Kuala Lumpur Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur

Amazing Things to do and See in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Best Things to do in KL, Malaysia

(Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) The traditional name of Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, is a far cry from what it’s like today. Although numerous temples and other cultural places are well-maintained and can be visited when you’re traveling KL, it’s obvious that the city has its fair share of modern architectural establishments.

Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves
Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves

The plethora of activities in KL makes it the destination of people who likes to learn and experience different cultures and heritage. If you’re one of those, KL can definitely be your next tour stop.

Amazing Things to do and See in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Amazing Things to do and See in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
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Listed Below are15 of the best things you can do when you’re in KL.

Visit the Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers photo by Izuddin Helmi Adnan via Unsplash
Petronas Twin Towers Photo by Izuddin Helmi Adnan on Unsplash

The Twin Towers are modern depictions of traditional Islamic structure. It features Islamic geometric patterns and pinnacles. The mega building’s pinnacles are where the warning lights and external maintenance building equipment are housed. The interiors show traditional handicraft effects and the wall panels are Peninsular Malaysia-inspired. Visitors can experience a close-up view of the spire, digital displays, and exhibit in the towers.

Adventure Tripping at Batu Caves

the Hindu god welcoming tourists at the entrace of Batu Caves
the Hindu god welcoming tourists at the entrace of Batu Caves – Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves boast of a limestone hill with three major caves and some smaller ones. The main caves have different ancient temple idols inside. The inside of the limestone formations is around 400 million years old and its temple is an important religious landmark. There are even a cave gallery and museum cave where visitors can see more Hindu statues and paintings.

You can enjoy a rock climbing adventure at Batu Caves for free.

Go to Pavilion Shopping Mall

Entrance of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur image via Wikimedia Commons
Entrance of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur image via Wikimedia Commons

This modern structure which looks a lot like a Greek Temple has more than 450 stores inside. That many stores mean visitors will have a hard time choosing what to do first between dining or shopping local and international. This mall is popular with the locals so travelers can be sure that they’re in for a good time when they go there.

Go on Thrilling Rides at Berjaya Times Square Theme Park

Piano staircase berjaya times square
Piano staircase berjaya times square

The theme park is located inside the Berjaya Times Square Hotel. It’s the biggest indoor theme park where adults can go to the Galaxy Station while kids can visit the Fantasy Garden. The four thrill rides of the theme park were exclusively designed for them. 13 years old and below are not allowed. Some of the highlights of the theme park are its 30m Spinning Orbit and Space Attack. They also have a Haunted Chamber.

Visit the Chinese Herb Garden at Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia photo by Nuar Yusli via Unsplash
Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photo by Nuar Yusli on Unsplash

It’s a popular tourist attraction for plenty of reasons. The structure represents a lively mix of traditional and modern architecture style. There’s a modern Buddhist Pagoda and Buddha images inside the temple. Visitors can visit the Chinese medicinal herbs garden as well as a tortoise pond and a well. A sacred Boddhi tree stands at the side of the temple. Some parts of the temple like the gateway symbolize prosperity.

Be Amazed at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Sri Mahamariamman Temple photo by Jlascar via Wikipedia CC
Sri Mahamariamman Temple photo by Jlascar By – CC BY 2.0,

Proceed to the South of Jalan Hang Lekir to visit this temple. You’ll never miss it as it’s the most colorful structure you’ll see in that area. It’s the main Hindu temple of KL and sits in between two Buddhist temples. The exterior is adorned with carvings of Hindu deities and gold and precious stones embellishments. Step inside and you’ll find more artistic and religious designs.

Tour KL’s Chinatown

Chinatown - Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide
Chinatown – Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide

You may be in KL but do visit Chinatown where you can eat good food while staying on a budget. They usually open late which is perfect for tourists who go out of their hotels late. You can find steamed buns and smoked pork meat while also enjoying the Thai and local cuisine.

Join the Skytrex Adventure

Skytrex Adventure photo via FB Page
Skytrex Adventure photo via FB Page

Adventure seekers can enjoy the zip line obstacle courses in this extreme outdoor adventure park. They can partake in activities like rope climbing and flying fox at the middle of Shah Alam Agricultural Park located 45 minutes from KL city center. The obstacles have three courses with different levels of difficulties called Little Adventure, Big Thrill, and Extreme Challenge. There are height requirements though so better check with the staff.

Stay for a Night at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

Treat yourself with a world-class overnight accommodation at Grand Hyatt Hotel KL (check rates) where you’ll enjoy walking to the Petronas Towers nearby or visiting Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (also nearby). The amenities of the hotel include round the clock fitness center with personal trainers, treatment rooms, and ice fountain rooms. There are three dining choices at the hotel namely JP Teres, THIRTY8 and Pool House, all of which offers the best dining experience.

Look for Souvenirs at the Taman Connaught Night Market

Taman Connaught Night Market
Taman Connaught Night Market

You’ll never get hungry in this market as you can try different foods like laksa, satay, and local desserts. Once your stomach is full, you can shop around for things like accessories, books, bags, handicrafts and other household items. The night market is open every Wednesday and opens from 5:30pm to 12:00 Midnight. It’s set on a 2 km laneway.

Go on a Half-day Tour

Kuala Lumpur Half Day City Tour Photo via KLOOK
Kuala Lumpur Half Day City Tour Photo via KLOOK

Joining a city tour can help tourists who can’t make up their minds which attractions to visit. This half-day tour can bring you to the National Mosque, Independence Square, Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, Petronas Towers and the Royal Selangor Visitor Center where you can buy some souvenirs. Other tours that tourists can join are Food Tours and Private Tours.

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Use KL Ticket Pass

KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass photo via KLOOK
KL Hop On Hop Off Bus Pass photo via KLOOK

The KL Ticket Pass is a hop-on-hop-off tour bus that tourists can ride which will take them to different tourist locations stress-free. If you’re a tourist in KL, you can avail of the KL Ticket Pass and enjoy discounts and special promos from credited food and retail establishments. Purchasing it will also allow you to use the Special Fast Track Lanes so you can skip queues in admissions.

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Dine at Local Restaurants


Get to know the local cuisines by embarking on local restaurants hunting tour. There’s a love for Chinese, Indian and Malay foods when in KL. Being a diverse place makes it a city with colorful traditional and influenced way of cooking. Rendang, satay, and sambal are three of the most popular dishes in KL and are closely related to the dishes of Indonesia with the same name. Local restaurants are scattered throughout the city.

Explore KL Sentral Station

KL Sentral Station photo by Akira Mitsuda via Wikipedia CC
KL Sentral Station By Akira Mitsuda –  CC BY 3.0

KL Sentral is a railway complex where luxury hotels and other establishments are located. The complex offers an easy access to the largest transport hub in Malaysia and it’s a walking distance from Brickfields, Buddhists temples, and Indian shops. Tourists who wish to go the large KL shopping mall can ride from this station.

Experience Free Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur

There are some activities you can do for free in KL like visiting the Petronas Art Gallery where you can see more than a thousand paintings and photographs of traditional costumes and crafts. You can also check out clubs with no entrance fee and serve drinks on the house. You can go green at the Dataran DBKL Square where jogging, walking and other physical activities are free to do.

KL offers traditional and modern attractions which any tourist will enjoy. You can make the most of your stay by planning your itinerary before your trip so you can maximize your time. Enjoy!

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