Omar traveled to Malaysia for 13 days for his honeymoon, staying in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu (Borneo island) and Langkawi. This blog post follows the part 1 where Omar was arriving in Kuala Lumpur.
After a good night’s sleep we decided to see as many sights as we could on day 2 of 2 in Kuala Lumpur. We got up early, had another amazing breakfast, and made our way to Batu Caves – a historic Hindu Temple which also hosted bat caves and fantastic scenery at the top of a long climb of stairs.
It didn’t let us down and the scenery was incredible. Small cute-looking monkeys would traverse the steps while walking up, however we were reminded that they were far from cute and are known to steal belongings!
We chose to join the Batu caves tour which lasted 30-40 mins.. This was a good experience and the tour guide was fantastic, showing us all the different habitat that lived within the cave as well as explaining its history (no bats were seen as we went during the morning). If people haven’t been in caves before then it is a worthwhile experience – having been in magnificent caves in Lebanon with lagoons and beautiful rock formation this didn’t quite match up in terms of scenery, however overall I would still recommend Batu Caves as a visit for the general scenery it all offers.
Our driver (who we had booked via the hotel) then advised we go to Templer’s Park as we weren’t too far from it, even though it would cost slightly more. We hesitantly took his advice, but this turned out to be the best advice he could have given us. Templer’s Park is stunning area with several waterfalls and true nature. We spent 2 hours here hiking up the paths, passing waterfall after waterfall, until we arrived at a magnificent waterfall that I couldn’t resist swimming under – a truly unforgettable experience.
The weather was fantastic and I soon dried up (to an extent).
We returned to the taxi driver in time to go to the bird & butterfly park that we had planned. However just as we set off, the weather took a turn for the worse and it became to pour down. We were advised that the park would be closed and therefore not worth a visit. We were quite disappointed as we’d heard these were worth visiting, but carried on with our plan.
We then went to the Islamic Museum which was fantastic – it contained old manuscripts of The Qur’an dating back to the early periods of Islam, and had small phenomenal models of mosques around the world. The museum also contained great art work and had a great shop with great souvenir gifts which we really enjoyed exploring.
We then returned to the hotel, and instead of getting ready to go to on a firefly boat ride and the KL Tower dinner, we still felt jet lagged and had another quiet night. This was our last night in KL and the next morning we set off for Borneo. KL was great and we had so much fun – in hindsight I would probably recommend spending 3 nights at KL in order to have seen some of the sights that we missed.
In the part 3 of this blog, Omar will keep exploring Malaysia and will discover the island of Borneo in Kota Kinabalu.