Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and it is one of the most popular cities in the World. This city is proud of its multi-cultural heritage, and lives up to its tagline as “Truly Asia.” A visit to this city will not be complete, unless you know what exactly to do here. So if you’re planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur and wondering where to go, here’s my pick of the top 5 places to see and visit in KL:
- If you’re interested in shopping like me and enjoying the rich heritage, culture and history, Chinatown is one of the places you must visit in Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the most popular bargain hunter locations in the world. Haggling is a common sight here and the place is usually crowded with locals as well as tourists. There are lots of shopping complexes and stalls where you can buy souvenirs or pasalubong, from T-shirts, shorts, watches, bags, up to keychains and of course fridge magnets. Around the area are dozens of hawker centers and restaurants. There are also sidewalk stalls selling local food, where you can eat standing up.
Who doesn’t love a claypot or sizzling dish?
- Address: 49-51, Jalan Petaling, 50000
- Business Hours: 17:00 – 05:00
- Phone: +60 (3) 2032 4984
Kim Soya Bean is a very popular stall, selling Soya Bean Milk and Tau Fu Fah (Soy Bean Pudding).
- Address: Opposite Hong Leong Bank, Petaling Street
- Business Hours: 9:00 – 23:00
- Prices: RM 1.60 (small) RM 2.50 (big)
Air Mata Kucing (Iced Longan drink) and Durian are popular too.
How to get there:
Petaling Street is a five minute walk away from the Pasar Seni LRT (Kelana Jaya Line) station. The Pasar Seni bus hub is located under the Pasar Seni LRT station so if buses are more your speed, just hop on a bus headed to Kota Raya. There are also plenty of taxis that will be able to take you to Petaling Street from anywhere in KL.
- Address: Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
- Business Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Phone: +60 (3) 2032 5988
2. Want to buy some arts, handicrafts, batik and traditional wear from Malaysia? If your answer is Yes, the Central Market along Jalan Hang Kasturi is the perfect place for you. Everything that your heart desires is available here. All at reasonable prices. It is a walking distance from Petaling Street, the Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. The place is fully air-conditioned (Yeessssss!!!) so it makes a splendid reprieve from the sweltering heat outside. Don’t forget to check out the Annexe found at the back of Central Market, it serves as a venue for local artists to hold art galleries and exhibits. If you are looking to grab a bite to eat after all the shopping, there is a hawker centre located on the second floor of the complex.
Central Market has created a corner to display multi-ethnicity and the stalls are zoned based on the features of each race. The new zone is consist of 3 lanes: Little India, Malay Street and Straits Chinese. The purpose of this new zone is to let the visitors have an insight of the cultural difference of the various races in Malaysia.
Art House Gallery
Culinary excitement awaits you when you step out of Central Market into the Kasturi Walk. It is a covered, open-air flea market set along Jalan Kasturi. It was established in early 2011, so it all looks fairly new with clean kiosks and stalls. You’ll find local snacks and vendors selling handbags, accessories, shirts, flip flops and more as well as fruit stalls. It is similar to Petaling Street but not as crowded.
Putu Bambu is a must-try in Kuala Lumpur. It is made of rice flour with green color acquired from pandan leaf, coconut milk and sugar. Steamed in bamboo tube and served with butter or grated coconut.
How to get there:
Take the train and alight at Pasar Seni station. As you exit the station, you will be able to see the market directly opposite the main road. It is also a five-minute walk from Kuala Lumpur station, Chinatown, and Petaling Street, and a 15-minute walk from Masjid Jamek station. The easiest way is to hop on a taxi.
- Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050
- Business Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
- Phone: +60 (3) 2274 6542
3. Merdeka Square or Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka) is located near Jalan Sultan Hishamudin and just up the road from Central Market. It is a historical and famous recreational park in KL. You can see here the former highest flagpole of the world, where the Malaysian national flag was first hoisted in 1957.
Surrounding the square are historical sites that date back from the early 1890s. The grandest of all the architectural wonders in Merdeka Square is the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is also situated at the Merdeka Square. It is a free information centre particularly for tourists like us wishing to know more of the past, present and future of KL.
How to get there:
The best way to reach Merdeka Square and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is by train. If you’re coming from KL Sentral station, take the Kelana Jaya line going to the Masjid Jamek LRT station. Alternatively, you can catch a taxi from anywhere around town to go to Dataran Merdeka.
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
- Address: No. 27, Jalan Raja, 50050 Dataran Merdeka
- Business Hours: 9:00 – 18:30 daily
- Phone: +60 (3) 2698 3333
- Free Admission and Wifi
4. What would a trip to Malaysia’s capital be without gawking at its 88-storey Twin Towers, also known as Petronas Twin Towers. It was the tallest building in the world, from 1998 to 2004, after which it was overtaken by the Taipei 101. Currently they are the tallest twin structures worldwide. The towers really are a statement of the city, they look incredible during the day, but they really come alive at night, especially when accompanied by the amazing light and music show on the now famous Lake Symphony. Petronas Twin Towers are known for the breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur from the 41st and 42nd floor, where the towers are connected via a double-decker skybridge. If you want more, the 86th floor provides an observation deck where visitors can see the towers’ spire up close as well as a panoramic view of the entire Kuala Lumpur. So ready your camera and take a photo!
View from Skybridge (41st flr) and Observation Deck (86th flr)
Take note that the Skybridge and Observation Deck are only open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 – 21:00 and there is a break on Fridays from 13:00 – 14: 30. You’ll get 15 minutes at the sky bridge and 15 minutes at the observation deck. Ticket counters open at 8:30 am but be there earlier as the queue can be quite long. You may also purchase your tickets in advance via the Petronas Towers official website.
How to get there:
From KL Sentral station: Ride the Kelana Jaya Rail Line to KLCC station, which is five stops away. (fare is RM 2.50)
- Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088
- Business Hours: 9:00 – 21:00 (Tuesday – Sunday only)
- Phone: +60 (3) 2331 8080
- Ticket Prices: RM 84.80 (adult) RM 31.80 (child)
5. Kuala Lumpur is not only about skyscrapers, it is good to get out to the outskirts and visit nature wonders. Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in the Gombak district, 13 kilometres north of KL. The caves are huge and a monumental focal point of the Hindu site. This popular cavern can only be accessed by climbing a flight of 272 steps, so get your lungs and legs ready. Take plenty of water, you will need it, and don’t keep any food on you as the monkeys that run wild are vicious and very clever.
Ladies, if you don’t like being stared at or pointed at by locals be sure to cover your legs and do not wear shorts, short skirts or low cut tops.
This place is full of monkeys, so be careful as they might steal your stuff. Don’t try to touch and feed them. Don’t get too close to them, they can and will bite you. If you are bitten by one, seek medical attention immediately as monkeys can carry rabies, even if they exhibit no symptoms.
The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old.
There is no entrance fee for visiting the Temple Cave. You may leave a donation in one of the collection boxes if you wish.
Dark Cave is one of the must-see Batu Caves attractions for travellers. It is home to an ancient animal community of 100 million years old, including the rarest spider in the world, the Trapdoor spider. It has a unique guano-driven ecosystem, which sustain a tremendous ecological significance of rich scientific and educational interest.
- Business Hours: (Mon – Fri) 10:00 – 17:00 (Sat, Sun & Public holidays) 10:30 – 17:30
- Phone: +60 3 6186 7011
- For Reservations: You can email them at email@example.com
- Ticket Prices:
Educational Tour – RM 35 (adult) RM 25 (child)
Adventure Tour – RM 80 (age 12 and above only)
If you cannot manage to climb the 272 steps and if the Dark Cave sounds too creepy you can instead visit the Cave Villa. It is strategically located within the Sri Subramanium Temple premise, more precisely next to the main entrance of the hill temple of Batu Caves. With plenty of attractions such as a huge koi pond, a conceptual restaurant, reptile galore, art galleries and cultural stage, it will definitely be an experience not to be missed.
- Business Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
- Phone: +60 3 6187 8700
- Ticket Prices: RM 15 (foreigners)
Enjoy your visit in Batu Caves and don’t forget to take a photo. It’s a beautiful site on the outskirts of a big and hectic city.
How to get there:
Batu Caves is accessible by car or taxi as it is situated beside the main highway of MRR2 in Batu Caves area. (From RM 30 – RM 40)
There is also a KTM Komuter train service from KL Sentral to Batu Caves – RM 2.30
- Address: Sri Subramaniam Temple, Batu Caves 68100
- Business Hours: 6:00 – 21:00 (open daily)
- Phone: +60 (1) 300885050
- Free Entry
Where we stayed?
“Hotels are very important for any vacation or trip.” – Aleandro Sy (LOL)
So if you’re choosy like my husband (sa hotel lang naman.. *wink*), I will recommend the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It is a 5 star business hotel in KL with a level of hospitality that goes beyond your normal range of luxurious hotel. The hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Putra World Trade Centre light rail station and across from the Sunway Putra Mall.
The restaurants at Seri Pacific Hotel offer a huge range of cuisine and dining options. We could choose from an elaborate buffet with both Asian and International breakfast.
- Address: Jalan Putra, Chow Kit, 50746 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
- Phone: +60 3-4042 5555
- Official Website: Seri Pacific Hotel
I can say that we really enjoyed our six-night stay at Seri Pacific Hotel. Would definitely stay there again! 🙂
Thanks for reading. Kindly leave a comment below on what place we should visit on our next trip to Malaysia.