Malaysian capital and the biggest city is best described as a multi – ethnic city that combines old, colonial and modern architecture, rich history and fast growing economy. Here’s a list of top 10 things you must do in Kuala Lumpur.
1. Take a photo of Petronas Twin Towers
Like Paris has Eiffel Tower, Rome Colosseum, London Big Ben or New York Empire State Building, Kuala Lumpur has its own spectacular shining pear – Petronas Twin Towers. No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without visiting this giant twin towers (the tallest twin towers in the world, 452 m!).
Petronas are situated in KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) modern, shiny and busy part of the city, full of shopping malls, restaurants, bars, financial institutions and tourists trying to take the best selfie with this giants.
TIP: Best view of towers is from Sky Bar in Transit hotel (on level 33), opposite the Petronas Towers in KLCC Park.
2. Walk Petaling street in Chinatown
Walk Petaling street and feel a touch of Chinese influence in the city. Colorful, vibrant and picturesque Petaling street is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kuala Lumpur. From cheap souvenirs or clothes to good Chinese food Chinatown is a great gateway from glamorous neighbours, KLCC or Bukit Bintang.
3. Hang out with monkeys in Batu Caves
Wow, what a place! Wonderful limestone hill situated about 15 km north of KL is home to one of the most sacred Hindu place, Batu caves! Caves are full of Hindu gods and other religious statues.
To reach the caves you need to climb about 272 steps! On your way you’ll be carefully watched by numerous cute long tailed-macaque monkeys. They are not harmful, but they do like to steal your ice cream or coca cola, so it’s better not to carry any food or drink to the caves.
4. Learn more about Malaysian rich history @ Merdeka Square
Merdeka or Independence Square is old, historical site with a beautiful colonial Sultan Abdul Samad Building, built during British colonial rule for British administration. It was here that Malaysia proclaimed merdeka (freedom or independence) on August 31st, 1957 and national flag was hoisted on the tallest flagpole in the world (95m).
Did you know? Malaysia was one of the richest British colonies (more than 3/4 of the country was covered with forests, palm trees and coconuts).
In front of Sultan Abdul Samad Building you can sit and relax on beautiful green lawns (former cricket pitch), drink a coffee in Royal Selangor Club, visit the National History Museum or KL City Gallery. If you like religious sites here you’ll find St. Mary’s Church, one of Malaysia’s oldest Anglican churches and Majid Jamek, one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, situated where both rivers the Sungei Klang and the Sungei Gombak meet and where the history of Kuala Lumpur started.
TIP: Don’t miss to take a photo with the sign ‘I love KL’ in front of The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery at Merdeka Square.
5. Eat like there’s no tomorrow @ Jalan Alor
I loooove Malaysian cuisine! It’s so diverse, full of flavours and spices, a true mixture of Chinese, Indian & Indonesian cuisine, yummmy! And the best place to ‘kill’ yourself with tons of cheap, but delicious local food is in the Jalan Alor or Alor street. Located in Bukit Bintang district, app 1 km from Chinatown, this street is full of modest restaurants with plastic chairs and florescent lights. Colorful, original and 100% local! Don’t be afraid to eat here, it’s safe!
6. Enjoy green side of the city @ Lake Gardens
Kuala Lumpur is not just busy, noisy, crowded city full of skyscrapers and shopping malls. It’s also a charming place full of lakes, romantic bridges, green parks and gardens. Enjoy green side of the city at Lake Gardens – huge green area that includes Perdana Botanical Garden, KL Bird Park, Orchid Park, Deer Park and even the Islamic Art Museum (for those who prefer art over nature).
7. Shop till you drop @ Bukit Bintang
The most popular and attractive shopping area in the city is Bukit Bintang (although you can spend a lot of money in numerous shops in KLCC, too). Dear ladies, welcome to the shopping paradise on earth! Prepare your credit cards and wallets, shopping temptations are in every corner. Bukit Bintang is full of shopping centres, from cheap to expensive, there is something for everyone’s pockets.
8. Experience Little India of Brickfields
Little India in Brickfields is Kuala Lumpur’s parallel to Chinatown in Petaling Street. Don’t miss authentic Indian food, spices and textiles! Wlcome to India in Malaysia!
9. Don’t miss Sri Mahamariamman temple
Not far away from central market & Chinatown, you’ll find the oldest and the richest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Definitely the most impressive temple in the city, I was amazed by the colors and details. Beautiful place, don’t miss it!
10. Watch Lake Symphony Water Fountain Light Show @ KLCC Park
In front of the Petronas Towers in the green KLCC Park lies a man-made lake with water fountains that can shoot water up to a height of 42m! Be sure to come during the evening and enjoy beautiful, romantic water fountain light show.