8 ways to discover the magic of Kuala Lumpur
There’s a lot to see and do in Kuala Lumpur, or as the locals fondly call it – KL. It’s a city with many facets and here’s a list of some of its varied wonders.
KLCC Sky Bridge
While the Petronas Twin Towers is a must-visit in KL, it also houses the world’s highest 2-storey bridge. The Petronas Skybridge connects the towers and allows visitors some of the best aerial views of the city.
Tip: Foreign visitors can skip the queue by buying tickets online (link) but Klook often offers attractive discounted package deals.
Getting there: Head to the Concourse Level of the towers and look for the ticketing counter.
Brickfields or Little India offers a taste of India but with a dash of Malaysian flavour. There’s a lot to see and plenty of cheap eats.
Tip: Try this guided walk to discover Brickfields at your own pace and take in the best historical sites.
Getting there: Your best bet is taking a train to KL Sentral Station, which makes a great starting point for your Brickfields adventure
KL Forest Eco-Park
A hidden gem, this stretch of tropical rainforest hosts a 200-metre canopy bridge with various trekking and nature trail routes to explore.
Tip: Best to head there before noon to avoid the afternoon heat.
Getting there: The easiest way is by taking the RapidKL LRT and stopping at Dang Wangi LRT station. From there, head to the park steps right behind the Malaysian Timber Product Gallery.
For a taste of culture, the National Art Gallery is worth a visit. It houses a mix of traditional and contemporary art, as well as hosting various events throughout the year.
Tip: The gallery’s Facebook page (link) is your best source for news on the latest exhibits.
Getting there: Taking a taxi or ride-hailing car would be the easiest route. You could also take the Star LRT Sri Petaling line and stop at Titiwangsa, but it would mean a 30-minute walk.
Batu Caves is another popular destination. It is famous for the annual Thaipusam procession as well as the imposing 43-metre tall gold statue of the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. The 272-step walkway painted in bright colours is also an Instagram favourite.
Tip: Try and be there early (7-8am). Mind the dress code – no shorts or miniskirts for women, for men no shorts above the knee, flip flops and singlets.
Getting there: Take the KTM Komuter from KL Sentral to Batu Caves stop.
Kuala Lumpur’s own little Chinatown offers not just a glimpse of KL’s history but is now a thriving cultural hotspot with speakeasies, cozy cafes and quirky boutique hotels. Check out the stalls for souvenirs and affordable hawker food.
Tip: Traffic gets bad in the area so best to keep your exploration on foot.
Getting there: Chinatown is a quick walk from the RapidKL LRT Pasar Seni stop.
Perdana Botanical Garden
If you’re a fan of parks then you’d enjoy this green oasis. The serene lake in the centre is ringed by various attractions including a herbarium, deer park and orchid garden.
Tip: If you get here early in the morning, you can spend the rest of the day exploring other nearby attractions including the National Museum, KL Bird Park and KL Butterfly Park.
Getting there: If not a cab, take the B112 bus from Pasar Seni LRT station. It stops at the National Museum at the edge of the park.
Fancy shopping and dining? The Bukit Bintang area houses some of the best malls in the city as well as a vibrant nightlife. Shop in the day, then grab some street food in Jalan Alor before partying on the vibrant Changkat nightspot strip.
Tip: Staying in Bukit Bintang is a great choice as you have plenty of options to suit your taste and budget.
Getting there: From the Petronas Twin Towers, walk over to Bukit Bintang via Bukit Bintang Walkway or take the monorail to Bukit Bintang stop from KL Sentral station.
Make your own discoveries in this fascinating city that’s just a quick train ride from KL International Airport. KL could just be your best adventure yet!
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