If you’re looking for things to do in Kuala Lumpur, then check out our top 10 which you should easily be able to accomplish over 3 days visiting Malaysia's capital city …
10. Pick awesome accommodation
We stayed at an AirBnB ‘Platinum Face Suites’ which was so centrally located, it was only a few minutes walk from the Petronas Towers, and on the 54th floor had an infinity pool overlooking the iconic building. Our massive apartment had views over the other side of the city and you could see as far as the mountains in the distance. You also get to live like a local and absorb the culture more than staying in a hotel which too would be more expensive. Our apartment was just £40pn.
9. The Petronas Twin Towers
Hopefully you already know that the most famous landmark in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers, but did you know that they are the highest in KL and in fact were once the tallest buildings in the world (from 1998 to 2004 until the Taipei 101 came along). The Petronas Twin Towers stand tall at 88 floors high with a skybridge between the two towers on the 41st/42nd floors. You can visit the skybridge (Tuesday- Sundays) for 85 MYR (£15) and you should book online in advance for tickets. The views are supposed to be breath-taking, we opted not to visit as we had thee most amazing view from the infinity pool at the apartment and got to look at the towers rather than missing them out of the picture.
8. KLCC Park
One of the best views of the Petronas Towers from ground level is from the KLCC park situated right at the towers. You can walk around to see the twin towers from multiple angles as well as enjoying the greenery, there is also a jogging path, and wading pools. Best visited both day and night, in the evening there are synchronised fountain displays to light and music which are rather spectacular. They start at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.
7. Batu Caves
Located 11km out of the city, catch the train or hop in an Uber. Located inside 400-million-year-old limestone caves you’ll find multiple 100-year old Hindu temples.
You will first be greeted by a huge golden statue before you need to brave the climb up the stairs. You do not need to pay to enter but when I visited they asked tourists to bring a brick or bucket or cement up the stairs (that they give you) as a way of helping their ongoing renovation of the temples.
There are also dark caves which you can visit and learn about bats and the whole ecosystem this costs around 40 MYR (£7). And look out for the hundreds of monkeys!
There are plenty of bustling markets around KL but there are also many beautiful, massive, air-conditioned malls, with a huge range of shops and price ranges. The Suria KLCC is one of the most unique, complete with an aquarium and a cinema, there’s also a huge range of restaurants and fast food eateries at the food court. The Suria KLCC is in fact located at The Petronas Twin Towers, just make sure you give yourself plenty of time here.
5. Bukit Bintang / Alor Street
One of Kuala Lumpur's most prominent and happening retail areas, home to high end retail shops, al-fresco cafés, bars, night markets, as well as hawker-type eateries. Be sure to take a stroll down Alor Street known as Hawker Steet, it’s a buzz of activity with café and street vendors dragging you in to try their delicious local cuisines. Make sure you come hungry as there is so much to try, stop off for flavoured dumplings and fried banana!
4. Chinatown / Petaling Street
A hive of activity and cultural infusions can be found in the Chinatown markets, with stalls selling an inauthentic mix, from sunglasses to make- up, electronics to footwear. Settle down at one of the nearby restaurants for the famous chicken rice.
3. Little India / Brickfields
Don’t miss the bustling area of Brickfields (named such from the earlier days when the area was a clay pit and many bricks were made from the clay). Brickfields is more commonly known as the Little India of Kuala Lumpur due to its high percentage of Indian businesses and residents The colours of the streets are amazing with vendors lugging bales of sarees through the traffic and indeed you’ll find sarees of every colour and design here. There’s some lovely trinket shops too.
2. Merdeka Square
There is many stunning architectural buildings in KL including Merdeka Square with its stunning green area. Look out for the flagpole which holds the flag of Malaysia – it is the highest in the world towering at 100 meters. This is the location to which Malaysia declared its independence in 1957.
1. KL Tower
Kuala Lumpur Tower is a 421-meter-high communication and broadcasting tower. There is an 360 degree observation deck complete with restaurant which gives a birds eye view of the entire city. It costs 32 MYR (£5) upwards and you can even sit in a glass box which extends out from the Sky Deck ledge making the experience all the more [terrifying] amazing
Surrounding the tower is a nature reserve forest which is open to the public for nature walk and trekking. Experience guide is also available to guide you through the dense jungle in the city.
You can walk all the way from Bukit Bintang to the Petronas Towers / Suria KLCC mall in an air-conditioned bridged walkway, which takes around 30 minutes.
There is an extensive monorail and train service but for ease we would recommend Uber which is cheap and handy, and safer than crossing the busy traffic.
Have you been to KL and is there anything that should be added to the list?!