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Our first trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia was a long layover – and we only had one day in Kuala Lumpur for sightseeing. We made the most of our short time – however, we knew we missed some of the best places to visit in KL. It took a few years, but we finally made a return trip to discover the top Kuala Lumpur tourist spots and distinctive KL neighborhoods. To help other travelers experience the city like we did, we created a Kuala Lumpur Itinerary that features the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.
Kuala Lumpur 3 Day Itinerary
Our KL itinerary summarizes what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days. After a brief introduction about the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we provide a Kuala Lumpur sights map and some recommended KL tour options.
Top Tip: Our KL Itinerary can also be used as a Kuala Lumpur Budget Travel Guide; simply omit paying any entrance fees and only view structures (like Petronas Towers and KL Tower) from the outside.
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Day-by-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary 3 Days
On Day One of your Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia itinerary, experience some of the best things to do in KL: a cave temple and one of the world’s tallest towers.
Day 1 in Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves Temple
Before you begin exploring the places of interest in Kuala Lumpur city center, take a half day trip from KL to the famous Batu Caves. The caves were formed in the limestone hills millions of years ago, but in the year 1890 a sacred statue of Sri Murugan Swami was erected in the cave.
Today, that cave is called Temple Cave and – being just a short trip from KL – it is visited by people of all faiths and as a pilgrimage journey by Hindus. As one of the best places to visit near Kuala Lumpur, there are several things to see at the caves.
What To See at Batu Caves
Below the cave entrance is a gigantic golden statue of Lord Murugan, to whom the Batu Caves temple is dedicated. The statue is 140-feet-tall and until 2022 was the world’s tallest Murugan statue.
Near the base of the statue is the staircase – of 272 steps – that leads up to the cave entrance. In addition to the worshipers and visitors that climb the steps, local long-tailed macaque monkeys scamper up and down the stairs and along the railings. Take a break from the steep incline to catch your breath and watch the cheeky monkeys (but don’t feed them!).
Inside the massive caves, several shrines line the rock walls. During our visit, we witnessed a special blessing at the temple.
Visitors are free to explore the depths of the cave and the various religious icons and natural cave formations. Adventurous travelers can book abseiling and spelunking trips with tour companies who can organize Kuala Lumpur excursions.
Batu Caves can be reached by private vehicle and public transportation. The train from KL Sentral takes 30 minutes and costs about $1.00 USD roundtrip. Travelers who would rather travel with a guide can book a top-rated excursion for a Batu Caves tour from Kuala Lumpur.
The iconic Petronas Towers are one of the top places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – and should be on every KL trip itinerary! Also known as the Petronas Twin Towers, the skyscrapers ranked as the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004, when their height of 1,483 feet was surpassed by the Taipei 101 building. (The Petronas Towers still currently hold the title of World’s Tallest Twin Towers).
The 88-story towers mimic Islamic art forms (even though Malaysia is a multicultural country, more than 60% of the population is Muslim). The double-deck Skybridge connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors.
Both KL Twin Towers are used for office space, but at their base is the upscale shopping mall, Suria KLCC, and the Petronas Philharmonic Concert Hall.
Visiting Petronas Tower during your 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur
Visitors can ascend the towers to the 41st story Skybridge and the 86th floor observation deck. Petronas Tower tickets are sold in person the day of the visit and online. Due to the popularity of the Petronas Towers, only a limited number of tickets are sold each day and queues can be quite long.
Visitors short on time should consider buying Skip the Line tickets in advance, which include interactive displays detailing information about the towers and stops at viewpoints on both the Skybridge and 86th floor observation deck.
As one of the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur, you will want to make sure you get the perfect photo of Petronas Towers. The best spots for pictures are from the end of the fountains on the northwest side of the buildings and from the KLCC Park on the southeast side of the towers.
Sunset Drinks with a View
After taking in the stunning city views from the Petronas Towers, head to one of the nearby rooftop bars for sunset drinks with a view of the Petronas Towers. There are quite a few rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur – popular venues include the award-winning SkyBar at Traders Kuala Lumpur, Marini’s on 57 and the Heli Lounge.
We were most intrigued by Heli Lounge, as guests are invited to take in 360-degree, unobstructed views (No windows! No railings!) from the rooftop helipad of the nondescript (and somewhat drab) Menara KH building.
Drinks at Heli Lounge during your 3 Day Kuala Lumpur Trip
Claiming to be one of KL’s best kept secrets, the Heli Lounge occupies two levels: the top floor of the building, where the airplane-themed bar is, and the rooftop deck helipad.
The bar officially opens at 5:00pm, but guests are not allowed on the helipad until 6:00pm. We recommend arriving shortly after five, taking the dodgy elevators to the 34th floor and enjoying a round cocktails. It’s a good place to imbibe until they allow patrons to climb the steps to the open-air helipad with astounding views of both the Petronas Towers and the KL Tower.
Things to note about Heli Lounge: Arriving early will ensure you get a table to watch the sunset. If an empty table has a reserved sign, inquire with the staff if it is available, if not and there are no empty tables, ask to join another table with empty chairs. After 9:00pm, a dress code is enforced (no shorts, no flip flops and no sleeveless tops for men). As of 2022, there is an entrance fee of 100RM (about $22USD) that includes two drinks.
Symphony Fountain Lightshow
The next stop on your 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary is the Symphony Fountain Show. The KLCC Park, a city center green space situated on the southeast side of the Petronas Towers is the perfect place to watch.
The 50-acre garden features tropical foliage, more than 1km of walking trails and a man-made pond, Symphony Lake.
At the lake’s edge, just opposite the entrance to Suria KLCC, fountains spray water is a dazzling display – with the largest fountain able to spout water to the height of 350 feet. At night, the fountains are accompanied by music and lights in an incredible water show. Note: Special shows occur at 8pm, 9pm and 10pm.
Dinner near Petronas Towers
There are several highly-rated Kuala Lumpur restaurants near Petronas Towers that are perfect for your first night in the city. Top recommendations are Little Penang Café, Madam Kwan’s, Lai Po Heen and Mandarin Grill.
For dining with a more alternative vibe, check out the food trucks at Tapak Urban Street Dining. Located just a short walk from Petronas Towers, multiple food trucks congregate in an open space to serve a variety of international fare. We tried dishes from a few different trucks and most favored the fried chicken sandwich from Ba Booor.
Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur
On your Day 2 Kuala Lumpur Day Tour Itinerary, view the city from another amazing vantage point then take a walk in the wild where you will likely spot monkeys. In the afternoon, cool off in one of KL’s best shopping malls before indulging in a variety of local cuisine.
The Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) is a communications tower…and an entertainment hub. Completed in 1995 and rising to 421m (1381ft), KL Tower is still the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world and provides the highest public viewing platform in the city.
It only takes 54 seconds for the elevator to transport visitors from the base to the 360-degree city view. Book your ticket in advance with Viator!
In addition to the observation decks, other tower attractions include the Atmosphere 360 revolving restaurant, cultural shows, a mini zoo, the Blue Coral Aquarium, the Upside Down House, the F1 Experience, shops and a forest park. At night, the KL Tower lights can be seen from afar and multiple times after dark, the tower glows in a spectrum of colors in a synchronized light show.
KL Forest EcoPark
The KL Tower was built in the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve – where nature still reigns despite the modern marvel rising above it. In fact, a rare 100-year-old Jelutong Tree stands alongside the tower in a protective enclosure; the tower had to be built a few feet from where it was originally planned in order to accommodate the tree (at the cost of more than $100,000 USD).
The tropical rainforest was designated a reserve in 1906 and is home to endangered plant species, birds and monkeys. Walking paths allow nature lovers the opportunity to walk through the city-center tropical rainforest – and a Canopy Walk lets visitors get a view from the treetops.
Shopping in Bukit Bintang Area
KL is a well-known shopping mecca – and with 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, there is plenty of time for retail therapy! The Bukit Bintang district, which is settled in the heart of the KL Golden Triangle (an area that comprises the central core), is best known for its high concentration of shopping malls and nightlife.
From the district’s main intersection – Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Bukit Bintang – a plethora of stores are just steps away. Fashionable clothing, electronics and accessories by recognizable international brands (and knock-offs) fill the shelves of the shops that are frequented by both locals and tourists.
Shopping malls are so much a part of the culture that the malls themselves have become Kuala Lumpur sightseeing places. Even if you don’t like to shop-til-you-drop, we recommend putting KL malls on your Kuala Lumpur city tour itinerary (if for no other reason than as a respite from the hot and humid weather to bask in the cool air conditioning for just a moment).
Top Bukit Bintang Malls
You can shop your heart out (or just wander) and these top rated KL Malls.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: Housing a variety of stores, shoppers will find international luxury brands, like Hermes, Gucci, and Prada.
Lot 10: Recently redeveloped, visitors will find popular clothing stores, such as Zara and H&M.
Low Yat Plaza: The entire multi-level mall is dedicated to gadgets; a tech geek paradise.
Sungei Wang Plaza: Bukit Bintang’s oldest mall offers merchandise for budget shoppers.
Starhill Gallery: This is Kuala Lumpur’s most glamorous mall, with a Louis Vuitton flagship store.
Berjaya Times Square: One of the largest shopping malls in the world…with Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park occupies the upper floors (yes, including roller coasters).
Top Tip: Berjaya Times Square is one of the favorite kids attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
Jalan Alor Food Street
Jalan Alor Street is the place where both tourists and locals go for a fun experience in KL dining. During the day there isn’t much going on food-wise (but it’s a great time to seek out street art). However, after 5:00pm, Jalan Alor Food Street is one of the Kuala Lumpur best places to visit to sample the local cuisine.
An incredible number of hawker stalls dishing up local Malay and Chinese cuisine line the street, enticing passers-by with tantalizing scents and bargain meals. The street gets packed with visitors and the best stalls have crowds surrounding them.
Some vendors offer food-on-the-go options, while others serve heaping platters to customers sitting on low stools at plastic tables in a hustle and bustle ambiance.
What To Eat on Jalan Alor Street
Mosey down the street (from north to south) and dare to try some of the exotic and foreign foods along the way. We recommend sampling dim sum, grilled skewers and handcrafted fried ice cream.
Want char kway teow with duck egg? You can find it on Jalar Alor. Never tried durian fruit? This is your chance…if you can handle the potent fragrance.
At the end of the street, wait for a table at Wong Ah Wah (don’t worry, tables free up frequently – or agree to share a table and get seated more quickly) where they specialize is BBQ chicken wings and satay sticks.
Top Tip: Wong Ah Wah was one of our favorite places to eat in Kuala Lumpur. After a long wait and a few rounds of beer, we devoured a plate of perfectly grilled chicken wings. More on what and where to eat in KL at the end of the post.
Changkat Bukit Bintang Bars
In a city where few establishments sell alcohol, Changkat Bukit Bintang street is an exception. The street – a short 1/10th of a mile – is absolutely chock-a-block with bars. If you are wondering what to do in Kuala Lumpur at night, the bars on Changkat might be the answer.
All of the bars offer al fresco seating along the street – and a few have open-air upstairs balconies. Some of the best Kuala Lumpur nightclubs – like Havana and Pisco Bar – are found on Changkat Bukit Bintang.
Top Tip: The one caveat is that alcohol isn’t cheap in KL. Expect a pint of mass-produced lager beer to set you back $6-8 USD. Happy hour specials will knock a dollar or two off the price; check the chalkboards outside.
Day 3 in Kuala Lumpur
On Day 3 of your KL city tour itinerary, explore one of the most beautiful places in Kuala Lumpur – the city gardens – then design a self-guided Kuala Lumpur walking tour to three of the most interesting districts in the city.
Perdana Botanical Gardens
The Kuala Lumpur Perdana Botanical Garden (formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana and Lake Gardens) is a lovely respite in the congested city. Ranking as the city’s oldest garden, the 250-acre Botanical Garden was first designed in the 1880s. Today, the public park is a popular recreational area, which features a number of attractions. Explore the gardens from north to south, and consider visiting one or more of the sites along the way.
Top Tip: The KL Botanical Garden is free to visit, however, some of the attractions charge an entry fee. Free bathrooms are located throughout the park.
Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur Botanical Garden
Visitors could fill their entire Kuala Lumpur 3 Days Itinerary with the attractions in the Perdana Garden – there are so many attractions! We recommend choosing just a few sights that are most interesting to you.
National Monument – The National Monument is a war memorial dedicated to those who died for Malaysia’s freedom. The bronze sculpture of a group of soldiers (representing leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice) was built in 1966 and stands 50 feet tall. Note: The National Monument is just north of the Botanical Gardens.
ASEAN Sculpture Garden – Featuring numerous sculptures by ASEAN artists, the garden is a peaceful place to visit. Note: The ASEAN Sculpture Garden is to the north of the Botanical Gardens.
Sunken Garden – The sculpted shrubs in the Sunken Garden create a beautiful work of art.
Orchid Garden – With more than 6,000 orchids representing 800 species, the Orchid Garden includes both common and rare orchids.
Hibiscus Garden – The hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia; the Hibiscus Garden is located near an old colonial building and features two fountains.
Butterfly Park KL – The Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is home to more than 5,000 butterflies (of which 120 species are accounted for), as well as a multitude of other flora and fauna. The park covers an area of 80,000 square feet and mimics their natural habitat. (Fee)
KL Bird Park – The 21-acre Bird Park aviary is one of the world’s largest bird parks and one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. More than 3,000 birds (most of which are native), live in the bird park, which dates to the year 1888. (Fee)
Laman Perdana and Lake – The lake at the center of the garden is filled with fish and turtles. At the main intersection in the park, is a covered, open space for events, Laman Perdana.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia – Featuring 12 galleries and more than 7,000 Islamic artifacts, the award-winning IAMM is the largest museum of Islamic art in Southeast Asia. (Fee)
National Mosque of Malaysia – The National Mosque (Masjid Negara) compound sprawls over 13 acres of land and can accommodate 15,000 people. The unusual roof looks like an open umbrella – while the 240-foot-tall minaret resembles a closed umbrella.
National Planetarium – The National Planetarium was opened in the mid-1990s. The blue-domed building sits atop a hill and features space science exhibits and a space theater.
National Museum of Malaysia – The National Museum, housed in a traditional Malay structure, has four main galleries of displays that focus on the country’s history, culture and traditions. (Fee)
Brickfields and Little India
Some of the best attractions in Kuala Lumpur are not ‘sights’ but districts – and the Brickfields district is one of the most interesting places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Once the center of the brick-making industry and now KL’s transportation hub, the district is now home to a smattering of colonial architecture, a harmonious multi-cultural community and vibrant Little India.
Many tourists using public transportation in Kuala Lumpur pass through Brickfields and don’t even realize it; the KL Sentral Station lies within the district. Those interested in city sightseeing Kuala Lumpur Brickfields should make sure to see these buildings:
- Vivekananda Ashramam
- Maha Vihara Temple
- Sri Kandaswamy Temple
For more sights, use this self-guided free tour of Kuala Lumpur Brickfields.
The real gem of the district, however, is the colorful streets of Little India. The Little India enclave of restaurants (selling savory banana-leaf curries) and textile shops (selling stylish saris) is full of energy. Bright colors decorate the streets and Bollywood music fills the air.
Merdeka Square – which translates to Independence Square – is a large, open grassy field. The square and many of the surrounding structures were built by the British in the late 1800s; and were used for both police training and cricket.
On August 30, 1957, it was in Merdeka Square that the Malaysian flag was raised in independence from the British for the first time. Today, an enormous Malaysian flag still flies at the southern end of the field and the buildings around it are considered historic landmarks. The buildings of interest are:
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building (to the east)
- Royal Selangor Club (to the west)
- The former National History Museum (to the south)
- Kuala Lumpur City Gallery (to the south) Note: The I Love KL sign is also here.
- Textile Museum (to the southeast) and St. Mary’s Anglican Cathedral (to the north)
Top Tip: There is a Free Walking Tour Kuala Lumpur Merdeka Heritage – more info can be found on this PDF.
The Jamek Mosque, also called ‘Friday Mosque,’ is the oldest mosque in KL and is located where the Klang and Gombak Rivers meet. Built in 1909 using ancient Moorish, Islam and Mughal architectural styles, it was the premier mosque in the country until National Mosque was built.
The mosque is open to visitors (outside of prayer times) and guests need to wear appropriate attire (robes and scarves are available for use at the entrance).
Top Tip: For the best views of the mosque, go to the lookout point over the river on Leboh Pasar Besar (south of the mosque). After dark, there are special light and water features.
KL Chinatown is an exciting neighborhood – and one of the best places to go in Kuala Lumpur to experience the city. Markets, temples, shophouses and speakeasys make the district an entertaining spot both day and night.
We recommend arriving in Chinatown in the late afternoon, so you can see the neighborhood both in the daylight and after dark. These are the top sights in the district (and can be seen in order on your own self-guided KL sightseeing tour):
The Art Deco Central Market building dates to 1937, but the site has hosted a market since 1888. The original wet market has transformed from a typical gritty market into a more tourist-driven establishment.
The shophouses on Kasturi Walk were built in the 1930s in the neo-classical style. A couple shops on the street still sell traditional Chinese medicine and herbs.
Guan di Temple
The classic red Chinese temple, Guan di Temple, was built in 1888 and is dedicated to a warrior. While the architectural elements are striking, many people visit the temple to see the Guan Dao – a Chinese sword that worshipers lift or touch for special blessings.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
Built in 1873, the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. The incredibly ornate Raja Gopuram (tower) was added in 1968.
Petaling Street Market
Tourist and locals come to Petaling Street to haggle over prices of merchandise and feast on Chinese fare. However, we liked the vibe on Jalan Hang Lekir better. We highly recommend eating at Kim Lian Kee or one of the other restaurants along the street with a crowd (always a good sign!).
Kuala Lumpur Chinatown Bars
Chinatown offers an interesting mix of Kuala Lumpur nightlife options. As the majority of restaurants are Chinese (not Muslim), they can sell beer – and people-watching from a plastic table on Jalan hang Lekir Street while sipping a few cold beers is a great way to spend an evening in KL. There are, however, a few notable bars in Chinatown that visitors might want to check out.
The most well-known drinking establishment in Chinatown is Reggae Bar, a (you guessed it!) Bob Marley-themed bar serving cheap cocktails to fellow travelers with reggae beats continuously feeding through the speakers.
Kuala Lumpur Map of Sights
Travelers can use this KL map to help plan their Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for 3 Days. Use this link to Google Map of Kuala Lumpur Sights on our online, interactive map.
What to Eat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
We were equally excited and intimidated about eating in Kuala Lumpur. We love trying new food and the multicultural city boasts an array of cuisine…most of which is spicy. As I do not like spicy food (as in, I can’t handle it), I had to abandon my normal whimsical ways of ordering foreign food.
This only put a slight damper in our feasting, as most places were accommodating to my requests. (And, whatever was too spicy for me became a extra serving for Kris!) Fortunately, Chinese food is as prevalent in KL as Malay food – and is simpler to get not spicy.
Best Restaurants for your 3 Day Itinerary Kuala Lumpur
We gorged on Chinese street food on both Jalan Alor Food Street (and nearby at Mongolian BBQ on Tengkat Tong Shin – look for the green lanterns) and in Chinatown (see above recommendations).
For traditional Malay food, we found two superb places, conveniently located right next to each other (and just steps from our Airbnb apartment – more on where we stayed in a minute!).
Our top pick for Malaysian fare was Kedai Mamak Husin, where the staff oh-so patiently answered my long list of inquiries regarding spiciness. With incredibly inexpensive prices and an extensive menu, we ordered dish after dish – way beyond when we were full!
Just a few doors down, Warung Mama Malay Restaurant is where we ate the most delicious Malay-style fried chicken. The friendly staff at both restaurants made our introduction to Malay food a delightful experience. Note: Warung Mama is now closed! Try Murni Discovery around the corner for good Malaysian Buttermilk Chicken!
More Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur
Although we have outlined a comprehensive 3 Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary, there are more sights to see in Kuala Lumpur! Here are a few more ideas to add – or substitute – into your KL trip itinerary:
Thean Hou Temple
Located south of the city center, Thean Hou Temple was built in 1989. The ornate and grandiose complex sits on 1.5 acres of land. The modern temple features a dramatic gateway, a prayer hall with three altars, a medicinal herb garden, Wishing Well and turtle pond.
Unfortunately, Thean Hou Temple can only be reached by car – no public transit lines go to the temple. We recommend booking a tour or using the Grab app for transportation.
Chow Kit Market
Unlike the tidy Central Market geared toward tourists, Chow Kit Market is a real, gritty market where locals go to shop. Within the depths of market stalls, visitors will find both a wet and dry market, haggling vendors, foul scents and an authentic experience.
National Palace KL
Malaysia’s National Palace, called Istana Negara, is the home of the Malaysian monarch. Situated on a hill, the palace complex (which was just completed in 2011) is simply massive. Encompassing 28 acres, the palace has 22 domes – and on the grounds there is a pool, a six-hole golf course and indoor tennis courts.
At the grand gates, two soldiers of the Royal Malay Regiment stand guard. Visitors are not allowed past the entrance gates, but can get a good look at the palace from outside.
TREC (which stands for Taste, Relish, Experience, Celebrate) is hub of nightlife in KL. The entertainment hub features 11 clubs – including the popular Zouk KL.
Tour Kuala Lumpur
Our suggestions of what to see in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days covers the city’s top sights that are featured on many Kuala Lumpur sightseeing tours. However, hiring a KL tour guide can exponentially enhance your 3 days in KL.
KL Walking Tour
There are several Kuala Lumpur Walking Tours with professional guides who lead the way! You can book a half-day tour Kuala Lumpur in advance of your trip on Viator – or take a look at these tours in KL: City Bike Tour and KL Food Tour.
Kuala Lumpur Bus Tour
For a relaxing Kuala Lumpur local tour, hop on an air-conditioned bus to see the best sights of the city. Book it now!
Kuala Lumpur Day Tour From Airport
Have a long layover in KL? Get out of the airport and see the city sights! Hire a private guide to pick you up at the airport and show you the best of Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Day Trips
There are many KL day tour options for visitors who want to sightsee beyond the city limits. Consider one of these short trips from Kuala Lumpur to add to your Malaysia trip itinerary:
Historic Malacca – Learn the history and culture of the beautiful old port city, Malacca, on a full day trip from the city. Find out more!
Genting Highlands and Cable Car – Experience a day of entertainment in Genting Highlights, home to Southeast Asia’s longest cable car, a theme park, casino and more! Learn more about this trip!
Taman Negara Rainforest – After visiting Batu Caves, embark on a journey into the Taman Negara Rainforest, including walking in the treetop canopy, visiting a local village, a boat ride and lunch at a floating cafe. Book it now!
Kanching Waterfalls and Hot Springs – Start the day visiting Batu Caves then go off the beaten track to soak in the Selayang Hot Springs, eat a traditional Malaysian meal and end your half-day tour at the 7-tiered Kanching Waterfalls. Read the rave reviews!
Planning a Trip to Kuala Lumpur
We have outlined a perfect KL Itinerary for 3 days – and have shared tips on more of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur – but there is still more to do!
Travelers need to determine how many days for their trip, how to get there and where to stay in KL – and we have tips to help you plan the best Malaysia vacation.
As you make your Malaysia trip plans, you need to stay organized! Use our Travel Planning Printables to keep track pf all the details of your vacation to Malaysia!
How Many Days in Kuala Lumpur
When trying to figure out how many days to spend in Kuala Lumpur factor in the time you have, the sights you want to see, leisurely activities and your budget. Based on our outlined 3-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary here are a few ideas for a suggested itinerary for Kuala Lumpur for less time:
KL One Day Trip
Need a Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 1 day? Pick and choose from our suggestions of places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days – or skip on over to our 1 day in Kuala Lumpur post.
2 Days in Kuala Lumpur
If you are looking for the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days, the above Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia travel itinerary is a good place to start! With two days in Kuala Lumpur, we recommend (mostly) following the above Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for Day 1, then picking from the activities on Days 2 and 3 to create an itinerary of what to do in Kuala Lumpur on Day 2 based on your interests.
This is, personally, what our 2-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary would look like:
- Day 1: Batu Caves, Malls, Petronas Towers, Jalan Alor Food Street, Changkat Bukit Bintang Bars
- Day 2: KL Tower, EcoPark, Little India, Merdeka Square, Chinatown
4 Days in Kuala Lumpur (or more!)
With 4 days or even a week in Kuala Lumpur, you aren’t likely to run out of KL things to do! Use our 3-Day KL Itinerary outlined above then add some of the suggestions from More Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, a KL tour and a day trip or two!
With more time in the city, we would also highly recommend booking accommodations with a swimming pool for afternoons when you just want to chill.
More Destinations for your Malaysia Itinerary
Planning a trip to multiple destinations in Malaysia and the region? We’ve got your covered!
- Visiting Penang, Malaysia? Great! Get ready with our list of the Best Things To Do In Penang!
- Also visiting Johor Bahru? Read our detailed guide to JB!
- Heading over to Singapore as well? Use our Ultimate Singapore Itinerary!
Where To Stay in Kuala Lumpur
Choosing where to stay in KL is a monumental task. Not only is the city home to a range of hotels and holiday apartments, but travelers are also tasked with deciding which district to stay in.
Personally, we think the Bukit Bintang district is the best place to stay in KL. The district is within walking distance to many sights and attractions, but away from the crowds.
On our trip to Kuala Lumpur, we stayed in a fantastic Airbnb apartment – which was perfect for our stay! We found an apartment in a new apartment complex, which was well-located in the Bukit Bintang district.
The features that we liked best about the complex (and ones that we would look for in other accommodations) were an infinity pool on the 6th floor – and a jacuzzi pool on the 42nd floor rooftop deck (with incredible views of the KL Tower and Petronas Towers).
Pro Tip: Airbnb is not the only option for finding vacation rentals! Travelers can search Booking.com for holiday apartments, as well.
Kuala Lumpur Hotels
Travelers who would rather stay at one of the hotels in Kuala Lumpur have many choices. Top-rated hotels in Kuala Lumpur are the often-raved-about Traders Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Holiday Inn Express and 1000 Miles.
Getting to Kuala Lumpur
The Kuala Lumpur International Airport is a massive complex to the south of the city center. KLA for short, but uses the airport code KUL, is the home base for Malaysia Airlines as well as the top budget airline of SE Asia, Air Asia. Air Asia operates out of a dedicated terminal, KLA2.
What To Pack for Kuala Lumpur
Now that you are ready to go to Kuala Lumpur, it’s time to pack your bags! We are sharing a few packing essentials – but you can find all of our advice on our Packing Tips blog page. Also – get your FREE Packing Checklist here!
The Right Shoes
Kuala Lumpur is not an easy city to walk around – so it’s essential to have the right travel shoes! Don’t forget to pack a pair of lightweight and comfortable walking shoes for your trip. I (Sarah) have traveled with these shoes by Columbia and Reef. Kris prefers wearing these shoes by Merrell and Sanuk.
We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your trip. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos and is a great budget camera option).
KL Map and Guidebook
Malaysia Travel Insurance
We think travel insurance is essential! If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance for your trip, travel protected with World Nomads.
We want to know: What are your favorite things to do in KL? What would you add to our 3-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments!
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