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