Kuala Lumpur & Ipoh - English

Today's post is about the comparison between little town with locals or big city with tourists.
Kuala Lumpur, 4 days.

Arriving in the capitol city of Malaysia I could already experience the bad weather. It's always fun when you get lost in the process of finding your hostel, in the rain.
The first evening I spend planning where I want to go in Malaysia and what I what to see in Kuala Lumpur, which is not that much to choose from.

But still I found something beautiful! Really easy accessible from the Sentral Station because there is one line going directly going to the bath caves. I don't have in mind the exact price for the tickets but I would guess it around 6RM (1,30€) each ride.
As you arrive you just follow the mass of people who will lead you to a big square where you have a nice view on the soon really torturing stairs.
You will admire a beautiful mountain landscape with endless stairs leading up to the cave, softly hidden behind a giant gold statue (maybe to hide the awful lot of stairs, haha).
No entrance fee, but they will strictly check appropriate clothing (no shorts, no tops).
The Batu Caves are two big caves. One is the bat cave and one is the dark cave.
I only visited the bat cave because you can only go in the dark cave with a payed tour and also the pictures of the "spiders you can see in the cave" made me run away pretty fast.

Despite I did visit the giant Twin Towers which are, who would've guessed it, two big skyscrapers, oh well...

But if KL is good for one thing than it's party! I went both nights to the famous Food&Bar-Street Jalan Alor.

Taxis and Ubers are really handy and cheap here and available over the apps "grab" and "uber". You can also see the approximate price which makes organizing a lot easier! 

I left Kuala Lumpur with the thought in my head "Not again a big city" and went to the mountains. That post is already up. Click here to view it
After that I went to a small city called Ipoh. I'm gonna tell you more about this city, because the difference to KL is just enormous. 

Ipoh, 5 days.
Ipoh is a small city close to the famous Cameron Highlands. My decision to visit this place is thanks to the Internet and the "Must-See Malaysia" results of the web search.
Is it a must see? I don't think so. Was it worth it? Totally, yes!

Ipoh is really small. Tourism is not existing and the streets are empty. But one thing that convinced me was the art and history there.

You can do so called Street Art Trails or Heritage Trails or you can just walk around and see what you run into.

A really fun and adventurous thing is the caving in the Tempurung Cave. We did with a group of 6 people Tour number 4 which is the longest and the most difficult one but it's so fun! Here you can slide and climb in the cave and you have to crawl through the water underneath the rocks and get dirty and wet! It's an adventure you won't forget that fast!

Also Ipoh has a bunch of really stunning Cave Temples. I've seen a lot on this trip so far but temples in a cave was my first time and so beautiful how the religion and nature is combined!

A lot of people were confused why I would stay so long in Ipoh! There are some secret treasures everywhere which you can't find in online travel guides.

My hostels

Revopackers KL
Location: 4/5
Staff: 4/5
Food: 2/5
Cleanliness: 5/5
Hygiene: 5/5
Facilities: 3/5

Recommend? A bit lonely for Backpackers.

Mari Hostel Ipoh
Location: 5/5
Staff: 5/5
Food: 3,5/5
Cleanliness (Dorm): 5/5
Hygiene (shared bathroom): 4,5/5
Facilities: 3,5/5

Recommend? Yes!

What do you prefer? Do you like big cities or small cities more?

Thanks for reading.

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