Kuala Lumpur City Guides
Insider guides on what to do and where to go in Kuala Lumpur
What You Need to Know About Kuala Lumpur
We've put all the important information you need to know about Kuala Lumpur before you go here in one place. Also, we've included some fun tips on how to make the most of your time in this amazing city!
Top 10 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur
1. Visit the Batu CavesYou might have to walk up 272 colorful steps to get there, but trust us, it’s so worth it! A set of caves in a limestone hill, this is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan.
2. Take a photo in front of the Petronas Twin TowersThe Petronas Towers are one of the most popular tourist attractions in KL, and it’s easy to see why! These towers were the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004 with 88 floors, and they remain the tallest in KL. Complete with a sky bridge that connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, this is not one to miss out!
3. Wander around Thean Hou TempleThis temple is one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in the world, take a wander around and be in awe! One of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia, it has six tiers and is dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, who locals say watches out for the local fishermen and keeps them safe!
4. Make some feathery friends at the Bird Park Spanning over 20 acres this enormous aviary is home to over 3000 birds and the focus is on promoting local species to visitors. Visitors can enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna and bird watch in one of the largest public aviaries in the world. The park is also a well respected scientific location and there is an emphasis on conservation and education.
5. Go to ChinatownExperience the rich history and culture of KL’s world-famous Chinatown. Try some delicious street food, browse the shops and take in the hustle and bustle of this unique part of the city.
6. Walk across the hanging bridge at KL Forest Eco Park Also known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, here you can enjoy the protected native wildlife that lies right in the middle of the city!
7. Eat street food on Jalan Alor Hosting a lot of hawker stalls and seafood restaurants, Jalan Alor is one of the most famous roads in Kuala Lumpur for food. The variety of food available is amazing and in Jalan Alor the barbecued meats, noodles and desserts are some of the best (and cheapest) in the city.
8. Visit the aquarium Aquaria KLCC is a state-of-the-art oceanarium, showcasing over 5,000 different aquatic and land-bound creatures in their natural habitats within a sprawling 60,000 square-foot space.Come face to face with sharks, stingrays, turtles and shoals of other fish!
9. Shop in Central Market Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. The focus for the city’s artistic community, inside the building is a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls with traders selling local merchandise such as authentic Malaysian batik prints and more.
10. See the Perdana Botanical Gardens The Perdana Botanical Gardens boast the largest collection of flower gardens and animal parks in Kuala Lumpur city centre. Formerly called Lake Gardens, one of its standout features is the Orchid Garden, which is fitted with walking paths and manmade fountains, as well as a semi-circle pergola and rock garden that house 800 species of orchids.
Planning Your Kuala Lumpur Visit
How long should I stay in Kuala Lumpur?
Around 1 week is a good amount of time to see all of the main attractions in the city as well as have some well deserved relaxation time! Although, you could easily spend longer here without getting bored if you wanted to.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), is Malaysia's main international airport and one of the major airports in Southeast Asia. It is located in Sepang District of Selangor, approximately 45 kilometers (~50 minute drive) south of Kuala Lumpur city centre. Buses and trains from the airport are very well connected or taxis are readily available from just outside the airport.
Where to stay
The city center (KLCC) and surrounding areas of Bukit Bintang, KL Sentral and Lake Gardens, and KL Tower/Bukit Nanas are the most popular places to stay. All of these areas are home to some stunning luxury hotels that are actually good value for money, compared to what you would pay for such high standards in other parts of the world. Most of the main tourist attractions are in these areas and all are very well connected with public transport.
How to get around
When it comes to getting around the city of Kuala Lumpur, travelers have several options, all of which are relatively hassle-free. With the recent completion of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), more parts of KL are now connected by rail. Trains pass through all of the iconic attractions such as KLCC, Central Market and Muzium Negara. Traveling by bus in the city is generally a comfortable experience these days.
Most of them are fully air conditioned and they get you to popular tourist attractions as well as quaint neighborhoods. Look out for the free purple ‘Go KL’ buses within the central business district that run along popular sites and famous shopping districts. Taxis are probably one of the most convenient ways to travel in KL. Always insist on using the meter though – do not be duped into haggling for a price.
Where to eat
Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur are diverse, to say the least, ranging from all-day street food stalls, food courts, and quaint coffee shops to fine-dining restaurants and posh restobars.
As a melting pot of vibrant Asian cultures and traditions, Kuala Lumpur is well-regarded for its wide array of tantalizing local delicacies such as nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk with anchovies and chilli paste), roti canai (Indian flatbread), bak kut teh (stewed pork ribs), and fried kuey teow. Definitely check out Jalan Alor and Pentaling Street Market for some authentic (and cheap) dishes.
Where to shop
Local markets are a great place to pick up some souvenirs. Some of our favorites include: Central Market, Chow Kit Market and Kasturi Walk. For high end fashion, the Bukit Bintang and KLCC areas provide the most variety, with upmarket malls such as Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC. Shopping centres like Low Yat Plaza and Berjaya Times Square are great places to spend your cash on tech-related products and indie fashion finds.
Good To Know
Currency: Malaysian ringgit (MYR)
Time zone: Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (GMT+8)
Country code: +60
Dry season: May - July
Wet season: March - April