Having relocated in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for almost a year, I often welcome my fellow Singaporeans friends over to my place for a weekend stayover. It is 5 hours drive from Singapore plus how can one say no to the attractive exchange rates from your neighboring country. Come and help Malaysia’s economy!
However, shopping and food gorging aside, what else are available in Kuala Lumpur?
You may not be aware of some of the unusual attractions found in Kuala Lumpur like the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary which aims to take care of abandoned elephants whilst providing a great opportunity for the public to get up close with these Malaysian elephants. They educate the public on the nature of such gentle giant creatures.
If you prefer a more scenic route, you can opt for a Fireflies Tour outskirt of Kuala Lumpur. Fireflies are also known “Lightning Bugs” and they shine brightly at the night to attract a partner. The oarsman rows the boat down the river in silence and as you pass the bushes, you see millions of fireflies twinkle in unison like lights on a Christmas tree! It makes for a lovely photo to post up in Instagram!
While at the same river, the tour does offer an alternative tour if you are squeamish about bugs. You are escorted to a motorized boat that takes you out on a beautiful scenic river. The driver cuts the motor and you float for a while whilst you take in the tranquility of the countryside of Kuala Lumpur, for none other than the Eagle Watching Tour. Enjoy the thrill when the eagles swoop in your boat up close when the boatman is feeding them. You will learn the wonders of nature and its attributes towards the ecosystem on this Kuala Selangor mangrove forest and eagle-watching tour.
If the adventurous side of you wants more action than to be an observer, go to SkyTrex Adventure at Malaysia Agricultural Park. They provide the first of its kind in Malaysia, a tree-to-tree ‘sky-trekking’ experience. Truly an experience as you fly, swing, glides and dangle on the various aerial obstacles suspended above the lush tropical Malaysian Rainforest.
Prefer to be resting and relaxing at your own leisure? Sure! My preference is actually at the Felda hot springs where it is a getaway resort with an outdoor pool and a hot spring bath, nestled within tranquil greenery. No more honking and city buzzing!
But for those who wish to absorb in Kuala Lumpur’s culture, don’t forget to drop by the largest fresh food market in Kuala Lumpur, Chow Kit Market. It showcases some of the finer fruits, freshly butchered meats, and the all-important Malaysian cooking spices and curries.
Not forgetting those with kids, Kuala Lumpur is a fun place to bring the little ones. There are much to explore at the blue-domed National Planetarium that is situated on top of a hill in the Lake Gardens at Jalan Perdana. One of the major attractions of this planetarium includes a space theatre that screens space shows and large format film. The National Planetarium extends to a space theme park where replicas of ancient observatories are sited.
Looking to beat the heat and gives you a chance to experience a theme park but without having to go outside so you can enjoy the air conditioning? Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is the place you want to bring your little ones. The Theme Park is the Malaysia Book of Records holder for the First Largest Indoor Theme Park in the country.
With so much to do and plenty of activities to suit everyone, how can you not be convinced that Kuala Lumpur deserves, at least, three days of a stopover?
Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food
Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com