7 best things to do in Kuala Lumpur
1. Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) Park
From the KLCC Park, you have some nice views of the Petronas Towers; just stroll through the park and look out for nice spots. There is no entrance fee for the park, and if you visit it for sunset, you can enjoy the Water Fountain Show, which takes place multiple times. You can even enjoy the show from one of the restaurants / cafes that are located all around the fountain. To get there, take the KJL to the KLCC Station (KJ10) and take the exit that has Suria KLCC signage.
2. The Petronas Twin Towers
When in Kuala Lumpur, you cannot miss the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. The Petronas Twin Towers, standing at a towering 452 metres tall, are the tallest twin towers in the world and a symbol of Malaysia’s modernity and progress. You can take a tour of the towers and marvel at the breathtaking views of the city from the skybridge, which connects the two towers at the 41st and 42nd floors. There are limited tickets for different time slots, so you can either book your ticket or time slot online to make sure you can visit at the time you prefer (sunset for example), or you just go there and buy the next available ticket. You cannot stay there indefinitely; you will be guided by the staff during the one-hour tour. First, you go to the connecting skybridge at level 41, and then to the observation deck on level 86.
3. Perdana Botanical Garden
Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Perdana Botanical Garden, a stunning garden featuring a variety of beautiful plants, flowers, and trees. The garden is home to a number of attractions, including the National Monument, which commemorates Malaysia’s struggle for independence, and the Orchid Garden, which is home to more than 800 species of orchids. The garden is part of the green lung of Kuala Lumpur. It has a great combination of botanical collections and house features, which makes it interesting to visit. In the middle of the main garden is the Laman Perdana square with its unique pavilion.
4. Batu Caves
The Batu Caves, a network of limestone caverns that contain a number of Hindu temples, is another well-liked tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur. Lord Murugan, the Hindu god of war, is honoured by a 140-foot-tall statue in the main cave, Temple Cave. You can climb the 272 steps to the main cave and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The Batu Caves are one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions, so to be able to enjoy them without the crowds, you need to be early. The first tour buses full of tourists arrive at 9 a.m., so this is the time you want to leave the location. You need around 2 hours to explore the Batu Caves, so we recommend being there at 7 a.m. Walk up the 272 steps and explore the temples within the large cave. Take the KMUTER to Batu Caves Station to get there.
Find out more in our Photography Guide for the Batu Caves.
5. Thean Hou Temple
The Thean Hou Temple is another must-see destination in Kuala Lumpur. This beautiful Chinese temple is dedicated to the Goddess of Heaven and features intricate and ornate carvings and statues. You can take a tour of the temple and learn about Chinese culture and religion or just walk around the temple and garden on your own. To get there, we recommend using a taxi as there are no Metro stations close by, unless you don’t mind walking about 2 km from Banksar Station. Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest and oldest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. The six-level temple is perched on a hill so that you can also enjoy the city views. Entrance is free (as of August 2022).
6. Heli Lounge Bar
Did you ever take a drink on a helipad? No? Then take this chance to experience this amazing opportunity in Kuala Lumpur! For a unique and unforgettable experience, head to the Heli Lounge Bar, a bar located on the 34th floor of a skyscraper that offers panoramic views of the city. The building is right next to Raja Chulan Station. Take the elevator up to the bar entrance. You will pay an entrance fee that includes two cocktails, and then you will go up on the helipad. Go for sunset and enjoy the 360° city view.
7. Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park
If you are looking for a little bit of shade in the middle of the city, the KL Forest Eco Park is the perfect place. It’s a 125-acre park located in the heart of the city. The park is home to a number of hiking and biking trails, as well as a number of species of flora and fauna. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and connect with nature. In the KL Forest Eco Park, you walk on an aerial canopy walk through the rainforest oasis. The entrance is located right next to the KL Tower on the hill, where you buy your ticket. Take the LRT to Dang Wangi Station.