Kuala Lumpur is also known as KL is the capital of Malaysia. It is located in west-central Peninsular Malaysia with an area of 243 km2. Kuala Lumpur was founded in the year 1857 by Raja Abdullah and is the largest city in Malaysia to date. Kuala Lumpur is known for numerous landmarks and sky-high buildings. Many people visit Kuala Lumpur because this magnificent city has something to provide for anyone ranging from lifestyle, shopping, pristine beaches, vibrant food, and exuberant nightlife. Down below are the top 10 must-visit places in Kuala Lumpur to experience everything this city has to offer.
Village Park is the go-to place in KL if you are wondering what to eat for breakfast. This shop is famous for Malaysia’s most iconic dish which is Nasi Lemak. The shop is located in Damansara Utama (Uptown) and is constantly packed with people. Their Nasi Lemak has been enjoyed by many renowned people such as Tun Mahathir Mohamad the 4th and 7th prime minister of Malaysia and Datuk Lee Chong Wei former triple silver medalist at the Olympic Games. Their Nasi Lemak comes with a bowl of white fluffy rice, crispy fried anchovies and peanuts, and freshly cut cucumber. Their fried chicken is big with shatteringly crispy skin outside and juicy meat inside. The skin outside is marinated in a spiced batter which is flavoursome and has a subtle spice aroma. The sambal doesn’t overwhelm the dish by being too spicy, instead, it blends perfectly with the rice. Village Park Nasi Lemak is definitely a must-visit during the breakfast period because it will definitely start your day off perfectly.
Location: 5, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Time: Monday to Sunday (6.30 am - 5.30 pm)
Price: RM 10.40
National Zoo of Malaysia
The National Zoo of Malaysia was established on 14 November 1963 and is operating till now. With over 59 years of experience, the National Zoo of Malaysia contains 5137 specimens coming from 476 species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds. The Zoo also recently added two pandas from China with the name of Liang Liang and Xing Xing. There is a dedicated enclosure for these pandas fixed with proper air conditioning as well. Besides that, there are also penguins, lions, white tigers, elephants, and giraffes all kept in proper outdoor enclosures. If you are planning on going to the Zoo it is recommended to go during feeding time for these animals. That way you gain the most experience while in the Zoo. Information regarding the feeding time can be seen on the official website of the Zoo. Furthermore, the National Zoo of Malaysia has bird shows in the evening on selected days. Visitors can participate and interact with the birds during the show. Some highlights include feeding an eagle and playing with parrots. The zoo also has dedicated areas for eating such as the panda cafe. Going to the National Zoo of Malaysia will definitely be a worthy adventure. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella in case it rains.
Location: Jalan Taman Zooview, Taman Zooview, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Time: Monday to Sunday (9.00 am - 5.00 pm)
The Aquaria KLCC is an oceanarium situated underneath the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. It contains more than 5000 creatures that come from both land and water. This mesmerizing destination is ranked as one of the top 5 aquariums in the whole of Asia. One of its most iconic exhibits is a 90-meter-long underwater walkway filled with various marine life such as sharks, stingrays and turtles. Some of their star marine life creatures are tiger sharks, dangerous sea snakes, blue rays, and seahorses. By visiting this place not only will you be able to view so many beautiful marine life but you will also learn a lot about them. Another famous exhibit in the Aquaria KLCC is the touch pool where you will be able to touch many marine life like puffer fish and corals. The whole destination is sheltered and air-conditioned as well making it more calming and relaxing. If you are planning to visit this place it is recommended to go during the feeding time for the fish. Information regarding that can be taken from the official website. Some famous feeding shows are feeding sharks and piranhas where the professional staff will also tell you about the feeding habit of these sea creatures.
Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Time: Monday to Sunday (10.00 am - 7.00 pm)
KL Forest Eco Park
Suria KLCC is a 6-storey premium shopping mall located at the feet of the world-renowned Twin towers. It has a perfect blend of international shops and local shops giving the best experience of shopping for both local travelers and foreign travelers. Other notable brands that are present in Suria KLCC are Rolex, Coach, Tiffany & CO, and Calvin Klein. It also holds the largest bookstore in Malaysia that is known as Kinokuniya Book Store. There is also a massive food court on Level 2 that serves various cuisine of food ranging from Thai, Indian, Chinese and Italian. The food sold there is relatively cheap and of good quality. There are also restaurants that offer fine dining experiences in the mall as well. When you come out of the mall you would be able to see the 1483 feet tall twin tower which is a breathtaking view. In the front you have the KLCC Park where you can walk around and enjoy the water show in the night. Overall Suria KLCC is a place to shop and relax. It is advised to take an E-hailing service to the mall because the parking fee is pretty pricey.
Location: 241, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Time: Monday to Sunday (10.00 am - 10.00 pm)
Price: Depends on your activity
Formerly known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, KL Forest Eco Park is the only park styled in a tropical rainforest manner in Kuala Lumpur. With an area of 9-hectare, this park is also the oldest reserved forest in Malaysia. It is well maintained and taken care making the terrain easy to navigate. The most famous piece in this park is the canopy walk that gives you a stunning view of the forest from a bird’s eye perspective. The canopy walk is about 200 meters in length and is considered to be the most Instagram-worthy spot for a picture. The peaceful surroundings filled with birds chirping and wind blowing will cover the fact that you are in the middle of the city. There is also a Herbal garden in the park where you can learn about natural herbs. The park also has footpaths for joggers and natural trails for adrenaline junkies. So if you are going to bring along your sports gears and make sure to check the weather.
Location : Lot 240, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Kewangan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Time: Monday - Sunday (8.00 am - 3.00 pm)
Price: Free for Malaysians. Rm 40 for foreigners
Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Founded in the year 1888 by Yap Ah Loy, this market started off as a wet market and slowly progressed into a tourist destination thanks to its iconic attractions that delight tourists. Central Market has a treasure trove of activities to do and many mouth-watering foods to eat. Whether it's on the inside or outside it is just a great place to explore. It has more than 350 shops and kiosks that sell handcrafted items, batik, and souvenirs. They also have delicious foods that is cooked by locals. It is considered to be a destination where a person can truly sense Malaysia using all their 5 senses. The place is usually filled with art and authentic relics. Some must-try activities here are DIY Batik Painting, Illusion 3D Art Museum, and Henna Art which is a plant-based temporary tattoo that washes off in less than 2 weeks. No needles are used so it’s definitely a must-try experience.
Location: Lot 3.04-3.06, 06, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Time: Monday - Sunday (10.00 am - 6.00 pm)
Price: Free Entrance
KL Bird Park
KL Bird Park is a must-visit destination because it contains more than 3000 species of birds that are roaming around freely within a well-landscaped park. It is the world's largest free-flight, walk-in aviary and is also declared an eco-tourism park in Malaysia. The chirping sound of birds and the sound of their wings flapping would definitely put you in awe. Some birds are so vibrant in color that when you take a picture, it instantly becomes a wonderful wallpaper. When coming to this park make sure to bring along your cameras because you would be able to capture so many pictures of spectacular birds in this tropical paradise. Moreover, they also have feedings shows and bird shows where they perform tricks for the audience present. They also have a huge lake which you can get a boat ride to explore. These activities alone would make this place worth visiting.
Location: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Time: Monday - Sunday (9.00 am - 6.00 pm)
Sunway Lagoon Malaysia
Sunway Lagoon Malaysia is a theme park that spans 88 acres. It is known to be the one-stop destination for adventure and fun with over 90 rides. The theme park consists of Water Park, Amusement park, Wildlife Park, Extreme Park, and Asia’s 1st Nickelodeon Themed Land Park. During the evening there would also be a mini rave party in their water park which is a must-try activity. The water park contains swimming pools, water slides, and splash pads as well as lazy rivers. They also have flying foxes and bungee jumping in their extreme park. During the month of October, the whole theme park is converted into a horror park filled with zombies and clowns that would give you Halloween vibes. If you are ever in Kuala Lumpur during the month of October this activity is a must-try. While you are in Sunway Lagoon you would definitely enjoy yourself because the fun there is non-stop.
Location: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Time: Wednesday- Sunday (10.00 am - 6.00 pm)
Kidzania is a learning and entertainment environment for kids from the age of 4 to 17 in an 80,000 sq. scaled replica of the real world. Here kids would role-play as working adults and earn money as they complete their job tasks. The kids would be trained for the jobs they are role-playing in and would be given kidzania-themed money as a reward. They can use this money to purchase items from the gift shop. Some example of jobs that these kids would learn is becoming a chef, a pilot, and a doctor. This place is a must-visit if you are here with kids. The experience they would gain is really valuable. The activities here are really immersive and knowledgeable.
Location: Curve Nx, 18, Jalan PJU 7/5, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Time: Wednesday - Sunday ( 10.00 am - 6.00 pm )
Pavilion Mall Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is an ever-growing city that changes constantly as time passes by. You would always be surprised by what this city has to offer. When exploring Kuala Lumpur it is recommended to start by going on the KL Hop On Hop Off bus as it allows you to stop and visit the best places in KL. It is a double-decker bus that comes with English audio commentary that will explain the history and culture of Kuala Lumpur. To get cheaper and discounted tickets when visiting these places it is recommended to ask our drivers or check out other sites such as https://www.klook.com/en-MY/ to get cheaper and better ticket prices. While exploring make sure to take pictures because this city is growing rapidly every day.