Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, I am Helmi, your host and will be showing you what you can see and do near you.
I have conveniently suggested stuff to do by day, so this guide will be perfect for 3 days.
But first, let’s get the basics out of the way:
Necessities for you Stay
- Nearest Place to Eat:
- Nearest Convenience Store: Pasar Mini Superimas – Besides Vistana Corner.
- Nearest ATM, Money Changer, Grocery Store & Pharmacy: Berjaya Times Square.
- Nearest Train Stations:
- There are no Ubers. Download GrabCar. Click here If you need a local sim card.
Stuff that is Walking Distance or ~RM10 GrabCar Ride Away
Day 1 Evening – Celebrate your Arrival
- VCR Cafe – The nearest hipster cafe (2 min walk).
- Jalan Alor – the famous night street food market open all day every day starting at 6 PM. (10 min walk)
- Changkat Bukit Bintang – At the end of Jalan Alor, Changkat Bukit Bintang (locals call it Changkat) is the nightlife area of Kuala Lumpur.
- Helipad Bar – Rooftop bar. Get here around 7:30 PM to watch the sunset.
- Pavilion Mall – The bridge walkway to KLCC starts from here.
KLCC – The Landmark of Kuala Lumpur.
- Pahit Gin Bar – 2 min walk from Balkoni Hijau
Day 2 – Historical Sites of Kuala Lumpur
- Masjid Jamek & River or Life – The original KL mosque and refurbished river.
- Merdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Historical site.
- Central Market – Souvenirs and local arts.
- Petaling Street (Chinatown) – Take a stroll and shop for contraband.
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple – Hindu temple
- Merchant’s Lane & Chocha’s Foodstore – Refurbished cafes from a formerly abandoned brothel.
- PS150 – Speakeasy bar.
- Batu Caves – Hindu temple on top of a hill, inside a limestone cave.
- Eco Forest Park – Forest reserve in the middle of the city with a tree canopy walk.
- KL Tower – Look at the scenery of the city from the rotating observatory.
- Jalan Raja Chulan Restaurants and Bars – Relax after a long day with quality food and drinks.
- Kampung Baru – Nearest traditional Malay Village in the middle of the city
Day 4: A bit of Nature Parks
- Perdana Botanical Gardens – A big botanical park with many themes.
- Bird Park – Great to learn about tropical birds.
- Rebung Restaurant – Local celebrity chef restaurant
- Islamic Art Museum – Interesting Islamic art and history
- National Mosque – a unique architecture
- Tugu Negara – National monument
- Taman Tugu Negara – Brand new hidden hiking trail
Nice Neighborhoods ~RM25 GrabCar Ride Away
- Bangsar (Jalan Telawi) – More international crowd
- Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) – More affluent local crowd with Food trucks, cool bars and also a standup comedy club.
- Bukit Ampang – Overview of the KL city skyline. Come here for the view and relaxing vibe, not the food.
Wrapping it All Up
Hope this article and my video have been helpful to plan out your to-do’s in Kuala Lumpur.
If you need a more comprehensive article on what to do in Kuala Lumpur, check out my other article (coming soon).
Your Host, Helmi