About Jeroen M
Lives in Berlin, Germany
Since Sep 2007
35-49 year old male
Travel editor and writer based in Berlin; I've visited 64 countries, and have lived for several years each in Berlin - Germany, Bucharest and Brasov - Romania, Warsaw - Poland, Prague - Czech Republic, Johannesburg - South Africa and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia. Currently working on guides and travel articles for Rough Guides, InYourPocket.com, Easyjet, Airbnb & TripAdvisor.
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Landmarks & points of interest
Flea & street markets
Start the day off at the modern KLCC district. Get tickets for the iconic Petronas Towers, or view them and the surrounding skyscrapers from the lush KLCC park below. There's a huge mall attached for great shopping, plus several good restaurants.
It's time to shop — a short walk from KLCC, the Bintang Walk is KL's liveliest strip of shops and malls. The crowds, the overhead monorail, and the frenetic traffic make this feel more urban and international than anywhere else in the city.
Petaling Street — protected from rain and sun by a roof — and the surrounding streets are the heart of KL's Chinatown. Apart from shopping, there's pretty architecture from the 1920s-50s, and several Chinese and South Indian temples to explore.
An unassuming street near the Bintang Walk is transformed every night as dozens of mainly Chinese restaurants fill the pavements with tables and chairs, and serve fantastic food. You'll find most restaurants are happy to serve you beer too.
Finish off the day with cocktails at the SkyBar, on the top floor of the Traders Hotel, which has a small pool and spectacular views of the lit-up Petronas Towers.
The impressively large National Mosque is a first stop on a tour of the cluster of sights just west of the city center. Up to 15,000 worshipers fill this breezy structure every Friday, and visitors are welcome — plus, friendly volunteers are at hand to provide free tours.
One of several themed gardens in the hills west of the center, this is the most worthwhile — the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is situated in a lush valley spanned high up by nets, with lots of tropical birds flapping around.
Perhaps KL's best museum, the Islamic designs, architecture, and items on show at the Islamic Arts Museum are worth anyone's time. The large, cool museum provides a great break from the heat of the day too.
Malaysia's fantastic Philharmonic Orchestra consists of talented young musicians from across the world, and seeing them play in their impressive concert hall below the Petronas Towers is a delight.
KL attracts many tourists from the Middle East during the hot summer months, and the Arabic food on offer is often excellent. Find delicious Lebanese and Syrian dishes at Arabesque — a great-value restaurant in the Chinatown area.
Rise early to get to the Batu Caves, just north of the city, before the crowds and the heat arrive! Climb the staircase up to the three huge limestone caves in the mountain, used as a temple by local Hindus.
The old colonial-era train station in the historical center of KL is certainly worth a look; its design comes straight from a fairy tale with its Moorish key-hole windows and Mughal turrets and towers. Although KL Sentral has taken over the central station's functions, trains still pass through this building.
The oldest mosque in the city is a pretty brick building from the early 1900s with Mughal-style domes. It's set in a garden with tall palm trees, right at the confluence of KL's Klang and Gombak rivers. Visitors can't enter the main prayer room, but can peek in from outside.
This lovely old art deco market building now has stalls with crafts and other items. It makes for a great little place to shop for gifts, and there are some good restaurants here as well.
The traditional Indian quarter is a lively part of central KL, full of shops, street markets, and eateries. Browse the shops and try some spicy South Indian food, or the sticky sweets.