Things to do in

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia's eclectic capital will keep you intrigued, from its modern Twin Towers to the colorful Hindu Batu Caves.

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Top 10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur

KL, as the locals call their home, offers a great spectrum of activities. Shop til you drop in Bukit Bintang, gaze upon the city from the top of the Petronas Towers or find serenity in the parks. Day and night, Malaysia's capital has something for everyone.

  • Merdeka Square

    1. Merdeka Square

    The Sultan Abdul Samad Building, which dominates this Independence Square, reflects the influences of Mughal architecture, a mix of Indian, Persian and Islamic design.

  • KLCC Park

    2. KLCC Park

    17 acres of lush greenery at the base of the Petronas Towers offer respite during a day of sightseeing. Don't miss the Lake Symphony water display of the two fountains.

  • Petronas Towers

    3. Petronas Towers

    At 1,483 feet these twin towers are the city's iconic symbols. The double-decker skybridge, which links the two buildings on the 41st and 42nd floors, is 558 feet above the ground.

  • Aquaria KLCC

    4. Aquaria KLCC

    Walk among the sea creatures down a 295-foot-long glass tunnel.Other aquarium exhibits include a shipwreck and piranha tank. Don't miss the sharks' feeding time at 3:00PM.

  • Kuala Lumpur Tower

    5. Kuala Lumpur Tower

    While dining at the revolving restaurant 900 feet above the hustle and bustle of the capital city, this broadcasting tower offers a sweeping panorama of twinkling city lights.

  • Bukit Bintang

    6. Bukit Bintang

    This central district, also known as Bintang Walk, is abuzz day and night, and locals and visitors alike will find all their shopping, dining and entertainment needs fulfilled.

  • Batu Caves

    7. Batu Caves

    Mind the cheeky monkeys on the way up the 272 steps, which lead to the entrance of three caves. The Temple Cave has a 300-foot-high ceiling and houses sacred Hindu shrines.

  • National Mosque

    8. National Mosque

    The 18 points on the main, star-shaped dome represent Malaysia's 13 states and the five pillars of Islam. The grounds also contain wonderful gardens and white marble pools.

  • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

    9. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

    3,000 birds call this park home, where two areas allow them to come and go as they wish. Visitors have a unique experience to admire some 200 species in a natural habitat setting.

  • Genting Highland

    10. Genting Highland

    Visitors will find an Asian-style Las Vegas at Genting Highland, complete with hotels, casinos and a theme park on a mountain peak above the rainforest.

Frequently asked questions about Kuala Lumpur

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Planning Your Visit

  • Tickets and opening hours for Petronas Towers

    The observation deck and skybridge are open from 9:00AM-9:00PM Tuesday - Sunday; closed Mondays and between 1:00PM-2:30PM on Fridays.
    Tickets cost RM 84.80 and are limited every day. Therefore, it's recommendable to purchase tickets in advance online.

  • Tickets and opening hours for Aquaria and Bird Park

    The Aquaria is open daily from 10:30AM-8:00PM and costs RM 53.00.
    The Bird Park is open daily from 9:00AM-6:00PM and costs RM 50.00.

  • How do I get to Batu Caves?

    There is direct KTM Komuter train service, which runs every 30 minutes from KL Sentral Train Station to the Batu Cave Komuter Station. A one-way ticket costs RM 2.00.
    Opening hours are daily from 6:00AM-9:00PM, admission is free.

  • How do I get to Genting Highland?

    Buses from KL leave daily, and the trip takes approximately one hour. Some go directly to the resort area, while others stop at Genting Skyway; visitors can take a cable car from there. The theme park is open from 8:00AM-10:00PM, and admission for a day-pass is RM 38.00. Visitors can also purchase a two-day pass and express lane tickets.

Good to know

  • Language
    English, Cantonese and Mandarin
  • Currency
    MYR (RM)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
    +60
  • Best time to visit
    Warm temperatures and unexpected rainstorms occur throughout the year, making one season no better than another for a visit.

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What people are saying about Kuala Lumpur

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,599 reviews

The trip was awesome. The guide Mr.James is a very lettered, loyal, helpful person. He explained all history of the city from the beginning, even history of Malaysia and that was really interesting! Nice of him. I appreciated. When I've searched about Malacca, for first time I thought that it not so interesting place to visit. But I changed my mind when I reached there and saw that beautiful, picturesque city with meaningfull history and mixed ancient architecture styles. Also, I think this trip was so cool because of the guide too. He is literally knows all details about this place. And it was really fascinating. So enjoyed all things. Thank you so much for the organization of such tours. Thank you Mr.James!

Chandra of Ivy Holidays conducted the tour. He is very knowledgeable and gave us a pleasant commentary on our journey. The cave, temples, monkeys and rather challenging steps made for an excellent and recommended trip.

The best tour guide we have ever received. Great tour, great team, very friendly, very competent, highly recommended. Any time! We will never forget. Thank you so much. We hope to see you again. Stay healthy

Nice tour, if exhausting with the approx. 300 steps. Price performance is right in any case.

Tour Guide was informative, funny and polite. Grateful to have him.