Did you ever book your flight tickets just because they were cheap? Did you ever make any spontaneous trips? Well, some of the best moments in life are unplanned and this blog is a result of it. This city (Kuala Lumpur) is a great getaway destination and has some of the best places to see in whole of Malaysia. Situated in the South East Asia, and the capital of Malaysia, possesses great roaring skyline views as well as soothing natural beauty. It is a perfect blend of city and nature. Everything that you can think of, this city can offer, from A to Z (Aquarium to Zoo, pun intended). This place is suitable for every kind of traveller. Be it a Budget backpacker, a mid-range tourist or a luxury traveller.
Top places to see in Kuala Lumpur :
1. Petronas Towers:
The iconic Petronas towers is the first place you should visit, as soon as you step into the city. What sets apart these towers is the magnificent view from the observation deck. The price of the ticket is 80-85 ringgits (approx. 1400 INR / 20 USD) and you might save few ringgits more if you buy tickets from Petronas Towers itself. If you are on a budget and if you have to choose between the KL and the Petronas towers then, go for Petronas, hands down. For more information please visit https://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/en/tickets.
2. KL tower:
This is another attraction from where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the city skyline. This tower has an observation deck as well as a sky deck. It’s totally worth it, to spend a few extra bucks (you don’t visit places like these everyday) for the sky deck which includes both observation deck and the sky deck. Sky box differentiates KL tower from Petronas tower, from where you can enjoy taking spectacular cityscapes pictures.
3. KL Bird Park:
Watch the peacocks walk past you, admire them as they elegantly spread their feathers and dance. Feed the Great hornbills, the Brahminy Kites and the big Emus. Observe the Ducks swim and the Pelicans flap their wings around. Meet those amazing Parakeets as they come and sit on your hands. Get your photos taken with the scarlet, blue and golden colored Macaws along with Cockatoos. You will also meet some amazing unseen species of birds. Sounds Fun? To know about the feeding time of the birds and other details checkout https://www.klbirdpark.com
4. Zoo Negara:
KL zoo is one of my favorite things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Just as any other zoo, it has many kinds of animals, but one unique factor of the zoo is Malayan Tapir, relaxing and cooling down in the water. The rare Albino tigers are one of the highlights of the zoo and they are most fun to watch when they are active. However, you cannot forget the giant pandas with their magnetic and bubbly personality.
5. KLCC Aquarium:
KLCC Aquarium has numerous aquatic animals, among them are the manta rays, huge turtles, eels etc. It also features a huge 90 meter underwater walkway tunnel. Apart from this, you can also experience diving with sharks. The special feeding of eels, Japanese spider crabs and sand tiger sharks. In short, this place would fascinate children, families and every other traveler. For timings and everything visit https://aquariaklcc.com/
6. Batu Caves:
Visit Batu caves for its cave temple and also marvel at the huge golden statue of lord Murugan (The God of War). A suggested way to reach here is by taking the KTM commuter. This place is best visited early in the morning (preferably around 7-8) because it gets hotter and busier as the day progresses.
7. Thean Hou Temple:
Situated a little above the city, Thean Hou temple is a Buddhist temple and it’s beautifully built. From the top of the temple, you can also view the city skyline. This place is picturesque and perfect for taking your Instagram photos. Getting here by public transport might be of a little hassle so the best option is to take a grab.
8. Eco park/ Rain-forest:
This is the tropical rain-forest / park situated at the city center. It has a campsite and walking trails but the main attraction of this park is the canopy walk which will lead you straight to the KL tower. It’s completely free.
9. Merdeka Square:
Merdeka square literally means independence square; this is where Malaysian flag was first hoisted on 93 meters tall flag pole. (one of the tallest in the world) Opposite to this, is the Sultan Abdul Samad building, formerly a government building, is known for its history and architectural design.
5 Things that i missed:
Infinity pools can be found at lot of places in the city. Regalia suites is one of them. For other options search Airbnb.
This is a beautifully built blue mosque and the best way to reach here is to take a grab.
Putrajaya and Marina Putrajaya:
If you are interested in architecture and history then this is a must visit. Also, try your hand at fly boarding, paddle boarding at Marina Putrajaya.
Heli Lounge / Rooftop bars:
Heli Lounge is the Heli pad during the day and a rooftop bar after 6 pm. The city also has a few more rooftop bars to check out with amazing skyline views.
This place provides a spectacular view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.
Bus: This is the cheapest way to get to the city center. (KL Sentral) Tickets can cost you somewhere around 10 – 12 ringgits.
Shuttle: For transiting one airport to another, you can avail the free services of the shuttle bus.
KLIA express: Probably the fastest way to get to the city center in 55 ringgits.
Taxi: A convenient way to reach your stay or accommodation is to take a taxi. There are metered taxi and coupon taxi but coupon taxis can be more reliable than the metered one which can cost you around 85 ringgits.
How to Commute:
Go KL /Rapid KL buses: Go KL buses are completely free A.C. buses with wi-fi which runs on 4 designated routes / lines. There’s red, blue, purple and green line. The blue and the purple line covers mostly the important tourist places. However, there’s an option of Rapid KL buses which are paid.
Check the GO KL Buses routes here
Metro: Commuting in metro is simple and also there are a quite a few lines like green, red etc. Google maps can be very useful and reliable for knowing your route.
Grab / Taxi: There are blue and red taxis, but the blue ones can be very expensive. Grab is the best alternative, which is also pretty cheap.
Park royal suites is one of the best places to stay with clean, spacious and luxurious studio apartments. Although the price range is more than average. Also as mentioned above there’s Regalia suites if you want to experience infinity pool. For every other budget or type of stay there’s booking.com.
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*Did I miss out on any places to see in Kuala Lumpur? Let me know in the comments below.