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Kuala Lumpur (KL): 3 days
- Where to stay? I recommend Regalia Residence. The accommodations include a rooftop infinity pool, restaurant, gym, library, bar and garden. Plus, the area is very clean and safe.
I found that 3-4 days (we spent one more day here before our flight back home) are enough to visit the capital city. It is a big city, but the blend of cultures and cuisines will allure you. There is even more to see, but we managed to explore the must-visit sites per the recommendations of other online travelers.
Petronas Twin Towers the world’s tallest buildings… in 2003
You can’t travel to Malaysia and miss this major iconic landmark. They were once the tallest buildings in the world (452 meters) before being dethroned by Taipei 101 (Taiwan, 501 meters) in 2004 and Burj Khalifa (Dubai, 829.8 meters) in 2010.
An iconic landmark located in the heart of the city center of Kuala Lumpur, the 88-story buildings house the international corporate offices of the Petronas Company, Microsoft, Boeing and more. Just beside the towers, you can find the Suria KLCC mall and the KLCC park.
Entrance Fees: Adult: 80 MYR = $20, Child: 33 MYR = $8
Purchase your ticket online to avoid long queues.
The second must-visit place in Kuala Lumpur. The area hosts limestone caves (that are about 400 million years old), Hindu temples and a huge statue of Lord Murugan (the Hindu God of War).
The main cave, also known as “Temple cave”, can be reached by climbing 272 steps leading to the top inside the hill. Don’t be scared, it’s easier than it looks and you can have so much fun taking pictures of the colorful stairs on your way up. Trust me, the overwhelming view from the top is worth every drop of sweat!
Just remember that this place is full of monkeys, so keep your phone and camera in your bag and be careful while using them. Also, avoid carrying food around them.
I recommend to visit the caves very early in the morning like we did to enjoy the view and avoid tourist groups.
The entrance to the Batu Caves is free, but if you want to visit the Dark Cave, you need to pay 35 MYR (around 8 dollars).
Kuala Lumpur Tower
KL Tower is the 7th tallest communications tower in the world. It is open to tourists and visitors to contemplate the city from a higher angle. Base jumpers claim their worldwide fame here for the dangerous jump.
The full experience for one adult is about $25. For this, you have two options, buy a ticket for the Observation Deck only or buy a ticket for both the Observation Deck and the Tower Sky Deck (offering a 360° view of the city).
- Adult: 49 MYR = 12$
- Child: 29 MYR = 7$
- Adult: 99 MYR = 24$
- Child: 52 MYR = 13$
Let me be honest with you, I didn’t like this place very much and if I had the chance to go back to KL, I wouldn’t want to visit it again. The “town” is like a big market with fake luxury brands (made in China), street foods and Chinese temples. The only thing that I liked there was the variety of fresh fruits. I even had a piece of Durian there (the smelliest fruit in the world) and I confess that, unlike the majority, I pretty liked its creamy texture and very strong flavor.
If buzzing and loud surroundings don’t bother you and you want to visit Chinatown, just keep in mind one thing: Bargain!
We only went there to buy some souvenirs to take home. You can find anything you want, from cloths to keychains, to fridge magnets, you name it. The market is near Chinatown, you only need to walk 5 or 7 minutes. And again: BARGAIN!
It is literally a small Indian town inside the KL city. Once your foot steps in, Indian flavors and colors hit your senses and you feel instantly transported to India. You can find Indian clothes (saries, kurtis, kurtas…), Indian beauty products, Indian food… you name it. And if you don’t want to buy anything, just go for a walk and entertain your senses.
One of the things that I loved in Malaysia was the cultural and ethnic diversity. People from different backgrounds and religions living together in harmony and peace.
Just a few meters away from Chinatown and its temples, you will find Masjid Jamek, the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1907, the mosque offers to its visitors the possibility to take some breathtaking pictures due to the unique architectural style that distinguishes it, combining Moorish, Islam and Mughal architectures.
Near the mosque, you have Dataran Merdeka, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the Central Market. Kill two birds (in our case four :D) with one stone!
There are of course many other places to explore if you’re staying more days in KL:
- Bukit Bintang
- Museum of Islam arts
- National museum
- Bird Park
- KLCC Aquarium
- Masjid Negara
- Botanical gardens