The capital city of Malaysia is probably an underdog compared to Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai when it comes to Asian travel destinations. But KL is not to be underestimated! And there are many reasons to spend at least a weekend in this amazing city. Here is a little guide to a perfect Kuala Lumpur layover on what to see and what to consider.
Living costs and accommodation are very cheap compared to Hong Kong or maybe Singapore. One of the most popular places to stay during a KL trip is probably The Face Suites, a kind of hotel that offers modern apartments and suites in the city center with an amazing infinity pool on the top and an awesome view.
Getting around in Kuala Lumpur
As in most South East Asian countries Grab Taxi is very popular in KL as well. A lot of people offer themselves to get you from A to B. You just need to use the app to book a ride setting your pick-up point and your destination. And you know what? It’s so affordable that most people rather use Grab to get to work than public transport. From the airport to the city center (about 60km) we just paid less than 18$.
The Petronas Towers
The Petronas twin towers are the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s modern city center KLCC and KL’s tourist hotspot number one. I’m honestly not a fan of visiting tourist attractions but the twin towers are definitely a must-visit. (The impressive skyscrapers have even been the tallest buildings in the world between 1998 and 2004) Together with the Suria KLCC mall right underneath the towers it’s a great place to spend time shopping.
Also located near the city center Changkat in Bukit Bintang is the perfect area to find amazing food and nightlife spots. Jalan Alor for example offers a lot of nice bars, restaurants and clubs to enjoy your evening in a vibrant atmosphere. And if you don’t want to dine in one of the various street restaurants check out Halab on Jalan Nagasari: It has delicious oriental cuisine and tasty drinks for very little money.
An important component of Malaysia’s cultural melting pot is the Chinese culture. In Chinatown people from all over the city love to meet each other, celebrate their culture, do shopping and eat. Best thing to do in Chinatown is just to walk around the side alleys, have some food and open yourself to the atmosphere. But you shouldn’t miss one tourist thing though: Walking across Petaling Street with its little market stalls.
When in KL make sure to not miss one of the city’s amazing rooftop bars. Enjoy the sunset and the skyline at night with a cold beer or cocktail. Learn more about KL’s best rooftop bars in this article.
You want to learn more about Asia’s underdogs? Here‘s my post about Macau.