Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

From Siem Reap, I had to fly through Kuala Lumpur to get to Lombok, Indonesia.  It was my first time in Malaysia and I was very fortunate enough to have a friend offer me a place to stay during my layover.  I’m a firm believer that it’s always better to go to a place with the guidance of a local.  Candace and I used to work together at the same private equity firm in New York.  Candace and her husband decided they wanted a change of pace and moved to Kuala Lumpur.

Since I only had one full day, Candace suggested that I go to the world famous Batu Caves.  Candace was the perfect host because she also offered to take me.  How lucky was I?  Especially since I did no research before landing in KL.  It wasn’t until I arrived Batu Caves that I realized it was a Hindu temple.  It was such an interesting place; you arrive at an enormous gold statue and a large set of stairs leading up to the opening of the cave.  As you climb the steps, you’re surrounded by monkeys who were quite aggressive with the tourists.  The cave itself was really cool.

Candace suggested we end the day with drinks on a rooftop bar with views of the Petronas Towers.  Rooftop bars are very reminiscent of New York City nightlife.  When I’m home, I rarely go out but when I’m in a new city, I like to go out for one drink.  It’s always exciting to see how a city comes alive at night.  We went to Heli Lounge which is a helicopter pad during the day and rooftop bar at night.  It was a little kitschy but the views of KL and the Petronas towers could not be beat.

I would’ve loved to get more of a sense of the people and the culture of Kuala Lumpur but I was only there for a day.  My layover in KL was a huge success thanks to Candace and Arnaud!

Hiking up to the cave

There were monkeys everywhere

The Batu Caves are a main tourist attraction

Inside the cave

Aggressive monkeys

They stole food from a tourist

Nasi Lemak – Malaysia’s main dish

Petronas Towers

View from Heli Lounge