Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is a city to die for. Well known for its cultural diversity, the bustling city is home to towering skyscrapers, majestic temples, lush green rainforests, mega shopping malls, and mouth-watering street food. Whether or not you are a first-time visitor, you will undoubtedly be inspired by its rich heritage, history, architecture, and nightlife. Don’t worry. You will not run out of things to do in this vibrant and most populous city in Malaysia. Here’s a list of the top 8 things to do in Kuala Lumpur while vacationing in the city.
Reach the top of the iconic Petronas Towers
You should definitely visit the instagrammable Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur’s most popular landmark. The 452-meter-88-storied twin buildings are impressive works of architecture that showcase Islamic art details. Walk over the sky bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors that connects the two towers, and you will absolutely love the jaw-dropping views of the city from the top. Don’t forget to check out the telescope at the observation deck on the 86th floor for more unparalleled views of the city’s skyline. You can also take a look at the digital displays on the 83rd floor. The Suria KLCC is just down below if you feel like doing a bit of shopping. For those who don’t feel like shopping, there is a science museum and an art gallery to explore.
Spend some quality time at KLCC Park
At the bottom of Petronas Towers, the 50-acre KLCC Park is the largest urban park in the city. The park designed by Roberto Burle Marx, a Brazilian architect, features more than 1,000 species of native fauna and flora, a 1.3 kilometer jogging track, a kids’ playground, a wading pool, waterfalls, and sculptures. How cool is that? But the coolest feature is Lake Symphony and the fountains! It is truly amazing to watch the fountains light up and see them change colours, especially at night, even though light and music shows are offered twice daily. This is an ideal spot to have a picnic or just to relax.
Take a tour to the Batu Caves
A visit to the sacred Batu Caves is a must when in Kuala Lumpur. Located 13 kilometers away from the city in Gombak, Batu Caves is a popular Hindu shrine that cannot be missed at any cost. At the entrance, you will be greeted by a gigantic 42-meter tall gold-painted statue of Lord Murugan, the tallest of Lord Murugan statues in the world. Climb 272 rainbow-colored steps to the limestone caves and you will be amazed. Make sure to visit the most visited 91-meter tall Cathedral Cave, which has stunning rock formations and a Hindu chapel inside. Dark Cave, the second largest of the caves, is only accessible with a guided tour. While you are there, don’t forget to marvel at the paintings too!
Feel the Fun at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
A 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur will take you to Sunway Lagoon, a theme park you will fall in love with. Discover its six parks spread across 88 acres and you can ideally spend a whole day here. Hop on the Pirate’s Revenge, a 360-degree rotating pirate ship, take a thrilling ride on the Lost City of Gold Scream Coaster and walk on Malaysia’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge at its Amusement Park. Wildlife Park features Pet Village, Bird Savannah, New World Monkey, White Lion Kingdom, Tiger Land and you can even interact with your favourite animals.
Scream your heart out at Scream Park with Sharknado Alive and Nights of Fright. X Park, unlike any others, is for all the thrill seekers out there. Try the Flying Fox, Bungy Jump and you just cannot miss the G-Force X, the highest slingshot ride in Asia. Meet SpongeBob SquarePants and your favourite Nickelodeon characters at Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon and ride Vuvuzela, the world’s largest vortex at Water Park.
Appreciate the stunning architecture at Thean Hou Temple
The breathtaking six-tier Thean Hou Temple is an architectural masterpiece with its swallowtail roofs, red and gold painted ceilings, statues, and ornate carvings. The Temple attracts visitors practising Buddhism, Mazu and Taoism cultures and it is truly a one-of-a-kind temple. Before you leave the premises, visit the top floor main hall, Yixin Garden and the Zodiac Statue Park without fail.
Discover historical treasures at the National Museum of Malaysia
If you are a history buff, you should definitely visit the National Museum when in Kuala Lumpur. Located close proximity to Lake Gardens, the three-story museum houses historical artefacts from wedding clothing, local instruments, traditional weapons, national costumes, sculptures to maps and scrolls. You can learn a great deal about Malaysia’s rich culture, and history here and you will get a real feel of what Malaysia was like in the olden days.
Enjoy panoramic views of the city from Kuala Lumpur Tower
The 421-meter-tall Kuala Lumpur Tower is a stunning viewpoint over the city of Kuala Lumpur. Head to its observation deck for sweeping views of the city and the views are just out of this world! The highlight of the tower is the Skydeck with a glass box extending from the deck, perfect for that photo you have been waiting to take. You can also explore its other attractions, the aquarium and the upside-down funhouse museum while you are there and you can end your tour with a scrumptious dinner at ATMOSPHERE 360, its revolving restaurant.
Go on a food tour to taste the flavours of Malaysia
The food scene in Kuala Lumpur is just short of great. You will definitely be surprised by the variety of culinary delights and street food in the city. You will come across night markets, and hawker stalls almost everywhere you go. Don’t miss the famous Nasi Lemak if you go on a food tour. If you are a lover of street food, head straight to Jalan Alor, a 500-meter-long stretch featuring street food and you will love the vibe of it. Try their favourites; high-spiced, seafood-based, grilled or noodle-based dishes and you will not regret. If you have more time to spare, visit Petaling Street for its super delicious dumpling soup.
All in all, Kuala Lumpur is a magical city to visit in Malaysia. From its sacred caves, temples, spectacular museums to fun-filled theme parks, towering skyscrapers and mouth-watering street food, the city will surprise you and inspire you. So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets ready for an amazing vacation in Kuala Lumpur.