Hey folks, want to know about the best things in Kuala Lumpur? Here is a list of 11 things which I think are worth if you are coming to Malaysia for 3-4 days. There are of course many other things you can do in Kuala Lumpur, but in a span of 3-4 days, I find these places worth to give a visit.
Kuala Lumpur is all about skyscrapers, sky bars, huge towers, lounges, etc. Being the capital city, this place won’t disappoint you. Let’s start with the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
Visit the Petronas Tower.
Your trip to Malaysia is incomplete without visiting this place. They call it the heart of Malaysia – THE PETRONAS TOWERS. Once they were named as the tallest building in the world. Even though they are not the tallest ones but they are surely one of the most beautiful structures you are most likely to see. It is mandatory for you to visit this place if you are coming to Malaysia.
Just in front of them is this beautiful water fountain show which starts in the evening and makes this place more delightful to watch. Many people prefer to visit these towers in the evening. The timing is mostly till 9 p.m. but you can still sit after 9 p.m. in the parking area. There are no entry fees if you just want to sit down and enjoy the view, you just have to pay if you want to go to the connecting bridge of the tower. Well, in my opinion, if you are a budget traveler then buying this ticket will definitely be not worth it because you will get a better deal in some other places and from there you can also see this tower.
The best time to visit the towers is just after the sun goes down and the tower is starting to light up. It is one beautiful sight when the sky is orange and getting dark and the tower just starts lighting. It is a very pleasant experience. And one more thing, you can click some very beautiful photos during this time.
How to reach – GoKL Buses which offer free buses services are well connected to the Petronas Towers. The green line buses are the one which you can catch if you want to go to Petronas towers. They run frequently from Bukit Bintang. If you are staying in any other location like Central Market area, Pasar Seni, KL Sentral area then they are also connected to Bukit Bintang by different lines. The lines which will drop you at Bukit Bintang are purple and blue. Catch a bus till Bukit Bintang and from there you can get a bus till the Petronas Towers.
Timings – 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Closed every Monday)
Entry Fees to the top – MyKad – Rm 30 (Rs.610/$8.5).
Non-MyKad – Rm 85 (Rs.1480/$20.7).
MyKad means the people staying in Malaysia.
Watch a magical sunset from Heli Lounge Bar.
This place is just magical. The view, the ambiance, the drinks, everything here is just perfect. This happens to be one of the most visited places by budget travelers, and other travelers as well. It offers a beautiful 360 view of the city which probably you cannot find anywhere in this price range.
It is basically a helipad which turns into a bar in the evening. The entry happens to be free to all, but only condition here is you have to buy a drink to go to the top of the bar. You can come here in the evening time and you can witness a very beautiful sunset here.
How to reach – The bar is located on the 34th floor of Menara KH Building and sometimes may be difficult to find. If you are traveling by MRT monorail then the nearest stop is Raja Chulan is just outside the Menara KH Building which won’t be very difficult to find. If you are traveling by the free buses i.e. GoKL Buses then you need to catch a purple line and then get down at Wisma Foo Yong Stop and from there it just is a 5 min walk.
Timings – Monday: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Thursday: 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 5:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Saturday: 5:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Sunday: 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Entry Fees – The entry fee is RM 0 here. The drinks start from RM 25 – RM 30 (Rs.436 – Rs.523/$6.1 – $7.23).
Get Upside Down at Menara KL Tower.
Again, another beautiful tower with its pleasant view. It is the 7th tallest building in the world. Unlike the Petronas tower, this place offers a variety of different things like The Observation Deck, The Sky Deck, Sky Box, Mini Zoo, Upside Down House, etc. They have various things in this area.
Obviously, the prices here are very high if you want to see each and everything here. They also offer packages which can save you some money. Choose your packages according to what you want to see.
How to reach – If you are traveling by Monorail the nearest stop is Bukit Nanas and from there you have to walk around for 10 mins. The GoKL buses are also very well connected to this place. If you take a blue/green line then the nearest bus top is Concorde Hotel and if you take the purple line then the nearest stop is Menara Olympia. From Concorde Hotel the tower is about 10 min walk and from Menara Olympia, it is just a 5 min walk.
Timings – 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Entry Fees – Observation Deck: Malaysian – RM 30 (Rs.523/$7.3)
International – RM 49 (Rs.854/$12)
Sky Deck: Malaysian – RM 71 (Rs.1238/$17.33)
International – RM 99 (Rs.1727/$24.16)
For more in detail, information visit their site – Menara KL Tower
Do some street shopping at China Town/Pentaling Street.
Everyone loves shopping and when you can get a place where you can shop at a very low price then your excitement certainly gets very high. China Town/ Pentaling Street is one of those places where you can do your shopping at a very low price. Don’t get very excited it’s not like you will find things a very unreal price, they are low as compared to the other places.
You can get everything from wallets, purse, bags, sunglasses, belts, watches and other various things. They also have those I Love Kuala Lumpur T-shirts here in case you are interested in buying one. This people are basically street vendors and have a variety of option for you. One thing you need to keep in mind is they will always tell you more price of the product you select. The actual price will be around half of the price which they tell you. You need to be good at your bargaining skills. Whenever they tell you a price you tell them the exact half price if they are okay then good if not you can walk to another vendor. You will surely find that exact same thing at a different vendor. Be smart about your purchase.
How to reach – This market is a walking distance from Pasar Seni which is an MRT Train stop. Talking about the GoKL buses then you will have to take a purple line and the nearest stop to China Town is Kotaraya.
Timings – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Buy some souvenirs at Central Market.
Another shopping place for you guys. Except like China Town street market, this place is located inside in a building which is totally air-conditioned. If you are fed up of the high temperature here then you can surely come here and relax for a bit. This is a two story market consisting of everything from Malaysia artifacts, Necklaces, Rings, Photo print, Chocolates, etc. If you want to take some chopsticks home then you can get them here. There are also various shops around having all those things with Malaysian culture embedded on them.
The best place to buy souvenirs is located here. ATM’s are also present in this market so you don’t need to worry if you run out of cash here. And if by chance the ATM’s are not functionally the vendors also accept payment by debit/credit cards.
How to reach – This market is a walking distance from Pasar Seni which is an MRT Train stop. Talking about the GoKL buses then you will have to take a purple line and the nearest stop to China Town is Kotaraya. (Exactly same as China Town)
Timings – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Take a walk down at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
This is the place which will make you feel like a tourist when you arrive. The street in front of the building is full of people clicking pictures with various poses. It feels good to see so many people around you.
Talking about the building, this building is one of those buildings from the late nineteenth century. It was built in 1987. This place has become a very popular tourist destination over the years and it also is a historical landmark in the city. You must have seen this place as a backdrop for the parades which are held during the Independence Day.
How to reach – Taking an LRT metro you can get down at Masjid Jamek Station and walk for around 10-15 mins further to reach the destination. You can also catch a GoKL bus on the red line and get down at Dataran Merdeka Square.
Timings – Open 24 Hours.
Get amazed by the KL City Gallery.
Want to know about the history of Kuala Lumpur then the KL City Gallery is the right place for you. Just beside the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, you will find this beautiful gallery. Just outside the gallery, there is this huge I love Kuala Lumpur stand where there is a very long queue of people to click pictures.
After entering this place, you will find big boards which show the condition of Kuala Lumpur from the ’90s till today. They have listed in detail information about all those things so make sure to read about it once. They also have models of old KL and new KL comparing how this city was developed over time.
How to reach – Taking an LRT metro you can get down at Masjid Jamek Station and walk for around 10-15 mins further to reach the destination. You can also catch a GoKL bus on the red line and get down at Dataran Merdeka Square. (Same as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building)
Timings – 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Entry Fees – Free
Enjoy the nightlife of Bukit Bintang.
As compared to the nightlife of other southeast Asian countries, Malaysia has very limited options for nightlife. Bukit Bintang is one of the places where you can enjoy the nightlife. If you are fond of pubs, bars, and all those things then this might be a place for you. It is not just about bars Bukit Bintang also has these street shows done by various bands from across many countries.
During my visit to Bukit Bintang, there was a band which was very entertaining and they have gathered almost 150-200 people around them with their music. People were just loving their music and the best part was that guy was entertaining people and singing songs from all different countries. If you don’t know Malaysian people are a very big fan of Mr. Shahrukh Khan. They just love all his movies and song. This guy from the band was also singing various songs of Mr. Shahrukh Khan to entertain the local crowd.
It was really great seeing this, and it was my first time hearing a Hindi song in Malaysia.
How to reach – If taking an MRT, you can down at Bukit Bintang. GoKL buses are also connected to this place. You can take the green, blue, purple line to get to Bukit Bintang.
Timings – The pubs and bars are open till 4 a.m. and you also have some 24 hours restaurants around here. You can come anytime.
Enjoy various type of street food at Jalan Alor.
Love trying different types of food?? Jalan Alor won’t disappoint you. This is a huge street with different types of food available. Thai, Indian, Malaysian, you name it you will find various cuisines here.
The options you get here is very overwhelming, you basically cannot decide where to go. To help you out, some restaurants also have this big board which has the menu on them so that you can decide what you exactly want to try. When you come to this place, make sure you have a very little lunch so you can try as many dishes as you can in the evening.
This is mostly very crowded so make sure you take care of your things in the crowd while walking around.
How to reach – If taking an MRT, you can down at Bukit Bintang. GoKL buses are very active on this line. You can take the green, blue, purple line to get to Bukit Bintang. After reaching Bukit Bintang you can walk down the lane and it is just around 10 mins from here.
Timings – Some restaurants are open 24 hours but the best time to visit this place is from 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. till 1 a.m.
Visit the mighty Batu Caves featuring the tallest Murugan statue in the world.
This place has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations during the few years. One of the main reasons behind this is the free entry to the caves.
Batu caves host the tallest Murugan Statue in the world. This also makes this a very special place. Just beside the statue, you get these stairs going to the top of the caves. One thing you need to take care of here is the dress code. You cannot wear clothes above your knee-length i.e. your knee cannot be seen if you are visiting the main temple above. Girls and boys wearing shorts are given a cloth to wrap around their waist while going to the top.
Make sure you come wearing full pants, so you don’t have to pay for the cloth here.
How to reach – You can get a direct train from KL Sentral to Batu Caves. To reach KL Sentral you can take a GoKL Bus from the red line.
Timings – 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Witness a beautiful mosque named Jamek Mosque.
It can be seen on your way to Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the KL City Gallery. It is a small mosque around the banks of the River of life giving a very pleasant view. Situated right in between the building this place might not be that famous as the other ones but is definitely worth a visit. You can also click some beautiful pictures in this place.
The mosque is called as the Friday Mosque. It is known to be the oldest Islamic place of worship in the city. It was officially built in 1909.
The tour guides which give you a tour around Dataran Merdeka will also bring you to this place as it just very close to other attraction and tell you about the history. You will really love the architecture in this place.
How to reach – Taking an LRT metro you can get down at Masjid Jamek Station and walk for around 10-15 mins further to reach the destination. You can also catch a GoKL bus on the red line and get down at Dataran Merdeka Square. Walk in the opposite direction of the road leading to the KL City Gallery for about 5 min.
Timings – 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
That’s it for the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
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