17 Top Best Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Updated: Jun 15
17 Top Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers
Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world, and its status has remained unchallenged since 1996. Its Malaysia’s proudest icon and architectural wonder, lined with an endless shopping and touring experience.
Tips: There is a sky bridge which connects two high buildings which is a great place to take photos, especially during the evening.
KLCC Dancing Musical Fountain Night Show
Within KLCC Park, just outside of Suria KLCC, lies the 10,000 sqft man-made Lake Symphony. Two musical fountains display over 150 unique programmed animations in a magical performance of sound and water.
Tips: Show times are 8pm, 9pm and 10pm daily. However, for lights only show times are 7:30pm, 8:30pm and 9:30pm daily.
Kuala Lumpur Tower, also known as KL Tower is the world's 7th tallest tower, also, Malaysia and Southeast Asia's tallest tower. The breath-taking view from such a height is like an exciting adventure. The bulb (shape of KL Tower) at the top contains a revolving restaurant, an interior observation deck and most thrilling of all, an open deck at 300m, access to which is weather dependent. They also have a glass floor where you can see the whole of the city right underneath your feet.
Tips: The KL Tower observation deck actually has better views than the twin towers, thanks to this place’s on a hill.
Batu Caves, complex of limestone grottoes in Peninsular Malaysia. It's famous steep 272 rainbow colour steps leading to the entrance of the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Batu Caves, where one can view the stunning skyline of the city centre. The religious site is a pilgrimage for many Hindus. Monkeys frolicking around the caves is a common sight, and it is a popular spot for rock climbing enthusiasts.
Tips: Experience the Tamil festival of Thaipusam, a large festival held every year in Malaysia in Batu Caves, normally held during the earlier part of the year.
KLCC Aquaria Underwater
Aquaria KLCC is state-of-the-art oceanarium that spreads across 60,000 sqft showcasing over 5,000 different sea and land-bound creatures. See over 7 different species of sharks including Sand Tiger sharks, Giant Stingrays, Marine turtles and shoals of other fishes. Go on a journey of discovery learning about the diverse biosphere found in Malaysia from jungle streams and mangroves, to costal shores and deepest oceans.
Tips: Recommend that you spend approximately 2 hours for your visit. Last admission occurs 1 hour before closing each day. It is within the walking vicinity of Suria KLCC via an underground tunnel or KLCC Park and a covered linked bridged from Pavilion Shopping Mall.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Located in Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, it is only 10 minutes’ drive away from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. It is home to more than 3,000 local and foreign birds of approximately 200 different species. One of KL Bird Park's most extraordinary feature is that in Zone 1, 2 and 3, birds are let free in the aviary, where one can be up close to the birds in an an environment that resembles their natural habitat.
Tips: Enjoy a meal at the Hornbill Restaurant, where you will be surrounded by towering green trees & breath-taking view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. You might also be visited by the majestic Rhinoceros Hornbill and her other feathered friends while enjoying your meal at the restaurant’s protruding open verandah.
FRIM (Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia)
FRIM, one of the oldest rainforest in Malaysia is a must for all nature lovers . It. is a living museum of trees. Walk through the many nature trails and discover the many species of flora and fauna here. One of its attraction, the Skywalk is 250 metres long stands 50 metres over the forest floor, affording stunning views of the surrounding Klang Valley and the lush tree canopies.
Tips: Spend a day picnicking, cycling (bicycle can be rented), trekking through the forest, hiking the waterfalls or enjoying the Skywalk. Camping activities with campfires are also available for small or large groups.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia’s premier multi-park destination located at the heart of Sunway City, 30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur city centre. It offers more than 90 attractions across its six parks – Water Park, Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, Scream Park and its latest addition, Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon. Rated highly among the international community with the title of “Asia’s Best Attraction”.
Tips: To enjoy the full theme park experience, look out for packages to the park that comes together with hotel stays at the renowned, Sunway Resort Hotels. Great for family outings or team building.
Berjaya Times Square Indoor Theme Park
Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is the largest indoor theme park offering thrilling rides and games for the whole family since 2003. The gigantic indoor theme park, measuring 133,000 square feet, offers 2 exciting sections, the Galaxy Station for the thrill seekers and Fantasy Garden for the young ones.
Tips: Customised events available from a child's birthday or a corporate event.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a centre for Malaysian batik, souvenirs, collectibles & handicraft located in the heart of the city. Located behind the main building, Central Market Annexe features an Illusion 3D Art Museum, Art House Gallery, and the Central Market Art Lane, an art corner comprising of 10 unique studios that features exciting works of art by local artists.
Tips: Head to the Kasturi Walk, located under a huge wau arch outside Central Market that boasts an al fresco ambiance featuring an exciting variety of stalls selling tantalising street food and exquisite souvenirs.
Ayu Flores Malayan Herbals Tongkat Ali & Kacip Fatimah
The largest Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah herb store in Malaysia, located at the heart of Petaling Jaya, Selangor. This herb root is found only in the deep jungles of South East Asia and is traditionally used an organic aphrodisiac herb for both men and women. At Ayu Flores, all of their Tongkat Ali and Kacip Fatimah are from the wild Malaysian rainforests; a habitat abundant with natural resources, lush rain forests and a rich diverse ecosystem.
Tips: Visit the museum store and get a tour of all the amazing real life Tongkat Ali roots, unprocessed and in its original form which comes in 4 different species; Yellow, Red, Black and Ginseng Tongkat Ali. Also, discover the wonders of Kacip Fatimah, a herb that does wonders for women's well being.
Bukit Bintang Shopping District
Bukit Bintang district stands out for having some of the trendiest shops, best nightlife and for being a pulsating epicenter of fun for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are hundreds of stores with old and brand spanking new shopping malls, whether you are a big spender or just have a few dollars in your pocket, every budget is catered for.
Tips: In Bukit Bintang Shopping District, the shopping malls are all within a walking distance to each other.
Budget shopping: Berjaya Times Square and Sg Wang
Mid to higher end goods: Lot 10
High end goods: Pavillion Mall
Digital goods: Low Yat Plaza
Petaling Street Cafe Hopping
Nothing screams food haven better than one of the best food and culture hubs at Petaling Street, also known as our very own Chinatown of Kuala Lumpur. Locals will be familiar with the amazing street food and kopitiams here, and now it has become a popular spot for hipster cafes. With many new, instagrammable cafes popping up all over the area for the past few years, it's no surprise that it gets crowded here over the weekend with locals coming to cafe hop or just to try out one of the many cafes here.
Tips: Recommend to take the LRT train to the station Pasar Seni LRT Station to avoid the hassle of finding a parking during crowded hours
Jalan Alor Street Food
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Jalan Alor Night Market is a convenient destination that’s sure to satisfy your foodie cravings. It’s within the Bukit Bintang area, so it’s easily accessible if you’re staying in the city centre. Some unique favourites to try at Jalan Alor are the grilled stingray, frog porridge, oyster omelet, barbecued chicken wings and the contentious durian fruit.
Tips: During the day, there is not much activity but when the sun goes down, the street will be hustling and bustling with activity.
Cheras Longest Night Market
Taman Connaught Pasar Malam or Cheras Night Market, this is one night market that most locals in KL go to. At 2km long, it is touted to being the longest night market in KL. Exploring the entire marketplace which features around 700 stalls can take up to two hours as there are plenty of delicious street food, inexpensive clothing, accessories, bags, handicrafts and household items to browse through.
Tips: It operates every Wednesday starting from 7pm. Some of the local must try Malaysian street food are curry noodles, char kuey teow, assam laksa, prawn mee and pan mee.
SS2 Durian Hunting
SS2 is one of the areas in Petaling Jaya, approximately 15 minutes from KL where you can get your durian fix. Durian also known as The King of Fruits is famous in Malaysia. It has a distinct taste and a pungent smell, which makes the fruit banned in some places. Though a seasonal fruit, you can find durians all year round in SS2. A must try delicacy when in Malaysia!
Tips: Try out the other local fruits available at the durian stalls like mangosteens, rambutans, langsat and jackfruit, which are available for most parts of the year.
17 Top Best Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia