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Our first trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was a long layover – and we only had one day in Kuala Lumpur for sightseeing. We made the most of our short time – however, we knew we missed some of the best places to visit in KL. It took a few years, but we finally made a return trip to discover the top Kuala Lumpur tourist spots and distinctive KL neighborhoods. To help other travelers experience the city like we did, we created a Kuala Lumpur Itinerary that features the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.

Kuala Lumpur 3 Day Itinerary

Our KL Itinerary summarizes what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days. After a brief introduction about the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we provide a Kuala Lumpur sights map and some recommended KL tour options. 

Top Tip : Our KL Itinerary can also be used as a Kuala Lumpur Budget Travel Guide; simply omit paying any entrance fees and only view structures (like Petronas Towers and KL Tower) from the outside.

Day-by-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary 3 Days

Petronas Twin Towers at sunset in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Day 1 in Kuala Lumpur

On Day One of your Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia itinerary, experience some of the best things to do in KL: a cave temple and one of the world’s tallest towers.

Batu Caves Temple Half-Day Day Trip in Kuala Lumpur

Gold Lord Murugan Statue at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Before you begin exploring the places of interest in Kuala Lumpur city center, take a half day trip from KL to the famous Batu Caves. The caves were formed in the limestone hills millions of years ago, but in the year 1890 a sacred statue of Sri Murugan Swami was erected in the cave.

Today, it’s called Temple Cave and – being just a short trip from KL – it is visited by people of all faiths and as a pilgrimage by Hindus. As one of the best places to visit near Kuala Lumpur, there are several things to see at Batu Caves.

What To See at Batu Caves 

Monkey eating banana at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Below the cave entrance is a gigantic golden statue of Lord Murugan, to whom the Batu Caves temple is dedicated. The statue is 140-feet-tall and until 2022 was the world’s tallest Murugan statue.

Near the base of the statue is the staircase – of 272 steps – that leads up to the Batu Cave entrance. In addition to the worshipers and visitors that climb the steps, local long-tailed macaque monkeys scamper up and down the stairs and along the railings. Take a break from the steep incline to catch your breath and watch the cheeky monkeys (but don’t feed them!).

Inside the massive caves, several shrines line the rock walls. During our visit, we witnessed a special blessing at the temple.

Visitors are free to explore the depths of the cave and the various religious icons and natural cave formations. Adventurous travelers can book abseiling and spelunking trips with tour companies who can organize Kuala Lumpur excursions.

Batu Caves can be reached by private vehicle and public transportation. The train from KL Sentral takes 30 minutes and costs about $1.00 USD roundtrip. Travelers who would rather travel with a guide can book a top-rated excursion for a Batu Caves tour from Kuala Lumpur. 

Petronas Towers and Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Petronas Towers at night in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The iconic Petronas Towers are one of the top places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and should be on every KL trip itinerary! Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, the skyscrapers ranked as the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004, when their height of 1,483 feet was surpassed by the Taipei 101 building. (The Petronas Towers are still the World’s Tallest Twin Towers).

The 88-story towers mimic Islamic art forms (even though Malaysia is a multicultural country, more than 60% of the population is Muslim). The double-deck Skybridge connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.

Both KL Twin Towers are used for office space, but at their base is the upscale shopping mall, Suria KLCC, and the Petronas Philharmonic Concert Hall.

Visiting Petronas Tower during your 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of the top Kuala Lumpur things to do in 3 days is to head up to the lofty Petronas Tower Observation Deck.

Visitors can ascend the towers to the 41st story Skybridge and the 86th floor observation deck. Petronas Tower tickets are sold in person the day of the visit and online. Due to the popularity of the Petronas Towers, only a limited number of tickets are sold each day and queues can be quite long.

Visitors short on time should consider buying Skip the Line tickets in advance , which include interactive displays detailing information about the towers and stops at viewpoints on both the Skybridge and 86th floor observation deck.  

As one of the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur, you will want to make sure you get the perfect photo of Petronas Towers. The best spots for pictures are from the end of the fountains on the northwest side of the buildings and from the KLCC Park on the southeast side of the towers.

Sunset Drinks with a View

Heli Bar Rooftop Drinks, KL, Malaysia

In a city of skyscrapers, rooftop sunset drinks are a must for your KL trip plan. 

After taking in the stunning city views from the Petronas Towers, head to one of the nearby rooftop bars for sunset drinks with a view of the Petronas Towers. There are quite a few rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur – popular venues include the award-winning SkyBar at Traders Kuala Lumpur, Marini’s on 57 and the Heli Lounge .

We were most intrigued by Heli Lounge, as guests are invited to take in 360-degree, unobstructed views ( No windows ! No railings !) from the rooftop helipad of the otherwise nondescript (ok, drab) Menara KH building.

Drinks at Heli Lounge during your 3 Day Kuala Lumpur Trip

Hardly one of KL’s best kept secrets, the Heli Lounge occupies two levels: the top floor of the building, where the airplane-themed bar is, and the open air rooftop deck helipad, where you can sip cocktails and watch the sunset.

The bar officially opens at 5:00pm, but guests are not allowed on the helipad until 6:00pm. We recommend arriving shortly after five, taking the dodgy elevators to the 34th floor and enjoying a round cocktails. It’s a good place to imbibe until they allow patrons to climb the steps to the open-air helipad with astounding views of both the Petronas Towers and the KL Tower.

Things to note about Heli Lounge : Arriving early will ensure you get a table to watch the sunset. If an empty table has a reserved sign, inquire with the staff if it is available, if there are no empty tables, ask to join another table. After 9:00pm, a dress code is enforced (no shorts, no flip flops and no sleeveless tops for men). As of 2023, there is an entrance fee of 100RM (about $23USD) that includes two drinks.

Symphony Fountain Lightshow at Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park

Colorfully lit fountains at Symphony Lake Light Show in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The next stop on your 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary is the Symphony Fountain Show. The KLCC Park, a city center green space situated on the southeast side of the Petronas Towers is the perfect place to watch.

The 50-acre garden features tropical foliage, more than 1km of walking trails and a man-made pond, Symphony Lake.  

At the lake’s edge, just opposite the entrance to Suria KLCC, fountains spray water is a dazzling display – with the largest fountain able to spout water to the height of 350 feet. At night, the fountains are accompanied by music and lights in an incredible water show. Note : Special shows occur at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.

Dinner near Petronas Towers

Food trucks at Tapak Urban Street Dining in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

There are several highly-rated Kuala Lumpur restaurants near Petronas Towers that are perfect for dinner on the first of your three days in Kuala Lumpur. Top recommendations are Little Penang Café , Madam Kwan’s , Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill .

For dining with a different vibe, check out the food trucks at Tapak Urban Street Dining . Located just a short walk from Petronas Towers, multiple food trucks congregate in an open space to serve a variety of international fare. 

Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur

Looking up at KL Tower in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On your Day 2 Kuala Lumpur Day Tour Itinerary, view the city from another amazing vantage point then take a walk in the wild where you will likely spot monkeys. In the afternoon, cool off in one of KL’s best shopping malls before indulging in a variety of local cuisine.

KL Tower at sunset in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Tower (also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur) is a communications tower…and an entertainment hub. A fun place to include on a Kuala Lumpur travel itinerary, there are a multitude of activities at the KL tower for travelers. 

Completed in 1995 and rising to 421m (1381ft), KL Tower is still the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world and provides the highest public viewing platform in the city.

It only takes 54 seconds for the elevator to transport visitors from the base to the 360-degree view. Book your ticket in advance with Viator !

In addition to the observation decks, other KL Tower attractions include the Atmosphere 360 revolving restaurant, cultural shows, a mini zoo, the Blue Coral Aquarium, the Upside Down House, the F1 Experience, numerous shops and a forest park. The KL Tower is a must for travelers planning a 3 Day KL Itinerary with Kids! 

At night, the KL Tower lights can be seen from afar and multiple times after dark, the tower glows in a spectrum of colors in a synchronized light show.

KL Forest EcoPark

Baby monkey clings to mama in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The KL Tower was built in the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve – where nature still reigns despite the modern marvel rising above it. In fact, a rare 100-year-old Jelutong Tree stands alongside the tower in a protective enclosure; the tower had to be built a few feet from where it was originally planned in order to accommodate the tree.

The Forest EcoPark is a fun attraction to include in a Kuala Lumpur trip plan – as it’s an opportunity to see the natural side of the city. The tropical rainforest was designated a reserve in 1906 and is home to endangered plant species, birds and monkeys. Walking paths allow nature lovers the opportunity to walk through the city-center tropical rainforest – and a Canopy Walk lets visitors get a view from the treetops.

Shopping in Bukit Bintang Area

Multiple levels of tech gear at Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KL is a well-known shopping mecca – and with 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, there is plenty of time for retail therapy! The Bukit Bintang district, which is located in the heart of the KL Golden Triangle (an area that comprises the central core), is best known for its high concentration of shopping malls and nightlife.

From the district’s main intersection – Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang – a plethora of stores are just steps away. Fashionable clothing, electronics and accessories by recognizable international brands (and knock-offs) fill the shelves of the shops that are frequented by both locals and tourists.

Shopping malls are so much a part of the KL culture that the malls themselves have become Kuala Lumpur sightseeing places. Even if you don’t like to shop-til-you-drop, we recommend putting KL malls on your Kuala Lumpur city tour itinerary (if for no other reason than to bask in the cool air conditioning for just a moment!).

Top Bukit Bintang Malls for your Kuala Lumpur Visit

You can shop your heart out (or just wander) and these top rated KL Malls.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: Housing a variety of stores, shoppers will find international luxury brands, like Hermes, Gucci, and Prada.

Lot 10: Recently redeveloped, visitors will find popular clothing stores, such as Zara and H&M.

Low Yat Plaza:  The entire multi-level mall is dedicated to gadgets; a tech geek paradise.

Sungei Wang Plaza: Bukit Bintang’s oldest mall offers merchandise for budget shoppers.

Starhill Gallery:  This is Kuala Lumpur’s most glamorous mall, with a Louis Vuitton flagship store.

Berjaya Times Square: One of the largest shopping malls in the world…with Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park occupies the upper floors (yes, including roller coasters).

Top Tip: Berjaya Times Square is one of the favorite kids attractions in Kuala Lumpur.

Jalan Alor Food Street

Diners at Street Food Stalls on Jalan Alor Food Street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jalan Alor Street is the place where both tourists and locals go for a fun experience in KL dining. In fact, we think eating street food on Jalan Alor is a must for your 3 Days Kuala Lumpur Itinerary. 

During the day there isn’t much going on food-wise (but it’s a great time to seek out street art). However, after 5:00pm, Jalan Alor Food Street is one of the Kuala Lumpur best places to visit to sample the local cuisine.

An incredible number of hawker stalls dishing up local Malay and Chinese cuisine line the street, enticing passers-by with tantalizing scents and bargain meals (so it’s a great option for dinner on a KL budget trip!). The street gets packed with visitors and the best stalls have crowds surrounding them.

Some vendors offer food-on-the-go options, while others serve heaping platters to customers sitting on low stools at plastic tables in a hustle and bustle ambiance.

What To Eat on Jalan Alor Street

Plate of BBQ Chicken Wings from Wong Ah Wah in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We suggest just wandering the street and consider trying some of the exotic and foreign foods along the way. Not interested in the oddities? No problem! Go for the dim sum, grilled skewers or handcrafted fried ice cream.

Looking for char kway teow with duck egg when visiting Kuala Lumpur? You can find it on Jalar Alor. Never tried durian fruit? This is your chance…if you can handle the potent fragrance.

At the end of the street, wait for a table at Wong Ah Wah (don’t worry, tables open up frequently – or agree to share a table and get seated sooner) where they specialize is BBQ chicken wings and satay sticks.

Top Tip: Wong Ah Wah was one of our favorite places to eat in Kuala Lumpur! After a short wait (we opted for a shared table) and a few rounds of beer, we devoured a plate of perfectly grilled chicken wings. More on what and where to eat in KL a bit later.

Changkat Bukit Bintang Bars

KL is a far cry from the 24/7 party of Bangkok , but Changkat Bukit Bintang street is an exception. The street – actually just a short 1/10th of a mile – is absolutely chock-a-block with bars. If you are wondering what to do in Kuala Lumpur at night, the bars on Changkat might be the answer.

All of the bars offer al fresco seating along the street – and a few have open-air upstairs balconies. Some of the best Kuala Lumpur nightclubs – like Havana, The Whisky Bar and Rockafellers – are found on Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Top Tip: The one caveat is that alcohol isn’t cheap in KL. Expect a pint of typical beer to set you back $6-8 USD. Happy hour specials will knock a dollar or two off the price; check the chalkboards outside.

Day 3 in Kuala Lumpur

Street Art on building in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On Day 3 of your KL city tour itinerary, explore one of the most beautiful places in Kuala Lumpur – the city gardens – then design a self-guided Kuala Lumpur walking tour to three of the most interesting districts.

Perdana Botanical Gardens

Hibiscus, Perdana Botanical Garden, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Perdana Botanical Garden (formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana and Lake Gardens) is a lovely respite in the congested city.

Ranking as KL’s oldest garden, the 250-acre Botanical Garden was first designed in the 1880s. Today, the public park is a popular recreational area, which features a number of attractions for your 3 Days Itinerary in Kuala Lumpur. Explore the gardens from north to south, and consider visiting one or more of the sites along the way. 

Top Tip: The KL Botanical Garden is free to visit, however, some of the attractions charge an entry fee. Free bathrooms are located throughout the park.

Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur Botanical Garden

Foliage covered walkway at Perdana Botanical Garden in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Visitors could fill their entire Kuala Lumpur 3 Days Itinerary with the attractions in the Perdana Garden – there are just so many! We recommend choosing a few sights that are most interesting to you.

National Monument – The National Monument is a war memorial dedicated to those who died for Malaysia’s freedom. The bronze sculpture of a group of soldiers (representing leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice) was built in 1966 and stands 50 feet tall. Note : The National Monument is just north of the Botanical Gardens.

ASEAN Sculpture Garden – Featuring numerous sculptures by ASEAN artists, the garden is a peaceful place to visit. Note : The ASEAN Sculpture Garden is to the north of the Botanical Gardens.

Sunken Garden – The sculpted shrubs in the Sunken Garden create a beautiful work of art and are one of the most popular places to visit at the KL Botanic Gardens.

Orchid Garden – With more than 6,000 orchids representing 800 species, the Orchid Garden includes both common and rare orchids.

Hibiscus Garden – The hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia; the Hibiscus Garden is located near an old colonial building and features two fountains.

Butterfly Park KL – The Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is home to more than 5,000 butterflies (of which 120 species are accounted for), as well as a multitude of other flora and fauna. The park covers an area of 80,000 square feet and mimics their natural habitat. ( Fee )

KL Bird Park – The 21-acre Bird Park aviary is one of the world’s largest bird parks and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. More than 3,000 birds (most of which are native), live in the bird park, which dates to the year 1888. ( Fee )

Laman Perdana and Lake – The lake at the center of the garden is filled with fish and turtles. At the main intersection in the park, is a covered, open space for events, Laman Perdana.

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia – Featuring 12 galleries and more than 7,000 Islamic artifacts, the award-winning IAMM is the largest museum of Islamic art in Southeast Asia. ( Fee )

National Mosque of Malaysia – The National Mosque (Masjid Negara) compound sprawls over 13 acres of land and can accommodate 15,000 people. The unusual roof looks like an open umbrella – while the 240-foot-tall minaret resembles a closed umbrella.

National Planetarium – The 120,000 square foot National Planetarium opened in 1993. The blue-domed building sits atop a hill and features space science exhibits and a space theater.

National Museum of Malaysia – The National Museum , housed in a traditional Malay structure, has four main galleries of displays that focus on the country’s history, culture and traditions. ( Fee )

Brickfields and Little India

Colorful elephant fountain in Little India in Brickfields Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Some of the best attractions in Kuala Lumpur are not ‘sights’ but districts – and Brickfields is one of the most interesting places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

Once the center of the brick-making industry and now KL’s transportation hub, Brickfields is home to a smattering of colonial architecture, a harmonious multi-cultural community and vibrant Little India.

Many tourists using public transportation in Kuala Lumpur pass through Brickfields and don’t even realize it; the KL Sentral Station lies within the district.

Historic Vivekananda Ashram building in Brickfields in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Those interested in sightseeing Kuala Lumpur Brickfields should make sure to see these buildings:

  • Vivekananda Ashramam
  • Maha Vihara Temple
  • Sri Kandaswamy Temple

For more sights, use this self-guided free tour of Kuala Lumpur Brickfields. 

Temple shrine in Brickfields Little India Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The real gem of the district, however, is the colorful streets of Little India. The Little India enclave of restaurants (selling savory banana-leaf curries) and textile shops (selling stylish saris) is full of energy. Bright colors decorate the streets and Bollywood music fills the air. It’s one of the best places to wander on a visit to Kuala Lumpur.

Merdeka Square

View of Merdeka Square, KL, Malaysia

Merdeka Square – which translates to Independence Square and locally called Dataran Merdeka – is a large, open grassy field. The square and many of the surrounding structures were built by the British in the late 1800s; and were used for both police training and cricket.

On August 30, 1957, it was in Merdeka Square that the Malaysian flag was raised in independence from the British for the first time. Today, an enormous Malaysian flag still flies at the southern end of the field and the buildings around it are historic landmarks. We are highlighting a few of the Merdeka Square buildings of interest. 

Sultan Abdul Samad Building  

View of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, KL, Malaysia

Built in the 1890s for the British government, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building is the most prominent and ornate building on the square. Top features of the KL landmark building are the copper dome and soaring clock tower (that houses a 1-ton bell). 

Royal Selangor Club  

Founded in 1884 by the British elite in Kuala Lumpur, the Selangor Club has a long history and become a KL institution. Visitors can admire the Tudor-style building from the outside, but the club is members-only.

The former National History Museum

A fine example of a colonial era structure, the building was completed in 1909 and has historically housed banks and more recently, museums. 

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Originally built as the Government Printing Office in 1898, the beautiful building now houses the KL City Gallery. The interior of the building has a few distinct original features – as well as exhibits on the history of Kuala Lumpur. Plus, the I Love KL sign sits just outside and is fun for photos! Find out more here .

Textile Museum  

Housed in an exceptional heritage building that dates to 1896, the Textile Museum features exhibits that tell the story of KL history through fabric and clothing. There is a nominal fee to enter the museum . 

St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral  

Designed in the Early English Gothic style, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur dates to the late 1800s and features a grand organ. 

Top Tip: There is a Free Walking Tour Kuala Lumpur Merdeka Heritage – more info can be found here .

Jamek Mosque

Klang River lightshow and Jamek Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Jamek Mosque, also called ‘Friday Mosque,’ is the oldest mosque in KL and is located where the Klang and Gombak Rivers meet. Built in 1909 using ancient Moorish, Islam and Mughal architectural styles, it was the premier mosque in the country until National Mosque was built.

The mosque is open to visitors (outside of prayer times) and guests need to wear appropriate attire (robes and scarves are available for use at the entrance).

Top Tip: For the best views of the mosque, go to the lookout point over the river on Leboh Pasar Besar (south of the mosque). After dark, there are special light and water features.

Chinatown KL

Plate of Chicken Fried Rice from Fung Wong in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KL Chinatown is an exciting neighborhood – and one of the best places to go in Kuala Lumpur to experience the city. Markets, temples, shophouses and speakeasys make the district an entertaining spot both day and night.

We recommend arriving in Chinatown in the late afternoon, so you can see the neighborhood both in the daylight and after dark. These are the top sights in Chinatown (and can be seen in order on your own self-guided KL sightseeing tour):

Central Market

Historic Central Market in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Art Deco Central Market building dates to 1937, but the site has hosted a market since 1888. The original wet market has transformed from a gritty local market into a sleek establishment for all to enjoy.

Kasturi Walk

Katsuri Walk in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The shophouses on Kasturi Walk were built in the 1930s in the neo-classical style. A couple shops on the street still sell traditional Chinese medicine and herbs.

Guan di Temple

The classic red Chinese temple, Guan di Temple, was built in 1888 and is dedicated to a warrior. While the architectural elements are striking, many people visit the temple to see the Guan Dao – a Chinese sword that worshipers lift or touch for special blessings.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

Built in 1873, the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. The incredibly ornate Raja Gopuram (tower) was added in 1968.

Petaling Street Market

Shops at Petaling Street Market in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tourist and locals come to Petaling Street to haggle over prices of merchandise and feast on Chinese fare. However, we liked the vibe on Jalan Hang Lekir better. We highly recommend eating at Kim Lian Kee  or one of the other restaurants along the street with a crowd ( always a good sign! ).

Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Bars

Chinatown offers an interesting mix of Kuala Lumpur nightlife options. People-watching from a low stool at a plastic table on Jalan hang Lekir Street while sipping a few cold beers is a great way to spend an evening in KL. There are, however, a few notable bars in Chinatown that visitors might want to check out.

A well-known drinking establishment in Chinatown is Reggae Bar , a (you guessed it!) Bob Marley-themed bar serving cocktails to mostly fellow travelers with reggae beats continuously feeding through the speakers.

Other bars in the district are secretive (and expensive) speakeasys that can only be accessed by those in-the-know. PS150 and The Berlin KL are the two most popular.

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Kuala Lumpur Map of Sights

Travelers can use this KL map to help plan their Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for 3 Days.  Use this link to Google Map of Kuala Lumpur Sights on our online, interactive map.

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What to Eat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chicken satay sticks at Mongolian BBQ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We were equally excited and intimidated about eating in Kuala Lumpur. We love trying new food and the multicultural city boasts an array of cuisine…most of which is spicy. As I do not like spicy food (as in, I can’t handle it), I had to abandon my normal whimsical ways of ordering foreign food.

This only put a slight damper in our feasting, as most places were accommodating to my requests. (And, whatever was too spicy for me became a extra serving for Kris!) Fortunately, Chinese food is as prevalent in KL as Malay food – and is simpler to get not spicy. 

Best Restaurants for your 3 Day Itinerary Kuala Lumpur

Mongolian BBQ green street lamps in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We gorged on Chinese street food on Jalan Alor Food Street (and nearby at Mongolian BBQ on Tengkat Tong Shin – look for the green lanterns) and in Chinatown (see above recommendations).

For traditional Malay food, we found two superb places, conveniently located right next to each other (and just steps from our Airbnb apartment – more on where we stayed in a minute!). 

Our top pick for Malaysian fare was Kedai Mamak Husin , where the staff oh-so patiently answered my long list of inquiries regarding spiciness. With incredibly inexpensive prices and an extensive menu, we ordered dish after dish!

Just a few doors down, Warung Mama Malay Restaurant is where we ate the most delicious Malay-style fried chicken. The friendly staff at both restaurants made our introduction to Malay food a delightful experience. Note : Warung Mama is now closed! Try Murni Discovery around the corner for good Malaysian Buttermilk Chicken!

More Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

Skyline of KL, Malaysia

Although we have outlined a comprehensive 3 Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary, there are more sights to see in Kuala Lumpur! Here are a few more ideas to add – or substitute – into your KL trip itinerary:

Thean Hou Temple

Located south of the city center, Thean Hou Temple was built in 1989. The ornate and grandiose complex sits on 1.5 acres of land. The modern temple features a dramatic gateway, a prayer hall with three altars, a medicinal herb garden, Wishing Well and turtle pond.

Unfortunately, Thean Hou Temple can only be reached by car – no public transit lines go to the temple. We recommend booking a tour or using the Grab app for transportation.

Chow Kit Market

Unlike the tidy Central Market geared toward tourists, Chow Kit Market is a gritty market where locals go to shop. Within the depths of market stalls, visitors will find both a wet and dry market, haggling vendors, foul scents and an authentic experience!

National Palace KL

View of the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s National Palace, called Istana Negara, is the home of the Malaysian Monarch. Situated on a hill, the sprawling complex (which was completed in 2011) is simply massive. Encompassing 28 acres, the palace has 22 domes – and on the grounds there is a pool, a six-hole golf course and indoor tennis courts.

At the grand gates, two soldiers of the Royal Malay Regiment stand guard. Visitors are not allowed past the entrance gates, but can get a good look at the palace from outside.

TREC Nightlife

TREC (which stands for Taste, Relish, Experience, Celebrate) is hub of nightlife in KL. The entertainment complex features 11 clubs – including the popular Zouk KL.

Tour Kuala Lumpur

Our suggestions of what to see in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days covers the top sights that are featured on many Kuala Lumpur sightseeing tours. However, hiring a KL tour guide can enhance your 3 days in KL.

KL Walking Tour

There are several Kuala Lumpur Walking Tours with professional guides who lead the way! You can book a half-day tour Kuala Lumpur in advance of your trip on Viator – or take a look at these tours in KL: City Bike Tour and KL Food Tour .

Kuala Lumpur Bus Tour

For a relaxing Kuala Lumpur local tour, hop on an air-conditioned bus to see the best sights of the city. Book it now!

Kuala Lumpur Day Tour From Airport

Have a long layover in KL? Get out of the airport and see the city sights! Hire a private guide to pick you up at the airport and show you the best of Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Day Trips

There are many KL day tour options for visitors who want to sightsee beyond the city limits. Consider one of these short trips from Kuala Lumpur to add to your Malaysia trip itinerary:

Historic Malacca KL Day Trip – Learn the history and culture of the beautiful old port city, Malacca, on a full day trip from the city. Find out more! 

Genting Highlands and Cable Car – Experience a day of entertainment in Genting Highlights, home to Southeast Asia’s longest cable car, a theme park, casino and more! Learn more about this trip!

Taman Negara Rainforest – After visiting Batu Caves, embark on a journey into the Taman Negara Rainforest, including walking in the treetop canopy, visiting a local village, a boat ride and lunch at a floating cafe. Book it now!

Kanching Waterfalls and Hot Springs – Start the day visiting Batu Caves then go off the beaten track to soak in the Selayang Hot Springs, eat a traditional Malaysian meal and end your half-day tour at the 7-tiered Kanching Waterfalls. Read the rave reviews!

Planning a Trip to Kuala Lumpur

We have outlined a perfect KL Itinerary for 3 days – and have shared tips on more of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur – but there is still more to do! 

Travelers need to determine how many days for their trip, how to get there and where to stay in KL – and we have tips to help you plan the best Malaysia vacation .

As you make your Malaysia trip plans, you need to stay organized! Use our  Travel Planning Printables to keep track of all the details of your vacation to Malaysia!

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How Many Days in Kuala Lumpur

When trying to figure out how many days to spend in Kuala Lumpur factor in the time you have, the sights you want to see, leisurely activities and your budget. Based on our outlined 3-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary, we have a few tips on what to do in KL – either with more or less time in the city.  

KL One Day Trip

Need a Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 1 day? Pick and choose from our suggestions of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days – or skip on over to our 1 day in Kuala Lumpur post .

2 Days in Kuala Lumpur

If you are looking for the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days, the above Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia travel itinerary is a good place to start! With two days in Kuala Lumpur, we recommend (mostly) following the above Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for Day 1, then picking from the activities on Days 2 and 3 to create an itinerary of what to do in Kuala Lumpur on Day 2 based on your interests.

This is, personally, what our 2-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary would look like:

  • Day 1: Batu Caves, Malls, Petronas Towers, Jalan Alor Food Street, Changkat Bukit Bintang Bars
  • Day 2: KL Tower, EcoPark, Little India, Merdeka Square, Chinatown

4 Days in Kuala Lumpur (or more!)

With 4 days or even a week in Kuala Lumpur, you aren’t likely to run out of KL things to do! Use our 3-Day KL Itinerary outlined above then add some of the suggestions from More Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, a KL tour and a day trip or two!

With a longer stay, we would also highly recommend booking accommodations with a swimming pool for afternoons when you just want to chill.

More Destinations for your Malaysia Itinerary

Planning a trip to multiple destinations in Malaysia and the region? We’ve got your covered! In addition to our suggested itinerary for Kuala Lumpur, visitors can use our guides to top destinations in the region to help plan their trip. 

  • Visiting Penang, Malaysia ? Great! Get ready with our list of the Best Things To Do In Penang !
  • Also visiting Johor Bahru ? Read our detailed guide to JB !
  • Heading over to Singapore as well? Use our Ultimate Singapore Itinerary !

Where To Stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City view the rooftop deck of The Robertson Residences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Choosing where to stay in KL is no easy task. Not only is the city home to a range of hotels and holiday apartments, but travelers are also tasked with deciding which district to stay in. 

Like in any big city, we think it is best to stay in accommodations that are centrally located to top attractions. For travelers who plan on exploring KL using public transit, it is also wise to choose a hotel in Kuala Lumpur that is close to public transport lines. 

Personally, we think the Bukit Bintang district is the best place to stay in KL. The district is within walking distance to many sights and attractions, but away from the crowds. That said, travelers who want to be in the heart of the action and closest to Kuala Lumpur attractions should stay in KLCC. 

Kuala Lumpur Hotels

There are many, many,  many hotels in Kuala Lumpur – from luxury accommodations to budget stays. We are featuring a few of the top-rated hotels in Kuala Lumpur that are often-raved-about by fellow travelers.

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Situated in the heart of the city, Traders Hotel offers a modern property at affordable rates. Amenities include a spa, indoor pool and 2 on-site dining options – including an open-air rooftop bar with Petronas Tower views. Check rates and availability!

Grand Hyatt KL Hotel

A luxurious 5-star property, the Grand Hyatt in KLCC is an exceptional place to stay on a trip to Kuala Lumpur. Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and comfortable beds. Plus, they get rave reviews for their breakfasts. Check rates for your stay!

ANSA Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Modern and eco-friendly, ANSA Hotel has a fantastic location near attractions and is close to the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station. Plus, the rooms are clean and offer good value for money. Check availability for your stay!

1000 Miles Kuala Lumpur Hotel

Offering both dorm stays and private rooms, 1000 Miles Kuala Lumpur Hotel is a great option for budget travelers. The hotel is situated close to bus and rail lines. Check the rates!

Start your search for Kuala Lumpur hotels (or a hostel in Kuala Lumpur!) on – like we do! – but first, read our tips for How To Find the Best Rates on Hotels .

42nd Floor pool views from The Robertson Residences in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On our second trip to Kuala Lumpur, we stayed in a fantastic Airbnb apartment ! We found this apartment in a new tower complex, which was well-located in the Bukit Bintang district. 

The features that we enjoyed most about the property (and ones that we would look for in other accommodations) were the infinity pool on the 6th floor – and the jacuzzi and garden on the 42nd floor rooftop deck (with incredible KL views).

Pro Tip: Airbnb is not the only option for finding vacation rentals! Travelers can search for holiday apartments, as well.

Getting to Kuala Lumpur

The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) is a massive complex to the south of the city center. Home base for Malaysia Airlines as well as the top budget airline of SE Asia, Air Asia. Malaysia Airlines (and all international airlines) operate at KLA1, Air Asia is out of a dedicated terminal, KLA2.

We have arrived to KL from numerous destinations including Krabi, Thailand , Perth, Australia and Phnon Penh, Cambodia and departed to Phuket, Thailand , Bali, Indonesia and Frankfurt, Germany to name just a few!

Start your search for the best flight deals on Skyscanner  – but first get our Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare !

What To Pack for Kuala Lumpur

Now that you are ready to go to Kuala Lumpur, it’s time to pack your bags ! We are sharing a few packing hacks  – but you can find all of our advice on our Packing Tips page. Also – get your FREE Packing Checklist here !

The Right Shoes for Travel

Between the heat and the uneven pavement, Kuala Lumpur is not an easy city to walk around. As we cover some ground in our 3 Day Itinerary KL – it’s essential to have the right travel shoes ! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia and Reef . Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell or these by Sanuk .

Travel Camera

We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your KL trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera . We travel with a Canon Rebel , which comes with a robust kit of accessories, takes amazing photos and is a great budget camera option.

KL Map and Guidebook

It’s easy to get turned around in any foreign city…and that’s also true of Kuala Lumpur! Make sure to have a good city map  and/or  guidebook before arriving.

Whether you travel to Malaysia with a backpack or a suitcase , you’ll also want a great Day Bag to carry your everyday travel essentials in!

Malaysia Travel Insurance

If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, consider traveling protected with World Nomads .

Start planning your trip to Malaysia ! Search for the lowest airfares , the best accommodations and fun things to do …then start packing !   Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page !

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December 16, 2022

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Day 1 | Morning

Aquaria klcc.

Opening Hours: Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Ticket Price: 49 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Hours

Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Jalang Pinang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

The Aquaria KLCC is an oceanarium located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur . The Aquaria has been likened architecturally to the Sydney Opera House. Thousands of species of marine life are on display, with a focus primarily on tropical fish from Malaysia's surrounding oceans. The aquarium has two very well-known exhibits, including a tall tube tank at the center of the building. In addition to all sorts of colorful fish, the tank also has the roots of a giant tree growing out of it. The other popular exhibit is the shark-feeding show which takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m.

Reviews from Real Guests:

project runway659: aquariaKLCC spreads across 60,000 sq feet. To maximise your experience, we recommend that you allow approximately 1 hour 45 minutes for your visit. Last admission occurs 1 hour before closing each day. There are gift shops and toilets inside aquariaKLCC for our visitors. aquariaKLCC is located beneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and it is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur City Centre. It is within the walking vicinity of Suria KLCC via an underground tunnel or KLCC Park and a covered linked bridged from Pavilion Shopping Mall. User: Aquaria KLCC is a premium attraction in Kuala Lumpur's golden triangle area. When located in the business district, visitors must be prepared to pay premium prices as well. Before I tell you about my experience at Aquaria KLCC, I included the price first. AQUARIA KLCC TICKET PRICE PRICE Adults: Normal RM53, Mykad - RM40 Children (3-12 years): Normal Rm42, Mykad - RM30 60 Years Above: Normal RM32, Mykad RM30 Station Aquarius - RM5 per person

Day 1 | Afternoon

Sunway Lagoon nearby is the top choice before you leave Aquaria KLCC and hit the road.

  • Sunway Lagoon

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00

Ticket Price: 202 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 0.5-1 Days

Location: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Sunway Lagoon is an all-inclusive amusement park, shopping complex, recreation and lodging area in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur . Some people call it Malaysia's Disneyland. The large waterside amusement park is especially beloved of children. In addition to man-made waterfalls, the park also has waterslides, a swimming pool and many other facilities. From the hanging bridge, it is also possible for visitors to get an all-encompassing view of the whole park spread out beneath them. User: A perfect place to spend time with family or friends. I would avoid weekends if possible, unless for those who like massive crowds. Also, if one wishes to see\try most of things available a two day ticket would be better. We’re planning to have our last day in Malaysia over there, didn’t have time to try Flying Fox, Bungee jump etc. For Flying Fox minimum weight is 40kg, and maximum is 80kg. And Bungee jump cost around 120RM per person, the height is around 25 m. The Wild Park is quite interesting and educational even for adults, there are many animals, all have their own names, and there is a detailed description about each ones background. All of them are kept in a nice environment, and they are not lonely, most have a partner or a friend who is the same kind. They seem alright and playful. Our last visit was on 12/9/2020 This is a real family fun hotspot! It has everything for any age group, from pets zoo, baby wading pool to wave party pool (at 4pm everyday) .... if you have teenagers it will be fantastic! Don't miss out their 5D cinema with your loved one 🥶 Elderly can even just take a sip of coffee or a healthier freshly blend fruits juice to have a relaxing day on the beach. Been missing this place so much !

Day 1 | Evening

Don’t forget to book M Resort & Hotel Kuala Lumpur in advance, because all the tourists head to Sunway Lagoon love staying at it.

M Resort & Hotel Kuala Lumpur

M Resort & Hotel is a well-connected luxurious escape conveniently nestled in the green belt of Damansara - a suburban area of Kuala Lumpur . A lifestyle hotel inspired by local cultures; designed to connect you to authentic experiences, this picturesque hotel offers unique views of one of the city’s renowned green areas – the Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA) and seamlessly combine value with comfort, personalised intuitive service, exquisite accommodations, culinary excellence as well as spectacular spas for urban elites and business travellers.

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Day 2 | Morning

Petronas twin towers.

Opening Hours: Tue - Thu 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Fri 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 2:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Sat - Sun 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Ticket Price: 80 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-5 Hours

Location: Lower Ground (Concourse) Level, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers are one of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic urban landmarks and a location for the filming of the Hollywood film “Entrapment” starring Sean Connery. The twin towers are 88 stories tall, reaching just over 450 meters in height. No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a photo of the two majestic spires piercing the Malaysian sky. A trip to the double-decker skybridge on the 41st and 42nd floors offers a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous scenery of the capital city below. The skybridge connects the two towers.

K-TravelMuse: It was the roof of the world for many years. Of course, although Dubai has taken this attribute from these towers, it is still a very valuable place here. Two high quality skyscrapers with all facilities in one of the best cities in the world. The Petronas Twin Towers can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Existence of different shops with different global brands has increased the quality of this place more than before. Here we can mention the Malaysian signature. Even small sculptures of these two skyscrapers are sold in different parts of the city. The materials used in these skyscrapers are also very special and different. The interesting thing is that although the skyscrapers are made of metal and glass, they are always clean. It seems that the workers of these skyscrapers is routinely cleaned 24 hours a day. During the twelve years of continuous travel to this city and visiting this great city, whenever I came to these two skyscrapers, I always admired them for these huge structures. amazing. User: Peace to you 🌹 KLCC Twin towers is the emblem of eternity towards excellent to the Malaysian. is a financial Trade center . with a privileged of luxurious apartments buildings shopping malls and hotel . suria KlCC is the famous shopping malls , an eye Cather with the privileged of famous designer brand such as Gucci , Salvatore ferragamo , Chanel , Dior , LV, Prada , coco Chanel, Duck , & many more making it the best attraction for shopping idea for locals tourists expat & business owner . The strategic location make it even more convenient and easy access for the people to choose the place for rendezvous as many variety of coffee shops , locals , western, Japanese, choice of food . TCV cinema , mph bookstore, Parfume shooes, isetan hyper market, cake, pastries, everything make it as elite high standards places with good quality products price and everyone can visit with family and acquaintances. #myNovgetaway #peacetoyou #iadoreyou #iadmireyou #thanksgive #happinessisluxurios

Day 2 | Afternoon

Having the chance to enjoy the charming Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower next to it is another great place that you will never want to miss!

Opening Hours: Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-4 Hours

Location: No. 2 Jalan Punchak Off, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

Located on the Coffee Hill, Kuala Lumpur Tower is a wireless communications tower where visitors can now enjoy a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur from the observation deck on the tower. The observation deck is based on the Muslim minaret. The decorative glass windows at of the tower are designed in the style of the Iranian Royal Palace. Employing the use of Arabic script, Islamic-style tiles, classic Islamic floral motifs, and sophisticated decorative patterns with subtle colous reflect Malaysia's long tradition of Islamic culture. The revolving restaurant at of the tower, serving authentic Malaysian and international cuisine, is a great way to overlook the city. The high-level ballroom is also a popular venue for weddings. User: Regardless of which city and place you want to go to Malaysia, I suggest that you do not come from the end of September to around December. This time is the rainy season here. It will be better during the summer vacation. I have gone to the Kuala Lumpur Tower. At present, I am going to see the scenery and take pictures. I also use telescope to see Kuala Lumpur adult is 71 horses. Coin, personally feel very worth it, you can also buy tickets online will be cheaper, there are sky box 1, sky box 2 on the elevator, the service staff at the door will give you a number card when you enter, wait for them to broadcast over there, don't cross the number, just, Before taking pictures, they have staff who will take pictures with their camera. It's okay to let him take pictures. He will give the paper and don't care. Because that is a cost, they don't care. After they take pictures, they can ask the staff to take pictures for you with your mobile phone (your own mobile phone) A number has 1 minute and 40 seconds to shoot, and you can't shoot beyond it ~ so take the opportunity.

M Camal Amir Z: KL TOWER is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world and the tallest in Southeast Asia. Standing at 421m and located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, we offer a unique blend of Cultural, Adventure and Nature experience not found anywhere else in the world. Malaysia is globally acclaimed as the Culture melting pot of various religions and races that includes arrays of traditional customs, mouth-watering delicacies and unique sets of norms and practices. Through exciting cultural events hosted at KL Tower throughout the year and daily dose of traditional dances performed by our talented in-house cultural troupe, you can expect unforgettable Malaysian experience the moment you set foot at our entrance gate!

Day 2 | Evening

After visiting the glorious KL Tower, Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur nearby is the best place to stay.

Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur is nestled in the heart of the diamond triangle, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most eclectic districts. The friendly hotel staff are fluent in English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia, providing guests with thoughtful recommendations on local experiences and popular attractions. Strategically located at the confluence of several expressways and directly connected to the PWTC Light Rail Transport (LRT) station, guests have unrivalled accessibility to hotspots like KL Sentral, Mont Kiara, Bangsar and beyond. Kuala Lumpur city centre is less than three kilometres away, where the iconic Petronas Twin Towers dominate the skyline alongside other shopping, dining and entertainment precincts. The hotel is just a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) . Directly linked to the award-winning Sunway Putra Mall, guests can access various retail and entertainment experiences, including over 80 renowned food and beverage outlets. The mall features eight levels of retail attractions with over 300 international and local brands. All guestrooms and suites are equipped with Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, minibar, tea/coffee maker and ironing facilities. Toiletries and other amenities are provided. Guests can rejuvenate at the state-of-the-fitness centre, or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. The Coffee House serves authentic local dishes and International fares while the Atrium Lounge offers a more relaxed setting with beverages and light bites. The hotel’s 24-hour in-room dining menu allows guests to dine in the comfort of their room.

Day 3 | Morning

National museum of malaysia.

Opening Hours: Open from 9:00am-6:00pm

Ticket Price: 2 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-2 Hours

Location: Department of Museums Malaysia, Jln Damansara, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50566 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur

The National Museum of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur is the main museum in Malaysia. It is a two-storey "Minangkabau" style classical Malay building that showcases the changes and related artifacts of different eras in Malaysia. Two giant murals depicting the cultural history of Malaysia are embedded on the walls on both sides of the entrance. The paintings are 35.1 meters long and 6 meters high. The mural on the left depicts the overall situation of the manufacture of various handicrafts in Malaysia, and the mural on the right depicts various historically important scenes from the Hindu (Hindu) and Buddhist era in northern Malaysia in the 12th century to the independence of Malaysia in 1957. There are corridors and fountains outside, and there are park landscapes and historical buildings around. You cannot sit in the corridors, and mosquitoes will bite you in a while. The exhibits in the museum include Chinese porcelain unearthed in the Johor Rama area in the 16th century and Ming porcelain specially made for Muslims in the 15th century, as well as materials about shadow puppets in Malaysia and other countries, and copies of documents describing the Ming Dynasty navigator Zheng He's visit to Malacca. Taste. In addition, there are old-style locomotives, classic cars and antique Malay palaces in the open-air exhibition area. You can take pictures in the museum, and volunteers can guide you for free. The languages are English, French and Japanese.

Shahrizan Sutri: The National Museum is a museum located on Jalan Damansara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The museum is situated in close proximity to the Perdana Lake Gardens and it provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture. Its facade comprises elements of traditional Malay and modern features. Wikipedia Departments: Ethnology Of The Malay World Museum · Jabatan Muzium Malaysia Address: Jabatan Muzium Malaysia, Jln Damansara, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50566 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Established: August 31, 1963 Hours:  Open ⋅ Closes 5PM · More hours Updated by business 3 weeks ago Function: Museum Phone: 03-2267 1000 Public transit access: Kuala Lumpur Sentral (KTM Komuter, KJ Line and Monorail), MRT Muzium Negara (SBK15) Suggest an edit · Own this business? Tickets Official ticketsMYR 5 More options ViatorMYR 46.21 TripadvisorMYR 

M Camal Amir Z: The National Museum is a museum located on Jalan Damansara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The museum is situated in close proximity to the Perdana Lake Gardens and it provides an overview of Malaysian history and culture. Its facade comprises elements of traditional Malay and modern features. It was opened on 31 August 1963, and it serves as a repository of Malaysia's rich cultural and historical heritage. Muzium Negara is situated just behind, and lends its name to, the underground SBK15 Muzium Negara MRT station. The station is connected to KA01 KS01 KJ15 KE1 KT1 MR1 KL Sentral, located across Jalan Damansara, via a 200-metre (660 ft) long underground walkway.

Day 3 | Afternoon

Petrosains nearby is the top choice before you leave National Museum of Malaysia and hit the road.

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:30-17:30 (stopping admission at 16:00); Saturday-Sunday and public holidays 9:30-18:30 (17:00 stop admission); closed on Monday; Haji Festival And Eid al-Fitr is closed.

Ticket Price: 28 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Hours

Location: Petronas Twin Tower, Level 4, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

Inside the Petronas Twin Towers, experience a plethora of scientific wonders at Petrosains in Kuala Lumpur. Owned by the fuel company Petronas, this science and technology museum offers you and your family a chance to interact with a number of fun exhibits. You can sit on the Earthquake bench and control how much you shake, or you can ride in a helicopter simulator that delivers you to a simulation of an oil rig platform. Experience the 3D theater and the "Dark Ride", which transports you through an audio-visual presentation of the technology and resources in Malaysia.

Ayuuu: From stone aged to latest innovation to universe. Wonderful place to learn about science. Lots of interactive learning and play leaning. Definitely a good place to brings kids over.

Nur Hani: Petrosains is a Malaysian science and technology museum located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur within Suria KLCC, Petronas Twin Towers . Its my second time there.

Day 3 | Evening

After visiting the glorious Petrosains, Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur nearby is the best place to stay.

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur

Awarded by Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine with 2013 Best Business Hotel Excellence Award, Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur is the ultimate place for indulgence whenever one visits Malaysia. Strategically located at the Kuala Lumpur Sentral precinct, the business and transportation hub adjacent to Kuala Lumpur city centre, the hotel is easily accessible through a network of integrated rail connections. The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and KLIA2 are just 28 minutes and 33 minutes from the Hotel via the KLIA Express. The integrated Nu Sentral Mall allows guests the opportunity to discover retail therapy before commuting to the airport. Be inspired by the innovative flavours and creative presentations of our carefully curated fare at Latest Recipe (all-day dining), PRIME (award-winning restaurant serving premium steaks), Favola (bold comfort Italian flavours), Gastro Sentral (modern interpretation of a classic pub), Pool Bar & Grill@8 (open aired space by the swimming pool) and Latitude 03 (creative atmosphere serving inspiring illy coffee).

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KL Hop On Hop Off

Ticket Price: 55 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Days

Location: 109, Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur

One of the best way to tour KL city is by KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour. KL Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour has 27 designated stops, which covers more than 60 sites and attractions.From the hi-rise building up to the skyscrapers, towards the historical places and the green scenery that amidst of this attractive and recreational tour.With the 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off ticket, spin around Kuala Lumpur by sightseeing bus and explore at your own pace. User: Best. Got cheaper price at apps. User: enjoy 🐝

Day 4 | Evening

Looking for a bed nearby after finishing your journey at KL Hop On Hop Off? The RuMa Hotel and Residences is one of your top choices.

The RuMa Hotel and Residences

Inspired by Malaysia's culture and heritage, the RuMa Hotel commands all the conveniences of city life, as well as the absolute serenity of vintage Kuala Lumpur. Both beauty and refined luxury in a single design, The RuMa Residences brings together form and functionality, luxury, style and comfort.

Day 5 | Morning

Kl bird park.

Opening Hours: 9:00-18:00, all year round.

Ticket Price: 63 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 3-6 Hours

Location: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Established in 1991, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is one of Asia's largest bird parks with more than 5,000 species of birds. The park is divided into four zones. The first and second zones allow the birds to fly freely, while the third zone is for hornbills and the fourth is for caged and miniature birds. There are ostriches, rhinoceros hornbills, flamingos and parrots among the numerous species throughout the park. Visitors are even treated to a variety of parrot stunts and presentations during feeding and performance times.

Nur Hani: So many good memories at this place. After years I still vividly remember sitting at one of the cafeterias drinking a coconut and a male peacock walked right up to my table and opened its feathers, and other birds literally jumping on my table to hang out with me. It was a total immersion experience. I loved it. User: i could write this review in one word....WOW! This was an amazing experience. Walking around while the birds crossed your path. Having ice cream while a bird shared your table. A fantastic way to spend an afternoon. Be prepared to spend the afternoon. There is food and water for purchase inside the park.

Day 5 | Afternoon

Royal Museum (Old National Palace) nearby is the top choice before you leave KL Bird Park and hit the road.

Royal Museum (Old National Palace)

Opening Hours: Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Ticket Price: 5 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-3 Hours

Location: Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

The Old Royal Palace is the landmark building of Kuala Lumpur. It was originally the private mansion of Chen Zhenyong, a wealthy Chinese businessman. Later it became the residence of the Malaysian head of state and has since been converted into a monumental museum for tourists to visit. The architecture of the palace is extremely elegant. The surrounding area is full of greenery and fresh flora; a beautiful setting. The palace is resplendent magnificent, and many royal banquets and celebrations have been held here. The portraits and furniture of the royal family are preserved here, which are exquisite and ornate.

Mellysa: The Royal Museum along Jalan Istana was the former National Palace and former residence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. It stands on a 13-acre site, located on a commanding position on the slope of a hill of Bukit Petaling overlooking the Klang River, along Jalan Syed Putra

Nur Hani: A place to know the building structure in the Seremban history. On the other hand, website said is it temporary closed, however, they are open when i reached. always give them to double confirm. Admission is free.

Day 5 | Evening

For convenient access to more popular attractions, The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur is the best places.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

The Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur, a boutique hotel, is situated in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur's commercial, shopping and entertainment district. The hotel lobby features marble floors and paneled walls. This modern chic hotel offers 250 rooms. The hotel's two restaurants are quite popular among Kuala Lumpur celebrities.

Day 6 | Morning

Berjaya times square theme park.

Opening Hours: Open from 12:00am-8:00pm

Ticket Price: 70 MYR

Recommended Length of Stay: 0.5-1.0 Days

Location: Berjaya Times Square, 5th and 7th Floor, 1, Jalan Imbi, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. This is one of the larger shopping malls in the country, with a spacious amusement park on the fifth floor, designed for adults and children, with two areas. It's perfect for those inclement weather, when you can't explore the city center, or when you want a thrilling roller coaster ride in the middle of a shopping spree - after all, it certainly won't cost you more than you spend in the mall all the money more. Highlights include thrilling rides like the Supersonic Odyssey and DNAMixer. User: Its has change quite a bit since the olden days. Their chinese decorations are the best and won first prize. Elegant and demure not tacky and "ching chong" as the locals will say . I redeemed a nice "leather " pouch with the most beautiful angpao of the decade : ) what a nice surprise. Very lively and has it's own character unlike many big malls that have no soul Many shops are own by mom and pop so u find special stuffs in this mall thus much diversity So many food outlets one is spoilt for choices. Many are local franchise brand it's a TRUE Malaysian mall Located just outside KLCC area, so easy to access via monorail which stops just outside the mall. Great for tourist who are tired of visiting malls with international brand and wants a true taste of what Malaysia has to offer. This mall deserve more publicity and hope malaysia tourism wont just promote BBKlCC

skylark shah: Malaysia's largest indoor theme park, Berjaya Times Square is the perfect place for families to enjoy and have fun this holiday!  This 133,000 sq ft theme park is divided into two sections: The Galaxy Station & The Fantasy Garden that caters to Adults

Day 6 | Afternoon

Having the chance to enjoy the charming Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, Kidzania Kuala Lumpur next to it is another great place that you will never want to miss!

Kidzania Kuala Lumpur

Ticket Price: 46 MYR

Location: Curve NX, No. 18, Jalan PJU7/5, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

KidZania Kuala Lumpur is packed with over 70 role-playing activities for children, where they'll learn all about jobs, money and the real world while developing life skills that simply cannot be taught in the classroom.

jawang: happy place for both kids and adults. i was accompanying my nieces and they had most amazing time here in Kidzania. look out for discounted price through agents

Day 6 | Evening

For convenient access to more popular attractions, Dorsett Hartamas Kuala Lumpur is the best places.

Dorsett Hartamas Kuala Lumpur

We would like to inform you that our rooftop pool(includes kid's pool) will be closed for the period mentioned below due to maintenance & upgrading work. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please be assured that we will do our utmost to make your stay with us as pleasant as possible. Thank you for your kind understanding. Closure Period: 5 - 19 DEC 2019 ; Remarks: other facilities(Kids' Club, Gym) on level 27 are open as usual. Dorsett Hartamas is a 4-star Sri Hartamas hotel, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Sri Hartamas is an affluent area, with a fast-developing local scene. Surrounding the hotel are numerous chic cafés, in-vogue eateries and bars, and modern shopping malls, all of which make Sri Hartamas a popular chill-out spot for young adults and new families alike. Inside our hotel are 290 rooms with all mod-con – and the rest of the hotel boasts fabulous facilities too. Keep up with your workout in our gymnasium, or take extra care and visit our health and wellness centre. If swimming’s more your style, try our rooftop sky pool, complete with wading pool and Jacuzzi – not to mention breathtaking views! All these facilities will be ready by end Q1 2019. Kids too can enjoy our children club room, while our cozy café provides all-day dining. For special occasions, we have 3 functions rooms for hire.

Day 7 | Morning

Kuala lumpur city gallery.

Opening Hours: 9:00-18:30

Ticket Price: 10 MYR

Location: Dataran Merdeka, 27, Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is located in the south of Independence Square. There is a sculpture of "ILOVEKL" at the entrance. Many tourists like to take photos here. The museum not only provides free maps and various travel brochures, but also collects many fascinating pictures, miniatures and other materials, allowing you to understand the history of Kuala Lumpur's urban development. Plus, it's a great place to shop for beautiful handmade travel souvenirs. User: The KL city gallery is a nice introduction to the city.It is located just beside the Merdeka square.It shows the history of the city and features a light show of the city with a video about the developmentnof the city.I would reccomend a visit on your first day in kuala lumpur.Plus it was free of charge the day i visited

Dr. Bellz: Oh, this place is a must visit. It gives a classical miniature of both the old & new KL. The landscape & it's presentation, the skyline & every other exhibit is worth a watch. It made us see the future tallest tower to be built in 2020. The famous architect Andrew Lee did a good job in the design & display of his work.

Day 7 | Afternoon

When time permits after visiting Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, don’t forget pay a visit to I-City.

Opening Hours: Open on Mon-Thu,11:00am-0:00am;Open on Fri,11:00am-0:30am;Open on Sat,10:00am-0:30am;Open on Sun,10:00am-0:00am

Ticket Price: 149.95

Location: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

I-City is a dream-like high-tech business district illuminated by digital neon lights. The entire area is covered with advanced LED light and shadow technology. It is the first night sightseeing attraction in Malaysia built with LED lights. In the evening, the Digital Light Studio is shrouded in LED lights of different colors, as if entering a magical world of light and shadow, which is exquisite. In addition to the colorful neon lights, there are also theme parks such as a tropical rainforest-themed water park, a red carpet wax museum full of superstars, a 3D illusion art museum, space missions and other theme parks, as well as many fashionable shopping districts, which are very suitable for family travel.

Mr. Ragaman: All in 1 roof, cool description that you can use for this place, everything u need, u can find here,from food heaven, huge parking lot & untill friendly service staff, bring back smile

aLiMrAnGhAni: tempat ni dulu masuk nak kena bayar nak tengok lampu-lampu je pun😁😁.. lepas pandemic ni baru dia bagi masuk boleh la bawak family jalan-jalan malam-malam layan cahaya.

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  • Day 1: Aquaria KLCC, Sunway Lagoon
  • Day 2: Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower
  • Day 3: National Museum of Malaysia, Petrosains
  • Day 4: KL Hop On Hop Off
  • Day 5: KL Bird Park, Royal Museum (Old National Palace)
  • Day 6: Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, Kidzania Kuala Lumpur
  • Day 7: Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, I-City

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The Perfect 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for First Timers

Whether you want to dive deep into culture and history, gawk at gleaming modern architecture or indulge your inner foodie, few cities give you as much diversity as Kuala Lumpur. But in such a varied place, you’re probably wondering exactly what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days?

Whilst you can easily spend a week in KL, it’s most typically visited as part of a long layover, with 2-4 days being an optimum stay. Therefore, my 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is optimized for first time visitors to the Malaysian capital. Let’s get into it!

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The Perfect 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for First Timers

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Useful Info for Spending 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur

How to get to kuala lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) is Malaysia’s largest airport and has direct connections to most major cities around the world with several budget airlines such as AirAsia and Tiger Air. There’s also a range of long-haul flights with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Royal Brunei Airlines.

If you’re looking for how to get from Kuala Lumpur airport to the city, you have a few options. The most expensive but quickest option is to take a taxi or a Grab. A ride into the city center will cost you around RM100 (24 USD) and should take around 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

Another option is to take the KLIA Ekspres train which costs RM55 (13 USD) for a single and RM100 (24 USD) for a return fare and takes around 30 minutes to reach the city center.

In case you want to skip the huge taxi lines at the airport, you can book a  private airport transfer . Your driver will be already waiting for you at the airport so you just have to lay back in the comfortable car and enjoy the ride! As a bonus, it costs roughly the same as booking a Grab.

View of the Petronas Towers from Heli Lounge Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur

Since Kuala Lumpur is located close to the equator, the weather in Kuala Lumpur is hot and sticky year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 26˚C to 33˚C (79˚F to 91˚F). So the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is when you have the time available!

Its tropical climate does mean that rain can strike at any time of year, but generally, it’ll be a heavy but short affair. May to July and December to February tend to be the most stable months.

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How to get around Kuala Lumpur

The best way to get around Kuala Lumpur is by bus, train, or taxi. It’s fairly easy to get your head around the bus system after a day or 2, and you can even find a fare-free bus service operated by Go KL City Bus.

Alternatively, you can use the MRT lines that include the monorail, LRT, and KTM Komuter trains. Fares vary from RM1.10 (0.25 USD) to a maximum fare of RM6.40 (1.5 USD) based on the journey.

Taxis can be flagged down on the street but you’re much better off taking them from designated taxi ranks or booking one through one of Kuala Lumpur’s many 24-hour taxi call centers. Otherwise, you can just use Grab, which is the Asian alternative to Uber.

Hotel in Kuala Lumpur with Infinity Pool

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

There’s a huge range of accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur and as such, there is something for everyone – from cheap hostels to 5-star hotels. You can even find many amazing hotels in Kuala Lumpur with infinity pools from where you can get a stunning view of the city skyline.

There are several amazing places to stay in Kuala Lumpur , but the ideal ones for first-timers are around the Bukit Bintang and Chinatown areas.

The bustling area of Bukit Bintang has a lot of shopping, dining, and nightlife choices, while Chinatown is home to some of the city’s best bargain accommodations and street food.

If you’re in a hurry, below you can find my top picks for where to stay in Kuala Lumpur with different budget options in mind.

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

LUXURY – Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

You’re always in safe hands with a Mandarin Oriental. This 5-star hotel comes with all the opulence you expect including an exotic rooftop pool overlooking KLCC Park.

Hotel Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

MID-RANGE – Hotel Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection

This stylish hotel welcomes you with deluxe bedrooms and a killer city view from the chic rooftop infinity pool. Air-conditioned rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a desk.

Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur - South

BUDGET – Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur – South

Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur – South features accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and private parking. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service.

Overview of Your 3 Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Breakdown of your 3 days in kuala lumpur.

  • Day 1: Batu Caves, Wilayah Mosque, Kampung Baru, Option A: Rooftop Pool, Option B: Street Art Hunting, Petronas Towers, KLCC Park + Symphony Lake Water Show, Sky Bar at Traders Hotel 
  • Day 2: Perdana Botanical Garden, National Mosque of Malaysia, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Merdeka Square, Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur, National Textiles Museum, Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Heli Lounge Bar, Lot 10 Hutong Food Market 
  • Day 3: KL Forest Eco Park, Menara KL Tower, Merchants Lane, Chinatown/ Central Market, National Museum of Malaysia, Thean Hou Temple, Jalan Alor, Changkat Bukit Bintang

Map for your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary

Below you can find a customized map that includes all the locations you’re going to visit on this Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

I marked your 3 days in Kuala Lumpur with different colors – I used blue for the first, green for the second, and red for the third day, so you can easily see which places you’re going to visit each day.

If you open up this post on your phone and you click on the bracket in the upper right corner of the map, it will open up in your Google Maps app so you can always have it with you. Super convenient, right?

Day 1 of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary

Of all the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days you definitely won’t want to miss the Batu Caves, so let’s make this your first stop!

Comprising three different caverns, the Batu Caves is one of the most sacred Hindu sites outside of India.

Completed only recently, the entrance to the caves is via 272 steps painted a kaleidoscope of colors. At the base of the staircase, there is a 42.7 meter (140 feet) tall statue of the Hindu deity, Lord Murugan.

Girl in a blue dress standing in front of the colorful stairs at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur

Entry to the Batu Caves is free. However, if you want to visit the smaller caves you’ll need to pay a small fee. A guided tour in the Dark Cave costs RM35 (8.5 USD).

You’ll need to wear modest clothes with covered shoulders and knees to enter the Batu Caves. There are sarongs available for rent if you forget. 

As the Batu Caves is one of the most popular things to do in KL, it’s best to arrive as early as you possibly can. Coincide your trip with sunrise and you’ll beat the crowds and the hot weather.

The easiest way to get to the caves is by taking the KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral. This costs RM2.60 (0.60 USD) each way and takes 25 minutes. From the designated Batu Caves station you need to walk 5 minutes.

If you take a Grab this will cost around RM25-30 (6-7.50 USD) each way. 

Girl in a blue skirt standing in front of the colorful columns at the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wilayah Mosque (Masjid Wilayah)

The next stop on your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is one of the most beautiful mosques in Asia.

Known as the Federal Territory Mosque, the Wilayah Mosque is a symmetrical complex with a central dome framed with two giant minarets. Each of these is topped with gleaming turquoise marble featuring gold paintwork.

The entrance to the main prayer hall is decorated with elegant floral and geometric designs – the whole building is a work of pure art. 

Girl in front of Wilayah Mosque, Kuala Lumpur

From Monday to Friday, there are daily tours from 10 am that will help you engage with the symbolism of the mosque. These tours are free and there is no admission charge to enter the mosque.

Women are required to don a robe and headscarf before entering the premises, these are provided free of charge. 

There’s no public transport connection to the mosque without going back into downtown KL so just call a Grab from the caves. The ride will only take 15 minutes. Note that the mosque is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Kampung Baru 

From the mosque, you can head to the neighborhood of Kampung Baru. Stretched along the north bank of the River Klang, a stone’s throw from the Petronas Towers, Kampung Baru is a hub of low-rise, traditional Malay buildings.

Whilst there aren’t any museums or attractions per se, add a stroll around the area to your Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 3 days for a chance to experience this dynamic city in an entirely different light.

Before you leave Kampung Baru, grab a plate of Malaysia’s signature dish, Nasi Lemak. This combination of steamed rice, flaked anchovies, sambal (spicy) sauce, and a boiled egg is widely available.

Wander along Jalan Raja Muda Musa and let your nose guide you to one of the many restaurants.

Option A: Rooftop Infinity Pool 

After a busy first morning diving into the culture of Malaysia, now it’s time to plunge into something a little bit different! Famed for its rooftop infinity pools, one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days is to factor in some sky-high downtime.

If you’re staying in a Kuala Lumpur hotel or Airbnb with its own pool, you can just head back there for a couple of hours. If not, then you can contact a hotel close to your own accommodation and enquire about a day pass to access the pool.

Some accommodations have deals whereby they can send their guests to sister hotels so I recommend checking with your own hotel reception.

A little heads up that due to the ongoing pandemic, this option might not be available anymore, so it’s safer to book your own place with a pool. In case you need some inspiration, make sure to check my post about the best Kuala Lumpur hotels with infinity pools !

Sunrise at the infinity pool at The FACE Suites

Option B: Street Art hunting

For those of you who are looking for a more exciting way to spend the afternoon, you can skip on the rooftop pools and go street art hunting instead!

You will find the most colorful murals on Jalan Alor KL Street Art 1 Lane and Changkat Bukit Bintang. Think about tropical forests, rainbow-colored streets, cute butterflies, snails, parrots, and many more! It’s worth tucking into the smaller streets in this area as most of the time these hold the best treasures.

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Petronas Towers

One of the essential places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days is the city’s quintessential icon, the Petronas Towers.

Clocking a height of 451.9 meters (1,483 feet), the skyscraper was once the tallest building on earth. Since newer structures have surpassed this height it is now the record holder for the world’s tallest twin towers.

There is an observation deck for tourists on Level 86. As tickets are released daily and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis, I recommend that you pre-book a Petronas Towers skip-the-line ticket . If you want that coveted sunset slot, book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

View from the Petronas Towers

KLCC Park + Symphony Lake Water Show 

You’ll also want to get some photos of the towers from the ground too. One of the most Instagrammable places in KL is the water fountains in KLCC Park. As this is the base of the towers, you should take a wide-angle lens for your camera if you have one.

My tip is to schedule your trip to the Petronas Towers so that you watch the Symphony Lake Water Show in KLCC Park.

This light show brings the fountains to life with a soundtrack of classical music. They take place daily at 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm and it’s one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days at night. 

You might also want to nip into Suria KLCC and hit the shops whilst you’re in this part of town. 

Girl in front of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur

Sky Bar at Traders Hotel 

Wrap up the first evening of your 3 days in Kuala Lumpur with a swanky cocktail overlooking the city lit up by night.

You can walk to the Traders Hotel and make your way to the Sky Bar on the 33rd floor which gives a direct view of the Petronas Towers.

Remember to take your passport along and you’ll need to adhere to their smart casual dress code. You can choose to order from Sky Bar’s Asian fusion menu – book a table in advance if so and request a window seat.

This is a pricey option, so an alternative is to eat at one of the restaurants in the shopping mall before heading to the bar.

Day 2 of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary

Perdana botanical garden.

Kuala Lumpur’s botanical garden is well worth a wander during your Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary. The 226-acre complex comprises tropical plants, fruit trees, sunken gardens, a lake, and a waterfall.

Entrance to the park is free but you will need to pay if you want to visit the Butterfly Garden or aviaries. The closest MRT station is Muzium Negara (Kajang Line).

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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

Exit the botanical gardens on the eastern side via Jalan Lembah and follow the road until you reach one of the stars of your Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary.

Open since 1965, the beautiful National Mosque of Malaysia was built as a motif of Malaysia’s independence. It’s a contemporary design with a striking blue and turquoise tile roof in the shape of an umbrella and a 73-meter minaret at the center. 

It’s free to visit the mosque. You will also need to borrow a floor-length robe and headscarf – these are provided free of charge.

Admission hours for the public are Saturday to Thursday, 6.30 am-1 pm, 2.30 pm-4 pm, and 5.30 pm-7 pm. Entrance is forbidden during prayer times and on Fridays. 

National Mosque of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

Directly next door to the mosque is one of the most interesting museums in KL.

The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is home to the largest collection of Islamic art in Southeast Asia. It spans everything from textiles and ceramics to jewelry and armor.

The museum is open daily 9.30 am – 6 pm and admission is RM14 (3.5 USD) and you’ll want to spend at least an hour here. You can always choose to visit the museum and then the mosque if you’d prefer. 

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

Merdeka Square

From IAMM and the mosque, it’s a 15-minute walk to Merdeka Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.

This is an important place for Malaysians as it’s the very site where the Malaysian flag made its debut following the declaration of independence in 1957.

Every year on 31 August, Malaysians gather in the square in memory of this accomplishment. If your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary coincides with this date, don’t be afraid to join in the celebrations. 

Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur

From Merdeka Square, you can nip across the River of Life Bridge and visit Masjid Jamek. Blending Moorish, Islamic, and Mughal architecture, this is one of the oldest mosques in KL.

As with the National Mosque, you are welcome to enter the mosque and take a look around in between prayer sessions.

Entrance is free and again you will be provided with a robe and headscarf to wear. The mosque opening times are Saturday to Thursday, 8.30 am-12.30 pm and 2.30 pm-4.30 pm.

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Before continuing with your Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary, you might want to pick up some lunch.

LOKL Coffee Co is a 5-minute walk from the mosque and serves western coffee and dishes. Alternatively, you can tuck into typical Malaysian fare at Restoran Al-Rizwan or plant-based North Indian dishes at Sangeetha Veg Restaurant .

National Textiles Museum

Back over the bridge, you have a couple of other museums to choose from (or, visit them all!).

First up, housed within a splendid heritage building, the National Textiles Museum takes you through centuries of Malaysian fabrics, costumes, and textile techniques.

The gallery is divided into four exhibitions that take you through weaving, embroidery, knitting, and beadwork and will take 1-1.5 hours to explore. 

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am-5 pm (closed on Mondays). Admission is RM5 (1.2 USD). 

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Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Walk around the corner from the National Textiles Museum and you’ll find the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. This museum presents an overview of KL’s history and contains models of the city landmarks. Plan to spend an hour here.

Entrance to the gallery is RM10 (2.4 USD) and it’s open daily 9 am – 6.30 pm. 

I respect that three museums in one swoop might be too much for your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary, so feel free to choose the ones that most appeal to you.

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Heli Lounge Bar

For the second evening of your 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, you can head to the most unusual bar in the whole of Southeast Asia.

The Heli Lounge Bar is located on a functioning helipad! An elevator will take you up to the 34th floor of the skyscraper where you will be asked to order a drink within the bar. From there, you can walk up the rooftop bar and take a seat on the helipad.

The views from here are sensational and on a clear evening, you can get some incredible photos of the golden hour over the city skyline.

This bar is consistently busy with both tourists and locals so aim to get there at 5 pm so you stand more chance of getting a seat once on the helipad. You will need to flash your passport or other photo ID to gain entrance to the bar.

Whilst there isn’t a set dress code before 9 pm when the bar transforms into more of a nightclub, it’s best to dress a little smarter for Heli Lounge. 

View of the Petronas Towers at from Heli Lounge Bar, Kuala Lumpur

Lot 10 Hutong Food Market

The dining scene in Malaysia is a melting pot of influences from different Asian countries and the best way to experience this is by visiting a hawker market.

Lot 10 Hutong Food Market is a covered market that presents around 30 eateries where you can sample Malaysian Hokkien Mee and Wanton Mee. The market is a 10-minute walk from Heli Lounge Bar.

Day 3 of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary

Kl forest eco park .

Long before the skyscrapers and infinity pools, the land that Kuala Lumpur was built upon was a native jungle. In fact, the name literally translates to ‘a muddy confluence’ in homage to this. The best place to experience KL’s jungle heritage is with a trip to the KL Forest Eco Park.

Located within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the area features nature trails and a canopy walk. All the trails are clearly marked and it’s very easy to follow the signposts along the well-maintained tracks.

This is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days if you want to take a moment within a natural environment. 

Open daily, 7 am – 6 pm, the Eco Park is free to visit. Dress for the hot, humid weather and tirade of mosquitoes – be sure to take your repellent with you as well as plenty of water. Plan to spend 1-2 hours exploring the forest reserve.

You can take the GO KL City Bus (Purple Line) and alight at the KL Tower stop. Alternatively, take the KL Monorail Line and depart at either the Bukit Nanas or Raja Chulan station.

The entrance of the The canopy walk at KL Forest Eco Park

Menara KL Tower 

Leaving the park, you can walk across to the Menara KL Tower. Registering at 421 meters (1,381 feet), the tower is a tad shorter than the Petronas Towers yet it gives you a staggering 360° birdseye view across the city.

Unlike the enclosed deck on the twin towers, the Sky Deck at the KL Tower is open-air. 

You can buy your ticket to the Menara KL Tower at the site itself or book them online in advance. Tickets start from RM49 (11.7 USD) to visit the platform as a foreigner.

View of KL Tower from The FACE Suites

For lunch today, I suggest you head to Merchants Lane . This is a funky cafe on Petaling Street where you can enjoy contemporary Malaysian fare with an international twist.

You can take the free GO KL City Bus (Purple Line) from Wisma MPL to Kotaraya or the Kelana Jaya Line from Dang Wangi to Pasar Seni.

Girl drinking a coffee at Merchants Lane, Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown/Central Market 

One thing you might want to factor in during your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is picking up some souvenirs for your loved ones (or yourself!).

Central Market is a hub for handmade merchandise and batik products, whilst Chinatown is a mix of traditional Chinese herbs and gifts to imitation goods. Whilst in Chinatown, you will spot KL’s oldest Hindu temple, Sri Maha Mariamman, and the Taoist Guan Di Temple.

Leaving Merchants Lane you’ll be in the boundary of the two markets so you can just continue on foot. 

Petaling Street Market in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

National Museum of Malaysia 

From Chinatown, you can now walk to the National Museum of Malaysia . Encompassing four main galleries, you will learn about Chinese, Indian and Malaysian culture as far back as prehistoric times to the modern day.

You can also brush up on flora and fauna and see artifacts such as pottery, jewelry, and stoneware. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here gaining insight into Malaysian history. 

The admission ticket is RM5 (1.20 USD) and the museum is open daily, 9 am – 5 pm. It’s a 20-minute walk from Chinatown.

Thean Hou Temple 

After a series of gorgeous mosques, fascinating museums and spine-tingling skyscrapers, one of the final places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days will also take your breath away.

Dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu, the vibrantly painted Thean Hou Temple draws together elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. In the garden surrounding the temple you can also spot the 12 animals of the zodiac and a giant chess board!

Girl in yellow skirt at Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Normally, the temple is decorated with myriads of red lanterns. They only remove it for a few days before the Chinese New Year to renew them. We accidentally ended up visiting on one of these days, that’s why you don’t see any lanterns on the below photos.

From the museum, you walk eastwards along Jalan Sultan Sulaiman until you reach a large intersection. Board bus 600 or 650 at KL1086 Ipd Brickfields and alight at KL1925 Jabatan Warisan Negara from where it’s a 10-minute walk.

If you’re conscious of time, a Grab will take less than 10 minutes.

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Jalan Alor 

For your final meal in KL, head to the epicenter of food – Jalan Alor.

This walking street comprises dozens of hawker stalls where you can experiment with Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern plates. You can also find coconut ice cream and fresh fruit, including the love-it-or-hate-it durian. 

Bukit Bintang (Kajang Line) is the closest MRT station for Jalan Alor. 

The colorful street of Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur

Changkat Bukit Bintang

A 5-minute walk from Jalan Alor delivers you at Changkat Bukit Bintang.

Whether you’d prefer to dance or talk through to the early hours, the ‘pub street’ of KL is the perfect place to let your hair down and toast the end of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

Don’t miss The Rabbit Hole (inspired by Alice in Wonderland!) or Havana Bar and Grill . 

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2023 Kuala Lumpur Itinerary (5 Days 4 Nights) with Budget

by thepinay solobackpacker | Jan 29, 2023 | Itinerary , Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia , Travel Guide | 0 comments

Detailed Kuala Lumpur itinerary with budget for 1, 2, 3 ,4 , 5 days with sample budget. Includes Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur, Top Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur for First Timers, and other KL travel essentials. 

What I love about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is it’s a culturally diverse city. Everywhere you go, the beautiful blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian culture are apparent.  Kuala Lumpur (KL) is one of the fastest growing cities in Southeast Asia, and somehow, it has changed almost beyond recognition over the years. It has grown to become one of the most visited countries in the world and one of the leading countries in shopping, boasting some of the largest shopping malls.

  A few days stay in Kuala Lumpur is enough to see and appreciate some of its popular tourist attractions like the Merdeka Square and the old heritage buildings nearby, Chinatown, Bukit Bintang and the Golden Triangle, Batu Caves, and of course, Malaysia’s poster boy – Petronas Tower.

If you’re planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur soon, here’s my latest Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for 5 days 4 nights.  I broke down the itinerary into 1,2,3,4,5, Days with budget, so you can decide for yourself, how many days you plan to stay in this lively city.



Malaysia has scrapped the travel requirements for tourists. Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers can now enter the country without the need for Covid19 test and quarantine.

But if you’re a Philippine Passport Holder, I still suggest you prepare a copy of your hotel booking, tickets, tours, and travel insurance. Just in case the Immigration Officer (IO) asks for it. You can purchase travel insurance when you book your airline ticket, airlines like Cebu Pacific offer this. You can also purchase travel insurance through your Gcash App.

Malaysia also lifted the indoor mask mandate. So, wearing of mask is now optional, but you are required to wear mask when riding public transport, e.g. bus, train, MRT, etc.


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BEST TIME TO VISIT KUALA LUMPUR: There’s not really a best time to visit Kuala Lumpur as it is year-round destination, however, March to May and October to November are the rainiest months. I experienced visiting Kuala Lumpur during November (off-peak season), and it was raining every day I had to adjust my itinerary.  But since it’s low season, flights and hotels are way cheaper!

HOW MANY DAYS TO SPEND IN KUALA LUMPUR: 3-5 days is usually enough to visit the top tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. But of course, you can stay longer if you want to explore more of the city and the nearby districts.

MALAYSIA TIME : Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia has the same time as the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.

MALAYSIA MONEY AND ATM: 1 MYR (Malaysian Ringgit) is equivalent to roughly ₱12.61 (SGD 0.31/ $0.23).

DRONE IN MALAYSIA: Is drone allowed in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia? Yes. You don’t need permit to fly drones that are less than 20kg in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, so long as it’s for personal use only.  But you must abide by the drone laws in Malaysia.

  • drone flights during the day only and good weather condition
  • no drone flying within 4.5km of any airport and military bases
  • no drone flying within 50 m of another human, structure, or building
  • no drone flying within 150 m of any outdoor gathering with 1,000 people


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MALAYSIA SOCKET: Bring a travel adapter because Malaysia uses a G-type socket same as the British socket. The standard voltage is 240 V and standard frequency is 50 Hz.

MALAYSIA SIMCARD/POCKET WIFI: While most hotels in Kuala Lumpur have free Wi-Fi, having internet during your tour or getting around the city is indispensable.


MRT/LRT Card: If you plan to commute in Kuala Lumpur using the rail lines and buses, best to purchase the MyRapid Touch’n Go Card, a smartcard ticketing system that can be used on rails and buses, like our own MRT/LRT card. Just tap it on the reader and the fare will automatically be deducted. You can top up the Touch’n Go card at rail stations and convenience stores.

  • KL Touch’n Go Card: BUY HERE  

KLIA EKSPRES: If you’re going to Kuala Lumpur City from the airport (KLIA or KLIA2), you can book the KLIA Ekspres, which will take you directly to KL Sentral.



Where to stay in kuala lumpur .

  If you’re wondering where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, here are my recommended areas.

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If you’re on a budget, Chinatown is a good option. Here, budget and midrange hotels abound. It is also near many attractions such as the Chinatown, Central Market and the Old Heritage District. If you’re staying in this area, from KLIA or KLIA2, you can take a bus to Pudu Raya (Pudu Sentral) Terminal. Bus fare starts at RM 10 (₱128/$2.36) and travel time is roughly 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Here are some top reviewed budget and mid-range accommodations in Chinatown:

  • The Explorer’s Guesthouse
  • The Travelhub Guesthouse
  • Ramada Encore by Wyndham Chinatown KL
  •   AC Hotel by Marriot Kuala Lumpur


Bukit Bintang is a popular choice among tourists, as it dotted with budget and mid-range accommodations.  It is also a recommended area to stay while in Kuala Lumpur because of its food street as well  as its proximity to many top attractions in Kuala Lumpur. This is such a touristy area, so, beware of pickpockets when walking around.

  • Ceria Hotel
  • Prescott Hotel Bukit Bintang

I’ve stayed in this hotel before. It is walking distance to Berjaya Times Square and restaurants, groceries, and convenience store. They also offer cheaper room rates for solo travelers.

  • Travelogue Guesthouse
  • Asia Like Boutique Hotel


If you’re looking for a mid-range accommodation that is near the top tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur, the Golden Triangle is the place to be.  It is peppered with serviced apartments offering more space than you’d get in a same priced hotel room.

  •   MS Boutique Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • MPalace Hotel Kuala Lumpur
  • K Hotel Kuala Lumpur

KL Sentral is another option for places to stay in Kuala Lumpur especially if you plan to travel other destinations in Malaysia since this is a central transit hub.

  • My Hotel @ Sentral
  • Metro Hotel @KL Sentral

This is a not-so-touristy area and you’ll be able to observe local life here. I stayed here recently because I was looking for a budget to mid-range hotel that has a safe so I can store my laptop and hard drive while I’m on tour. And since I booked just a week before my trip, most hotels have higher prices already and the hotels in this area are the only ones left that fit my budget. It’s not so close to many attractions, but it’s sprinkled with MRT/LRT/Monorail and Kmuter train station, so, I was still able to reach many attractions.

  • Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur
  • East Riverine Boutique Hotel


Kuala Lumpur has 2 international airports:

  • KLIA (also KLIA1) – home to many flagship airlines
  • KLIA2 – home to budget airlines like Cebu Pacific


  From Manila fly to Kuala Lumpur. I recently visited Kuala Lumpur via Cebu Pacific Air.

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You can book your flight at  

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  • IMPORTANT : If the Philippine travel tax is not yet included in your airline ticket, you need to pay it at the airport. If you’re flying via Cebu Pacific, refer to the Economy Class Travel Tax rate below.


From Kuala Lumpur Airport, how do you get to Kuala Lumpur City?

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  • KLIA Ekspres – links KLIA and KLIA2. Will take you directly to KL Sentral.
  • KLIA Transit – stops at all stations along the line.

2. By Bus : From KLIA2, you can go to KL Sentral by bus. Proceed to Level 1 and look for the bus terminal. Fare is roughly RM 12 (₱152/$3).  Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 22 minutes.


Airport taxis are available at both KLIA and KLIA2, if you’re traveling in groups, this is a good option. Taxi from Kuala Lumpur Airport to the city center will cost around RM 75 (₱964/$18), including the RM2 taxi coupon, toll fees, and a fixed RM 3 and RM 0.19 per km/21 seconds.

At the airport, just follow the sign to the metered taxi, purchase a taxi coupon for RM 2 and queue for the taxi. At KLIA2, metered taxis are at Level 1 of Gateway KLIA2.

4. By Private Transfer /Car Rental

  If you want a hassle-free transfer from KLIA or KLIA2 to your hotel, you can book a private transfer by car. This is recommended if you are traveling in groups or if you’re traveling with seniors and kids.

  •   KL Airport Transfer: RENT HERE


The first time I visited Kuala Lumpur is over a decade ago and I remember doing a walking tour around the Chinatown, Little India and the Old Heritage District of Kuala Lumpur.  Then, I revisited KL many times after that, but we use private tour or private vehicle, so, I didn’t notice the huge improvement of Kuala Lumpur’s transport system over the years, until my recent visit.

  Kuala Lumpur has such an extensive public transport system consisting of LRT (Light Rapid Transit), MRT (Mass Rapid Transit, commuter lines, monorail, and buses.

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MyRapid Touch’n Go Card

Kuala Lumpur has such an extensive public transport system consisting of LRT (Light Rapid Transit), MRT (Mass Rapid Transit, commuter lines, monorail, and buses.

  • MY Rapid Touch N’ Go Card: BUY HERE

The LRT, MRT, and monorail in Kuala Lumpur operate under the Rapid Rail.

  • LRT – the most common rail line being used, it can be found near most attractions in Kuala Lumpur, particularly the (5) LRT Kelana Jaya Line. Other helpful lines are 3) LRT Ampang Line, (4) LRT Sri Petaling Line.
  • MRT and the commuter rail (KTM Komuter) – for longer distances and connects Kuala Lumpur with nearby towns. Use the commuter line (1) KTM Seremban Line for Batu Caves.
  • Monorail – goes through the city center and connected to LRT lines. If you’re staying in Chowkit or Bukit Bintang, you might use this line often.
  • ERL – This operates the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit, which connects KLIA and KLIA2 and runs between the said airports and KL Sentral.

Kuala Lumpur has 10 rail lines:

See Kuala Lumpur Rail Map below. Download map HERE .


One of my recommended ways to explore Kuala Lumpur is by Hop-On Hop-Off Bus because it has bus stops at most major tourist attractions in the city. This is best if you’re traveling with kids and seniors. You can book your tickets below.



A hassle-free way to get around Kuala Lumpur is by private car. You can rent a car through the link below.


Kuala Lumpur taxi rate by day is RM 3 for base fee (including 1 km) then RM 1.25 per kilometer thereafter. At night (midnight until 6:00 AM) base fee is RM 4.50 (including 1 km) then RM 1.88 per kilometer thereafter.


  • RM 12 – airport surcharge
  • RM1 – use of luggage compartment
  • RM 2 – order by phone


Just download Grab app and you’re good to go.


  If you don’t have the time and energy to commute, Kuala Lumpur tour packages are the way to go. They’re pretty affordable and will cover many popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur. You can reserve a slot through the links below.



1. petronas tower.

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  • Location: KLCC Kuala Lumpur
  • Nearest MRT Station: KLCC Station
  • Nearest Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Stop:
  • Open Hours: Tues – Sun 10: AM – 6:00PM, Last admission at 5:30 PM, Closed on Monday
  • Entrance Fee: FREE if you’re just on the ground taking photos. But there’s a fee if you go up the tower. You can book tickets in advance through the link below to avoid the long queue.

Here’s the Petronas Tower entrance fee:


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  • Location: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
  • Nearest LRT/MRT Station: KLCC Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: KLCC (Bus Stop # 15)
  • Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Entrance Fee: FREE


Saloma Link (Pintasa Saloma) is a pedestrian bridge that connects Kampung Baru with Kuala Lumpur City. It’s a popular Instagram spot for tourists especially at night when the colorful lights are turned on from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

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  • Nearest LRT/MRT Station: Kampung Baru Station


Another must-see structure in Kuala Lumpur is Menara Tower Kuala Lumpur, you can see this around Masjid Jamek area and Bukit Nanas area.

  • Location: 2 Jalan Punchak, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur
  • Nearest LRT/MRT Station: Dang Wangi Station or Bukit Nanas Station
  • Nearest Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Stop: KLCC (Bus Stop # 15)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 5. MERDEKA PNB 118 (KL 118)

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  • Location: Cangkat Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
  • MRT/LRT Station: Merdeka Station, Plaza Rakyat Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop : Merdeka Square (Bus Stop 11)
  • Open Hours: Still closed. Set to open mid-2023.


One of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, situated in the Old District along the confluence of Klang and Gombak River, where Kuala Lumpur derived its name. The mosque is inspired by Mughal architecture. It was designed in Indo-Saracenic style by English architect Arthur Benison Hubback. Masjid Jamek’s interior is noticeably bare and simple. Our mosque guide said during those times, they don’t know yet how to write in Arabic calligraphy, which is often used as design inside most mosques.  If you want to know more about Muslim faith, the guide at Jamek Mosque are very good at explaining them briefly.

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  • Location: Jalan Tun Perak, Wilayah Persekutuan, KL
  • MRT/LRT Station: Masjid Jamek Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Merdeka Square (Bus Stop 11)
  • Open Hours: Open to visitors Daily (except Friday) 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Entrance Fee: FREE, donation/tip is highly encouraged.


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At night, the River of Life transforms into another dramatic scenery during the dancing symphony fountain with lighting effects and blue fog in sight.

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  • Location: Jalan Benting, near Masjid Jamek
  • Open Hours: 24 hours


The late 19 th century Sultan Abdul Sahmad Building was once the office of British colonial government. This gorgeous building was inspired by Moorish architecture just like the Masjid Jamek.

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  • Location: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Hours: Daily 24 hours
  • Entrance Fee: Free


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  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM


  Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is a lively neighborhood packed with age-old colorful shop houses, cafes, restaurants, and food stalls. While in the area, don’t miss the following:

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  • PETALING STREET – The center of Chinatown in KL packed with restaurants, stalls, and vendors selling imitation designer bags, electronic, clothing, etc.
  • TEMPLES – Chinatown is dotted with colorful temples .
  • Guan Di Temple – A beautiful Taoist Temple along Jalan Tun HS Lee.
  • Sri Maha Mariamman Temple – A Hindu Temple near Guan Di Temple.
  • Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – The oldest Taoist Temple
  • Kuan Yin Temple – A Buddhist temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion
  • KWAI CHAI HONG – A back alley at Jalan Panggong (Lorong Panggong) with 10 old shop houses that was recently restored so that tourists can relive Chinatown in the olden days. It’s now a popular Instagram spot because of the art murals painted here.
  • CAFES – After a tiring walking tour of the Old District and Chinatown, you hang out at one of the cafes scattered at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Jalan Pangong, Jalan Petaling and Jalan Sultan.
  • Location: Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur
  • MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station, Merdeka Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Chinatown (Bus Stop 3)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM

 11. CENTRAL MARKET (Pasar Seni)

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  • Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi
  • MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Central Market (Bus Stop 4)
  • Open Hours: Daily 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM


National Mosque of Malaysia replaced Masjid Jamek as the main center of worship in 1965. This massive mosque can accommodate up to 15,000 people. It has a unique 16-pointed star roof, which resembles an umbrella and 240 feet tall minaret. There’s no nearby MRT/LRT station, best to visit via KL Hop-on Hop-Off Bus. Or you can reach it by foot via Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.

  • MRT/LRT Station: N/A
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: National Mosque (Bus Stop 10)
  • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 am – 6:00 pm


  Istana Negara or the National Mosque of Malaysia is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. It replaced the Old Istana Negara, which is now a Royal Museum. I was able to visit both. However, you can’t really enter the new palace, for security reasons, you can only take photos outside the gate. They’re located on different compounds, far away from each other.

  • National Palace of Malaysia (New Istana Negara)
  • Location: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: N/A
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: National Palace (Bus Stop 8)

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  • Old Istana Negara (Royal Museum)
  • Location: Jalan Istana
  • Entrance Fee (Foreign Visitors): Adult – RM 10 (₱127 / $2.29), Child 6-12 years- RM 5 (₱63/$1.15)
  • Entrance Fee (Malaysians): Adult – RM 5, Child 6-12 years- RM 2
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Temporarily Closed)
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Tun Sambanthan Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: N/A


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Here, you’ll also find the massive KL Bird Park, home to a staggering 3,000 endemic and foreign birds of roughly 200 diverse species.

  • Perdana Botanical Garden
  • Location: Jalan Perdana
  • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: Bird Park (Bus Stop 9)
  • KL Bird Park
  • Location: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih, Tasik Perdana
  • Entrance Fee: Adult – RM 75 (₱950 / $17), Child – RM 50 (₱633/$12)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 5:30


Overlooking the Lake Gardens is this bronze monument commemorating the Task warriors and civilians who died defending Malaysia against the Japanese soldiers during the World War II and (1941 – 1945) and the Malayan Emergency (1948 – 1960).


Another Instagram favorite in Kuala Lumpur is the 6-tiered Chinese temple dedicated to Mazu, the Sea Goddess. This beauty is blend of modern and architectural techniques with elements of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It’s a long walk from Thun Sambanthan Station, best to join the Kuala Lumpur tours that includes a visit to Thean Hou Temple.

  • Thean Hou Temple
  • Location: Persiaran Endah
  • Open Hours: Daily 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Thun Sambanthan Station


1. batu caves.

The colorful 272 steps of Batu Caves has been an Instagram favorite in recent years. But this massive cave has long been a tourist favorite in Malaysia after the Petronas Tower.  Batu Caves is a limestone hill in Selangor, built with vibrant Hindu shrines and temples.  Since this is a place of worship, please respect the locals praying. Follow the dress code if you want to enter the main temple and caves.

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  • Location: Gombak, Selangor
  • Entrance Fee:
  • Main Temple – Free
  • Cave Villa – Foreigners RM 15 (₱63/ $1.15), Malaysians RM 7 (₱63/ $1.15)
  • Dark Cave Tour: Starts at RM 35 (₱443/ $8)
  • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Nearest Train Station (KTM Komuter): Batu Caves Komuter Station

  Dress code: Girls must be wearing pants or long skirts. NO short skirts and sleeveless tops.


This is an integrated resort housing a hotel, shopping malls, temple, Genting Skyworld Theme Park, and the Genting Skytropolis, so, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Located on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali, Genting Highlands offers a scenic view of the lush massif and lush rainforest. You can book tickets below in advance to secure a slot.

  • ✔ KL to Genting Highlands (Shared Van): RESERVE HERE
  • ✔ KL to Genting Highlands (Private Van): RESERVE HERE
  • ✔ Genting Highlands Cable Car: RESERVE HERE
  • ✔ Genting Skytropolis: DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE
  • ✔ Genting Skyworld: DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE
  • ✔ Genting Highlands Pass: TICKETS HERE
  • ✔ Jungle Gym: TICKETS HERE
  • ✔ Resorts World Awana: RESERVE HERE
  • ✔ Genting Highlands Day Trip: BOOK  HERE
  • ✔ Glamping at Genting Highlands: RESERVE HERE


  This beautifully planned garden city is the administrative and judicial capital of Malaysia. Here are some places to see in Putrajaya:

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  • ☑Putrajaya Mosque
  • ☑ Minister’s Building
  • ☑ Putra Perdana & Secret Garden Putrajaya
  • ☑Putrajaya Botanical Garden
  • ☑ Putrajaya Pavilion
  • ☑Seri Wawasan Bridge
  • ☑Putrajaya Lake
  • ☑Putrajaya International Convention Center
  • ✔ Le Meridian Buffet Lunch or Dinner: RESERVE HERE
  • ✔ Putrajaya Marriot Hotel Restaurant: RESERVE HERE

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  • Location: Putrajaya
  • Nearest Train Station (KLIA Transit): Putrajaya and Cyberjaya Station




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A few years ago, I visited this lovely resort because I couldn’t afford to travel to Europe yet.  Colmar Tropicale is actually a picturesque resort in Bukit Tinggi inspired by Colmar, a medieval French Village in Alsace. It features a swimming pool, Japanese Garden, tennis court, and a botanical garden. It’s a perfect place for some photo op and yes, it does look like Colmar, France. You can visit this as a day trip from Kuala Lumpur, but if you want to soak up its atmosphere, you can book an overnight stay through the link below.

✔ Colmar Tropicale Tour: BOOK HERE or CHECK RATES HERE


  If you’re in Kuala Lumpur for a family get-away, check out Sunway Lagoon! It’s a theme park with 5 adventure zones – Water Park, Wildlife Park, Amusement Park, Scream Park, and Extreme Park, and over


✔ Sunway Lagoon with Private Transfer from KL: RESERVE HERE

✔ Sunway Lagoon Hotel: BOOK HERE or CHECK RATES HERE

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  •   How to get to Sunway Lagoon:
  • From KL Sentral, take Kmuter train to Pelabuhan Klang. Get off at Setia Jaya. 27 mins, 8th stop.
  • Walk to Sunway-Setia Jaya Station. 3 min.
  • Ride BRT Sunway Line to USJ7.
  • Get off at Sunway Lagoon. 5 min, 2 nd
  • Walk to Sunway Lagoon. 14 mins.


If you’re planning to commute in Kuala Lumpur and follow this itinerary, find the nearest MRT/LRT/Monorail to your hotel first.

If you’re traveling with seniors and kids, I won’t recommend a DIY Tour using MRT/LRT/Monorail. You can go for the KL Hop-On Hop-Off Bus or just book a half day or whole day group tour in Kuala Lumpur.  They’re pretty affordable anyway, and you’ll get to visit the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur with a tour guide.

  • Kuala Lumpur Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: DISCOUNTED BUS TICKET HERE
  • Kuala Lumpur Day Tour: RESERVE HERE

You can read my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide (link below) with an itinerary good for seniors and kids using Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.


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The sample Kuala Lumpur budget above doesn’t include the price for accommodation, airfare, travel tax, drinks, souvenirs and other shopping expenses.  I spent roughly RM 437 ( ₱ 5,616.32 -$103.20) for 5 days 4 nights’ accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, for a ₱1,123.26 hotel per night.  So, if I add that to the Kuala Lumpur travel budget above, my total expense is roughly RM 1,109.30 ( ₱14,426.71 -$262.93).  You could save more if you find a cheaper accommodation and if you’re a party of two if you’ll share the accommodation.


If you still have more days to spend in Malaysia, you might want to consider the following side trips from Kuala Lumpur.


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Cameron highlands itinerary (3 days 2 nights), cameron highlands travel guide (budget + itinerary).

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the birthplace of Malay civilization. This popular tourist destination is known for its narrow lanes dotted with colorful Baba Nyonya houses and Dutch brick-buildings. It has a long-withstanding history of colonial rule under the Portuguese, British, and Dutch.

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3. legoland malaysia.

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  • Legoland Malaysia: DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE
  • Legoland Malaysia Hotel: BOOK HERE
  • Transfer between Singapore and Legoland: RESERVE HERE


  This beautiful theme park is another project of Sunway Lagoon. It is located in Ipoh, about 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur. The Lost World of Tambun is enveloped by lush tropical forest, age-old limestone hills, and natural springs. Kids and adults will definitely have fun here.

  • Lost World of Tambun: DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE

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The Perfect 2 Days Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

With all the sights to see, culture to experience, and food to try, you might wonder how you can fit everything into a 2 days Kuala Lumpur itinerary. While you might not be able to see all Malaysia’s vibrant capital city has to offer, 2 days in Kuala Lumpur will allow ample time to discover the city’s best bits! 

In this Kuala Lumpur itinerary, I’ll cover the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days. There will be opportunities to explore the city’s must-see attractions, shop till you drop, trek through lush jungles, and sample the fantastic cuisine! I’ve also included loads of tips and tricks to help you maximize your 48 hours in KL. From things to know before you go, how to get around, the best time to visit, where to stay, and even what to eat!

Ready to find out what to do in Kuala Lumpur? Read along to discover the best of the city in this 2 days Kuala Lumpur itinerary! Let’s go! 

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Kuala Lumpur Itinerary: Pre-Travel Tips

Before diving into this 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur travel guide, here are a few tips to help you plan the perfect trip. 

  • Most countries enjoy visa-free entry to Malaysia for up to 30 days. That said, it’s always best to  check if you need a visa . 
  • Search the best hotel and hostel deals in Kuala Lumpur. It’s easy to find accommodation in KL, but make sure to book well in advance if you’re visiting during special holidays, like Chinese New Year. (See my hotel recommendations below).
  • Book a  discounted seat on the KLIA Express Train  to access the city easily.
  • Grab a  prepaid 4G Sim card   for pickup at the airport. This way, you can plan your stops, access maps, book Grab taxi, and much more on the go. 
  • Malaysia’s currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR 1=USD 0.21/ GBP 0.17/ EUR 0.20/ TWD 6.75). It’s best to exchange money at the airport, but currency exchangers are easy to find in hotels, shopping malls, or on the street. 
  • Don’t feel like navigating the city on your own? Here’s a  great full-day tour  to help you see all of the city’s highlights without the hassle of planning a thing! 
  • You may need a  travel adapter  for your trip. The standard voltage in Malaysia is 240V, with a frequency of 50Hz, and the plug type is G.  
  • Unfortunately, things can and do go wrong when you travel.  World Nomads  offers coverage for more than 150 activities, as well as emergency medical, lost luggage, trip cancellation, and more.

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How to get to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is Malaysia’s biggest airport and the main gateway to the city. 

There are two airports, KLIA and KLIA2. Both are located less than 1 hour from the city center, and it’s easy to  take a bus , taxi, private transfer or the airport express train to reach the city.  

While  the bus is the cheapest way  to get to the city, taking the  KLIA Express Train  is by far the  fastest and most convenient way to reach Kuala Lumpur ! Trains only take 28 minutes to reach KL Sentral, and they are frequent and surprisingly affordable. It is possible to buy a ticket straight at the airport, but I really recommend  booking a discounted seat in advance . That way, you’ll save a bit of money, and you can skip the long queues at the ticket office! 

Of course, if you are traveling with lots of luggage or don’t want to bother with public transport, a private transfer or a taxi is your best option . A taxi ride to the city center will cost you around MYR75, but make sure you get a fixed-rate taxi or ask them to turn on the meter . Alternatively, get a Grab Taxi at much cheaper rates. That way, you can guarantee not being ripped off as you’ll know the price before booking the ride.

How to get around Kuala Lumpur in 2 days

While it is possible to explore some areas in the city on foot, you should know that Kuala Lumpur is a massive city, and the city’s attractions are quite spread out. Since you only have 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, you probably don’t want to waste too much time commuting. 

KL has an extensive, yet a complicated  metro  system that can take you to all corners of the city. It consists of three rail networks, KTM Komuter, the KL Monorail, and a Lightrail. ( See transit map here ). While it is the most affordable option with stops near all the must-see places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, I wouldn’t bother trying to figure out the stops and schedules with only 2 days in Kuala Lumpur. Instead, opt to use the  Hop on Hop Off bus   or Grab Taxi . 

Travel Tips:  Grab Taxi is a popular ride-share service in Malaysia and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Make sure to  download the app  before your trip. Oh, and don’t worry, it’s super easy to use and very convenient. 

For those traveling on a budget, consider using the  KL City bus  ( see more details here ). It’s a free service and a great way to access most of the top spots. Just a heads up, though, it’s not the fastest mode of transport! 

When to visit Kuala Lumpur

The weather in Kuala Lumpur is mostly hot and humid, with average high temperatures between 28°C and 32°C throughout the year. Since KL has a tropical climate, frequent downpours aren’t uncommon either. The hottest month is March, while November sees the most rainfall.

With that being said, the best time to visit is from May to July and December to February . During these months, the temperatures are mostly pleasant, it’s not too humid, and it rains less. If you want to beat the heat, January is your best bet, as it is the “ coldest ” month with an average high of 27°C.

No matter when you choose to kickstart your 2 days Kuala Lumpur itinerary, though, make sure to  pack light, breathable clothes , and an  umbrella ! 

Where to stay during your 2 day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary  

Kuala Lumpur has a huge range of  accommodation , so you will be able to find just about anything to match your budget.

If it’s your first visit to this megacity, it’s best to stay somewhere central, close to public transport. That way, you’ll be able to maximize your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur.  Here are my top recommendations on where to stay. 

Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang is the best area to stay in Kuala Lumpur and a firm favorite among first-time visitors, shoppers, nightlife seekers, and foodies. It’s also home to some of KL’s coolest cafes !

Since you’ll be right in the city’s heart, you’re guaranteed a good time with plenty to do!

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Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade is a beautiful 4-star hotel at surprisingly affordable rates. It is also located a short stroll from Bukit Bintang’s most lively and atmospheric streets. The rooms are spacious and sport beautiful, modern interiors. What’s more, the glimmering rooftop pool is the perfect spot to kick back with a boozy cocktail as you watch the setting sun over the gorgeous cityscape. Check rates & availability here!

KLCC  is another popular area to stay and offers easy access to several of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic landmarks . Besides its perfect location, KLCC is famous for its luxury hotels, trendy rooftop bars, and excellent fine-dining opportunities. That said, expect to pay premium prices!

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W Kuala Lumpur is  the creme de la creme of luxury accommodation, and you can’t go wrong with booking a stay here! This gorgeous hotel comes with all the trimmings you’d expect from a 5-star hotel — from beautiful, modern rooms and impeccable service to a dreamy indoor pool and a relaxing spa. Not to mention, convenient location!  Check rates & availability here ! 

Travelers looking for something a bit more budget-friendly and culturally vibrant can opt to stay in  Chinatown . The area is steeped in history and oozes with teeming streets full of markets, temples, fantastic cafes, and authentic eateries.

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Travelodge City Centre is a beautiful 3-star hotel with very affordable rates. The rooms are bright and modern, and the hotel is a skip from bustling Central Market and Petaling Street. If you’re looking for a convenient place to stay that’s not a hostel, this is the perfect budget-friendly choice! Check rates & availability here !

Need more help finding the perfect hotel or hostel in Kuala Lumpur?  Check more options here on Agoda . 

Kuala Lumpur Itinerary: Quick Overview

KL Day 1: Thean Hou Temple, Little India, National Mosque, Central Market, Petaling Street, Petronas Towers.

KL Day 2: Batu Caves, KL Forest Eco Park, KL Tower, Jalan Alor, Changkat Avenue.

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Kuala Lumpur in 2 days: The best things to do

Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL as the locals like to call it, offers endless attractions and plenty to do! 

There’s something for everyone in KL — from jaw-dropping landmarks and historical sites to colorful neighborhoods and delicious street food! Since I’ve included the city’s highlights, feel free to mix things up and tailor this guide to your own needs, preferences, or traveling style. Ready? Let’s go!

Day 1 Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Day 1 of your Kuala Lumpur itinerary is all about culture and shopping! You’ll get to explore the city’s great religious sites, get lost in colorful neighborhoods and bustling markets, before finally topping the day off with incredible views from atop the Petronas Towers!

Make sure you’re wearing  comfortable walking shoes , as you’ve got a lot of ground to cover today! 

Thean Hou Temple

Get an early start and visit one of the most Instagrammable places in Kuala Lumpur – Thean Hou Temple.

Built in 1987, Thean Hou Temple is a gorgeous six-tiered Buddhist temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu.

Besides marveling at the ornate architecture strewn with hundreds of dangling red lanterns, there are quite a few other things to see while visiting here. Don’t miss the Chinese Medicinal Herbs Garden, the Wishing Well, and the very cute Tortoise Pond! 

Thean Hou Temple is one of the most Instagrammable places in Kuala Lumpur.

Little India

Little India or Brickfields is one of the most colorful and vibrant neighborhoods in KL. It’s filled with culture, history, great food, and cute shophouses selling all kinds of wares, like fabrics, flower garlands, spices, jewelry, and Bollywood paraphernalia. 

Little India is the perfect place to shop, take photos, and get lost in a colorful maze of alleys. Don’t forget your camera, because you’ll be needing it! 

National Mosque

Masjid Negara, also called the National Mosque, is one of the largest mosques in Southeast Asia, and definitely deserves a spot on your 2 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary!

Constructed in 1965 to memorialize Malaysia’s independence, it can host up to 15,000 worshippers and is beautiful inside and out! Besides the massive main prayer hall and lush 13-acre gardens, the most striking feature is its blue tile roof with 18 points representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam.

It’s an extremely tranquil place to visit and a good opportunity to learn a bit more about Islamic culture. The mosque is only open to non-worshippers at certain hours during the day, so it’s best to time your visit here. The entry is free. 

The National Mosque is a huge must on any 2 days Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

Since this is a place of worship, make sure to dress appropriately. Free robes are provided at the entrance for both men and women. It’s also a good idea to wear socks as you’re not allowed to wear shoes within the complex.

Travel Tips:  If your schedule is flexible, it’s worth exploring a few of the sights nearby. Get a closer look at the old Malaysian Railway Station, learn more about Islam at the Islamic Arts Museum, or immerse yourself in nature at the  Kuala Lumpur Bird Park   and Lake Gardens.

Central Market

When it was first built in 1888, Central Market was just a simple wet market. Over the years, the market has transformed in many ways. Today, it is a Heritage Site and one of the most popular places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

It is a great place for a leisurely walkabout and the perfect spot to find all kinds of artisan goods, batik artworks, handicrafts, souvenirs, and cute boutique stores. 

After browsing the first level, and practicing your haggling skills, head to the second floor. Here, you’ll find several restaurants and a food court to satisfy your hunger. 

Central Market is a Heritage Site and a must-do when in KL. The two-level market houses an interesting mix handicrafts, paintings and wooden carvings.

Travel Tip: Make sure also to take a stroll along Kasturi Walk, which runs along the market. It’s a cool open-air flea market, and the whole lane is lined with little cafes, tea shops, and loads of stalls selling all kinds of snacks, souvenirs, and handiworks.

Chinatown, Petaling Street

Next up on your Kuala Lumpur itinerary, is Chinatown. Nestled right in the heart of this vibrant neighborhood, you’ll find one of KL’s most bustling markets, Petaling Street. 

Petaling Street is an absolute haven for bargain hunters and chock-full with stores and stalls selling all kinds of stuff, from cheap street food and Louis Vuitton knock-offs to interesting Chinese knick-knacks and souvenirs. 

The market is always teeming with people no matter which time of day you go, so get ready to join the scrum! Oh, and don’t forget to haggle! 

No Kuala Lumpur itinerary would be complete without visiting bustling Petaling Street. It's one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur and a great place to practice your haggling skills.

Afterward, get lost in Chinatown’s nooks and crannies, hunt for street art, pop into quaint tea houses, and marvel at the colorful colonial-style buildings. 

Getting lost in the colorful alleys of Chinatown is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Petronas Towers

End the first day of your Kuala Lumpur itinerary by visiting the city’s most iconic landmark and the world’s tallest twin towers. 

Standing 451.9 meters tall, the Petronas Towers is truly an architectural wonder. Surrounded by skyscrapers, no matter which way you turn and the beautiful KLCC Park at its base, this is one KL attraction you cannot miss. 

For a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent cityscape, opt to tour the Skybridge and the Observation Deck. The guided tour lasts about 45 minutes, which is a bit short, but it’s still an amazing experience. You can visit the towers throughout the day, but come at sunset or night for a truly unforgettable experience!

Just a heads up though, tickets for the Petronas Towers sell out fast! So, make sure to  book your tickets in advance . It’s also good to know that the towers aren’t open on Mondays. 

The iconic Twin Petronas Towers should top your list of things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

Travel Tips:  If your budget doesn’t allow exploring the towers’ inside, you can still enjoy epic ground-level views at KLCC Park. Grab a coffee and find a bench or spot on the grass to kick off your shoes! To snap an Instagram-worthy selfie with the towers, make sure to pack a wide-angle lens. I love this  Xenvo   Pro   clip-on lens  that easily fits in my handbag! 

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Day 2 Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

On the final day of your 2 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary, you’ll visit one of Malaysia’s most iconic attractions, Batu Caves. Afterward, immerse yourself in nature as you wander along with treetop canopies in KL’s very own rainforest. Then dive right into the city’s bustling night markets and vibrant nightlife scene! 

Exploring the ancient Batu Caves is a must when spending 2 days in Kuala Lumpur.

A Kuala Lumpur itinerary would simply not be complete without visiting the spectacular Batu Caves.

Located about 25 minutes’ drive from the city center, Batu Caves is an important religious site revered for its 400 million-year-old caves, funky rainbow stairway, cheeky monkeys, and giant Buddha statue guarding the cave’s entrance. It’s also one of the most popular temples to visit in Southeast Asia !

Besides exploring the temples at the base of the cave, snapping photos of the stairway, and marveling at the towering statue of Murugan, it’s worth tackling the 272 steps to the top. The views along the way are incredible! Keep an eye on the sneaky monkeys, though; they are notorious for snatching anything from food and hats to phones and sunglasses! 

Inside the cave, browse by several Hindi shrines and temples and get a close-up look at the cave’s ancient limestone interior. 

Travel Tips: Since Batu Caves is easily the city’s most touristy spot, come as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Make sure to dress appropriately, cover your shoulders and legs above the knees, and bring a scarf just in case. With that being said, you might still need to rent a sarong for MYR10 at the foot of the cave.

KL Forest Eco Park

Neatly nestled among the city’s concrete jungle is the beautiful KL Forest Eco Park. As the only protected patch of rainforest within the city’s borders, it’s just the place to escape Kuala Lumpur’s often unbearable heat. The best part, it’s free!

The park spans over 9 hectares and houses an incredibly diverse range of plant life. There are several walkways perfect for jungle trekking, but make sure to climb up to the canopy walkways too! From here, you’ll get to walk amid the treetops and spot all kinds of birds, monkeys, and butterflies! Of course, the views of the lush jungle below and the cityscape are just as rewarding!

Walk along treetops and marvel at exotic plant and animal life when visiting the KL Forest Eco Park.

Menara KL Tower

Towering 421 meters above the city, the KL Tower is the world’s seventh tallest telecommunications tower and another top attraction to add to your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur itinerary. 

There’s a lovely forest area at the tower’s base where you can take a walkabout or sit back and enjoy the surroundings. For panoramic views, though, a visit to the Observation Deck and the Sky Deck is a must! From here, you can see the entire city, and it’s incredibly beautiful no matter which way you turn! 

Make sure to book your tickets online  as the lines are always long! Oh, and if you’re brave enough, there’s also bungee jumping to add to your list of things to do! 

Visiting the world's seventh tallest communications tower is an excellent add-on to any Kuala Lumpur itinerary 2 days.

Jalan Alor is probably the most famous food street in Kuala Lumpur and the perfect spot to grab seafood, hawker food, and authentic Malay cuisine. 

The area really only comes alive at night when the street is jam-packed with hawker stalls selling all kinds of food and brimming with people deciding what to eat. Come hungry, because there are lots to try! 

Dive right into Kuala Lumpur's vibrant nightlife scene as you snack your way through Jalan Alor - a Mecca for foodies.

Changkat Avenue

End your final day of 2 days in Kuala Lumpur by exploring Changkat Avenue – the city’s bustling go-to nightlife area. 

The street is lined with tons of bars, hipster lounges, cool eateries, thumping nightclubs, and everything in between! No matter where you go, you’re guaranteed a good time!

What to eat in Kuala Lumpur

No visit to KL would be complete without indulging in the city’s mind-blowing cuisine! There’s so much to try, and to be honest; you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something to satisfy your tastebuds in this incredible foodie hub! 

With only 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, the easiest way to sample loads of different options and learn a bit more about the food culture is on a food tour . Of course, if your itinerary is a bit more flexible and you enjoy cooking, consider joining this fun cooking class !

When it comes to food, Kuala Lumpur is a foodies haven. Make sure to sample as much as you can!

No matter what you decide to do, don’t miss the following dishes during your 2 days Kuala Lumpur itinerary: 

  • Nasi Lemak  – Malaysia’s national dish and a huge must try! The best part, you can find it everywhere in Kuala Lumpur! While it’s a simple dish, it’s packed with flavor and finger-licking goodness! Nasi Lemak consists of coconut rice served with spicy sambal, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, and eggs. 
  • Beef Rendang  – An insanely delicious, coconut beef stew served with Nasi Lemak. It also comes in lamb and chicken variants, but the beef is by far the best! 
  • Char kway teow  – A popular street food snack consisting of flat rice noodles quick fried with egg, prawns, beansprouts, cockles, and sausage. 
  • Roti canai  – A crispy pan-fried pancake often served with Indian dishes like dhal or curry. The pancake is made with lots of butter and oil, so it’s probably not the healthiest food to eat in Kuala Lumpur, but it’s incredibly tasty! You can get roti canai stuffed with just about anything your heart desires, but the most common options are egg, cheese, or onion. If you have a sweet tooth, try the banana chocolate ones! They are divine!
  • Laksa/ Curry mee  – A spicy coconut and yellow curry noodle soup served soft tofu, prawns, and beansprouts.
  • Hainanese chicken rice – If you’ve been to Singapore , you’ve probably tried this incredibly aromatic yet straightforward dish. The chicken is cooked in garlic, ginger, and chicken stock and then served with rice and a chili sauce.
  • Satay skewers  – Meat such as beef, chicken, or lamb grilled on sticks and served with a nutty peanut sauce, and cucumbers and onions of the side. It’s the perfect street food snack! 
  • Bak Kut Teh  – A delicious soup consisting of pork rib meat stewed for hours in a herbal broth. 

Chinatown is full of character and a highlight on any KL travel itinerary.

Kuala Lumpur Day Trips

If you have a few more days to spare on your Kuala Lumpur itinerary, it’s worth exploring the city’s outskirts. Here are some of the best day trips from Kuala Lumpur:

  • Genting Highlands  – A huge casino resort and theme park nestled among beautiful mountains with plenty to do.  Try this tour . 
  • Cameron Highlands  – A tranquil area, filled with tea plantations, rose gardens, butterfly farms and strawberry picking spots.  Check out this tour . 
  • Malacca  – A gorgeous colorful little town steeped in history. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.  See the tour details here .
  • Ipoh  – A charming town filled with street art, hidden temples, and heaps of exotic culinary delights.  Join this tour .  
  • Bukit Tinggi  – Wander along the cobblestone streets of Colmar Tropical Resort lined with colorful European-style buildings, bakeries, and cute cafes.  Check out this tour . 
That wraps up this 2 days Kuala Lumpur itinerary! Feel free to share your tips on the best things to do in KL, places to stay, the best places to eat, and everything in between below! 

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur is said to be famous for the modern skyline tall towers which dominate the sky of Kuala Lumpur. The city has some big towers which are built with a colonial architecture that is said to be along the myriad of natural attractions. This city is said to be divided into a number of districts. Among that division, the main hub is said to be the Golden Triangle. This triangle consists of KLCC, China town, and Bukit Bintang.

When anyone comes to the KL, this recognized place is said to be one of the places with numerous landmarks. This includes PETRONAS Twin Towers and the twin towers are one of the world’s largest tower which is about 451 meters tall. The areas other than this are said to be present near Petaling Street flea market and Batu Caves. Batu Caves is a popular tourist destination there and this cave is about 400 years old. If you want to experience this beautiful city then go for Kuala Lumpur 5 day itinerary from TravelTriangle.

This place has got some greenery structures too. In this place, it has got some parks. In that park, one can able to find deer and birds. The place is at Lake Garden. The next best thing that you can go to in this city is for i-city Alam. This place is famous for LED-lit attractions. You can have a great experience in this place with some beautiful memories. This 5 day Tour Itinerary for Kuala Lumpur will take you to the best of places in the city where you would be able to tick off some of the most visited tourist sites. Kuala Lumpur is a surprise package and caters to all sorts of needs and requirements of people coming from all walks of life and of all ages. Whether one is traveling with family, friends or with their better half, Kula Lumpur has something in store for all. Have a great time exploring this place one day at a time with TravelTriangle and make new memories.

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On the first day of your trip, arrive at the Kuala Lumpur Airport. A representative would be waiting for you to greet you and transfer you to the hotel you would be staying at. After arriving at the hotel, you need to check in at the hotel and get to the room. Have your meals and then go for the local sightseeing near the hotel.

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After taking rest for a day, the next day you need to wake up early. After that, have your breakfast, then go for the Batu cave. After arriving at the Batu cave, explore the cave.

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After having a great third day at Sunway Lagoon, get ready for the 4th-day action. You need to get ready early morning for this. Today, you will be taken on a trip to explore the Kuala Lumpur City. You can get the glimpse of the city in this tour.

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KUALA LUMPUR Itinerary • MUST READ! (2023)

Kuala Lumpur has to be at the very top of your Malaysia itinerary: it’s a city of sleek skyscrapers and lush gardens, the perfect combination of technology and nature! There’s a cosmopolitan atmosphere with multiple religions and cultures from around Asia coexisting peacefully in the city.

And your trip to KL (as the locals call it) will be just as much about this atmosphere as about any one landmark: few places in the world are such successful melting pots of culture and background!

Our Kuala Lumpur itinerary is jam-packed with wonderful places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days! From the soaring towers that have come to define the city’s skyline to the verdant gardens and parks that offer a respite from it all, you’re in for an amazing time! Keep your Kuala Lumpur itinerary with you on this incredible experience to ensure your trip is unforgettable!

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The weather doesn’t change much throughout the year in Kuala Lumpur. If you want to know when to visit Kuala Lumpur, remember that it’s near the equator and that means the climate is hot, humid and tropical. The city also experiences monsoons, the heaviest of which fall during March and April.

The best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is either during summer or winter. Summer, from May to July, brings the lowest level of rainfall and the weather stays warm. Prices also stay on the high end, though, as tourists flock to enjoy the city during its finest weather. Remember, though, that summer does still mean rainfall: it’s a tropical climate so pack your rain jacket and have it ready to go at any moment!

During winter, from December to February, rainfall does decrease but the temperature is quite chilly. February, however, is also the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur if you want to save money. Chinese New Year falls around January/February: it’s a wonderful cultural experience but prices will rise accordingly.

where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

If you’re planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur, you need to decide on where to stay from its many, many neighborhoods. Kuala Lumpur is an expansive city but thanks to the excellent public transport, you’ll never be too far from the action. That said, there are some neighborhoods that really do stand out.

The best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur is the city center, particularly if this is your first trip to the city. The city center may be the business heart of Malaysia but it’s also bursting with the best Kuala Lumpur points of interest. The iconic Petronas Tower and Kuala Lumpur Tower will be right around the corner, as will the galleries, fountains and parks that the city has become famous for! You also won’t be far from some amazing nightlife as there are some world-class bars and late-night clubs along Jalan P Ramlee.

However, if you’re more of an off-the-beaten-track kind of traveler, then the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur has to be Bangsar. It’s an effortlessly cool neighborhood of hipster coffee shops, trendy art galleries and boutique clothing stores. It’s a bit far from the top Kuala Lumpur attractions but don’t let that stop you: public transport is effortless in KL!

Best hostel in Kuala Lumpur – Dorms KL

Dorms KL

We’ve tried out many fantastic hostels in Kuala Lumpur and the winner is clear: Dorms KL! Dorms KL ticks every box you could ever want. Location? There’s easy access to all the Kuala Lumpur landmarks! Atmosphere? Dorms KL has a sociable vibe, with a terrace bar! Facilities? Free WiFi, 24/7 reception, Netflix…you name it, it’s all available!

Also, check out our reviews of the top hostels in Kuala Lumpur .

Best budget hotel in Kuala Lumpur – Amethyst Love Guesthouse

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Amethyst Love Guesthouse is as perfect a combination of budget and comfort as you’ll ever find! It’s centrally located with attractions like the KLCC Park within walking distance and easy access to public transport. The rooms are comfortable, the facilities are top-notch and the staff are very friendly! And all this comes on a shoestring budget!

Best luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur – Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

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We can promise that the Grand Hyatt will take your breath away! Most rooms come with floor to ceiling views of the cityscape (some even have views of the iconic Petronas Towers). Best of all, many of those beautiful Kuala Lumpur landmarks are within 10 minutes’ walk! Did we mention marbled bathrooms and an in-house spa?

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Kuala Lumpur itinerary

What to do in Kuala Lumpur? Well, the city is just bursting with awesome things to do, and there are heaps of noteworthy places to visit Kuala Lumpur ! Fortunately, it’s not difficult to get around the main attractions. The distances between itinerary stops are generally very reasonable; the only concern you may have is the traffic. Pedestrian signals often don’t work correctly and drivers pay little attention to pedestrians. We advise you to cross roads in big groups to gain their attention!

If you’re not up to the walk, hop onto the efficient trains! It’s a good way of getting around the incessant traffic in the capital.

If you’re short on time and only have one day in Kuala Lumpur, then our flexible itinerary means you will get through the most iconic sights and perhaps be able to pick one or two more! If you can spend a weekend in Kuala Lumpur during your trip, that’s also fine! So really, it doesn’t matter too much how many days you spend in KL. Follow our handy itinerary and you’ll still get to see most of the vibrant city!

Petronas Twin Towers | Kuala Lumpur Tower | KL Forest EcoPark | KLCC Park | Sunset Drinks

 Your first day in Kuala Lumpur will get you up close to all the iconic sights, both natural and man-made. You’ll spend the day in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the city center (KLCC).

Day 1/ Stop 1 – Petronas Twin Towers

  • Why it’s awesome: This is the Kuala Lumpur landmark that dominates the city’s skyline and lingers on in visitors’ memory long after they’ve left!
  • Cost: $19 USD covers a 45-minute visit to the Observatory Deck, the Skybridge and the gift shop.
  • Food nearby: Located inside the shopping center, Little Penang Cafe serves the most wonderful curries and noodles! Another good choice is TAPAK Urban Street Dining which hosts various food trucks. It’s a lovely atmosphere with live music and there’s a great variety of Malaysian food .

Petronas Twin Towers was once the tallest building in the world until 2004 when it was surpassed by the Taipei 101 Building. It remains the world’s tallest twin towers at a height of 1483 feet! There are 88 stories and the two towers are connected by the Skybridge on the 41st and 42nd floors. Begin your 2 day itinerary Kuala Lumpur with this phenomenal attraction!

Most of the space is used for offices but the first floors host a sleek shopping mall and the Petronas Philharmonic Concert Hall. You should definitely take the trip up to the Skybridge and the Observation Deck on the 86th floor.

Petronas Twin Towers

The building mimics Islamic art in that the glass and stainless steel exterior is designed in Islamic patterns. The most prominent pattern is the eight-pointed star which is created from two interlocking squares. This represents the Islamic principle of “unity within unity, harmony, stability and rationality”. The interior displays traditional Malaysian handicrafts with woven tapestries and patterned hardwood carvings.

The views of the city from the tower may be fantastic but don’t forget to photograph the building itself! The best spot for photographs is from the KLCC Park or the fountains on the northwest side of the building. You’ll also have some stunning snaps if you head over to one of the nearby rooftop bars – SkyBar and Heli Lounge are sure bets.

Insider Tip: Only a few tickets are sold daily so get there early or book skip-the-line tickets online. The towers are closed on Mondays.

Day 1 / Stop 2 – Kuala Lumpur Tower

  • Why it’s awesome: After the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur Tower is the second most recognizable landmark!
  • Cost: Entrance is $12USD for the Observation Deck alone and $24 USD for the Observation Deck and the Sky Deck
  • Food nearby: 282 meters up from ground level is Atmosphere 360. Apart from spectacular views, it’s also a revolving restaurant! It serves a wide variety of gourmet lunches and dinners.

KL Tower is a telecommunications tower that became an icon and should be on any Kuala Lumpur itinerary! It was built in the 1990s and is 421 meters tall!

Kuala Lumpur Tower

There are two key attractions inside the tower. The Observation Deck is a circular room with big glass windows and binoculars to take in the awesome views! Things get even more exciting, however, up on the Sky Deck ! If you really want to feel just how far above the ground you are (300 m), then you must come up here! Apart from the railings, there aren’t any walls so you will be exposed to the elements in all their glory as well as the dazzling, panoramic views!

Also, make sure to pause in the lobby to admire the splendid domed ceiling. The glass is arranged in an Islamic pattern, the Muqarnas, that symbolizes the 7 layers of the sky.

Day 1 / Stop 3 – KL Forest EcoPark

  • Why it’s awesome: Few cities can boast a forest in the heart of the urban landscape. Here, the man-made and the natural go side-by-side.
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Naturally, the park is ideal for a picnic but you will need to bring your own food as there are no stores inside the grounds. If you prefer a sit-down meal, though, head to Trishna at the nearby Hotel Istana for some delicious Indian fare.

After the dizzying heights of KL Tower, it’s time to come down to ground. Not just any ground, though: the lush oasis of KL Forest EcoPark! KL Tower is actually located within the Bukit Forest so it’s only natural that you progress to this lovely forest in the heart of the city!

KL Forest EcoPark

The canopy walkway offers amazing aerial views of the forest and of the city outside. You can also go on one of the 3 nature trails which vary from 300 m to 500 m. The herbal garden is also a highlight. If you’re lucky, you may spot a monkey or even a bat! To make the most of your visit, make sure you have a QR reader on your phone so that you can scan the codes on the information boards that will tell you more about the diverse flora.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – KLCC Park

  • Why it’s awesome: No Kuala Lumpur itinerary would be complete without a walk around this incredible landscaped park!
  • Food nearby: The Suria KLCC shopping mall hosts numerous restaurants which should cater to all tastes. If you’re ready for dinner, we recommend Tao’s Chinese Cuisine at the Intercontinental Hotel KL.

As your afternoon winds down, stroll over to KLCC Park which is near the Suria KLCC shopping center. This 50-acre park is a classic Kuala Lumpur attraction that cannot be missed!

At the centrepiece of the park lies the 10000 sq ft man-made Lake Symphony! Do a photo shoot on the 43 m bridge that crosses the lake and then admire the water fountains that gush to heights of 42 m!


You’ll be able to admire the park’s many sculptures, reflective pools and fountains on the 1 km walking and running trail. There are over 1900 trees, making the park verdant and refreshing in the heart of the city center.

Insider Tip: Try to get here in time for sunset as there’s a sublime light show across the artificial lake. The iconic Petronas Towers get lit up as well. This will be the postcard photograph to send to all your friends and post to Instagram! The show is particularly special at 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – Sunset Drinks

  • Why it’s awesome: Skyscrapers have come to define the Kuala Lumpur skyline, and they’re prettiest come dusk!
  • Cost: Drinks are around $7 USD each: remember that it’s the views you’re paying for!
  • Food nearby: We particularly love the Heli Lounge Bar and Sky Bar (which we also recommended for views of the Petronas Towers).

Sunset Drinks, Kuala Lumpur

As the sky darkens and the skyscrapers light up, you want to be far up on a terrace to admire the city views. This is the perfect way to celebrate one day in Kuala Lumpur. Cheers!

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Merdeka Square | Perdana Botanical Gardens | National Museum | Chinatown | Jalan Alor Street

 If you’re lucky enough to spend 2 days in Kuala Lumpur before heading off backpacking elsewhere in Malaysia , you’ll be able to experience more of the city’s rich culture and history. Spending time in the abundant natural attractions is also on Day 2’s Kuala Lumpur itinerary!

Day2 / Stop 1 – Merdeka Square

  • Why it’s awesome: This is where Malaysia proclaimed its independence from the British in 1957 .
  • Food nearby: If you missed breakfast, hurry over to Cafe Old Market Square. The 80-year old, newly restored eatery specializes in hearty breakfasts of Hainanese coffee, soft-boiled eggs and coconut-cream jam. Yum!

This square was the heart of the old city during the colonial period. There are plenty of important buildings around the square. To the east, the Sultan Abdul Samad Building was once the state secretariat building. Situated to the north, St Mary’s Church is one of the oldest Anglican churches in Malaysia.

Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur

The reason your trip to Kuala Lumpur must include Merdeka Square comes from its name: ‘merdeka’ means ‘freedom’ and it was here that Malaysians raised their flag to proclaim independence!

 Insider Tip: There are free walking tours available at 9:00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. These take visitors around the square and the surrounding landmarks.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Perdana Botanical Gardens

  • Why it’s awesome: Kuala Lumpur’s first large-scale recreational park!
  • Cost: Free! Some of the attractions within the park have entrance fees.
  • Food nearby: Iketeru Restaurant at the nearby Hilton Hotel is a great stop for lunch! They specialize in Asian fare, with some guests claiming their lobster teppanyaki, a Japanese meat dish, is the best in town!

Perdana is in walking distance of the KL Sentral Station but you can also take a KTM train to the Kuala Lumpur Station stop. However you get there, just make sure that you do arrive at this stunning garden! The gardens were first designed in the 1880s, making them the oldest in Kuala Lumpur. The 250-acres space is now a public park with many attractions to put on your Kuala Lumpur Itinerary!

There are many different subsections of the garden. The Hibiscus Garden is dedicated to Malaysia’s national flower. The Sunken Garden is also a popular destination due to the symmetrical design and sunken location.

Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Make sure to stop at the National Monument and pay tribute to the heroes of Malaysia’s independence struggle . The bronze sculpture of soldiers represents national values of leadership, unity, vigilance, strength, courage, suffering and unity.

Next up is the ASEAN Sculpture Park . The peaceful corner hosts various artworks by ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) artists. Detailed descriptions in English are provided.

Finally, head over to the Butterfly Park , the largest of its kind in the world! This area is home to over 5000 butterflies which flutter happily around in an area designed to reflect their natural habitat. There is an entrance charge of $6 USD.

Day 2 / Stop 3 – National Museum

  • Why it’s awesome: Malaysia’s rich past is brought to life with state-of-the-art exhibitions, helping foreigners to understand the origin of this cosmopolitan nation.
  • Cost: $1 USD
  • Food nearby: Within walking distance of the museum, you’ll find Latest Recipe. The neat restaurant cooks local and Asian dishes, particularly seafood. The buffets are generous and the staff is very friendly!

Exploring the culture and history of Malaysia is just one of the many epic reasons to visit , and there’s nowhere better to do so than at the National Museum! This beautiful, modern museum covers Malaysia’s history from prehistoric times to the present day. There are four galleries:

The Prehistoric Gallery displays numerous fascinating archaeological finds that will make any trip to Kuala Lumpur worthwhile! Some of the attractions are stone tools that are over 200 000 years old, Neolithic pottery and a 1000-year-old statue. The highlight, though, is the replica of the Perak Man Skeleton. The original dates back 10 000 to 11 000 years.

National Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

The Malay Kingdoms Gallery focuses on early settlements in the region, the formation of kingdoms, the arrival of Islam and the trading center of Malacca.

The Colonial Era Gallery starts with 1511 and the arrival of direct trade with Europe. It goes through to the Japanese occupation of the country during World War II.

Finally, the Malaysia Today Gallery contextualizes contemporary Malaysia. There are exhibits on the Malayan Emergency, the independence struggle and the formation of modern Malaysia.

Insider Tip: There are free guided tours in English on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:00.

Day 2 / Stop 4 – Chinatown

  • Why it’s awesome: Lively Chinatown is one of the most popular areas in KL: you’ll see why!
  • Food nearby: Chinatown isn’t short on food stalls and you’ll benefit from plenty of options if you get peckish. Try out traditional Chinese favorites like dry duck, beef ball soup or tofu noodles for vegetarians!

Make sure you add Chinatown on your Kuala Lumpur itinerary! Come later afternoon to enjoy the neighbourhood’s abundant markets, shops and temples!

First up is Petaling Street which hosts a flea market every day. In the central market, there is a plethora of souvenirs and handmade goods. The indoor market also offers beautiful artisan products.

Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Also, make a visit to the Sri Maha Sakthi Mohambigai Amman Temple which is considered to be the holiest Hindu temple in Malaysia! The building is elaborately decorated with detailed depictions of Hindu gods and goddesses, particularly of the goddess Mohambigai, to whom the temple is dedicated. If you’re lucky, you may spot a Hindu wedding!

  Insider Tip: Petaling Street is home to some of the world’s best negotiators and it’s not the tourists! Being down in the art of haggling is a must for coming to Petaling Street.

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Jalan Alor Street

  • Why it’s awesome: Dive into Kuala Lumpur’s cosmopolitan atmosphere with diverse dishes at the city’s most epic food market!
  • Cost: Individual dishes are not expensive but you can easily spend around $25 USD in total.
  • Food nearby: Food stalls line Jalan Alor but if you want a more formal take on the food market, try Wong Ah Wah at the end of the street which serves up tasty satay sticks and BBQ chicken wings!

You’ll smell Jalan Alor before you enter the street! The specialties here are traditional Malaysian and Chinese food. There are many different stalls with various delicacies so make sure that you don’t just stick to one! Some of the stalls have seats, while others offer on-the-go snacks. Don’t be afraid to share tables; this is perfectly normal! If you’re unsure which stall to go to, just follow the crowds!

Jalan Alor Street

If you’re not ready to leave after dinner, don’t worry: the center of Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant nightlife scene, Changkat, is just a few minutes’ walk away! Chowing down on some of the world’s best street food is the perfect way to end your 2 day itinerary Kuala Lumpur!

 Insider Tip: Make sure you go after 17:00; go any earlier and you’ll miss out on the electric atmosphere!

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Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia | National Mosque of Malaysia | Guan di Temple | Brickfields | Jamek Mosque

Our 3 day itinerary for Kuala Lumpur includes attractions that will expose you to the roots of the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere: the coexistence of so many cultures and religions!

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

  • This is the largest gallery of Islamic art in Southeast Asia, with over 7000 items!
  • Entrance is $14 USD.
  • For a light meal, try the in-house Museum Restaurant. The eatery is situated in a beautiful corner that’s decorated with traditional Islamic patterns but that remains thoroughly contemporary. Food-wise, try the scrumptious roast lamb!

Part gallery and part museum, the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is simply a breathtaking experience! There are numerous galleries that are hosted in an open space which encourages movement and the Islamic spirit of continuity.

On the first level is the Architecture Gallery . Architecture is considered the first Islamic art and is particularly concerned with mosque building. Here, you’ll be able to experience the grandest mosques of the world through intricate models.

Another highlight on the first floor is the Malay World Gallery. The Malay world stretches from southern Thailand to the southern Philippines. This region has a vibrant trading past which some say surpassed that of the Silk Road! This rich history and culture finds expression in textiles, Qur’anic manuscripts, weaponry and wooden prayer screens.

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

On the second floor, you’ll be dazzled by the Jewelry Gallery. Most jewelry in the Islamic world is worked in gold, with diamonds, emeralds and rubies being the favorite gems!

For more about the political history of the region, head to the Coin & Seal Gallery. These pretty artifacts date back hundreds of years and are inscribed with Qur’anic verses.

Finish your visit off with a stop at the Museum Shop for some unbelievable replicas and souvenirs inspired by the collection!

National Mosque of Malaysia

  • With a capacity for 15 000 worshipers and a 73-meter minaret, size really matters here! It’s also a breathtaking, elegant building that reveals the aspirations of modern Malaysia!
  • Entrance is free.
  • Although Malaysia is a diverse country, Islam is the official religion. To make the most of touring Kuala Lumpur, you should definitely put a mosque on your itinerary!

Amongst 13 acres of lush, landscaped gardens sits the National Mosque of Malaysia! Construction began in 1963, shortly after independence. It’s built of reinforced concrete in a striking and modern design. The star attraction is the 16-pointed star roof which also resembles an open umbrella, a necessity for life in a tropical country like Malaysia!

You’re not allowed to enter the prayer room but you can have a look at the lovely blue stained-glass features from a distance.

National Mosque of Malaysia

Another area worth visiting is Heroes’ Mausoleum where prominent politicians are buried.

There are usually volunteers from the congregation who are at the mosque to answer any questions visitors may have. Make the most of this opportunity to ask informed questions about Islam or the design of the mosque.

Insider Tip: If you want to skip the queue, make sure to dress conservatively with loose-fitted clothing. If your attire is considered inappropriate, you’ll have to wait in line to borrow a robe.

Guan di Temple

  • This Taoist temple is a colorful structure that bustles all-day long in a vibrant area.
  • It’s dedicated to Guandi, a Chinese general who was later deified as the god of war and literature. He’s now also worshiped as the patron of martial arts, with his devotees including the police force and triads (members of a Hong Kong-based criminal syndicates).
  • Entrance is free; purchase some incense in the courtyard to honor the god.

You’ll find Guan di Temple in the heart of Chinatown, a perfect place to explore the Chinese influence on contemporary Malaysia! It was established in 1886 and remains a popular place of worship for locals.

As you enter the temple, admire the two stone Chinese lions that guard the temple and ward off negative energy. There are also two colorful Door Guards and two golden dragons draped around the pillars.

Guan di Temple Kuala Lumpur

The god dons out blessings to those who touch or lift his 59 kg copper guan dao, a copper sword, three times!

Finally, meet the god this is all about at the Statue of Guandi at the back of the temple.


  • Also known as Little India, this is the ideal place to explore the Indian culture in Kuala Lumpur!
  • There aren’t many landmark sights in Brickfields but you should put it on your Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary just for the atmosphere!
  • Think of this visit as a self-guided Kuala Lumpur walking tour: no specific attractions but a whole experience on its own!

This amazing neighborhood is a thrilling, sensory experience. You’re sure to get lost in the beat of Bollywood tunes that blare out of tucked-away shops or photograph the endless array of brightly colored flowers on the pavement!

Make sure to visit the bazaar at the end of Jalan Tun Sambanthan Street which has three stories. You’ll be blown away by the sheer volume of saris, bangles and spices on sale! This is the place to be, so it’s no wonder it has landed a spot on our 3 day itinerary Kuala Lumpur!

Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur

Stop for a bite to eat at an Indian restaurant to complete this immersive experience. We recommend Taj Garden on Jalan Tun Sambanthan which specializes in North Indian cuisine but also has Western and Oriental dishes. Another sure bet is Indian Economy Rice at @ Lawanya Food Corner on Jalan Scott Street. It’s a no-frills eatery that serves mouth-watering curries. Vegetarians will be spoiled for choice!

Jamek Mosque

  • Having been built in 1909, Jamek is the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
  • It may have been replaced by the new National Mosque but it remains an important place of worship in the heart of the city.
  • A combination of romantic Mughal, Moorish and Islamic styles make this is a perfect photo-opp location, especially at dusk!

The mosque is composed of 3 main domes and 2 tall minarets, giving it a palatial, yet distinctly Islamic look. The palm-fringed gardens on the banks of the Gombak and Klang Rivers are also stunning.

Jamek Mosque

To understand more about Islam, the excellent Islamic Experience Center is worth a visit. It hosts various displays on the history and beliefs of Islam with descriptions in English.

 Insider Tip: Like at the National Mosque, dress conservatively to skip the queues for robes.

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You may have heard a bit about the political conflicts in Sabah , a province in the north of the country which has witnessed militant activity. It is possible to travel to Sabah but you need to do so with a local tour company. Don’t worry if you travel to Kuala Lumpur itself as it is generally quite safe, though you should always guard your belongings carefully!

There are certain things you don’t want to do in Malaysia because they are illegal and the Malaysian government means business! Do not join any political protests as they are for locals only. Stay far away from drugs (there’s a death sentence for those guilty of trafficking). Avoid any form of same-sex PDA (homosexuality is illegal).

Make sure that you’re up-to-date with all your vaccines, especially if you plan to head to the jungle on a day trip from Kuala Lumpur. And, as always, take out a fully-inclusive insurance policy for Malaysia in case of any illness or unforeseen disaster.

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After 2 or 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, it’s definitely time to explore the surrounding areas of Malaysia ! These amazing day trips from Kuala Lumpur reveal more about the spiritual,  cultural, natural and historical aspects of Malaysia!

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From Kuala Lumpur: Genting Highlands and Batu Caves Day Trip

Genting Highlands and Batu Caves Day Trip

The stunning mountains and jungle landscape that you’ll experience on this tour are highlights of any Kuala Lumpur itinerary! In fact, some people actually make the trip to Kuala Lumpur just for this!

Batu Caves is a shrine dedicated to Lord Murugan, a Hindu deity. The dramatic landscape comprises a towering gilded statue and 272 colorful steps to the mouth of the temple cave! There are other smaller caves, including a museum.

This day trip also includes a visit to Malaysia’s only casino resort, a theme park and a strawberry farm! The resort is situated on the edge of lush tropical jungle and amidst towering mountains.

Full-Day Trip to Historical Malacca from Kuala Lumpur

Historical Malacca from Kuala Lumpur

Malacca, the “historical state” of Malaysia, is a two-hour day trip from Kuala Lumpur. The city still has legacies of its rich trading past with Dutch, Portuguese and British influences dotted all around.

First, you’ll visit St Peter’s Church and Dutch Square in the heart of Malacca. Next is a tour of the remains of a Portuguese fortress. This little site has UNESCO World Heritage Status as it’s the oldest surviving remains of European architecture in Asia!

After a delicious local lunch, it’s on to Portuguese Square or “Mini Lisbon”. Round off your trip by browsing beautiful souvenirs at the Jonker Walk market. You’ll definitely want to remember this day with a memento or two!

Kuala Lumpur: Putrajaya Tour with Traditional Boat Cruise

Putrajaya Tour with Traditional Boat Cruise

This day trip from Kuala Lumpur will take you to majestic Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia.

Once you arrive by air-conditioned bus, you’ll stop at Putra Mosque which is renowned for its elegant architecture and interior.

Perdana Putra, the prime minister’s office, is also on your itinerary. Here, you will enjoy magnificent views of the city. See more government building with a trip to the imposing Palace of Justice. You’ll also stop at the Millennium Monument, an enormous bronze and gold structure inspired by the hibiscus, Malaysia’s national flower.

Finally, you’ll enjoy a serene traditional boat cruise on Putrajaya Lake which will give you a unique perspective on this charming city!

From Kuala Lumpur: Private Fireflies Tour and Seafood Dinner

Private Fireflies Tour and Seafood Dinner

It’s perhaps better described as a night trip but this day trip from Kuala Lumpur will take you to Kuala Selangor. The tiny village on the Selangor River is just an hour and a half out of town, and is renowned for the presence of millions of fireflies!

This trip also includes a visit to Fort Altingsburg and a seafood dinner is a small fishing village. After dinner, you’ll board a boat on the River Selangor where the fireflies will be congregating, resembling strings of twinkling lights. It’s likely that you’ll also spot a few monkeys, birds and macaques! It’s an unmissable experience during your vacation in Kuala Lumpur!

From Kuala Lumpur: Cameron Highlands Private Full Day Tour

Cameron Highlands Private Full Day Tour

This day trip from Kuala Lumpur is such an immersive, surreal experience that you’ll totally forget about the metropolis at the first sight of the verdant Cameron hills!

Cameron Highlands is the largest highland resort in Malaysia. It’s known for its tea plantations and a jungle walks, which you’ll get to experience on this day trip! You’ll visit the Bharat Tea Plantation and taste the delicious local blends, as well as pick your own strawberries!

If you’re up to the adventure, head out into the jungle to the Lata Iskandar waterfall where there’s a lovely little rock pool!

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

How many days are enough for Kuala Lumpur?

Having 3-5 full days in Kuala Lumpur is ideal if you want to see all the best sights!

What should you include on a 4 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary?

Make sure to check out these top Kuala Lumpur attractions! – Petronas Twin Towers – Jalan Alor Street – KLCC Park – Merdeka Square

Where should you stay if you have a full Kuala Lumpur itinerary?

Staying in the City Centre is best if you want easy access to everything! Bangsar provides a quieter alternative that offers quick transport connections to the centre.

Is Kuala Lumpur worth visiting?

Absolutely! Kuala Lumpur’s unique mixture of nature, technology and cultures makes it one of Malaysia’s coolest destinations.

As you reach the end of your Kuala Lumpur itinerary, you’re sure to agree with us that Kuala Lumpur is one incredible destination! You can experience art, culture, history, design and nature all in this one city. It’s impossible to be bored in the city when there are so many fascinating landmarks, as well as immersive day trips from Kuala Lumpur!

Whether you’re interested in the diversity of modern-day KL or the sophisticated architecture that’s come to define the city, there’s something for everyone on a trip to Kuala Lumpur! Taking our itinerary for Kuala Lumpur with you is the first step towards a trip that we can promise you will be just absolutely epic!

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Kuala Lumpur Itinerary: Your Ideal 5 Days Trip in KL Guide

Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

This guide will help you create the perfect (KL) Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 5 days to ensure you get the most out of your visit .

Here, I’ll take you through the best things to do and see in Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia, from iconic landmarks to hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Let me start introducing my complete itinerary , which includes all the must-try foods during your trip.

By following my KL itinerary , you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience and create memories that will stay with you forever! 😊

Day 1: KL Old Railway Station, Merdeka Square, Kwai Chai Hong and Thean Hou Temple

Day 2: putrajaya, kuala lumpur tower, aquaria klcc and petronas twin towers, day 3: national zoo of malaysia, batu caves and 99 wonderland park, day 4: kl bird park, pavilion kuala lumpur, bukit bintang and jalan alor food street, day 5: sunway lagoon – full day, money-saving tips for kl attraction tickets, how to get around kuala lumpur, kuala lumpur itinerary 5 days map, the best places to stay in kuala lumpur, kl international airport transfers, internet access, extra days: visit genting from kuala lumpur, related posts.

Kuala Lumpur Day 1 Route

Start your Kuala Lumpur itinerary on day one by visiting the KL Old Railway Station . Then, get ready for a more fascinating trip as you wander around Merdeka Square .

There are lots of cultural wonders here, from historic structures to unique attractions . In the afternoon, you’ll stop by historical landmarks such as Kwai Chai Hong , Petaling Street , and more.

1. Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station – 15 minutes (9:30 AM to 9:45 AM)

Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station

To kick off your morning itinerary in Kuala Lumpur , spend some time at the historic KL Old Railway Station .

This notable structure is known for its distinct architectural style . So, take a photo of this stunning architecture .

Railway Administration Building

Situated just opposite the Kuala Lumpur Old Railway Station is another heritage-listed site. The Railway Administration Building beautifully stands like a castle within the city.

Because of its breathtaking facade, it’s quite popular among photographers . During your visit, use this building as one of your photo backdrops .

2. National Textiles Museum – 15 minutes (9:45 AM to 10:00 AM)

National Textiles Museum

As you navigate around, you’ll come across the National Textiles Museum . This place is known to house some of the country’s textile history from different ethnic groups .

While there’s so much to uncover inside the heritage building, you can just take a snap of the museum from the outside . The exterior is more than enough to capture the charm of the place.

3. Kuala Lumpur City Gallery – 1 hour (10:00 AM to 11:00 AM)

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

If you want to see Malaysia’s top landmarks in their miniature size , don’t miss the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery .

This is such an exciting place to explore, especially with the realistic designs that showcase the history of KL . So, get yourself ready as you enter this colorful gallery .

Miniature Models of Merdeka Square, Petronas Twin Towers and Merdeka 118 Tower

Some of the most popular exhibits here are miniature models of famous local landmarks . Take a closer look at the mini versions of Merdeka Square, Petronas Twin Towers, and the KL Tower .

4. I Love KL Statue – 5 minutes (11:00 AM to 11:05 AM)

I Love KL Statue

With its bright, red color, you won’t miss the I Love KL Statue . The statue itself is a crowd-favorite, especially for first-time travelers .

So, pose together with this structure and snap as many photos as you want !

5. Victoria Fountain – 5 minutes (11:05 AM to 11:10 AM)

Victoria Fountain

Continue your morning adventure as you drop by the Victoria Fountain . This is quite an interesting landmark since it was built back in the 18 th century .

You can find this antique structure right at the heart of Independence Square.

6. Sultan Abdul Samad Building (Merdeka Square) – 10 minutes (11:10 AM to 11:20 AM)

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building is another remarkable site in Kuala Lumpur that you should squeeze into your agenda.

Etched during the 18 th century, this building was once the country’s administrative center . Because of its history, there are relevant features integrated into the structure.

Catch a glimpse of the clock tower in the middle and be amazed by the regal charms of the surrounding spires. If you want, you can simply catch the beauty of this historic structure from Merdeka Square .

7. Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad – 10 minutes (11:20 AM to 11:30 AM)

Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad

The Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad is definitely part of the must-visit places in Malaysia . Locals in Kuala Lumpur often called this the Jamek Mosque.

So, don’t think twice and stop by this Islamic architecture . If you want a better view of this site, station yourself at the Masjid Jamek Lookout Point @ River of Life .

Wall Painting That Showcases Malaysian Culture

Stationed just beside the Masjid Jamek Lookout Point @ River of Life is another scenic charm . Check out the beautiful wall painting that gives you a glimpse of the past .

8. Guan Di Temple – 30 minutes (11:30 AM to 12:00 PM)

Guan Di Temple

Get going with your escapade and see the Guan Di Temple . The history of this shrine stems back to 1888 .

This was built to honor the renowned Chinese general named Guan Yu . If you probe into the architecture of the temple, you’d be enthralled by the intricate and ornamental designs .

Main Player Hall of Guan Di Temple

Once you step into the main prayer hall, you’d come across the eminent piece of Guan Yu. Pay homage to this statue before you move on to the next shrine.

9. Sri Maha Mariamman Temple – 30 minutes (12:00 PM to 12:30 PM)

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

As the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur , paying a visit to the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is recommended.

And don’t worry because this is just a minute’s walk from the Guan Di Temple . Established in 1873, you’d find a lot of interesting charms in this shrine .

Have a look at the carvings integrated into the temple and be mesmerized by the details of each statue .

Fascinatingly, these sculptures represent either a Hindu deity or a mythological creature . Thus, take your time as you unravel the unique features of this famous religious site.

10. Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam and Bunn Choon Restaurant (Lunch) – 1 hour (12:30 PM to 1:30 PM)

A. ho kow hainam kopitiam.

Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam

Ho Kow Hainam Kopitiam is a famous coffee shop nestled in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Built back in the 1950s, the place is filled with retro designs and wooden structures .

Because of its antiqueness, there are lots of people visiting the cafe, especially in the morning . So, I highly suggest that you visit in the afternoon to skip the crowd .

Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng, Chicken Curry Steamed Bread and Chicken Horfun Soup

For some lunch recommendations , you can try the Nasi Lemak Ayam Goreng (RM 14.50) or the Dried Chicken Curry Noodle (RM 12.90) .

You’d also love their Chicken Curry Steamed Bread (RM 8.30) and Chicken Horfun Soup (RM 12) .

And while waiting for your order, adore the vintage vibes and capture plenty of photos. The traditional café is no doubt one of the best places to eat in the capital .

b. Bunn Choon Restaurant

Bunn Choon Restaurant

Bunn Choon Restaurant is such a popular choice when it comes to egg tarts . They’ve been in the business since the 18 th century , using a traditional recipe that has been passed down from one generation to the other .

Swing by this store and enjoy their delectable pastries.

Some of the top sellers are the Almond Tarts and Coconut Pineapple Tarts . If you want more, take a bite of the Charsiew Pie or BBQ Pork Pie . Each piece only costs RM 3.50 , so you can try as many as you want.

11. Kwai Chai Hong – 1 hour (1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)

Kwai Chai Hong

After a hearty lunch, explore the nostalgic alleyway of Kwai Chai Hong . Set during the city’s golden era, this was once the red-light district of Kuala Lumpur .

In the past, the place thrived because of prostitutes and gags. But with the passing of time, this has become a unique cultural site.

Murals in Kwai Chai Hong

Journey through the past as you stroll along the pathway where you’d find vibrant street murals . The street arts are one of the highlights in the area . In fact, lots of tourists take photos of these wall paintings .

12. Petaling Street (Chinatown Kuala Lumpur) – 1 hour (2:30 PM to 3:30 PM)

Petaling Street Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown

Following your nostalgic escapade along the alleyway, it’s time to wander around Petaling Street .

This vibrant shopping hub in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is loaded with local stores . Search into the variety of shopping options, from clothes to accessories and more .

To save money, make sure to prepare your haggling skills. For sure, you’d get a good deal if you try so!

And before I forget, the district offers an impressive selection of local foods . Thus, you should also try some local dishes while navigating.

Uncle Bean

  • Uncle Bean: Treat yourself with a cup of sweet tofu. This stall is very popular for its soya bean and tau fu fa.
  • Song Kee’s Beef Ball Noodles: If you want something to satisfy your noodle cravings, this is the place to be. Don’t miss their tripe noodles, beef ball noodle soup, or mince noodles.
  • Madam Tang Machi Popo: This hawker store is quite known for its ever-smooth and delicious mochi. These tasty snacks even come in different flavors like mango, lychee, and pandan.
  • Lai Foong Lala Noodles: Looking for more noodles? Get your hands on the famous Lala noodles and enjoy a bowl of seafood goodness.
  • Madras Lane Yong Tau Foo: For an authentic yong tau foo experience, head to this stall. Here, you’d get your money’s worth with their tasty tofu, fresh veggies, and flavorsome fish paste.

13. Central Market (Pasar Seni) – 1.5 hours (3:30 PM to 5:00 PM)

Central Market

Go shopping at the Central Market (Pasar Seni) . This is a popular traditional shopping hub in Kuala Lumpur that started as a wet market.

Established in the 18 th century, the market is not just adored by shoppers but also by artsy people .

With over 350 stores , you’ll love the abundance of art stuff here . Look around and discover a wide collection of textiles and handicrafts . Most of these are perfect ideas for souvenirs.

Souvenir Stores in Central Market

While exploring the market, you’d come across plenty of stalls selling local souvenirs .

Aside from the exciting shopping experience, the market takes pride in its cultural charms . Wade from one stall to another and admire the rich Malaysian heritage.

14. Thean Hou Temple – 2 hours (5:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

Serenity Park and Chinese Zodiac in Thean Hou Temple

Before you take your dinner, stop by the Thean Hou Temple . Situated within the beautiful suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, this famous temple was constructed to honor the Goddess Mazu .

Start by observing the animal statues stationed along the walkways. These sculptures were said to portray a specific Chinese zodiac .

Main Prayer Hall and Pavilion in Thean Hou Temple

When outside, you’d see a glimpse of the pagoda-style roofs . Dangling lanterns are also everywhere . So, take your time to relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere .

Once you enter the main prayer hall, you’d be surrounded by elegant Chinese designs.

Marvel at the colorful decorations, from the glittering carvings to the baldachin-like altar. Red and gold are the prominent colors inside to represent Chinese culture .

15. Sek Yuen Restaurant (Dinner) – 1 hour (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM)

Sek Yuen Restaurant

Now, to cap off your first-day escapade, march your way toward the Sek Yuen Restaurant . As a renowned Chinese restaurant , this is highly recommended among locals in the Pudu area of Kuala Lumpur .

For a satisfying dinner, order the Pei Pa Duck (Roast Duck) . It costs RM 40 for a half duck and RM 75 for a whole piece . Other Cantonese dishes to try are steamed fish and salted egg squid.

Kuala Lumpur Day 2 Route

As you move on to the second day of your Kuala Lumpur itinerary , ready yourself for another quest. Go around the scenic city of Putrajaya and discover both relevant and religious structures .

After, you’ll visit some iconic landmarks like the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers . And of course, there would be lots of food adventures in between.

1. Perdana Putra Building – 15 minutes (9:50 AM to 10:05 AM)

Perdana Putra Building

Commence your day with a visit to Perdana Putra Building . This iconic building actually serves as the office of the prime minister .

As the executive branch of the government, it houses a series of offices and administrative facilities .

Although you can’t go inside the building, its architectural beauty is more than enough to fascinate you.

Station yourself outside the complex and capture the majestic structure with your camera. Marvel at the big, bright domes that seamlessly blend with the rose-tinted walls.

2. Putra Mosque – 30 minutes (10:05 AM to 10:35 AM)

Putra Mosque

The next site is none other than the Putra Mosque . From afar, this religious structure exudes elegance and style . It’s quite easy to spot this structure because of its pink hue and impressive rose-tinted granite.

So, stop by this iconic landmark that nestles beside Putrajaya Lake . This body of water gracefully complements the mosque, making it a very popular photography spot .

3. Putra Square – 15 minutes (10:35 AM to 10:50 AM)

Putra Square

Right after your admiration of the pink-hued mosque, it’s time to stroll around Putra Square .

The place itself is surrounded by well-known sites you’ve visited earlier like the Putra Building and the Putra Mosque . Here, you can revel in the relaxing views before taking your lunch.

4. Sun Fong Bak Kut Teh or Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice (Lunch) – 1 hour (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM)

Option 1: sun fong bak kut teh.

Sun Fong Bak Kut Teh

For your lunch, go to the famous Sun Fong Bak Kut Teh . This restaurant is known for their bak kut teh , an appetizing pork rib soup . Their hot and delicious dishes are perfect after a fun-filled morning.

Some of the best options here are the Clear Soup Bak Kut Teh and the Dry Soup Bak Kut Teh . Each serving only cost RM 27 for 1 pax and RM 50 for 2 pax .

Option 2: Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice

Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice

Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice is another option for lunch. This is another renowned restaurant in Kuala Lumpur that serves delectable claypot chicken rice .

Feast on their famous rice that is thoroughly cooked using charcoal stoves . The rice is then topped with salted fish, sausage, and vegetables, making it tastier .

5. KL Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) – 2.5 hours (12:30 PM to 3:00 PM)

KL Tower

Once you’ve finished your lunch, carry on the fun at KL Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) . This is a scenic spot that is surrounded by gorgeous city views .

The tower itself comes with two attractions that you should pay a visit.

a. Sky Deck

Sky Deck in KL Tower

From the Sky Deck, capture the stunning skyline dotted with towering buildings . Here, you can unwind and enjoy the panoramic city views .

No wonder this is a top destination for those traveling to Kuala Lumpur for the first time. So, make sure to add this into your list .

Sky Box in KL Tower

If you’re ready for some heart-pumping adventure, the Sky Box in KL Tower is a must. Perched on the side of the tower, this gives you a peek at the incredible scene below .

The place itself is a great spot to see the entire cityscape . So, pump your adrenaline as you see the towering buildings through the glass cube .

How to save on admission tickets? If you’re planning to visit KL Tower, be sure to buy your tickets online here to take advantage of up to 25% in savings .

6. Aquaria KLCC – 2.5 hours (3:00 PM to 5:30 PM)

Aquaria KLCC

Proceed with your escapade as you meet some animals at Aquaria KLCC .

The aquarium is highly recommended, especially for those traveling with kids. Sprawling at 60,000 sq. ft, you and your loved ones would surely have fun inside.

Trek along the 90-meter transparent tunnel walkway and check out the variety of habitats . Each shelters different aquatic creatures and land-based species. These include fishes, sharks, turtles, and giant stingrays .

Meerkat, Spotted Mandarin Fish and Sea Nettle in Aquaria KLCC

Some of the animals found in the aquarium are bright coral fish , spotted mandarin fish, red lionfish , and blue rays .

You’d also come across enthralling creatures like sea nettles and moon jellies . And of course, say hello to the adorable meerkats !

Where can you find discounted tickets? Book your Aquaria KLCC tickets online here instead of buying on-site and you can save up to 22% . You’ll receive your e-tickets instantly, and you can skip the long queues at the entrance.

7. 1919 Restaurant KL (Dinner) – 1 hour (5:30 PM to 6:30 PM)

1919 Restaurant KL

Spend your dinner at the 1919 Restaurant KL . This long-running resto is recognized for its unique and appetizing Malay and Chinese cuisine .

The Thai Steamed Fish with Lime (RM 189), in particular, is one of their best-sellers .

If you want more options, order the Crispy Lotus Root with Salted Egg Yolk (RM 23.90) and the King Sauce Chicken with Onion (RM 21.90) .

8. Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC – 1.5 hours (6:30 PM to 8:00 PM)

A. petronas twin towers.

Petronas Twin Towers

If you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, be sure to include a visit to the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and capture a memorable photo in front of them .

With a height of over 400 meters, this structure holds the record of the tallest twin towers in the world .

So, go around the KLCC Park, which is stationed just outside the building . Here, you can snap many photos and even use the breathtaking tower as your backdrop .

b. Suria KLCC

Suria KLCC

Once you’ve captured enough photos of the famous twin towers, go shopping at Suria KLCC . This 6-story mall nestles at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers , so you can easily shop right after .

As a high-end mall , most of the shops here are luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Gucci , and such.

9. Symphony Lake Water Show – 30 minutes (8:00 PM to 8:30 PM)

Symphony Lake Water

End your night with the mesmerizing Symphony Lake Water Show . This is undeniably a top-notch outdoor attraction in Kuala Lumpur that happens every evening at the scenic KLCC Park . And don’t worry because it’s free !

Head to the beautiful park and ready yourself for a beautiful performance. The show itself is filled with majestic illuminations and moving waters.

Conveniently, you can choose from the three showtimes ― 8 PM, 9 PM, and 10 PM .  Each act lasts for 15 minutes, performing differing songs and animations .

Kuala Lumpur Day 3 Route

On day 3 of this itinerary , you will venture out of downtown Kuala Lumpur . These include visiting the expansive National Zoo as well as the cultural Batu Caves .

Then, you’ll have a good time at the Wonderland Park in the evening.

1. National Zoo of Malaysia – 4 hours (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

Malayan Tiger, White Tiger and Cheetah in National Zoo of Malaysia

Get on with your morning trip at the National Zoo of Malaysia . Also called the Zoo Negara Kuala Lumpur , this beautiful sanctuary houses over 5,000 animals . These are mostly mammals, amphibians, and reptiles.

Aside from typical creatures, the zoo also shelters some endangered species . Here, you get to meet the rare Malayan tiger as well as some cheetahs and white tigers .

Chimpanzee, Orangutans, Camel and Giraffe

Discover some animals freely basking under the sun. Most of these are mammals like camels , chimpanzees , orangutans , and giraffes .

Panda in National Zoo of Malaysia

During your zoo adventure, you should not miss the famous giant pandas . See Xing Xing and Liang Liang as they goof around trees and eat their favorite bamboo.

Looking for the best deals on tickets? Book your zoo tickets here and enjoy an additional discount of up to 18%!

Panda Café (Lunch)

Panda Cafe

After meeting the animals, take your lunch at Panda Cafe . This is just within the zoo premises. The café serves different Western foods like Fish & Chip (RM 15) and 6 Pcs of Chicken Nuggets (RM 14) .

Other options are Chicken Chop (RM 15) , Chicken Burger (RM 13.90) , and Spaghetti (RM 15.50) . And if you buy one of these food sets, you’ll get a peach tea drink as well.

2. Batu Caves – 2 hours (2:30 PM to 4:30 PM)

Statue of Hindu Deity Lord Murugan in Batu Caves

After eating, discover the ever-colorful Batu Caves . Because of its natural scenery and vibrant landscapes , this is such a renowned tourist spot in Malaysia .

The stairs going to the caves are painted in bright hues, making them very attractive.

Aside from the vivid scenes, you’d also see a towering statue of Lord Murugan . Standing at 140 ft, this golden sculpture is one of the tallest in the world . So, don’t forget to take a photo of the Hindu deity before hiking up.

Cathedral Cave

As you navigate around the caves, you’d come across more statues and unique carvings . Take your time and appreciate the architectural beauty as all of these are relevant fragments of the past.

And since the place itself is sacred, there are some things that you need to know beforehand.

  • Make sure to dress appropriately during your visit. Skirts and short pants above the knee are not permitted.
  • Avoid bringing food inside the temple because there are monkeys around.
  • Never feed the monkeys because this can make them aggressive.

Besides using a Grab car, what other modes of transportation can you use to get to Batu Caves? For a convenient trip to Batu Caves , you may consider taking this famous bus tour 1 or bus tour 2 that offers direct transportation to the site.

3. 99 Wonderland Park – 4 hours (5:00 PM to 9:00 PM)

99 LED Eiffel Tower and Magical Bridge in 99 Wonderland Park

Your next destination would be the 99 Wonderland Park . This newly established recreational place in Kuala Lumpur offers a wide range of attractions and activities, catering to visitors of all age groups.

The park is adorned with charming LED lights that create a magical and romantic ambiance .

You can enjoy leisurely strolls along beautifully illuminated pathways and exhibits while being captivated by the shimmering fairy lights.

Malayan tapir and Musical Dancing Fountain

There are additional attractions available at the park, including a mesmerizing musical dancing fountain , a spacious lake perfect for paddle boating , and a train and cruise that offer delightful sightseeing experiences .

One of the park’s distinctive features is the Malay Tapir exhibit, where tapirs reside in a jacuzzi pool, making it the first-of-its-kind attraction worldwide.

99 Panda Street, African Crested Porcupine, Raccoon, and Otter

As you explore the park, you’d meet more attractions like the 99 Panda Street , 99 Universal Bear , and the 99 Dinosaur Park , highly recommended for photography sessions .

Besides that, you have the opportunity to interact with a diverse array of animals , such as meerkats, deer, otters, various fish species, tapirs, sun bears, crocodiles, ostriches, iguanas, rabbits, raccoons, and many more!

99 Seafood Restaurant (Dinner)

99 Seafood Restaurant

Take your dinner at the 99 Seafood Restaurant , which is just within the park premises .

If you love seafood, they have Steamed Fish with Soy Sauce for only RM 120 and Stir-Fried Sauce Prawns for RM 29.40 . Their Stir-Fried Broccoli (RM 23.90) is also commendable.

Tip: To make sure you don’t miss out, we recommend pre-booking your 99 Wonderland Park tickets online in advance to avoid disappointment if tickets sell out.

Kuala Lumpur Day 4 Route

On the fourth day of your Kuala Lumpur trip , I recommend going to KL Bird Park and Pavilion shopping mall .

In between these tourist sites, you’ll also visit food stalls and more local stores. And at night, you’d be having fun at Changkat Bukit Bintang .

1. KL Bird Park – 2 hours (10:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

Parakeet, Sun Conure and Palm Cockatoo in KL Bird Park

Embark on your morning trip by visiting the KL Bird Park . This is situated in the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, which houses over 3,000 birds .

The park itself is very scenic so you’d surely enjoy the picturesque landscapes .

White Peafowl, Red-billed Hornbill, Southern Pied Hornbill and Silver Pheasant

Meet some of the bird species in the park and get to know more about them during your visit. Here, you’d come across silver pheasant , red-billed hornbill , southern pied hornbill , and white peafowl .

Owl, African Grey Parrot and Pesquet's Parrot

There are more bird species in the park that you should check out. These include African grey parrots and pesquet’s parrots . There are lots of owls here too .

So, spend a lot of time seeing these charming animals and stroll around the park leisurely.

2. Yut Kee Restaurant (Lunch) – 45 minutes (12:15 PM to 1:00 PM)

Roast Pork Special, Pork Chop and Chicken Chop in Yut Kee Restaurant

Satisfy your hunger by visiting the Yut Kee Restaurant . As one of the oldest coffee shops in KL , eating here is a must. The restaurant has been operating since 1928 and is known for its breakfast and lunch options .

Have a taste of their best-selling dishes like the Roast Pork Special (RM 24.20) , which is only available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday . You may also try their Pork Chop (RM 16.20) and Chicken Chop (RM 15.30) .

3. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur – 3 hours (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

Go shopping around Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and buy all the things that you want. This is a famous shopping destination in the city , where you’d find high-end brands and luxury stores.

In fact, there are more than 700 stores to explore . These include Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, and more. So, if you’re looking for something to splurge on, this upscale mall has a lot to offer. 

4. Bukit Bintang – 2 hours (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

Bukit Bintang

If you think your shopping is done, you got it wrong. Discover the busy streets of Bukit Bintang and find more shopping malls around. Some of the top choices are Lot 10 , Fahrenheit88 , and Sungei Wang Plaza .

Aside from shopping, this district is full of bars and music clubs .

Hence, if you’re in need of fun nightlife, this district is a great pick . No wonder why many young adults and even international travelers flock here for entertainment .

5. Jalan Alor KL Street Art – 30 minutes (6:00 PM to 6:30 PM)

Jalan Alor KL Street Art

Jalan Alor KL Street Art is truly an eye-catching section in the district. The painted walls give off a unique ambiance and style that draw tourists from around the world .

So, make sure to drop by one of the best photography spots in Kuala Lumpur and capture these vibrant designs.

6. Jalan Alor Food Street and Changkat Bukit Bintang (Dinner) – 2 hours (6:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

A. jalan alor food street.

Jalan Alor Food Street

Feast on the various local dishes and snacks at Jalan Alor Food Street .

The street is always loaded with foodies who want to try various Malaysian and Chinese cuisines . Some of the crowd-favorites are the BBQ sewers, satay, and fried chicken.

Because of the ambiance, many locals and international visitors head to this food street in Kuala Lumpur, especially at night .

At nighttime, the food stalls are brimming with delicious food and frenzied energy from all walks of life. So, revel in the busy street and savor the delectable treats !

b. Changkat Bukit Bintang

Changkat Bukit Bintang

Finish off your night at Changkat Bukit Bintang . It’s just located across Jalan Alor , making it the perfect destination after eating your dinner.

Enveloped by numerous clubs and bars, this section is the best place for drinking sessions and chill conversations .

You can walk around the strip and find your preferred spot. Some bars have live music while others are known for lively beats.

Sunway Lagoon Water Park

The last day of your KL itinerary is best allocated at the Sunway Lagoon .

This is a fun-filled theme park nestled outside of Kuala Lumpur. With plenty of water rides , for sure you’ll have one of the most exciting outdoor experiences here .

Vuvuzela (World’s Largest Vortex Ride)

Whether you’re eyeing a relaxing ride or a fast-paced slide, the park got you covered. So, spend your last day in the city here with your family and friends.

Clever Strategies for Saving Money: Why pay more at the ticket counter? Buy your Sunway Lagoon tickets online here for 12% cheaper than on-site.

Individual Ticket vs. KL Multi Attraction Pass

If you plan to visit Aquaria KLCC, Zoo Negara (National Zoo Malaysia) and Sunway Lagoon, the combined ticket price for 2 pax is RM464 (Malaysian) and RM660 (Non-Malaysian) .

However, by opting for the KL Multi-Attraction Pass , 2 persons can enjoy all these attractions for only RM 410 (Malaysian) and RM 610 (Non-Malaysian), saving RM 54 (Malaysian) and RM 50 (Non-Malaysian) .

If you travel with 4 people , you can save even more , a total savings of RM108 (Malaysian) and RM100 (Non-Malaysian) !

The Kuala Lumpur Multi-Attraction Pass offers flexible options, including a 2-attraction , 3-attraction or 4-attraction pass covering up to 7 popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. For more information, see the link provided below .

  • Check out KL Multi-Attraction Pass here

Plus, this pass gives you the freedom to choose which attractions to visit and when, according to your preferences and schedule .

1. KL Sightseeing Bus Tour

KL Sightseeing Bus Tour

One of the best ways to tour around the city is through the KL Sightseeing Bus Tour . With 27 designated stops , this gives you the chance to explore more than 60 attractions .

If you opt for this mode, you won’t have to go through public transportation . This means you save time and discover destinations at your own pace .

To have an idea of the current pricing and stops covered, see the KL Sightseeing Bus website here .

2. Join a Kuala Lumpur Full Day Tour

Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, Chinatown Kuala Lumpur and KL Tower Bus Tour

Another remarkable choice is by joining the Kuala Lumpur Full Day Tour . Just like the first option, this takes you directly to Kuala Lumpur’s top-rated attractions . Hence, no stressful public transportation whatsoever .

More than that, this is a reasonable option, especially for first-time travelers who are not familiar with the city.

So, I would definitely suggest that you book this famous day tour in KL and visit 21 places conveniently . To see the pricing and itinerary details, simply visit the link that I provided.

3. Grab Car

Grab Car in KL

If you want a smooth and more personal ride , then booking a grab car is convenient. This transportation offers pick-up and drop-off services , making it easy to explore various locations in the city .

Plus, you can easily book a ride via your mobile phone . So, if you want to be taken to your destination with ease, this is a good choice.

4. Private Tours (Private Car/Van Charters)

Private Van Charter in KL

Reasons to Consider Taking Private Tours:

  • Convenience and Flexibility : In terms of comfort and versatility, this is no doubt the best choice. This service allows you to choose your preferred departure time. Accordingly, they can personalize your trip according to your schedule.
  • Relaxing and Exclusive : The service also ensures that you relax while traveling. It’s because you won’t be dealing with the crowd during public transport. So, you can definitely chill during the journey and enjoy the sights of Kuala Lumpur even more.
  • Point-to-Point Transport : Whether you’re staying in a hotel or a certain area, the van picks you up and drops you off at your preferred locations. As a result, this is the finest option for those with children or elderly passengers.

KL Tower, Dataran Merdeka and Petronas Twin Towers

If you are interested in booking a private tour in KL , you’ve got 3 options to choose from . These are Private Tour 1 , Private Tour 2 , and Private Tour 3 .

The Private Tour 3, in particular, is the best choice if you want to plan your own trip. This tour allows you to set your own schedule for a more seamless and relaxing trip.

To fully understand each of the tours, simply check out the links above. From there, you can compare the itineraries and find the best that suits your preferences .

5. Self-driving

The last option is by renting a car . This would be a nice alternative if you’re traveling with your family or friends.

Through this, you can explore tourist spots on your own schedule and not worry about the surge of crowds in most public transportation .

On top of that, this can be a cost-effective mode if you want to explore other sites beyond the city. If interested, head to this website and see their car options .

Kuala Lumpur Itinerary Map

To make it easy to understand my 5-day itinerary for Kuala Lumpur , I have created the map above.

After Kuala Lumpur, where are you going next? Will your next destination be Penang or Singapore?

If so, you can refer to my Penang or Singapore Itinerary for assistance in organizing a delightful and unforgettable journey.

Bukit Bintang, Pavilion Shopping Mall, Petronas Twin Towers and Jalan Alor Food Street

The best and most convenient area to stay in Kuala Lumpur is undeniably Bukit Bintang . There are several reasons why this district is highly recommended for tourists like you . Check them out below:

  • Strategic Location: The area itself sits in the center of KL. This way, you can easily get around the city and uncover various tourist attractions. These include the Kuala Lumpur Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and Chinatown.
  • Easily Reachable MRT Station: Bounded by the Bukit Bintang MRT station, this means extra convenience and comfort.
  • Seamless Taxi Service: Since it’s within the city, you won’t have a problem booking Grab. There are also plenty of taxis around the area.
  • Shopping Spree: Malls are everywhere, making it a top-notch choice for shopaholics. Some of the malls within the district are Lot 10, Pavilion, and Sungei Wang Plaza. These shopping centers offer a combination of affordable products and luxury items.
  • Abundant Food Choices: Of course, the place is also encircled by local food stalls and the best restaurants. These serve a variety of tasty dishes and snacks for everyone. A famous food section here is the Jalan Alor Food Street, where you’d enjoy an authentic Malaysian food escapade.
  • Vibrant Nightlife: Lastly, the district holds a number of bars and clubs, especially on the sides of Changkat Bukit Bintang. So, if you want to try Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife, this is the place to be.

Recommended Hotels in Bukit Bintang

Capri by Fraser Bukit Bintang Hotel

  • Capri by Fraser Bukit Bintang : This modern and sophisticated hotel is just 8 minutes away from the Pavilion shopping mall. It’s also 10 minutes from the famous Jalan Alor Food Street. To top it all, it would only take around 12 minutes to reach Petronas Twin Tower and KL Tower via car.
  • Gold3 Boutique Hotel : If you’re on a budget, this 2-star hotel is worth your money. The rooms are decent accommodations after a long trip. Additionally, it’s located close to Capri by Fraser Hotel, which makes it a great option in terms of location.
  • Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur : Settled across the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur shopping mall, this is also a nice choice for tourists. Because of its strategic positioning, you’d be able to enter the mall with ease.

1. KLIA Express Train

KLIA Express Train

The first option is the KLIA Express train , which is a non-stop high-speed train . This connects KLIA/ KLIA2 and the KL Sentral in just 33 minutes !

The original one-way ticket price is RM 55 . However, if you book discounted tickets online , it only costs RM 49 .

Once you arrive at KL Sentral , you just ride the LRT Kelana Jaya Line (KJL) going to Pasar Seni Station . From there, you transfer to MRT Kajang Line to Bukit Bintang Station . The total travel time would be around 25 minutes with a cost of RM 8.20 .

Don’t forget to know the full train schedule below to plan your trip efficiently.

  • From KLIA: For travelers from KLIA, the first departure time is 5:10 AM. On the other hand, the last train is set at 12:10 AM.
  • From KLIA2: If KLIA2 is your starting point, then the first departure time is 5:05 AM. Then, the last train is scheduled for 12:05 AM.
  • Frequency: Depart 2 times every hour

Aerobus KL

The next option is the Aerobus . Between KLIA/ KLIA2 and KL Sentral , the bus would travel for around 1 hour for a single journey.

If you plan to buy one, you can get the tickets at Transportation Hub . This is located at level 1 of the Gateway@klia2 shopping mall . It costs RM 15 per adult.

  • From KLIA: The bus normally operates from 4:45 AM to 10:45 PM daily.
  • From KLIA2:   The schedule begins at 5:00 AM up to 11:00 PM daily.
  • Frequency: Depart every 1 hour

3. Private Airport Car Service

Private Airport Car Service KL

If you’re looking for a door-to-door service , then the private airport car service is the answer to your needs .

This option picks you up from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and then drops you to your chosen accommodation .

Because of the direct transfer , it’s a suitable choice for those with lots of luggage . It’s also suggested if you’re with kids or the elderly. Plus, you won’t be stressed with transferring from one public transport to another .

So, for those who prefer a faster and direct route, private airport transfer is highly advisable . You may check out the website for private airport transfers here to have an idea of the rates and the car types available.

Malaysia SIM Card

When you are traveling in Kuala Lumpur , it’s highly encouraged to avail of the local sim card . This is important so you can easily connect to the internet when booking reservations and transportation .

Additionally, this allows you to find directions efficiently and navigate destinations with ease . So, if you’re looking for a cheap and convenient sim card, check it out here .

Booking it online allows you to pick up the sim card once you arrive at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).

Plus, the sim already comes with unlimited calls and 30 GB , both of which are valid for up to 30 days .

The View of Genting Highlands

If you have more days to spend in Kuala Lumpur, why not visit Genting Highland?

This is such a beautiful destination surrounded by majestic landscapes.

As a popular hill resort in Malaysia, you’d love the cool climate and breathtaking nature scenes . Not only that but it’s only 1 hour away from Kuala Lumpur .

1. Genting SkyWorlds Theme Park

Genting SkyWorlds

Featuring a number of rides and attractions , the Genting SkyWorlds Theme Park is no doubt one of the highlights in the place . This outdoor theme park is perfect for both kids and adults .

Go around the complex and marvel at the colorful architectural structures. And of course, there are lots of roller coasters and thrilling attractions to keep you entertained . Don’t miss the simulation activities and interactive rides too!

Smart Saving Technique: Book your Genting SkyWorlds tickets here and save up to 20%, while also enjoying the benefit of direct entry to the park and skipping the queue!

2. Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park


Next on the list is none other than Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park , an indoor theme park for all ages .

Whoop it up as you try one of the attractions with your loved ones. There are plenty of enjoyment options here, from relaxing rides to thrilling excursions.

Aside from this theme park, the Genting Skyway cable car is also commendable. This ride seamlessly transports you from the mountain base up to the summit .

And during your cable trip, you’d be encircled by gorgeous mountains and lush forests .

Valuable suggestion: Buy your Skytropolis tickets online to receive an extra discount of up to 11% compared to buying the tickets on-site at the counter.

Casino Genting

Try your luck at the Genting Highlands Casino . As one of the biggest casinos in the world , there are several games to enjoy here. Have a good time playing roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and other games.

And even if you’re not a fan of gambling, the place itself is highly impressive. Admire the sophisticated architecture as well as the glittering designs all over the casino.

How to get there?

Private Van Genting

  • By Bus Tour: There are 2 popular bus tours available from Kuala Lumpur to Genting Highlands . For a detailed timetable and pricing details, you can check the Bus Tour 1 and Bus Tour 2 websites here.
  • By Express Bus: Another way is Express bus. You can buy your bus tickets at the ticketing counters inside the KL Sentral. The bus will pick you up and then drop you at Awana Bus Terminal. After that, you just take the Genting Skyway cable car that takes you to Genting Highlands.
  • By Genting Private Car: The last option would be booking a private car , which is the best choice for convenience and safety. This offers direct pick-up from your hotel , saving you time from public transportation.

Finally, I hope my recommended itinerary for Kuala Lumpur can help you plan a wonderful trip and save you research time.

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