The main purpose of most trips to Kuala Lumpur is a standard visa run. If you have ever lived for a while in any South East Asian country like Indonesia (Bali) you know what I am talking about. Kuala Lumpur is also a famous layover, a stop on your Southeast Asia Itinerary.
So whatever the purpose of your visit is, I want you to get excited for your next visit to KL.
We all have heard the rumor that “there isn’t much to do in Kuala Lumpur” Well, after 3 visits, I can say that there are tons of things to do in Kuala Lumpur and guess what? Every time a visit the capital of Malaysia, I like it more and more.
Kuala Lumpur, is an emerging, culturally diverse city that is on the rise among tourists. In KL you will find a mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay people which is the reason why the food is fantastic. The local cuisine is a delicious blend of all three cultures.
The country of Malaysia was conquered by British, Dutch and Portugese, each leaving their mark and although the country’s official religion is Islam, you’ll see signs of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity. Walk around the city and you’ll see modern skyscrapers next to mosques in the traditional Islamic design.
We stayed at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. One of the most iconic hotels in the city documented as National Heritage site. It is surrounded by historic buildings located where they call, the historical mile of Kuala Lumpur city centre.
Our top things to do in Kuala Lumpur:
1. Explore the Kampung Baru neighborhood
Explore this cultural and historical hub of KL to see some of the last remaining traditional houses in the city, juxtaposed next to modern skyscrapers.
They say that within the next few years, most of the traditional Malay houses will be torn down for new developments, so make sure to check it out before they disappear!
2. Sultan Abdul Samad and Merdeka Square
One of Kuala Lumpur most beautiful buildings and my favorite of the city. Have a walk around this former courthouse. On the back side you will find the river.
3. Thean Hou Temple
Composed by six levels, Thean Hou is one of southeast Asia’s largest Chinese temples. Build on a small hilltop just outside the main center you can overlook the entire city from the temple top.
4. Get Fancy at High Tea
Malaysia was colonized by Great Britain, so there is no surprise that tea time is a tradition that caught on with the Malay people and is still practiced today.
5.Walk the hanging bridges of KL Forest Eco Park
Located in Bukit Nanas Forest, the ecopark was created to preserve the natural surroundings and forest in the center of Kuala Lumpur. It’s a total of 200m walking distance.
6. Eat your Weight in Street Food
Malaysia is known for food. With Chinese, Indian and Malay options all around town, it’s hard to stop eating in this country.
There are many other street food hubs around the city but one area in particular is Jalan Raja Muda Musa street in Kampung Baru.
The Malaysia’s national dish is Nasi Lemak. Fluffy coconut rice is served with traditional chili paste, fried chicken, boiled egg (or fried), and crispy anchovies. It is usually eaten for breakfast, but you can find it just about any time of day.
7. Check out the Petronas Towers
These iconic towers are the symbol of Kuala Lumpur .The Petronas Towers are one of the most Instagramable spots in Kuala Lumpur.
8. Visit Batu Caves & Dark Cave
Batu Cave is a pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as a popular tourist attraction.
9. Little India
If you love Indian food, as we do, this is the place to go to. Little India in Kuala Lumpur is also known as Brickfields is located just a few minutes from KL Sentral, the city’s main railway station.
10. Jalan Alor Night Market
You will find the best street food in Kuala Lumpur at Jalan Alor Night Market. Taste the real Malaysian cuisines for cheap prices.
11. Wilayah Mosque
The architecture of the Wilayah Mosque, also known as the Federal Territory Mosque, is inspired by the Blue Mosque of Istanbul in Turkey.
The entrance is free and they provide clothing for men and women to cover up appropriately.
12. Perdana Botanical Garden
The Perdana Botanical Garden of Kuala Lumpur offers a refreshing walk through the park away from the buzzing city. Walking around the entire park takes about an hour. It is perfect for a morning outdoor running session.
What are your favorite places to visit in Kuala Lumpur?