Mini itineraries: Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s cultured capital Kuala Lumpur will keep you busy with its attractions including cultural landmarks, mega malls, peaceful temples, buzzing markets, restaurants, cafés and bars, and a vibrant nightlife…


Don’t miss the Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest pair of towers in the world (a lofty 88 stories high, to be precise). Do visit the street art along the Klang River Banks with amazing murals decorating the walls along the river en route to the Central Market.


Pick up gifts for the folks back home (or yourself) at Pavilion KL, a vast shopping mall that’s open from 10am until 10pm. Unwind in the green and grassy Merdeka Square, decorated with water features and surrounded by important historic buildings. Spend a few hours here chilling out, picnicking or sunbathing. Forget watching TV, go and watch the fireflies twinkling at night in a little fishing town, Kuala Selangor, just outside the city. You’ll hop on a river boat (roughly MYR40 for four people) and float silently down the river, admiring millions of fireflies in the bushes. Combine this with a riverside dinner. Visit the School of Hard Knocks at Royal Selangor and learn all about the art of pewtersmithing – how items ranging from household products to works of art are created. Go on a day tour of the historical city of Melaka, a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur.


The Bangsar Sunday Market is open from 1pm until 9pm. This weekly market plays host to loads of authentic Malaysian food stalls, including dim sum shacks, traditional putu bambu (rice flour with pandan) stalls and noodle houses. You’ll be wowed by the variety of noodles alone; choose from assam laksa, chee cheong fun, char kway teow and more. For the best satay in town, visit Zaini Satay, Stall no. 5 in Ampang, open from 6pm until 11.30pm. Get there early as this popular stall closes as soon as the meat runs out. Restaurant Sambal Hijau at Kampung Sungai Penchala serves authentic Malay food, buffet-style, with an impressive array of 50-plus dishes to choose from. Don’t miss the gulai daging (beef curry).

Fly to Malaysia from US gateways (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York) via Singapore with Singapore Airlines, from just $740* in Economy class.

Discover Malaysia in the following articles:

Welcome to Malaysia

Beaches and Islands in Malaysia

Adventure and Nature

What to eat in Malaysia

Mini Itinerary: Langkawi Island

Mini Itinerary: Kuala Lumpur

Mini Itinerary: Kuching

Mini Itinerary: Kota Kinabalu

Mini Itinerary: Penang

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