Our First Christmas Away as a Full Time Traveling Family
It was our very first time in Kuala Lumpur (KL), but what a time we had. What made it even more special for us was the fact that we celebrated Christmas and New Year here. We had specifically decided that we wanted to be in a big city with lots of Christmas feel to it as there hasn’t been much of that throughout December in the areas we traveled in in Thailand and Malaysia. KL had it all, though, and we were in for a very different Christmas than we have ever had before.
After celebrating Christmas with a wonderful dinner with live Christmas Concert we went back to our hotel, the centrally located Maya Hotel, in KL City Centre (KLCC), which was the first area we stayed in. It was a 4 min. walk to the Petronas Twin Towers (tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004). In and by the Twin Towers you find so many things to see and do, shop and eat your way through, which was what we did.
Go by e-scooter
We walked around the city every day, we did, however, make use of the Beam electrical scooters, that you find all over KLCC and Bukit Bintang. They are super handy, and a fun way to get around. Especially our boys used them a lot. It did ease all the walking in the humid heat quite a bit. Even though you have an online map to locate the scooters, it became like a scavenger hunt for the boys to find them everywhere we went. Only thing, don't ride them in parks or you'll have an escort out, like here in the photo.
Petrona Twin Towers
Naturally, you can go to the top of the Petrona Towers and watch the view of KL, if you are into views. We didn’t go up, as we felt we have seen so many city views, and as it was cloudy most days in KL while we were in town. There is also the Skybridge to walk on, halfway up connecting the two towers, which can be visited.
We did explore the park behind the towers on several occasions. You can stroll around the park, have a picnic in the shade of the many trees like the locals, or you can go for a run on the special jogging path around the park, which is lit up at night. For the kids there is a huge playground that will keep them busy for hours, mind you, it’s in the sun. Right next to it is a water splashing area for mainly kids to play around and cool down (bring swimsuit and bring a towel). Something to keep in mind is that you are not allowed to use the e-scooters in the park, which we learned the hard way.
Suria KLCC Mall
In Suria KLCC you find everything your heart desires from mid-range to high end stores, but what’s more, are the activities you can throw yourself at here, like eating, going to the movies, visit the Aquarium and the Petrosains Discovery Centre, an awesome hands on science experience for young and old, and this is also where you find the home of Petronas Philharmonic Hall. We also ended up spending quite some hours in the Lego store’s play/building area, at least the boys did, while I got some window shopping done.
Water Fountain Show
Right outside the mall by the KLCC Park, you have the water fountain that puts on a light/water/music show every night at from 20-22, starting with intervals and lasting 10-15 minutes. I’m a sucker for these kinds of things, but the boys and Martin were mostly happy to just sit down for a bit while watching the show.
On New Year’s Eve we found the restaurant with the very best view of the KLCC Park, which meant we had front row view to the Midnight Fireworks up high. Fuego at Troika SKY Dining – there are 3 restaurants to choose from, and you can sit inside or outside. We all four had a magical night there with wonderful food and ditto view of the fireworks. It is worth coming up here for just a drink or to have a great meal while enjoying the view.
Bukit Bintang Area
The second area we got to know and explore was Bukit Bintang, where we, once again, stayed at a super central location at the Ramada Suites by Wyndham. From here, we could walk everywhere in the area. Again, there are lots of shopping malls if that’s what you are into or need some (window) shopping. We had done lots of that already in KL, so we skipped the malls in Bukit Bintang. There is lots of street art to be discovered in this area as well, lot's of really cool ways to make use of city space and facades.