In Kuala Lumpur, a great place to visit is the Lake Gardens, a green lung in the centre of the city which includes a number of tourist attractions such as the Butterfly Park, The KL Bird Park, a deer park, orchid and hibiscus gardens, a planetarium, the Islamic Arts Museum (highly recommended) and the Police Museum.
I took some visitors from overseas to the butterfly and bird parks recently.
The Butterfly Park has hundreds of colourful butterflies fluttering around freely under a huge netting canopy. They also have an impressive collection of beetles, stick insects and other insects as well as koi ponds and tortoises. Tourists from temperate or desert climates particularly appreciate the lush vegetation and the hot and humid air. Well worth a visit even if you have been to butterfly parks elsewhere.
The KL Bird Park is a more impressive attraction covering over 20 acres and said to contain the world’s largest free flight walk-in aviary.
Many of the birds are accustomed to humans and some, such as the peacocks, will allow you to feed them from your hand. It is a good place to practice your bird photography.
Useful Thrifty Tips
Tip #1. If you are a tourist on a budget and not keen to spend the RM45 ticket price (expensive by Malaysian standards), take lunch at the Hornbill Restaurant instead. This restaurant is perched above the edge of the Bird Park, underneath the aviary netting so if you sit outside on the balcony you will be visited by some of the park’s braver birds such as this hornbill:
Indeed if the waiter is slow in clearing your plate, a hornbill might jump on the table to snatch any leftovers. I can recommend the curry dishes together with an ice cold Tiger beer or perhaps a fresh kalamansi juice with sour plums. Delicious! After lunch, if you are still not tempted to part with the RM 45 park entrance fee, you can pop across the street and see the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens which are free on weekdays.
Tip #2. If you are a foreigner living in Malaysia, show your Malaysian driving license and get into the park at the discounted price of RM20.