Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur - a vivid city and a melting pot of cultures and religions


Kuala Lumpur is a perfect destination for a weekend trip or for a stay. This is a vivid city and a melting pot of cultures and religions and you can be sure to find a lot of things to do in Kuala Lumpur during your vacation here.


Not many years ago Kuala Lumpur was a small city but today it’s a large one that attracts tourists from all over the world. The main tourist attractions are shopping, food and architecture. The Petronas Towers are famous all over the world and walking around in the city, one can see an astonishing mix of old and new buildings.



Things to do in Kuala Lumpur


The best street food in the world – Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is famous for the food which is influenced by the three largest ethnic groups: Malays, Indian and Chinese and is considered by many to be the best in the world!


One of the yummiest things to do in Kuala Lumpur is to explore the citys culinary scene. However, do not make the mistake of assuming that the best food is served at restaurants – it’s the street food you should check out. It might not be the most luxurious experience but don’t judge a hawker stall for its appearance, but by how the food tastes. And tasty it is! In the centre of KL you’ll find hawker stalls everywhere that serve wonderfully delicious food!


To get the best street food just see where the locals eat and head for the most crowded places – crowded with locals that is, not with tourists. Then you’ll also know that the food is getting cooked quickly which also reduces the chance of getting into trouble with your stomach. As mentioned there’s tons of great food in KL but if you only have time to try one meal then Char Kway Teow is our absolute recommendation!


One of the most popular areas to go to for street food is Jalan Alor. On this street you’ll see lots of Asian families gathering to eat dinner together. Since you’ll be sitting on plastic chairs and eating accompanied by the noise of hundreds of people this is a place to enjoy a great meal and then move on. If you would rather sit down for a while, then head to Changkat Bukit Bintang which is just around the corner. It will cost you a bit extra to sit here but then you’ll also be able to sit down for a while. This is a street where tourists and middle-class malay people go out for dinner and it’s also a good place to meet new friends.





Kuala Lumpur Shopping

As a tourist in Kuala Lumpur shopping is most often the major attraction and as in all asian cities you can go shopping ad infinitum! Since the centre of the city is pretty small you can basically walk around and continue from one mall to the other until you crash.


The Golden Triangle or Bukit Bintang is the centre of it all. Here you can find everything from cheap clothes to expensive cars. The Pavilion is one of the most exclusive shopping malls in this area where one can find most of the international brands. Through the mall goes a passage lined with restaurants and bars which makes it a perfect place to have a refreshing frappuccino and rest your legs while watching people pass by. Suria Shopping Mall in Petronas Tower is another exclusive shopping mall where you’ll see tourists from all over the world.


If you’re more interested in shopping like a local then head to Lot 10 where you’ll find things you haven’t ever seen before and at unbelievable prices! Most of the stores play loud music and on weekends this is where the party is. If you need a break then just take the elevator to the roof top where you can have a drink and relax for a while.


One of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions is the shopping centre Berjaya Times Square. If you travel with kids or with friends that don’t quite fancy shopping for hours on end then this is the place you should head to because in addition to endless floors of boutique this shopping mall has its own roller coaster! Fancy!


Kuala Lumpur Nightlife – Bars, restaurants and clubs

If there is one thing that Kuala Lumpur is known for it’s The Petronas Towers. Many people buy tickets to go up on the bridge between the twin towers from where you can get a nice view over the city. But if you don’t want to spend time waiting to by a ticket then instead go to Traders Hotel and take the elevator up to the Sky Bar from where you’ll have an amazing view of the city and the towers while sipping on a cocktail.


Another great rooftop bar is the Luna Bar at the hotel Pacific Regency. From this sophisticated bar the sunset is amazing making it a perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening.


If you decide to skip street food for a night then Casbah on the lower floor of Mandarin Oriental is a great place to start the night! When the sun has set and you feel like its time to strap on  your dancing shoes head to the chick club Sultan Lounge next door!


Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Facts

Population1 627 172
CurrencyMalaysian Ringgit
AirportKuala Lumpur Intl, Malaysia (KUL)

Kuala Lumpur average temperatures

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Kuala Lampur Opera House

Istana Budaya

Istana Budaya translates to The Palace of Culture, which is a fitting name for this modern Malaysian performance arts venue founded in 1999. Its design is inspired by classical Malaysian residential architecture using it as a template giving it a modern and distinguished look. It is located near the beautiful park Tasik Titiwangsa where you can take a relaxing walk before the show starts. Make sure to visit their website before your visit to see what the opera house has in store for your stay in Kuala Lampur!

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Kuala Lumpur Marathon

Since it was established in 1989, the Kuala Lumpur Marathon has been a great tradition in the capital of Malaysia. The event is held in October and features many different distances for runners to take part in. For the elite runners there is the full marathon, for casual runners who want to challenge themselves there is the half-marathon and then there is a 10k, a 5k, a 3k and a 1k for kids. The many different distances make for a great event where everyone can participate in some form or another. The race will take you through the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur seeing many of the sights including the Petronas Twin Towers, the National Mosque, the Royal Selangor Golf Club and the Dataran Merdeka where the race starts and ends.

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Golf in Kuala Lumpur

There are multiple great golf courses in Kuala Lumpur. Tropicana Golf & Country Resort features a 27 hole championship course, by many described as the best in the country. The course is brilliantly engineered, making it possible to play both during the day and night and thanks to great draining methods, it can be played on just 15 minutes after the most tropical of rains. The Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club has not one but two superb 18 hole courses to chose from, both of the highest quality with vibrant nature and challenging golf holes. Last but not least we would like to recommend Kelab Golf Seri Selangor, one of the busiest golf courses in the region, also offering night golf for the sun sensitive golf enthusiasts. As you see, there will be a lot of golf to choose from when you go here!

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Water Parks in Kuala Lumpur - Cool down at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

A day at a water park is not only the perfect way to cool down and escape Malaysia's hot and tropical climate, it’s super fun as well! The two most popular parks are the water park that is a part of i-City in Shah Alam and Sunway Lagoon Theme Park in Petaling Jaya. At i-City you can enjoy spiral and rainbow slides, a giant Jacuzzi, wave pool and challenge yourself on an adventure through LED-lit caves! At Sunway Lagoon Theme Park you can choose between their surf beach, pirate ship, water slides that whirl and twirl and much more. This place truly has it all as it isn't just only a water park, there is also a Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and a Wildlife Park.

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Theme Parks in Kuala Lumpur - Modern LED attractions at i-City

Looking for an adventurous together with your family in Kuala Lumpur? The most popular options are the amusement park of Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Genting Park and i-City. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park offers a wide variety of fun as you can choose between the five different zones in the area, start at the Scream Park and then move on over to the extreme park. Keep on in the Wildlife Park before you enter the Amusement Park and then finish by cooling down in the Water Park. Genting Theme Park is unique in the matter that it offers you both an indoor and outdoor area. So this place works just perfect even during rainy days. Because of its colorful display of LED-lit attractions i-City is a cool place to be at during the night.

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