Malaysia = Petronas Towers.
This is what I know before my travel to the country… but after July 07, everything changed. There’s a lot more about it aside from the Twin Towers. It has the beauty of a developed country with the cool monorails & towering buildings, the diverse culture , and the flavorful cuisine of varying spices. My top three favorite places in Malaysia are Melaka, Chin Swee Temple,and the great Petronas towers.
DAY1 – GENTING HIGHLANDS AND BATU CAVES TOUR
Since we are on a budget travel mode, we didn’t arrange for any private tours; instead we commuted all around the city and nearby locations. For day 1, we’re just supposed to go to Genting highlands alone. However, when we arrived in KL Sentral the budget friendly 60 Rm Go Genting Package (ride all you can pass/ coffee terraces buffet + bus and cable car transfers) is sold out . Fortunately, there is a taxi driver named Raj who gave us a very cool offer of 200RM all day trip from KL to Genting + lots of stopovers to famous locations. So here goes our full day trip itinerary…
# 1. King’s Palace.
This is the official home of the King of Malaysia. You can take pictures with the majestic palace entrance (since tourists are not allowed to enter inside), and the royal guards with their strong royal horses.
# 2. Pewter Factory.
You will be amazed on how a Pewter mug can sustain the temperature of both hot and cold drinks, for around 1 hour. Also, various Pewter and Onyx export-grade products will be shown to you, and you can go shopping if you want ( if you have the budget since it’s quite expensive, ~2000 php above).
# 3. Batu Caves.
This is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. First glance at the shrine will make our heart jump. It simply is amazing- especially the 140 ft high golden statue of Murugan (Hindu deity) outside the caves. For acrophobic folks out there , you might be super duper scared to climb the 272 steps up towards the cathedral cave-but don’t be sad. The giant Murugan statue is a beauty be itself already plus you might enjoy the tons of pigeons and monkeys to feed in the grounds. Good news by the way is that there is no entrance fee.
#4 Chocolate Factory
We weren’t able to go inside the factory (I think you can only go inside if you have arranged student fieldtrips), but this place is super sweet and yummy! it’s a store that sells various chocolate balls with almonds in it in various super delicious flavors! ( dark , semi-sweet, milk, sesame, green tea, tiramisu,and chili chocolate!) My favorite is the bestseller Tiramisu chocolate! Just a note though, chocolates here is delicious, but its also quite expensive (100 RM for three 500 gram packs). Nonetheless, if you are a rick kid, then go buy all the chocolates you want. haha.
#5 Ride in the Old (15-yr old) Genting Skyway Cable Car
Unfortunately, during our visit, the new (10-yr old) Cable car is closed for maintenance. So instead we opted for the old version. It holds approximately 15-20 people inside and it will bring you straight to Genting Highlands. it’s actually my first time to ride a cable car, and all I can say is that it’s cold and refreshing but not scary. The whole ride takes around 15 minutes and cost 6 RM per person.
#6 Genting Highlands
This is a theme park in top of a mountain (like Tagaytay in the Philippines), with a cold weather of around 19 degrees. It has casino, outdoor theme park, indoor theme park, and lots of stores for shopping! (Girls, you know what i mean ).We weren’t able to try the thrilling rides since we don’t have enough time and much courage to take the plunge of bravery in Malaysia, hehe. Nonetheless, we toured around the resort and spent most of our time in the indoor theme park. Overall, I love this place since its cold, and cute (lots of figures you can take pictures with).
#7 Chin Swee Caves Temple
This is a Taoist temple in Genting highlands. This place is perfect for sightseeing as you can have a mountain view in the wide balcony of the temple. Personally, I admired the pretty Taoist temples and the Giant Buddha statue in the place. A 45 minute visit to the place is just enough to take pictures, breathe fresh air, and pay respects to the temple.
#8 Strawberry Farm
For strawberry lovers out there, this farm is for you! For 8 RM per 100 grams, three people can share 1 basket and go strawberry picking. Instead of planting the berries in the ground, they improvised elevated plant beds which works well when you plan to have a cute pictorial. We ended up picking around 200 grams of strawberry for 16 RM. Their strawberries are medium sized and sweet! You can also try to eat chocolate covered strawberries here ( SUPER yummy!) – the strawberries are crunchy and fresh, then covered with belgian chocolate!
#9 Petronas Twin Towers @ Night
Of course, our first night in Malaysia will not be complete without visiting the famous!popular!great!awesome Petronas Towers. Just like what other people said, may heart jumped and I smiled big time at the first glance in this Towering Bestfriends. The symmetry, architecture, lights, and clear defined lines of the structure is just a relaxing sight to everyone. In the tower grounds, you will see lots of people trying so hard to take a good shot with the Petronas. We personally experienced how hard it is. it might look so easy to take a good picture, but mindyou- it takes a lot of flexibility and Lymborock skills (up to lying in the floor) just to have that Oh -So-Perfect-Photo to post in your Facebook accounts.
#10 Street Food in Bukit BintangWe are so lucky that our hotel is in Bukit Bintang which is the center of night life in Kuala Lumpur. It has a street long of street foods varying from roasted lobsters (30 RM each), hotpot snacks, and stir-fried Chinese and Malaysian foods (8-15 RM). For Day 1, we ordered fried rice, stir fried seafood noodles, and oyster pancakes! Weird at first, but we just enjoyed the unique flavors of being in another country.
That’s it- our Day 1 in Malaysia. Do we recommend having a vacation in this country? Of course…. YES!