What are some of the must-see attractions in Malaysia? – one of the most common questions people ask me ever since I returned from Malaysia after studying there for almost two years). I used to love walking around discovering different places, experiencing the hustle-bustle of locals and tourists alike, or just sipping coffee and working in a quiet café. Of course, when on vacation, you would have just a few days to explore the country. Studying there for about two years, even I wasn’t able to see the whole of Malaysia, just Kuala Lumpur, and nearby areas. But hey! I can still recommend the must-see attractions in KL. Let’s get started.
1. Petronas TowersIf you don’t see the famous twin towers, your trip wouldn’t be complete. This incredible architecture is usually the first thing people go to see in Kuala Lumpur. I would recommend going there at night. The lights of the towers are mesmerizing, and the dancing fountain looks beautiful. You can also roam around the KLCC mall; there is a lot to do there too. There are two food courts there, aside from different cafés and eateries, a cinema, an art gallery, and a lot more exciting places inside. There is also an observation deck (the bridge between the two towers) where people can go and witness the breathtaking view of the city. Aquaria KLCC is also another attraction you don’t want to miss. It is hardly a 1-minute walking distance away from the mall. The ticket is RM 80 per person. Make sure you check the operating hours and book your tickets in advance if you are planning to go to the observation deck.
2. Batu CavesThis is one of my favorite places in Malaysia. A Hindu temple which is inside a cave, which is around 100 years old – of course, you have to see it! But, there are A LOT of steps to climb to reach the temple inside the cave. Make sure you don’t take any food with you while climbing the stairs because many monkeys are roaming around, and they WILL snatch the food from you. Remember to take water bottles with you as you will need them after climbing 270-something stairs. There’s no fee to visit the temples. Note: Dress appropriately, since you are visiting a place of worship. They do offer scarves at the entrance, but it is always better to take your own. You can also take a guided tour of the caves. Wait, let me rephrase this: you MUST take a guided tour of the caves. The cost is RM 35 per person and is about 45 minutes long. The guide will take you inside the caves to explore. I loved every minute of it!
3. Sunway Lagoon Theme ParkIf you love amusement parks, then this is the place to be. It has five different zones – the Water Park, Scream Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, and Wildlife Park. The timings are from 10 am to 6 pm, and the ticket is RM 150 per person. The ticket includes entry to all the five parks, rides, and activities all day long, except for Bungy Jump, G-Force X, and Go Kart (you will have to pay more for these rides). Here’s a tip: Go on a Tuesday, and you would only have to pay RM 62 per person! They have different deals and packages. Check their website to see which package suits you. I bet you can find a good deal! Make sure you go as early as possible, so you have plenty of time to spend there.
4. Sunway Pyramid MallThis mall was our usual hangout spot, being close to our university. It is a massive mall with branded shops, an ice skating ring, karaoke place, spas, bookstores, and a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, fast food, snacks, etc. I actually got lost in the mall during my first few visits! Fortunately, they have digital screens placed around the mall to guide the customers about the facilities available in the mall.
5. KL City GalleryThe Kuala Lumpur City Gallery narrates the story of KL city through miniatures, prints, and photos. The entrance is free, but the charges to see The Spectacular City Model Show are only RM 10 per person. They also arrange a DIY workshop where you can learn to make your own miniature art pieces.
6. Aquaria KLCCPeople often write this place off as a tourist trap, as did I, but I am sure glad I finally gave in. You will surely be awestruck as you travel through the walk-through tunnel surrounded by colorful fishes and other sea creatures. There are more than 5,000 marine and freshwater creatures in the massive tanks waiting to be explored. Set aside a few hours for Aquaria KLCC because there is so much to see here. The standard adult ticket here is RM 69.
7. Bird ParkThis park is home to more than 3,000 spectacular foreign and local birds located in a scenic and serene Perdana Botanical Gardens. You will be enthralled by the stunning birds flying around, including hornbills, hawk eagles, and more. The ticket for one adult is RM 63.
8. Some More Malls to VisitAlmost all the malls in KL have various fun activities, book stores, and countless food options to explore.
- Time Square Mall
- 1 Utama
- Mid Valley Megamall
- Pavilion Mall
- Chinatown – This isn’t a mall but more like a bazaar. It is an excellent place to shop for souvenirs at affordable prices, and this is a place where you can haggle with the shopkeepers
- Little India – It is similar to Chinatown but more centered around food stalls and shops