A Kuala Lumpur Itinerary – A Four Day Guide to the Malaysian Capital City

A Kuala Lumpur Itinerary – A Four Day Guide to the Malaysian Capital City

A Kuala Lumpur Itinerary – A Four-day guide to the Malaysian Capital City that provides many attractions you must visit during stay.


When you are travelling through Malaysia and visiting the fantastic destinations in the Southeast Asian Country, it’s more than likely you’ll spend a few days exploring Kuala Lumpur.

It’s a busy city that requires a lot of energy because there are tonnes of stuff to in and around the surrounding areas of KL in the forms of cultural activities, current day events and exploring the great outdoors that will create an action-packed Kuala Lumpur Itinerary during your vacation.

A minimum recommended time to spend in Kuala Lumpur is around four-days and I mean the absolute minimum.

While there are many other special locations to visit in Malaysia, it’s important to fully utilise the modern city and all its attractions, being historical heritage buildings, Religious structures and modern-day skyrises that will give the tourist to the region the best sights in Kuala Lumpur.

If you are wondering what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 4-days or even longer if you desire? Let me help you go through a range of activities, attractions and interests with this detailed travel guide to help you prepare your vacation when you visit Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city.


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A Kuala Lumpur Itinerary – A Four Day Guide to the Malaysian Capital City.




A Kuala Lumpur Itinerary – What to do Inside Four Days

Before we kick off the Itinerary, let’s try and help your Kuala Lumpur travel experience in terms of accommodation and getting around the big city.


Places to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

No matter how many days you stay in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find a range of accommodations to suit various budgets, KL is an affordable city to have a holiday.

Whether you are looking for a KL hotel through Booking.com, staying cheap accommodation at a backpacker’s joint or renting a self-contained apartment through Airbnb, or a sample of Bukit Jalil hotels, you’ll have ample of opportunities to find the accommodation that is perfect to your specific needs.

When I travelled with my family of four to Malaysia, we used Airbnb during our stay, and it was undoubtedly the right choice. Affordable, clean and large apartment, a great city location at a bargain price, there were no complaints on our behalf during our stay, and it will suit any family looking for a stylish place to stay.




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Kuala Lumpur accommodation offers various options; some come with stunning views.



Getting Around Kuala Lumpur

There are many ways to get around Kuala Lumpur, but before we get into the various modes of transport available to the traveller, let’s discuss an vital card you must get upon settling in and visiting Kuala Lumpur attractions.

I speak of the MyRapid card, an easy scan in and out procedure that gets you onto the trains, monorail and buses, and onwards to the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. Most cards can be bought at the train stations or nearby convenient stores.

Another reminder, your best friend on the road is Google maps on your smartphone, not only will it give you the directions; it will also give you the best and quickest routes to your destination, including approximate costs, which will assit in your Kuala Lumpur itinerary 4 days trip.


  • Getting around by train (MRT/LRT) – Probably the ideal way to get around, the train system will take you to the most popular locations in the city and beyond.
  • Go by Monorail – Used in the city area, a monorail is a fast and efficient way through the city that will give you views from the top.
  • Jump on a bus – If a train doesn’t take you the whole, the bus will take care of the rest. Not overly used in my own experiences, but it’s still there if you need.
  • Hail a taxi – Taxis are everywhere, and if you need to get somewhere in quick time to save you a walk to train station, the cab will get you there in no time, and it doesn’t cost you a great deal.
  • Order Grab – Grab is the Uber of Southeast Asia, at half the price of a taxi, Grab is the most efficient way to get around KL. Waiting times can be a while on the busy city streets and are not as common as taxis.
  • Take a walk – A Kuala Lumpur city tour is best discovered by foot, and with many footpaths and traffic lights, you can safely get to your destination travelling by your own two feet.


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Getting around KL during your Malaysia itinerary 4 days.



Day 1 – Getting to know KL

With any destination, you visit for the first time, or you are returning to, getting to know the area and the Kuala Lumpur attractions are first priority.

You don’t want to spend too much time wondering what you need to do upon arrival, so it’s essential to plan and get stuck into your trip from the outset.



A stroll around Perdana Botanical Gardens

Kuala Lumpur weather may be hot, but a stroll through the Perdana Botanical Gardens is one of the things to do in KL and whether you begin with the Botanical gardens or not is entirely up to you. I do, however, recommend you put it on your list for it is a complimentary trip and a great way to spend time with nature.

Inside the gardens, there is a variety of things going on, from the Orchard/Hibiscus Gardens to the large Amphitheatre with occasional entertainment and a vast playground with castles and monkey bars for eager kids to climb for a little self-amusement.

The Lake Garden is the biggest attraction inside the Botanical Gardens; you can experience a relaxing stroll around the water and view the perfectly landscaped gardens seen throughout, be mesmerised fountains and go over walking bridge to the central islands that offer more gardens and shaded infrastructure for further relaxing in the shade.

Other attractions near the Botanical Gardens include the Butterfly House and Bird Park, which requires an admission fee and you could make it a whole day out of it if you wish to visit the big three attractions in the area.

Time to spend at Botanical Gardens: Depending on time restraints anything from 2-3 hours.


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Perdana Botanical Gardens

Perdana Botanical Gardens.



Fun and shopping at Berjaya Times Square

Kuala Lumpur has many top-quality shopping malls and the Berjaya Times Square is worth mentioning, because of the uniqueness of the major shopping precinct.

Times Square contains the usual retail and food outlets like any other mall in the city, but the action is on the fifth floor, where you find yourself in a whole new world in the form of an Indoor theme Park that contains rollercoasters, carnival rides and other entertainment usually seen at amusement parks around the world.

Time to spend at Times Square: 1-3 hours should give you ample time.


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Have a roller coaster of time at Berjaya Times Square.



The tourist area of Bukit Bintang

You’ll visit Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur on more than one occasion, and that is a sure thing. It’s a popular entertainment hub and night spot for all tourist and offers a rich food experience like none other at the Jalan Alor Night Food Court, a street food delight of many Asian cuisines.

It’s evident from the outset that Bukit Bintang is where all foreigners rush to when staying in KL, with major franchise chains such as McDonald’s, KFC and Starbucks in the vibrant area with significant shopping outlets such as The Pavilion nearby. You’ll also find some of the best cafes in Kuala Lumpur in this famous tourist area.

For those wishing to dent their credit card a little more with other shopping, you can check out a variety retail outlet along the streets with popular chains from all over the world in the range of American, Korean and Japanese Brands of clothing and fashion accessories such as jewellery, art and stationery.

At dinner time, you’ll be making your way to the Jalan Alor Night Food Court, a famous street thoroughfare containing many food outlets at an appropriate price. You can choose to sit in a restaurant and try delicious Malaysian food, eat on the run by purchasing a snack from a street vendor, or enjoy a BBQ feast as you select your meats, and have it cooked on the spot.


Favourite things to do in Bukit Bintang

  • The Pavilion Shopping Mall
  • Dine at the Jalan Alor Night Food Court
  • Street or market shopping


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Jalan alor food court in Bikit Bintang.


Pavilion Shopping Mall

The Pavilion Shopping Mall is the best shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur and a place where the credit card will come out on a few occasions as you get out and splurge in a range of retail outlets and top-notch restaurants.

At one entrance into the mall, you wander straight into an indoor café strip, where many coffee shops and bars are situated along the stretch of the mall. For any coffee lovers, it’s pure heaven.

Along with the beautifully designed layout of the mall, there is a range of retail outlets of leading women clothing, men’s clothing and a variety of accessories for sale. Inside there is also a fantastic food-court with luxury dining options and a mega cinema complex to watch the latest blockbuster movie.

The best part of the Pavilion Shopping Mall in Tokyo Street, a mixture of Japanese related retail stores, antiques, sweets and many great Japanese restaurants get your taste of the famous Asian cuisine.

Time to spend at the Pavilion: Minimum 2-hours


Pavilion Shopping Mall

The Pavilion Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur.



Day 2 – Getting into Heart of the city

The Kuala Lumpur city is large and is impossible to do during a day, so for day-two of your KL city tour, let’s head to the famous tourist zone that contains a Chinatown, Merdeka Square and the ever-popular central markets.


Merdeka Square

There is something special about heritage listed buildings around the world, especially in Asia where history and culture are proudly common throughout with articulate buildings that creates the fascinating appeal of traditional buildings that are centuries old.

Merdeka Square, also known as Dataran Merdeka, has many heritage buildings such as the Sultan Abdul Samad Building (now used as the office of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture of Malaysia), The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, St Mary’s Anglican Cathedral and a lot more to gaze your eyes upon.

Get the camera ready in this location as many great photos of historic structures are guaranteed to be taken and put into the photo album for fond memories of your 4 days in Kuala Lumpur.


Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square in KL.



Central Market

While we are talking about what to do in Kuala Lumpur, a stone throw from Merdeka Square is the stunning  Central Markets, a landmark building that was built in 1928. Central Market is an indoor market set-up where you wander through various stalls and browse in the comfort of a closed roof.

You can purchase a range of products from traditional clothing, souvenirs, unique jewellery and sit down for a meal in a selection of restaurants.

You’ll enjoy your time at the unique two-story market, that also has a range of stalls on the outside with a more modern range of products on sales like phone accessories, hats, jewellery and modern-day clothing.




Central Market

Enjoy the vibrancy of Central Market.



Chinatown Kuala Lumpur Style

it’s crowded, chaotic and full of culture everywhere you look, but it’s Chinatown of epic proportions, so what else would you expect when looking for things to do in KL.

Chinatown Kuala Lumpur has many marketplaces that sells all kinds of goods, from clothing, phone accessories, cap hats, toys and plenty other merchandise that can come in handy for your everyday lives, you can also stock up on “I love KL” souvenirs to take home with you at the end of your vacation.

Inside Chinatown, there is also plenty of Chinese street food tucked between the market stalls with delicious dim sims the way to go when you want to eat on the run.

On display inside, there is plenty of entertainment and Chinese lanterns that decorate the area for a real East-Asia appearance that you look for during an Asian holiday.


Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur Style.



Day three – Spread your wings

Perhaps it is time to spread your wings with a few short trips from Kuala Lumpur, with an enjoyable hike in a rainforest and the famous Batu Caves to further enjoy the Kuala Lumpur sights a little further out.


A wet N wild hike at Maya Falls

The nature outside of KL is quite beautiful so let me recommend to you one of my favourite things I did during my stay. A half-day hike at a location called Maya Falls (locally known as Lata Medang) with an experienced guide who picks you from the hotel, provides breakfast and lunch, as well as super impressive 5-hour hike in a Kuala Lumpur rainforest, where you will not only keep fit but learn a  few interesting facts about the rainforest.

The hike was organised through Airbnb day tours with an experienced guide named Thomas. It starts with a 45-minute drive from the city, where you have a local breakfast before driving out the parking lot of hike and wandering through beautiful terrain.

During the hike, you come across three gorgeous waterfalls, with each waterfall seen getting more spectacular on each occasion. After a swim and a few awesome pictures at the third and final waterfall, you begin your descent back through the picturesque rainforest, which becomes even more beautiful when it begins to rain and back to the car to finish off the half day tour with a locally made lunch.

Time to spend on a hike: Allow around 8-hours for the trek from pick-up to drop-off.


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A hike in Kuala Lumpur rainforest.



Batu Caves

Batu caves are often talked about when visiting Malaysia and are often spoken about as a must-see attraction during your Kuala Lumpur trip. You’ll visit the large dark caves with the towering Murugan statue, that includes the 272-steps it takes a climb to reach the entrance point of the cave, before entering into the dark caves and viewing religious artefacts along the way.

The highlight is always the monkeys, as they do create playful scenes throughout your time at Batu Caves and even attempt to take anything that you are carrying in hope to find food. It’s best not to carry any plastic bags inside as our little friends will mistake it for food, so avoid taking any plastic bags inside the caves.

Important note for the female travellers visiting Batu Caves, make sure you wear clothing that covers your shoulders and wears pants that go past your knees, or you will not be allowed to enter the caves. In the chance that you arrived caught off guard, they do have a large scarf at the gates to wrap around your waist in case you are not at the standard dress they require. It requires a small refundable deposit.

Time to spend at the Caves: 1-2 hours.


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The monkeys are on the move at Batu Caves.



Day four – Visit More City Hotspots

Let’s continue the KL Itinerary with more city hotspots, where the big players come to the fore on day-four with the KL Towers and Petronas Twin Towers a much-anticipated attraction that provides excellent sightseeing in KL.


A Quick Wander through the KL Forest ECO Park with KL Tower Views

It’s time to visit one of the top attractions in the city that will provide sensational Kuala Lumpur sightseeing. The KL Tower is what I am referring too and being 15-minutes from the Petronas Twin Towers, you could organise to both on the same day if you wish.

There is a bit of a fee to go up to the Observation deck area and catch a fantastic glimpse of the city. Even if you don’t elect to go to the top, you can hang around the bottom and check out the mini-zoo and other lesser attractions.

Once you have concluded with the Tower, it’s time to visit KL Forest ECO Park which is situated at the base of the tower, about a 10-minute walk. You’ll enjoy the nature in the city inside this boutique little forest, that has an array of gardens, skywalks and brilliant views of the KL Tower up above that peeks through open bushes of the city forest.

The best bit about the ECO park is that it is free entry and it’s some appreciated time in the shade away from the Malaysian heat. I recommend you put the ECO forest on your list during your stay in the city after you visit the KL tower.


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Eco Forest and the KL Tower.



Wander through KLCC

Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) is a central area that has attractions including the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park, various bars and restaurants for a vibrant nightlife and retail outlets like the Suria Mall.

Like many central areas of any major city around the world, KLCC is saturated with thousands of tourists looking to have a good time out in the big city; you can almost create your own little Kuala Lumpur city tour in this vicinity.

A word to the wise, the traffic never relents in any part of KL and its good advice to either walk or take public transport when venturing into the city.

Let’s look at what is on offer for the tourist at the KLCC.



Go inside the KLCC.



Suria Mall

The Kuala Lumpur shopping adventure continues at the KLCC with the Suria Shopping mall, and it’s ideally located at the base of the Petronas Towers.

It’s a modern shopping mall with a host of retail outlets, food courts and cafés and during the evening you can capture gorgeous views of the Petronas Towers and even watch a fantastic fountain light show at the KLCC Park that begins at around 8 pm daily.



The fountains light up at KLCC outside Suria Mall.



The Petronas Towers

The Petronas Twin towers are what travellers to the city often think of when seeking further Kuala Lumpur sightseeing places and The Petronas doesn’t disappoint at all.

Whether you are viewing from ground zero and looking above at the magnificent structure or glancing over the city from the 86th floor of Observation deck during a tour of the towers, you’ll be mesmerised by this unique designed twin buildings.

To partake in Petronas tour to the viewing area at the very top requires about approximately a three-day waiting list with bookings in advance being essential.

The experience is quite good and certainly recommended to capture magnificent views from the top as you stare out into the large city that contains many skyscrapers. As you can imagine, the popular time slots are taken first and that, of course, that is usually the sunset hours, especially when the skies are clear.

From ground zero the atmosphere is chaotic as everyone scrambles for the best spot to take the best pictures of the Petronas Towers, with selfies taken at a premium.

Whether those photos are being taken from the front of the towers or at the rear from the picturesque KLCC park, you’ll find a great shot, especially at the time the sun is disappearing over KL, and the towers begin to light up the night sky.


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The Petronas Twin Towers lights up the night sky.



Other things to do when staying a little longer

It doesn’t have to end at 4 days in Kuala Lumpur, below are a couple of extra activities that you can partake during your Kuala Lumpur tourism adventure to provide additional particular highlights during your stay.


 An Evening in Kuala Selangor

If you are seeking any day trips from Kuala Lumpur, the small township of Kuala Selangor is recommended and is approximately a one-hour drive from the city. It’s a good evening trip to find a hired driver and do a few casual activities away from the traffic of the big city.

A tour to Kuala Selangor begins with the monkeys at an area called Taman Alum; there is a host of black and brown coloured monkeys who are eager to scrap away for their piece of food, the black monkeys will especially jump all over you to get what they want.

A delicious seafood dinner is followed, which is set along the Selangor River. Eating at a restaurant called Kuang Wah Seafood, the restaurant serves a range of assorted seafood such as fresh crabs, prawns, deliciously sweet and sour pork and a large dish of fried rice that is thrown into the fulfilling feast. Meals may vary depending on your tour or what your guide orders for you.

The fireflies cruise concludes the trip at the time the sun comes down to end another brilliant Malaysian day.  You catch the quiet longboats that travel slowly into the river at full darkness to get the best glimpse of the little insects that are lit up under the night sky along the banks of the Selangor River. While it’s an activity that is losing a little appeal due to the build-up in the area, you’ll still see many fireflies during the half-hour cruise.

The fireflies conclude the Kuala Lumpur day tour, and if you wish to partake in a private tour, you can find information inside a few travel agencies which are located near Chinatown.


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View from our seafood dinner in Kuala Selangor.



 AVT fun at Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam

A Malaysian style adventure park is another fun-filled day that takes place at the Taman Botani Negara Shah Alam. It’s an exciting day that includes many crazy adventures like Skytrex (to conquer your heights), an Extreme Park adventure, a Jungle trekking for the fitness fanatics and ATV riding, which is a real highlight as you take an epic ride through the park and navigate the rough terrain.

Getting to the park is quite complicated as trains don’t go out there, so I suggest taking Uber as the best viable transport to the park.

That’s a wrap of Kuala Lumpur Itinerary. Naturally, there are many more amazing things to do in the city, but it’s best to get there and go with the flow. I promise that you’ll have a great time.


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Fun on the ATV’s during your 4 days in Malaysia.



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Advice for Getting Around Kuala Lumpur and Avoid Being Stranded

Advice for Getting Around Kuala Lumpur and Avoid Being Stranded

Kuala Lumpur is a manic city that is always flowing with traffic around the clock and during peak hour, it gets even more chaotic. Getting around Kuala Lumpur isn’t a complicated process, not with fantastic means of public transport available with the likes of trains, monorails, buses and taxis capable of taking you far and wide throughout the city and into the outer regions of KL.

The first bit of advice that I can give you when visiting Malaysia’s capital city, is to not rent a car, especially if you’re planning on spending most of your time in the inner city. The streets may be organised and controlled, but it will appear like a maze for those unfamiliar with the area. Stick to public transport, it’s the most efficient way of getting around Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

Without wasting another single moment, let’s delve into the best ways of getting around the city and help avoid any tourists getting stranded in the big city. 

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Getting around Kuala Lumpur can be quite the mad scramble.


Advice For Getting Around Kuala Lumpur



Google Maps is your best friend

Everyone has their own preference at what maps to downloadwhen travelling the world, I prefer to stick with what’s already downloaded on my smart phone, Google Maps. It’s an easy process, put in your intended destination from the location you are coming from and google maps will let you know how to get your destination the quickest way possible, whether it’s which train to catch or the bus number to take. Isn’t modern world travelling so convenient.


Get Your Hands on a MyRapid Transport Card

Before getting aboard any of the transportation in KL, get your hands on a MyRapid card, they are sold at most convenience stores or customer service outlets near a train or monorail station and the card can be topped up to a reasonable value that you will get you through your stay in KL.

Each time you scan your card at the gates of a train station, monorail or bus, it’ll give you a reading of your remaining balance, so you’ll know when to recharge your card. Click the link to learn more about Kuala Lumpur’s MyRapid cards.



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Getting your family around in KL is quite easy and convenient.


Get Around KL by Train (MRT-LRT)

As is the case in most major cities around the world, transportation via a train can be the most efficient and cost-effective way of getting around and it’s no different in KL. A Single trip ride starts from RM1.20, which is about 40-cents in Australian Currency, therefore getting around Kuala Lumpur won’t break the bank in any way.

It can appear confusing at first working out how to navigate the different train lines in the city and making sure you are getting on the right train, but the Kuala Lumpur Train Map is not too hard to work out and in no time you’ll be comfortable with your sense of direction in the maze of the city. When in doubt, let Google Maps show you the right direction.

Metro trains run from 6am to midnight every single day.


Catch a Monorail when you visit Kuala Lumpur

Look above, it’s a monorail, gliding through the city at great heights. The KL Monorail system is at attached to the MyRapid train system, using the MyRapid card and it’s a great way to get around KL city centre, checking out the views from above the ground.

The Monorail line stretches out over 8km in length and has 11-stops which include the popular city destinations such as, Bukit Bintang, Berjaya Times Square and Bukit Nanas station, which is a close walking distance to popular attractions in KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers.

The monorail also operates daily from 6am to midnight.


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Let the monorail take you around the city.


Take a ride on the bus to Kuala Lumpur Attractions

When a train can’t get you all the way to your destination, you can bet your bottom dollar that the MyRapid bus services will take you the rest of the way. With ample bus services available in and around the city, the bus could be the best route to take, especially if you are already out of the busy city-centre and traffic is not such an issue.  


Hail a Taxi on your KL Trip

Taxis are everywhere in the city and it’s the easiest way to get around if you don’ wish to catch public transportation and are prepared to sit in traffic while getting to your next destination. Even with the chaotic traffic, taxis are probably the quickest way from point A to B due to the ease of finding a taxi, which can be a matter of seconds upon leaving the lobby of your hotel. For a taxi service, the fees are quite reasonable too.


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A taxi or Grab services will get you where you need to go.


Order a Grab Rideshare driver

Grab is the new Uber in Southeast Asia, and by now most travellers have got the hang of using their services. Download the Grab App, register your details and credit card details and order your driver by typing in your intended destination from your current location. It’s that easy.

Grab is generally around half the price of a taxi, yes, it’s really cheap, but the downside can be the waiting time upon your driver, which for me when I used the services, was at least ten-minutes on most occasions and at times it did balloon out to 20 to 30-minutes. For the price, you can’t complain.


Take a walk to venture to the great places to see in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a pretty good walking city, even if at times you may be stranded at the traffic lights for a while. If your intending destinations is close by foot, lose those holiday calories by taking a steady walk through the city, you never what else you might find in terms of a great restaurant or drinking bar when taking it steady on your feet.


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Take a walk in Kuala Lumpur, there is plenty to see.


Kuala Lumpur Airport to City Transfers

Getting to and from the airport is a breeze in Kuala Lumpur with a few options available to you.

You can catch the KLIA Ekspres Train, which is a speed train that gets you from either of the two KLIA Airports to the KL Sentral Station in the quickest time possible. From there you can purchase a MyRapid card and transfer to the appropriate rail line to your intended destination in KL.

The cost for the services of the KLIA Ekspres train is RM55 (AUD$18) for a one-way trip or RM100 (AUD$33) for a round-trip. Keep in mind this train service is not connected with the MyRapid card system.

Another great way from the airport is a simple taxi or Grab service from the pick-up area at the KLIA airports. Prices generally go from around RM85, depending on the size or comfort of the vehicle you wish to travel in.

When travelling with two or more people, a taxi may be the cheapest way to the city and while the drive goes for at least an hour, you can capture great sights of Kuala Lumpur on your way into the city.

There you have it, a basic guide to getting around Kuala Lumpur, and when dust settle upon your arrival in the big city, you’ll find that there are an abundance of choices when you need to get to get around in KL.



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Getting around Kuala Lumpur.


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5 Incredible places in Kuala Lumpur to Visit for an Awesome Experience

5 Incredible places in Kuala Lumpur to Visit for an Awesome Experience

Anyone who has been to Malaysia’s Capital City has heard of the big attractions that lure the tourist to the city. You know, the likes of The Petronas Twin Towers, The KL Tower and Bukit Bintang, that rightfully gather many travellers from far and wide around the globe, to be in the vicinity of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur

What about those other incredible places in Kuala Lumpur that don’t receive the same credit as the big fish, yet will create an excellent local experience, giving the tourist a fantastic Malaysia holiday vibe. They are wonderful KL places which are best discovered during a Kuala Lumpur Day trip, while you’re out and about the Southeast Asian city, learning about the country’s Immense culture and rich history. 

Are you wondering which of these places I may be referring too? Let’s check it out shall we and go through five incredible places in Kuala Lumpur that I loved to visit during my visit and which you will appreciate too when you’re going on your own Kuala Lumpur holiday.


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Five incredible places in Kuala Lumpur to go to for an excellent local experience


5 Incredible Places in Kuala Lumpur to Visit for an excellent holiday experience


Batu Caves

I’ll be honest, Batu Caves is not exactly a tourist attraction unknown to visitors to Malaysia. Most times when you visit Kuala Lumpur, you’ll read about the caves, and perhaps weigh up if it’s worth the short from the city centre. Hold no fear; Batu Caves offers a local experience that showcases religion, temples and marketplaces that generates plenty of excitement in your KL trip.   

The Batu Caves is a large limestone hill with the dark caves on the inside and the outside is the famous The Lord Murugan Statue that stands out clearly for all to see and is a photography delight for tourist. When you look left of the colossal statue, you’ll find the 272-steps to the entrance of the main caves, another showcase of this KL travel place, as you weigh up whether the free admission is worth the climb to get into the caves. 

Any hesitation will last until you see the monkeys roaming about the staircases, that’s when you realise, that the Batu Caves could be a lot of fun, but make sure you watch your personal belongings, those monkeys are tricky.

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The monkeys are on the move at Batu Caves.


A little information to the women tourist who attends Batu Caves, you’ll need to wear long pants or shorts that cover your knees to go through the entrance and enter the caves, because of their religious ways. Don’t threat, however, if you don’t have the appropriate clothing for their standards, the staff at the gates will give you a large scarf to wrap around your waist for a small deposit fee that is refunded upon returning the scarf.

Getting There: Take the KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral Station to Batu Caves Station. Alternatively, you can order a Grab driver for a low price of around RM21.00, give or take, depending on what time of the day you travel to Batu Caves. 



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The Lord Murugan Statue and the 272-steps to the top at Batu Caves.


Jalan Alor Food Night Market

It’s one of the best food markets in KL or in Southeast Asia for that matter, and it will become quite clear from the time you enter the busy street during the evening time. It’s the food frenzy location where a delicious dinner will be found waiting at the Jalan Alor Food Night Market, making it one of the best tourist spots in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. 

You have your choice of dining in restaurants situated on the streets, whether it’s a sit down for an a-la-carte meal, or perhaps you want to select a few skewers of variety meats or seafood and have them cooked fresh right in front of you and eat on the run. Whatever the food experience you are after, you’ll be sure to find at these Night Markets.


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Lots of skewers prepared at Jalan Alor Night Food Court.


When you’re finished with the main meal, it’s time for dessert; nothing screams dessert better than a delicious coconut ice-cream that can be bought from a vendor along the streets. If you prefer a little fruit? You can try a combination of mixed tropical fruits that are richly covered in a chilli sauce. Judging by my wife’s reaction to the so-called sweet, it was hot on the tongue, damn hot.

Getting there: The Jalan Alor Food Night Market is situated in the popular tourist area of Bukit Bintang, get off at the monorail station named Air-Asia Bukit Bintang or the Jalan Bintang subway station and walk a couple of hundred of metres to the food market. Follow your noses to the smell of the food, and you’ll find it.

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Jalan Alor Night Food Court

Have a delicious meal at the Jalan Alor Night Food Court.


Merdeka Square

A part of rich culture comes alive to create an excellent local experience in your Kuala Lumpur tour guide, and it happens inside Merdeka Square, AKA Dataran Merdeka. I love visiting heritage sights anywhere around Asia and capturing photos of century-old buildings that certainly have a lot of history to the premises. Merdeka Square is no exception.

The notable attraction within Merdeka is the 95-metre flag pole that proudly shows off the Malaysian flag and is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, amongst other heritage building in the same vicinity with each building looking quite spectacular.


Merdeka Square

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery.


The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is another point of interest inside the  Merdeka area, a KL tourist spot that has the “I Love KL” statue out front where tourists come to pose for a picture. Once inside the building, there are many photos and arts to view that gives an insight into Malaysian culture.

Getting there: Grab services or the subway is the best way to get to Merdeka Square, the closest subway station is Masjid Jamek, but check google maps for the best route by foot once you depart the station.


Merdeka Square

See a little heritage in Malaysia like Merdeka Square in KL.


Central Market

A shopping experience to appreciate in your Kuala Lumpur tourism experience which happens inside a unique market that is situated at an old heritage building that has been around for many years and sells products different to the general merchandise you find in the outside markets like in Chinatown, a little down the road.

After wandering around Merdeka Square in hot conditions of the outdoors, it was a welcome relief to enter through the Central Market and escape the heat. The calm atmosphere is an excellent quality of the markets, a place where you can walk around in peace and browse through different stalls of various arts and crafts, enjoy a local meal in a handful of restaurants and chill with a juice made from fresh fruits.

Getting there: Central Market is only a short walk along the Klang River from Merdeka Square, and often you can string the two together. Add other nearby locations in Petaling St and Chinatown to the list, and it’s a fulfilling day to have visiting underrated places in Kuala Lumpur.  


Central markets

Wander around the Central Markets.


 Lake Gardens at the Kuala Lumpur Botanical Gardens

The Lake Gardens is a peaceful and tranquil area where you can admire the lush, colourful gardens that have a sparkling fountain lake and is situated inside the Kuala Lumpur Botanical Gardens. The gardens offer a great way to see ample of other Kuala Lumpur attractions in the one location with a Butterfly Park and Bird Park also located near the Botanical Gardens.  

Lake Gardens is a quiet area to escape the busy city and relax in the sounds of nature with plenty of spaces to take a seat or even enjoy a nap in the shaded areas provided. It may not be a unique local experience to the saviour, but sometimes you need to chill in the shade for a while, because when you are on holidays, you’re not always meant to be on the go, however, in a city like KL, these things can’t be helped.

Getting there: The best way to get to the Lake Gardens inside the Botanical Gardens is to order a Grab driver, it’s cheap and the least complicated way to get there.


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Enjoy the picturesque surrounds of Lake Gardens.

Lake Gardens

Lake Gardens.


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The Ultimate Shopping Experience in Kuala Lumpur to spend your hard-earned money

The Ultimate Shopping Experience in Kuala Lumpur to spend your hard-earned money

Are you the kind of traveller who needs to indulge in a little retail therapy throughout your adventures around the world, no matter the circumstances?

If travelling into Malaysia, you are not left out in the dark when it comes to finding the ultimate shopping in Kuala Lumpur with a range of pristine shopping malls and outdoor style markets where you can spend your hard-earned money and perhaps find a bargain or two while on holidays.

To find the Ultimate shopping experiences in Kuala Lumpur, you won’t need to look too hard, because if it’s one thing KL does have, is ample shopping locations that offer unique shopping experiences where you can shop till you drop, with ample transportation to get you to the mall and back to your hotel room in no time. Let’s get into it.

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Pavilion Shopping Mall

The Ultimate shopping experience in Kuala Lumpur.


The Guide to the Ultimate Shopping Experience in Kuala Lumpur


The Pavillion Shopping Mall

Pavilion is the best shopping mall in KL and is situated in the popular tourist zone of Bukit Bintang and the mall has a range of features that will gobsmack any tourist who enters the door of this visibly beautiful mall. While The Pavilion is certainly not on the cheap side of pricing when it comes to finding a bargain, it’s certainly worth a wander through the mall that has a range of incredible features.

Inside, there is a café strip that has a host of bars and restaurants for a quiet drink or good food, a classy ford court with a range of fast-food outlets and a large cinema complex to watch the latest blockbuster. The best bit inside Pavilion is Tokyo Street, a Japanese theme that is superbly decorated and it comes with a selection of Japanese restaurants and retail outlets that may have you booking a trip to Tokyo when you get back home.

Where is it: 168, Bukit Bintang Street, Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm every day.


Pavilion Shopping Mall

Wander through Tokyo Street at Pavilion.


Suria Mall

It’s the mall that sits under one of the biggest attractions in KL, Suria Mall is located at the base of the ever-popular Petronas Twin Towers and next door the picturesque KLCC Park. Thousands of shoppers come through the doors daily and while it doesn’t quite have the astonishing design of The Pavilion, it’s a still a fine mall that will gives the tourist an ultimate shopping experience in Kuala Lumpur.

Where is it: 241, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm every day.


Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers sits a top the Suria Mall.


Berjaya Times Square

A traditional shopping mall with a difference, inside the Berjaya Times Square is an Indoor Theme Park with a roller coaster and other carnival type rides that will keep the kids amused for hours. When you have had enough of the entertainment on the fifth floor, it’s time to shop, and at Berjaya,  the prices are some what lower than at other malls nearby, so chances to find a bargain increase significantly.  

Where is it: 1, Jalan Imbi, Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm every day.


Times Square

Have a roller coaster of a time at Berjaya Times Square.


Quill City

Situated on the outskirts of the City Centre, Quill City is a modern mall that offers a quieter shopping experience and still comes with a large selection of retail and food outlets. Mostly used by the locals, Quill City, is a great place to go if you want to have peaceful shopping experience, grab a few groceries from the supermarket on the lower-level and sit down at one of the many Western franchisees in the centre with Starbucks, KFC and pizza Hut all available at the Quill City.

Where is it: 1018, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bandar Wawasan, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm every day.


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Quil City.


Chinatown KL

Everyone loves a good Chinatown, whereever you are in the world, and in Kuala Lumpur it is no exception with this edition of Chinatown having many market stalls set-up and lots of bargains to be found. If you are after hats, wallets, clothes, souvenirs, jewellery and a range of other goods at a bargain price, the decorative and busy Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is the place to be in KL. Negotiate a price and you’ll leave a few items of discounted quality goods. The street food in Chinatown has a few fine eats with yummy dim-sims and pork buns is pretty good too.

Where is it: Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

Opening hours: 10am to 9:30pm every day, time can vary.


Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur Style.


Central Market

Central Market is a unique shopping experience that is located on a heritage site, close by to Merdeka Square, selling a selection of cultural art, souvenirs and traditional goods thatwill blend in perfectly as an antique in your living room. The inside/outside market also has many dining options of mainly local cuisine, an art centre where you can have a self-portrait or purchase one of a celebrity, and an outdoor stage that has a range of entertainment throughout the year.

Where is it: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm every day.


It’s the guide to the ultimate shopping experience in Kuala Lumpur, a city where you’re never short of Malls, where you can max out your credit card and come home from your holiday in Malaysia with a few cherished Memories.

The only question is, which shopping experience will you go to first?


Central Market

Take a visit to Central Market in KL.

Pavilion Shopping Mall

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A Wet and Wild Hike in a Kuala Lumpur rainforest – Malaysia

A Wet and Wild Hike in a Kuala Lumpur rainforest – Malaysia

New experiences bring new meaning and on a recent trip to Malaysia, I wanted to do exactly that for my own family and create an experience they would fondly remember for years to come.

A hike in a Kuala Lumpur Rainforest is exactly what the travel doctor ordered for this brand-new family experience full of adventure.

Hiking near Kuala Lumpur hardly seems a hair-raising experience, and for the extremist out there it’s not. However, chuck in a couple of growing boys, a five-hour hike through some tricky terrain can be quite the challenge.

A challenge a lot of young families should embrace, because what a great way to have a family-bonding activity in the great outdoors Hiking Malaysia and do a heap exercise in the process.

It’s another great way to get your kids of those electronic devices and instead, be one with nature in a rainforest near Kuala Lumpur


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All prepared gfor the hike in a Kuala Lumpur Rainforest.



Booking the Kuala Lumpur Rainforest hike through Airbnb

Upon booking our Airbnb accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, a range of day tours were opened to us through Airbnb website that ranged from city tours to food tours, amongst other activities.

The Malaysia hiking tours option appealed immediately, especially when you throw in a lush rainforest and waterfalls, the decision was easy to make.

Through a few easy steps on the Airbnb website and couple of quick messages to the guide who runs the program, the hike in the Kuala Lumpur rainforest was confirmed and paid.

Keeping in mind this article is not a sponsored post and the hike was paid for out of my own funds, so my opinions in this article are real and my own.


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We booked our hike through the Airbnb website.


The location of the Hike near Kuala Lumpur

The hike took place at Maya falls, or locally known as Lata Medang, a part of the township called Kuala Kabu Bharu. It’s only an hour drive Kuala Lumpur, give or take depending on traffic in the big city.

You don’t need to worry about getting yourself to the isolated area, because Thomas the guide will give you a ride as part of the day tour.


Mayo Falls

Welcome to Mayo Falls.


Thomas – The Experienced Guide who made the trip

Thomas, as mentioned previously, is the guide for the occasion, a down to earth character who is full of knowledge of the forest we hiked and Malaysia in general, with many searching questions asked to him answered.

An experienced guide on the Maya Falls trail, Thomas is equipped with a first-aid kit, ponchos in case of rain (more on that later), along with juice, water and snacks also packed in his heavy backpack.

At times, the terrain will get tricky with sloping hills and unpredictable surfaces, before the commencement of the hike, Thomas hands outs hiking poles and water shoes for when you get to the gorgeous waterfalls.

He also has a top notch camera and takes plenty of photos, so if you feel your camera may be a burden on this hike, leave it in the hotel room.


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You’ll just lve the hike with the expereinced guide.


 Enjoying Local Malay Food Before and After the Hike

The day is not only about the hike, although that is the most rewarding part of the day. Before and after the hike you get to enjoy a few local Malaysian dishes for breakfast and lunch at a nearby restaurant in Kuala Kabu Bharu, all included in the price.

Not a bad way to start and end the day with a fine selection of Malaysian food that you probably never tired before.


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Enjoy local breakfast before the hike.


Heading into the Jungle

Once the drive is completed, and we have had our fulfilling breakfast, it’s time to head into the Kuala Lumpur rainforest for an adventure to remember.

Taking with us a few lightweight backpacks with the basic essentials included and our hiking poles, we head into the jungle to begin the uphill ascent.

Instantly, you fall in love with surroundings of the rainforest, it’s breathtaking, from the sounds of the creek, to the insects buzzing around with the cicadas leaving the loudest noise.

The local dogs join the crew on the walk too and never leave our sight for a second, there is no doubt they know the trail as well as the guide.


Kuala Lumpur rainforest

Let’s head into the jungle.


Often on the hike we stop for a few local facts and stories about the jungle which is told to us by Thomas, who explains about the cicadas, the wild bores and various information of the jungle that is all useful knowledge, It’s all intriguing and an education at the same time.

On the uphill ascent you do encounter a few tricky and vertical slopes that is handled with ease by my boys, so any parents with concerns you can erase those fears right now.

There isn’t too much danger for the young ones on this hike, however as with any forest around the world, you always need to remain cautious and diligent.  


Kuala Lumpur rainforest

The hike begins in the Kuala Lumpur rainforest.


The Three Tantalising Waterfalls

At the half way mark of the hike, before the downhill descent, you stumble across three gorgeous waterfalls that makes you appreciate this rainforest of Maya Falls even more than you had previously, if that was even possible.

You come across the first waterfall of the hike, it looks sensational, but as you get to the second waterfall, it goes to another level, before the stunning climax upon reaching the third and last lot of falls of the hike, it is by far the biggest and most spectacular waterfall of the trio.


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Enjoy the feeling of the waterfall come over you.


It’s at that location that we stop for a well-earned swim in the gorgeous water-hole of Mayo Falls that has the breathtaking waterfall right above us for all to see.

We each have a go at standing under the powerful water surge from above and feeling the pressure of the water crash onto us, not too hard that we go falling over, but with enough power that brings a few chills and laughter.

It’s a great moment in the hike to get the cameras out and snap a few pictures at will, some action shots are incredible.

We have a few light snacks and guzzle more water, it’s time to go downhill, but the weather has now taken a turn for the worse, it’s going to be a wet and wild trek back to the vehicle.


Related article: A hike in the Lambir Hills National Park near Miri is a fabolous stroll in Sarawak!


Mayo falls

Here it is, the waterfalls of Maya Falls.


A Wet and Wild Hike on the Return

A wet and wild hike is not what we signed up for, but in some ways, I am glad we encountered this problem on the downhill descent, because it took this hike to another level of experience when thinking back of our memories during our time in Malaysia.

Naturally, the downhill part is meant to be quicker, but the powerful rain and the storm above slowed us down. The ponchos came out and now the hiking poles are being fully utilised as the surface is certainly slippery underneath.


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The weather begins to change for a wet and wild hike experience.


By now the sounds of the forest are long gone and the only noise heard is the sounds of the storm above, it certainly did turn dark suddenly and it’s only in the afternoon.

There is something special about the rain that makes the rainforest look even more beautiful, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but to me it just looks better with the water dripping from all the trees and plants inside the forest.

A couple of hours into the downhill descent the wet and wild hike is concluded, now feeling damp and cold from the water which has saturated our clothing. 

It doesn’t deter us, we are all laughing, smiling, and the experience makes us feel proud, it makes me feel proud as a father that my two boys marched ahead with the guide, with no complaints or moaning about the weather.

Meanwhile, mum and dad lagged several metres behind trying to keep with the leaders up front. The boys were warriors inside the Kuala Lumpur rainforest and I couldn’t have been prouder.


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The rain begins to come down hard.


A great family outing in the Kuala Lumpur Rainforest

The experience is real and it gives great satisfaction upon reaching the finishing line after enduring the hurdles inside the jungle.

If you’re seeking a family bonding activity that creates challenges and brings you closer together, a hike is the way to go.

I know the Kuala Lumpur rainforest hike was one of the most memorable moments of our time in Malaysia, even if it did bring a wet and wild conclusion to the eventful day.


Enjoy another fanstic hike in the State of Sarawak in a Borneo Rainforest!


Find other great family outings in Kuala Lumpur with a city day tour through Klook!


Kuala Lumpur rainforest

The hike is a family fun experience to saviour.



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