7 Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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As Malaysia‘s national capital, Kuala Lumpur offers visitors a taste of both modern and traditional landscapes, from towering skyscrapers to sacred mosques and temples. There are tons of things to do in Kuala Lumpur, I will list them down for you.

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This city is proud of its multi-cultural heritage, and lives up to its tagline as “truly Asia.”

Whether traveling to see its beautiful sites, immerse in its diverse culture or feast on its delicious dishes, KL, as it is popularly called, will not fail your expectations. Related Article: List of Cheap Hostels in Malaysia

See the Petronas Towers in the morning and at night

Just like the skyline of Hong Kong, the Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur has a different charm in the morning and at night. Standing at 452 meters above street level, the 88-storey megastructure is a symbol of Malaysia’s culture and technological advancement. The two towers are connected on the 41st floor by the Skybridge, while the 86th floor provides an observation deck where visitors can see the tower’s spire up close as well as a panoramic view of the entire Kuala Lumpur.

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Take note that the Skybridge and Observation Deck are only open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Ticket counters open at 8:30 a.m. but be there earlier as the queue can be quite long. You may also purchase your tickets in advance via the Petronas Towers . Ticket prices are RM84.80 for adults and RM31.80 for children.

Don’t feel weird if you see people laying on the ground while taking a photo of the towers. That’s the right position if you want to take the perfect angle, especially if your companion wants a photo with the towers in the background. Join the fun!

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How to get there:

From KL Sentral station: Ride the Kelana Jaya Rail Line to KLCC station, which is five stops away. Fare is RM2.50.

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport: You have three options if you are coming from the airport.

If taking the train, hop on the KLIA Express train to KL Sentral, and transfer to the Kelana Jaya Rail Line (see above). Fare is RM35.

If taking the bus, there are bus lines found in the public bus terminal outside the airport that will take you directly to KLCC. The buses depart every 30 minutes. Fare is RM18, travel time is around an hour.

If taking the taxi, fare is around RM75, travel time is around an hour. Although the most convenient, this is also the most expensive. There is a chance that you might be scammed so be very careful.

Visit the Kuala Lumpur Tower Observation Deck

Should you be in Kuala Lumpur on a Monday when the Petronas Towers is closed, you can still get a panoramic view of the city through the observation deck of KL Tower, or Menara Kuala Lumpur. At 421 meters high, this telecommunication tower may appear to be taller than the Petronas because it stands on top of Bukit Nanas, or Pineapple Hill.

 

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Aside from the observation deck at 276 meters, the KL Tower also houses the 1 Malaysia Cultural Village, an F1 simulator zone, and function rooms for special occasions.

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Ticket prices: RM52 for adults, RM31 for children. Guided tours and family packages are also available. Check the for more information.

How to get there: Take the train and get off at Dang Wangi station. Walk towards the Bukit Nanas monorail station, and follow the signs that will lead you to the tower.

Drop by 1Malaysia Cultural Village

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Before leaving KL Tower, make sure to drop by the 1 Malaysia Cultural Village located in the KL Tower Terrace. A huge contrast to the modern design of the tower, this cultural village showcases unique replicas of ‘kampung’ houses. Have your photo taken with these traditional Malaysian houses that can also be rented out for private functions.

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Shop in Central Market

Whether shopping for yourself or buying souvenirs for loved ones back home, the Central Market along Jalan Hang Kasturi is the perfect place for you. This sky blue-colored building used to be a wet market in 1888 before it was revamped into a shopping destination. While there, don’t forget to check out the Annexe found at the back of the market. It serves as a venue for local artists to hold art galleries and exhibits. You may visit their for more information.

Operating hours: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

How to get there: Take the train and alight at Pasar Seni station. Central Market is right across it. It is also a five-minute walk from Kuala Lumpur station, Chinatown, and Petaling Street, and a 15-minute walk from Masjid Jamek station.

Climb the 272 steps of Batu Caves

Need to do some cardio while on vacation? Then include Batu Caves in your itinerary, which is just around 11 kilometers north of Kuala Lumpur. This cave system carved in a limestone hill is home to various Hindu shrines and idols, the most prominent one being the 43-meter high golden statue of Lord Murugan at the entrance of Cathedral Cave. This popular cavern can only be accessed by climbing a flight of 272 steps, so get your lungs and legs ready.

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Aside from Lord Murugan’s statue, another towering figure can be seen in the cave complex – that of Hanuman, the monkey devotee of Lord Rama. This 15-meter tall statue can be found at the entrance of the Ramayana Cave, located at the leftmost part of the area.

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How to get there: Take the KTM Komuter line from KL Sentral station. The train will terminate at Batu Caves station. You may also ride Bus U6 from Titiwangsa.

Try nasi lemak

Considered as the nation’s national dish, nasi lemak is a must try when visiting Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia in general. It is simply just rice cooked in coconut milk, but what makes this cuisine special are the various garnishes and add-ons that come with it. Nasi lemak is traditionally served with sambal (spicy sauce), ikan bilis (fried anchovies), cucumber slices, roasted peanuts, and fried egg. Additional protein is provided by a good serving of ayam goreng (fried chicken), sambal sotong (cuttlefish in chili) or beef rendang, among others.

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Nasi lemak is readily available, as it is commonly sold in both hawker food centers and fancy restaurants all over Kuala Lumpur. Although typically consumed as breakfast, it can be eaten anytime of the day because of its availability.

Take the train/bus/plane to other states

What better way to maximize your stay in Kuala Lumpur than to visit its neighboring states and cities? Petaling Jaya, Penang, Langkawi, Perak, Malacca, Johor Bahru, and the rest of the peninsula are just a train, bus or plane away, waiting to be explored. If you’re done seeing KL and you still have a few days to spare, grab that chance to check out these amazing places.

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Want to see Penang after touring Kuala Lumpur? Here are 7 awesome things you can do there!

With lots of options on tourist spots, shopping areas, and local food, Kuala Lumpur is not to be missed when planning your next vacation. So go ahead, book that ticket, and experience what being truly Asia is all about!

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Comments 70

  1. Very informative. I will visit KL and SG on September and I’ll be using your trips & tips. This is my very first int’l back packing travel so I’m excited to read up your pages. I love the details, photos and the budget. It’s really nice. Thank you!!

    1. Thanks Ana, so happy that you found this to be very useful in your trip. Enjoy your travels to KL and SG!

  2. I just got a nice deal from Cebu Pacific and I will be going to KL this November. I got more excited as I read this post.

    1. Awesome, Dianne! Will you be traveling alone? feel free to use this list of awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur as your guide. Safe travels! 🙂

    2. Hi Diane! You won’t regret going to KL, it’s really beautiful and you’ll feel right at home. Hope this list helps you, and message us if you have any questions!

    1. Thank you, Ryzza! As you try each from these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur, capturing a spot in the day and night would be a great idea of documentation. 🙂 You will be in KL, soon. Claim it! 🙂

    1. Indeed, Chris! Be sure to bring your family in Kuala Lumpur and try these awesome things to do, including the visit in Legoland.

    1. Awesome, Socorro! Update us here about your trip on which from the list of awesome things to do in kuala lumpur you did.

  3. I had a chance to explore malaysia for two weeks and could visit Penang, Langkawi, Perak, Malacca, Johor Bahru, and Kuala Lumpur. I like the food and the people

    1. Amazing, Anby Mae! And where is your favorite? Could you done some of these Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

    2. Hi Anby Mae, I have been to Penang, Malacca, Johor Bahru, and even Kota Kinabalu as well. Malaysia is one of my favorite countries and I hope to be back soon. Hope to see you on my future travels!

  4. It wa just last year when I saw the Petronas Tower and it was an amazing experience. cant wait to visit kuala lumpur again

    1. Yay! What’s on your list for Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when you go back, Mikee?

  5. I was only in Penang last month but did go to Kuala lumpur which I know is very rare for traveling. Next time I will make sure to see kuala lumpur and do all the things you said

    1. Nothing wrong with that, Clariz. Sure you will enjoy kuala lumpur too with these Awesome Things to Do.

    2. Hi Clariz! I have been to Penang as well and I hope to come back. I only spent around 3 days there and it wasn’t enough. Hope you try to do the stuff listed here, I enjoyed them all!

    1. Exactly, James! Are you planning to go back to Kuala Lumpur? Feel free to check these awesome things to do again to help you a bit in your trip. 🙂

  6. My friend just got in Malaysia last week and she told me that it is indeed a wonderful place. Thanks for these tips. I know how to budget my trip now when I visit there also.

  7. Malaysia is indeed a “one progressive country!” And when we say Malaysia, what comes in to my mind is the known lego Land! Oh how I wished to be able to visit the place one day. The two towers too, I find it awesome! I wish Philippines would come up with such trademark too.

    1. Yes, Zwitsy. That’s why Malaysian citizens can travel most in Europe without visa, compared to other SEA countries, due to its economic progress. See the towers and enjoy legoland, along with the other awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur soon! <3

  8. Stunning photos of Petronas tower! And a very detailed review, haha! First time travellers will find this post helpful. And I would like to try that nasi lemak one day.

    1. Thank you, Sonnie! We are trying to help some travelers through a city guide, like this awesome things to do in kuala lumpur post. 🙂

  9. Wow, there really are intense quality tourist spots and architectures in Malaysia! The Petronas Twin Tower is so popular. I’ve always wanted to personally witness its spectacular view.

    1. Hi Cheryle! Hope you can see the towers soon and might as well try the rest from this list of Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    2. Hi Cheryle! You won’t regret seeing the twin towers, and even better if you get to go up and see the city from the top. Hope you get to visit Kl soon!

  10. I’ve always wanted to visit Malaysia and witness the Petronas Tower and the Batu Caves… I have Malaysian blogger friends who used to post about these landmarks and their posts make me eager to visit this place someday!

    1. Why not visit them. Buedreamer? If you do, let us know if you could do some from these Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    2. Hi Bluedreamer! The Petronas Towers and Batu Caves are must visits when you go to KL for the first time. I have been there twice and visited them twice, too. You’ll never get enough of the place!

  11. I’ve been to Malaysia already but in Kota Kinabalu. I hope to see Kuala Lumpur, too. It looks an amazing city. When that time comes, I’ll check this post again 🙂 Great article!

  12. Great Captures!! and Thank you for such detailed post about Kuala Lumpur. Hope I’ll plan my trip there soon!! 🙂

    1. Sure you can soon make a trip to Kuala Lumpur soon, Saswati! Whenever you do, just check these awesome things to do for your guide. 🙂

  13. I see some of my friends are going to Malaysia already. I wish to go there too. 🙂 but i will explore philippines first. 🙂

    1. Hi Aika,

      Yes, definitely explore the Philippines first. But you can also visit other countries in between, like what I’m doing. Malaysia is a good place to start. I feel at home there, maybe that’s the reason I keep coming back. Hope the guide helps should you go there!

    2. Enjoy the Philippines, Aika! And when it’s time to see Malaysia, don’t missed to try these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

  14. I always wonder if I would ever be able to visit any place outside the PH before I die, or the SE countries at the very least. I hope so, I bet that would be really awesome!

    1. Hi Nilyn, you may start with SEA countries as they are visa-free for Filipinos. Malaysia is becoming a personal favorite, so I highly recommend you visit it first!

      1. Then it’s time for you to visit Malaysia, Nilyn. Kuala Lumpur would really be a good start as you try these awesome things to do. 🙂

  15. Hahaha.. So that was not weird indeed. When I visited KL years ago, I also took pa higa higa shot of the towers, cant resist not to take a shot of them. Awesome!

    1. Yes, a lot of people were doing it back then. Now, with the existence of selfie sticks, not so much. But the towers are still as beautiful!

    2. Haha. Love that pahiga-higa shot, Ramee. If you plan to visit Kuala Lumpur again, you might want to consider these awesome things to do.

  16. Wow, this is indeed a long list of things you can enjoy doing in Malaysia. You’re lucky if you managed to experience everything in this list. I have never been overseas before and I would definitely want to experience visiting Malaysia someday. Maybe when my kids are older and if the budget permits. It would be really fun to experience travelling overseas as a family if we ever get the chance to do so.

    1. Hi Joie,

      Yes, I was able to do all those things during my first visit to KL. I was back there again last March with my parents and brother and they really enjoyed it. Hope you get to go there, too!

    2. That would be awesome, Joie. Can’t wait to see that you will travel with your family and will try these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Sure you will love each activity.

  17. I haven’t been to Malaysia but I’ve seen a lot of beautiful photos around. Good to know the right position to get that perfect angle of the tower is by laying on the ground. Seems like I’ll be doing that do in my future travel. That day and night shot is the best.

    1. Hi Mikee,

      Just make sure that the fountain in that area is turned off or else you’ll get wet when you lay down. It’s an entirely different structure to look at during the day and at night. Hope you get to go there soon!

    2. Sure you can capture amazing photos too of the tower during day and night. Come to Malaysia soon and enjoy these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

  18. Key to know! just in time for my travel next month.. weee! Thank you! ? I also heard GOKL offers free bus rides around the city.

    1. Hi Van! So glad that this guide will be helpful to you. I wasn’t able to try GOKL when I went to KL in 2013 but I heard that it is a convenient way for tourists to go around the city. Hope you can share your experience with us!

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