Updated: Oct 5
1. Petronas Twin Towers
Without a doubt my highlight of my time in Kuala Lumpur was visiting the Petronas Twin Towers with my tour group and my boyfriend. In terms of a skyscraper, it is the most extraordinary one I have ever seen. When the Petronas Towers were completed in 1998 at the time they were declared the tallest buildings in the world. Besides the mall and the park inside the Petronas Towers, they are also home to the Petronas Art Gallery and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. You can visit the Petronas Towers’ observation deck at level 86 where you can get 360 degree views of Kuala Lumpur. At the bottom of the towers, when trying to get the perfect picture, my advice would be to purchase a clip on lens from a street seller. After trying for half an hour to get the perfect shot with no luck, the clip on lens gave me the perfect shot in front of the towers.
2. Visit the Batu Caves
The Batu Caves are situated 11km north of Kuala Lumpur and are a must see when visiting Kuala Lumpur. The Batu Caves are a 400 million-year old limestone hill with a 100-year old temple incorporated within it. The temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus and features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. The climb up to the top is 272 steps which can prove difficult in the heat but the journey up is more than worth it for what can be seen when you reach the top. A warning though to those like myself that are scared of monkeys – there are monkeys everywhere, at the bottom, on the steps and at the top when you enter the caves. It is important to be aware of the monkeys around you and make sure you don’t have any loose belongings as on many occasions monkeys have been known to take them! The opening hours are 6am to 9pm daily.
Chinatown is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourists spots in Kuala Lumpur. Visitors will find themselves deeply immersed in Oriental culture, heritage and history. At night, its main market area, Petaling Street, transforms into a lively and vibrant night market. You can even book onto a Private Kuala Lumpur Street Eats Evening Tour of Chinatown. The nightlife and restaurants also draw many tourists and locals to the area so it is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Kuala Lumpur!
4. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is located in Petaling Jaya which is approximately 15km southwest of Kuala Lumpur. There are activities for all including water slides, a manmade ‘river’ ride, a surf beach and a wave pool. The park has also expanded and includes more than just water slides. There are five different zones: the water park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park and Wildlife Park. The opening hours are 10am-6pm daily and a one-day pass for adult’s costs US$47.
5. Walk along the hanging bridges of Kuala Lumpur’s Forest Eco Park
The Eco Park is located in Bukit Nanas Forest and was created to preserve the natural surroundings and forest in the centre of Kuala Lumpur. So you are essentially walking through a jungle in the middle of a city, how cool?! The entirety of the park is connected by 200 metres of walking bridges. There are also animals that roam around including monkeys! It is recommended you spend at least an hour walking around to experience everything the Eco Park has to offer. The cost is free and it is open 7am-6pm daily.