Malaysia is a superb travel destination for all kinds of tourists and tropical nature lovers. The vibrant capital of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is well known as a major air transfer stop for many backpackers that are about to take their next flight to another destination in South-East Asia in the next days. The cheapest and probably the best option in Kuala Lumpur Airport is to book a very affordable Air Asia flight ticket to your next destination.
A recommended option is to keep about 1-2 days in between 2 of your flights for a visit to Kuala Lumpur itself. The airport is pretty close to the capital city itself.
Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia has many great places in it to visit and the city is located right in middle of a tropical rainforest. You will notice that the city borders are surrounded by tropical green when you sip from a good cocktail on a roof terrace of one the very tall buildings in the capital city of Malaysia.
This short city travel guide will cover some of the best points of interest in Kuala Lumpur. You will also be able to read about some of my personal recommendations for the city. I stayed in Kuala Lumpur for 2 days as an air transfer stop. So I explored the city whilst I was waiting for my flight to Borneo.
The Petronas Twin Towers
One of the most iconic landmarks in Kuala Lumpur: The Petronas Twin Towers. The two twin skyscrapers once were the largest towers in the world. Once, so they’re not the largest anymore. But they’re still pretty impressive, and very iconic.
There is an option to climb to the top of one of the towers and you can walk on a sky bridge that connects the two Petronas Twin Towers. There is an observation deck on the 86th floor that will allow you to have a breathtaking sight.
The Petronas Twin towers are quite an architectural masterpiece.
To visit the Batu Caves, you will need to take the KTM Komuter metro train from Kuala Lumpur. The Batu Caves are located about 20-30 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur.
The caves are inside of amazing limestone cliffs and they are really worth visiting.
But what’s most special about the Batu caves is that the outside and inside of the caves are filled up with Hindu temples and shrines. The Batu caves are a very holy pilgrim place for Hindus and also tourists absolutely love the place.
At the entrance of the Batu caves, there is a huge, golden statue of Shiva. When you walk up the stairs, you will see a lot of small monkeys. Beware of your belongings and watch out with eating food on those stairs. Because they will come and try to steal it from you.
And, When you walk up the stairs, you will see a lot of small monkeys. Beware of your belongings and watch out with eating food on those stairs. Because they will come and try to steal your food from you.
Eat your way around Kuala Lumpur
From many small food markets to top-notch restaurants, Kuala Lumpur will allow you to eat delicious food, all day long. Walk around town and eat your way to every cool point of interest in the capital city.
The best way to taste the city’s best dishes is to do a ‘food tour’. Visit every neighborhood that represents a typical dish, whenever possible. Eat your way through town and explore the best spots of Kuala Lumpur.
If you are planning to visit Borneo on your trip in Malaysia, the fish market in Kota Kinabalu is a seafood heaven full of fresh delicacies for any food lover.
Kuala Lumpur Aviary Park
Kuala Lumpur Aviary Park is the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary. It is a massive bird cage where you can walk around in peace and see a huge amount of different bird species and more than 3000 birds.
The Kuala Lumpur Aviary Park is located in the serene and scenic famous Lake Gardens. It is only a 10 minutes drive away from the city center of Kuala Lumpur.
Chinatown – Petaling Street
Almost every big city in the world has a Chinatown, and so does Kuala Lumpur also have one. Petaling street is a lovely Chinatown lane in the middle of the big city.
As soon as the late afternoon begins, this part of town really comes to life. You will be able to buy about anything in one of the many shops that decorate the area of Petaling Street.
Thinking about buying some affordable and good souvenirs? Or clothing, shoes or delicious Chinese food?
Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur will allow you to have it all, and all of that just on one street.
Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur is paved with stalls and food courts. Just take a walk in the evening or late afternoon in between the small shops and have a good time exploring this beautiful street.
Where to stay?
For backpackers, I mostly recommend the Reggae mansion: a clean, cozy, open and social party hostel with a roof terrace bar that serves great cocktails and cool beers.