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The River of Life, Kuala Lumpur – a ‘Mist’ See Attraction

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Rather grandly titled, we discovered Kuala Lumpur’s latest attraction the ‘River of Life’ (as at Jan 2019) quite by chance whilst walking around the Malaysian capital in the New Year. We were making our way to Merdeka Square from Chinatown when we noticed large clouds of ‘mist’ blowing over the river area. 

Recently listed as one of the best 10 best waterways in the world by the Independent newspaper in London no less, the River of Life project centres around the convergence point of the Gombak and Klang rivers, against the backdrop of Masjid Sultan Abdul Samad mosque, the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur.

The River of Life, Kuala Lumpur blog post
The River of Life, Kuala Lumpur blog post

It is best described as a river regeneration and restoration project which includes new fountains, riverside cafes, long bicycle paths and night-time light shows which turn the water a stunningly bright blue (we only got to see this happening by chance in the daytime so we didn’t encounter the evening display). The mists that envelop the river are great to see, with various jets and fountains strategically place all around the river banks, to create large clouds of mist, that ebb and flow and mimc the river (well, that was our interpretation of it as we watched it).

The River of Life, Kuala Lumpur blog post

We are so pleased to see this happening as the last time we stayed for a weekend in Kuala Lumpur, we were based at the former Geo Hotel (now a brand new Travelodge) and we had commented on how dirty and unclean the river area was whilst walking along it, not befitting of the world class city that it truly is. With so many vibrant river areas elsewhere in Asia (our current favourites are Singapore and the area around Love River in Kaohsiung, Taiwan), this is a positive and welcome step for the Malaysian capital.

The project was launched by the former Government in 2012 and still has a way to go until it is completed so we will definitely look to revisit the site when we return to Malaysia, and as we love Kuala Lumpur so much, we think it won’t be too long before we check it out again.

The River of Life, Kuala Lumpur blog post
The River of Life, Kuala Lumpur blog post
The River of Life, Kuala Lumpur blog post

Travelling around Malaysia?

Check out our blog posts for travel tips on Langkawi, PenangKuala LumpurMelaka and Cameron Highlands.

Download the Grab app

Grab taxis are widely used by both tourists and locals, and the fares are really cheap! Download the Grab app here and use the code GRABCKTRAVELS to earn a free ride when you sign up.

Sim cards and pocket WIFI

Having data on your phone whilst travelling is almost essential these days – from planning your route around the city, booking a Grab taxi or for staying connected with friends and family back home. SIM cards are pretty cheap in Malaysia with generous data allowances and are available to purchase from airports, malls and convenience stores (bring your passport along for identification purposes).

You can also prepay online and collect a SIM from KLIA2 airportJust remember to make sure your phone is not locked to your local network provider before purchasing one.

Alternatively if you do not want to change your sim card then renting a pocket WIFI device might be for you. We’ve used them multiple times and love that we can both connect our devices to it, however the downside to the Malaysian ones is that there is a data allowance of 1GB per day. Pre-order one online with Klook for collection when you arrive at either KLIA or KLIA2 airport in Kuala Lumpur. 

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Kuala Lumpur accommodation

Here are some highly rated Kuala Lumpur accommodation options for all types of budget:


Some other hostel accommodations that come highly rated include:

Sunshine Bedz KL 
Small and friendly hostel with with free breakfast, bar, pub quizzes and organised pub crawls. Check out prices and availability for Sunshine Bedz KL 

Mingle Hostel KL 
Chinatown hostel located in a renovated 1920s clubhouse with with up-cycled furniture, free breakfast, rooftop bar and on-site café. Check out prices and availability for Mingle Hostel KL 

Step-Inn Too Guesthouse
Social hostel located in the Golden Triangle neighbourhood with high-speed Wi-Fi. Check out prices and availability for Step-Inn Too Guesthouse

Mid range

If you are looking for something mid range then these hotels are comfy and have great reviews:

THE FACE Suites 
Spacious and modern apartments with infinity pool, fitness centre, bars and restaurants. Check out prices and availability for The FACE Suites

Somerset Ampang Kuala Lumpur 
Self-catering apartments with restaurant, fitness facilities and a rooftop pool with city skyline views Check out prices and availability for Somerset Ampang

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Stylish hotel connected to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station via a link bridge with a gym, 4 dining options and a spacious outdoor pool. Check out prices and availability for Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Treat yourself

Alternatively if you are looking for something more special then treat yourself to a stay at one of these beautiful hotels in Kuala Lumpur:

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur 
Luxurious 5-star hotel with outdoor swimming pool, 3 on-site restaurants and bar overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers. Check out prices and availability for Grand Hyatt

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
Stylish suites and serviced apartments overlooking the city skyline and KLCC Park with infinity outdoor pool, 10 award-winning restaurants and spa. Check out prices and availability for Mandarin Oriental

Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Stylish hotel connected to Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station via a link bridge with a gym, 4 dining options and a spacious outdoor pool. Check out prices and availability for Shangri-La Hotel

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