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Batu Caves is one of the must-see places for any tourist who comes to Kuala Lumpur. — Pic by Nurjehan Mohamed
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WHILE living in the city might be pricey, there is thankfully still affordable ways to spend your free time.
With the cost of living rising in Kuala Lumpur, you would be hard pressed to spend a day out without burning a huge hole in your pocket.
With an abundance of malls — not to mention some of the biggest ones in the world (http://list25.com/25-largest-shopping-malls-in-the-world) — it’s no wonder most of us end up becoming mall rats on the weekend.
But if you don’t want to spend your time (and cash) at a shopping centre, there are cheaper — dare we say even free — options.
Here are a few that you can check out:
Be a tourist
Take a walking tour to discover the heritage of the nation’s capital city.
Malaysia Traveller teamed up with PocketGuide to create audio commentaries for walking tours of a few historic landmarks, such as Little India, Chinatown and Lake Gardens (http://www.malaysia-traveller.com/city-trails.html).
To access the commentaries, simply download the PocketGuide app to your smartphone and either listen to it online as you walk for free (not advisable if you are worried about data charges, though) or pay a few ringgit to download the commentaries to listen to them offline.
Hardly needing any introduction, this limestone hill with its series of caves and cave temples is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India and is the focal point of Thaipusam in Malaysia.
If you’d like to experience the atmosphere during the festival, be prepared for the crush of people.
Otherwise, you could easily visit any other time of the year and spend a leisurely couple of hours climbing up the 272 steps to the main Temple Cave (which is free to enter) and photographing the resident monkeys.
Join the throng of overseas tourists and take a selfie in front of the iconic twin towers.
Entry to the Skybridge situated midway up the towers is free. However, as there are limited tickets available each day, it is advisable to be at the ticketing counter early to avoid disappointment.
Get closer to nature
Walk, jog or cycle the city roads in DBKL’s campaign to go car-free, which happens every first Sunday of the month from 7.30am to 9.30m
Every Sunday morning from 7am to 10am, the roads around Publika are closed to cars and heavy vehicles as they open to people to cycle, rollerblade, skateboard or even bring out the baby pram.
Even better is that Publika also loans out bikes for free to those who do not own one.
Soak up some culture
Go shopping — for free!