Country #108 - Malaysia

The Petronas Twin Towers

It was very early the next morning by the time that I finally arrived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I took an Uber into the city to my hotel for the night, PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur. My experience at check in was very welcome and I was blown away by my room - it was huge! It was a studio suite with a giant kitchen and had everything I could possibly need. It was so nice and I only wish that I had had more time to enjoy it. Thank you so much to PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur for sponsoring my stay in Malaysia!

I was not able to sleep for long as I had a meeting at 10am with Christy, who helped to arrange my stay. She was so nice and it was very enjoyable to talk with her about Kuala Lumpur (she had some great recommendations) and to learn more about the hotel. She gave me a tour of the different room types and all of the facilities. It was really cool to see the whole hotel! After our meeting I called an Uber to head to my first stop: the Petronas Twin Towers. The Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world and for a time were the tallest buildings. A mall, Suria KLCC, sits under the most iconic buildings in Malaysia and I took a quick walk through before heading outside to explore the KLCC Park outside. It has amazing views of the Petronas Twin Towers and the park itself was so cool! It had so many different ares, including a water activity area for kids and some unique trees.

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It was so hot outside but I really enjoyed walking around and seeing it all. Afterwards I made my way to Merdeka Square, the old colonial square of the city. Malaysia had been British from the 18th to 20th century and there are still many reminders of that part of the country’s history. The buildings around Merdeka Square definitely feel colonial and it was very interesting to walk around and learn the history. Around back of the buildings it was like a mix of the old and the new - the buildings ran up against a modern walkway along the Gombak River that made for a very enjoyable walk.

From there I walked to the Central Market. It actually wasn’t too exciting and was a very quick walk to get to my final destination of the day, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. It is a Hindu temple and, as a result, is the first of its kind that I have seen. It was very unique and I’m glad I was able to see it before grabbing my bags and heading back to the airport. I had a very chatty Uber driver on the way back to the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur who talked about all different things about Malaysia with me. It’s a long ride out to the airport, but the train to and from the city is actually just as much as an Uber so it wasn’t worth figuring out the rail system. I made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare for my next flight and found a nice Priority Pass lounge to grab some food from. My next stop is Indonesia and I’m very excited to explore Bali!

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108 countries down, 87 to go.

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