Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Welcome to Kuala Lumpur!
Minarets, domes, and skyscrapers punctuate the sky of Malaysia’s sultry capital, creating a glittering skyline for this diverse city. Kuala Lumpur is a lively melting pot of different cultures, historic monuments and beautifully adorned mosques and temples. From incense-wreathed markets to neighborhoods that burst with life, to its famed banyan trees – the city is a feast for all the senses. Set against a lush jungle, Kuala Lumpur perfectly balances contemporary art, design, and skyscrapers with cultural neighborhoods, tradition, and adorned attractions.
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PLANNING & BOOKING
The dreaded part of any vacation - planning! Every savvy traveler knows that it’s always better to plan and book early in advance to bag those irresistible bargains. Not only do you get to save up to 25% on flight and hotel prices, but you also get to never settle for second-best! Lower flight prices, room deals, and early bird discounts are only some of the many benefits of booking your tickets, excursions and accommodation early on. We recommend planning and booking 3 to 6 months in advance – a surefire way to have a worry-free pre-holiday buzz when the time to travel is near!
Unforgettable Moments - Kuala Lumpur
There is so much to do in Kuala Lumpur that it’ll be hard to keep up. From a wide variety of Southeast Asian Food, some world-class sights, ancient attractions and much more – you’ll soon find yourself entangled in Kuala Lumpur’s charm.
Day 1: Arrival
We all know the feeling of arriving at the airport and not being able to wait to get to the hotel, drop off our bags and start exploring immediately. And while we’re going to take you there in a second, you first need to figure out how you’re going to get from the airport to your lodging. You’ll be arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and you can get to the center by train, bus or taxi.
The fastest option is to take the train which will take you to the center in 28 minutes for USD14. You can also take a bus that will take you to the center for USD3 in one hour.
A taxi is the easiest and fastest option but will cost you a little bit more.
You’re probably aching to start exploring by now, but first – breakfast! Start your day with some delicious nasi goring at Nasi Knadar Pulau Pinang and then head over to Merdeka Square. Translating directly to “Independence Square”, this large grassy filled square is brimming with attractions and you could probably spend all your morning there.
The most important of them all is the Jamek Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur that effortlessly combines Moorish, Islamic and Mughal architecture and stunning views across the water. The mosque has quite a prideful history due to its position as the primary place of worship for Muslims in the past.
After you’re done exploring the mosque (and don’t forget to bring appropriate attire!, check out the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery where you can take an iconic picture next to the I Love KL sign and then visit the Textile Museum.
Your next stop right at Merdeka Square will be The National Museum. An extravagant showcase housed in an architecturally stunning building, the museum will introduce you to the rich Malay culture and history and will give you a glimpse into the lives of the Malaysian aboriginals (Orang Asli). There are four different galleries inside, so expect to spend all your afternoon there.
For your first evening, there’s no better introduction to Kuala Lumpur’s life than Bukit Bintang – the city’s beating life and soul. This pulsating neighborhood is the perfect place to be at night, with restaurants, bars, clubs and street food. First, have some Laotian chicken larb at Isabel and then head over to Havana Bar & Grill for salsa music, and delicious cocktails!
Morning + Afternoon
Your second day is going to be long and hectic, so we recommend filling up on breakfast! If you want a first-class breakfast, then Yeast Bistronomy should be on top of your list of places to eat at. This Parisian-style restaurant offers a huge variety of egg dishes, baked eggs, and much more that bring the taste of France right to the heart of Malaysia.
On your second day, you’ll be visiting Kuala Lumpur’s most famous attraction – the Batu Caves. They are one of the most important Hindu religious sites that include a diverse range of artwork that you can spend your whole day exploring. The caves exude a sort of mystical vibe that is hard to ignore – with soaring statues, adorned shrines, and gorgeous scenery. Inside the massive caves are shrines that you can explore, religious icons and of course – the cave formations themselves.
Walk your way up the steps and get ready to be entertained (or attacked!) by tribes of monkeys. Take as many pictures as you want, just don’t feed them and pay attention to your belongings
There are three main caves that you can explore: Temple Cave, Dark Cave, and Art Gallery Cave. The most popular of them all is the Temple Cave that soars up to 300 feet in the sky with dozens of Hindu shrines, intricately decorated ornaments and much more. The Dark Cave is a “wilder” version of the other caves, with exotic wild animals inhabiting it and jagged limestone formations. You can only explore the Dark Cave on a tour though and you do need a high fitness level to explore it as you crawl.
Your last stop will be the Art Gallery Cave where you’ll get to enjoy all sorts of wall paintings and Hindu Carvings that tell stories that shed light on some prominent Hindu legends.
After you’ve gone back to your hotel, showered and changed, it’s time to head to one of the world’s most iconic sights – the Petronas Tower. The twin towers mix Islamic designs with futuristic architecture, creating a breathtaking scene and the ultimate backdrop for your pictures. Spend your night at Heli Lounge for 360-degrees sprawling views of the city, happy-hour priced cocktails and a great atmosphere on an actual helipad!
Everyone knows that your morning coffee can make or break your day, and we’re set on making it! Head over to the rustic Artisan Roast Coffee for a delicious brunch, crispy food, and the best coffee in town! Next, head towards the Perdana Botanical Garden and explore the jungle-like ambiance and the different gardens inside. Snap pictures, check out the orchids, have a lazy stroll around the lake, and enjoy the tranquility in the middle of the chaos of the city.
Your next stop will be the National Monument which commemorates those who died in the war. You’ll find the memorial just north of the botanical gardens.
Leave yourself hungry until lunch, since Rebung offers somewhat of a seemingly endless buffet that offers all sorts of different dishes at a location that overlooks the Botanical Garden. It seriously doesn’t get any better! As the afternoon heat gets unbearable in Kuala Lumpur, we recommend spending the rest of the afternoon exploring Islamic architecture and appreciating one of the best collections of Islamic decorative arts in the world at the Islamic Arts Museums Malaysia. Featuring a staggering 12 galleries, the four-floored museum is a must visit that you can easily spend two hours exploring.
If you still have some energy left in you, spend the rest of your afternoon checking out the unusual architecture of the National Mosque of Malaysia.
Head down to KL’s famed Golden Triangle neighborhood. This part of Kuala Lumpur is known for its wide variety of bars and clubs, and it’s the place to be if you’re looking for a fun night out. If you don’t feel like drinking, you can shop at the huge shopping center there!
Day 4: Melaka Day Trip!
You can easily travel from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka on the bus, which will take you about two and a half hours and will cost $5. You’ll be getting the bus from the Bersepadu Selatan station. Of course, taking the taxi will be much more convenient and will take about 2 hours – but expect to pay $50 one-way.
Malacca is where you go to explore historical and cultural sites along with indulging on a gastronomical journey of Malaysian delights.
Once you get there, start your trip with breakfast at Heng Huat Coffee Shop and don’t forget to order some wanton noodles! Walk towards the Dutch Square where you’ll get to enjoy the contrast between the colorful rickshaws and the Dutch architecture, and get some street food from there if you’re feeling hungry.
Your next stop will be the Malacca Maritime Museum where you’ll learn all about Malacca’s maritime history.
Walk along the streets all the way from the St Francis Cross to the A’Famose fortress so you can get a glimpse of the Portuguese rule that dates back to the 15th century. For lunch, walk down the main street, Jonker Street for all types of restaurants, quirky boutiques, bars, and a market!
Your final stop will be the Jalan Tokong Besi where a mosque, a Buddhist temple and a Hindu temple all stand side by side next to each other.
Hop on a sunset cruise and enjoy gliding on the river’s water between illuminated monuments and historical buildings – all while learning everything about Malacca’s vibrant history
Choose a hearty breakfast from one of Nutmeg’s extensive brunch offerings (we recommend the baked brioche French toast!) and then stop at the Menara KL Tower. The best thing about this tower is that you can get to enjoy sweeping panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur from above on their observation deck as it’s practically the highest point in the city that’s open to the public!
They say you haven’t experienced Kuala Lumpur until you’ve experienced its bustling Central Market. Get ready to put your haggling skills to test all while enjoying some of KL’s best historical places. Spend your afternoon there haggling for all types of different products, stroll next to the shop houses on Kasturi Walk, and sample the unparalleled street food.
If you want to try some of the best Malay Chinese cuisine, head over to Jalan Alor. This neighborhood bustles with energy and life that encompasses the charm of Kuala Lumpur. If you’ve still got energy, Sky Bar should be your top-choice for some cocktails and great views.
Natural light, a spacious interior 50s motifs, and tasty food – that’s what Garage 51 is all about! Have some breakfast there and then head towards the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. If you haven’t already noticed, Kuala Lumpur’s is a melting pot for all culture and religions. One day you’re visiting mosques, the other you’re visiting Hindu Temples and even Chinese ones. The vibrant and colorful façade is worth checking out, and you can also explore the temple’s grounds.
Spend your afternoon explore Malaysia’s Little India in Brickfields. This place is not particularly a sight, but more of a district that is filled with colonial architecture, a multi-cultural community and some beautiful buildings including the Vivekananda Ashramam and Maha Vihara Temple. Don’t forget to check out KL’s most iconic temple – The Thean Hou Temple!
Enjoy Nadodi’s sensational 12-course (yes, you read that right!) tasting menu and then spend your evening reviving your taste buds with some whiskey and guava bubble tea at Coley.
Day 7: goodbye Kuala Lumpur!
We recommend taking the latest flight out of Kuala Lumpur so you can get to experience a little bit more of the city on your last day. Choose your favorite neighborhood and spend some time there.