|Certainly when one thinks of Kuala Lumpur, the first thing that comes to mind is the collosal 88 story Petronas Twin Towers. This is the largest city in Malaysia and definitely becoming more popular each year as a tourist destination.
Filled with history, beautiful architecture, and a tropical rainforest climate, KL has something to offer most everyone. Below you will find a few of the more popular attractions in the area worth exploring for first time visitors.
How to Experience Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days Or Less
While much of South East Asia may be in varying stages of development, Malaysia is arguably one of the most developed and parts of the capital city (Kuala Lumpur) seem every bit as modern and polished as any western city.
But that doesn’t mean that this city has lost its charm or its heritage. KL (as the locals know it) is a buzzing metropolis full of things to do, to see and to eat. Getting to know the city is a pleasure and in today’s post I am going to take you through a few of the highlights on a whirlwind tour.
Attractions In Kuala Lumpur
Day 1: The City Center
The first place you need to go in KL is straight to the center of it all, where you find lots of shops and impressive high-rises. The first stop for most tourists of course is the Patronas Twin Towers …
The Twin Towers
These are the tallest twin towers in the world standing proudly over KLs equivalent of central park (albeit a little smaller).
For an amazing view of the city I highly recommend taking a trip up to the sky bridge, which is the world’s highest two story bridge, but more to the view allows you to get a bird’s eye view of the city and find your bearings. Find out more about the towers here.
Sadly, the two things you cannot see from the sky bridge are the towers themselves. So if you have the chance, head up KL tower for a panoramic 360 degree view of the city as well the Bukit Nanas Forest, which covers over 10 hectares and is home to much wildlife and plant life.
Before the day ends you will want to spend some time shopping and there are few better places to do it. There are many shopping malls in the City and a few outside of it too.
Perhaps the most popular though are Pavilion KL and Suria KLCC which is considered by some as a more touristy spot, but it is brimming over with luxury shops if you are so inclined.
You will never be short of places to eat in KL and if you fancy a quick snack there are food courts and small restaurants everywhere. In the evening though it might be worth exploring some of the higher-end cuisine that Malaysia has to offer.
Bijan Restaurant serves authentic Malaysia cuisine including Beef, Chicken satay and various dishes with less recognizable names such as popiah goreng.
Day 2: The Batu Cave Temples
Hopefully you got your fill of shopping yesterday, so today you will want to explore some of KL’s culture and natural beauty. If so, you should make the trip out of the city to see the Batu Caves and cave Temple.
The simplest way to get there is on the train, since it is only 1 transfer from KL central and takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the train times. If you prefer to travel in more comfort then a taxi is doable, but given KL traffic it could take longer.
The Caves Themselves
The caves are made of limestone and the main cavern is free to get into, although you will first have to walk up 272 steps. There is also a rather impressive golden Buddha statue standing 43 meters tall at the entrance.
Within the main cave there are various Hindu shrines and the caves themselves are immensely impressive with huge vaulted ceilings. There are also some smaller caves which you can have a tour around if you are interested in the various bugs that live within.
Day 3: Little India and China Town
On day three, why not experience perhaps the best aspects of KL… the mix of cultures and foods? First, you will want to head over to Brickfields where you will find KL’s little India.
This place got its name as the center of brick making in the 19th century shortly after flood and fire destroyed most of the town’s wooden homes (and hence the need for brick construction).
This area is a great place to find various temples and monuments, but if you are a fan of Indian food then it’s really all about the curry. Do not be put off by the down-market appearance of these restaurants as this is where you will find some of the best Indian food in the world.
Back towards the city center you will also find Petaling street, which is right at the heart of KL’s China Town. The best time to visit is in the evening as the sun is going down, since this is when Petaling street lights up and becomes a buzzing night market full of questionable “branded” merchandise.
Even if you do not fancy a bargain, it is worth the trip to enjoy the atmosphere. And of course the food is pretty good. Again, there are some higher-end restaurants to be found, but plenty of street food on offer too. If you are lucky you might even see a festival or procession, depending on the time of year of course.
This post was written by Joshuah Marshall; a travel & lifestyle concierge at Quintessentially.com.
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