Booking a holiday in South East Asia through Air Asia, one must pass through Kuala Lumpur (KL). Having never visited KL or indeed Malaysia before, Husband and I decided to make a mini stop-over for two nights and see what the city had to offer.
I am sorry to say, it wasn’t much. KL is a seething metropolis of 1.6 million people (or 6.9million in Greater KL) that sprouted from a Chinese tin mine in the 1850s. The city’s exponential growth in last 160 years has been seemingly unchecked and unplanned, resulting in an unpleasant, dirty city that is lacking in charm or character that might otherwise have balanced out the grime.
When all the guidebook agrees that the best thing to do in KL is see the Petronas Towers, you know tourist attractions are pretty dire. We did get out of the city to see the Batu Caves and other natural sights that are no doubt beautiful. The best the city had to offer was unquestionably the street food, which could be outstanding. It was interesting enough to visit and see KL once and quite a shock for Husband as his first ever experience of the madness of Asia.