Visiting Kuala Lumpur might be something that has crossed your mind. You might be stuck, wondering “Is Kuala Lumpur worth visiting?”. We promise you that it is. Our best advice is to visit, now!
The city has an amazing mix of cultural influences with Malay, Chinese and Indian roots. There’s a great amount of modern development within the city, so it’s easy to stay in your comfort zone. However, the city has stayed true enough to itself that you know you’re right in the heart of Southeast Asia. It’s the perfect balance between new and old that makes the city so interesting.
Our 3 day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary
We’ve visited the city 4 times and using our experience we’ve put together our perfect three day Kuala Lumpur itinerary. Follow our itinerary to maximise your time in KL and see all the highlights!
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur?
For your first visit to Kuala Lumpur, we’d highly recommend staying within the Bukit Bintang area. It’s the entertainment district of KL and has everything that you could possibly need. Great bars, wonderful restaurants, street food, cafes and world-class shopping malls are all easily found. The area is very well connected to the rest of the city too through its own MRL station.
We’ve stayed in this area a number of times and loved it. The food courts, which offer cheap delicious food is what keeps us coming back.
The following itinerary will work best for those staying in or around the area of this hotel.
We’re going to start the day in the exploring the exciting Bukit Bintang. It’s one of our favourite areas to explore and will help you to get familiar with your surroundings.
Bukit Bintang –
You should start your adventure right in the thick of it at Bukit Bintang street junction. You’ll know you’ve arrived by the bright, times square-esque, flashing advertisement boards and the buzz of the KL locals.
We recommend you choose one of the many shopping malls to explore. They’re all great, however, Pavilion and Berjaya times square are two of our favourites.
You can choose everything from budget clothing shops to high-end fashion retailers. You can spend your time eating your way through a food court or visit the cinema. One of the shopping malls even houses a rollercoaster!
Total time: Depending on how much of a shopaholic you are, spend between 1-3 hours here.
The Petronas Twin Towers
Visiting the Petronas Towers is one of the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
Once the tallest skyscraper in the world and a symbol of Malaysian pride, this is one stop you won’t want to miss. No trip to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without a picture of you in front of The Petronas Twin Towers. You can get to the towers by taking the 20 minute- indoor walkway directly from the Pavilion shopping mall.
Our best advice is to view the towers from both sides, as they look amazing from all angles. To get around the building, walk straight through the KLCC Suria Shopping mall.
Total time: Including the walk, 1-2 hours. If you plan to visit the viewing platform then you’ll need to allow more time.
When you’re done taking photos take the short walk to the nearby KLCC park. It’s a nice green space with fantastic views of the towers. You can chill out here and people watch or explore what the park has to offer. There’s a kids play area, outdoor swimming pool and running track to name a few points of interest.
Bukit Bintang Street Art
After your visit to the towers head back down to Bukit Bintang to find some epic street art. This is a free, non-strenuous activity that acts as a great time filler before dinner. Located just off Changkat Bukit Bintang, this set of streets look like they’ve been hit by an artistic colour bomb.
The art is a fairly new addition to Kuala Lumpur in an effort to brighten up a once dull area. We can tell you one thing, it has worked!
If you’re anything like us, then right about now is when you’ll start getting hungry. If you’ve been waiting to feast on some great local food then head to Jalan Alor. From the permanent seafood restaurants to the hawker stalls, Jalan Alor is one of the best places to eat in Kuala Lumpur!
Jalan Alor might be famous for its seafood but there’s something to satisfy every taste bud here. The atmosphere is electric and you’ll find both locals and tourists looking to fill their bellies. Whatever you choose to eat, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
Total time: 1-2 hours depending on how long you spend browsing the stalls and enjoying the atmosphere.
Petronas Twin Towers Symphony Fountain Show
The Petronas Twin Towers look great in the day, but arguably even better by night! If seeing the illuminated towers dominate the night sky isn’t enough then turn your attention to the stunning fountain show.
Every night, the fountains on the lake dance to the sound of music and perform a colourful light show. It’s one of our favourite nighttime activities in Kuala Lumpur and the perfect way to end your day.
You can catch the show at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. It gets busy, so arrive early to find somewhere to sit.
Total time: The fountain show itself lasts 20 minutes. If you’re taking a taxi, then allow 1-1.5 hours for the entire trip.
The second day of our three day Kuala Lumpur itinerary involves a little bit of travelling. Don’t worry, the public transport is easy to navigate and our favourite way to get around the city. Besides, the sites you’ll visit are worth it!
Batu Caves – Highlight
Start your day off by visiting one of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous sites, the Batu Caves. Arriving at the caves you’ll be greeted by the towering Murugan statue and steep, colourful flight of steps. These impressive features make the Batu caves one of the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
The Batu Caves are one of KL’s most photographed spots. Take your pictures and then climb the 272 steps, past the resident monkeys. At the top, you’ll find an important Hindu temple that lives within a 400-million-year-old cave. Cool, right!?
Total time: The caves are roughly 30 minutes from KL Sentral. Expect the round trip to take around 3 hours.
Getting there: Take the direct KTM line from KL Sentral.
Have Lunch in KL Sentral
Our second stop is more of a suggestion than an essential.
On your return from the Batu Caves, head into KL Sentral shopping mall to grab some lunch. You might need the fuel to carry on your fun day of exploring. Go down to the lower floors where you can find a filling meal or a quick bite to eat.
Total time: 1 hour at most.
KL Eco forest
It’s time to escape the city, or at least feel like you have. Take the LTR or GrabTaxi to KL Eco Forest to immerse yourself in the tropical inner-city rainforest.
Even though there are views of KL’s amazing skyline, the rainforest will help you to feel detached from the concrete jungle. Spend your time wandering the trails or walking through the canopy, enjoying the calmness of the nature that surrounds you.
Total time: We’d recommend spending between 1 and 1.5 hours here.
Next up is another of Kuala Lumpur’s highlights, the famous KL tower. Located just a short walk from the Eco Forest, the KL tower is the perfect next stop.
Depending on your interests there are multiple activities for you to do here. The option to stand outside and admire the 7th tallest free-standing tower in the world is one of them.
Alternatively, you can visit the observation deck, skybox or restaurant. The observation deck is said to offer the best views of the city. However, we disagree, which leads us to our next recommendation.
Total time: Expect to spend between 15-30 minutes here if you’re just viewing the tower and taking pictures.
Talking of fantastic views, the HeliLounge Bar is potentially the best place to watch the sunset in Kuala Lumpur. Helilounge is an active helipad by day and cool bar by night. You should head up early to grab a cocktail, watch the sun go down and the city light up under the night sky.
Okay, the bar might not be as high as the KL towers observation deck, but that doesn’t matter. With unbelieve views of the Petronas towers, we personally think this view wins!
Total time: You can expect to spend 2 hours here watch the sunset and see the city light up.
Your final day in Kuala Lumpur will be a little more chilled out, but no less exciting. Today, it’s time to see some wonderful architecture and eat delicious local foods.
Thean Hou Temple – Highlight
Your third day in Kuala Lumpur will start at the amazing Thean Hou Temple. It’s the temple so nice that we visited twice and probably our top recommendation for anyone visiting KL!
The Buddhist temple was designed for the Chinese sea goddess Mazu. You’ll notice the strongly Chinese influenced design as the temple has a wealth of red and yellow features. It’s easy to see why the architecture has turned the temple is a tourist hotspot.
Total time: We would recommend spending at least 1 hour here to take in all of the beauty the temple has to offer.
Sultan Abdul Samad building
Your next stop is to visit Merdeka Square & The Sultan Abdul Samad building. You can get here directly from Thean Hou temple by taking a GrabTaxi.
The Sultan Abdul Samad building was built over 120 years ago and is of great historical importance. It once played home to the British Colonial administration offices. However, today, the building is popular for its beautifully designed exterior which makes for fantastic pictures.
Total time: You can walk around the building in less than ten minutes. You can always spend a little longer here if you want to take pictures.
After your visit to the Sultan Abdul Samad building, take the 5-minute walk to Central Market. The market, built in 1928 is a significant cultural landmark. It offers a very different shopping experience to Bukit Bintang, but just as fun. Central Market is a must see!
Today, the market is filled with boutique shops, handicraft stores and souvenir shops. Take a look around and see what you uncover. The shops all offer something interesting and you might just find a unique item to take on the road with you.
Total Time: We would expect most people to spend between 1 to 1.5 hours here.
Eat Putu Bambu
This local treat is worthy of its own section and deservedly treated as an activity. Putu Bambu is a sweet local favourite and something we’ve enjoyed way too many times!
The green cylindrical ‘cake’ is topped with grated coconut and is best eaten warm and fresh. Don’t be hesitant about the fact that it’s green, we can assure you it’s delicious and only costs 3.50RM for 5!
Total time: As long as it takes you to eat…which we are sure won’t be long when you’ve tasted them!
The final activity of our Kuala Lumpur itinerary is the famous Petaling street in the heart of KL’s Chinatown. During the day time, the street offers a fun shopping experience with market stalls, knock-off designer clothes and cheap electronics.
By night, Petaling street transforms into a night market which is touted as one of Kula Lumpur’s best eating experiences. Arrive early in the evening, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy feating on even more delicious food!
Total time: We’d recommend spending about 1-2 hours here.
Top tip: Bargaining is not only accepted but also a generally expected way of buying things here, so work on your negotiation skills.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
Budget – 1001 Nights Mix Dorm KLCC
One of the top reviewed hostels in the whole of Kuala Lumpur, It even boasts an outdoor swimming pool.
Mid Price – Travelodge Bukit Bintang
An affordable, clean and perfectly located hotel for you to easily explore.
To read our review of Travelodge Bukit Bintang, you can click here.
Luxury – Mandarin Oriental
An ultra-stylish 5-star hotel that will exceed all expectations. This hotel is for those wanting a luxurious stay in Kuala Lumpur will great views across the city.
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