WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN KUALA LUMPUR
Kuala Lumpur is a big modern city rich in history, and it is ranked as the 7th most visited city in the world. It is known for its culture, races, traditions and it is furnished by impressive architecture, prominent landmarks, and unique buildings. During a trip around Malaysia, it is really worth spending a couple of days to discover the bustling capital city and its top attractions.
Kuala Lumpur Top attractions
1) Petronas Twin Towers & KLLC Park
The Petronas Twin Towers (pic 1) were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004 and remained the tallest twin towers in the world at the height of 452 meters.
The towers feature a sky-bridge at 41st level and an observatory at 86th. You can purchase the ticket online through the official website or going to the ticketing counter at the Towers Concourse level and book your visit.
Alternatively, you can easily purchase your ticket through Viator and GetYourGuide that offer different choices to visit the Towers. Remember that they sell a limited number of tickets per day, and it is always jam-packed.
The visit could be done from Tuesday to Sunday (closed every Monday) from 9 am to 9 pm. The entrance fee is 80 RM.
The Suria KLLC shopping mall is part of the Towers, so you can enjoy a stroll through its several shops while you are waiting the time of your visit.
The KLLC Park stretches behind the Suria Mall for 100 acres with jogging and walking paths. It also has a tropical garden and a symphony lake where you can enjoy the free water-lights show with the background of the Petronas Twin Towers from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
2) KL Tower and KL Forest Eco-Park
If you can’t get the ticket for Petronas Twin Towers or you want to enjoy the Skyview with them, you must have a visit here. The KL Tower stands at the peak of KL Eco-Park Forest one of the oldest tropical forests in the heart of the city. With its 421 meters, it is the seventh tallest tower in the World and boasts a 360° observatory deck and a top-level 360° Sky Deck terrace with no barriers. Before the construction of the Petronas Towers, the KL Tower was the tallest building in the city and all of Malaysia.
The Tower is open every day from 9 am to 10 pm, and the combo ticket for the Observation deck and Sky deck is 99 RM. You can purchase the ticket at the ticketing counter of the Tower, on the official website or using the web Platform Viator.
The KL Forest Eco-Park lies in front of the KL Tower covering 9.37 hectares in the heart of the city, and it is one of the oldest protected tropical forests in Malaysia.
If you like having a relaxing walk inside the Park, don’t miss the ”sky-high” canopy walkway, 200 meters long with an amazing aerial view of the top of the trees.
3) Batu Caves
These fascinating limestone natural caves are home to Hindu shrines that house several religious deities. You need to go up 272 steep steps to get the entrance.
At the bottom of the steps, there is the world’s tallest Lord Muruga statue with a height of 43 meters. The access to the caves is free. Along with the steps you can find the “Dark Caves”, 2 km surveyed passages with seven main sections. If you like exploring you can get there a guided tour (opening time 10 am). Close to Batu Caves KL Komuter Station, there are Ramayana Caves, which boast psychedelic dioramas of the Indian epic Ramayana (entrance 5 Ringgit).
Take the KL Komuter Train from KL Railway Station and get off at Batu Caves Station (ticket is around 2 Ringgit, and it takes you just 30 minutes).
4) National Mosque of Malaysia
It was built in 1965 in honour of Malaysian gaining independence from Britain. It is one of the unique mosques in the world and the national symbol of Islam. It is possible to visit the mosque for not Muslim all week long, and you are required to wear appropriate clothes. Alternatively, they will provide you with the attire.
Visiting Hours for Non Muslim are: Mon-Sun: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., 5.30 p.m – 6.30 p.m; Friday: 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., 5.30 p.m. – 6.30 p-m.
The mosque is a 10 minutes walk from Merdeka Square. Close to the National Mosque, there is the National Museum (Muzium Negara).
5) Merdeka Square
Merdeka Square is the place where Malaysia’s independence was proclaimed in 1957. At the edge of the square, there is a 100 meters high pole where the national flag is waving. On the left side, you can see the Government Office Building (dated 1896), Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Ministry of Information, dated 1897) and the National Textile Museum.
Just a few minutes walk from the flag pole there is the KL City Gallery, a tourist information centre.
It stretches around Market Square. Strolling around its alleys, you can see interesting spots like Guan Yin Temple (dated 1880), Guan Di Temple (dated 1888), the Taoist Sze Ya Temple, the Indu Sri Mahamariamman Temple (dated 1873), the crowded Petaling street with its market and restaurants.
Close to Chinatown, there is the Central Market Building and Kasturi Walk Street, two palaces where you can buy souvenirs and eat something. In the north part of Chinatown, there is Little India with its restaurants and shops.
7) Thean Hou Temple
It is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Built by the Hainanese community in 1894, it is set on a hill and also a shrine where many people come to worship Guan Yin, the goddess of mercy.
The easiest way to get there is by taxi since the Temple is located a bit far from the city centre.
8) KL Bird Park
This Park is the world’s most massive free-flight walk-in aviary. If you have time and you like walking surrounded by birds, this is the right place. The opening time from 9 am to 6 pm, and the ticket costs 67 Ringgit.
The Park is located 20 minutes walk from the National Mosque. At the entrance, you’ll find taxies and the “Hop on /off” bus stop.
Facing the KL Bird Park entrance, there is the Orchid Park. If you like, in this area, you can also visit the KL Butterfly Park and the Perdana Botanic Garden.
9) Chow Kit market
We are passionate about local markets, and this is one of our favourite spots of Kuala Lumpur where it is still possible to live a fantastic slice of local life. This covered market is bustling and is full of stalls selling fish, vegetables, fruit, meat and other food. Chow Kit is a morning market, so you should go there in the early morning to enjoy the place.
The market is located in Chow Kit district, 15 minutes by taxi from Chinatown/Merdeka Square.
10) Street food and nightlife
If you like tasting the local street food, don’t miss the lively Jalan Alor. It’s a long and always busy pedestrian street full cheap local restaurants and stalls selling any street food.
Walking only for a few minutes from Jalan Alor, you’ll find Changkat Bukit Bintang, the Kuala Lumpur most famous place for enjoying the night. Changkat Bukit Bintang is street plenty of international restaurants, bars, pubs clubs, cocktail lounges and of course clubs playing the hits of the moment.
11) Aquaria KLCC
It is one of the largest aquaria in the world with its 464,515 sqm, and it is home to over 150 species of marine life. The aquarium is located at KL Convention Centre Complex, and the ticket cost 73 RM. It is open every day from 11 am to 8 pm.
Need to Know about Kuala Lumpur
|1) When to go
The climate in Malaysia is equatorial, always quite hot and humid all years round; therefore, you should often expect rainy days. Anyway, you can visit Kuala Lumpur and the west coast all year round taking in mind that the wettest months are September and October. If you want to visit the East Coast and its beautiful Islands the best period is between March and October (November and December are the rainiest months). In the end, the best time to visit Malaysia as a whole is from June to August. We visited Malaysia in July, and the weather was often cloudy or partly cloudy, but we bumped into quick rains only three days at night.
2) How to get there
Kuala Lumpur International Airport is served by the first flight companies and by the well known low-cost company Air Asia. If you are already travelling through South East Asia or you want to reach another Malaysian destination, the best option is to fly with Air Asia that always offers great deals.
3) Moving around the country
The buses connect all the main cities throughout the country. Some destinations are also served by train. The best web engine for finding local transportation and flights is 12go.asia.com.
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4) Moving around KL
Most of the attractions are reachable by walk. Anyway, you can easily catch local buses, taxis, a free bus that stops or use the private car service of Uber. Check our article about the means of transport in KL clicking here.
5) Where to sleep
The accommodations choice in Kuala Lumpur is extensive. Throughout the city, you’ll find everything, from cheap Hostels to Luxury Hotels. Chinatown is one of the best neighbourhoods where to find good deals. It’s close to the main attractions and a few minutes walk from the Bus Station that connects it with the International airport. We slept at Swiss-Inn Chinatown.
6) Where to eat
So as all the big cities, Kuala Lumpur is plenty of restaurants and places where to eat. Our favourite places are Jalan Alor, Changkat Bukit Bintang and Chinatown. If you want to try an alternative experience, you should seek the ”Dinner in the sky” or the fancy Atmosphere 360 Revolving Restaurant. We ate at the stalls in Jalan Alor, at Leaf & Co. Cafe in Chinatown and at Opium KL in Changkat Bukit Bintang. Click below to find the best restaurants and reviews of customers.
7) Tour packages
The web Platforms as Viator and GetYourGuide offer different tours and good deals for visiting the city and its surrounding.
8) Guide book and Travel Insurance
We are not into moving around without our Lonely Planet guide book and Worldnomads Travel Insurance.