Kuala Lumpur - A Few Tips from a Cruiseabout Consultant
By Natasha Orpwood
Cruiseabout's Natasha Orpwood travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and is consumed by the shopping possibilities. Natasha also ventures out of the city to see the Batu Caves, and tells us about her time in shopper’s paradise.
Kuala Lumpur is my favourite Asian city. There are so many great things about this city, but I particularly love the shopping and food.
Park Royal Hotel
I recommend staying at the Park Royal Hotel. It’s in an awesome location and is just a great hotel. The Park Royal is moments away from several of the major shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur and just steps away from the monorail station.
Kuala Lumpur is my mecca for having clothing made, men’s suits are tailor made and cost approximately $100. Prescription glasses are so cheap which means you can afford to buy a pair for each day of the week and then get matching shoes and handbags.
The markets are open from around midday and I recommend going early in the day as it is a lot easier to move between the stalls as there are not as many people. Don’t forget to barter with them; it’s a great way of grabbing yourself a bargain. Whilst in China Town, venture down one of the side streets to the many restaurants. My favourite is a restaurant with red table cloths where they serve the best chilli crab. It was divine, lots of crab meat and very tasty.
Bargain Beauty Treatments
After China Town, I recommend heading to any of the shopping centres and grabbing a massage or pedicure. In the shopping centres there are many hairdressers that offer to wash and dry your hair for approximately $7. I also went to the ‘Fish Spa’, this was basically me sitting with my legs submerged in a fish tank up to my knees with fish nibbling the skin off my feet (trust me, go for the bigger fish as they don’t tickle as much).
Other Must Dos
- The Petronas Towers – awesome view of Kuala Lumpur. Free entry to the bridge before 8am.
- Batu Caves – ‘enjoy’ the 260 steps up to the caves. Make an offering to the gods.
- Royal Selangor pewter – an amazing visitor centre in Kuala Lumpur.
- The numerous temples and mosques.
Looking for more information about travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Contact Natasha Orpwood, the Team Leader at Cruiseabout Albany Creek, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 841 568.