7 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [with Suggested Tours]

By Lyza Paloma November 26th, 2020 Posted in Asia Travel Blog, Destination, Travel Blog, Travel Guides 46 Comments

Are you planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, soon? Read our tips below on the things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with suggested tours.

7 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Malaysia, whose tagline is “Truly Asia,” has its capital in Kuala Lumpur. It offers modern skyscrapers, diverse mosques and churches, and scenic views. It is proud of its multi-cultural heritage, so you can’t only enjoy Malaysian culture but also of its neighbors as well. Enjoy the amazing capital of this country.

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List of Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1. Check out Petronas Towers

7 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Getting there: You can stop at KLCC station

Perhaps the most iconic building in all of Malaysia is the Petronas Twin Towers. It has been the world’s tallest building from 1998 to 2004 and still is the tallest twin towers. Enjoy taking pictures, especially at KLCC Park during the day. It’s also great at night, and I recommend watching the Lake Symphony water show; it’s beautiful.In case you want to go up, the Skybridge and Observation Deck are closed on Mondays. It is open from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Tuesdays to Fridays. For Weekends and Holidays, they are open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You can buy tickets online or at the counter.

Suggested Tour: Petronas Twin Towers Admission + One Way Transfer

2. See a glimpse of Istana Negara

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Getting there: You can use a taxi or ride a Hop On Hop Off bus and stop at National Palace

If the US has the White House, Istana Negara is for Malaysia. It is the official residence of the Yang di-PertuanAgong, head of state or the King of the country. You can’t really enter here but only see the property through the rails. You’d be lucky if you see the King passing by, though.

Fun fact: There are 9 royal families with states in the country. The heads are called Sultans, but the overall head is the “Agong” or King. The position is rotated every 5 years.

Suggested Tour: KL Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

3. Explore KL Forest Eco Park

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Getting there: You can stop at Masjid Jamek station or Bukit Nanas

Kuala Lumpur does not only have skyscrapers, but it actually has a natural rainforest in its center. It’s the only one in the world and remains undisturbed. It is a great thing to do, especially if you want to explore nature without going too far. They are open from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. It’s near KL Towers, so you could stop by there after your trip here.

Suggested Tour: KL Tower Ticke

4. Be Amazed by TheanHou Temple

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Getting there: Ride a taxi from Bangsar Station

As per the introduction, Malaysia is diverse. Aside from Islam, there are also other religions like Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There is a temple called TheanHou Temple that is dedicated to the Chinese Sea Goddess, Mazu. It’s one of the largest in Southeast Asia and undeniably gorgeous.

Suggested Tour: Kuala Lumpur Popular Sights Private Instagram Day Trip

5. Eat Nasi Lemak

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Malaysia’s National dish is the Nasi Lemak. So when you are visiting its capital, you should not miss this. It consists of rice that smells good due to the pandan leaves and coconut cream. There are also anchovies, a delicious sauce, cucumbers, fried fish, or fried chicken; it could make you full. Surely, one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur!

Suggested Tour: Pak Adam’s Nasi Lemak at EPiC Food Hall

6. Climb the steps of Batu Caves

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Getting there: Take Intrakota Bus No. 11D from the Central Market

One of the nearest attractions in Kuala Lumpur is the Batu Caves. It’s where most people have a half or a whole day tour from the capital. The Batu Caves is an important landmark by the Hindus as there are many idols and statues around it. There are also many caverns with shrines like the Cathedral Cave; the Museum Cave has paintings. You will need to climb 272 steps to see what’s inside.

The festival is usually at the end of January, so don’t go there unless you are a devotee! They are open every day from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Suggested Tour: Petronas Twin Towers and Batu Caves Full-Day Tour 

7. Shop at Central Market

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Getting there: You can stop at Pasar Seni LRT Station

If you want to buy souvenirs, especially cheap and affordable ones, you can go to the Central Market. They have a lot to offer, from scarves to t-shirts, key chains to ref magnets, shoes, accessories, and many more. You can also haggle here, especially if you bought a lot of things. We shopped our souvenirs here!

Suggested Tour: Religion Culture and Heritage Half Day Tour in Kuala Lumpur

8. Find accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Budget Hotel

Ahyu Hotel

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Ahyu Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. All rooms come with a private bathroom with a bath or shower and free toiletries provided. You will find a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space, hairdresser, and gift shop at the property. Petaling Street Flea Market and Merdeka Square are 650 m away, while Central Market is 500 m from Ahyu Hotel.

Price: Starts at USD 16 for a Superior Twin No Window Room for two

Luxury Hotel

Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

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Mandarin Oriental is located between the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and the lush gardens of Kuala Lumpur City Park. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with luxurious marble bathrooms with toiletries and separate showers and bathtubs. Other property facilities include an indoor golf area, tennis courts, and a fitness center for guests to work out.

Price: Starts at USD 127 for a Deluxe King Room with City View for two

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How to go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The airport serving the country and one of the biggest airports in the world is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). They handle many international and domestic routes; they even have direct flights to Africa and Europe.

From KLIA to KL Sentral, you can take KLIA Ekspres (Airport Train), which takes less than an hour.

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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46 thoughts on “7 Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [with Suggested Tours]

  1. Woot! Woot! I’m glad I found this article from you. 🙂 Can’t wait for our August trip to KL 🙂

  2. Very informative. I will visit KL and SG on September and I’ll be using your trips & tips. This is my very first int’l back packing travel so I’m excited to read up your pages. I love the details, photos and the budget. It’s really nice. Thank you!!

  3. I just got a nice deal from Cebu Pacific and I will be going to KL this November. I got more excited as I read this post.

    1. Awesome, Dianne! Will you be traveling alone? feel free to use this list of awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur as your guide. Safe travels! 🙂

  4. The photos are nicely presented with a comparison of day and night. I wish to visit Kuala lumpur soon

    1. Thank you, Ryzza! As you try each from these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur, capturing a spot in the day and night would be a great idea of documentation. 🙂 You will be in KL, soon. Claim it! 🙂

    1. Indeed, Chris! Be sure to bring your family in Kuala Lumpur and try these awesome things to do, including the visit in Legoland.

  5. I miss the petronas towers. Will be heading to KL soon again! Will be checking some in your list.

    1. Awesome, Socorro! Update us here about your trip on which from the list of awesome things to do in kuala lumpur you did.

  6. I had a chance to explore malaysia for two weeks and could visit Penang, Langkawi, Perak, Malacca, Johor Bahru, and Kuala Lumpur. I like the food and the people

    1. Amazing, Anby Mae! And where is your favorite? Could you done some of these Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

  7. It wa just last year when I saw the Petronas Tower and it was an amazing experience. cant wait to visit kuala lumpur again

    1. Yay! What’s on your list for Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when you go back, Mikee?

  8. I was only in Penang last month but did go to Kuala lumpur which I know is very rare for traveling. Next time I will make sure to see kuala lumpur and do all the things you said

    1. Nothing wrong with that, Clariz. Sure you will enjoy kuala lumpur too with these Awesome Things to Do.

    1. Exactly, James! Are you planning to go back to Kuala Lumpur? Feel free to check these awesome things to do again to help you a bit in your trip. 🙂

  9. My friend just got in Malaysia last week and she told me that it is indeed a wonderful place. Thanks for these tips. I know how to budget my trip now when I visit there also.

    1. It’s your turn, Justin! Visit Malaysia and try these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

  10. Malaysia is indeed a “one progressive country!” And when we say Malaysia, what comes in to my mind is the known lego Land! Oh how I wished to be able to visit the place one day. The two towers too, I find it awesome! I wish Philippines would come up with such trademark too.

    1. Yes, Zwitsy. That’s why Malaysian citizens can travel most in Europe without visa, compared to other SEA countries, due to its economic progress. See the towers and enjoy legoland, along with the other awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur soon! <3

  11. Stunning photos of Petronas tower! And a very detailed review, haha! First time travellers will find this post helpful. And I would like to try that nasi lemak one day.

    1. Thank you, Sonnie! We are trying to help some travelers through a city guide, like this awesome things to do in kuala lumpur post. 🙂

  12. Wow, there really are intense quality tourist spots and architectures in Malaysia! The Petronas Twin Tower is so popular. I’ve always wanted to personally witness its spectacular view.

    1. Hi Cheryle! Hope you can see the towers soon and might as well try the rest from this list of Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  13. I’ve always wanted to visit Malaysia and witness the Petronas Tower and the Batu Caves… I have Malaysian blogger friends who used to post about these landmarks and their posts make me eager to visit this place someday!

    1. Why not visit them. Buedreamer? If you do, let us know if you could do some from these Awesome Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  14. I’ve been to Malaysia already but in Kota Kinabalu. I hope to see Kuala Lumpur, too. It looks an amazing city. When that time comes, I’ll check this post again 🙂 Great article!

    1. Feel free to check this article on awesome things to do in kuala lumpur, Arriane, anytime. 🙂

  15. Great Captures!! and Thank you for such detailed post about Kuala Lumpur. Hope I’ll plan my trip there soon!! 🙂

    1. Sure you can soon make a trip to Kuala Lumpur soon, Saswati! Whenever you do, just check these awesome things to do for your guide. 🙂

  16. I see some of my friends are going to Malaysia already. I wish to go there too. 🙂 but i will explore philippines first. 🙂

    1. Enjoy the Philippines, Aika! And when it’s time to see Malaysia, don’t missed to try these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

  17. I always wonder if I would ever be able to visit any place outside the PH before I die, or the SE countries at the very least. I hope so, I bet that would be really awesome!

    1. Then it’s time for you to visit Malaysia, Nilyn. Kuala Lumpur would really be a good start as you try these awesome things to do. 🙂

  18. Hahaha.. So that was not weird indeed. When I visited KL years ago, I also took pa higa higa shot of the towers, cant resist not to take a shot of them. Awesome!

    1. Haha. Love that pahiga-higa shot, Ramee. If you plan to visit Kuala Lumpur again, you might want to consider these awesome things to do.

  19. Wow, this is indeed a long list of things you can enjoy doing in Malaysia. You’re lucky if you managed to experience everything in this list. I have never been overseas before and I would definitely want to experience visiting Malaysia someday. Maybe when my kids are older and if the budget permits. It would be really fun to experience travelling overseas as a family if we ever get the chance to do so.

    1. That would be awesome, Joie. Can’t wait to see that you will travel with your family and will try these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Sure you will love each activity.

  20. I haven’t been to Malaysia but I’ve seen a lot of beautiful photos around. Good to know the right position to get that perfect angle of the tower is by laying on the ground. Seems like I’ll be doing that do in my future travel. That day and night shot is the best.

    1. Sure you can capture amazing photos too of the tower during day and night. Come to Malaysia soon and enjoy these awesome things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

  21. Key to know! just in time for my travel next month.. weee! Thank you! ? I also heard GOKL offers free bus rides around the city.

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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