Despite the fact that a lot of tourists love traveling to Kuala Lumpur, there are very few who, apart from shopping, are actually aware of the many pleasant surprises the city has to offer. From gazing at the iconic super skyscrapers of the Petronas Twin Towers, to diving in the company of sharks, here is a definitive list of things to do and experience in Kuala Lumpur that make this city all the more unique.
This without any doubt the most popular and visited place in Kuala Lumpur. The large park, the brainchild of a Brazilian architect, and its surroundings feature among others the twenty-first-century marvel known as the Petronas Twin Towers. There are sign boards and vantage points indicating spots which offer the best angles for photographs of these beauties designed by an Argentinean architect.
Chin Woo Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
If the views of the thriving city from the Sky Bridge of the KLCC have been breathtaking, then the panorama of the heritage buildings and the surrounding greenery from a secluded nook of the Chin Woo Stadium will leave you spellbound. Inside this indoor arena located in Jalan Hang Jebat, visitors can witness Wushu performances in the company of veterans, endeavoring to keep the ancient sport alive.
Genting Skywalk near Kuala Lumpur
The Gentings skyway is an extremely efficient and fast mono cable car system, transporting people to the Genting Highlands from Selangor. This interesting ride showcases lush green scenery as it moves through the mist of the highlands. For a thrilling experience opt for a glass bottom gondola that provides incredible views of the foliage from all angles.
This aquarium houses more than 5000 marine animals and is literally an ocean in the middle of a landlocked city. The feeding time and the diving with the sharks are the key features here. Book in advance if you wish to swim alongside the sand tiger sharks or for added safety, come face to face with them from inside an underwater cage.
Tamarind Springs, Kuala Lumpur
Nestled conveniently inside the Ampang Nature Forest reserve, Tamarind Springs allows diners to relish contemporary Indochinese cuisine in a real wild boar territory. Just a fifteen minute ride away from the hectic metropolis, this quiet and secluded fine dining restaurant will make for a unique experience for the food and nature enthusiast.
Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
The Batu Caves are an important tourist attraction in Selangor and are the site of a Hindu temple and a shrine. the caves attract a large number of worshippers, especially during the Thaipusam festival of the Hindus. This outcrop of limestone is situated just north of Kuala Lumpur and can be reached by car, taxi or commuter train. A heady climb up the steep 272 stairs takes visitors to the top of the caves to view the skyline of Kuala Lumpur.
KL Bird Park
This 21-acre public aviary, lies right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, in the scenic lake gardens area. Billed as the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary, visitors can take selfies with owls and parrots while feeding the peacocks and hornbills, all this in surroundings that hardly feel that their flight movements are in any way inhibited.
A lot of these things can be done even if you have one day in Kuala Lumpur and if so, what would be your first pick?
- Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and is widely connected to the rest of the world by flights. It is one of the key airports that connect East Asia and the rest of the world
- Once in Kuala Lumpur, you can opt for either the Metro rail or Uber Taxis or even the public buses to get to these attractions.
- Check this post for your Visa requirements to Kuala Lumpur.
- There are plenty of hotels available in Kuala Lumpur in all possible budgets. You can refer to Traveloka Malaysia for the various options to stay.
- Kuala Lumpur is often a transit airport for many who are headed to places within Malaysia like Penang or outside like Bali. In case you have a long layover, you might want to consider staying at Tune Hotel KLIA.
This Post is authored by Jyotsana Ramani. Jo as she is called, is a passionate globetrotter, wildlife enthusiast, thrill seeker and writer. She can be found on her blog – Wander with Jo