Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Perfect 3-Day Travel Itinerary
June 6, 2019
by Yana Myalo
Kuala Lumpur – a city that combines seemingly incompatible. Most of the population here is made up of three cultures – Malays, Chinese and Hindus – and three religions – Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Most admiringly, the representatives of these three groups live completely peacefully, and each group has its own laws at the government level! The city is clean, calm and very quiet – despite the many tourists and the status of the capital.
In short trips, I prefer to see the best in the city, understand its atmosphere, mood, feel its people, catch the so-called “vibe”. Now I share a list of attractions and places that must be visited to enjoy the city, but not get tired of it. Believe me, you will fall in love completely and irrevocably!
Day 1 in Kuala Lumpur: Merdeka Square, KL Gallery, Central Market
Tip: stay in the KLCC area – the city center, all major places can be reached on foot.
Personal recommendation: Stay in an apartment hotel, for example, in Face Suites or Garden Studio. Typically, such complexes have access to the Sky Pool – a rooftop pool with an amazing view. In the evening you can enjoy a glass of something cold, relaxing and watching the city fall asleep.
Start your acquaintance with the city from its history. Walk to Merdeka Square – overlooking the entire series of historic buildings from the colonial past of Kuala Lumpur. Some of them have become museums and are open to the public, while others are offices of state institutions. It is not so important what is inside, the outside architecture will not leave you indifferent.
Right on the square is the KL Gallery – perhaps an inconspicuous building, but definitely worth a visit. Inside – rooms with a photo history of Kuala Lumpur, on the second floor are the main city symbols in miniatures, as well as a room in which they launch a light show on the layout of the city. Impressive!
On the ground floor, there is a souvenir shop and a small cafe with local and popular desserts. Durian Pancake cake – must-try! By the way, this fruit grows in Malaysia, here you can find ice cream, soap, and cakes made from this fragrant fellow. If you have never tasted durian or you were scared off by the smell, give it a chance here in Kuala Lumpur. Even the most ardent opponents lose their heads!
The entrance to the gallery – 10 ringgit per person, will also give you a coupon for 5 ringgit, which can be spent in a souvenir shop or in a cafe – a good marketing move!
After the dessert, walk to the Central Market, which is popular among both locals and tourists. It is 5-7 minutes walk from Merdeka Square. Here you can buy everything – souvenirs, jewelry, clothes, bags. And also find lots of tasty food. My recommendation – Yusoof dan Zakhir – a very simple cafe, but with amazingly tasty and budget Indian cuisine! The menu throughout the day is different, some dishes are only available for breakfast/dinner.
Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur: Menara KL, Batu Caves and Petronas
After a leisurely breakfast, visit the Kuala Lumpur Tower or the Menara KL – entrance 105 ringgit – a fascinating view of the entire city from a height of 421 m. I advise you to visit this place in the morning – so you can avoid crowds of tourists.
After that, catch a taxi or take a train to the Batu caves – entrance is free, the train ride will cost you just a couple of ringgits, and a taxi from the center will cost around 30-35 ringgits. Need to overcome 272 “steps to heaven.” There is a Hindu temple inside. Starting from the foot to the very top, you will be accompanied by a crowd of monkeys. These dodgers are not afraid of anything and are happy to take away your water, ice cream or nuts.
And for the dessert – stroll slowly to the famous Petronas Towers – they are impressive! You can first visit the bridge between the towers, and then forward to the observation platform on the steeple. It is better to go closer to the evening because the towers look more impressive from the outside, and if you decide to go upstairs, the view of the evening capital will definitely delight you. There are always a lot of both local and foreign tourists. Tickets can be bought online. The advantages are a passage without queues and a 100% chance that you can visit the towers on the desired day, as there is a quota for the day – 1500 tickets (online and offline). On the site of buying tickets, it is indicated how many more free places there are on the desired day. You choose the time of the tour, pay a little more than $ 20 per person and get your tickets delivered directly to the hotel.
Day 3 in Kuala Lumpur: Mosques, China Town and Indian Quarter
On the third day, enjoy the culture of the three main nationalities of Malaysia. Start with Muslim culture, walk to the Majid Jamek and National Mosque mosques. The entrance to the mosque is free. During the Ramadan, they work only from 10 to 12 o’clock in the afternoon. They let everyone in, but you need to put on an abaya at the entrance – they rent it for free. If you arrive not at a Muslim holy month, then you can enter at any time until the evening, except for the time of prayers.
Take a taxi and go to the China town – here you can find a large number of Chinese cafes and restaurants, tea, massage parlors offering traditional Chinese massage. I advise lovers of antiques and interesting finds to visit Petaling Street – the flea market – it is bigger than the Central Market, so you will not leave this place without shopping.
After Chinatown, head for the Indian quarter. Along the way, be sure to visit the small Hindu temple Sri Maha Mariamman Temple – let everyone in, free admission, but you need to take off your shoes.
And then you get to Little India – the market of Indian goods. The smell of spices, masala, posters with Bollywood stars, cheerful Indian music – all this will immerse you in the real atmosphere of India so that you even forget that you are in Malaysia. Want to buy a new sari or are you a fan of incense? Then you’re right at the address.
Kuala Lumpur is a mix of cultures, people, religions, stories. Here you forget about all the differences and enjoy the smell of Indian spices, loud disputes of Chinese old people in the local tea house and the incredible beauty of the sounds of prayers from mosques. The desire to plunge into this mix will not leave you for a long time, and you will come back again and again.