As the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has plenty to offer for first-time visitors. From modern skyscrapers to cultural attractions, there are countless places to explore and things to do. Include these popular attractions in your itinerary to learn more about this vibrant, multicultural city.
1. PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS
These tallest twin towers in the world have 88 floors on each tower. Take a stroll on the double-decked Skybridge and catch panoramic city views from above. Below the twin towers is Suria KLCC, a premier shopping mall often frequented by locals and travellers. In addition, they also have an oceanarium and a public park within its vicinity.
2. KL TOWER
For a 360-degree view of the city, head to KL Tower. Its location atop Bukit Nanas provides an added elevation for a breathtaking vista of the city skyline. And on top of that, it has a revolving restaurant where you can feast on Malaysian buffet while enjoying sweeping views at the same time.
3. KL CHINATOWN
A trip to Kuala Lumpur is never complete without visiting KL Chinatown. As one of the most bustling areas in town, it offers many cultural attractions, hipster hangouts and food markets. First-time visitors will find delights exploring places such as Petaling Street, REXKL, Kwai Chai Hong, Central Market and more.
4. SULTAN ABDUL SAMAD BUILDING
Architecture enthusiasts and history buffs shouldn’t miss visiting this iconic landmark with unique aesthetic. It is among Kuala Lumpur’s earliest Moorish-inspired buildings with red bricks and white arches. Although its interior is off-limit to the public, you can still drop by to admire and photograph its exterior.
5. BUKIT BINTANG
Bukit Bintang, also known as Starhill, is Kuala Lumpur’s premier shopping and entertainment district. It covers Bintang Walk, the main intersection at Jalan Bukit Bintang, and its surrounding areas. Start exploring by shopping around Berjaya Time Square Shopping Mall, ANSA Walk, Lot 10 and Pavilion. Then reward yourself with some local delicacies and drinks at Jalan Alor and Changkat Bukit Bintang.
6. THE ZHONGSAN BUILDING
This newly restored 1950’s building in the centre of Kuala Lumpur is now an arts and research hub. It is located near Petaling Street and Bukit Bintang, housing specialty stores run by a multi-talented community of artisans, artists, designers, and musicians. Highly recommended for those who are interested in the local arts and culture scene!
7. KL BIRD PARK
Malaysia is a haven for eco-tourism. Even right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, you can surround yourself with nature. KL Bird Park’s free-flight walk-in aviary concept provides visitors an interesting birdwatching experience at close range. Some of the birds you’ll encounter here include hornbills, peacocks, pelicans, flamingos and more.
8. BATU CAVES
Batu Caves is an important religious site and one of the must-visit attractions in Malaysia. It consists of several caves in a limestone hill that is said to be around 400 million years old. The temple complex is well-known for its rainbow stairs and a massive Lord Murugan statue. To reach the main cave, you have to climb a steep flight of 272 steps while evading troops of cheeky monkeys.
There are many more attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
Wondering where to stay to make the most out of your trip?
The best way is to stay in hotels with convenient access to these places. Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, ANSA Hotel Kuala Lumpur and ACES Hotel, Kuala Lumpur are well-situated in the city centre and near major public transport hubs. These hotels also offer a wide range of rooms and facilities to suit different budgets and needs.
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