Welcome to Balkoni Hijau – Things to See Near You

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

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
Jalan Alor at night only a 10 min walk away from you
View from the Helipad Bar – waiting for the sunset
Entrance of Pahit Gin Bar, 2 min walk from Balkoni Hijau

Day 2 – Historical Sites of Kuala Lumpur

  1. Masjid Jamek & River or Life – The original KL mosque and refurbished river.
  2. Merdeka Square & Sultan Abdul Samad Building – Historical site.
  3. Central Market – Souvenirs and local arts.
  4. Petaling Street (Chinatown) – Take a stroll and shop for contraband.
  5. Sri Mahamariamman Temple – Hindu temple
  6. Merchant’s Lane & Chocha’s Foodstore – Refurbished cafes from a formerly abandoned brothel.
  7. PS150 – Speakeasy bar.
River of Life light and fog show
Merdeka Square with Sultan Abdul Samad Building
National Textile Museum
Central Market for souvenirs
Arts and crafts at Central Market
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Hipster Chocha Foodstore
Hipster Merchant’s Lane Cafe
Having a great social time with my guests from the UK at PS150 bar

Day 3:

  1. Batu Caves – Hindu temple on top of a hill, inside a limestone cave.
  2. Eco Forest Park – Forest reserve in the middle of the city with a tree canopy walk.
  3. KL Tower – Look at the scenery of the city from the rotating observatory.
  4. Jalan Raja Chulan Restaurants and Bars – Relax after a long day with quality food and drinks.
  5. Kampung Baru – Nearest traditional Malay Village in the middle of the city
Free Tree Canopy Walk at KL Eco Park
Old Malay house architectures in Kampung Baru

Day 4: A bit of Nature Parks

Islamic Art Museum
Taman Tugu Park

Nice Neighborhoods ~RM25 GrabCar Ride Away

  1. Bangsar (Jalan Telawi) – More international crowd
  2. Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI) – More affluent local crowd with Food trucks, cool bars and also a standup comedy club.
  3. Bukit Ampang – Overview of the KL city skyline. Come here for the view and relaxing vibe, not the food.
Comedy Crackhouse, TTDI
View from the top of Bukit Ampang

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

Helmi Hasan

Hi, I'm Helmi Hasan, the founder, and writer for the personal finance blog, Balkoni Hijau. Read more in the 'About Me' page or follow me on Twitter.

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