Thought I wouldn’t fly anywhere again soon after my trip in Japan, but here I am writing about my another trip in Malaysia. Spending a few days in Malaysia was an incredible experience in short-term traveling. There are a lot of great places to explore in this busy country, but Kuala Lumpur is the city we are talking about today.
So Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia populated with diversity of cultures and people. Walking in the street and other places both day and night brings you faces of all colors. From Malaysian to Indian and Chinese, the difference makes the city even more interesting to venture in. The best part is the more culture, the more food which makes it even easier to try a variety of dishes in one country.
The short trip in Kuala Lumpur has brought me to 10 awesome places of this city which every tourist should not miss. That includes the adventure in the cave to the fancy life in the shopping centers that suits people in various tastes. Don’t worry if you have just 3 days to explore, these 10 places totally make the trip worth your short vacay!
Kuala Lumpur City Center aka KLCC is known for the combination of rich lifestyles surrounding by skyscrapers. From fashion malls to Petronas Towers and the park, KLCC has them all. You can explore the city by walking or riding in the taxi or bus just the way you prefer. However, the perfect way to see and capture the beauty of each place in KLCC is by walking. That you will be able to take great pictures and see things better when you are on foot.
The main thing to see in KLCC is KLCC Park, the beauty in the middle of the city. Adjacent to Suria Shopping Mall, you can take some fresh air while watching dancing water before shopping easily. The park consists of hundreds of trees with jogging tracks along with children’s playground. Across from the park is the amazing Petronas Twin Towers that stand right before your eyes.
The best time to go to the park is in the morning because it is cooler, and you will be able to enjoy the view better. Don’t get me wrong, the park is also breathtaking at night as well. It is just more fun for the eyes to see the beauty of the trees in daytime.
2Petronas Twin Towers
No matter how short the time you have is, you really must see Petronas Twin Towers when you enter the city. The towers are among the 7 wonders in the world, and they are also the symbol of Malaysia as well. Petronas Twin Towers are incredible structure, and their beauty simply shines both day and night.
Being the superstructure, The Petronas Towers owned the title of the tallest building in the world for 6 years. The amazing architect and design are satisfying to look at, things get even more awesome when you get inside. We are talking about shopping malls that you can find a variety of clothes and other products as well as souvenirs.
You can also buy tickets to go up to the skybridge to view the beauty of the city from the tower as well. The towers are built with 88 floors, and the ticket can lead visitors up to 41st and 86th floor to the sky bridge and observation deck. Bear in the mind that tourists can buy the ticket online, but make it early because the tickets are sold out pretty quick.
The visiting days are from Tuesday to Sunday from 9AM to 9PM, but closed on Fridays from 1PM to 2:30PM.
3Kuala Lumpur Tower
Kuala Lumpur Tower aka Menara Kuala Lumpur is also the tower that you should visit as well. Looking from the distance, it is not too far from Petronas Twin Towers at all. The view of the city from the tower is breathtaking, indeed. Standing on Menara Kuala Lumpur is like being on top of a skyscraper looking at more skyscrapers which is totally fascinating.
It is a great place to take memorable and beautiful pictures which is definitely a must-go place to visit. There are also food courts and coffee shops for visitors to enjoy great meal as well. Another great thing is that it is less crowded compared to Petronas Twin Towers. The view is great during daytime but extra spectacular at night due to the city lights and beautiful sky.
The tower opens for visit everyday; 9AM to 10PM on weekday, and 9:30AM to 10PM on weekend and public holidays.
You can’t miss the aquarium when you visit Kuala Lumpur for it brings the diversity of marine life in one place for visitors. In the aquarium, you will be surrounded by sharks, stringrays, and other fish species. If you ask what is nice about walking around just to see the fish, here is why.
Aquaria KLCC does not bring just any fish for tourists, but the species that all of us should know and learn about. It is the attraction with real depth and complexity that we need to see at least once in life. Isn’t it nice to observe the marine life before your eyes?
Another interesting thing about this aquarium is that they make the giant water tank home for those marine animals. It is beautiful and relaxing to see, and the journey is about 90 minutes.
The opening hours is from 11AM to 8PM, and the ticket is 65RM for adult visitors.
If you want to explore the nature and create some adventure, Batu Cave is totally the place for you to go. It takes just 272 steps to reach the entrance of the cave; and the view of Kuala Lumpur city can also be seen from the top as well.
Batu Cave is an Indian’s religious and sacred place which is located about 12km from Kuala Lumpur. You will see a humongous statue of Lord Murugan; the tallest Hindu statue in Malaysia with height of 43 meters. There is also another large statue of Hanuman the Monkey God in that holy location as well. The statues and the caves are worth visiting, and there are a lot more things to explore once you finished climbing the stairs.
Up above the stairs inside are caves that you can explore, tickets are needed to be bought. If you don’t want to go into the caves, you can continue your journey to another cave by climbing some more steps. There will be a Hindu temple that visitors and worshipers can pray for peace and harmony in their lives. Batu Cave is a holy place that is worth visiting, you really should get up there and work out your adventure to the next awesome level.
Speaking of holy place, dress code to Batu Cave is also one of the things to consider as well. Mind you, Batu Cave is a very religious place for Indian people. Therefore, visitors especially females must wear skirts or pants below their knees to be allowed to go up. If you don’t go prepare, there will be people who lend you a scarf that you can wear to cover your skin. The price of renting the large scarf is 3RM, and you have to return it when you come back from your exploring.
Note: There are a lot of monkeys there, and they can be aggressive which bite or steal your things. However, you cannot harm or yell at them for monkeys are also one of the animals that is respected by Hinduists. Be careful during your journey up the steps, and try to stay away from the monkeys.
Let’s get back to the city and explore another large shopping center area in Kuala Lumpur known as Bukit Bintang. There are a lot of shopping malls with different brands accompany by food that you can spend a few hours in. The biggest shopping mall in Bukit Bintang is Pavillion, and there are a lot of things to see and buy. Bukit Bintang is just about 10-15 minutes from the Aquaria KLCC. The place is perfect for shopping enthusiasts and photographers who want to snap picture of city life.
If you visit Bukit Bintang on a good-weather day, it is even more relaxing and fun since you will be able to take great photos outside the malls. Inside, there are shops that sell clothes, perfumes, phone accessories, souvenirs, and many more. Bukit Bintang is always recommended by people in Malaysia, you really should not miss it.
China Town is like everywhere in every country, so why China Town in Malaysia? The thing that makes China Town of Kuala Lumpur unique is the place itself. It is more like an old town that sells a lot of different food and souvenirs for tourists and visitors. The price of items there is acceptable, and there are many things to see and try. You might spend an hour or two there, and it will be worth an experience.
Central Market is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs back home. The market opens at 9AM, and there are many things at acceptable price that you can purchase. Mini stores outside the market are also full of things that you can take into considerations. Just as awesome as other markets in Kuala Lumpur, Central Market is also full of food as well!
Street food is what visitors must not miss when they are in Southeast Asian countries. Jalan Alor is a market that consists of food from 5 awesome SEA countries including Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and China. Many courses of food are there, and the choice is all yours to make. There are also interesting snacks that visitors can try as they decide what food from which culture they want to eat as well.
Jalan Alor also has souvenirs that visitors that purchase back home which is simply great. The food and souvenirs are all in one place, difinitely the place to spend the evenings and nights at. It is best to go to Jalan Alor after the sunset because that is when the place is crowded and ready to be explored.
10Changkat Bukit Bintang
Night life is incomplete if you did not go to Changkat Bukit Bintang. Changkat Bukit Bintang is famous for its attraction at night with different pubs. A bit of alcohol sometimes is fine, right? If yes, then there will be plenty of mini bars that you can grab a drink and dance.
The place is not too far from Jalan Alor; in fact, it is only about 10 minutes walk.
It is always fun to end your night with some drinks and dancing. Who knows? You will meet a perfect stranger that makes your trip even more worth remembering.