The best part of traveling to a new city is discovering what makes it unique. Undeniably, Kuala Lumpur (KL) in Malaysia is in a class all by itself. Set amidst a sea of manicured green foliage, this metropolis is a stimulating destination where you can discover the ancient and the modern as well as the hectic and the serene and everything else in between. All harmoniously co-existing together. But what makes KL unique is the distinct cultures of Malay, Chinese, and Indian. Despite the differences, they all come together with their traditions and flavors that make Malaysia, specifically KL, a melting pot of Asia.
What To Do
If you want to explore the sights, sounds, and culture of KL, then one of the best ways is with a City Guided Tour. Surely this can be considered a first-class affair that offers roundtrip transport from your hotel. Stylish and comfortable private vehicles add intimacy to your tour. Expertise is provided by your friendly and knowledgeable local guide. Customize the itinerary if you want to spend less time in one place and more at another. It’s a fantastic way to acclimate yourself to the layout of the city. Discover the museums, shopping centers, and areas of interest when you want to come back to and visit on your own. Hit all the major sites like the famous Petronas Towers and visit several additional locations including The Old Market Square, the historic KL Railway Station, and the Royal Palace Kuala Lumpur, which was built in 1928.
Here is a selection of the best city tours:
- Full-Day City Grand Tour
- Half-Day City Guided Tour
- Kuala Lumpur Tour by night
- Nature In the City – Guided Tour
If you are looking for once in a lifetime excursion, then you may want to try a helicopter tour. View the sites from above with this aerial city tour. The beautiful scenery from high above offers excellent photo opportunities that should not be missed.
Book a Helicopter Tour here.
Another option is to discover Malaysia from above when the sun is rising. You will be picked from your hotel for this amazing 30min hot air balloon tour. Start your day with the sunrise and breakfast as you rise with the sun. Take in the serenity of skies as you float above the city without a care in the world.
Book a Sunrise Air Balloon Tour here.
As mentioned before, we love Kuala Lumpur for the people. Even though the world is changing fast, some ways of life still remain the same. For a full-on cultural immersion, check out the Kampong Sea Gypsies Village tour of the Malaysian countryside. Visit, interact, and have an opportunity to deeply connect with the “people of the forest.” This indigenous subgroup of Senoi Aborigines who are referred to as sea gypsies because their livelihood is mainly dependent on fishing and agriculture. Listen to the stories, enjoy the Malay cuisine, and relax in the countryside.
Interested in the Kampong Sea Gypsies Village? Check out this story
In addition to the beauty of the skyline, Kuala Lumpur is surrounded by natural beauty. One place to enjoy is the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia. Walk amongst the treetops and take in the natural beauty of over 30 types of bamboo. Also visit Dipte Rocarp, the living library of trees. This collection center was established in 1939, and between the different collections, over 400 species of trees are housed here. The research center is the perfect place to take a beat and enjoy nature right without traveling far from the city.
Book your glimpse into the rain forest here.
Kuala Lumpur is home to many religions, and all are celebrated in Kuala Lumpur. With this half-day tour, explore the Hindu influenced areas of KL with a trip to the Brickfields and Batu Caves. At Batu Caves, This stunning temple takes 272 steps to reach the top. Along the way, the resident monkeys will keep you company. Careful, they on the way up. At the summit and deep inside the cave, reach the shrine with the many Hindu deities residing inside.
Book your trip to the Brickfields and Batu Caves here.
What To See
Set in a serene botanical garden overlooking the lush foliage of Lake Garden Park, The National Monument is a poignant and moving bronze sculpture commemorating the veterans of the “Malayan Emergency.” It was created by Felix de Weldon who is the same artist who designed the famous Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. It’s an elegant mix of both Islamic and Western architectural elements, mosaic tiles, soothing fountains, and glassy ponds.
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A real feast for the senses, Little India, is without a doubt an explosion of color with its colonial buildings boldly decked out in vibrant hues of saffron, canary yellow, electric pink, and seafoam blue. Intricate mosaic tiles adorn the walls and floors in the shophouses. An alluring mix of smoldering incense and tantalizing spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and masala perfume the air. Even the colorful sidewalks are framed by a series of hand-painted decorative arches. Firstly, there is no better place to enjoy a cup of chai tea under a bodhi tree. Afterward, find brilliant fabrics and textiles, get a bargain on jewelry and enjoy delectable Indian curries and kebabs.
Book your food tour in the heart of Kuala Lumpur & discover the Indian food area
There’s no better place than the covered market of Petaling Street to spend your time in China Town. It is a shopper’s paradise set under a sea of red and gold Chinese lanterns strewn from above where everything under the sun is for sale. If you are willing to haggle for the best deals, some unbelievable bargains can be found here. You can expect the unexpected as you explore its adjacent alleys, and you are likely to stumble upon gilded Chinese temples and ancient shrines.
Book your Kuala Lumpur walk & food tour here.
Kuala Lumpur literally means the “muddy place where two rivers meet.” This historic site is where it all began. Sitting in the heart of downtown and straddling the colorful historic colonial buildings on one side and the towering steel and glass skyscrapers on the other, this is a striking line of demarcation where the future and the past converge. A rolling man-made fog of dry ice cascades along the banks of the two rivers giving way to one of the most compelling and little-known photo opportunities in the city. Visit this site and others when you customize your day trip with a private chauffeured van for the day or half-day.
Book your private chauffered van here.
With immaculate gardens, shaded walking paths and trails, and an on-site restaurant, this is a nature lover’s dream. It’s best to go in the early morning or in the early evening so that you can avoid the hottest part of the day. You can easily take the family and spend the entire day exploring this park. It’s a magical place to go birdwatching and see the diversity of Malaysia’s wildlife in a relaxed and carefree way.
Book your Nature In the City – Guided Tour
Probably the most iconic buildings in the country, the Petronas Towers are smack-dab in the center of KL’s shopping district. Although you can purchase tickets to go inside and enjoy the views from the top, you can easily get some terrific photos from the ground level as well. There are always plenty of locals willing to help you get the best pictures, and the easy accessibility and functionality of the grounds around the towers allow you to roam around at your leisure and take your time getting the perfect shots.
Where To Eat
Undoubtedly, some of the best food in Asia can be found in Kuala Lumpur. China Town is a food lover’s paradise. Street hawkers open early in the morning, and many of the restaurants and vendors staying open deep into the night. Tasty food can be found everywhere, and it’s best to discover for yourself the finest shops and stalls to get crispy suckling pig, Peking duck, dim sum, steaming bowls of Chinese noodles and some of the most delectable seafood that KL has to offer. If you are looking for some in-depth guidance on where are the best food finds, make time to go on the Off The Eaten Track culinary adventure. Explore the best of Kuala Lumpur’s food scene on a 3-hour road trip to areas like Brickfields and Petaling Jaya, where you can sample the most delicious local delicacies and traditional cuisine.
Here is a selection of the best food tours:
- Off the eaten track evening food tour
- Kuala Lumpur walk & food tour
- Full-DayFull-Day Old Town Ipoh Food Tour
We tested for you off the eaten track food tour in Kuala Lumpur, check our blog article.
With so many things to see, do, and eat in Kuala Lumpur, it’s easy to fall in love with this city. Whether traveling alone, with friends or family, be sure to bring your camera, some spending money for souvenirs, and your appetite for adventure.
Let your inner child out with this beautiful boat ride with the fireflies. Although most of us prefer not to be surrounded by bugs, something is enchanting about these guys. Meander through the mangroves on the river banks of Kampong Kuantan and watch the fairy lights blink on and off. Afterward, enjoy a lovely dinner and one of the local restaurants nearby. An evening unlike any other.
Book your adventure with the fireflies here.
These majestic creatures are disappearing fast as poachers and modernization make it harder for them to survive. One place that is trying to make a difference is the Elephant Sanctuary. This home for orphans rescues baby elephants and takes care of them until they can be released back in the wild. Learn about there mission and get the chance to get up close and personal with our favorite little giants. Enjoy a local lunch along the way.
Book a trip to the Elephant Sanctuary here.
We Love Kuala Lumpur
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