Hi beautiful friends!
Recently, I had the pleasure of travelling and staying in Malaysia for one month, and I truly am so grateful for these eye-opening experiences that I learned so much from. If there was one word I could describe Malaysia based on my journey, it would be “diverse”.
I was simply amazed by how many different cultures where present in the city of Kuala Lumpur alone, and it was actually really heartwarming to see that people are generally very accepting of each others’ differences. From Buddhism to Hinduism to Islam, the practices of different faiths can be seen everywhere, which to me is what makes Kuala Lumpur so beautiful. In addition, while it is a big city, you still gets lots of greenery and even a rainforest amongst the buildings. There is so much you can do and experience in Kuala Lumpur, and it truly is a place worth visiting.
During my time there, I also got to hold a meet up and connect with you more in person, which was definitely a huge highlight of my trip. Every time I meet and talk with you, it reminds me of the true reason why I do what I do- to serve your highest good and guide you on your healing journey, because I know that behind every account is a human just like me, ultimately seeking love, joy and peace. We all had a wonderful lunch together at “Simple Life Healthy Vegetarian” in Bukit Bintang, bonding and getting to know each other, and it’s a day ingrained in my heart forever.
While there were some moments I felt a bit “uncomfortable” walking alone, such as when men would stop their cars next to me and call out, or keep staring, but overall I still felt safe, and this is all part of the experience of being a solo female traveller. Before I came to Malaysia, I didn’t know too much about it, but after a month I really learned a lot about the customs, traditions and ways of life here which gave me more perspective.
In this post I’ve put together the brief summary of where I stayed, what I did and where I ate, which can hopefully be a great guide for you if you also choose to visit Kuala Lumpur- which I highly recommend!
Sending my love,
When: 28th April 2019 – 22nd May 2019
I used Grab via the app (south east asia version of Uber) to get around, as it was really affordable and convenient. You can also take the public MRT, buses and taxis.
Upon arriving, I exchanged some money at the airport, and throughout my trip I used both my bank card and cash to pay. There are may ATMs across the city to withdraw money (just know it will have a transaction fee for international cards), and I still recommend carrying cash around.
I highly recommend that no matter where you travel to, to purchase a SIM card when you arrive at the airport so you can travel with more ease, safety and convenience.
As Kuala Lumpur is located in the tropics, near the equator, it was very hot and humid at times too. During the season I went, it rained around 1/3 of the time, but it was generally at the same time each day and a short thunderstorm before passing to reveal blue skies again.
Mark my word- Kuala Lumpur is a foodie heaven. You’ll find a lot fo street food as well as cool cafes and restaurants. There are lots of vegetarian/plant-based places to eat at, though not as many as Bali, but still amazing in options and flavour. Overall, I found the food to be very affordable when eating locally.
While the official language of Malaysia is Malay, you will be absolutely fine with English only, as it is largely used and most locals also speak English too. That being said, it’s important to not assume everyone can speak English and would be great to learn some basics before you go too (such as thankyou). The other main languages are Mandarin/Hokkien and Tamil.
Kuala Lumpur is still a ‘conversative’ culture when it come to clothing, and I noticed that women tend to be covered up, especially around the chest, shoulders and knees. While as a tourist you don’t ‘have to’ do these things, it may be best to follow through as a sign of respect to the local culture. As it’s also so hot, wear light clothing and shoes that are breathable. Don’t forget your sunglasses and bathers too! If you plan on visiting temples, you’ll definitely need to have your shoulders and knees covered.
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Where I Ate
Blue Boy Vegetarian Food Centre
Simple Life Healthy Vegetarian
Food courts I came across