About Jeroen M
Lives in Berlin, Germany
Since Sep 2007
35-49 year old male
Travel editor and writer based in Berlin; I've visited 64 countries, and have lived for several years each in Berlin - Germany, Bucharest and Brasov - Romania, Warsaw - Poland, Prague - Czech Republic, Johannesburg - South Africa and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia. Currently working on guides and travel articles for Rough Guides, InYourPocket.com, Easyjet, Airbnb & TripAdvisor.
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Sacred & Religious Sites, Caverns & Caves
Forests, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Best known for the massive mall and the Petronas Towers, the KLCC area also offers a green oasis in the city center. The park beside the towers has ponds, lawns, pretty trees, public art, a jogging track, play areas for kids, and quiet corners for relaxing. And the views of the surrounding towers are spectacular, of course.
If you're not planning to see any of Malaysia's rainforest landscapes, then this small reserve at the foot of the Menara KL Tower can give you a quick impression of what a rainforest looks — and sounds — like. While not as impressive as the more expansive 'real deal,' it's worth a quick look, certainly if you're visiting the tower. Plus, it's the last remaining natural area in central KL, and comes complete with all the expected towering tropical trees, shady paths, and a deafening orchestra of insects.
The three huge limestone caves impressively used as a temple complex by the local Hindus are both a cultural and natural sight to behold. Though you won't be alone when you're here, it's impossible not to be impressed by the natural aspects of this great sight.
A huge, hilly, and lush park north of the city with second-generation rainforest, some impressive trees, and a fun treetop canopy walk. If you're not planning to see rainforest elsewhere, or have a few hours to spare, this makes for a pleasant break from the city.
Plant-lovers should head to these very good botanical gardens, with examples of tropical vegetation from across Malaysia and Asia. You'll find plenty of spots for a nice picnic.
Go bird-spotting in central KL at this lush valley, where tropical birds can flap around freely thanks to nets suspended over the whole area. There's a good restaurant and shop by the entrance too.
A short drive out of town, this wetland area with lakes and mangrove forest is a great place to spot fabulous birds, friendly monkeys, monitor lizards, crabs, and even crocodiles. At dusk, there are boat trips into the mangrove where hundreds of fireflies perform spectacular synchronized signaling sessions.
Right in the city center by the Petronas Towers, this excellent aquarium shows the amazing variety of life in the waters of Malaysia and across the world.
A small flower garden next to the Bird Park that's worth a quick wander; the huge variety of orchids and other colorful flowers like hibiscus — Malaysia national flower — on show at Orchid Park is quite amazing.
Thousands of tropical butterflies flap freely around this pretty enclosed garden, making it a great short visit for both adults and children. You'll see caterpillars, cocoons, and other insects too.