Going Beyond Bukit Bintang when in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We’re finally in 2012 and with roughly a week having passed us by, the hangover from 2011 probably still loom over most of our heads like a terrible hangover from a night of drinking and partying away.

I wasn’t drinking or partying the night before 2012 but counting back the many short nights I had in the lead up to 2012, I was probably in a drunken stupor, drunk from a lack of sleep as opposed to being drunk from a alcohol.

Recounting back my last few days in 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I can finally say that Kuala Lumpur is a city beyond shopping and clubbing. For those who only go to Kuala Lumpur to shop and club, you’re probably missing out the beauty of the city beyond the sex, drugs and alcohol as well as shopping.

Kuala Lumpur, when explored further, unveils hidden treasures of joy for those seeking something beyond what the masses describe as fun and the following photos will explain to you what I mean.

Ampang Look Out Point

Ampang Look Out Point

Look Out Point at Ampang – This being the 3rd time I’m visiting this place never fails to enthrall me with each visit although there have been significant changes made to this place since the first time I visited. An empty and somewhat forlorn when I first visited, it has since turned into an attraction for many, including the locals. Restaurants are aplenty right at the top but if you’re into street-local food, you can also get it just a slope down away.

If you’re interested to read more about this location, click here.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Located about 13km away from the city centre, Batu Caves is a magnificent work of nature, home to the Hindus. Discovered in 1892, this limestone cave has been one of the “Places To Visit” in Malaysia for me. Monkeys are abound as you trot 272 steps up to the mouth of the caves and be greeted by the gods.

You can read more about it here.

Lake Garden

Lake Garden

One of the places not many know of, Lake Garden, is  a beautifully landscaped area surrounded by several other attractions such as The Worlds’ Largest Covered Bird Park, Mouse Deer and Deer Park, Botany Garden and many more!

This was an absolutely peaceful area, set beyond a metropolitan Kuala Lumpur. It’s definitely a must go area to all visiting Kuala Lumpur in seek of a difference! Read more here.

Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang

Although most of the night life is centred in this street, Bukit Bintang. One can also find gems of street entertainment that you can indulge in without the need to get drunk.

Every night at Bukit Bintang, there are street acts that one can watch for free. In my trip, I watched this gentleman perform music using various musical instruments playing to music the likes of Kitaro. His array of instruments were so different that I wondered if it was even possible to make music out of it.

Genting Highlands

Genting Highlands

Located about 1.5hrs away from Kuala Lumpur city centre by bus, Genting Highlands is a great getaway for anyone visiting Malaysia. Weather is cool and you immediately forget that you were in a tropical climate. Truly an entertainment outlet, Genting Highlands, offers lots of fun for all ages from exciting rides for families to those who are more than willing to take risk to lose their money for a chance at the jackpot in the casino.

Be wary though that when travelling there, you’d be travelling through meanders of roads in the drive up and down the mountain. Accidents are common and so are fatal deaths. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t be a cause to worry because if you’re destined to die, you could even die eating your favourite wanton!

Here’s more on Genting Highlands, click here.

I-City

I-City

Last but not least, in the neighbouring state of Selangor, one would find what is termed as i-City. Famed for the LED showcase which light up the entire i-City, this attraction is best visited only at night. You’d think you’re in a different land and you can’t be blamed for it with all the lights shining all around!

Truly a beautiful spot to visit! You might want to ensure that you have spare time to travel back to Kuala Lumpur though if you’re not driving because it can be quite a long drive!

For more information on i-City, click here.

That pretty much wrapped up my travels in 2011 and the first country I travelled to in 2012 was SINGAPORE as I crossed back into Singapore only on 3rd January having been denied check-in at the KLIA LCCT as I was late.

Looking forward to more travels in 2012!

How did you spend your last moments in 2011?

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