If you are flying to Malaysia and not really sure about the things to do in its tantalizing capital city, then sit back, relax, and read carefully what follows. We’ll tell you what places to visit in Kuala Lumpur so that your stay in the fascinating “KL”’ is a fun and memorable one. Look beyond the Petronas Towers and discover how this city of rich history and delicious food will treat you by reading our humble selection of the 10 best things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
1 – Visit the great Batu caves and get a sense of KL’s culture and tradition.
By climbing the 272 steps leading to the caves you will discover the largest Hindu sanctuary outside of India featuring the world’s tallest statue of Lord Subramaniyan, the Hindu God of war.
If you visit Batu Caves during Thaipusam, the annual festival that celebrates the anniversary of Lord Subramaniyan, you will witness impressive acts of devotion from the worshipping crowd.
2 – Take a Kuala Lumpur Food Tour and experience authentic Malaysian food.
Whether food is the main reason you end up here or just the icing on the cake, this introduction to Kuala Lumpur’s food scene is a must for any traveler coming to the city. Walking through the old streets while discovering unexpected tastes makes it a delicious experience, so just follow your senses.
3 – Discover a colorful nature in the heart of the city.
High on the list of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur are the great living nature theme parks. With this guided tour you will enter a bird park featuring sixty local and foreign species, then a butterfly park where thousands of those fascinating creatures are flying in a simulated natural rainforest environments and finally visit the Orchid and Hibiscus Garden, home to over three thousands orchid species from around the world.
4 – Enjoy a Microlight Flight Adventure in Kuala Lumpur.
A human’s dream coming true and the ability to see Malaysia from a new point of view, all included in this hour-long flight session around KL. Take place inside the microlight aircraft and admire the world miniaturize under your feet as you get higher in the sky. Available on the week-end, this is an incredibly exciting experience where getting high remains safe.
5 – Visit Masjid Negara, the national mosque of Malaysia.
Those interested in the history of Islam in south-east Asia can’t pass on visiting the biggest mosque of Malaysia : Masjid Negara. Built in 1965, then renovated in 1987, it features a spectacular 73-meter-high minaret and modern architecture that is now an integral part of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
6 – Get lost in China Town…
Located on Petaling street, this hectic China Town is one of the top places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. Take a walk through it and witness an ecosystem of pirated items exchanged before your eyes as a joyful crowd is haggling and teaming with life. A truly energetic area that also concentrates restaurants and some of the best street food you can find in the city.
7 – … then find yourself in Central Market.
Also called “pasar Seni” in Malay, and just a step away from China Tow, this market founded in 1888 has been classified by the Malaysian Heritage Society as it is considered reminiscent of the traditional market that existed in KL in the 1800s. Beyond the shops and what they have to offer, a journey through the alleys of this market will give you a sense of Kuala Lumpur’s ethnic diversity.
8 – Enjoy a Kuala Lumpur Tower dining experience.
From Central Market take a high speed elevator and realize that sky isn’t the limit in Kuala Lumpur as you will enjoy a privileged dinner from 421 meters above ground level in one of Asia’s highest restaurant. While you take care of your taste buds don’t miss the breathtaking view that showcases the lights of KL by night.
9 – Get a glimpse of the rainforest.
A great way to learn about the flora and bring home some amazing pictures, this tour will bring you in the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) for an opportunity to understand the rainforest ecosystem. If accessible, you’ll even be invited to go on a canopy walk above the treetops. Within the list of things to do in Kuala Lumpur, this one will make you smarter (and greener).
10 – Immerse yourself in the Indian culture by visiting Little India.
Featured in most of the City Tours, the discovery of Kuala Lumpur’s “Little India” is a fabulous immersion in a colorful neighborhood where spiciness is everywhere. Tiny and full of fabric shops, it is a great place to bargain your next sari!
Now that you know what to do in Kuala Lumpur take a minute to decide, within our list of suggestions, the KL attractions that best meet your taste. Although Kuala Lumpur tourist attractions are as various and entertaining as it gets, there are plenty of unexpected adventures and emotions waiting for you around the corners. Go get it!