25 Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
The capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a diverse area that includes Tamil, Chinese, Malay, and indigenous inhabitants. The most populous city in the nation, Kuala Lumpur is spread over 200 square kilometers and now merges with neighboring suburbs to create a hub of activity and commerce.
Tourism is a central focus in Kuala Lumpur and as such there are a huge variety of attractions for visitors to choose from, ranging from the more traditional to the more modern depending on your tastes. There are temples and mosques to reflect the diversity of the city, spectacular futuristic towers and skyscrapers, local markets and street food, and just about anything else you can imagine.
Whether you enjoy spending an afternoon wandering in a leafy park, or shopping in a multi-story mega mall, Kuala Lumpur doesn’t disappoint with something to suit all ages and budgets. Let’s have a look at the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur!
Visit the PETRONAS Towers in Kuala Lumpur
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One of the most iconic sights in the world, the PETRONAS Towers, or the PETRONAS Twin Towers considering the fact that there are two of them, are the tallest twin towers in the world. The towers feature postmodern architecture and style and also feature Islamic designs due to the Muslim majority in Malaysia. Visitors flock here for the walk over the sky bridge that joins the two towers together and you can admire the breathtaking views that stretch across the city of Kuala Lumpur.
2. Take in the history at Sri Mahamariamman Temple
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Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Famous for being the oldest Hindu temple in all of Kuala Lumpur having been built in the nineteenth century, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is well worth a visit for those wanting to learn about the diverse cultures and religions that make up this city. The temple is easily recognizable as you approach as it has a vibrant and colorful façade featuring a range of Hindu deities depicting famous legends. The site is a working temple and as such a place of worship for the local Tamil community but visitors can also explore the grounds and wonder at the architecture and atmosphere.
3. Sample some local flavor with Nasi Kandar
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Nasi Kandar, meaning ‘mixed rice’, is a cornerstone of Malaysian cuisine and customers are given a plate of plain rice and can choose a variety of toppings and sauces to accompany it. Nasi Kandar is based on Tamil dishes due to the high number of South Indian immigrants and the sauces and gravies are heavy on curry powder and chili. Common Nasi Kandar dishes include curried meat or seafood as well as a vegetable component such as okra or Asian cabbage.
4. Make some feathery friends at Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
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Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Spanning over 20 acres this enormous aviary is home to over 3000 birds and the focus is on promoting local species to visitors, although there are also some imported birds housed in the park. Visitors can enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna and bird watch in one of the largest public aviaries in the world. The park is also a well respected scientific location and there is an emphasis on conservation and education, and there are breeding programs and scientific studies of the birds in their natural habitat.
Tip: Combine the Bird Park, the Butterfly Park and the Orchid Garden with this combo ticket
5. Enjoy the culture at the National Museum
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National Museum, Kuala Lumpur
Located near the famous Lake Gardens, the National Museum is an architectural wonder in itself as it is fashioned in the shape of a traditional house and includes decorations that are a mixture of contemporary and more traditional designs. Visit the National Museum to learn all about the history and culture of Malaysia and take in the replicas of Malay houses, wedding scenes, and hunting displays. There are also local instruments and national costumes on show. As well as the permanent exhibitions at the museum there are also temporary exhibits that change throughout the year and are located in the Central Hall.
6. Have some fun at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
A little way out of the city center in the suburb of Petaling Jaya, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park has offered fun for all the family since it opened in 1997. Their slogan is ‘Come Feel the Fun’ and visitors to the area can experience not just a theme park but also a water park that is located on the same site, and a wildlife and ‘extreme’ park with wilder rides for more adventurous types. The complex includes theme park rides, interactive games, wave and surf pools, and even a zoo. The park also features dining and shopping options for those who want to grab some souvenirs.
7. Scan the depths at Aquaria KLCC
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Touted not just as a simple aquarium but as an ‘oceanarium’ housed in the depths of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC spans over 60,000 square feet and features a 300 foot tunnel in the center which allows visitors to explore the depths up close as they are surrounded on three sides by water. The experience is set up as a land to sea journey and aims to educate visitors on Malaysian aquatic life, from fresh water rivers and swamps, to the vast ocean. There are also educational and interactive exhibits that emphasize the importance of conservation and Aquaria KLCC has over 5,000 aquatic creatures for visitors to enjoy.
8. Do some shopping at Central Market
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Pasar Seni, Kuala Lumpur
The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, also known as Pasar Seni, is a firm location on the tourist map and was developed from a former wet market selling fruit, vegetables, and meat. Nowadays the area has been updated and includes different sections to reflect the various influences and ethnic backgrounds present in Malaysia such as Malay, Indian, and Chinese areas selling local products like souvenirs and arts and crafts. On the upper floor there is also a food court selling local delicacies and the area in front of the market is known for street performers and musical shows.
9. Learn about rail transport at Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
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Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
No longer Kuala Lumpur’s main railway station, having been usurped by the more modern KL Sentral, come to Kuala Lumpur Railway Station to see a railway museum housed inside an example of classic British and Asian architecture. Built during the British colonial period and completed in 1886, the museum is a mix of European and Asian styles and now features antique exhibits in the Great Hall such as fire engines and steam trains. There are also models and replicas of trains and carriages and visitors can stroll around the platforms and learn about the history of the locomotive in Malaysia.
10. Eat some street food at Hutong
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Food courts located within malls are plentiful in Kuala Lumpur but Hutong, housed inside Lot 10 Mall, is said to be one of the best in the business. The food court is made up of local street vendors who were selected and asked to sell their dishes at Hutong and as such the food is authentic and delicious, and more importantly is all housed under one roof so you don’t have to go pounding the pavements in search of a feast. The food court is a great place for newcomers to Malaysian cuisine to visit as it features all of the most famous and moreish local dishes such as oyster omelets, fried noodles and noodles soups, dumplings, meatballs, and roasted meats. There is a top rated ‘Off The Eaten Track’ Street Food Tour which you can book here.
11. Visit a working pewter museum at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
Something of a hidden gem and strangely under-visited, Royal Selangor Visitor Centre showcases the history, factory, and products of Royal Selangor since they began production in 1885. There are free guided tours that include a museum section with early samples of their work, historical photographs, and even period garb for visitors to try on, followed by a visit to the working Royal Selangor factory. You can even try your hand at fashioning some of the pewter pieces and there is a gift shop attached should you want to stock up on pewter jewelry and ornaments.
12. Take in the views at Kuala Lumpur Tower
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Sky Box Of Menara KL Tower
Also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur, this tower stands at 335 meters and has an observation deck that offers stunning panoramic views of the city. The towers serves many functions as well as acting as an observation tower for the sighting of the moon to mark the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and there is even an annual race to the top to promote health and fitness. The visitor deck is the highest point in the city that is open to the public and it takes fifty-four seconds for the lifts to ascend to the site. Popular times to visit are around dusk to observe night falling across the city.
13. Slow down at Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
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Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
For a slightly whimsical day out head to Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park and marvel at the hundreds of different colorful butterflies in residence, over 120 species in fact. The park itself is modeled on a jungle forest experience and features walkways, footpaths, lakes, ponds, and gazebos, and there is an abundance of local flora and fauna to discover in addition to the butterflies themselves. There are educational explanations such as breeding program and life cycle information and visitors to the park can slow down and enjoy the quieter and calmer pace as they take in the local wildlife.
Tip: Combine the Bird Park, the Butterfly Park and the Orchid Garden with this combo ticket
14. Shop till you drop at Suria KLCC
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A site within the enormous KLCC complex that includes the mighty PETRONAS Towers, Suria KLCC is a six story shopping center that includes shops, rides, a cinema, a supermarket, and a variety of dining options including food courts. On the top floor of the mall visitors can eat at Rasa food court which features freshly prepared food from all over Malaysia and a table near the windows offers spectacular views over the city. In the basement visitors can also browse the rows of souvenirs and arts and crafts vendors selling their wares from carts.
15. Head to a food haven at Alor Street
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In the days of old Alor Street was famous for being a red light district and a place of dubious repute although it has now cleaned up its act and is now best known as a haven for foodies. Should you visit during the day you will be disappointed as the street vendors only really set up when the sun begins to set and the street changes appearance completely and becomes a hive of culinary activity. The vendors here usually focus on selling one signature dish perfected over the years. Expect the food to be delicious but humble and the dining experience will be on the sidewalk on plastic chairs and tables.
16. Meander around Jamek Mosque
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Built in the early 1900s, Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia and is often visited for its Moorish architectural style and for its location, as it sits at the site where the Klang and Gombak rivers meet. As such visitors can tour parts of the mosque (in appropriate dress) and can also take in the stunning views across the waters. For many years this was the primary Muslim place of worship in the city and has a proud history of famous preachers and religious leaders who have attended the mosque.
17. Meet the animals at the National Zoo of Malaysia
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National Zoo Of Malaysia
Located to the north-east of Kuala Lumpur, the National Zoo is run by the Malaysian Zoological Society and almost 500 species are housed within. There are a range of exhibits for visitors to enjoy such as a reptile park, an aviary, a lake, and a freshwater aquarium. There are even areas dedicated to insects as well as a huge range of other local flora and fauna. The zoo runs conservation programs and educational activities such as guided tours and interactive exhibits geared towards children and teenagers. There is even a dedicated section called Children’s World that focuses on domestic pets and has a replica farmhouse barn and a play area.
18. Wander through China Town
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Kuala Lumpur, in addition to Malay and Indian nationals, has a large Chinese population and as such China Town has developed as a predominantly ethnically Chinese area of the city that is also well worth a visit if you are in town for a few days. Located in and around Petaling Street, the area features a market, Chinese food options, and Chinese cultural attractions such as temples. The street food vendors that set up here at night are particularly popular.
19. Learn some royal history at Istana Negara
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Istana Negara used to be the palace of the former kings of Malaysia before a new palace was erected in 2011 and Istana Negara was designated as a royal museum. Visitors to the palace can learn about royal points of interest and visit some of the different rooms and there are also royal guards stationed at the entrance in both modern and traditional uniform. There is also a changing of the guard ceremony every day for visitors to witness some of Malaysia’s royal and official ceremonial traditions.
20. Count some money at Maybank Numismatic Museum
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Maybank Numismatic Museum, Maybank Tower
Owned and managed by one of Malaysia’s biggest and best known banks, Maybank, the Maybank Numismatic Museum is now home to the largest money and coin collections in all of Malaysia and is located within the iconic Maybank Tower. The museum has a range of different attractions such as antique examples of coins and banknotes as well as a huge metal sculpture of a ‘money tree’. Visitors can also learn about the history of currency in Malaysia and greater South East Asia.
21. Marvel at the Islamic architecture of the National Mosque
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National Mosque, Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia’s National Mosque is a truly enormous structure that can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any given time. Built in the sixties, the mosque follows principles of Islamic architecture and has as a roof in the shape of a sixteen point star. There is also a strong emphasis on water features such as fountains and reflective pools throughout the mosque complex and visitors can tour the mosque but must wear appropriate dress which is provided to do so.
22. Go climbing in the Batu Caves
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Located outside of Kuala Lumpur in the suburb of Selangor lie the Batu Caves, and visitors can marvel at these limestone cliffs that are dotted with caves and carved cave temples. The caves and temples are Hindu shrines and are still considered and important place of pilgrimage for the many Tamil residents of Malaysia. Visitors can visit the caves and also experience the local flora and fauna that include wild monkeys that inhabit the area as well as famous cave-dwelling bats. There are also rock climbing opportunities with over 160 climbing routes in the area and lighter treks for less experienced visitors.
23. Take a stroll in KLCC Park
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Easily spotted down below from the Petronas Towers Sky Bridge, no trip to KL is complete without a visit to KLCC Park, a specially designed area of Kuala Lumpur that provides the city with some much needed green space. The park stretches over 20 hectares and has jogging and walking trails for visitors wishing to exercise, and there is also a large lake and fountain attraction that features a water show twice daily. There are other water features dotted throughout the area such as ponds, fountains, and waterfalls, and a children’s garden for younger visitors. There is even a mosque within for park for Muslim visitors wishing to worship.
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Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple is something of an iconic landmark in the city of Kuala Lumpur due to its original six tier design that makes it instantly recognizable. The inside of the temple features Confucian, Tao, and Buddhist decorative pieces and has traditional red pillars to welcome visitors and promote prosperity. Considered one of the most decorative temples in Kuala Lumpur, there are intricate carvings and decorated raised ceilings painted in red and gold.
25. Go for a night out at the Golden Triangle
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Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur
The Golden Triangle is a famous section of Kuala Lumpur that features a range of nightlife, bar, clubs, restaurants, and hotel options. The area spans several streets but the central hub is primarily located in and around Jalan P. Ramlee, where visitors can choose from a wide variety of venues to drink and party until dawn. The area also includes a large shopping center for those looking for some retail therapy or simply to buy some trinkets before heading out for a night on the town.
12 Incredible Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Wandering Wheatleys
Kuala Lumpur is a massive metropolitan city and the capital of Malaysia. Here you’ll find amazing food, tons of shopping opportunities, epic attractions, lovely parks, towering skyscrapers with city views, and so much more!
It’s a popular place for a layover as the international airport is a hub for flights around Asia and the world, but we would argue that it’s worth spending at least 4 days in this city that has so much to offer
So if you’re wondering what to do in Kuala Lumpur then read on to learn all about the top 12 things to do in the bustling capital city of Malaysia!
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Kuala Lumpur Travel Basics
Know Before You Go
Getting to Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has an international airport (KLIA) that is one of the major airports in SE Asia and worldwide. It’s a major hub when traveling around SE Asia and it’s a good place to have a long layover as there is so much to see and do. Getting from the airport into the city center will run you RM 60-80 ($15-20 USD).
Getting Around Kuala Lumpur
The most convenient method of transportation in Kuala Lumpur is Grab. It’s the SE Asian version of Uber. It’s similar in that you use the app to select your pick-up point and your destination. It’s ideal to use Grab over taxis so you don’t have to worry about negotiating the fare or figuring out how to communicate your intended destination.
However, traffic in Kuala Lumpur can be a nightmare around rush hour. The city has an extensive network of commuter trains and buses so you can buy a few prepaid cards to make your public transportation seamless. Pre-load money on a Touch ‘n Go (TnG) card for cashless bus and train rides. Or pick up a KL TravelPass card which includes an airport transfer and 2-day unlimited rides on Rapid KL rail services. KL Sentral is the main connection point for almost all train lines.
And if you happen to see a light purple bus headed your way, that’s the Go KL City Bus. It stops at many popular tourist destinations in the Central Business District and is currently free to ride!
Kuala Lumpur Sightseeing Tips
Be sure to download the Klook app at the beginning of your trip to Kuala Lumpur. If you pre-purchase tickets to the major attractions around the city on Klook you’ll get a discounted price. For instance, if you buy your tickets to the aquarium on Klook ahead of time, the price is RM 47 rather than RM 69 that you’d pay at the door.
The KL Pass is a card that allows you to experience a variety of attractions around Kuala Lumpur as well as skip the lines. You can also get around using the KL Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Bus. They offer 1, 2, 3, and 6 day passes for adults and children. Check out their list of included attractions here. And if you prebook your KL Pass with Klook you’ll save 5 RM.
Book your KL Pass with Klook
Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur
The Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur truly has everything you could ever want under one roof. Featuring incredibly gorgeous rooms, an infinity pool with cabanas and lounge beds, an indoor golf area, tennis courts, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a relaxing spa, and 10 award-winning restaurants. You’ll never want to leave this luxury hotel!
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Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
The Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful 5-star resort conveniently located right by the convention center (KLCC). You can enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or a refreshing cocktail while enjoying views of the nearby Petronas Twin Towers. You’ll love your access to beautiful city views without having to leave the comfort of your hotel!
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Where to Eat in Kuala Lumpur
LOKL Coffee Co. is one of the best spots in town if you’re looking for a spot to hang out for a bit and enjoy a cup of good quality coffee. They have a laidback vibe with both indoor and outdoor seating so this would also be an ideal place to get some work done. If you are hungry, they make a mean fried chicken and waffles! (And check out these other great brunch spots in Kuala Lumpur.)
Sarang Cookery has some of the best Malaysian food in KL, at totally reasonable prices. The eggplant appetizer is so delicious, I had to stop myself from licking the plate. Plus they offer cooking classes if you want to learn how to make what you’ve just eaten!
Din Tai Fung is the best place for dumplings in the entire city. There are numerous branches all over the world that have won countless awards, including a Michelin Star that was awarded to the branch in Hong Kong. Don’t even think about not ordering the crab road and pork xiao long bao and the chocolate xiao long bao for dessert!
But our favorite spots to eat while in KL are in Little India and on Jalan Alor Food Street. We liked them so much that they are 2 of our top 12 things to do in Kuala Lumpur! Read more about each below.
#1. Visit the Batu Caves
The Batu Caves is a series of caves and cave temples that have been built into the limestone cliffs. It is located about 8 miles outside the city center, it takes around 25 minutes to get there, and is a popular place for devout Hindus to go to worship and everyone else to take selfies.
The reason for the photo-taking crowds is that there are 272 vibrantly colored stairs that lead up to the cave that houses the temple. There is also a massive golden statue of the Hindu deity, Murugan, to the right of the steps.
Once you make it up the steps you’ll be sweaty and exhausted. The inside of the cave has a temple where religious ceremonies are practiced today. Head up the stairs to see a bunch of monkeys, pigeons, and even a few chickens hanging out. Don’t eat anything up there, your food will get stolen by a naughty monkey.
The gate doesn’t open until 7:00am and because this is probably the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur there will more than likely be people already waiting outside to enter. So if you want a perfect Instagram shot with no one else in it, you’ll have to rely on Photoshop.
There is no fee to enter the cave or the temple.
Book a Batu Caves Tour
#2. Eat in Little India
Little India Brickfields was once simply a residential neighborhood and is now the place to go for delectable Indian cuisine. This area is filled with Indian restaurants and shops where you can purchase traditional Indian attire and jewelry.
Sri Paandi Restaurant is an incredibly busy restaurant so you probably won’t get great service, but you will get some amazing food. Four canisters of curry are shared between all patrons and you’ll have to eat with just your right hand. It’s messy and confusing and the cleanliness is questionable, but it’s sure to be one of your most memorable experiences in Kuala Lumpur!
Tour around Batu Caves and Little India
#3. Eat Some More on Jalan Alor Food Street
Jalan Alor Food Street comes alive in the evenings when the street becomes (mostly) closed to car traffic and hungry locals and foreigners descend. This is the best place in the city to eat Chinese and Thai food. Restaurant tables spill into the street and the plastic chairs are filled with people drinking beer and eating seafood.
There are several small stalls serving dumplings and a variety of fresh juices if you just want a small snack while you walk around. There are also a few souvenir stalls lining the road.
It’s a great place to go to get a delicious meal, semi-reasonably priced beers, and do some people watching. Just be aware that it gets really crowded and you’ll have to make way for a few brave drivers that try to get through.
Book a Local Street Food Night Tour
#4. Walk Across the Petronas Towers Sky Bridge
The Petronas Twin Towers are one of the most iconic sights in the world, and certainly the most photographed attractions in Kuala Lumpur. When you’re deciding what to see in Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Towers should be at the top of your list.
The towers are connected by a sky bridge that visitors can walk across to enjoy the spectacular city views below. Tickets to visit the sky bridge generally sell out a few days in advance so if you want to go to the top you should book your tickets beforehand.
Also, if you’re planning on visiting both the Petronas Twin Towers and the Aquaria KLCC Aquarium you can save about 15% by booking a combo ticket through Klook.
Book Combo Tickets for the Petronas Towers & Aquaria KLCC
The most popular place to snap photos is in front of the towers, behind the water feature. Entrepreneurial locals will try to sell you a wide angle lens for your phone to capture the towers in all of their glory. You can also pay one of them RM 10 to snap a few photos for you. It’s totally worth it because they’ll yell at everyone around you to get them out of your shot.
And behind the towers is Simfoni Lake. It’s another popular spot to photograph the towers as there is a fountain and light show every evening.
Entrance fees: RM 80 for adults and RM 33 for children under 12
Hours: open Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays) from 9:00am – 9:00pm (closed from 1:00pm – 2:30pm on Fridays)
Book an Evening Tour of Petronas Twin Towers & Kuala Lumpur
#5. See the Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The Sri Mahamariamman Temple was built in the 19th century and is the oldest Hindu temple in the city. As you approach the temple you’ll see the impressive front entrance that is filled with colorful deities. The detail in the carvings is quite impressive and you can wander around the grounds, admiring the architecture.
There are no shoes allowed inside the temple so you’ll need to pay 0.20 RM to check them before going in. You’ll also need to cover your shoulders and knees but they have some extra scarves if you need one.
Just down the street is the Chinese temple called Guan Di Temple. It’s worth a stop while you’re in the area to appreciate the difference between the two different religious sites.
#6. Marvel at the Jamek Mosque
The Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. It is bright white and has a beautiful design with symmetrical minarets and domes. The courtyard has some trees that frame the mosque nicely as well as create some shade during the heat of the day, and the location is right on the river. There is generally a friendly religious leader hanging around to provide visitors with the history and significance of the mosque.
Entrance is free (although donations are appreciated) and women will be given a robe to cover their entire body and their head. Men in shorts will be provided a cover for their legs. The mosque opens for visitors at 10:00am but then closes from 12:30 until 2:30pm to prepare for prayer. It opens again from 2:30 until 4:00pm.
Great Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur
One of the best parts about visiting Kuala Lumpur is how many cool locations you can reach on an easy day trip from the city. Check out a few of our favorite Kuala Lumpur day trips:
#7. Visit the National Mosque
The central feature of the vibrant white National Mosque is the 240-foot minaret that stands in the middle of the courtyard. Next to it is the prayer hall, accessible to Muslims only, with a beautiful 16-point star-shaped roof. This mosque is quite large and can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at once. The area surrounding the mosque is filled with palm trees and water features and there is a lovely view of the old railway buildings across the street.
Visitors are required to dress modestly, wearing loose-fitting clothing that covers their shoulders, knees, and hair for women. Foreigners will be given a hooded robe to wear during their visit. Men may also be expected to wear a robe.
The mosque is closed multiple times throughout the day for non-Muslims. On Fridays it is only open from 3:00pm – 4:00pm and from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. All other days it is open from 9:00apm – 12:00pm, from 3:00pm – 4:00pm, and from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Entrance to the mosque is free of charge.
Tour around Kuala Lumpur’s Historical and Religious Structures
#8. Shop at the Central Market
The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur is unlike any that I’ve ever seen in SE Asia. Usually they are hot, stuffy, totally unorganized, and the shop owners hassle you as you walk by. The KL Central Market is air-conditioned, very clean, and all of the shops are orderly. Prices are also a bit higher here than in most other markets around SE Asia so be sure to do some negotiating before committing to buy.
While the Central Market is the best place to pick up Malaysian souvenirs and antiques, it’s not exactly the best place to shop for anything else. If you’re looking to take home clothing, shoes, or accessories, head to the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. It’s a massive shopping mall with over 550 retail outlets and restaurants. It’s a great place to get a respite from the intense afternoon heat or during a rainstorm.
#9. Stroll Along the KL Forest Eco Park Hanging Bridges
If you want to take the scenic route to the KL Tower, you should definitely walk through the KL Forest Eco Park. It’s a series of hanging bridges that are suspended above a lush green park. The Canopy Trail leads you directly to the base of the tower. And the best part? It’s totally free!
If you are really exhausted from a long day of exploring, consider taking a grab to the tower and then walking back through the hanging bridges. That way you’ll be walking downhill the whole way.
#10. Check out the Skyview Deck at the Kuala Lumpur Tower
At 1,380 feet tall, the Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) is the tallest communication tower in SE Asia. It has a commanding presence in the Kuala Lumpur skyline as it towers above the other buildings that surround it. Prepare to wait in line to take the escalator to the top as this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. It takes about a minute to ascend to the very top of the tower.
There are several ways to enjoy the KL Tower. The best view is from the Skyview deck. This area is open-air and even has two skyboxes that extend out from the deck and have a glass-bottom floor. Skybox One is more popular as the Petronas Towers can be seen in the background.
Once you reach this floor, be sure to grab a numbered ticket for each skybox right when you get off the elevator as there is generally a wait. You’ll get 2 minutes in the skybox to take photos. There’s a photographer there who will snap a few photos on your cellphone, but he tends to prioritize his own photos that you can purchase inside for an astronomical rate.
A few flights down is the Observation Deck. This is an enclosed space that is dominated by souvenirs stands. And further down from there is the revolving restaurant.
We highly recommend spending a few extra dollars to get to experience the Skydeck. It is far less crowded than the Observation Deck and the skybox experience is totally worth it! Plus if you buy your tickets through Klook you’ll save 15%.
Buy Tickets for the KL Tower Sky Deck
There are several other attractions around the base of the tower that kids will love, including an upsidedown house and a mini-zoo. Don’t bother with the tiny “aquarium” at the based of the KL Tower, better to spend your money on Aquaria KLCC.
Entrance fees: the Observation Deck is RM 49 for adults and RM 29 for kids aged 4-12. The Skydeck + Observation Deck package RM 99 for adults and RM 52 for kids aged 4-12.
Entrance fees using Klook: pre-book the Skydeck + Observation Deck for RM 85
Hours: daily from 9:00am – 10:00pm
#11. Stroll Through the Perdana Botanical Gardens
The Perdana Botanical Gardens is a large park located west of the main tourist area of the city. Here you’ll find a hibiscus garden, an orchid garden, and plenty of other peaceful areas with tons of walking trails. Most of the gardens are either free to visit or just a very minimal charge. It’s a nice way to get some exercise and get out of the hustle and bustle of the city.
A few exhibits that are on the outskirts of the park and are not free of charge are the KL Butterfly Park and the Bird Park.
The KL Butterfly Park is a really beautiful enclosure with lush vegetation surrounding a large pond filled with koi fish. Hundreds of butterflies flutter around you as you walk along the pathways in this small park. The park is open daily from 9:00am until 5:30pm and the admission fee is RM 24 for adults and 13 for children aged 2-11.
The KL Bird Park is home to more than 3,000 local and foreign birds and 200 different species. The park is 20.9 acres and is broken up into four different zones. Three of the zones are free-flight zones which means you’ll actually be in the enclosure with the birds.
If you have young children you should definitely plan on a couple of hours at KL Bird Park as it’s one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur with kids. The park is open daily from 9:00am until 6:00pm and admission is RM 63 for adults and RM 42 for children aged 3-11.
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#12. Check out the Marine Life at the Aquaria KLCC
The Aquaria KLCC is Kuala Lumpur’s aquarium. It’s a smaller exhibition and should take just 2 hours to get through, but it truly is a great time for any age. It combines education with hands-on experiences, including an area where you can actually touch the creatures underwater.
The best area of the aquarium is on the lower level where a moving walkway leads you through a tunnel where giant sharks, rays, sea turtles, eels, and other sea creatures freely swim around you. It feels as though you are underwater with them! If you buy your tickets on Klook you’ll save 20% at Aquaria KLCC.
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And if you’re really feeling adventurous try the Cage Rage Experience, where you can swim with the sharks and stingrays at Aquaria KLCC in a custom diving cage. It’s definitely the craziest thing you can do in Kuala Lumpur.
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Entrance fees at the door: RM 69 for adults and RM 59 for children aged 3-12
Entrance fees using Klook: Pre-book tickets for RM 47
Hours: open daily from 10:00am – 8:00pm, last admission at 7:00pm
What’s your favorite thing to do in Kuala Lumpur? Let us know in the comments below.
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15 Best Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur At Night – OYO Hotels: Travel Blog
The potpourri of Asian cultures, Kuala Lumpur is an eclectic mix of buzzing nightlife, nature’s bounty, culinary sensations and more.
The modern capital of Malaysia is bustling with chatter and life at night. On one hand, you have the idyllic islands with their wildlife-packed rainforests. On the other, Asia’s best nightspots are waiting for you.
And if you thought Kuala Lumpur or KL is nothing more than just exuberant malls, skyscrapers and luxury goods, dig in. Check out what keeps the city alive at night.
- Sightseeing at Cameron Highlands
- Aquaria KLCC
- Batu Caves, Selangor
- Little India or Brickfields
- Rainforest Taman Negara
- Istana Budaya
- Sky Bar
- Petronas Tower
- Marinis on 57
- TREC KL
- Jalan Alor
- Merdeka Square
- Changkat Bukit Bintang
- No Black Tie
- Pavillion Kuala Lumpur
1. Sightseeing at Cameron Highlands
This place was founded by Sir William Cameron in 1885. It is a district in Pahang, Malaysia. It was named after the geologist and a British explorer Sir William Cameron. The Boh Plantation is one of the most important places to visit in Cameron Highlands. The beautiful scenic views and the harmony of this place is worth visiting. The aroma of tea will fill you with a great feeling.
Another place is the Lavender Garden, the beautiful and fresh smelling purple lavender will make your trip extravagant awesome. There are many things to enjoy, the cafes, game centre, souvenir, shops and mini bee history section which is really popular. You can take a walk through the beautiful Lavender garden and experience the relaxing moments.
There are many other places that you can explore this beauty of nature. Mossy Forest hike, with foggy weather and dense, wet forests really good place for an adventure trip close to nature. The butterfly farm, the beautiful alluring butterflies to make feel a child again and relive the most beautiful memories. The Thompson falls, the beauty of nature at one place, there are so many places like big red strawberry farms, honey bee farms and many more.
Location: Pahang, Malaysia
How to reach: You can take the bus from Kuala Lumpur and it will take 3 hours 26 mins to reach Cameron Highlands.
2. Aquaria KLCC
The Aquaria KLCC is the world’s largest aquarium, which gives you the experience of in between the fishes and under the water. This aquarium is holding 5000 freshwater and marine creatures. It looks so beautiful and amazing when you are inside in that aquarium.
The main important attractions are scary tiger sharks, lethal sea snakes, seahorses, blue rays and bright coral fishes. All people wanted to see the underwater life at any point of life and this aquarium gives you exactly that feeling. It is the most popular place in Malaysia.
Location: It is located in the concourse of the Kuala Lumpur Convention centre
How to reach: You can easily travel to this beautiful aquarium, from Kuala Lumpur by taking Cab and it will take only 22 mins.
3. Batu Caves, Selangor
Batu Caves is a limestone hill with a variety of caves in the entrance, there is a large statue of Lord Murugan which attracts your site at once. The natural beauty of this place will make you mesmerized.
It is one of the most popular religious site, which is surrounded by dense forests and a lot of greenery. As we told you that it consists a number of caves and in it, you will find a number of animal and insects in these caves. Batu caves are also referred to as the 10th hills or Hill of Lord Murugan, there are six most important shrines in India and four more are in Malaysia.
Location: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
How to reach: You can travel by train and then take the cab to reach the destination, it will take 41mins to reach this amazing place.
4. Little India or Brickfields
This incredible place in Malaysia really shows the traditions and cultures of India and you will definitely feel that you are in India. The street has a lot of restaurants, Bollywood movies to watch, spices and lots of shops with Indian stuff in it.
The beauty of this place is this that it feels that you are in a little India in the land of Malaysia. The colourful decoration and the vibe of this place is so enjoyable and with hospitality, that you will fall in love with this sweet little India. This place is run by the Indian community. It has become one of the most important tourist spot not only for Indian stuff but also the local stuff.
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: Within 14 mins you can reach this amazing place.
5. Rainforest Taman Negara
If you are in love with nature and want to explore the forests and the greenery then Rainforest of Taman Negara is the perfect place to go for an adventure. The wet and cold forests with the smell of the fresh trees is a perfect feeling.
In the dense forest boating and exploring the places within the rainforests will be an unforgettable thing. Tall trees and the cold and windy air with the sounds of the animals and the beautiful waterfalls will make your trip a great one.
Location: Kuala Tahan, 27000 Kuala Tahan, Pahang, Malaysia
How to reach: Take the train and then the taxi or bus to reach this paradise and you can travel from the jungle train as well and discover the jungle by this adventurous mode.
6. Istana Budaya: An evening Art & Theatre
From tropical wooden doors to leaf motifs, the interiors are all marked by Langkawi marble. The art of work was designed by Muhammad Kamar Ya’akub and can easily accommodate more than 1400 people in its classic opera house.
Rightfully called the “Palace of Culture”, Istana Budaya is one of the top 10 theatres in the world. Its tickets can be purchased at the Box Office counter from Mondays to Fridays from 9 am to 6 pm. Visitors are expected to follow the formal dress code that generally includes lounge suit, batik or long-sleeved shirts.
Proud of its sophistication, the form of the building is taken from a traditional custom called Sirih Junjung in which betel leaves are used for special occasions like weddings.
Saturdays are packed with powerful performances and the evening is abuzz with live music from 11 am to 6 pm. The complex is divided into three important parts and the evening shows usually are coupled with food stalls, music and dance performances along with everything else you can ask for. So, whether you are a family, a bunch of friends, or a couple, walk-in here for experiencing some remarkable performances.
Location: Jalan Tun Razak, Titiwangsa, 50694 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: This is next to the National Art Gallery on Jalan Tun Razak. The easiest way to reach here is via taxi.
7. Sky Bar: Up and Above
A perennial favourite among party lovers, Sky Bar rests on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel. With a revamped party area, an exclusive culinary bay and gleaming new bars, this place is throbbing with people on most days. Not to forget, its unmistakable addition— the pool!
If you are looking for house music on a regular weekday, this is where you will find it. For those who enjoy something more themed, they have Girls Nights on Wednesdays and Old School theme on Thursdays. Lovers of Jazz can enjoy a relaxing conversation at lunch any day.
Located inside the Traders Hotel KL, parking is not a problem here. Lots of expats live in the area, so the crowd is always fun. It is known for serving the best cocktails and offers the most amazing view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
Location: Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Stall 7, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
How to reach: The bar is easily accessible by train that goes to the KLCC station and a few minute walk from there.
8. Petronas Tower: Everything You Need
This was once the tallest building in the world. The Petronas tower was completed in 1998, but the shimmering stainless steel on them still makes them look pretty young. Not only are the towers home to some of the best multinationals, it is also beautifully landscaped, has a mall and art gallery. Go there at sunset to get a view of the city and enjoy the interactive exhibits, concerts, etc.
The place is home to Suria KLCC, the upmarket mall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Concert Hall, etc. The hall is located between the two towers and is among the most revered concert places in the world.
Do not miss the double-decked Skybridge that allows you to go from one building to the other without leaving the tower. You need a pass to enter the bridge and it is open until 7 pm on weekdays.
Located near Concorde Hotel Monorail stop, it’s easy to locate this one on the map.
Location: Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
How to reach: The best way to reach here is via KLIA Express. The train takes 28 mins from KL Sentral station. Walk towards Terminal Putra via E line. You can also take a direct taxi to Petronas.
9. Marinis on 57: The ‘Happy’ Hours
It’s a long slender bar which gives you an excellent view of the twin towers. You can choose to sit inside or outside in the big open space. From views to service, everything is perfect. The bar on the roof has ceiling glass windows and an ambience that will lift up your spirits.
The views from the top are quite a treat with full-height curtain walls, glass panelled ceilings and panoramic views of the city. The lounge area is more plush with heavy curtains, dark timbers and elements of sophistication.
Take a look at the drinks menu and you will be surprised at the number of options they have. They are reasonably priced and happy hours have great deals. Food is average. But the drinks are great.
Location: Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC
How to reach: Take the LRT (Light Rapid Transport Railway), alight at KLCC and walk to the KLCC KFC area, where you will find elevators that go up the Menara 3 Petronas Tower. Marini’s is on level 57
10. TREC KL: Taste. Relish. Experience. Celebrate
TREC is a nightlife hub, it’s among the most popular places to see at night in Malaysia. TREC completely lives up to its name. This entertainment sector has everything from bars to clubs and cafes to lounges. With a sprawling 28,000 sq. mt. to its name, the hub is next to Jalan Tun Razak. Whether you like rock or metal, jazz or hip-hop, this is where you find everything. There are more than 11 nightlife concepts under the same name— TREC.
The nightlife here starts post 6 pm and goes on till 3 am. You can explore some brilliant places for relaxing lunches also. Some of them include:
- Gasoline KL: Entertainment at its best, TREC
Want to check out live performances at a relaxed place? Step into Gasoline KL. Spacious setting, laid-back atmosphere, entertainment and more. Its interiors inspired by a gas station, resemble a workshop with custom-made automotive parts that were available in the US circa 1960s. The place is a few minutes drive from Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery.
Gasoline can easily accommodate 200 people and is adorned with elevated stages, posters of stand up comedians, music icons and more.
- Zouk: Dance through the night
Want to dance to the best music in the city? Head to Zouk! The place is frequented by global guest DJs every week. With 3 separate sections for DJs, the place is home to different styles of music. The club is one of the most popular ones in Singapore. There is an outdoor wine bar ideal for relaxing.
The decades-old club has only grown better with time. There are four different pubs inside the Zouk complex. There’s a plush Velvet Underground for those who love art-collections from artists like Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami. For people with a unique take on music, check out Phuture that plays experimental music. Here you can get anything from breaks to drums to downtempo. With its cutting-edge sound system and a sprawling multi-level dance floor, there’s a lot to explore here, especially on weekends.
11. Jalan Alor: The Street
When you are done exploring the fancy buildings and mesmerising skyscrapers, you will probably want to go someplace simple and fun. For days like these, there are street markets that come alive in the evening. Jalan Alor is the most interesting food destination in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
This is KL’s biggest assortment of roadside restaurants along Jalan Alor. Drop in here at 5 pm and stay for as long as you want. Sprawling across many miles, towards the north of Jalan Bukit Building, this is the best pick among places to see at night in Malaysia. You can sample everything from caterers shouting out to passers-by to open-air restaurants serving Thai, Chinese and Malay.
12. Merdeka Square: Dataran Merdeka
Watch history light up in all its colours and wonderful greens making way for a perfect place to relax and unwind. This place is close to the old KL Train station, only 4 km away. The well-lit street has many historical buildings around it. This is where the Malaysian flag was first hoisted.
The street comes alive at night with local shops all along the central market. You can collect souvenirs, indulge in local cuisine and unwind.
How to reach: The easiest way to get here is through public transport. You can take any line from Masjid Jamek station. It’s a short walk from there.
13. Changkat Bukit Bintang: Local Scenes
Changkat street is lined with colonial buildings and tree-shaded corners that have a pre-war look and feel. The houses have been refurbished and are now among the best places to see at night in Malaysia. The colonial-era buildings now serve as commercial spaces. The street is home to some of the most delectable menus in the city. A perfect place for hosting romantic dinners and high teas, as well as get a taste of many inspired cuisines, it is bustling with people and life in the evening.
Head out to this lively scene just behind Jalan Bukit Bintang and grab a table outside to enjoy some local scenes. The daytime here is slow and usually peaceful, so it is recommended that you visit Changkat at night to witness its unique energy.
How to reach: It is located behind Jalan Bukit Bintang. You can either take a taxi from there or just walk a few minutes. It is even more close to the Golden Triangle area. Once you reach BB Plaza on Jalan Bukit Bintang, cross the road and you are at Changkat.
14. No Black Tie: Want some Jazz?
Critics call it Kuala Lumpur’s best jazz bar. The bar has hosted some of the most renowned jazz artists in the recent past. It is located along Jalan Mesui and is just a 5-min walk from Jalan Bukit. You can show up here in casual pyjamas and tee to be a part of the relaxing homely vibe.
They have poetry acts and reading nights too. And if for nothing else, go for digging into their Japanese starters with some of the finest wines in town!
The bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday with different cover charges, based on the performing artists. You can head here anytime after 5 pm till 2 am.
Location: 17, Jalan Mesui, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: It’s a 10-minute walk from Raja Chulan monorail. Walk northwest and turn left onto Jalan Nagasari. From there, it is the second right on Jalan Mesui.
15. Pavilion Mall, KL: The art of shopping
At the entrance, Malaysia’s tallest fountain, Liuli Crystal, welcomes you. Pavilion Mall, KL is where all the shoppers go. The 1.37 million sq. ft. mall is home to both indoor and outdoor shopping areas. The mall has everything you can possibly ask for. A fashionista’s dream, you can get some of the greatest deals on the best brands here. With its post-modern pillars and a statue of Zeus, the mall is home to some hip dining places and international labels.
To immerse in the South Asian flavour by donning Asian street style clothing, head to the Tokyo Street. You will find all reasonably priced options here. For the ones daring to splurge, Couture Pavilion is the place to go. The mall is home to more 450 stores (or more).
Location: 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
How to reach: Located opposite Starhill Gallery, it is lies at the end of Jalan Bukit Bintang locality. You can use the monorail and get down at the Bukit Bintang station. It’s a 5-min walk from there.
Trendy bistros, hip clubs, street markets, concerts and jazz nights, there’s something for everyone in Kuala Lumpur. It doesn’t matter if you like loud music or not, whether jazz is your thing or not, and if Sushi appeals to your taste buds or you count on wine on your bad days, you will find an alluring number of options, if only you know where to head at night in Malaysia!
Let us know which one you explored in the comments section below!
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15 Things to Do in KL With Kids to Combat Lockdown Fatigue
Lockdown may feel never-ending, but as restrictions ebb and flow in their severity, you may have precious opportunities to venture out as a family and combat lockdown fatigue.
Thankfully, Kuala Lumpur has a fantastic range of activities and venues that welcome all ages. Here are our top 15 things to do in KL with kids that will spark their sense of adventure and keep everyone entertained!
1. Visit a free museum or gallery
While none of Kuala Lumpur’s museums are exceptionally expensive, there are several that are entirely free! Depending on your family’s interests, take a few hours to explore the National Textile Museum, Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery, or Petronas Gallery in the Suria KLCC. Guided tours and fun-filled pewter-crafting workshops at Royal Selangor are also well worth the visit.
2. Romp in the TTDI and KLCC Parks
Kuala Lumpur has many stunning parks and playgrounds, but TTDI and KLCC deserve a special mention. TTDI is perfect for a picnic and messy play in the child-friendly stream. Meanwhile, KLCC Park is a 50-acre green zone, with two areas that form a dedicated children’s playground. While teenagers and adults enjoy the jogging track, the little ones can take things easy on footpaths or enjoy the wading pool.
3. Take budding astronomers to the National Planetarium
While 4D-movies are charged, the National Planetarium has plenty to offer that doesn’t cost a cent. Explore the interactive exhibits in two planetariums, enjoy an IMAX show at the Space Theatre, or take a ride on the Space Ball (adventurous adults and older teenagers only!). Outside, Observatory Park is a wonderful place to explore models of Chinese and Indian astronomy systems and catch a glimpse of our neighbouring planets through a telescope.
4. Explore the jungle with a hike in Lake Gardens
Taman Tugu national forest is near the National Botanical Gardens (learn more about the gardens below). Taman Tugu is an enchanting, cost-free opportunity for your little ones to immerse themselves in the jungle that makes up this 66-acre green lung and urban forest park. Keep an eye out for the kid-friendly walking trail!
5. Believe in magic at Lake Symphony
Catch a spectacular water show at the Lake Symphony Water Fountains in KLCC Park. Two musical fountains display over 150 unique programmed animations, combining sound, lights and water. Light and sound showtimes are 20h00, 21h00 and 22h00 daily. If your little ones prefer something quieter, catch a lights-only show at 19h40, 20h40 or 21h40 instead.
6. Walk in KL Forest Eco Park
The KL Forest Eco Park covers approximately 11,000 sq metres and is the only remaining tropical rainforest around the KL city centre. Take the beautiful canopy walk through this forest reserve beside the Menara KL tower — just 3 km from the city centre. It’s an affordable way to spend some time breathing in fresh forest air, inspire a love of nature and explore the wonderful world of trees. You’ll also find a convenient playground for the more active little ones!
7. Explore the National Botanical Gardens
Perdana Botanical Garden, Malaysia’s National Botanical Garden, can entertain the whole family for hours. From the Hibiscus Garden that showcases varieties of Malaysia’s beautiful national flower, to the Heritage Trees in the Exotic Species Collection — and more — there’s plenty to see. There are also shady and green places to rest and recuperate.
8. Meet the animals at National Zoo
Malaysia’s national zoo is managed by the NGO Malaysian Zoological Society, and home to more than 5000 animals of more than 450 different species! Over 90% of their animals are homed in spacious exhibits with landscapes reflecting their natural habitat — a fantastic way to bring those Children’s Encyclopaedia and bedtime stories to life! Keep an eye out for a chance to feed the animals in Children’s World during weekends, and public and school holidays.
9. Find Nemo at Aquaria KLCC
This state-of-the-art aquarium is located beneath Kuala Lumpur’s Convention Centre, a stone’s throw away from the Twin Towers. Meet more than 5,000 land-bound and aquatic animals who call this 5,000+ sq metre adventure zone, home. And, if you’ve got the time, you can sign your 6–13-year-old little ones up for an overnight, Sleep With Shark experience filled with night educational tours, animal interactions, science experiments and a feeding show.
10. Go on a SKYTREX Adventure
SKYTREX Adventure offers safe ropeway circuits for various levels of experience in the lush, tropical rainforest so typical of Malaysia. Families can also cool off with a swim in a nearby river. When booking, make sure you sign up for their child-friendly activities, as they do cater to adventure junkies too! Keep an eye out for their tree canopy tours, flying fox ziplines, and their Little Adventure which is perfect for the little ones.
Source: Destination Asia
11. Stretch Your Brain at the Petrosains Discovery Centre
The discovery centre is a 7,000 sq metre interactive science and technology museum in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, at the Suria KLCC. While it focuses mostly on petroleum science, its 11 main interactive showcases are also a great way to spend a few hours learning about everything “science-y”, from dinosaurs to the space age!
12. District 21 KL
District 21 is an adventure theme park inside the IOI City Mall Putrajaya. While your older kids may enjoy the ice skating rink, their younger siblings are guaranteed to enjoy the 11 obstacle courses that make up District21. From climbing walls and high-speed slides to trampolines and aerial courses, you’re sure to give the whole family a fun workout in both body and mind.
13. Sunway Lagoon
This 80-acre park in Petaling Jaya is more than just a water theme park. There are five different zones at Sunway Lagoon — the Water Park, the Scream Park, the Amusement Park, the Extreme Park and the Wildlife Park. Whether you’re enjoying the water slides, river rides, wave pool, or interacting with the more than 90 species of animal in the Wildlife Park, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something more exciting and varied for the whole family.
Source: Sunway Lagoon
14. Farm in the City
Enjoy a little slice of paradise in the city, and a non-traditional zoo experience, at Farm in the City. Filled with lush greenery and colourful flowers, it’s a wonderful place for children to enjoy up-close encounters with animals ranging from peacocks, marmosets, rabbits, deer and reptiles. They aim to be more than just a public farm and petting zoo, with established education, research and conservation programmes.
15. i-City Theme Park
“The City of Digital Lights” is best known for its colourful array of LED-lit attractions. Along with archetypal fairground attractions, such as a giant Ferris wheel, a two-tiered carousel, and game booths, you can also enjoy many hours in the water park, 3D museum and snow park.
Are these things to do in KL with kids, safe?
While eased lockdown restrictions may mean you get to catch some sun and head to the local attractions as family, COVID-19 hygiene protocols remain important. Correctly followed, they help you keep your whole family safe. But helping kids understand these protocols can take extra care. So, the team at White Lodge have created a FREE practical, kid-friendly guide to staying safe during the pandemic. It’s an engaging story to read to your little ones at bedtime, or on the lawns of the Botanical Gardens (perhaps?).
eight awesome free activities in the capital city of Malaysia!
Kuala Lumpur: a big modern city that never seems to sleep! Due to its central location, chances are that you will come to Kuala Lumpur when you travel through Asia. The city is not as expensive as Singapore, another mayor flight hub in Asia, but also Kuala Lumpur is certainly not cheap. To ensure that you won’t exceed your budget, here are eight fun things to do in Kuala Lumpur that are completely free!
Eight free sights and things to do in Kuala Lumpur!
We visited Kuala Lumpur twice. With its beautiful skyline, cool shopping malls and delicious food, it is a nice place to spend a few days. Unfortunately, it is not cheap there compared to the rest of Southeast Asia. Luckily for us, we soon discovered that there are more than enough activities and fun things to do and see in Kuala Lumpur that do not cost a penny. Read on to plan your trip to Kuala Lumpur!
1. Climb the colourful stairs to the Batu Caves
Just outside of Kuala Lumpur are the Batu Caves. Large limestone caves that are more than 400 million years old. Several cave temples have been made here since the 19th century. The large cave can be visited free of charge via the Rainbow Stairs: brightly coloured stairs that lead you all the way up to the caves.
These coloured staircases are perhaps even more popular and well-known than the Batu Caves themselves. It is always busy here. If you want a photo without tourists on the stairs, you have to be there early (on weekdays before 7 a.m.).
Not free: a tour of the Batu Caves, the central market and a number of cultural highlights in Kuala Lumpur. Click here for more information. From € 21.66 per person.
2. Walkthrough the KLCC park and admire the impressive Petronas Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers are the iconic image of Kuala Lumpur. The two silver towers are more than 450 meters high and connected to a walkway. At the foot of the Petronas Towers is a green park where you can escape the busy city life while enjoying the view of these beautiful towers. This is the KLCC park, completely free.
Walkthrough the green garden, cool off by dipping your feet in the paddling pool or do a workout on the green grass. Ready to relax? Inside the Petronas Towers, you will find a huge shopping centre (Suria Mall) where you can marvel at the most beautiful designer clothing!
Not free: it is possible to go to the Petronas Twin Towers floor. From here you have a great view of the entire city. Click here for more information. From € 26.48 per person.
Tea plantations and hiking. Find our in-depth travel guide to the Cameron Highlands here!
3. Admire the beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad and Merdeka Square
The Sultan Abdul Samad building is impressive to see. You have the idea of being in the Middle East instead of Kuala Lumpur. The British colonial government used to be in the building, nowadays you can find several Malaysian ministries here.
In front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building is the Merdeka Square, a large square that is translated as Independence Square. In the past cricket was played here, nowadays the National Day parade takes place here every year.
Bonus tip: looking for a budget restaurant near the Sultan Abdul Samad Building? Then go eat at the popular and inexpensive Kafe Old Market Square where Malaysian dishes are prepared.
4. Visit the markets in China Town
The Petaling Street Market in China Town is a place that you really must see when you go to Kuala Lumpur. The colours, smells and sounds, it can feel overwhelming, but this is definitly a part of Kuala Lumpur too. Walk around this uncovered market, view the people and stalls and if your budget allows it, buy souvenirs, spices and cheap electronics here. You will also find many imitation shoes, bags and T-shirts here as well.
Another big market, also in China Town, is the Central Market. This looks more like a large flea market with all kinds of small stalls.
Bonus tip: Another nice little market is the hip “The Sunny Side Up” market that takes place every weekend in The Row. You will find jewellery, bags and clothing here. It is reminiscent of the halls in Amsterdam but then smaller. The Row is a street full of hip restaurants. You will find here Common Grind coffee shop, a nice place to work for a few hours. The nice restaurant Limapulo Baba Can Cook is also located here.
5. Walk along the KL Forest Eco Park walkways
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, then visit the KL Forest Eco Park that is close to the Kuala Lumpur Tower. This free park* has mapped out a route via walkways and a few other walking routes. You can spot all kinds of insects and birds here, but perhaps even more beautiful is the skyline that you see from the walkways.
The entrance to the KL Forest Eco Park is hard to find, click here for the correct location on Google Maps.
* The KL Forest Eco Park is unfortunately no longer free since 01-01-2020. You now pay RM 40 per person entrance.
Melaka is a beautiful old town near Kuala Lumpur. Click here for all our Melaka tips!
Tip: The KL Forest Eco Park is next to the KL Tower. This 421-meter high communication tower has a sky deck and restaurant from which you can see all over Kuala Lumpur. Going up is certainly not free, but it is a special experience. Click here to book a ticket directly, prices from € 20.30 per person.
6. Admire the architecture of the Wilayah Mosque (Federal Territory Mosque)
Inspired by the Blue Mosque in Turkey and Taj Mahal, the Wilayah Mosquee is a place that we really wanted to see. And wow, this mosque is beautiful! Both outside and inside you will find beautiful architecture with mosaics, Moroccan arches and blue domes that brought us back to Turkey. Strangely enough, you will hardly find any other tourists here!
Another reason why you should definitely visit this place is the free tours that you can do here daily. You can just walk in and a volunteer then walks you through the entire building, meanwhile telling about the architecture, customs in the mosque and history of Islam. The religious discussion that we had with our guide was also very special. The mosque is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours are not possible during prayer hours on Friday.
7. Walkthrough the Perdana Botanical Gardens
Need some rest around you? Then go to the Perdana Botanical Gardens. This free park is located west of China Town and what a contrast to the crowds that you find in China Town. We enjoyed the beautiful art that resembles the Singapore Botanical Gardens. In addition, you will find all kinds of insects, birds and, with good luck, even deer.
Tip: The Butterfly Garden, part of the Perdana Botanical Garden, is not free but beautiful. What we definitely do not recommend is the Bird Garden that you will also find here. We found the living conditions of the birds very bad. They didn’t look good and the lofts were downright dirty. Click here for more information about a tour through the gardens (from € 54.82 per person).
8. Visit the Thean Hou Temple and see the skyline of Kuala Lumpur
The Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia. It is located just outside the city centre, on a small hill that gives you a nice view of the city skyline. Admission is free for the temple and the best time to come here is early in the morning. We visited this place after a few days of rain so all the lanterns were killed on the roof, so normally this place is even more beautiful!
Tip: not free but a place with a beautiful view is in the Thrityeight restaurant/wine bar of the Grand Hyatt Hotel. We drank a drink here to celebrate Ries’ birthday and looked straight out at the Petronas Twin Towers and the rest of the KL skyline!
Extra budget tips for Kuala Lumpur
Cheap transportation in Kuala Lumpur City
Part of the public transportation of Kuala Lumpur is free. Yes, you read that right: free! These are the GO KL City Bus buses that run four different routes along with the most popular areas. You can easily recognize the buses: they are bright pink. Click here for the exact routes.
Bonus tip: in addition to the bus and metro, you can also use cheap (er) taxi companies Grab and MyCar. Never used MyCar before? Then we have a nice introduction discount for you. Click here to install MyCar with a discount.
Cheap food in Kuala Lumpur
You can eat cheaply and eat out in Kuala Lumpur at one of the food stalls on the street or in a food court. Our favourite food markets are Jalan Alor and Tapak Urban Street Dining. In every shopping centre, you will find a food court where you can eat well for a few euros.
Tip: Not cheap but a fun activity to get to know Kuala Lumpur’s street food: a food tour. Click here for a tour that we can absolutely recommend!
Cheap transport from and to the airport
The airport of Kuala Lumpur is quite far from the centre. For € 15- € 20 you are in the centre by taxi. The Express train is also not cheap at € 11.50 per person. What is a cheap way to get from the airport to Kuala Lumpur City is by taking the bus. There are four different bus companies that bring you to the centre for € 2.50 per person in an hour. The buses are waiting for the indicated bus stop in front of the terminals, you can buy tickets inside the airport.
Wondering if Malaysia is an expensive country to travel in? Then read our blog about prices and budget in Malaysia!
The best budget hotels in Kuala Lumpur
One of the biggest expenses during a trip to Kuala Lumpur is undoubtedly your accommodation. Hotels are not cheap in Kuala Lumpur. We have done our best to find the best budget hotels and hostels. If you want to sleep in one of the hotels below, book on time and get a good price, as the rooms are quickly sold out!
Hotel Paloma Inn
This hotel is super central, in a street with all kinds of restaurants and close to the various shopping malls. There is laundry service and there are common areas and dormitories. You sleep here from 17 euros per night (2 people).
Hotel 1000 Miles
This nice hotel just outside China Town is nicely decorated and every room has air conditioning. The lobby is cozy and not inferior to a hip coffee bar. There is also a roof terrace. You sleep here from 17 euros per night (2 people).
Oakwood Hotel and Residence
Need a little more luxury? Then book a room at the Oakwood Hotel and Residence. This hotel has a small gym and swimming pool. It is a little further from the centre, but it is easy to reach with Grab. You sleep here from 32 euros per night (2 people).
Super handy: the best hostels, hotels and lodges per destination at a glance. Read our guide to the best hotels in Malaysia!
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15 things you should experience in Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur is not only the capital of Malaysia or a nice city for a stopover. It’s so much more than that! A melting pot of many nations and a varied mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Tamil, Thai and many more people living in this amazing city.
Kuala Lumpur – sights and attractions
In our guide I’d like to show you 15 things and sights which you should visit if you stay a couple of days in the city. Take your time and explore KL, it’s definitely worth it!
How to get to Kuala Lumpur
You can easily reach Kuala Lumpur by airplane. There are Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2, which are two of the largest transport hubs in Southeast Asia. From all countries of Asia as well as from Europe or the Emirates there are direct flights and flights with stopover to KL. Flights with low-cost airlines such as AirAsia arrive at the KLIA2 and flights with better airlines like Emirates, KLM etc. arrive at KLIA.
If you are looking for cheap flights to Kuala Lumpur and want to compare departure times, prices, duration of flight etc. then we recommend you Skyscanner. On the website you will find clearly all the information about your flight.
Should you arrive from neighboring countries such as Thailand or Singapore, there are other options like the bus or train. Departure times and prices for these means of transport can be found at our partner 12go.asia.
Accommodation in Kuala Lumpur – our hotel tip
In order to best explore Kuala Lumpur, it’s important that the accommodation has a good location. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral is located almost directly at one of Kuala Lumpur’s main train stations – KL Sentral. From there you can easily take long-haul trains, commuter trains and buses to almost every neighborhood/place in Kuala Lumpur and the rest of Malaysia. The rooms are super modern and there is also a swimming pool.
Swimming pool and view of the Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
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Kuala Lumpur: Tours and tickets
1. Merdeka Square & Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Kuala Lumpur’s independence square. Here you can see the former highest flagpole of the world, where the Malaysian national flag was hoisted for the first time on August 31, 1957. Right next to the square you can find the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, where the Malaysian legal authorities are located.
Furthermore, the KL City Gallery is also situated at the Merdeka Square. A museum of the past and the future of the city. If you have some time you should definitely visit the museum as there is only an admission of RM 5.
You can combine these two highlights with the Twin Towers, the National Mosque and the Royal Palace on a private half-day city tour around KL.
2. The KLCC Park
Behind the famous Petronas Twin Towers and the Suria KLCC shopping complex is a beautiful and green park among all the skyscrapers, the KLCC Park. Everything is well-kept and there is even a public swimming pool for the kids.
Many tourists and locals are coming to the park to relax under the shadow of the trees and enjoy the view of the surrounding buildings, as well as the Twin Towers. If you want to escape from the big city for a while, I can only recommend a visit to the KLCC Park.
3. The Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Towers are the famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur. Almost everyone knows them and everyone who is visiting KL wants to see them!
It was just 2004 when the towers were replaced as the highest building of the world, but they are still the highest twin towers of the world.
We’ve never been on top, because we think they would be missing in the skyline view of the city, but it’s possible to go up there. If you like, you can walk on the Skybridge which connects the two towers, or visit the observation deck on the 86th floor.
The price for a ticket is RM 80 (about € 17,00 in June 2019) and if you want to have a ticket you have to queue up at the entrance in the early morning, starting at 8.30 A.M. The tickets are limited to a number of pieces per day.
Otherwise you can buy them online. We would rather recommend to go up the Menara Kuala Lumpur, also known as KL Tower, instead.
4. Menara Kuala Lumpur aka KL Tower
The TV tower of Kuala Lumpur is currently the 7th highest of the world and offers an amazing 360-degrees view over the city. From the entrance you can catch a free shuttle bus to the tower, so you don’t have to walk up the last part of the way.
You will now have two choices to visit the tower:
- 1. Observation Deck: The price is RM 52 and you will get a 360-degrees view of KL at a height of 276 meters, but unfortunately behind windows.
- 2. Open Deck: The price is RM 105, but here you will get an open-air 360-degrees view of the city at a height of 350 meters.
You can find some more information in our article “Above the roofs of Kuala Lumpur – the KL Tower at night“. Here you can find online tickets for the KL Tower.
5. Bukit Bintang
One of the most popular entertainment and shopping districts of Kuala Lumpur. Here you can find from Hawker Centers, shopping malls to night markets and bars almost everything you can wish for. Especially popular is this district amongst the younger generation.
Not only tourists, but rather many local people are bustling here through the nightlife. Also there is a so-called Arabic District with many delicious dishes that are ideal for a nice dinner.
You can get there best with the KL Monorail. The name of the station is “Bukit Bintang” as well.
6. Masjid Negara – the national mosque
The Masjid Negara, which actually means state mosque when you translate it, offers room for almost 13,000 worshipers. The 73 meters high minaret and the star-shaped roof are the main features of the modernly designed national mosque.
You can visit the mosque daily. On site you will be provided with a head and body cover, both for men and women. Hence, you don’t have to pay attention to your clothes beforehand. However, it can sometimes take some time to get in when all coverings are on loan. Everything is free of charge and you get a great insight into the national mosque of Malaysia.
7. Orchid Garden
If you follow the street “Jalan Perdana” (right next to the national mosque) up the hill, you’ll arrive at the Orchid Garden which is a part of the Perdana Botanical Garden. In addition to the beautiful orchids and the quite nice atmosphere – far away from the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur – the gardens offer two more highlights.
From here you will have an absolutely wonderful view at the skyline of KL and when you explore the garden a little bit further, then you will likely spot some wild monkeys who like to make some trouble.
One of the many monkeys in the Orchid Garden
The opening times are daily from 8.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M. and there is no entrance fee.
8. Chinatown – Petaling Street
During the day there is not much going on at the Petaling Street, but as soon as the late afternoon begins, everything comes to life here and there will be stalls with almost everything you can imagine. You can buy all sorts of items – from T-shirts, shorts, souvenirs, handbags, watches up to shoes, football jerseys and of course much delicious Chinese food.
The road is literally paved with stalls and food courts. Just take a walk in the evening through the alleys between all the stalls and go with the flow.
You want to buy something? Get yourself ready to haggle. Often the first price is set very high from the vendors and you can start bargaining by setting your price to about half of theirs.
If you need some help with bargaining, then you should take a look at our little How to make the perfect deal: tips for bargaining in Asia guide.
If you want to experience the Petaling Street at night, then we recommend the Private Night Tour, where you also visit the Sri Maha Mariamman temple and eat delicious Malaysian food.
9. Kasturi Walk
Not far from the Petaling Street is another market, the Kasturi Walk. Also popular with locals and tourists and you can walk through the alleys as well and buy some souvenirs for your home.
Not only will you find souvenirs over here, but rather the so called Hawker Centers, where you can try a variety of the Malaysian cuisine.
On the contrary to Chinatown with its Petaling Street, everything in the Kasturi Walk looks a bit more classy and modern. Nevertheless, you should pay the market a visit since it’s only a 3-minute walk away from Chinatown. The openings hours are from 10.30 A.M. to 10.30 P.M.
10. Brickfields – Little India
A couple minutes south of the KL Sentral main railway station is the district Brickfields located – also known as Little India!
Brickfields – the Little India of Kuala Lumpur
In addition to several stores with Indian goods and food, the street arouses in the nighttime. The pavement will be full of chairs and tables and everywhere you can smell the scent of Indian dishes.
If you love the Indian cuisine or would like to try it, then that’s the place to be. You shouldn’t miss a little bit India right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur during your visit!
11. KL Sentral
There is almost no way around the main railway station of Kuala Lumpur. The building is not only a train station, it is also a really big shopping mall called “Nu Sentral”.
If you take the shuttle bus from the KLIA/KLIA2 or the KLIA Ekspres train, you will arrive at KL Sentral. From here you can take all the regional trains (e.g. to the Batu Caves) and every subway or suburban train. It is the main hub of KL.
In the area around the KL Sentral is currently some construction work going on, so that you will see some more skyscrapers here in the future and the whole neighborhood will become quite modern.
Also you won’t be starving over here, because you have lots of restaurants outside the train station. Indian, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Malay – almost everything you could wish for. A visit to KL Sentral and its surroundings is definitely worth it.
12. Batu Caves
The Batu Caves are located only a short ride of 20-30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur with the KTM Komuter. The caves are inside of limestone cliffs and filled up with Hindu shrines and temples.
The huge, golden statue at the entrance probably comes to most people’s mind when they think about the Batu Caves. When you walk up the stairs you will see loads of wild monkeys and you should take care a little bit of your belongings.
The area around the Batu Caves has been properly cleaned since our first visit in February 2013 until the last visit in January 2019 and it also provides some new attractions. A great tip for a half-day excursion.
For more information you should read our Batu Caves article.
13. Menara KH – Helipad Lounge
After the half-day excursion to the Batu Caves you still have some time in the evening to explore Kuala Lumpur a little bit more. I can recommend the Helipad Lounge of the Menara KH. A still active heliport above the roofs of KL, which is converted to a bar in the nighttime.
The entrance is free, but if you want to go to the landing spot, you have to buy a drink at the bar. Its definitely worth it for this amazing view. The bar opens at 6 P.M. and if you want to enjoy a nice sunset, then you should come in time and safe yourself a spot at the helipad!
Unfortunately, the Helipad Lounge is no longer an insider’s tip, so when we were visiting again in January 2019 there were a lot more visitors than before. Also many tables and benches were built on the landing field. Nevertheless, it’s still a fantastic place for a nice drink and sunset as well as an nocturnal view of the city.
14. Masjid Jamek
The Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest in Kuala Lumpur and was built in 1909. Until the opening of the National Mosque it was for a long time the biggest mosque and a venue for the Muslim population of the city.
You can also visit this mosque, but it’s closed during prayer times. You should pay attention to cover your knees and shoulders as well.
The mosque is not located far away from the Merdeka Square, more precisely where the rivers Gombak and Klang converge. The surrounding area is currently being constructed and many things will change here in the future, so that the rivers and the surroundings will become really beautiful. The mosque itself is already an attractive sight now.
Masjid Jamek – one of the oldest mosques of Kuala Lumpur
15. Kampung Baru
The district Kampung Baru is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and was already supposed to be developed many times. However, the residents resist against it because they want to preserve the original Malaysian lifestyle over here.
In the nighttime in Kampung Baru you will find many restaurants or rather Hawker Centers/cookshops where you can get delicious food. But it’s a little bit difficult to get along here with English since there are almost no tourists in this neighborhood. Definitely a small food adventure and with hands and pointing on menu cards you can arrange almost everything.
One of the many food stalls at Kampung Baru
Furthermore, you will have a nice view from here at the Petronas Twin Towers, which is not to be sneezed at and absolutely beautiful at night.
Nighttime view from Kampung Baru at the Twin Towers
Looking for more inspiration? Here is another guide on Top 25 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur from The Crazy Tourist.
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How to Spend 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur After Covid-19
Picture it: A Friday morning three Februarys ago, my first of 3 days in Kuala Lumpur. It’s right before sunrise and although I’ve been walking around the Malaysian capital for about an hour, I haven’t once seen the Petronas Twin Towers. I’m lost, but by design.
At some point, enough light has come over the horizon to reveal the Towers—why they hadn’t been lit up? Not that it matters: I now have a data point to calibrate my aimless wander. I’m heading north through Bukit Bintang, a commercial district by day, but something very different by night and, apparently, during the morning.
“Sex?” Each hooker I past asks, instead of saying “Hello.”
Soon I’m inside an elevated walkway, and as I descend into and then come up out of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, I realize my enthusiasm for seeing the Twin Towers is kind of humorous—this is my third time in the city, if we’re being truthful.
But the truth of my history here (which I’ll explain in the body of this post) is complicated. Thankfully, enjoying 3 days in Kuala Lumpur is not.
NOTE: Travel to and within Malaysia has been severely disrupted by the government’s response to Covid-19. While it may be possible to enter the country before the end of 2021, planning travel for 2022 offers the greatest chance that your trip will proceed as planned.
Is Kuala Lumpur Worth Visiting?
Before I dive into the nooks and crannies of how you can arrange your 3 days in KL (and indeed, before I get too deep in the weeds of my stories of travel there), I thought I would address a more fundamental question. Or answer it, rather: Of course Kuala Lumpur is worth visiting! As I’ll explain over the course of the next few paragraphs, it took me many years to dig deep enough into KL to see the city as the amazing place it is.
To put it another way, I can understand why you might be trepidatious about spending too much time in Kuala Lumpur, which is far from the most beloved capital in Southeast Asia. Yet whether you’re more attracted to its cuisine (Malay, Chinese and Indian—oh my), the corresponding culture or the convenience of staying in some of the world’s cheapest five-star hotels.
How to Divide Up Your 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur
Day 1: KL’s Not All About the Towers—Or Is It?
Back to my story, I first visited KL back in 2010, during my long journey back to the U.S. after teaching English in China. I’d been blogging for less than two months and was, bluntly, a terrible traveler. I’d invited myself to stay with an acquaintance of an acquaintance, you see, and rightly ended up being marooned in suburban Sepang for the entirety of the two weeks I spent in Malaysia at that time.
You can understand, then, why I was so intent on spending the first of my three days in Kuala Lumpur seeing the city’s key attractions. Namely the Petronas Twin Towers, but also the city’s ethnic neighborhoods, Chinatown (if only for Hokkien-style Mee noodles) and Little India, historical Merdeka Square and the nearby Islamic Arts Museum and, again, raucous Bukit Bintang.
TIP: If you’re looking for the best view of the Twin Tower (i.e. the one in my photo above), head to the SkyBar at Traders Hotel, which is located just south of KLCC Park. It’s not one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days, on its own (the bar is old), but the view is priceless!
Day 2: Green Spaces and Sacred Sights
“But Robert,” some of you are probably saying, “you visited Malaysia for a second time. Just a few years ago, if I remember correctly?”
Yes, you remember correctly. In June 2016 (the day of the Brexit vote, incidentally) I traveled all the way to Malaysia and, in order to appease a co-dependent, controlling partner, flew all the back the same day, having only seen the city from the balcony of an otherwise shitty apartment. After two distinct visits to Malaysia, I still hadn’t seen a damn thing, certainly not any of the things to see in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.
I thus decided to maximize my second of three days in Kuala Lumpur by dividing it into two parts: Green spaces and sacred sights. I got my nature fix in the lush Perdana Botanical Garden (specifically KL Bird Park and Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park) and KLCC Park, which sits at the base of the Twin Towers and is a great place to watch the sunset.
In between these two parks, I continued my Kuala Lumpur 3 days itinerary at Masjid Negara (Malaysia’s National Mosque, whose proximity to the Botanical Garden makes them an ideal morning pairing), before heading over the Klang River back into Chinatown, hitting up Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple and Masjid Jamek. After sunset at the Towers, I headed to Thean Hou Temple, a huge Chinese shrine that sits on a hill overlooking the city, and whose red lanterns proved the perfect end to my last day being 31.
Day 3: A Tale of Three Day Trips
How many days in Kuala Lumpur is enough? Well, if you love a good day trip as much as I do, you’ll add a third day to your Kuala Lumpur itinerary. Option one for your third of 3 days in Kuala Lumpur is to spend the morning at Batu Caves, a giant Hindu temple carved into a cliffside along the KTM Komuter line just north of the city, then take KLIA Transit (not Express!) to Putrajaya, Malasyia’s administrative capital about halfway between KLCC and the airport, in the afternoon.
Alternatively, scrap Putrajaya and pivot, continuing your Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary by heading to the TBS Bus Station, boarding the first bus to Malacca you can find. A port city formerly controlled by Arabs, British, Dutch and Portuguese, Malacca is eclectic and a bit of a hot mess, but if you spend a few hours exploring, you’re sure to be charmed by it. I remember arriving and thinking I’d made the wrong choice to spend my first day of being 32, but left wishing I’d spent the night there.
(Well, kind of—I wanted to get back to my Kuala Lumpur 3 days itinerary!)
Where to Stay With 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is one of the cheapest cities in the world to enjoy a stay in a first-class hotel, such as The Majestic, which I treated myself to as a birthday present. Otherwise, I mentioned Regalia Suites above (which has a nice view, but is rather drab in every other capacity), or there are plenty of budget hotels and hostels near Petaling Street in Chinatown.
Regardless of your budget, you’ll choose where you stay during your Kuala Lumpur itinerary in part by determining how many days Kuala Lumpur occupies in your larger Malaysia itinerary. You should also be mindful of how long to spend in Kuala Lumpur, since this will affect both how much you spend on accommodation, as well as the importance of where and at what level of luxury you stay. How many days to spend in Kuala Lumpur? It’s a much broader topic than you might realize.
Other FAQ About Visiting Kuala Lumpur
How long should I stay in Kuala Lumpur?
Obviously, based on the title of this post, I think three days is an ideal amount of time to spend in KL. On the other hand, you can condense the itinerary I’ve presented here into 2 days; “living” in Kuala Lumpur for a week or longer is an enticing prospect, particularly if you rent an Airbnb in the city center and lean into calling the city home.
Is Kuala Lumpur expensive?
Kuala Lumpur is expensive compared to other places in Malaysia, but is one of the world’s most affordable large cities. When taking into account the cost of your hotel, transport around the city, food and attractions, it’s possible to spend a long weekend in Kuala Lumpur for around $200-300 per person.
Is it expensive to visit Malaysia?
Like KL specifically, Malaysia is a broadly affordable country. Hopping around a lot can increase the cost of your trip slightly, but prices are almost always low thanks to the influence of AirAsia, the region’s most popular low-cost carrier. Overall, I’d say you should budget around $500-1,000 per person, per week of travel in Malaysia.
The Bottom Line
It took me a long time to actually live out my long-planned Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary, but I’m glad I finally did. I feel foolish to have waited so long, but thankful to have left such an outstanding treasure for so late in my travel life. Of course, three days in Kuala Lumpur is just the beginning—I’m spending the next two weeks here in Malaysia. And I have to be honest: I’m not even sure about how many days in Kuala Lumpur you should spend. If you’re asking yourself “how many days,” Kuala Lumpur might surprise you with the annswer—3 days in Kuala Lumpur might not be enough!
14 reviews – reviews of visitors about the night club Parkking Aleksandrovsky park, 4
During my visit to this “club” I left more than 100,000 rubles there. The last year and a half I have not been there. Yesterday I was. I will not be there anymore.
My woman was 30 years old. I had booked a table in advance, at seven in the evening. We come. We go into the hall and stand like fools. There is no one … the Chaldeans are running around, they don’t notice us. He runs from somewhere by the Bix and asks what you want? So and so, the table, they say, ordered, for two! She begins on the lists, running with her eyes..-No us! In whom I climbed, .. The same result .. He says, sit down here! Near the labukhs. Although, when ordering, it was agreed, That would be far away from them .. Okay. Seated in another place. A disgusting waitress approaches, Hands on the side, bent, says, order, I will remember, I will not write down. I ordered. I also asked to light a candle on the table. I lit it all the same .. Brings the order. Part of it. Vodka and beer .. She threw it on the table and piled it up. I start to open the vodka myself.Doesn’t open. Admin comes up. Can he help, he says? .. In short, he coped himself. He asked me to change the abomination, my serving table. Another garcon approached. Like normal. Only the problem came out. I want to order more, but he is not! I went to look, I found it, I say, give me your phone, so that I don’t look for you in the hall, I’ll call, they say, when I’ll order! , and the person makes excuses, you, says I’m not alone in the hall, there are many of you here, and you all cannot be followed, and I, like a squirrel in a wheel, run! Really…. I thought, there should be much less of us! I sat back. I shut up. I’m waiting for changes. I’m waiting again. I didn’t wait. I think, well, to the devil! I’ll serve myself. I went again to look for someone I could give my money to. I gave it away. I go to the bar to make a new order. Queue. The barmaid is counting money, dragging it somewhere and shifting it from the pile to the pile. The people are indignant, but who cares? Right. Nobody. As a result, self-service did not work out very well. Probably with I had to bring both food and drink with me.The company, obviously not Russians, rather mowing khachiks like Arabs, sat down next to a stinking hookah, and in the style inherent to these ethnic layers, with insolence and arrogance inherent in them, began to smoke us, nonsmokers. I politely asked not to do this. , to which the guard was called, led by its leader, and I was told that they have the right to do whatever they please, and if I don’t like it, then I must look for another place for myself. I did so. The anniversary was ruined … More, of course, to this “elite club”, which may have been this place a couple of years ago, neither me, nor my friends, nor my foot! And I will in every possible way advise others to leave their money in other, more worthy places.It’s a pity that really good establishments are dying in St. Petersburg. But what can you expect? Peace be upon yours!
Country club “Ivanhoe” – hotel, cottages, banquet venues in the Podolsk district of the Moscow region
Aivengo Country Club
The territory of the club is located on the outskirts of the forest zone of Podolsk, 18 km from Moscow along the M2 “Crimea” Highway.
The area of the complex is 18 hectares.
Country club-hotel “Aivengo” in the Moscow region will give guests everything they need for an unforgettable vacation.
The hotel complex includes: the “Jungle” hotel, represented by 61 comfortable rooms, and 6 additional cozy cottages, where everyone can fully feel the bliss and all the benefits of recreation outside the city.
Renting a cottage in the Moscow region is a really demanded service.Most of the hotels located on the territory of the city of Podolsk provide it, but the Aivengo complex is able to surprise: it is a small village consisting of six large modern cottages. Two have their own sauna, and two have a sauna and an additional separate pool.
In addition to the hotel complex, our club-hotel includes:
Restaurant “Kazachok” is a great place for a family vacation, offering guests Ukrainian cuisine.
Banquet hall “Ivanhoe” – a magnificent room in the medieval style, which can accommodate up to 250 guests.
Restaurant “Castle Ivanhoe” – luxurious interior, excellent cuisine and high quality service.
Bowling alley – four lanes and a total capacity of up to 24 people.
“Leader” karting track – equipped track with a length of 1153 meters and a maximum width of 10 meters.
Bath complex “Russian Bath” – an excellent place to relax with a large company of up to 22 people.
Rope Park “Park Woods” is an excellent, active place for family recreation.
The Ivanhoe complex is known for its unique oven, laid out according to the patented technology.
For the organization of banquets, seminars, conferences and corporate events in the Moscow region, the club-hotel “Aivengo” has equipped halls and premises for up to 700 people.
On the territory of the complex there are: equestrian club “Prestige”, carting, ice skating rink (open in winter).For outdoor recreation, guests can use the barbecue areas and summer verandas.
For the youngest guests, a children’s playroom will open the doors, and a playground is located in the park area of the club.
For the convenience of visitors, our club-hotel has a closed parking and a car wash.
Welcome to the Aivengo suburban complex in Podolsk.
An attacker on a club in Orlando contemplating an attack on Walt Disney World – RBK
Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando, was contemplating an attack on Walt Disney World.His wife told investigators about this.
According to People magazine, citing a law enforcement source, Matina Noor’s wife, Zahi Salman, told investigators that her husband had recently “been looking into the possibility of attacking the Pulse Club and Walt Disney World in downtown Orlando.”A source told the magazine that Matin and his wife attended Disney World in April. The publication indicates that at the entrance to the park in downtown Orlando there is no body search or checking of things.
A Walt Disney World spokesperson did not answer the magazine’s phone call for comment.
Mateen attacked the popular LGBTQ club Pulse armed with an automatic rifle. He began shooting at visitors to the establishment, killing 49 people in the end. The police managed to break into a nightclub two hours later.In the shootout, the perpetrator was shot. On the fact of the incident, the American authorities opened a criminal case. It is being investigated under the “Terrorism” article.
According to a People source, 30 minutes after the attack on the Pulse club, Matin called the emergency number and said that he was the one who started the shooting. He also said that he had explosives.
Some time later, Matina received a call from the 911 service. During this conversation, he said that he had sworn allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State (a terrorist organization banned in Russia), Abu Omar al-Baghdadi.In addition, he mentioned the Tsarnaev brothers, who set off an explosion during the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Men’s striptease club in Moscow, striptease for men in the Rasputin club
Male striptease club “Rasputin” is an exciting party, a high level
and beautiful girls. For 18 years now, the strip club has maintained a reputation as a place where
want to come back again.Incendiary dances and spicy shows made the institution not
just popular, but one of the most visited establishments.
Night club with striptease is an opportunity to plunge into the world of erotic fantasies,
which was created by wonderful dancers. Seductive girls will conquer even
discerning guest! “Rasputin” is not just a female striptease in Moscow, it is a bright
unforgettable shows, contests and theme parties.
Connoisseurs of delicious food and good time with friends will appreciate
exquisite cuisine of “Rasputin”. The chefs will prepare mouth-watering dishes, and the luxurious
the wine list will be a pleasant addition to the evening. “Rasputin” will make a visit
unforgettable and will help you to relax after a hard day.
Corporate party in a strip club
Especially for corporate clients, the strip bar offers a spacious hall,
equipped with new furniture and equipment.
Available for guests:
The Rasputin men’s club is perfect for a private party or
A strip club in Moscow works around the clock, so that you can at any time
from the hustle and bustle and plunge into the world of forbidden dreams.
Southern Cultures Park presents a new program on New Year’s holidays »News site of the city of Sochi. Sochi is Young.
The Yuzhnye Kultury Park will become a place where real miracles take place during the New Year holidays. On December 25, the “Green Living Room of Father Frost” opens in the Yuzhnye Kultury Park.
A cozy space in the very heart of the park, surrounded by a coniferous forest, immerses you in a real fairy tale, where you can meet Santa Claus, his assistants, take part in the New Year’s interactive performance and even send a postcard with congratulations to relatives and friends via the Santa Claus Mail.Round dances will be possible at perhaps the most unusual Christmas tree made of bamboo, which remained after thinning out the bamboo groves of the park.
Why it is so important to preserve nature, why give a “second life” to things and how we can make our planet cleaner – the staff of the Caucasian Nature Reserve and the Southern Cultures Park will also tell and show everyone who wants it. Anyone who decides to diversify the New Year’s fun with reflections on such important topics will be awaited at lectures or screenings of ecological films.
Well, young guests in the park are expected at an ecological master class, where everyone can make a unique New Year’s toy. No plastic: only natural materials, paints and a flight of imagination! The Green Living Room of Santa Claus will be open every day from December 25 to January 10, 2021 in the lower parterre of the park. Working hours: from 11:00 to 16:00 hours.
But these are not all surprises: at sunset everyone is invited to go in search of New Year’s magic in the “Revived Park”! The evening multimedia excursion has changed with the onset of winter and will become the only place where you can see the northern lights without leaving the North Pole.
The Revived Park project was developed by specialists from St. Petersburg and went into operation in the summer of 2020. During this time, it has become not just a visiting card of modern Sochi, but also a unique place where the magic and power of nature is enhanced by technological solutions. Park Alive combines new forms of digital art with the beauty of the living world. Unusual light installations in combination with sound and projection systems, surrounded by the mysterious atmosphere of a night park, allow you to experience completely new emotions and sensations from a journey through the magical world of wildlife.All senses are sharpened during a two-kilometer walk in the dark. Following from one installation to another, the visitor not only discovers the park in a new format, but also learns the secrets of “Southern Cultures”.
“Revitalized park. In search of New Year’s magic ”starts from the Eastern entrance to the dendrological park (from the side of the Imeretinsky hotel). The duration of the multimedia walk is about an hour. The first session will start daily at 5:30 pm and the last session will end at 10:00 pm. The schedule of New Year’s performances, master classes and lectures can be found on the website of the Caucasian Reserve www.Kavkazzapoved.ru, a revived park.rf, as well as at the ticket offices of the Yuzhnye Kultury park.
Following the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor for the prevention of the spread of coronavirus, the one-time presence of guests on the thematic site is limited. We also ask guests to maintain social distance when visiting the park.
The city day will be celebrated in Korolev on September 11
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Tomorrow our beloved science city will celebrate its next birthday.83 years for the city is a small age, but over these decades the name of the space capital of Russia has been inscribed in world history.
There will be many interesting, beautiful and funny celebrations, including those related to space. Watch the program that we publish, choose what you like best, and come to the holiday with your family and friends.
CITY DAY PROGRAM
11 September 2021
Central City Square
12.00 – “MUSIC OF SCIENCE CITY” performances of creative teams of the city
12.00 – “STREETS KOROLYOVA” Quest of the Youth Center “Cosmos”. Start from the monument “Star People of the Earth”
14.00 – Organizational and technical break
15.00 – “KOROLYOV – CITY OF CHANGE!” solemn part of the City Day
16.30 – Performance of the pop artist Yuri Kononov
17.00 – “SPACE MUSIC” program of the Korolev brass band
17.30 – “MRS. KOROLYOV” final of the beauty and motherhood contest
18.10 – Performance by professional artists
21.00 – HOLIDAY SALUTE
Space Conquerors Square
12.00 – Festive concert, exhibition of paintings, master classes in painting and arts and crafts of students and teachers of the Children’s Art School
12.00 – “DANCE, EVERYONE CAN DO IT!” – concert program of the dance club “Padegras”
13.00 – “OLD DILIGENCE” – exhibition of retro cars
13.30 – “HOT LINOLEUM” – dance jams of the studio “City of Dance”
16.30 – Musical program “Fillin”
17.30 – “MAKE DREAMS” – the program of master classes of the dance school “Life is Dance”
18.30 – Sports marathon of the school “Avangard”
19.10 – “IN THE COLOR OF FIRE” – evening dance program
Vympel Stadium (parking)
12.00 – Exhibition of cars of the club Night Line Club
Central City Park
Rotunda “Space Territory”
11.00 – “CREATIVE QUEEN” – performances of creative teams
13.00 – “GALAXY OF KINGS” – interactive program
19.00 – “FIRE OF OUR HEARTS” – II King’s Festival of Fire and Light
16.00 – VIII Annual Street Juggling Festival-Conference
20.00 – Evening screening (film “Main”)
11.00 – Entertainment programs of the Centralized Library System
Interactive pavilion “KOSMOS”
14.00 – “Acting skills” – master class
14.30 – “TIME OF THE FIRST” – feature film
16.30 – “BASICS OF ACTING PLAY” – master class
17.30 – “SALUT-7” – feature film
19.00 – “Hour of a short meter” – film screening
11.00 – “VITYAZ-CROSS” – sports and historical race
The tent TELE-2
Museum Association “Museums of Science City Korolev”
Department “Contemporary history of the city”
(st.Tereshkova, d. 1)
12.00-13.00 – New exhibition “Russian classical theater on the city map” author’s excursion “Theatrical Korolev”
13.00-14.00, 16.00-17.00 – “Get to know your city” – quest-quiz
Department “Memorial House-Museum of Marina Tsvetaeva in Bolshev”
(M. Tsvetaeva st., 15)
12.00-13.30 – “Tsvetaeva to Korolev” – annual poetry marathon
13.30-15.00 – “Homeland and foreign land of Marina Tsvetaeva” – author’s excursion with interactive elements
sector of the department “Contemporary history of the city”
(md Yubileiny, st.Tikhonravova, 23)
13.00-15.00 – “Painting on porcelain” – master classes by professional artists
Department “Memorial House-Museum of S.N. Durylin “
(Bolshevo microdistrict, Svobodnaya st., 12)
16.00-17.00 – “Samovar and Apples”. The history of tea drinking “- literary memoirs in the memorial garden
Kostino Estate Department
(Ilyicha st., 1)
14.00-16.00 – “Museum sketching” under the guidance of a professional artist
(st.Heroes of Cadets (square with a pond))
12.00 – “Names for new stars” – festive program
17.00 – Concert program
(Sovetskaya st., 8)
12.00 – 14.00 – “Children of the Galaxy” – festive program
(Sovetskaya st., 18)
12.00 – 13.00 – “Towards the Stars” – interactive program
Source: http: // in-korolev.ru / novosti / sobytiya / v-korolyove-11-sentyabrya-otprazdnuyut-den-goroda
Schedule of walks and purchase of tickets
Dinner on a motor ship on the Moscow River: schedule of river trips with dinner or lunch and purchase of tickets
In a huge metropolis, it seems that there are no problems in order to spend your free time in an interesting and enjoyable way, however, it is not always possible to find places and events that you will remember for a long time.
We propose to try a wonderful type of recreation available in the capital – river trips along the Moskva River on comfortable motor ships with dinner or lunch included in the ticket price.
At your service is a huge selection of routes for boat trips in Moscow, a variety of river fleet and types of menus on board – from classic barbecues on river trams to exquisite gourmet cuisine on luxury panoramic yachts.
The length of the navigable channel of the Moskva River within the city is about 73 kilometers (excluding the water area of the Khimki reservoir), such a significant length of the waterway makes it possible to organize numerous interesting river routes in its various sections, and in the event that, for example, classical river walks in the center of the capital are tired, you can always go on a cruise along the Moskva River from the Moscow City business center or take a mega-walk with the passage of the sluice and exit of the ship to the picturesque areas of the Moscow region.
Classic boat trips with dinner or lunch last about two hours, however, you can choose longer voyages, such cruises can take three, four or even six hours.
In addition to routes, your choice is no less variety of the fleet on which gastronomic cruises on the Moscow River take place: you can choose for a walk a small cozy river tram of the Moskvich type, or the classic pleasure motor ship Moskva – in such a fleet most often in the ticket price with dinner or lunch will include a juicy shish kebab with a light vegetable salad, as well as drinks and, sometimes, dessert.And if your choice falls on one of the luxurious premium class ships, the menu will already include snacks, classic salads, as well as meat or fish dishes.
It is important to note that some ships are allowed to bring their own alcoholic beverages, in this case it will no longer be possible to buy alcohol on the spot. Cork tax is not charged on most ships. It is not allowed to bring your own alcohol on premium-class ships, guests can order selected drinks from the menu while on board the ship.
In conclusion, it is worth mentioning the nuances of buying tickets for a river trip with dinner or lunch included: despite the fact that for some cruises on the Moscow River there is an opportunity to purchase tickets without meals included and make an order already on the spot – buying electronic tickets on a boat with dinner or lunch will always be much more profitable, often the difference will be more than 50% of the total cost of meals and tickets. The reason for such savings lies primarily in the fact that in the conditions of the limited size of the galley and the cold shop on motor ships, it is more profitable for operators of river trips to sell tickets with a limited number of dishes already included, and in the case of online sales, to have information about the number of guests on board before the start of the voyage. , and, accordingly, about the number of required dishes.In turn, with such work, shipowners are ready to provide significant discounts on tickets to attract customers to their ships.
Since 2009, navigation in the central water area of the Moskva River has continued year-round and various river trips with dinner or lunch are held in the capital every day, while, of course, in the cold season, guests are accommodated only on completely enclosed decks with heating and large windows.
We hope that our brief information on river trips will be useful and will help you with choosing your dream cruise!
See you on board!