife and prepared the durian for all of us and at a small table with a couple of stools, it was time to experience durian Malaysian style.

 

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Preparing the durian for a little tasting session.

 

The Secret Confession of my Durian Experience

The taste was like no other fruit I ever tried before, well obviously it was my first taste, but this was different and quite hard to describe, so I may stuff up in trying to do so.

To begin, it’s quite creamy, with a little sweetness, mixed with a little bitterness, and on first impression it didn’t quite grab the attention of my taste buds upon first bite, but we had plenty to eat on the table and I soldiered on trying to get used to it, maybe even enjoy it.

 

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The Durians are selling fast, if you can believe that.

 

Now for my confession, perhaps my Malaysian friends will read this or perhaps not, at the time of tasting durian I said that I enjoyed it, I had to keep a straight face in doing so, because I can honestly say that was not the case.

I didn’t enjoy the taste of durian at all, I won’t go as far as to say I hated the fruit, but it was a unique taste that I could never get used to, and I was supposedly trying the highest classed durian you could find. I can honestly $30 for the price of one durian, at least that was the price at this store in Malaysia, I won’t be rushing back for another try anytime soon.

 

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A Wet and Wild Hike in a Kuala Lumpur rainforest – Malaysia

A Wet and Wild Hike in a Kuala Lumpur rainforest – Malaysia

New experiences bring new meaning and on a recent trip to Malaysia, I wanted to do exactly that for my own family and create an experience they would fondly remember for years to come.

A hike in a Kuala Lumpur Rainforest is exactly what the travel doctor ordered for this brand-new family experience full of adventure.

Hiking near Kuala Lumpur hardly seems a hair-raising experience, and for the extremist out there it’s not. However, chuck in a couple of growing boys, a five-hour hike through some tricky terrain can be quite the challenge.

A challenge a lot of young families should embrace, because what a great way to have a family-bonding activity in the great outdoors Hiking Malaysia and do a heap exercise in the process.

It’s another great way to get your kids of those electronic devices and instead, be one with nature in a rainforest near Kuala Lumpur

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All prepared gfor the hike in a Kuala Lumpur Rainforest.

 

 

Booking the Kuala Lumpur Rainforest hike through Airbnb

Upon booking our Airbnb accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, a range of day tours were opened to us through Airbnb website that ranged from city tours to food tours, amongst other activities.

The Malaysia hiking tours option appealed immediately, especially when you throw in a lush rainforest and waterfalls, the decision was easy to make.

Through a few easy steps on the Airbnb website and couple of quick messages to the guide who runs the program, the hike in the Kuala Lumpur rainforest was confirmed and paid.

Keeping in mind this article is not a sponsored post and the hike was paid for out of my own funds, so my opinions in this article are real and my own.

 

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We booked our hike through the Airbnb website.

 

The location of the Hike near Kuala Lumpur

The hike took place at Maya falls, or locally known as Lata Medang, a part of the township called Kuala Kabu Bharu. It’s only an hour drive Kuala Lumpur, give or take depending on traffic in the big city.

You don’t need to worry about getting yourself to the isolated area, because Thomas the guide will give you a ride as part of the day tour.

 

Mayo Falls

Welcome to Mayo Falls.

 

Thomas – The Experienced Guide who made the trip

Thomas, as mentioned previously, is the guide for the occasion, a down to earth character who is full of knowledge of the forest we hiked and Malaysia in general, with many searching questions asked to him answered.

An experienced guide on the Maya Falls trail, Thomas is equipped with a first-aid kit, ponchos in case of rain (more on that later), along with juice, water and snacks also packed in his heavy backpack.

At times, the terrain will get tricky with sloping hills and unpredictable surfaces, before the commencement of the hike, Thomas hands outs hiking poles and water shoes for when you get to the gorgeous waterfalls.

He also has a top notch camera and takes plenty of photos, so if you feel your camera may be a burden on this hike, leave it in the hotel room.

 

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You’ll just lve the hike with the expereinced guide.

 

 Enjoying Local Malay Food Before and After the Hike

The day is not only about the hike, although that is the most rewarding part of the day. Before and after the hike you get to enjoy a few local Malaysian dishes for breakfast and lunch at a nearby restaurant in Kuala Kabu Bharu, all included in the price.

Not a bad way to start and end the day with a fine selection of Malaysian food that you probably never tired before.

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Enjoy local breakfast before the hike.

 

Heading into the Jungle

Once the drive is completed, and we have had our fulfilling breakfast, it’s time to head into the Kuala Lumpur rainforest for an adventure to remember.

Taking with us a few lightweight backpacks with the basic essentials included and our hiking poles, we head into the jungle to begin the uphill ascent.

Instantly, you fall in love with surroundings of the rainforest, it’s breathtaking, from the sounds of the creek, to the insects buzzing around with the cicadas leaving the loudest noise.

The local dogs join the crew on the walk too and never leave our sight for a second, there is no doubt they know the trail as well as the guide.

 

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Let’s head into the jungle.

 

Often on the hike we stop for a few local facts and stories about the jungle which is told to us by Thomas, who explains about the cicadas, the wild bores and various information of the jungle that is all useful knowledge, It’s all intriguing and an education at the same time.

On the uphill ascent you do encounter a few tricky and vertical slopes that is handled with ease by my boys, so any parents with concerns you can erase those fears right now.

There isn’t too much danger for the young ones on this hike, however as with any forest around the world, you always need to remain cautious and diligent.  

 

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The hike begins in the Kuala Lumpur rainforest.

 

The Three Tantalising Waterfalls

At the half way mark of the hike, before the downhill descent, you stumble across three gorgeous waterfalls that makes you appreciate this rainforest of Maya Falls even more than you had previously, if that was even possible.

You come across the first waterfall of the hike, it looks sensational, but as you get to the second waterfall, it goes to another level, before the stunning climax upon reaching the third and last lot of falls of the hike, it is by far the biggest and most spectacular waterfall of the trio.

 

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Enjoy the feeling of the waterfall come over you.

 

It’s at that location that we stop for a well-earned swim in the gorgeous water-hole of Mayo Falls that has the breathtaking waterfall right above us for all to see.

We each have a go at standing under the powerful water surge from above and feeling the pressure of the water crash onto us, not too hard that we go falling over, but with enough power that brings a few chills and laughter.

It’s a great moment in the hike to get the cameras out and snap a few pictures at will, some action shots are incredible.

We have a few light snacks and guzzle more water, it’s time to go downhill, but the weather has now taken a turn for the worse, it’s going to be a wet and wild trek back to the vehicle.

 

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Mayo falls

Here it is, the waterfalls of Maya Falls.

 

A Wet and Wild Hike on the Return

A wet and wild hike is not what we signed up for, but in some ways, I am glad we encountered this problem on the downhill descent, because it took this hike to another level of experience when thinking back of our memories during our time in Malaysia.

Naturally, the downhill part is meant to be quicker, but the powerful rain and the storm above slowed us down. The ponchos came out and now the hiking poles are being fully utilised as the surface is certainly slippery underneath.

 

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The weather begins to change for a wet and wild hike experience.

 

By now the sounds of the forest are long gone and the only noise heard is the sounds of the storm above, it certainly did turn dark suddenly and it’s only in the afternoon.

There is something special about the rain that makes the rainforest look even more beautiful, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but to me it just looks better with the water dripping from all the trees and plants inside the forest.

A couple of hours into the downhill descent the wet and wild hike is concluded, now feeling damp and cold from the water which has saturated our clothing. 

It doesn’t deter us, we are all laughing, smiling, and the experience makes us feel proud, it makes me feel proud as a father that my two boys marched ahead with the guide, with no complaints or moaning about the weather.

Meanwhile, mum and dad lagged several metres behind trying to keep with the leaders up front. The boys were warriors inside the Kuala Lumpur rainforest and I couldn’t have been prouder.

 

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The rain begins to come down hard.

 

A great family outing in the Kuala Lumpur Rainforest

The experience is real and it gives great satisfaction upon reaching the finishing line after enduring the hurdles inside the jungle.

If you’re seeking a family bonding activity that creates challenges and brings you closer together, a hike is the way to go.

I know the Kuala Lumpur rainforest hike was one of the most memorable moments of our time in Malaysia, even if it did bring a wet and wild conclusion to the eventful day.

 

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Kuala Lumpur Diaries: Days 7 -10 – Goodbye Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Diaries: Days 7 -10 – Goodbye Malaysia

When any trip comes to an end I always get a little down in the dumps (that is until the next trip comes along course), but specifically this time, because there was something special about Kuala Lumpur that had an impression on me and it makes it hard to say, “Goodbye Malaysia”.

It may be goodbye Malaysia, but only for now, because I know I’ll be back real soon to see all the wonderful things that goes on in Kuala Lumpur, like its culture, the people, city attractions and the even affordability of staying in the city.

I do know however, the next time I’m in Malaysia that I will spread my wings even further by getting out to see the rest of this beautiful country and everything else on offer, like Malaysia’s beautiful landscapes, gorgeous beaches, wonderful people and everything else that makes this country great to explore.

For now, it’s time to move on to this edition of KL diaries and get into the highlights and memories that were created during days 7-10 of my stay in Kuala Lumpur. Let’s get into it.

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The sun sets on Kuala Lumpur and it’s goodbye Malaysia, for now.

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Visiting the Pavilion Shopping Mall

I have walked into a few incredible shopping malls in my time, and I’m not going to the extreme and mention that this was one of the best, however, the Pavilion Shopping Mall is certainly a good one and by far the best in KL.

At one entrance (there are plenty), you wander straight into café strip, where many coffee shops or bars are located for roughly a 200-metre stretch, for me a or any other coffee lover, it’s heaven. Along with the beautifully designed layout of the mall, there are a range of retail outlets that take up several levels, a fantastic food-court, luxury dining areas and mega cinema complex, where the latest Avengers movie had people queuing up for a seat.

No doubt, my favourite part of the Pavilion Shopping Mall was Tokyo Street, a mixture of Japanese related retail stores, antiques, sweets and many magnificent Japanese restaurants with sushi trains, ramen and many styles of Japanese soup. Good eating I’ll tell you, and a very nice Japanese designed section of the Mall.

 

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The Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur.

An Evening in Kuala Selangor

Earlier in the week we booked an evening tour to Kuala Selangor. A family evening out in Malaysia, we had a chance to feed a few monkeys, have a riverside seafood dining experience with a glorious sunset view and check out a few fire-flies by the river.

It wasn’t the greatest day-tour I have been on, far from it, but still an enjoyable evening away from the city and in a quieter part of Malaysia. Our female driver, who had impeccable English and great knowledge not only her home country but the world, picked us up from our apartment and drove out of the city towards our Kuala Selangor. About a 90-minute trip in total.

It started with the monkeys at an area called Taman Alum, plenty of black and brown coloured monkeys eager for scraps of food and willing to fight for it, so eager in fact that the black ones would jump all over you for their piece of food and sometimes even two of them. Upon getting to Taman Alum, we were assured the black monkeys were friendly by the locals selling scraps of food, in general they were, the monkeys sure did create plenty of laughs for my boys who were eager to get up close to their new friends.

A delicious seafood dinner followed, set along the Selangor River, we ate at a restaurant called Kuang Wah Seafood, where we had array of assorted seafood such as fresh crabs and prawns, with sweet and sour pork and a large dish of fried rice. The meal was pure quality and we did in quick, but could beat the view of the sun coming down over Malaysia. Sensational.

The fireflies were next on the list before the drive back. We headed out on the longboats to catch a glimpse of a few little insects that lit up under the night sky. The experience was ok, as much as seeing a million fireflies on the banks of the river can be, yet it was a beautiful evening in a quiet boat with nothing else heard but the sounds of nature in Kuala Selangor.

For obvious reasons being in pitch black and trying to capture the best of the fireflies, taking photos was impossible without the aid of a flash, but you can check out your own Kuala Selangor attractions in the guides below.

 

 

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View from our seafood dinner in Kuala Selangor.

On top of the Petronas Towers

Previously we had seen the best of Petronas Twin Towers from ground zero under the night sky and this time around on a Thursday evening, it was time to go up to the observation deck to have a great glimpse of Kuala Lumpur from the 86th floor.

To go up the top of the Petronas requires around a three-day waiting list with bookings essential. The experience was okay, we deliberately booked our time for the evening session to try and watch the sunset, but taking great photos was hard due to the strong lighting inside the building, it had every guest on the evening session holding their camera close to the window to try and shield their camera away from the interior lighting. A side note, no selfie sticks or tripods allowed on the observation area.

The experience was not bad, but if I had my time again I probably would have done the tour in a little more daylight to appreciate the city views in natural colour. However, it’s personal choice if you want to fork out the fees to go to the top.

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 Petronas Twin Towers.

Capturing the sunset from the Petronas Twin Towers.

Wander through KLCC

KLCC is obviously the Kuala Lumpur City Centre, a central area that has attractions with the likes of the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, many dining options and other retail outlets. Like many central areas of any city it’s saturated with tourist looking to have a good time out in Malaysia’s capital city.

The KLCC is also the home to the Suria Shopping mall that sits under the Petronas Towers and alongside the KLCC Park, another modern shopping mall with a host outlets, food and café’s but the winner is at night outside the mall, when not only you capture gorgeous views of the Towers above but watch an amazing fountain light show at around 8pm.

A word to the wise, the traffic never relents in any part of the city and it’s advise to either walk or take public transport when venturing into the city.

 

KLCC

The fountains light up at KLCC.

Berjaya Times Square

By now you have probably read enough about shopping malls, Kuala Lumpur does host a few. However, Berjaya Times Square is worth mentioning, not only because it was our last attraction we visited in KL, but it’s a mall with a bit of a difference.

It does contain the normal retail and food outlets like any usual mall, but when you venture to the fifth floor of Times Square, you will stumble into an Indoor theme Park that is full of rollercoasters, rides and other entertainment that you may get at a theme park around the world. It’s not by any means a huge indoor theme park, like Lotte World in Seoul Korea, nonetheless, it’s still a unique attraction to visit with the family in KL.

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Times Square

Have a roller coaster of a time at Times Square.

Goodbye Malaysia

Goodbye Malaysia, a sad goodbye indeed, but memories are being taken home with me and with that I say to Malaysia, “see you soon.” So, it is goodbye for now, but I’m certainly looking at booking another trip to the country real soon.

It’s not too long until you need to wait until my next adventures in the travel diaries, because in a few weeks I am heading to Japan for the first time ever, where I will be staying at Osaka and Kyoto. Until then, see you later and happy travels.

 

 Petronas Twin Towers.

Goodbye Malaysia, for now.

 

Check out more diaries of Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Diaries – Days 1-3 – Getting to Know Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Diaries: Days 4-6 – Discovering Kuala Lumpur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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