So, you’re looking for somewhere to escape? Is Life tough? Is work stressful? Maybe you’re still studying and need to experience life outside of textbooks; trust us, we know.
There’s absolutely nothing worse than going on a long awaited holiday to then be completely disappointed. Maybe someone hyped it up way too much or there was really nothing there that suited you.
Whether you live for the city life or prefer to run through the wilderness and be part of mother nature. Kuala Lumpur is definitely the place to spend a nice getaway.
- It’s the Capital City of Malaysia and spreads to over 200 square kilometers.
- Kuala Lumpur has a wide variety of attractions for tourists to choose from, ranging from the more traditional and cultural aspects to the more modern day entertainment and nightlife. This means there should not be any reason to be bored during your visit to Malaysia.
- If you’re a historian and love learning about different cultures, Kuala Lumpur has temples and mosques all over the city which reflect their diversity.
- Kuala Lumpur has mesmerizing futuristic towers and skyscrapers, local markets and tons of hawker food and much more, more than you can imagine.
So here’s a list of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur which will probably become the new mainstream place to visit.
Petronas Twin Towers
Speaking of mesmerizing, futuristic buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers definitely makes the cut. Known as one of the most iconic attraction sights in the entire world are these two babies right here. Did you know that these two twin towers are currently the tallest twin towers in the world? Do you know what that means? That means that this is a tourist hotspot if you’re in for a night of breathtaking views that stretch far across the city of Kuala Lumpur. Not only that! these twin towers also feature beautiful architecture, including detailed Islamic designs celebrating their culture.
Kuala Lumpur’s Bird Park
For all our nature loving friends out there, it is a must that you go take a trip to Kuala Lumpur’s Bird Park. Extending over approximately 20 acres, this incredible bird sanctuary is what 3,000 of these beautiful creatures call home. Tourists are able to take a tour through the park and learn about native flora and fauna and not only that but partake in a bird watch in one of the largest public bird sanctuaries in the world.
If you’re not sure what to bring back home to all your friends and family who you light heartedly promised you’d bring back souvenirs to that you’re now kinda regretting that impulse decision, take a stroll through Central Market in Kuala Lumpur! Also known as Pasar Seni, is a key location on the tourist map. Originally, it was a wet market selling fruit, vegetables, and meat. Nowadays the area has been upgraded and now features a large variety of divisions to represent the many influences and ethnic backgrounds present in Malaysia today. Many of these cultures would be Malay, Indian, and Chinese. These different divisions sell local, handmade products like souvenirs and cultural art pieces. On the upper floor of the market there are local delicacies being sold by the food court and at the front, while you enjoy your food and shopping, care for some free entertainment as there are street performers and musical shows.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
If you’re into history and wanting to learn about the diverse cultures and religions, make sure you take a visit to the Sri Mahamariamman Temple (it’ll be worth it). This temple is the oldest Hindu temple in all of Kuala Lumpur (built in the 19th century, so 1800s) is an incredibly famous tourist attraction. You can easily identify it, so you don’t need to worry about getting lost. Its vibrancy and beautiful colored architecture feature many aspects of Hinduism through paintings of deities portraying well-known legends. As much as it is a place for adornment and education, it also is a working temple and is a place of worship for many of the locals. The Batu Caves is also a stunning sight to see.
From all this sightseeing you’re probably starving but don’t worry, Kuala Lumpur’s Hawker food has got your back. Inexpensive and exploding with flavour, Kuala Lumpur offers a huge variety of cultural foods. One must have although is the Nasi Kandar. Nasi Kandar, meaning ‘mixed rice’, is a staple in Malaysian cuisine. You are given a plate of plain rice and are able to choose from a variety of toppings and sauces to accompany it. Popular Nasi Kandar dishes include curried meat or seafood as well as a vegetable element such as okra or Asian cabbage.
Nasi Kandar is based on Tamil dishes because of the high number of South Indian immigrants and the sauces and gravies are quite heavy on curry powder and chili. So just a fair warning, if you can’t handle your chili, probably have a bathroom nearby.
These are just some of the notable things you can partake in when in Kuala Lumpur, there are even a plethora of things to do just outside the city skirts if you have time to travel. Deciding things to do for yourself may be daunting and overwhelming, there are tour packages available from a range of vendors which can offer tailored tours to your interest and which covers the main attractions of the area giving you a hassle-free experience. Whether you are just stopping over or are visiting for a holiday, make sure to explore to your heart’s content!