Top 5 things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Malaysia was a country that truly surprised us! We visited Malaysia as a transfer country from Thailand to Bali. We quickly fell in love with all that Kuala Lumpur had to offer! If you are planning a visit, here are the TOP 5 things to do during your visit to Kuala Lumpur (KL)!
1. Petronas Towers
The Petronas Towers were easily one of our favorite things to do in Kuala Lumpur! These iconic twin towers are the largest in the world and have a luxury mall inside where you can shop until you drop! I would recommend visiting the towers during the day, as well as, at night to see them all lit up! You also have the option to walk the bridge between buildings for an additional cost.
Address: Concourse Level, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2. KLCC Park
KLCC Park boasts 50-acres of lush gardens and fountains located behind the Petronas Towers. The park has over 1,900 indigenous trees and a man-made 10,000sqm lake named Lake Symphony. It’s the perfect spot to grab some ice cream and enjoy the park. There’s also a children’s park and at night they even have a fountain show!
3. Batu Caves
The Batu Caves are known as one of the most important religious Hindu sites outside of India. With their recent rainbow paint job of the 272 stairs leading to the temple, Batu Caves have also become one of the most instagramable things to do just outside of Kuala Lumpur! During our visit, the stairs were yet to be painted, so no colorful vibes for our visit. Paint or not, it was worth the visit!
Batu Cave Tips:
- Take a Grab (like Uber) car to the caves. Grab is very cheap and you can get there fast!
- Be prepared to see lots of people and monkeys! I would recommend getting there early if you are looking to get pictures of the stairs.
- You need your shoulders and knees covered to enter. They offer sarongs to rent at the gate for a small fee.
- There are loads of shops inside including vendors selling fresh coconuts!
- Located halfway up the stairs to the Batu Caves is the Dark Cave. Here you will be able to get a guided tour through a cave with creepy crawlies, bats, and complete darkness! At first, I was scared to go in, especially since I was wearing sandals, however, it was actually a really cool experience! If you are no afraid of the dark or claustrophobic, I would definitely recommend it! You will find an entrance off to the left along with many cheeky monkeys hanging around!
Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
4. Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple is another must-do in Kuala Lumpur! This stunning Chinese temple screams explore me! Follow the path of bright reds, yellows, and oranges around the 6 tiered temple. Don’t be surprised to find several weddings going on!
Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5. National Mosque of Malaysia
Knowing that Malaysia is an Islamic country, we knew we wanted to visit a mosque. What better than the National Mosque of Malaysia. This stunning Mosque was a fun way to explore and learn a little more about Malaysia’s culture.
Address: Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Some Other Helpful Info
Some other questions people often ask us is:
- Is Kuala Lumpur Safe? From our experience, KL felt very safe. We had no problem walking around. With that said, always use your own judgment and precaution when traveling.
- Is the water safe to drink? The water is not considered safe to drink from the tap. Please consider getting a bacteria filtering re-usable water bottle to help reduce waste. Two popular options you can look into are Lifestraw or Steripen water sterilizer.
- What about currency? We were able to easily exchange to Malaysian Ringgit at the airport. Most places you visit will also accept credit cards.
- Can KL budget-Friendly? KL can easily be a budget-friendly destination! We found the food to be very reasonably priced along with transportation and accommodations. You might also want to consider taking a cooking class in Kuala Lumpur for a more authentic experience!
- Are there tours? G-Adventures does a couple of great tours that bring you through Southeast Asia including Malaysia as one of their stops! Check out their current promotions and itineraries!
Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur
We found Airbnb was the way to go when visiting. We stayed in the Mercu Summer Suites which were in walking distance to the Petronas Towers. Check Airbnb here and save up to $45! If you prefer to stay at a hotel, we find Agoda offers the best pricing! Compare Pricing Booking.com | Agoda here
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To get around KL, the car service Grab is the easiest way to get around the city at a reasonable price. KL’s also known to have a well working and safe public transit system if you’d rather go that route.
This concludes the best 5 things to do while visiting Kuala Lumpur. We were able to see all the attractions within 3 days without feeling rushed. Think we should add something to our list? Let us know in the comments below! For more travel guides and tips, click here!