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1 Day in Kuala Lumpur

As I had 3 days in Singapore, I took one to do a quick day trip to Kuala Lumpur. It was an admittedly rushed trip packed with catching flights, trains, and buses, but I did manage to check off a few things. Here’s what you can do over a short layover.

1) Explore Batu Caves (and climb its 272 steps). May not sound like much of a challenge at first, but their giant size and the scorching KL heat sure made it difficult. After the feat, however, you can reward yourself with a coconut. Note for girls: Remember to bring a cover-up of sorts as shorts are not allowed for entry.

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2) Shop at Central Market. Skipped this due to public transportation detours and delays, but supposedly is a great spot for souvenir shopping.

3) Feast at Lot 10 Food Court. There are lots of street food in the Bukit Bintang area but if you want to stay indoors Lot 10 has many vendors for you to pick and choose from. We created our own 3 course meal by food stall hopping – Chili Crab ($20 CAD), Duck Egg Kway Teow ($4 CAD), and Mango Shaved Ice ($2 CAD) Delicious! And not to mention cheap.

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Chili Crab

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Char Kway Teow

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Mango and Lychee Shaved Ice

4) Catch a glimpse of the famous Petronas Twin Towers – just to say you’ve seen it.

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My favourite part of Kuala Lumpur has got to be the Lot 10 Food Court. It was a bit of a struggle to do all the activities under 10 hours and the public transportation issues and hot weather did not help one bit!  I do think it is definitely doable within a day, but a full day and night would probably do it more justice.

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2 Days in Singapore

Singapore is both a country and a city-state which is small enough in size to be easily be explored within 1 or 2 days. Here’s my schedule with the goal to see the most that I could within 2 days. Unfortunately, as I got sick partway during the trip, I was not able to complete it myself, but happy to share it nonetheless.

1) See its most iconic symbols – Merlion and Marina Bay Sands.

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2) Dine at a Hawker Center. Maxwell, Chinatown Complex and Telok Ayer were my top picks but we ended up only going to Satay by the Bay (near Gardens by the Bay), Albert Centre, and Bugis Food Street.74185f61-4fda-4170-ac2d-2cbacbaee4f0

3) Hang out at Haji Lane. So many chic cafes, restaurants, shops and of course, graffiti.

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4) Enjoy the history at Clarke Quay. Missed this activity and the secret bar we had in mind nearby – 28 Hong Kong Street Bar.

5) Take a breather at Gardens by the Bay. Admire the Supertree Grove both in the day and at night. They have a light show every evening.IMG_1982

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6) Try one of the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants.We went to Hawker Chan in Chinatown opened by one-Michelin starred Laio Fan Soya Sauce Chicken. Quite overrated in my opinion.

7) Admire the Singapore skyline from above. Bars of choice were Ce La Vi (at Marina Bay Sands) and 1-Altitude. But as it was a rainy night, rooftop bars were out of the picture. Our Singapore expat friend brought us to Club Street instead where we got to try a Singapore Sling.IMG_3203

8) If I had a 3rd day, I would go to Sentosa!

The weather in Singapore is very hot and humid. Sunscreen, water, and electrolytes highly recommended! Public transit is quite easy to get around, and not to mention inexpensive, we used one of their ez link cards to commute on the MRT easily. It even connects directly to the airport for a cheap fare.

Let me know what you enjoyed in Singapore, and if you haven’t been – please enjoy!

 

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