Kuala Lumpur is so uniquely Malaysian. In Kuala Lumpur you will see a Muslim women sitting alongside a hip young girl in the cutest and shorts fashion of the moment. Malaysian people are so wildly different but have somehow managed to find harmony. This is a common theme in Kuala Lumpur – the beautiful converging and acceptance of the many cultures and traditions that make up this city. Due to all these different cultures there is so many things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
The many different cultures don’t just inspire the sights but also its’ food. Its many backgrounds are reflected in the amazing and diverse food scene in Kuala Lumpur. Here you can have Michelin starred meals while also enjoying some of the best street food I’ve tasted in Southeast Asia. It also has some of the best malls and shopping in Southeast Asia.
I loved Kuala Lumpur and after being in remote villages and towns in Asia it was so refreshing to enter a mall and be in a big city again. Yet part of the reason I loved Kuala Lumpur so much was how the old meshed with the modern. While it is a bustling major city, it has managed to maintain its charm and traditional Malaysian style. Kuala Lumpur has a ton of things to offer and is well worth a visit if you are heading to Southeast Asia. Below is my list of top things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
Top Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Visiting Petronas Towers
One of the most popular things to do in Kuala Lumpur is visit the Petronas Towers. The Petronas Towers currently hold the record for being the tallest twin towers in the world. They blend traditional Malaysian design with the modern elements. The view from the top is dizzying and stunning. You can read more about visiting Petronas Towers Here.
Dining in the Dark
One of the most memorable experiences of my time in Kuala Lumpur was Dining in the Dark. The concept is so intersting- go and have an orgasmic meal in utter and complete darkness. When you remove your sense of sight all other senses are heightened. The wait staff is blind so you get to experience what life is like for the seeing impaired. The preset menu is kept a secret and you only find out what you have eaten at the end. Don’t worry the food is all yummy and western themed. Ashley and I had so much fun guesses what each dish was and we even got a few right.
Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou temple is one of the oldest six-tiered Buddhist temple known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven. This Chinese-style temple is dedicated to the heavenly mother, Thean Hou. Situated on a hill it is reachable from KL Sentral Station by a short 30 minute walk.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Built in the nineteenth century, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is stunning and a great place to learn and experience some of the diverse cultures that make up Kuala Lumpur.
Explore Old Town Kuala Lumpur
One of the most picturesque things to do in Kuala Lumpur is explore the old town. Your first stop should be Jamek Mosque. This is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. This gorgeous mosque features Moorish architectural style is location where the Klang and Gombak rivers meet. From here walk along the river to see so much history and well preserved buildings like Merdeka Square and the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Exploring Old town is best done by foot just make sure to wear conservative attire if you are wanting to enter any temples or mosques.
Astaka Morocco is tucked away into the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens along the lake. This hidden gem might be Kuala Lumpur’s best kept secret. While photography is super strict inside you can take photos in the courtyard. Arrive early to get the place all to yourself.
Head to the Batu Caves
The Batu caves are located just outside of Kuala Lumpur in the suburb of Selangor. Here you can marvel at the massive limestone cliffs that are sprinkled with caves, carvings and temples. The Batu caves are an important part of the culture and are still places of worship. The caves also have monkeys so beware of your belongings. Head out to the caves in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Shop, Shop, Shop
Kuala Lumpur has some of the best shopping in Southeast Asia. The best place to go for high end and high street fashion is the Pavilion. Not only is this mall gorgeous it has countless floors to meet all your shopping needs. There food court is also epic with amazing meals and we ate here a few times. We spent a few days here shopping and eating till our wallets were empty. During the summer when it is insanely hot, heading to the mall is a great way to cool down.
Eat at Lot 10
If you want to taste a ton of Malaysia food then you are gonna want to hit up Lot 10. Lot 10 is an epic underground food stall mall. Here under the Lot 10 Mall you can taste some of the best street food in Malaysia. I loved thats we could try several different dishes from different stalls. The food is all super affordable too which makes it good for those on tight budgets.
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