On my way to Australia I took advantage of a stop over in Kuala Lumpur by deferring my onwards flight by a few days to give me the change to explore the city.
Kuala Lumpur or often referred to as KL, is the federal capital and largest city in Malaysia. Having grown from a sleepy Chinese tin mining village to a metropolis it now is home to some 1.8 million city residents and is fast becoming a top destination for travellers.
I only had three days to see as much as I could of the city so I purchased a KL hop-on hop-off city bus ticket to get myself around. Here are my top tips of what to see and do while in the city!
KL Hop-on Hop-off Bus
With nine distinct districts to visit I knew it was going to be a busy few days, rather than walking which I normally prefer I knew I wouldn’t see as much as I could on the bus so I purchased a ticket for 48 hours allowing me to jump on and off as much as I liked within the operating times of 9am – 6pm everyday.
The bus takes in a loop of the inner and outer city and stops at the most popular tourist destinations as well as some lesser known.
I’ve included on each of the sights to see the stop number to make things easy to locate! You can book your ticket online at myhoponhopoff.com from 45MYR for 24 hours.
Ps they also have free wifi on board!
Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Towers, also known as the Twin Towers or Petronas Towers are the worlds tallest twin towers. Walk across the towers and admire the view at 170 meters above ground or head to the observation deck on level 86.
For top class cocktails with an intoxicating view head over to the Traders Hotel to the Sky Bar on level 33. Even non guests can dine and drink in the hotels famous bar overlooking the Petronas Twin Towers. With a great cocktail selection and dj pumping out the great tunes this is the place to be any night of the week!
Kuala Lumpur Tower
Standing 515 meters above sea level the KL tower is considered a main feature in the city’s skyline. Visit the observation deck or the revolving restaurant for 360 degree views of the beautiful city.
Merdeka Square And Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Situated at the centre of Jalandhar Raja the Sultan Abdul Samad Building was once the most recognised landmark for Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur until the Petronas Twin Towers. Designed by British architect A.C Norman in 1897 this building stands proudly in front of the Merdeka Square and it was here the union flag was lowered at midnight on the 31st August 1957 and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time.
Located between the Petronas Towers and the Traders hotel this public park was designed to provide some greenery to the Towers and the areas surrounding it. I liked to spend lazy afternoons in the sunshine watching the world walk/jog by. With lake symphony’s fountains dancing everyday at noon and the ornamental water features it’s a
Bukit Bintang Plaza And Walk
Bukit Bintang Plaza is one of KL’s oldest shopping centres, and still attracts the crowds offering a range of stores and Bintang walk is a row of cafés, restaurants, and bars stretching from the shopping centre to the Marriott Hotel. At night the walkway comes alive with live performers and the street way is lit-up.
Berjaya Times Square
Another shopping centre with over 1000 units, but featuring an indoor theme park! Not only is it the largest of it’s kind but it also is home to the second longest indoor roller coaster!
Where to go to bargain for all your souvenirs, and fake merchandise. Petaling Street is famous for it’s roadside markets and food stalls, where better to try the fantastic authentic tastes of the country with stalls not only serving the expected Chinese options, here you will find food from around the world. Also the best stop for market shopping! 😉
This beautiful old building was constructed in 1928 and is located on the Chinatown border. It is another great shopping option to hunt for those souvenirs to take home with you… And also to get out of the high humidity (for an old building it comes with air con!)
KL Lake Garden
Established in 1888 the Lake Gardens cover 91.6 hectare of parks and gardens in the heart of the city. Within the grounds you will find the…
A great way to see lots of sights without being to far away from each other! Perfect for a ‘lazy’ sightseeing day with a picnic.
Unfortunately not served by the hop on hop off bus the Batu caves are located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur in the Gombak district. Batu is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples and is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. There is a train service that travels from the city to the site costing approx 2MYR and takes less than 45 minutes to arrive and drops you off within moments asking distance.
Please remember when visiting any religious sight to be considerate and to act and dress accordingly. It can be seen as offensive to be smoking within the grounds and for us ladies to have our legs, arms or chests out. Also it may be advisable to note any days of religious significance the site may not be open to the public.