Founded in the mid-nineteenth century, Malaysia’s vibrant capital, Kuala Lumpur is a juxtaposition of modern skyscrapers built in the last 50 years, as well as grand buildings dating back from the early 19th century. The diverse cultures of the Malays, Chinese and Indians make it one of the most interesting cities in the world. You will delight at the abundance of mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples, as well as Christian churches.
Everywhere you go in the city you will hear people talking in different tongues; smell food being sold and cooked on the streets; tourists exploring the city and locals going about their everyday business. The whole city is a medley of different architectural styles, culinary traditions; colors and races.
Although not as prosperous as its neighbor Singapore, Malaysia is still a powerhouse in the region. There is great infrastructure and the city is relatively safe compared to neighboring countries. It is not unusual to see tourists enjoying their leisurely walks at night.
Kuala Lumpur is just a small part of the vast country of Malaysia. To explore the entire the country needs at least a month and most people, save for those on gap year, does not have the time. So, here is a short guide for a three-day and two-night trip. Although most of the country’s top attractions are outside the city, there is still a lot to see and do in Kuala Lumpur.
BatuCaves – a half-day exploration of the BatuCaves is a must for anyone who visits the city. An Indian temple in a massive lime outcrop, you need to climb 272 steps into the spectacular temple. There are lots of friendly monkeys but be forewarned about them stealing food and water bottles right out of your hand. BatuCaves is located just 30 minutes from the city so we you still have enough time to explore for the rest of the day.
Upon your return from the BatuCaves, you can check out Hard Rock Café in KL. One of the city’s most popular spots for entertainment and food, there is also live music if you stay late into the night.
KL is not known as a place where people go on a holiday. It is more known as a place where people go to at the end or at the beginning of their trip. Those who choose to only stay for a single day are missing out on a lot of things.
On day 2, you can go to Merdeka Square or Independence Square. It is located in the middle of downtown Kuala Lumpur and it has the largest flagpole in the world. You can also find the city’s famous Clock Tower there. You will notice that the buildings in the surrounding area have a strong British influence because Malaysia was under British rule for quite some time.
Another place which you should go to is Chinatown. You will find stalls upon stalls of food and other goods. This part of the city is more vibrant at night so you might want to save this for the later part of the day.
Any trip to KL would be incomplete without the obligatory picture taken with the PetronasTowers in the background. Standing at 452 metres high, it is the city’s landmark and it was once the tallest building in the world. There is an observatory deck on the 41st and 42nd floors, so if you want to get a good view of the city, this is a must.
In the morning of your last day, you can take a privately guided walk through the Malaysian rainforest. One of the things must not be missed is the elephant sanctuary tour. Before you go to your next destination or before you go fly back home, make sure that you pick up some souvenirs and trinkets at Petaling Street.