There are times when visiting a city just once is not enough, that is why I went back to Kuala Lumpur again this year. I had a hasty trip last year in this city, so I came back again with more time and more exploration. This time I had four days for the trip, and I spent two full days exploring the beauty of this Kuala Lumpur.
The awesome thing was that I even got to see Malaysia’s countdown to their Independence Day as well. However, we are going to talk about where to go and what to do in the diverse city of Kuala Lumpur. I got to do more things and eat more local food this time, and I hope my experiences will be useful. So let’s find out with me of what I did and where I went to during these 4 days!
The Best Attractions In Kuala Lumpur
Also known as KL, Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city in Malaysia with population of 2 million people. Just like most capital cities in the world, KL also has a number of amazing attractions for tourists to visit as well. One of the things that I love about this city is that I get to walk a lot from places to places. Some attractions are very close to one another, and I find it fun to walk and see the beauty of this city. I have been to most attractions of KL during my last year trip already, but I still wanted to go again. Below are some of my most favorite places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, and you should not miss them.
Visiting Hours: 7AM – 9PM
Going to Malaysia would be incomplete without taking photos in front of the enormous Murugan statue at Batu Caves. The place was still under renovation when I went there last year, and it is more stunning now when the melioration is finished. The stairs are so colorful with the ombre-look, and the building of the Hindu shrines up there has also been finished. This popular attraction in Selangor attracts thousands of worshippers and tourists every day annually. The Batu Caves temple complex consists of three main caves, and the biggest of which will be found after climbing 272 steps.
The first cave that you will see is the largest with very high ceiling, and it is known as Cathedral Cave. As for the other two caves, they consist of Hindu paintings and statues. Before the Cathedral Cave, you will see the stairs that will take you Dark Cave. The Dark Cave is very big, and there are many species of insects and cave birds there. The only downside is the smell inside the caves because of the bats that live there. However, it is worth venturing and the experience is actually great. There is another cave that is closer to the base, and it is known as Ramayana Cave. You can notice it by the statue of the monkey god Hanuman at the entrance. The cave itself is lined with dioramas depicting scenes from the epic, and it is very beautiful.
Things To Know When You Visit Batu Caves:
- You will find macaque monkeys along the way, so you need to be careful with your belongings especially food.
- Women should not wear any clothing that reveal the shoulders or legs. There is a place that rents sarongs for 3RMB to climb to the caves if you wear shorts.
- Bring a bottle of water with you because water there costs double the normal price.
- You can go there by train, but it saves more time and money going by Grab Taxi.
- Wear your most comfy shoes, the ones that are ideal for mountain climbing.
- Don’t forget to bring a fan, it is going to be a sweaty journey especially after you climbed 272 steps.
Visiting Hours: 24 hours a day
When you walk out from KL City Gallery, you will see Dataran Merdeka on your left. You can’t miss this view because it is a large area in front of the stunning Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Dataran Merdeka aka Merdeka Square is surrounded by many buildings of historical wonder and a huge greenery. Merdeka Square is where the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag was raised for the first time. The event occurred at the midnight of 31st August in 1957, marked as Malaysia’s Independence Day.
“Merdeka” meaning Independent or Free, and the square has been the venue for the annual Merdeka Parade since then. I was there in the late afternoon after the Independence Day countdown, and the parade had already ended. At least I got to do the countdown and watched the firework the night before, it was a delightful trip indeed. The one thing that I personally found fascinating was the way the Malaysian flag was blowing in the wind. And guess what, the flagpole that holds that very flag I saw is the highest flagpole in the world. Did a research and found out that it stands at a height of 100 meters, I am totally amazed.
Visiting Hours: 7AM – 10PM
Located just right behind the best shopping mall, Suria KLCC, KLCC Park is one of the best places to go in Kuala Lumpur. The park covers a large landmark full of trees that delivers natural exaltation to ease tourists’ tiredness and mind. If you visit the park on a cloudy afternoon like I did, you will definitely love the breeze there. After a long day of climbing the stairs up to the cave, the cold air in KLCC Park totally refreshed my mood.
KLCC Park does not only have just trees and birds, but also more. There are jogging tracks, children playground, a lake, and even a large pool in the middle of the park. Another great thing is that we can see the Petronas Twin Tower from the park, and the view is also spectacular. I spent about an hour walking and relaxing there, and it was really soothing. I went there last year as well but it was already nighttime, so coming here again in the day was a different experience.
Visiting KLCC Park is ideal for both day and night because the beauty is both amazing. You can enjoy the beauty of nature during the daytime and watch the water feature at night. I watched the water display at the fountain last year, and it was actually amazing especially with the music. This park is one of my favorite places in Kuala Lumpur, and you really shouldn’t miss it. The experience will be super awesome there.
4KL City Gallery
Visiting Hours: 9AM – 6:30PM
Want to learn more about the history of Kuala Lumpur? Then City Gallery is the place you want to go, the place has everything you need to know about this city. Just when you arrive, you will see the I <3 KL on the right side of the building. Probably you will also see lines of people waiting to take photos like I did as well. They also play some catchy swing music and songs there, totally lighten up the mood on a sunny day.
Inside the City Gallery are the small samples of buildings along with details as well as maps of KL. There is a main gallery that contains photos and maps of Kuala Lumpur city in addition to the detail information. The main gallery is upstairs, and it is always packed with curious people who want to see the giant model of KL. As for the ground floor, there is a wide range of souvenirs and products that you can find. Most of the items are handmade, but they are a little pricey to be honest.
You can also rest at the cafeteria at the ground floor as well, they have some nice snacks and desserts there. Some sources said that the admission fee is RM5 (about $1.5US), but I went in there for free. Probably I was lucky or something. You should drop by Kuala Lumpur City Gallery if you love to learn about this city’s history. The place is only about 5 – 10 minutes from Central Market, it is going to be so worth it.
5Petronas Twin Towers
Visiting Hours: 9AM – 9PM
Ticket Price: 80RMB (About $20US)
The buildings are the country’s symbol that many people can notice right away just by a quick glance. The Petronas Towers is the second tallest structure in Malaysia, and one of the best attractions in Kuala Lumpur. We can easily spot this building from the distance when we enter the city. This marvellous tower has the undeniable beauty both day and night. The closer you get to it, the more amazing it looks. Tourists can purchase tickets to the sky bridge and observation deck to view the landscape of the whole city. Purchasing the tickets online is available, and the number of the tickets is limited. Click here if you want to book the tickets online, and advance purchase is also available as well.
Apart from the 5 awesome places, I also visited some temples and shrines as well because they are easy to get to. If you fancy some Hindu temples and want to experience the culture, go to Sri Mahamariamman Temple. There, you will find the people playing traditional religious music along with people doing their prayers. This temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, and it is less than 5 minutes walk from Chinatown. I went there because I was fascinated by the beautiful architecture of the entrance and the structure of the temple. It was quiet and peaceful when I was there, that is because the temple is usually crowded during holy days. If you happen to go to Petaling Street, you might want to pay a quick visit to Sri Mahamariamman Temple. It is always good to learn from different cultures.
Where To Shop For Souvenirs In Kuala Lumpur
As a sweet and adorable friend (you know it), I always get something back home for my dearest people every time I travel. That is why knowing the best places to shop for souvenirs is important, and I have two highly recommended options. In fact, souvenirs are sold in many places around KL but these two places are my most favorable choices. Each of them is great, and here is why they are my suggestions for you.
Opening Hours: 10AM – 10PM
One of the best things that I love about central market is the variety of gift choices that you can select. As long as you have money with you (clearly this is the fact), there is nothing that you can’t buy. From DIY gifts that you can customize to the ones that is already made, Central Market has them all. There is even this awesome shop that sells a wide range of action figures which will totally melt the heart of action figures lovers. You will surely love this market.
The market is big, and it is super cool inside so you won’t have to worry about shopping in a hot day at all. If you get tired and hungry, there are also coffee shops with good food that you can try. In case you overspent, there is an ATM machine and a money exchange stall that you can go to. They have everything prepared for us, and that makes it a great place to shop. Central Market is very convenient, and getting some unique souvenirs back home won’t be a single problem.
Opening Hours: 10AM – 10PM
Also known as Chinatown, the place sells basic souvenirs and products that you might want to check out. It is a long walk from store to store, but there are many things to see and try. The one thing that you have to know about is Petaling Street is that they sort of overcharge you. If you are an Asian like I am, bargaining is in your blood so shopping there is not any difficult. Always remember to bargaining 60% of the price when you go to Petaling Street, simply walk away if they don’t agree. They will call you back eventually, find another place if they don’t because there are many stores there.
Why go to Petaling Street when Central Market is way more convenient, you may ask. Sometimes you gotta experience different things since doing things that are too comfortable is not so challenging and fun. At least that is what I think. It will be worth it, you might want to try both markets and see for yourself. And if you visit Petaling Street, don’t forget to drop by Saifun’s place. He does have some good souvenirs with acceptable price, and he is a nice person as well. Just take a look at his shirt, a funny guy also. You know you over bargain when he says “Please, my friend.” I hope you will have a fun experience walking in Petaling Street like I did!
Where To Eat In Kuala Lumpur
Food tends to be abundance at night in KL while there is not much to see during the daytime. So the best way to explore the diversity of various food and snacks as well as drinks is at night. Don’t worry, you will also get to have breakfast and lunch. I would recommend local food that you can find at some street blocks or right down at your hotels for breakfast. The local food there is not so bad although I personally think Malaysian food is a little salty.
The most common meals for breakfast in Malaysia are noodles (mee) and rice, and that’s pretty much everything. Plus with a glass of coffee or milk tea, then your breakfast is complete. As for lunch, I would recommend some fast food restaurants that you can easily find like McDonald’s or KFC. We can find them in the city center, and we are more familiar with our options as well. Or you can try the kebab, there is plenty of them both day and night. As for the food hunting for dinner, I have two highly recommend place for you to go.
Opening Hours: 5PM – Midnight
The special thing about Jalan Alor is that you will not only find local food but also other Asian’s food there. That includes Chinese food, Cambodian food, Thai food, Vietnamese food, and more. Apart from the food, you can also find a variety of snacks and drinks there as well. From dumplings to ice cream and fruit like durian, Jalan Alor has them all. And the price is also good too, it is like heaven for street food lovers; my heaven. Jalan Alor is quite big, and the choices of food are almost endless for tourists and visitors to choose. Went there last year, and also went again this year; I am in love with this place.
Opening Hours: 10AM – 10PM
If you want to treat yourself a fancy dinner, go to Lot 10. This mall does not only have branding clothing centers for you to shop but also great food. On the fourth floor of Lot 10 is full of Japanese food. Yes, Japanese food in Malaysia, why not right? From ramen and rice to sushi, Lot 10 has everything for you. Tasted myself, the ramen there resembles the ones I’ve had in Japan; simply perfect. And don’t you worry about the price, the cost of the food there is acceptable. My ramen and tea cost only 20RMB (around $5), and it was a nice dinner. Lot 10 is surrounded by some other malls nearby, so you can explore more of the city after dinner as well. It is a great place, and you should give it a try.