What I’ve found from travelling is that the most unforgettable things usually happen by chance. This was particularly true of my spontaneous trip to Malaysia. After spending nearly three months in Thailand, my visa was about to expire and so it was time to head elsewhere but I couldn’t decide where. That was until I met some travellers who had just gotten back from Malaysia. Their incredible travel stories had piqued my curiosity and so I booked my flight. A day or two later I touched down in Kuala Lumpur.
If I’m honest, up until I then knew very little about Malaysia but I certainly didn’t regret my impulsive decision to visit. In fact, I had a thoroughly amazing time there and visiting I-City was one of the absolute highlights, not just of my time in Malaysia but of my whole Asia trip.
I-City is a theme park located just outside of Kuala Lumpur. With its amusement rides and ‘all-star’ wax museum, it’s not exactly the sort of place that I would typically go out of my way to visit. However, what prompted me to go was the incredible ‘Digital Orchard’, I-City’s main focal point. From 7pm onwards, the trees burst into light with a spectrum of over 1 million LED bulbs. It was like nothing I’d ever seen before – it was utterly mesmerising.
Exploring the Digital Orchard was an immersive experience. It was like being in a dream or another world. My photographs don’t do it any justice.
I wouldn’t describe I-City as a tourist hotspot by any stretch of the imagination – most of the people we saw there seemed to be locals. I-City is roughly a 30– 40 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur city centre, so getting a taxi is probably the easiest way to get there if you want to visit. A friend of mine drove me there as a surprise on my last day in the city – I couldn’t think of a more memorable way to see out my time in Malaysia. It was unforgettable.
Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is an up-and-coming Asian city that is not to be missed when exploring South East Asia. The city is a melting pot of predominantly Malaysian, Chinese and Indian people, making for a rich and diverse array of culture, heritage and of...