Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of incredible food, cultures, glittering skylines and much more. It was our second time we visited it and we had a totally different experience from the first time we landed at Kuala Lumpur – Shopping Oasis.
Believe us, there’s more to this urban mecca than meets the eye. That’s why we decided to put this list together to help you decide what to do when visiting this cosmopolitan city.
1. Make the best Instagram shot of Petronas Twin Towers
Who doesn’t want to make a good picture of this amazing piece of architecture? Petronas Twin Towers is one of the iconic symbols of Kuala Lumpur and the entrance fee is pricey (around 20 euros), so instead of going up and ruin your travel budget, wander around the area. You will find great spots to get that Instagram photo you always wanted before visiting KL.
2. Buy your souvenirs in Chinatown
Chinatown located at Petaling Street is well-known as a bargain hunter’s paradise, where you will find all sorts of stuff to buy as souvenirs. During the night, this area transforms into a bustling and vivacious night market, filled with a lot of stalls offering a wide variety of goods at cheap prices.
– Train your bargain skills before going.
3. Take a train to Batu Caves
Batu Caves, one of the major Hindu Shrines around the world are approximately 11 km away from the city center. This major tourist attraction of Malaysia is well connected by train.
Batu Caves are free of charge and the train leaves you right next to it.
The trains leave from KL Sentral every half an hour and cost just 4 MYR round trip ($1.25 US).
Journey Duration (Length) from KL Sentral to Batu Caves Station: 26 minutes. Opening Hours: Daily: 06:00 – 21:00
– Go early in the morning to avoid crowds and to have time to explore all the caves.
– If you are staying on the same line as Batu Caves there is no need to go to KL Sentral
– If you decide to go by bus take Intrakota bus No 11D from the Central Market or the Cityliner bus No 69 at Jalan Pudu.
4. Make a stop at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building has a style of architecture totally different from Petronas Twin towers and is also very impressive to see. It was constructed entirely of brick, features strong gothic, western and Moorish-style influences with an imposing porch, decorative arches, curved colonnades topped with gleaming copper cupolas and an imperious clock tower.
– The nearest LRT station is Masjid Jamek station (10 minutes walk)
5. Stay at Ambassador Row Hotel Suites
The Ambassador Row Hotel Suites by Lanson Place it’s a cozy hotel located just a few minutes drive from the city center, which makes it a perfect central location away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur. You will find several restaurants and a supermarket a few steps away, however, there is also a mini market inside the hotel on the ground floor.
Their breakfast buffet offers diverse food, from typical Malaysian cuisine to continental dishes.
If you are traveling and working at the same time it can be the best choice for you. The suite we stayed in had a living room, a bedroom, and an office. The rooms are big and with a lot of light (we had 3 balconies), washing machine & kitchen.
– The hotel provides a free bus to the city center during the day.