You might consider to visit this city. Therefore, you might be asking yourself whether it is worth visiting Kuala Lumpur. And for what reasons. Let me tell you very briefly what I have found out about KL (abbreviation for the city, colloquial language).

After strolling two months through Thailand and with my Visa almost being used up, I needed a new destination. At that time I was craving somehow to dance. I am dancing Kizomba, an Angolan Dance, you must know. I found an event in Malaysia. As a result, I booked two tickets. One to INFINITY, a 36-hours dancing event, second a flight ticket to KL, where it was happening. There I was.

I came back to KL several times and here is what imho you have to know first hand about the city.

In a Nutshell

As the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is divided into numerous districts. And each of the districts has its own charm. Many attractions waiting to be visited. Further, you can find natural habitats in and around the city. In your researches about KL you might heard of „the Golden Triangle“. This is the name for the main commercial part of the city comprising the area around Bukit Bintang, but as talking about the commercial districts, KLCC and Chinatown can be considered here, too. In detail, the Triangle is formed by three streets, which are Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Raja Chulan.

The Golden Triangle is the heart of Kuala Lumpur:

Bukit Bintang is Kuala Lumpur’s busiest district. Here you can find all kind of entertainment. From fanciest Malls to affordable retailer stores you have all variations. This area is just fun and for any budget level. By telling you this, the question “Is Kuala Lumpur worht visiting” is already answered thoroughly, I believe. Daily live street performances, indoor theme parks and idyllic cafés make this place outstanding. Hence, you will love to stay in this vivid area. Choose your hotel or hostel accordingly to your budget as well. You may want to follow this link of Booking.com accomodations at Bukit Bintang >>>

Chinatown is the place for budget travelers, perfect for those who want to stay near transportation systems such as LRT, KL Train Station and the Bus hub, for instance. The oldest and most famous temple (Sri Mahamariamman Temple) is right in front of Petaling Street (Chinatown’s Market Street). Here you can find very clean, not too fancy yet affordable budget Hotels. The cheapest and best dorm hostels are in this area. Check out this list for Hostel and Hotel offers. Choosing Chinatown you will have many places to visit at your doorstep and cheap yet delicious street food as well.

KLCC is the iconic and core city within the city. Here you find the tallest twin towers of planet earth, the Petronas Twin Towers. And please, if you visit the towers, don’t forget to step into KLCC Park which has a jogging path, playground for children, swimmingpool and many little pavilions with benches to enjoy surrounged by calm green parks. In addition, the view on the towers is a more beautiful one from this side, just saying. If you come here after sunset you can enjoy a music water lightshow, too.

Alone the “Golden Triangle” of Kuala Lumpur makes this city definetely worth visiting. Subscribe to my Newsletter and keep informed about the places I visit. It’s worth it.

Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur - copyright©openstreetmap.org - edited by EFETACK.com
Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur – copyright©openstreetmap.org – edited by EFETACK.com

I stayed in Chinatown, since I liked the quick and easy transport from and to the airport. In this area I can recommend the following:

DormsKL2 – a clean hostel, cozy hostel, Highlight: Hot Rain Showers

Step Inn Guesthouse – a quiter hostel, very friendly atmosphere

Step inn too – party hostel, Highlight: Drinking games, Happy Hours

Hotel Chinatown 2 – clean & cozy hotel, Highlight: View from above to Petaling Street, the heart of Chinatown


Places to see:


The KL Tower

With a height of 421 meters the Menara KL Tower is definitely an attracting landmark in Malaysia. There is even an annual BASE Jump event over four days. In case you’re an adrenaline junkie, check this one out. Or just enjoy the view from above onto the city skylines. The entry to the observation deck is USD11 per adult at the time of this blogpost.

The Petronas Twin Towers

This is probably the most visited tourist attraction here in the city. The towers are the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers. There is a huge glamorous mall including fancy stores, restaurants and a very modern supermarket. Therein you have a wide range of healthy food offers at affordable prices. Click here if you want to stay around the towers >>>

Batu Caves

North of Kuala Lumpur – you shouldn’t miss this magical place with its reainbow stairs, temples, ceremonies and caves.

Jalan Alor

Bukit Bintang – must-visit!! This is the famous Food-Street in Malaysia, the biggest variety of the local cuisine.

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Ministry of Information, previously colonial British Administration.

Aquaria

KLCC – Marine Life, amazing underwater tunnel, corels, predators, sea creatures of all kinds.

Central Market

Chinatown – art stores, handcrafts outlets, carvings, sculptures, souvenirs, restaurants, cultural must visit.

Perdana Botanical Gardens

Lake Garden – Large collectoin of flowers, Birdpark which I didn’t and don’t recommend to visit, but the butterfly farm is ok, take your time to stroll around.

Islamic Arts Museum

In Perdana Botanical Garden.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Located at Jin Tun HS Lee.

Little India or Brickfields

Near Bangsar, not far from KL Sentral Station.

Merdeka Square at night

Take a photo of the Abdul Samad Building with gigantic illumination.

Taman Negara

Popular attraction around Kuala Lumpur, Canoing through the 130 million years old rainforest.


Definitely, each attraction can have an entire standalone blogpost with many more details, but due to my available time I will list you the attractions I visited so far, plus additional ones.


So, is Kuala Lumpur worth visiting?

My answer is “YES”. The above mentioned places are considered as the hotspots of KL. If you want to suggest further places or atrractions or even secret corners, please let me know in the comments. I will gladly work it out and update this list. Thank you for switching in and visiting my blog. Whether you want to know about other cities like Jakarta, my Island Travel Adventures or overall about my experiences, stay tuned and bookmark my website in your browser. And if you see a Newsletter box, just add your email to be updated on future posts … 😉

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2 Responses

  1. Christina says:

    Kuala Lumpur is an amazing country, I love to be there.
    People are friendly and they have amazing foods.
    Everything is pretty much than in the US.

    You wrote a good guide by the way and photos are mind-blowing.

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