Malaysia: New Years in Kuala Lumpur

It was only right for me to finish the Malaysia Blogs before the year ends. What better way to end it than with the Kuala Lumpur blog which was where we crossed over into the new year(2018). We had been staying at Kuala Lumpur(KL) for our visit in Malaysia; being in KL offered easy access to other destinations which are already up on our blog – Day Trip to Malacca from Kuala Lumpur and Day Trip to Penang Island from Kuala Lumpur. We were staying at the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral which was budget friendly and as per its name, was central to all the areas we wanted to visit such as malls, food joints and the Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station.

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Papparich- at dinner, waiting for our meal
Part of our dinner

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

  • New Year’s & View of The Petronas Towers

New year’s eve in Kuala Lumpur is a huge event. Some roads leading to Kuala Lumpur City Center(KLCC) park which is behind the Petronas Towers, had been closed to manage vehicular traffic. There were city clocks ready with the countdown to the new year and there was so much party life on the streets of Bukit Bintang. Best advice is to reserve space for dinner or drinks in any of the restaurants/ bars with rooftop views which will enable you to see the fireworks that light up the city from the KLCC park and avoid the human traffic around the KLCC park. Make sure to also have a very good view of the Petronas Towers which is beautifully lit at night. Moving around in Kuala Lumpur is easy since, in addition to the train, there are many Taxi Apps available for use. We used Uber in so many occasions and over and above its convenience, the rates were pretty decent. There is also a local taxi app called MyCar which came to our rescue when we got stranded after the New Years celebrations were over and we needed to get back to our hotel.

Petronas Towers
New Years Fire Works
There’s always time to goof around


  • Batu Caves

This is a limestone hill, Hindu temple, and shrine. It comprises the Cathedral, Art and Museum caves, and other smaller caves. It has a Golden painted Murugan Statue at the entrance that is 42M/ 140ft tall. To get to the cave, you will need to walk up 272 stairs. The cave is dated to be around 400million years, inside you will find a hollow limestone tower, its caverns and craigs.

The Murugan Statue
Limestone Tower
View from above the 272 stairs
  • Other things to do

Kuala Lumpur being the last city we toured, we did not have so much time to see more of the things the city had to offer, but here is a list of things you can also see:

  1. KL Tower/ Menara KL
  2. Shopping at various malls such as Pavilion
  3. Thean Hou Temple
  4. China Town
  5. Merdeka Square Area
  6. Street Food in Bukit Bintang Area
KL Tower
Pavilion Mall

From The Githaigas, we would like to say thank you for your continued audience, stay tuned for more adventures and social media updates in 2019.

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year


Traveling expands one’s ideologies, creates beautiful experiences and lasting memories.~ Lynn Muturi_Githaiga

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