kuala lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is one of the best cities to visit in the world.

1. Visiting the KLCC

Kuala Lumpur City Centre, which can also be called as KLCC in short, is one of the must-visit places when you come to Malaysia. It is a multipurpose development area with a lot of skyscrapers and there is also a park next to the Suria KLCC.

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When you talk to the local about KLCC, the first thing that comes into their minds is none other than the famous Petronas Twin Towers, which is right above the Suria KLCC shopping mall.

If you’re someone who loves shopping and you want to know how the capital city of Malaysia looks like, come to KLCC.

You can shop till you drop in Suria KLCC. Plus, there are many other branded malls like the Pavilion and Avenue K as well.

When you’re here, don’t forget to snap a picture of once the tallest building in the world.

Suria KLCC

The shopping mall below KLCC is called the Suria KLCC. The locals will just refer to it as KLCC. With over 300 stores and many branded items can be found here, you can spend many hours shopping here.

Image from http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/klareas/klcc_shopping.htm

The Skybridge

There is a skybridge connecting both the towers on level 41 and 42. The skybridge is 170m above ground and the good news is that it is open for visitors. You can check out the ticketing detail here. It is only limited to about 1,000 visitors a day.

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In the middle of the bustling city, there is a park located right next to the Petronas Twin Towers. Yes, after you spend your entire day shopping here, you can take a stroll in the park. Of course, Malaysia is a tropical country and the weather is hot all year long. Unless the weather is nice, get ready to sweat if you walk in this park under the hot afternoon sun.

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2. Going Up the Kuala Lumpur Tower

The KL Tower is a 421m height communications tower. And if you want to catch the bird’s eye view of the entire Kuala Lumpur city, going up to this tower is the best choice.

In 2015, the Kuala Lumpur Tower has been featured in the Hollywood film, Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation.

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The highest viewpoint of the tower is open to the public. On top of the tower, there is a sky deck, the Megaview Banquet Hall, and also the Atmosphere 360 restaurant.

At night, the entire KL Tower will light up beautifully. It is best to visit the tower during evening time so that you can catch the sunset at the perfect hour and also enjoy the night view of KL city.

From time to time, events such as the KL Tower Towerthon Challenge and KL Tower International Jump will be held in this place.

There are also other attractions at the KL Tower such as the Upside Down House, there is a mini zoo, the KL Forest Eco Park, the Blue Coral Aquarium, etc.

You can visit Menara KL, the official website of the tower for more info on ticketing and other exciting events.

Like the Suria KLCC, if you ever pay your visit to Malaysia, make sure you drop by to the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

3. Exploring the Batu Caves

The Batu Caves is located about 11km out of the city centre. The word “Batu Caves” when translated in Malay, it means “stone cave”. It is a 400 million-year-old limestone cave with a 100-year old temple built inside the cave.

The cave is famous for its 272 steps. In 2018, the steps have been painted in an extraordinary color scheme, making the attraction striking and interesting.

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Right in front of the cave, you can see the huge statue of Murugan, the Tamil God. And during Thaipusam, the Batu Caves will become the focal point of this Hindu festival.

If you ever visit the Batu Caves, try your best to walk up the steps. However, be extremely careful as there are plenty of monkeys there.

Plus, since you are visiting a temple, make sure you wear the proper attire.

You can learn more about Batu Caves from this website here.

4. Take a Stroll along Merdeka Square

Want to learn the history of how Malaysia become an independent country? Well, visit the famous Merdeka Square.

The Merdeka Square is a well-known landmark also known as the Dataran Merdeka by the local. The word “Merdeka” means independence in Malay.

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There is a “Padang” or a field and right next to the field is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. The building was built in the 19th century to house the offices of the British colonial administration.

And according to sources, the 95m flagpole located at the southern end of the square is one of the tallest in the world.

When the weather is nice and you want to take a good picture to represent Malaysia, perhaps, you can consider spending some time here.

5. Visit the Aquaria KLCC

Within the Suria KLCC shopping mall, there is a 60,000 square feet oceanarium featuring a 90m underwater tunnel. The Aquaria KLCC houses over 250 different species and over 5,000 land and aquatic animals.

If you are traveling with your kids and family, this may be a good place to stop by. You can shop in the mall and visit the oceanarium at the same time, a win-win, eh?

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The best part is that the Aquaria KLCC is well-designed to present you the journey from the highlands, going down to the river, passing through the rainforest, and finally reaching the deep blue sea.

Visit the official website here for ticketing info and operating hours. Sometimes there will be huge crowd especially during public and school holidays, so plan your visit early.

6. Spend a Day in Genting Highlands

The Genting Highlands is another famous attraction in Malaysia. Some people come all the way from other countries just so they can visit the casino there.

It can also be known as Resorts World Genting. It is an entertainment city located high above the highlands, completed with hotels, shopping malls, casino, and also a theme park.

Traveling from the city centre to Genting takes about an hour drive. If you are a tourist, you can go to the Genting Premium Outlet and take the cable car to the top of the mountain, the Sky Avenue.

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Although it is located away from the city and on highlands, you can get there easily because the place is connected with major highways and there are plenty of ways you can get there.

There are plenty of attractions you can find in Genting, such as:

  • The Genting Skyway
  • Genting Strawberry Leisure Farm
  • Butterfly Wonderland
  • The Sky Casino
  • Chin Swee Caves Temple

If you’re planning to visit Genting, it is suggested that you spend a night there.

You can spend the first day at the premium outlet, take the cable car to the top, and spend a night shop and eat at Sky Avenue.

Check out the official website here, or if you want to learn more about what you can do in Genting, go here.

7. Discover the Amazing Architecture of Putrajaya City

Putrajaya is a well-planned city and also the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. It is a modern city with progressive infrastructure. Even the streets are beautifully designed.

There is a huge lake and also waterways cut through the city. Besides the man-made buildings, there are a lot of greenery and wetlands there.

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Besides that, the bridges in Putrajaya are worth to mention. They are elegantly designed and something not to be missed if you are obsessed with architectural building design.

One of the must-see attractions in Putrajaya is the international hot air balloon fiesta. There will be plenty of hot air balloon and you can sit in to catch and a breath-taking view of the place.

Learn more about Putrajaya here.

8. Shopping in the Central Market

The Central Market is another famous landmark and also a popular tourist spot. It was built in 1928 and very near to Petaling Street (Chinatown). In Malay, it is called the Pasar Seni.

Central Market KL

You can find a lot of handcrafted goods, boutiques, and plenty of souvenirs and other local merchandises. It can be the perfect place to visit when you need to buy some souvenirs before you leave Malaysia.

Central Market is considered a heritage site by the local authority. It is similar to the New York’s SoHo flea market, the London’s Covent Garden, and also something like the San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf.

If you visit the place during the local cultural celebrations such as Hari Raya, Chinese New Year, and Deepavali, the market will be beautifully decorated and you can find many goods related to the culture and tradition.

Get more info from the Central Market website here.

9. Have a Feast in Jalan Alor

When we talk about things to do in Kuala Lumpur, there is no way we can ignore the foods. Malaysia is a multiracial country consisted of 3 big races – Malay, Chinese, and Indian. Thus, you can find a diverse range of foods in the whole of Malaysia.

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And if you visit KL and you want to try out the local and street food, go to Jalan Alor. It is one of the famous street food areas for the locals and tourists.

Here are some of the local cuisines that you must try in Jalan Alor:

  • Barbecued chicken wings
  • Fish head noodles
  • Char Kuey Teow
  • Coconut ice cream
  • Oyster omelette
  • Satay (barbecue meat on sticks)
  • Deep fried durian

You can check out the 5 street foods to eat from Sethlui.com.

10. Bargain Shopping in Petaling Street

The Petaling Street is the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. Haggling is a common activity you can find here. And usually, this place is crowded with both the locals and tourists.

There are hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of goods at low prices. Plus, there are also a lot of imitation goods too. This place is more like a very happening night market in the city.

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Besides the low cost and fake branded products, you can also find a lot of nice Chinese and seafood restaurants here. The best part is that most of the shops here open until late hours.

Things you need to know before bargaining for price

Shopping in Petaling Street requires a lot of your haggling skill. If you don’t bargain for the price, you’ll be ripped off.

This article teaches you some interesting tips on how to bargain for good prices when shopping there.

Other Places You Can Visit in Kuala Lumpur

Have Fun at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

This is a local theme park located just about 15km away from KLCC. There are plenty of attractions and rides inside the park. The theme park is also attached to one of the largest shopping malls in Malaysia, the Sunway Pyramid. You can spend your entire day having fun in the park and shopping till you drop at night.

Get an Adventure with SkyTrex

The SkyTrex is the forest adventure park in Malaysia. Currently, they have 3 parks across Malaysia. One in Melaka, one in Langkawi island, and another one in Shah Alam. If you love outdoor activities like flying fox, you should challenge yourself there. Check out the ticketing and booking detail here.

Ice Skating in a Hot Tropical Country

In the above, we mentioned the Sunway Pyramid shopping mall that has connected to the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. Within the shopping mall, there is an Olympic size ice skating rink. You can ice-skate in a country with hot weather all year long. There is also another ice-skating ring in the Putrajaya IOI City Mall.

Spend a Night at the Bamboo Village

Want a serene and quiet getaway to recharge your energy and soul? Well, spend a night at the Bamboo Village while you are in KL. It is more like a guest house/resort style where most of the buildings are made of bamboo. Check out more info here.

Recharge at the Perdana Botanical Garden

It was formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Garden that is located at the Heritage Park of KL. It is better to visit this park in the morning because you can see many people jogging and playing tai chi here. If you need to take a fresh air or break away from the city, visit the Perdana Botanical Gardens.

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Shawn Lim is the founder of StarlingTrip.com. He loves to travel and likes to share his experience and talks about his trips.

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