Best things see, do and eat in Kuala Lumpur: Expert expat travel tips

Originally from Shellharbour on the NSW South Coast, blogger Marty Spargo moved to Kuala Lumpur (aka 'KL') in search of warmer weather and more bang for his lifestyle-seeking buck. When he's not blogging, he's helping others with digital monitoring. See kualalumpurtourist.com

SEE

The Twin Towers are just so impressive, but honestly, I recommend saving the cash to invest in extra street food instead. Chinatown is walking distance from Pasar Seni station. It's so cool, especially in the evening when the markets and food stalls all come to life around sunset, when it's packed with people and all of your senses are getting over-stimulated simultaneously. Stroll around and grab some bargains, then take a break with some satay sticks and ice-cold beers amid the hustle and bustle. Tiger is the local option.

DO

The park at Kuala Lumpur City Centre is in the middle of this huge city at the foot of the Twin Towers. When it gets dark, the big fountain turns into a pretty impressive lights show and the towers are breathtaking to look at. The edges of the park are dotted with impressive buildings and luxury hotels. It's a beautiful skyline.

EAT

You can't go wrong eating anywhere in KL, and whatever you like, it's here. For street food, head to Jalan Alor night market. I get char xiao bao (steamed bbq pork buns) from the same guy almost every evening, and $1.90 for two big buns isn't a bad deal at all. I also really recommend the epic $1.30 lentil soups at Paradise Pakistan and North Indian Restaurant on Jalan Bukit Bintang. See facebook.com/paradise.restoran

DRINK

At Pisco Bar, just off Changkat in Bukit Bintang, get a mojito and enjoy the music and good vibes. The prices aren't cheap though, so you might want to have a couple of warm-ups before you arrive. See piscobarkl.com

AVOID

Don't hold your phone in your hand while walking outside. Snatchings by motorbike are commonplace. The same is true for women with handbags. It's best to keep a good distance between yourself and the road to make sure your belongings are always out of reach of passers-by.

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