Julie spent a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur on a stopover.
She found much-needed ‘me time’ in in the beating, multicultural heart of this frenetic city (and some of the best street-food in South East Asia!).
Captured by Wanderloud's Ben in Kuala Lumpur
I had a trip to the UK planned for my grandma’s ninetieth birthday and decided on a stopover in Kuala Lumpur on the way home.
After all the warmth of family time, I was a bit apprehensive about returning to my normal grind. I’d recently started a career change from the corporate world to studying for midwifery, and the thought of returning was a bit overwhelming. I needed a getaway somewhere completely new and different to clear my mind.
Kuala Lumpur is such a vibrant city. You just need to peel back the layers to reveal the complexity. It proved the ideal tonic.
"Kuala Lumpur is such a vibrant city. You just need to peel back the layers to reveal the complexity. It proved the ideal tonic."
With Malay, Chinese and Indian heritage, it’s the true meaning of multicultural, and foodie heaven! I found plenty to satiate my desire for adventure… and my appetite. There’s an eat-street called Jalan Alor near the city centre, in an area known as Bukit Bintang. It’s open-air, crammed with plastic tables and chairs, and some of the best street food I have ever eaten.
Fun and photos
My stopover in KL was intended as a bit of fun. Why not? Life just isn’t interesting if you don’t give in to the spontaneity once in a while. So, I also booked a holiday photographer through Wanderloud.
It’s not something I would usually do but I figured selfies just wouldn’t cut it.
"It’s not something I would usually do but I figured selfies just wouldn’t cut it."
I’m so glad I did! I would never have been able to capture memories of my wonderful solo adventure in Kuala Lumpur like this myself.
Kuala Lumpur is the perfect city for a photo shoot! What’s surprising about the city if how green it is. Everywhere you look there’s tropical lushness framed by skyscrapers, colonial architecture, old Chinese shopfronts or brightly-coloured Indian clothing on display. You never know what you’ll find next.
You can be in the most traditional-looking corner of the city, but look up to see the glistening chrome and glass of the Twin Towers above you. You can buy an Indian sari at one shop, and authentic Chinese food at the next. The city is a kaleidoscope of colour, culture, and time periods.
I got lost in it – and actually had time to think.
The pace made me stop and appreciate how much I’d accomplished. It reassured me I was heading in the right direction. I think you can see that newfound inner peace and assurance in my photographs.
Sky's the limit
My favourite part of the city would have to be the Twin Towers. They’re an incredible piece of architecture. They seem to soar high into the air without any limits! It’s inspiring to see what humanity can accomplish. The coolest part about them is the Skybridge that connects the two.
Another highlight would have to be ‘makan’ (Malay for “eating”). Malaysians love to eat and Kuala Lumpur is a smorgasbord of flavours from all corners of the globe! You can have a world-class dining experience, or just go from street cart to street cart and try everything. I’m not even sure what some of it was, but it was definitely delicious! If you go, be sure to try nasi lemak (coconut rice), young coconut water, sizzling satay and loads of fruit.
My top tips to others travelling to Kuala Lumpur are it’s great to travel solo and eat as much as you can!
"My top tips to others travelling to Kuala Lumpur are it’s great to travel solo and eat as much as you can!"
You can get lost in the city’s energy. With a full belly and heart (and incredible photos), it’s a wonderful destination.
Julie wandered in Kuala Lumpur with Ben.