15 x Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur, 3-Day Guide

15 x Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur, 3-Day Guide

15 x Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur, 3-Day Guide

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is an emerging, culturally diverse city that is on the rise among tourists. Kuala Lumpur is a mix of Chinese, Indian and Malay people which is the reason why the food is fantastic and English is a commonly spoken language. The city is well-known for its skyscrapers and shopping malls but it has so much more to offer. Follow this 3-day guide with Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur.

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Day 1 – Hidden Kuala Lumpur

The first full day in Kuala Lumpur is meant to give you a surprising taste of the city. The city is similar to Singapore just much more affordable.

1. Batu Caves, the rainbow stair

Rise and shine in the early morning to visit the colorful Batu Caves. Enter the enormous Batu Caves via a 272-step rainbow-colored stair up to the limestone hill. In front of the caves is a large gold-colored statue.

➳ Read: Georgetown, Penang – Charming city of Malaysia

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Oh and don’t have anything hanging out of your bag because the sneaky little monkies will try to take it. The Batu Caves are easy to reach by Grab Taxi or local bus. Tip: It is best to avoid a visit during weekends and public holidays.

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2. Walk bridges in the Eco Forest

In the center of the city, hidden from the busy streets, multiple hanging bridges are creating a walking route through the forest. The relatively short and fun eco-walk is a great thing to do in Kuala Lumpur and free to enter. Important to know is the right entrance to the park

➳ Read the 2-week Malaysia Travel Route

things to do kuala lumpur eco forest

3. Lunch at Leaf & Co.

You must be hungry after that walking. Recharge with a delicious lunch at Leaf & Co. They offer delicious local and western dishes. We highly recommend the chicken satay sandwich.

➳ Also visit KL’s neighbor Malacca, Malaysia.

4. Sultan Abdul Samad and Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is a small green square that owns a 95-meter high flagpole with the Malaysian flag. That is where independence for Malaysia started. Nowadays, the stretch of green is occupied by locals relaxing in the afternoon.

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Right in front of Merdeka Square is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most beautiful buildings; Sultan Abdul Samad. Have a walk around this former courthouse. On the backside is a walk along the river.

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5. Visit the Most Hidden cafe in Kuala Lumpur

There is one cafe in Kuala Lumpur what is so hidden that you would never find it without the guidebooks or a local who tells you. Merchant’s Lane Cafe can be entered via a tiny blue door next to a local newspaper store. It is a great place to relax, have a coffee or a bite.
Merchant’s Lane Cafe is a 15-minute walk from Merdeka Square.

Day 2 – Cultures in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a city of many cultures. No matter what religion, race, culture and skin color, everyone is living in harmony, sitting on the same table and respect each other. We can see this on day two of our Kuala Lumpur Guide.

things to do kuala lumpur china town

5. Thean Hou Temple

With its six levels, Thean Hou is one of southeast Asia’s largest Chinese temples. Build on a small hilltop just outside the main center you can overlook the entire city from the temple top.

Have an incredible relaxing wake-up moment on the top of the temple at 7:30 AM when there are no other visitors. One of our favorite things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
The entrance is free; there is a donation box inside the temple.

➳ Find all: Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

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6. Little India

If you love Indian food, this is the place to go to. In the evening, the streets will be filled with small restaurants selling tasty dishes. Little India, also known as Brickfields is located just a few minutes from KL Sentral, the city’s main railway station.

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7. Lunch at VCR

VCR is a cool minimalistic look lunch cafe and considered as one of the best coffee cafes in Kuala Lumpur. They offer a tasty breakfast and lunch and the yummiest carrot cake we had in Kuala Lumpur. VCR is a bit dislocated but surely worth the visit.

8. Markets in Kuala Lumpur

No matter if you are looking for a souvenir or a pair of imitation Nike shoes, Central Market and Petaling Street Market in Chinatown are great for this kind of shopping. Different from Chinatown, Central Market is inside and feels a bit like a flea market.

Also read: The Best Market in Bangkok

9. Shop till you drop

Kuala Lumpur owns enormous shopping malls with all your favorite brands. The mega malls like Pavilion and KL Sentral are the most popular. For anything from food, electronics, and fashion, visit Pavilion and get lost.

Tip: Nearby Pavilion Shopping Mall is a small tasty lunch spot named Purple Miao.

things to do kuala lumpur city skyline

10. Jalan Alor Night Market

The best street found in Kuala Lumpur can be found at Jalan Alor Night Market. Right after the sun has set loads of food stalls open their doors. Taste the real Malaysian cuisines for cheap prices.

➳ Find all: Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Day 3 – Kuala Lumpur highlights

The last day includes great things to do in Kuala Lumpur. An unknown mosque, the best local lunch, and the world-famous Petronas Towers.

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11. Wilayah Mosque – One of our favorite Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur

In 2000, the Wilayah Mosque opened its doors. The architecture of the Wilayah Mosque, also known as the Federal Territory Mosque, is inspired by the Blue Mosque of Istanbul in Turkey.

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The details on the walls and ceilings in this huge complex will make your jaw drop. During the morning you probably see just a handful of others tourist, which makes it one of the most unestimated things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

The entrance is free and they provide clothing for men and women to cover up appropriately.

12. Lunch local

Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock Kopitiam offer the best Malaysian breakfast and lunch such as the Nasi Lemak Ayam and Hainanese Chicken Rice. Expect to pay around 12 MYR (2.85 USD) for these yummy dishes. Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock Kopitiam is small and gets packed quickly so being there a little before lunchtime is the smartest choice.

13. Perdana Botanical Garden

The Perdana Botanical Garden of Kuala Lumpur offers a refreshing walk through the park away from the buzzing city. Walking around the entire park takes about an hour featuring many flora and fauna, art, deer, and birds.

➳ Discover the green tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands

things to do kuala lumpur perdana botanical garden

There is no entrance fee, however, the bird park or butterfly garden have their own entry fee.

➳ Find all: Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

14. Petronas Towers

The Petronas Towers are the second-highest twin towers of the world and the famous landmark of Malaysia. In the evening these 452-meter high towers are lit for an even more beautiful impression. The KLCC Park on the backside of the towers offers a beautiful view of the Petronas Towers. Get your tickets online.

Tip: Traveling with children? KLCC park features a large playground with an open-air swimming pool.

things to do kuala lumpur petronas towers klcc park

15. Rooftop bar

Kuala Lumpur offers a handful of rooftop bars overlooking the city. The Helipad Lounge is an active helicopter landing platform that changes into a bar after 6 PM. Get a drink and have a nice sunset on from the 36th floor.

Dress code: Casual from 6 – 8 PM.

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Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a year-round destination with temperatures between 25 – 35 degrees. From December till March there is a bigger chance for short rain and thunderstorms.  

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur has made it easy to get to and around the city. Grab, Gojek motorbikes, Metro, Train, Taxis, and local buses are all available.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport

You either arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) or KLIA2. The train that connects both locations takes you to KL Sentral in about 30-minutes. The price of a ticket is 55 MYR (13 USD).

Getting around the city

The easiest and most affordable way to get around Kuala Lumpur is by metro. It is best to check your destination by Metro on Google Maps. If it includes a lot of walking, you might want to consider Grab Taxi instead.

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How much does Kuala Lumpur cost?

Guesthouse: 15 USD / night
Airbnb: 20 – 60 USD / night
Hotel: 30 – 100 USD / night
Lunch / Dinner: 2 – 15 USD
Sim card: 8 USD (6GB)
Transportation: 15 USD / day

Sim card in Kuala Lumpur

To use services like Grab or Google Maps to find your way in the city you will need to have a sim card. We recommend MAXIS who offers a 30-day 6 GB data bundle for 35 MYR (~ 8 USD).

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang and Brickfields are the two main areas to find a hotel in Kuala Lumpur. They are close to the city center, connected to the metro and some sights are doable on foot. 

Stay in the center

Ritz Carlton is right in the middle of the city, next to the shopping mall. It offers multiple pools, a spa, gym, comfortable beds, and a delicious buffer. Book it online

Other hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Airbnb is also an affordable option; Get your Airbnb discount here.

15/02/2020 https://www.saltinourhair.com/malaysia/things-to-do-kuala-lumpur/
Blog comments (20)

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  • Hi I’m planning to go there in March 2020 is it safe many people cancelled there trip due to cronovirus

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Amisa! Sadly, we can’t advise on this as it seems that things are changing all the time. Just keep an eye out for public health warnings and seek advice from the government online sites in your home country and the one you are planning to visit. We hope you get to make your trip!

  • Thank you for this post :) I’m heading to KL next week, will definitely check this out again when I’m there!

  • Going to KL for NEW YEARS EVE! Thanks for the tips, will follow your suggestions! :) ritz carlton was fully booked already :/, we stay in the element by westin now, hope its good too <3

  • Claudine Labonne

    I’m planning to visit Malaysia in July 2020, with three kids age range 6 and 7. Would it be possible for us to visit places suggested in your blog?

    By the way, your pictures awesome!


  • Great blog thank you. I’m planning a trip in December so this has been really helpful.

  • Not Only Miles

    Very nice post! Your pictures are really beautiful!

  • Thank you for this post! I’m heading to KL next week, will definitely check this out again when I’m there:)

  • Rakesh Parmar

    Super blog, i am planning to visit Malaysia in next December, i will get lot of help by reading this blog. Thank you.

  • I see you placed photo of Impiana Hotel. Is that where you stayed at? If yes, How was the experience. Thank you.

    • saltinourhair

      No, we didn’t stay there. We picked this hotel for this blog because it’s really well reviewed :)

  • Re the Eco Forest Bridges, how do we go there from city center? Where is the right entrance to the park? Thank you :)

    • saltinourhair

      Hi! Friends took us but you can easily get there by Grab taxi. If you share a taxi I would say 4 is the maximum which is cheaper than public transport. Instead, you could order a larger car via Grab.

  • Do you know if there is a limit in passengers in the taxi? We are 5 and is wondering if getting a cab will be cheaper than riding train or bus. Thanks

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