1. Petrona Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088
The Petrona Towers are the landmark of Kuala Lumpur – and even of Malaysia and one of the highest buildings in the world. Both towers are connected with a steel bridge (aka Skybridge) and can be visited by the public. Tickets are sold starting at 8.30am each morning – make sure to arrive early, because by around 10.30am, the tickets are usually sold out.
2. Thean Hou Temple
65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460
Thean Hou Temple is not only one of the biggest and oldest Buddhist temples in Malaysia, but in all of South East Asia. Apart form the temple’s incredible architecture, here you can also find a Chinese herb garden and a tortoise pond.
From here you also have a great view over Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
3. Jalan Alor
Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200
Jalan Alor is the biggest food street in Kuala Lumpur and a definite must-see (or should I say must-try?). Here you can find any type of Asian food – all authentic and very delicious. Foreigners and locals alike come here on a regular basis to taste Malaysia’s specialties.
Tip: Most items are in Chinese, so ask for recommendations instead of the English translation to get the most authentic and best food.
4. Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower
Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250
Menara KL Tower is the highest TV tower in Malaysia, and the 7th highest in the world. The tower doesn’t only have an observation deck, but also a platform for Base-Jumping. If you want to visit the KL Tower, make sure to buy your tickets as early as possible, because they sell out within hours.
5. Golden Triangle
147, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450
The Golden Triangle is the busiest intersection in Kuala Lumpur: its wide range of bars, pubs, clubs, hotels, and restaurants are buzzing 24 hours a day. Here you can find anything at any time of the day.
6. Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) Park
Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450
The KLCC Park is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and adjacent to the Golden Triangle and the Petrona Towers. This park has anything from a large lake with regular water shows and childrens’ playgrounds to waterfalls and some of the fanciest restaurants.
47, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000
Like almost any other large city, Kuala Lumpur is also home to Chinatown. Here you can find some of the best Asian food in all of KL, souvenirs, and even Chinese herbs – all for cheap.
8. Central Market
Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050
The Central Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur – and for good reason. Here you can find cute little boutiques, authentic souvenir stalls, a food court, a lot of great, local art.
9. Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque
Jalan Tun Perak, City Centre, 50050
This mosque is, next to the Perdana Towers, another one of Kuala Lumpur’s landmarks. Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia and offers a stunning view over the rivers Gombak and Klang. Jamek is open for visitors, but make sure to cover your shoulders and your knees (male and female alike).
10. Batu Caves
Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
The Batu Caves are home to a 100-year old temple situated inside the 400-million-year hill. Here you can not only learn about the Hindu culture, but also climb the rocks, enjoy the stunning view, or enjoy the wild monkeys and bats inhabiting the religious shrine.
11. Perdana Botanical Gardens
Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100
The Perdana Botanical Gardens is home to some of the most beautiful plants in the world. With more than 600 Orchid species, the Orchid section in the Perdana Botanical Gardens is almost as large as the one in Singapore. Apart from the plants, the Botanical Gardens are a must-see just because of its stunning architecture.
Tip: If you come here, don’t miss out on the Hibiscus Garden.