Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and is known as the Garden City of Lights. It’s a sprawling metropolis and a gateway to the rest of Asia, with approximately 50 million passengers passing through it’s airport each year.
There is so much to do and see in this amazing city that 2 days just wouldn’t be enough. But if that’s all the time you’ve got to see Kuala Lumpur, check out this 48 hour itinerary to make sure you see the best KL has to offer.
Day 1 – arrive in kuala lumpur
Early afternoon and you’ve arrived in Kuala Lumpur; Drop your luggage off at your hotel/hostel and get out to see the city. What better place to start than where it all began?! A few minutes from the road from where Kuala Lumpur was established, you’ll find Merderka (Independence) Square, one of the best known landmarks in KL. The square is surrounded by beautiful architecture from the city’s colonial past. Take some time to enjoy the surroundings and read the info boards.
Feeling hungry? Head over to Jalan Alor for a truly Malaysian food experience. The street is lined with hawker food stalls selling so many varieties of food you’ll want to revisit.
In the evening make your way to KLCC to see what everyone comes to see: The Petronas Towers. Get your camera ready to capture those Instagram-worthy photos of the Malaysian Twin Towers which we think look way better at night. If you want a bird’s eye view of the city by night, why not book a tour for just MYR85 per adult, approximately £15 or $19.
day 2 – full day to explore
Start the day nice and early. Grab some breakfast at your hotel/hostel, jump on the train and head to Batu Caves. Just 11km north of the city, this limestone outcrop consists of three big caves containing Hindu shrines and temples. A great opportunity to find out more about one of Malaysia’s main religions and grab some awesome photos. Warning: the steep 272 stair climb is not the faint-hearted and make sure you wear appropriate clothing.
After an hour or so, head back to the city. Pay a visit to the beautiful and peaceful Botannical Gardens and enjoy some down time.
Now to grab some lunch; Head to the trendy Burkit Bintang area of KL for some healthy but delicious vegetarian food. Simple Life, located on the 2nd floor of the Lot 10 shopping mall serves amazingly fragrant and tasty meals which are organic, natural and nutritious. From noodle and rice dishes, to set menu hot pots and salads
The rest of the your afternoon will be taken up exploring the Berjaya Times Square mall. If there’s one thing there is no shortage of in Malaysia, it’s shopping malls. Times Square is a behemoth. Based over 10 floors containing hundreds of shops, food outlets, a multi-screen cinema, a 48 lane bowling alley, an Escape Room and Malaysia’s largest indoor theme park suitable for the whole family, there is no end of entertainment.
Having exhausted yourself traipsing round a mall, head back to your hotel/hostel for a quick rest and a shower. Put your glad rags on and head back out to Burkit Bintang and find Jalan Ceylon. Pick a table order some drinks and some food and party the night away!
Day 3 – last chance to see the sights
Hopefully you’re not all “shopped-out” yet. There are still two places you should definitely visit whilst you can in Kuala Lumpur. Head to Central Market to pick up some authentic Malaysian souvenirs. This is an indoor market with shops across two floors. There are also some stalls along the street outside.
No visit to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without hitting up Petaling Street. At the heart of China Town this street is lined with shops, market stalls, cafes and hostels. The goods on offer may not be 100% authentic, but you can definitely grab a bargain or two! There is also plenty of stalls offering hot and cold food so you can grab an early lunch or late breakfast.
Have you been to Kuala Lumpur? What was your favourite thing to do? Do you think we missed off any “must-do’s”? Get in touch in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.