Aero7 wrote: AVOID public transport at all cost, they're incompetent and expensive.
Mucha Man wrote:Traffic is not that bad unless there has been some really heavy rain and it's very civilized compared to Taipei. Don't bother with public transport in the downtown area as taxis are very cheap. KL's system is nothing like the easy efficient MRT. I've ridden the LRT and commuter rails and found them okay, but a bit seedy in feel.
KL has myriad overpasses and expressways so it's easy to get in and out. Depends where you are based but I wouldn't drive into the centre, just use taxis. Cars are great for getting around as there are lots of beautiful areas within an hour but no public buses.
My girlfriend has a place in the hills that's 15 minutes from downtown to her work by taxi. The city is not that big and like Taipei it is surrounded by mountains.
crimpster wrote: Any other broad comparisons you can make about KL with Taipei? I see many people say that KL is a boring city, boring as in not a bar on every corner? Mountains and beaches nearby then being in the tropics ticks alot of the boxes for me.
Mucha Man wrote:Yeah, it characterless is many ways, though it's great how just behind modern highrises are still wide streets with little kampungs and neighborhoods of colonial buildings.
Travel: yes, Air Asia has incredible deals. Last fall we were looking at flying to Laos for NT$2000. Within Malaysia you can get deals for a few hundred.
The new cross island highway makes driving to the east coast islands much faster now. Lots of old roads for biking. Like I said, hiking around KL is excellent.
I like KL for daily living as it is so much easier to get all the food I like in one place (unlike Taipei where I have to go to several places and still can't get things). So many expats in KL now that even obscure items are easy to find. Lots of organic produce now too.
I also love the natural element of the city. At least on the outskirts where we are. Our place is backed by a nature reserve and we overlook forest and a bit of the city. Monkeys and a variety of tropical birds play in our garden (yes, we have a lawn and garden - take that Taipei). Sometimes when we walk down to the bakery-cafe at the bottom of the hill we see wild pigs. In general we can just hang out having coffee looking out on a really lovely and ever changing environment.
The air is way better, even with the haze from burnign in Indonesia at this time of year.
Taipei is a much more vibrant city though and I love how you can walk for hours across the city now (can't do that in KL as it is broken into sections). KL has more seedy areas, areas with lots of muggings (is anywhere in Taipei like that) and also much dirtier. Taipei has made enormous progress these past years but KL is still like Taipei 15 years ago.
I find Malaysia a lot like Taiwan 15 years ago. People are just beginning to find time for leisure (you see Malays on the hiking trails now, something you never did 10 years ago). There is growing concern for the environment. The opposition actually won the popular vote last election so change is in the air. Yes, parts of the country are still very conservative and Muslim but the cities tend to more liberal and also more Chinese and Indian.
Anyway, I plan to enjoy KL for the beauty and convenience of my daily life and travel to more interesting locales when I have time.
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