Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, is a great springboard to explore South East Asia, with plenty of inexpensive flights to countless destinations in the region. But there is a lot to see and do on stop-overs in the city as well – from one of the most iconic buildings in Asia to shopping and delicious street food, there a plenty of Kuala Lumpur tourist sights to keep you busy! Find out my personal list of the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
You shouldn’t leave Kuala Lumpur without seeing the Petronas Towers. It’s one of the most recognizable buildings in Asia and a sight to behold. It’s beautiful from afar and it’s also a great place to get a great view over Kuala Lumpur. A unique feature is the skybridge connecting the two towers. It’s not a tour for the queasy, but certainly offers memorable views. If you are afraid of hights, you can always stay at ground level and enjoy the modern shopping mall at KLCC!
While much of Kuala Lumpur has been constructed in the last few decades, giving the city a modern look like most Asian capitals, it has maintained its historic roots. A trip to Merdaka Square, the place of independence celebrations, gives you some insights into the history of Malaysia. It’s also easy to combine it with a visit to the National Mosque to give you a broader perspective of what provides the backdrop for modern Kuala Lumpur!
If you’d like a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, you might want to consider a trip to the Batu Caves. It’s the most unusal of Kuala Lumpur’s top 10 attractions. A short train ride will take you to these impressive caves that are more than 400 million years old. But what makes them a tourist attraction is the most popular Hindu temple outside India that has been in the caves for more than 100 years!
But if you really want to understand a people, you have to watch them shop and eat! And there is no better place to do that than Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur Shopping Central. From luxury malls to local products and geeky gadget malls, there is everything you could need. And even better, fun food streets invite to an evening out with the smells and tastes of local cuisine!
With all these options, there is something for everybody to enjoy a few days in Kuala Lumpur. And if your feet hurt, make sure to book a hotel with a nice pool to rest in the sunny weather and enjoy your trip!