When we hear Kuala Lumpur, we instantly think the Petronas Towers, massive malls, and modern skyscrapers. But Malaysia’s largest city and national capital is more than just spectacular urban high-rises and all-day shopping.
It’s also filled with perfectly restored historical landmarks, beautiful museums, lush parks, fun activity centers, and more. This rapidly developing city is truly as diverse as it is impressive.
Here’s a list of exciting things you can do in Kuala Lumpur without having to break the bank:
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First thing to do once you arrive in Kuala Lumpur? Set the bar high and go straight to the tallest point in the city. Designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates, the Petronas Twin Towers are two conjoined 88-storey buildings that are both 452 meters high (1,482.94 ft.).
Once the tallest buildings in the world, these towers are now the tallest “twin structures” in the world. Aside from the observation deck and the Skybridge, you can also enjoy the mall and park inside the Petronas Towers.
Avoid the long lines by purchasing your Skip The Line e-ticket here. You can also book hotels near this landmark here.
One of Kuala Lumpur’s most visited tourist attractions. Batu Caves is a 400-million-year-old limestone hill that has caves and cave temples of different sizes.
At the entrance, you’ll find the world’s tallest golden statue of the Hindu deity Murugan that stands 140 ft. tall.
More cave temples, an art gallery cave, and a museum cave can also be found by the base of the hill. No picture can justify how incredible this ancient wonder is, you have to see it for yourself!
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Situated near the well-known Perdana Lake Gardens, the National Museum is already considered an architectural wonder in itself because of its ornate design.
The museum has an extensive collection that presents the rich culture, history, and heritage of Malaysia from prehistoric to present day.
Make sure to look for the exhibit highlights, such as the monolithic stones, the replica of the Perak Man (the oldest human skeleton found in Malaysia who is believed to have lived 11,000 years ago), and the replica of the Perak Royal Throne.
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A fantastic tourist spot for kids (and for adults), Berjaya Times Square Theme Park is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia that’s located within the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, one of the biggest malls in the country.
This fully air-conditioned theme park has two main sections: the Galaxy Station that’s more for adults and the Fantasy Garden that’s more for the kids.
If you’re in the mood for thrilling rides, go for the Supersonic Odyssey, the DNA Mixer, or the Space Attack, while the kids can try out the eight fun rides in Fantasy Garden!
If you’re into virtual reality games, then you’re going to love The Rift Kuala Lumpur. Experience the most intense and immersive combination of virtual reality and physical environments that come in 20 different setups.
You can opt for a free roaming virtual reality environment where you try to survive and fight a zombie horde, go through a violent hurricane complete with 360-degree twists and turns in the Hurricane rid.
Or gather hunting party to bring down epic beasts in Monster Battle. With such high-tech technology at The Rift, your friends and family would surely enjoy themselves in this theme park!
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Located on the concourse level of the KL Convention Centre, Aquaria KLCC is considered the largest aquarium in Southeast Asia.
Here you can see more than 5,000 freshwater and marine animals from over 150 species, such as tiger sharks, sea snakes, blue rays, coral fish, seahorses, arapaimas, giant groupers, gar fish, and more. This place is always a hit with the tourists, as well as the locals!
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Hop on, hop off, or stay on! Maximize your time in the city and see as much as you can aboard the Kuala Lumpur Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus!
The best way to see the famous sights of KL is to go on this open-top double decker bus, which passes by the Petronas Twin Towers and takes you to the National Museum, Merdeka Square, KL Tower, Aquaria KLCC, the National Mosque, Little India, Chinatown, and more.
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When visiting the KL Tower, don’t forget to drop by and meet the different kinds of animals at the KL Tower Mini Zoo!
Go through eight different zones that feature more than 60 species of animals like squirrel monkeys, rabbits, pythons, horses, lambs, and more.
Plus, you can actually pet some of the animals and take pictures with them as long as there’s a zoo supervisor present. While here, you get to enjoy the KL Tower and meet new furry friends, too.
What better way to experience a country’s culture than by enjoying its cuisine. Join the Half-Day Food Tour Experience led by an English-speaking guide and go to neighborhoods not commonly visited by tourists by way of the KL LRT!
This three-hour interactive walking and commuting tour will take you to hidden streets and alleys of the city and the suburbs to experience the very best of local food.
You’ll pass by the Indian-influenced neighborhood of Brickfields, where you’ll get a taste of the most colorful architecture, music, and food, and then to Chinatown for the best noodles, lime juice, and more food shopping. Get ready to be blown away by the amazing dishes you’ll get to try!
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A popular spot for tourists and locals, Chinatown is an area that never sleeps in Kuala Lumpur.
Located in Petaling Street or “Chee Cheong Kai” (Starch Factory Street), Chinatown has retained a strong sense of culture, heritage, and history as seen on the buildings and people in the community.
People love going here because aside from the area’s ever bustling energy and fascinating facade, it’s also a bargain hunter’s paradise. You’ll find all kinds of Chinese products–from herbs, to garments, to imitation goods.
You can come here during the day, enjoy the market at night, or just stay here from day to night!
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