Despite how big the city of Kuala Lumpur is, you can actually pack a lot of tourist hot spots and activities in just 2 days and 1 night. If you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry as we’ve listed down the top places that you must visit when you’re in town.
First thing you must do is to check into your hotel room and luckily for you, KLCC is packed with accommodations ranging from budget to luxurious. It’s recommended that you check online aggregators like Expedia for the best hotel rates and promotions so you can spend the rest of your budget on food, activities, and souvenirs.
Petronas Twin Towers
Of course, the first thing you should see the moment you step foot in Kuala Lumpur is the Petronas Twin Towers. And once you get there, of course you have to take a pic or two. The ideal spot to snap a picture with the Twin Towers is on a bridge located in the park right across from Suria KLCC.
Other than taking a picture of the towers from the outside, you should also make time to go up the towers and enjoy the Kuala Lumpur skyline. An all-inclusive ticket that will give you access to the observation deck, sky deck (balcony), and all the other attractions will cost non-Malaysian adults RM155 and non-Malaysian children RM110.
After taking memorable pictures at the Petronas Twin Towers, you can make your way to this next tourist hot spot. Laden with history and scenic architectures, Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square is only 15 minutes away from KLCC by car. Here, you can find the Sultan Abdul Samad building, a colonial building that now serves as the headquarters for the Ministry of Information, Communications, and Culture.
The place is typically used to hold large events like parades, Independence Day celebrations, and protests. There are also a couple of tourist hot spots, museums, and other historical landmarks surrounding the Square like the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, the St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral, and the adjacent Perdana Botanical Gardens.
The nightlife in Kuala Lumpur is bustling; it’s a time when people go out in search for culinary delights or go pub hopping in many of the city’s bars and clubs. If you prefer to spend this time to eat the night away and you happen to be on a limited budget, do visit Jalan Alor and its many street food stalls.
Along this street, you can get local delicacies like pan mee, chicken rice, lok lok, curry mee, and so much more. The prices for a meal in Jalan Alor are also relatively cheap but the atmosphere is the number one thing that people go here. You’d be sitting smackdab in the middle of the road (which had been cleared out of vehicles, of course) with hundreds of other tourists and locals alike.
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If you’re looking for a more extravagant night, you can opt for a session of bar-hopping in Changkat, Bukit Bintang. Think of this place as similar to Jalan Alor but instead of street food stalls, the street is filled with bars, pubs, and clubs with various themes. Havana, Elevate, Movida, Zion, Pisco Bar, and Zion Club have become the favorites of tourists, expats, and locals.
Other than Changkat, you can get your nightly fix at TREC. This F&B, lifestyle, and commercial hub has some of the most “happening” spots in town. TREC has Arte Bar, Le Noir, Live House, The Social, Red Room, and other venues you can visit for a chill drinking session or lit, dance-filled shenanigans. The main attraction of TREC is the Zouk Club, one of the top night clubs in Kuala Lumpur and the 26th best in the world! So, if you don’t make use of this time to visit Zouk, you’re missing out big time.
Your trip to KL (or any cities for that matter) won’t be complete if you don’t buy some souvenirs to bring back home. Like any other major cities in the world, Kuala Lumpur has their own Chinatown. Also known as Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is heaven for those who love to bargain. During the day, you can find various merchandises and souvenirs that you can buy in bulk and bring back home. When night comes around, this place turns into a lively night market where you can also fulfill your street food fix one last time.
Batu Caves is located in Gombak, approximately 13 kilometers from KLCC or the Petronas Twin Towers so it’s better if you end your KL trip at this cultural destination. This tourist hot spot serves as a Hindu shrine and it has become one of the most popular shrines located outside of India.
Batu Cave’s main attraction is the golden Murugan statue, standing at a whopping 100 meters above the ground. It’s situated on the foot of the 272-steps flight of stairs that you need to climb to get to the cave inside the limestone hill so it’s best if you wear your comfiest sneakers for this trip.
There are still so much more attractions that KL has to offer. However, these are some of the most essential places you need to visit at least once during your first trip to Kuala Lumpur. So if you only have 2 days and 2 night to spare in the Garden City of Lights, follow this simple itinerary and make the best out of your trip.
Written by Febriani iPrice