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Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park Escape!

Written by Carl Hedinger

Another peacock! – Me, Throughout the Afternoon at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. 

For some reason, I come away from Kuala Lumpur with a feeling that one trip was enough. No more noise and busy urban beehives, with quiet places and relaxation in mind for future vacations. What is making me feel this way? Have I forgotten about what happened at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park?

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Peacock in the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

All bad thoughts come down to the heat and honestly, you’d understand if you’ve ever visited Kuala Lumpur. Walks through the city bring up memories that compare nicely with visits to the local sauna, only there’s no cold pool to cool off after sweating out yesterday’s mistakes. Kuala Lumpur has humidity so relentless that I’m out of clean shirts by day 3, though I tried to keep 7 in mind.

Yet to be identified. Any ideas?

Escaping the Urban Jungle!

Kuala Lumpur’s Lake Gardens are the best spot for shade-seekers, with the KL Bird Park and other attractions tucked inside. Billed as the World’s Largest Free-Flight Walk-In Aviary, this park offers shade and a look at thousands of birds living naturally.

Flamingo Pond, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Tourist spots in many countries can seem expensive compared to everything else but parting with the extra money doesn’t feel bad at the KL Bird Park. For such a hot day, escaping to a tree-covered aviary to see tropical birds in their natural habitat is a double bonus.


Peacock Central

That day in the park brings one closer to KL’s almost limitless green space and public parks away from the urban jungle. As soon as we enter, a huge peacock was waiting and ready to greet us but had no interest in me and my wife. We were just another tourist to him or her and a few minutes later, I see that peacocks sort of run the place.

Peacock, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Regardless, the novelty never wears off and after each one we pass, the more I admire these beautiful creatures. Peacocks aren’t the only draw in the KL Bird Park and everywhere we turn, a new and different species is waiting and not afraid to come have a look and sniff of us. This is THEIR territory and rightfully so.

Milky Storks, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

I want to go back!

It’s too bad that Malaysia had other stuff to do because that Bird Park could’ve been the only thing and I wanted to do at the time Shade and the huge varieties of bird songs reminded me that it was possible to leave the city’s heat and chaos for a bit. If you’re ever in the city, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a comfortable and fun escape from the heat!

So what do you think? Want to visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park now? Let me know what you think in the comments section! 

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Carl Hedinger

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Hey, I’m from Miss Gillespie’s class, and I just wanted to say wow! These birds are absolutely beautiful! I myself live out in the country, so we live near people who raise peacocks and an array of other things. But, it’s not every day you see a crane! Neat.

    • Wow, didn’t realize they raised peacocks out in the WV countryside. Guess you learn something new everyday, huh? I didn’t realize cranes were hard to spot but they’re pretty abundant here in parts of Asia. Guess I’ll have to study up on birds of Appalachia when we come back:)

      Thanks for commenting, Sophia! Hope you enjoyed the read and keep on coming back!

      Take care.

    • Malaysia is so great! I’m happy yet bummed that we’ll be back for a few days, but only to the Cameron Highlands this time. KL is one of my favorite cities, actually. I’ve kind of lost the love for cities but that one is good in my book. Where did you go when in Malaysia?

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Katie!

  • I never gave birds much mind until I worked a couple of winter seasons in Florida’s Everglades. My time there served as an crash course in dealing with humidity as well, though I can’t imagine it really compares with what you experienced in Kuala Lumpur. My own funny peacock story revolves around moving into my house years ago. My husband and I spent the first couple of summers thinking there were some really angry cats out and about, but no. Turns out the pasture down the road is full of peahens. We thought they sounded like cats. Every time we hear them now, we always have a good chuckle.

    • Haha, that’s hilarious!

      Hmm, I hear the Everglades can be quite hot so it might be comparable to KL. Only difference is it’s a bustling city with tons of heat emanating from streets and cars.

      Anyway, that was a great story you shared. So, when are you going to visit Asia?

  • I remember that relentless heat in Kuala Lumpur! But it was years ago and I was there on business, so I did not know or visit the beautiful bird park! It would have been a welcome respite! great pictures!!!! If I go back, I’ll certainly find it.