Top attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Top 10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
KL, as the locals call their home, offers a great spectrum of activities. Shop til you drop in Bukit Bintang, gaze upon the city from the top of the Petronas Towers or find serenity in the parks. Day and night, Malaysia's capital has something for everyone.
1. Merdeka Square
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which dominates this Independence Square, reflects the influences of Mughal architecture, a mix of Indian, Persian and Islamic design.
2. KLCC Park
17 acres of lush greenery at the base of the Petronas Towers offer respite during a day of sightseeing. Don't miss the Lake Symphony water display of the two fountains.
3. Petronas Towers
At 1,483 feet these twin towers are the city's iconic symbols. The double-decker skybridge, which links the two buildings on the 41st and 42nd floors, is 558 feet above the ground.
4. Aquaria KLCC
Walk among the sea creatures down a 295-foot-long glass tunnel.Other aquarium exhibits include a shipwreck and piranha tank. Don't miss the sharks' feeding time at 3:00PM.
5. Kuala Lumpur Tower
While dining at the revolving restaurant 900 feet above the hustle and bustle of the capital city, this broadcasting tower offers a sweeping panorama of twinkling city lights.
6. Bukit Bintang
This central district, also known as Bintang Walk, is abuzz day and night, and locals and visitors alike will find all their shopping, dining and entertainment needs fulfilled.
7. Batu Caves
Mind the cheeky monkeys on the way up the 272 steps, which lead to the entrance of three caves. The Temple Cave has a 300-foot-high ceiling and houses sacred Hindu shrines.
8. National Mosque
The 18 points on the main, star-shaped dome represent Malaysia's 13 states and the five pillars of Islam. The grounds also contain wonderful gardens and white marble pools.
9. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
3,000 birds call this park home, where two areas allow them to come and go as they wish. Visitors have a unique experience to admire some 200 species in a natural habitat setting.
10. Genting Highland
Visitors will find an Asian-style Las Vegas at Genting Highland, complete with hotels, casinos and a theme park on a mountain peak above the rainforest.
Planning Your Visit
Tickets and opening hours for Petronas Towers
The observation deck and skybridge are open from 9:00AM-9:00PM Tuesday - Sunday; closed Mondays and between 1:00PM-2:30PM on Fridays.
Tickets cost RM 84.80 and are limited every day. Therefore, it's recommendable to purchase tickets in advance online.
Tickets and opening hours for Aquaria and Bird Park
The Aquaria is open daily from 10:30AM-8:00PM and costs RM 53.00.
The Bird Park is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM and costs RM 50.00.
How do I get to Batu Caves?
There is direct KTM Komuter train service, which runs every 30 minutes from KL Sentral Train Station to the Batu Cave Komuter Station. A one-way ticket costs RM 2.00.
Opening hours are daily from 6:00AM-9:00PM, admission is free.
How do I get to Genting Highland?
Buses from KL leave daily, and the trip takes approximately one hour. Some go directly to the resort area, while others stop at Genting Skyway; visitors can take a cable car from there. The theme park is open from 8:00AM-10:00PM, and admission for a day-pass is RM 38.00. Visitors can also purchase a two-day pass and express lane tickets.
Good to know
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- Best time to visit
- Warm temperatures and unexpected rainstorms occur throughout the year, making one season no better than another for a visit.
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What people are saying about Kuala Lumpur
A fantastic evening! And seriously there is so much food that we didn’t eat for nearly a day afterwards! Tim, our guide, was great. He first took us to a Malaysian street food area and we sampled a number of dishes. Then we went to the Chinese night market and had all sorts of things from the stalls. Before going to the final stop of an Indian restaurant for various roti Tim took us around Kuala Lumpar to see a flower market and sweet stalks. Also at the end of the evening he took us to see more of the city
Great tour, would highly recommend. Pace was fantastic gave a good taste of what Melaka has to offer. There was also free time allocated which was great for shopping and just exploring on your own. Ian was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable, fun and approachable. He also gave great local tips not just limited to the Melaka tour.
Chandra of Ivy Holidays conducted the tour. He is very knowledgeable and gave us a pleasant commentary on our journey. The cave, temples, monkeys and rather challenging steps made for an excellent and recommended trip.
Was very straight forward, my tour guide Stephen did a great job! He kept us entertained on the bus, gave us good background info on the places we were visiting, and cracked some good jokes!
The destinations were interesting and the driver was knowledgeable without bombarding you with information.