During our April flight from Tokyo to Thailand, my friend and I lucked out with a very convenient layover in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Downtown Kuala Lumpur is an overtly tourist centric area, with luxury malls and high end hotels all nestled into one extravagant arena. The main entertainment and shopping venue is the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Inside this expansive mall are luxury shopping stores (both Western and Asian brands) and all kinds of eateries. The pavilion is absolutely massive! My friend Lilly and I weren’t quite in the mood to drop major bank, but we did do some light window shopping before moving on to our next venture. Only a fifteen to twenty minute walk from the Pavilion stands the twin Petronas towers, one of Kuala Lumpur’s main tourist attractions. The Petronas Twin Towers are two 450+ meter buildings covered in intricate white lights that stand out like a Christmas ornament in the night sky. The Towers are a very popular attraction and tours are offered all the way up to the tippy top for a reasonable price. We didn’t get a chance to do all that as were were jet-lagged and starving, but we did enjoy the view from below. 

After a six hour flight from Tokyo, food was on our mind, so shortly after our walk downtown we decided to try an ornate looking restaurant only five minutes away. The eatery offered an array of Indian, Malaysian and Middle Eastern dishes with a very fun drink menu to boot. I ordered a lamb stew which was served on a plate of fire and finished off with a strawberry mojito.  I wasn’t quite familiar with Malaysian cuisine and didn’t expect to see Middle Eastern food in the vicinity. It turns out that being a predominantly Muslim country, there are plenty of restaurants with a strong Middle Eastern influence. 

We retired for the night at the JW Marriott, Kuala Lumpur. As we all know, the Marriott is a top-notch line of hotels, and while our stay was short, it was filled with amazing service to include a car to and from the airport. Our entire Kuala Lumpur experience was wonderful; the people are very friendly and the area is beautiful. For those who have more than a few hours to spare, I recommend touring the downtown area and venturing a bit farther out to see the Batu Caves and the National Mosque. 

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