5 Things I Hate About Kuala Lumpur (And A Few Things I Love)

After watching the film ‘Entrapment’ about a hundred times over the past few years, I’ve always wanted to visit the Malaysian Capital. I’m not really sure why, especially as the film isn’t really that good – but ever since I saw Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery running over the Sky Bridge of the Petronas Towers after stealing 8 Billion Dollars – I was hooked on the idea and I just had to go. I’m so ridiculous aren’t I?

I finally had my chance when I was visiting Bangkok back in November 2015. I booked a return flight for Β£30 (God bless Air Asia) and off I went! People warned me before I went that because Malaysia is a Muslim country and being gay is against the law, I should be careful about telling people about my sexuality. Thank god I didn’t listen. I minced around in short shorts, and told everyone who cared enough to ask – nobody even batted an eyelid. The people are the loveliest I’ve ever met, the food was amazing, despite most people telling me it would be rubbish, and the city skyline is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, especially at night.

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Sweating my t*ts off at Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Despite my new found love for KL, there were just a few things I couldn’t get my head around.

Everything is a shopping mallΒ 

And I mean EVERYTHING. Even the city’s only theme park is INSIDE a shopping mall. And I hate shopping.

KLIA – Kuala Lumpur International Airport

How they can even justify calling this an Airport is beyond me. I struggled even finding the departure gates though the endless designer shops. Once I managed to find my gate after about an hour wandering around aimlessly, they almost let a few of us board a flight to Guangzhou in China, which is definitely not where we were headed! Turns out there was a gate change and a 5 hour delay and they didn’t even bother to announce. Fantastic.

Alcohol prices

Equivalent of Β£7 for half a pint of Strongbow? Is this some sort of sick joke? How do I complain?

KL Sentral Station

Turns out KL Sentral Station isn’t really central to anything in the city – so don’t do what I did and look for a hostel in that location, assuming it would be, you know, central, as the name would suggest. And guess what? Just like everything else, it’s also a giant maze of a shopping mall too.

KLCC and the Petronas Towers

When I finally arrived at the Twin Towers – I was so happy. I felt like I’d wanted this moment for my whole life. I was SO excited to go to the Sky Bridge and follow the footsteps of Mac and Gin (from the film, you all need to stop what your doing and watch it). I took some photos of the towers from outside and started to walk towards the entrance to pick up my tickets, my heart beating faster and faster with excitement. I pulled the door open, and took my first step inside to be greeted by ANOTHER FREAKING SHOPPING MALL. They’ve actually taken Malaysia’s most famous attraction and turned it into a six floor monstrosity of a shopping mall. You’ve got to be kidding me. Someone up there must actually hate me.

On a more positive note, the 360 degree views from the top were absolutely breathtaking and I’m so glad I’ve finally managed to go! That’s definitely one ticked off the bucket list.

I would definitely recommend a visit to Kuala Lumpur if you like shopping, food, and luxury hotels – I’ve been told that KL is the cheapest place in the world to get a 5* hotel (I can recommend the Traders – the view from the bar is out of this world). The locals are genuinely interested in who you are and where you come from and don’t just see you like a walking cash machine, and the hospitality is second to none. It is for this reason that I cannot wait to go back.

Anything you love or hate about KL? Leave a comment below…



8 responses to “5 Things I Hate About Kuala Lumpur (And A Few Things I Love)

  1. Interesting read! It’s nice to see something different to the usual gushing blog posts of “5 reasons you MUST drop EVERYTHING and go to ____.” I too hate shopping so at least when I do go to Malaysia I can be prepared for this!


  2. Haha, love your honest post. I lived 2 years in KL. Honestly, KL doesn’t really have soul. But it’s very comfy to live. More human and much cheaper than Singapore. Less chaotic than Bangkok. We were very happy there. It takes a while to find your way in KL. I always adored the Lake Gardens (free). Come eye to eye with mighty hornbill in the Birdpark (don’t pay the heft fee, just have a coffee at the ‘Hornbill’ restaurant, free entrance). The Butterfly garden is good fun too. KL also has a very lively underground rock scene. Fantastic gigs at The Bee (Publika shopping mall – don’t scream – with many galleries and pubs, the only mall I like), Livefact, Finders, Gaslight.
    If you want cheap booze (and a great time), take air asia to Langkawi. My fav’ island, if you need any tips, just scream!
    rik aka tapir tales

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  3. I love that this was the same reason I’d always wanted to go to KL! I went from Phuket before I flew home after 6 months in Thailand. I agree with the shopping mall thing though, and the alcohol prices! I stayed at Traders and treated myself to a prosecco – not even champagne – before I flew home and it was about Β£25 πŸ˜… Loving your blog, it’s giving me wanderlust πŸ’š

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