Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia is counted amongst the mega cities of the world with millions of tourist annually. It won’t be wrong to say that Kuala Lumpur is a visually stunning city. Huge buildings, excellent restaurants, cafes, lavish shopping malls, diverse cultures, history, Kuala Lumpur has it all. Whether you are a teenager or an old men, there is something for all the people in Kuala Lumpur.
I was in Kuala Lumpur for 1 week out of the 2 weeks I spent in Malaysia. In this one week, I got the opportunity to see the whole city and enjoy every moment of it. According to my experience in Kuala Lumpur, I am sharing my top 5 things to do in Kuala Lumpur list. Mind you, I am not interested in cultural sites/museums so I haven’t mentioned them in my list, but there are few places which you should check out if you are fan of museums and cultural sites.
1) Bukit Bintang
On my list the number 1 is Bukit Bintang, the Times Square of Malaysia as I like to say it. Having been to Times Square in New York City, I think Bukit Bintang resembles alot to Times Square. Luckily my hotel (Radius International) was just 2 minutes walk from Bukit Bintang so I spent lots of time there specially because it had the nearest monorail station to my hotel.
Bukit Bintang is one of the most liveliest place in Kuala Lumpur where you can spend hours without getting bored. It is filled with amazing restaurants, flashy neon signs and billboards, bars, shops, cafes, street performers. In the busy hours, it can get very crowded. Also be ready for long queues in fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC. The only thing I don’t like about Bukit Bintang is that many unwanted people (scammers, marketers, pimps) approach you specially if you are single traveler just like me.
2) Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers, usually referred to as Twin Towers, is visually attractive and worth a see whether it is night time or day time. Once it used to be the tallest tower in the world but it was surpassed by Taipei 101. Now it is the tallest “twin tower” in the world. Don’t forget to go the observation deck on the bridge connecting the two towers to get a fantastic view of the marvelous city of Kuala Lumpur. Also near the Towers is a great fountain where you can spend quality time and flash pictures of yourself beneath Petronas Tower.
3) KL Tower
KL Menara Tower is one of the tallest tower in the South East Asian region. Despite being shorter than Petronas Tower, it has the highest observation deck in Malaysia (higher than Petronas Sky Bridge). At the the observation deck, you can get a 360 degree view of the whole city. If you are a big fan of heights like me, then this is a must for you.
4) Chinatown (Petaling Street)
Kuala Lumpur has a significant population of Chinese people (approx 45%). Like every other major city in the world, Kuala Lumpur has its own China Town. If I was to describe the place in 3 words, it would be “colourful”, “noisy” and “entertaining”. There are thousands of stalls/shops selling gift items, jewellery, clothes, leather goods at extremely low prices. Just like in Thailand, the shop owners ask for extremely high prices when they see a westerner. Make sure to bargain for any thing you buy. My advice to people would be to not buy stuff from Chinatown because most of the stuff is of low quality and is usually not what shop owners promise you.
5) Berjaya Times Square
If you are a big fan of shopping unlike me, then this is the place for you. This is the biggest shopping mall of Malaysia. This humongous shopping mall doesn’t only have famous international stores, but also various restaurants, huge indoor amusement park. Above all its not very expensive as it might seem. Actually you can get stuff at very good price here. If you wish to buy something for your family/friends from Malaysia, then this is the place for you.
In my upcoming posts, I will be sharing my experience about other Malaysian places like Penang, Langkawi, Genting Highland and Alor Setar.