Kuala Lumpur is a city which exceeded my expectations like no other. While expecting yet another dirty and chaotic South East Asian megalopolis, I was awarded a clean and relaxed place with shiny shopping districts and calming parks. Check out my 20 photos and let me provide you some inspiration for your Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
I did not really expect much from the Malaysian capital, especially when flying in from the rather undeveloped island of Palawan in the Philippines. The more I was surprised once I finally arrived and started discovering the city. Check out my 20 photos and let me provide you with some inspiration for your Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
Goodbye GoPro and admiring the beauties of the colonial architecture
My visit in Kuala Lumpur did not really start off well. I carried over some health issues from Palawan and headed to the hospital directly from the KL Airport. Luckily, all the tests came out negative and I was diagnosed with being completely healthy. I still believe they have mixed up the samples at Palawan and the terrible results I got just the day before belonged to some other poor guy:).
Anyway, knowing I was totally fit, we headed out to explore the city. We started the day visiting Jamal Malek, the oldest and one of the most beautiful mosques in the city. As the mosque is a sacred place of worship, I had to wear a full body red robe made 100% out of polyester. In the 30°C weather, I was dying every second I had that thing on me. Luckily enough, we were also given a free bottle of water, which later leaked in our bag directly on our GoPro Hero 4 outside the waterproof housing. RIP old guy, you served us well.
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The Jamal Malek mosque is located just next to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, a magnificent example of British colonial architecture. The Brits had a great influence on KL’s architecture and if you are into this thing, you can follow the KL Culture and Heritage tour route. On the way, be sure to make a stop by the Kuala Lumpur Art Galery and take a photo with the I Love KL sign and do not miss the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.
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We followed the way further, passing by another great piece of Islamic architectonic style, the National Mosque. After several dozens of minutes, we finally arrived at the Perdana Botanical Gardens, one of the most relaxing gardens I have ever visited. There you can find not only the cool triangular roof you can see below but for example also these amazing wooden treetop houses.
Exploring the caves and getting lost among the skyscrapers
The next day, we headed to the northern part of the city to visit the acclaimed Batu Caves. The caves are both a religious place and great piece of art of Mother Nature. Definitely, they should be a must on your Kuala Lumpur itinerary. Just watch out when bringing food, as similarly to the Tiger Cave Temple in Thailand, the surrounding of the cave is inhabited by some pretty cheeky monkey gangsters. We managed to defend our snacks, but we got our water stolen while taking the photo on the stairs to the cave. From the caves, we headed towards the KLCC Park to finally meet the symbol of the city and the whole Malaysia – the Petronas Twin Towers. As we arrived already by the sunset, we relaxed in the KLCC Park and watched the evening KLCC Fountain Lake Symphony in front of the towers.
The last day of our Kuala Lumpur itinerary came after we came back from our 4 days trip to Singapore. We flew in, but we took a bus back. The road takes about 6 hours (depending on the traffic) and costs only 12$. You can check the prices in here. As it was our last day, it was mostly about ticking off the leftovers from our bucket list, even though still few boxes remain unchecked.
We started the day in the Chinese District, walking down the famous Petaling shopping street. Then, we headed back to the KLCC park again to get some daylight shots of the twin towers, passing by the KL Tower observatory. We finished up our stay in Kuala Lumpur by the best possible way. By having a drink during the sunset from the Heli Lounge Bar with an amazing view over all Kuala Lumpur.
➯ Katie’s tip: Book your tickets to the KL Tower observatory with Klook to get a discount of up to 20%. Moreover, if you register to Klook via this link, you get another extra discount of 3.2 USD.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a huge city and it offers dozens of great accommodation. Let me introduce my personal tips.
Hotel Pudu 88
As we were traveling on a budget, we stayed the whole time in Pudu 88. It is relatively clean and with quite a nice location, having the Petronas Towers, KL Tower, Chinese Town, Jamal Malek, Central Market, Sultan Abdul Samad Building and even the Perdana Botanical garden within a walkable distance.
Condos with a view of the KL Skyline
However, we really regret not being able to stay over in one of the condos with infinity pools and a great view of the KL Skyline. Unfortunately, we were doing the last call booking and all the suitable ones were already booked out. Try to check this one, this one or this one to get some with the best views!
KLCC/KL Tower View Suites
For good luxury alternatives, my advice is to stay in a close range to the KLCC, like in the case of KLCC/KL Towe View Suites. It will provide you not just with a great view on the KL Skyline, but you can be sure you are close to most of the important attractions of the city.
➯ Katie’s tip: Get your 35$ USD Airbnb Credit if you sign up a new account or your 10% discount on Booking.com for your stay in Kuala Lumpur!
20 Photos to inspire your Kuala Lumpur itinerary
Let me hear from you
We really enjoyed our stay in Kuala Lumpur and we still have a bunch of good reasons to come back. The city is very different from what you would expect from a South East Asian capital. It is relatively clean, well maintained, with some really nice areas to stay at and a very relaxed vibe. My husband called it “it like if the Malaysians really wanted to build a nice place to live and the simply did”. Let me know which of my recommendations do you like the most for your Kuala Lumpur itinerary. I will be also looking forward to your suggestions on which great things have I still missed out.
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