Hello Kuala Lumpur!
We made a conscious decision to splurge a little bit, and stay at the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur (KL) hotel with the magnificent view of the Petronas Twin Towers. So glad that we did that! What a view, especially at night!
We are staying in the center, so all attractions are within the walking distance.
Love the architecture, technology, shopping malls, food! Taxis are so cheap!
Planning to stay in KL for a month and enjoy the civilization and urban life. Are you wondering about the prices? Well, if you are not renting for 12 months, than the cost of apartment is very expensive. A 1-2 bdr apartment in the center could cost you $2,000 +, unless you negotiate. One year contract can bring your cost down significantly – you could rent a nice fully furnished 3 bdr apartment for $1,200-$1,500. The food and transportation (taxi) are not expensive. We had a nice dinner (see the pictures below) and it was less than $15 for too. You do the math.
Within one week search, intense research, and numerous appointments, we found “our” place to live. We moved into 2 bdr/2 bath apartment in the center, Bukit Bintang, and planning to settle for a couple of months. Recently, I reviewed the travel log, and realized that we chanced 40 (!) sleeping places since we sold our house last July and started traveling.
Here are the views from the apartment:
Right now we are busy with settling – bought missing items, replaced old stuff with the new, did some cleaning (no cleaning maid can clean as well as we, at least at the first place; later we plan to hire English speaking cleaning lady ~$8/hr). Two days later, we feel like at home.
And new life brings new challenges: what to eat for breakfast?
Or Salak (Snake fruit)?
Or Jack Fruit?
Learning our way around… Yesterday went to buy Windex and found a long raw of restaurants, just around the corner, with the street food, and with the very affordable prices.
We even eat the Duran fruit the first time in our life!
There are two supermarkets 5 min walk, similar to The Whole Foods with the similar prices . Also, there are so many mini-markets where the prices for the local produce are dramatically lower .
KL has it all, even the fancy gelato! So welcome to KL and enjoy your stay!