Kuala Lumpur is a city of culture, art and Skyscrapers. If this is going to be your first time in Kuala Lumpur then you must have realized that the city provides a huge list of things to do. Let me assist you to decide the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur, the city of liveliness!
I have love and hate relationship with Kuala Lumpur’s weather. It’s a little hot and humid during the daytime, but evenings are just perfect (mostly!). Even a simple evening walk in the KL city is enough to soak its charm due to its moderate evening temperature, cool breeze, and amazing neon lighting. You don’t really need to pack warm clothes but I would advise you to keep a light fleece if you are planning to do some late night adventures.
Top things to do in Kuala Lumpur
After spending one week in Kuala Lumpur, I realized that Kuala Lumpur is not really a place where you come with a long list of things to do. It is not a place where you visit from one attraction to another just to cross them off from your bucket list. KL is a place where you take traveling easy and just go with the flow. Go to Kuala Lumpur and have some relaxing time!
Petronas twin towers do not need any introduction. They are the icons of Kuala Lumpur city and the top attraction to visit. You can go to the observation deck of twin towers but it needs a ticket. At the time of my visit, the ticket price was 170 MYR. You have to book a time slot to visit the deck. Since so many people want to visit the observatory deck of twin towers so, it’s highly recommended to book your tickets timely. I got the next day time-slot for this.
If you have not visited an observatory deck of a skyscraper in another city then, I would highly recommend doing this. But if you have already experienced such a thing before then, I suggest you observe twin-towers from some another skyscraper (which I am going to suggest later in this post). I believe that a mountain looks amazing if you see it from a far place but if you climb that mountain then you actually see its surroundings, and not the mountain itself (haha, some philosophy).
Night view from Skybar
Even if you do not want to spend the money on the tickets to go to the observatory deck of Petronas towers still you can enjoy the exhilarating view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline…and that’s too free! As I have already mentioned above that the beauty of the Petronas tower can be better admired from another place rather than going on to the Petronas towers itself.
This is one of the best rooftop bars in KL and is the only one which provides a full frontal view of the twin Petronas Towers. Since this is a highly popular place so, it’s better to go there little early (maybe 6 PM) and get yourself a good spot. By the way, the happy hours are between 5-9Pm!
This is a whole different part of KL city. This could be really interesting for some and some might like to skip it. It’s like a Chinese Bazar in the middle of the city. You can get almost anything to buy here and that’s too duplicate mostly. If you check out some stuff and do not buy it, the shop sellers might try to intimidate you but don’t worry, it’s just their way of selling things. There are several restaurants and cafes around it so, I guess some shopping in China town concluded with a nice meal in a restaurant there could be a nice thing to do.
Batu Caves (includes train ride)
This is also a top thing to do in Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves are at around 1-1.5 hours far from the main KL city by train. Inside the cave is a Hindu temple, which could be a really nice experience, especially if you haven’t been to any Hindu temple yet. But the main attracting point is the caves itself, which are quite unique and looks amazing inside. If you decide to visit this attraction, be prepared to climb a few hundred stairs (and nuisance of cute monkeys).
Chances are that you feel little hungry after visiting the caves and Hindu temple inside but sadly there isn’t any good restaurant in the immediate vicinity. Though a small South Indian restaurant is present there I wasn’t really impressed with the quality of the food (but it’s fine to take a quick bite if you haven’t packed any food item).
This is a great thing to do especially with kids. You need a ticket for this as well but it’s not too expensive and can be bought at directly at the counter. Do spare 2-3 hours if you want to visit the Aqua Museum properly. They have a great collection of fishes, octopus and many other amphibians. For kids, it could be nice and educative to see the life cycle of a fish and other similar living beings.
The bird park is one of the most visited tourist attraction in KL. This is one of the world’s largest aviary and is home to more than 3000 birds. The interesting thing is that the birds (except some) are living in their natural habitat and are not caged. The park is spread in several acres of land and has an artificial lake, tree plantation and of course beautiful birds. If you are traveling with kids then, this should be the top item on your list.
I personally won’t keep it in the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur but if you have enough time then, this could be a nice experience to have in KL. As the name is pretty self-explaining, this place has several Hindu Temples and restaurants. If you are craving for Indian food (or vegetarian food in general) then, this is a great place to go.
During my stay in Kuala Lumpur, I stayed in two different hotels. I chose the hotels based on their locations, facilities, service, and budget.
Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur (Check Price at TripAdvisor)
I stayed in this 4-star hotel for the first few days. The reason for choosing this hotel was its walking distance from the Petronas Towers. This 4-star hotel has a swimming pool, sauna, and all the other modern facilities. You can get an amazing view of Petronas towers from its windows, which was my top priority!
The 5 Elements Hotel (Check Price at TripAdvisor )
This hotel is very close to the China town (you can actually say that it’s in China town). The hotel has quite good reviews at Trip Advisor and is not an expensive place to stay. You are planning to go to Batu Caves then, you will need to take a train for it and the train station is also not too far from this hotel.