We recently spent a hastily-planned weekend in Kuala Lumpur. We loved it. There was something so warm, so inviting about this capital city. Our hotel was near KLCC and we had a view of the Petronas Towers from our room. Stunning building, BTW. (We didn’t make our way to the top. We had no desire to fight for the day’s 1,000 free tickets.)
However, on this trip we:
– Visited the outstanding Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. It houses one of the world’s largest collection of Islamic decorative arts. Our favorite galleries were “Architecture” and “Qur’an and Manuscript.” My only criticism? The museum isn’t as comprehensive as it claims to be; we saw very few artifacts from East, Central, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
– Had a drink and caught Jens Bunge, a chromatic harmonica player, at No Black Tie, the city’s premier jazz club. Bunge was joined on stage by Tay Cher Siang on piano, Norman Rahman on bass, Zahid Ahmad on drums, and Xiong on guitar and vocals. They played a number of jazz standards and several tracks from Bunge’s 2009 album, Shanghai Blue. (US$7.99 on iTunes. Yep, we bought it.) I know this was Bunge’s night, but Tay was simply breathtaking. I’d go back to Malaysia just to see him perform again.
– Ate a lot, as one is wont to do when in Malaysia.
So, two and a half days wasn’t nearly enough time to explore this delightful city. We’re going back soon. On our next trip, we plan to:
– Discover more of the city’s glorious architecture. On my list: the Sultan Abdul Samad Building; the KL Train Station (natch); Masjid Jamek; Chettiar House; and Loke Mansion.
– Have breakfast at Chelo’s Appam Stall. Apparently, one can get freshly-made appams, or coconut-milk pancakes, at this stall in Lucky Garden Hawker Centre. Appams are my favorite food… ever.*
I know that many of my readers have traveled to KL for business and pleasure. What do you recommend we do next time we are there?
(*If anyone knows where I can get quality ones in Singapore, especially at hawker centre prices, I will forever be indebted to you.)