The Top Sights of Kuala Lumpur and a Secret Tip

We’ve put together a travel guide, including all top sights of Kuala Lumpur. On top of that, we have a real secret tip: an excellent off-the-beaten-path jungle adventure near Malaysia’s capital.

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Kuala Lumpur (KL) is one of Southeast Asia’s biggest metropolises. Ethnic groups from all over the world, like Malay, Indian and Chinese melt together and shape the city’s flair. This guide will help you make the most out of your trip and navigate through bustling KL.

Whether it’s the delicious and cheap food from Little India or the emerging city center with skyscrapers, mosques and shopping malls that attract you – Kuala Lumpur has so much to offer!

Rainbow colored batu caves front temple
Temple in front of the Batu Caves

Before we start, we want to be completely honest with you guys:

Coming from Singapore, we have to admit that we were a bit disappointed about the city at first glance!

But:
The longer we’ve stayed in the capital of Malaysia (we have been there two times for a couple of nights), the more we got to like it.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

The main areas in Kuala Lumpur for hotels are Bukit Bintang and Brickfields. We recommend staying close to the city center because it will make it easy to reach the top sights of Kuala Lumpur in walking distance or with a short taxi ride.

We stayed in three different places in Kuala Lumpur and can recommend them all:

Luxury options (but with reasonable prices)

1. Lanson Place Bukit Bintang

This is our best hotel tip for KL:
The Lanson Place is a five-star hotel that offers surprisingly affordable apartments that will make you feel like home.

modern and elegant living room with comfortable beige couch and coffetable
The Lanson Place apartment with living room

See the rates and availability on booking.com!

Petronas Twin Towers and skyline of Kuala Lumpur during sunset with orange sky
View of the Petronas Towers from the Lanson Place

This is definitely our favorite recommendation for everybody who wants some comfort and is traveling as a couple, group or family.

The amazing view over the city center, the delicious breakfast buffet, the great facilities, a fully equipped kitchen for cooking and the friendly staff will make your stay unforgettable.

Modern and comfortable lounge and breakfast area with view of Petronas Twin Towers at the Lanson Place Hotel in Kuala Lumpur
Breakfast area of the Lanson Place

Read our full hotel review about the Lanson Place.

2. The Face Suites

The Face Suites is another five-star hotel, with an excellent location in the city center of KL.

The Petronas Towers and the Merdeka Square are within walking distance. The hotel has the most famous rooftop infinity pool in KL with a perfect view of the Petronas Towers. You can either stay at the hotel itself or at an Airbnb apartment in the same building.

Young European couple at the famous Photo Spot at infinity pool of the Face Suites Hotel with view of the Petronas Twin Towers
The Face Suites rooftop infinity pool

Check the rates and availability of the Face Suits on booking.com!

Solid budget option

Travel Hub Guesthouse

This is our choice for those who don’t need an infinity pool, but only a good place to sleep and a working WiFi. It is located in China Town, where you can easaly find cheap food and nice bars nearby.

Book your stay at Travel Hub Guesthouse on booking.com!

What to wear in Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia

This is for the ladies!

Note that Malaysia is a Muslim country and most women dress modestly.

Our experience in Kuala Lumpur was diverse. On the one hand, it seems to be fine with western clothing on the streets, but we made bad experiences with some random guys trying to take photos from Anni.

We were warned by another woman that those people might use it in inappropriate ways.

Girl in blue robe at the blue Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur
Anni in front of the Blue Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

When visiting the mosques and temples they normally provide modest clothing for you, but it may help wearing an appropriate outfit or having a scarf with you to cover shoulders and hair.

Our secret tip for Kuala Lumpur

City tours, jungle trekking, and waterfalls in Kuala Lumpur with “TOURME“!

Yes, exactly! Waterfalls and jungle tours in Kuala Lumpur! Seriously, this is our best tour-tip for Kuala Lumpur!

Before we start, we have to mention that we usually explore places by ourselves, because we love to travel independently.

During our 10 months trip in Southeast Asia, we have done two guided tours (including this one with Tourme).  First, we haven’t been sure whether we should do this waterfall tour – it simply wasn’t what we expected of our stay in KL.

But when we had a look on the different tour options we were absolutely excited by the extraordinary program. Liyana, the CEO and founder of Tourme, convinced us to give it a try and it was absolutely amazing!

Waterfall called "Fish Falls" in a jungle near to the center of Kuala Lumpur

Tourme’s Favorite waterfall tour: the Fish Falls

She knows it best!

At the time we have already seen most of the main tourist attractions of Kuala Lumpur, so we asked Liyana about her favorite tour of her home town. It turned out to be the “Fish Falls” trekking tour, so we did it!

Early in the morning we were picked up at our hotel and had a 30-minute ride to the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.

Dark tunnel on a jungle tour at Kuala Lumpur
Fish Falls trekking: Tunnel through the highway

The hike to the “Fish Falls” is an easy to medium hike – easy for young people and agile adults, medium for kids, elderly and unfit people.

There is no hidden fee or tax, nature only . On the way, you’ll cross a river multiple times and one highway through a tunnel which is quite an experience. In the end you will reach the beautiful waterfall with nibbling fishes in the pool below the falls (that’s why it is called “Fish Falls”).

Blonde girl swimming in the pool of a big waterfall called "Fish Falls" at Kuala Lumpur
Anni is enjoying the fresh water in the Fish Falls

Get your guide!

If you think of going alone, this is going to be very difficult. There are no signs, no official parking space nor a lot of people who can show you the right way. We definitely recommend going with a guide!

Top sights of Kuala Lumpur

A skyline of skyscrapers, multicultural modernity, street food, and temples – Kuala Lumpur is packed with highlights!

Petronas Towers – the symbol of Kuala Lumpur

Located in the center, the Petronas Towers are the symbol of Kuala Lumpur and are definitely a must-see for every tourist in KL. In the evening after sunset, the towers light up and are even more picturesque.

Skyline of Kuala Lumpur with the Petronas Towers during night
Petronas Towers by night

KLCC Park

KLCC Park is a 50-acre tropical landscaped green space in the city center adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC shopping center. The park also includes a 10.000m² man-made lake, which is called “Lake Symphony“. It consists of two fountains that shoot up 42 meters in the air during the daily “performances” at noon. Night shows start at 7 pm and repeat every half an hour until 10 pm. You can either watch it for free from the waterside or during dinner at one of the restaurants in the towers, like “Ben’s by BIG“.

Sultan Abdul Samad and Merdeka Square – Malaysia’s Independence

Merdeka Square is the place where the independence of Malaysia started. It is home to the gigantic Malaysian flag and a city park. Right in front of the Merdeka Square is the Sultan Abdul Samad. On the backside of the former courthouse, you can have a walk along the “River of Life“, and enjoy the view on the Masjid Jamek Mosque.

Thean Hou Temple – Southeast Asia’s largest Chinese Temple

Thean Hou Temple is located a few minutes outside the Bukit Bintang quarter. From the top of Southeast Asia’s largest Chinese temple, you can overlook the whole city. The entrance is free, so don’t hesitate to make your way there.

Colourful Chinese Temple called "Thean Hou" in red, yellow and orange at Kuala Lumpur
Thean Hou Temple

Little India – Dive into another world

Close to Thean Hou temple and KL Sentral, the city’s central railway station, Little India offers the city’s cheapest and best food (this is our opinion, we just love the Indian spices)!

Even if you don’t like Indian cuisine, the streets are filled with friendly people, loud Indian music, fruit shops, and good smells.

Wilayah Mosque – Istanbul in Malaysia

The architecture of the Wilayah Mosque is inspired by the Blue Mosque of Istanbul in Turkey.

Escape the crowds and cool down inside the mosque from the hot temperatures outside. There is a good chance for meeting only a handful of other tourists (we went in the late afternoon and shared the tour with two other people).

The mosque can only be visited with a guided tour (it’s free of charge!) and it takes around 45 minutes. They provide appropriate clothing for men and women, which have matching colors and look really nice on photos!

Beautiful blue Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur
Blue Wilayah Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves – Kuala Lumpur’s most famous Instagram spot

Get up early and take a grab car or the local bus to the north of KL to beat the crowds at the rainbow stairs at Batu Caves. If you want to enjoy the place without hundreds of other people you should arrive there at 7:30 – 8:00 AM. Over 270 colorful steps pass the large golden statue up the limestone hill.

Be aware of cheesy monkeys!

Rainbow stairs and golden statue in front of the Batu Caves

Eco-Forest – Canopy Walk

To be honest, we skipped the Eco-Forest during our stay but we feel like we can’t skip it in this blog post for the top sights of Kuala Lumpur

The Eco-Forest is a great chance to escape the hectic in the city and to have a relaxing walk on multiple hanging bridges through the forest.

The entrance is supposed to be free of charge.

Conclusion

We experienced KL as a huge metropolis with hot and humid temperatures but lots of things to discover. In our opinion, you should plan a multiple overnight stay to discover all top sights of Kuala Lumpur and maybe even go off-the-beaten-path for a jungle tour!

Have you already been to KL? Then let us know in the comments and share your top sights of Kuala Lumpur!

Do you plan to visit KL? Ask us anything you want to know!

In any case, leave us a comment, question or critics! We would love to get in contact with you!

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