How To Experience Kuala Lumpur In 3 Days Or Less
Certainly when one thinks of Kuala Lumpur, the first thing that comes to mind is the spectacular 88 story – Petronas Twin Towers. This is the largest city in Malaysia and definitely becoming more popular each year as a tourist destination.
Filled with history, beautiful architecture and a tropical rain forest climate, KL has something to offer most everyone. Below you will find a few of the more popular attractions in the area worth exploring for first time visitors.
First, check out this short tourism video on Kuala Lumpur from Expedia.
Kuala Lumpur – City YouTube Video Guide
Popular Must See Attractions In Kuala Lumpur
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While much of South East Asia may be in varying stages of development, Malaysia is arguably one of the most developed. Parts of the capital city (Kuala Lumpur) seem every bit as modern and polished as any western city you will find.
It definitely does not mean that this city has lost its charm or its heritage. KL (as the locals know it) is a buzzing metropolis full of great things to do, to see and to eat.
Getting to know the city is a pleasure and in today’s post I am going to take you through a few of the highlights on a whirlwind tour.
Visiting The City Center
Kuala Lumpur In 3 Days – Day 1
The first place you need to go in Kuala Lumpur is straight to the city center, where you’ll find plenty of shops and impressive high-rises. The first stop for most tourists of course, is the Patronas Twin Towers …
The Twin Towers
These are the tallest twin towers in the world, standing proudly over KL’s equivalent of Central Park in New York City (albeit a little smaller).
For an amazing view of the city, I highly recommend taking a trip up to the sky bridge, which is the world’s highest two story bridge, for a spectacular view of the city and surrounding area.
Below, is the link to the Towers Official website. Here you can access all the information you need for planning your visit.
Visit The KL Tower
Sadly, the two things you cannot see from the Sky Bridge are the towers themselves. So if you get the chance, head up to the KL tower for a panoramic 360 degree view of the city as well.
The Bukit Nanas Forest, which covers over 10 hectares and is home to much wildlife and plant life.
Shopping In Kuala Lumpur
Before the day ends, spend some time shopping. There are many beautiful shopping malls in the City within easy reach.
Perhaps the most popular though are Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC, considered by some as a more touristy shopping area, but it’s filled with luxury shops if you’re so inclined.
Dining In The City
You will never be short of places to eat in KL, and if you fancy a quick snack there are food courts and small restaurants everywhere. In the evening though, it might be worth exploring some of the higher-end restaurants that Malaysia has to offer.
The Bijan Restaurant for example, serves authentic Malaysia cuisine including beef, chicken satay and various dishes with less recognizable names such as popiah goreng.
The Batu Cave Temples
Kuala Lumpur In 3 Days – Day 2
On day two, I recommend exploring some of KL’s culture and natural beauty. It’s time to venture out of the City to see the Batu Caves and Cave Temple.
The simplest way to get there is by train. It’s only 1 transfer from the city central and takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the train times. If you prefer to travel in more comfort, then a taxi is certainly more convenient.
Of course, it will be more costly and given the traffic congestion, it could take even longer.
The Caves Themselves
The caves are made of limestone and the main cavern is free to enter. Be prepared, as you will first have to walk up 272 steps. There is also a rather impressive golden Buddha statue standing 43 meters tall at the entrance.
Within the main cave there are various Hindu shrines and the caves themselves are immensely impressive, with huge vaulted ceilings. There are also some smaller caves which you can walk about.
Little India & China Town
Kuala Lumpur In 3 Days – Day 3
On day three, why not experience perhaps the best aspects of KL. It’s time to enjoy the mix of cultures and cuisine. First, head over to Brickfields where you will find KL’s little India.
This place got its name as the center of brick making in the 19th century, shortly after flood and fire destroyed most of the town’s wooden homes (and hence the need for brick construction).
This area is a great place to find various Temples and Monuments, but if you are a fan of Indian food then it’s really all about the curry. Do not be put off by the down-market appearance of these restaurants, as this is where you will find some of the best Indian food in the world.
Back towards the city center, you will also find Petaling Street, which is right in the heart of KL’s China Town. The best time to visit is in the evening as the sun is going down.
This is when Petaling Street lights up and becomes a bustling night market, full of questionable “branded” merchandise. 🙂
It’s definitely worth the trip to enjoy the atmosphere Chinatown offers in the evening hours. It’s a great place to dine as well. There are some higher-end restaurants to be found, and plenty of street food as well.
If you’re lucky, you might even catch a festival or procession depending on the time of year of course.
This post was written by Joshuah Marshall; a travel and lifestyle concierge at Quintessentially. Joshuah just touched the surface of what there is to see and do when traveling to Kuala Lumpur.
Certainly a destination that is becoming more and more popular for travelers each and every year, and for good reason!
Below, I have added the Official Malaysia Tourism Website for your convenience, where you can access much more detailed information for planning your visit to this amazing Country.
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Did You Know …
“Kuala Lumpur is the largest and most populated city in Malaysia with an estimated population of 1.8 million.”
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