Have you been a workaholic for too long? Tell your boss you’ll get back to that project another time, because you’ve got places to go. Enough with sitting at your desk—it’s time to get up and throw yourself into a tropical paradise. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is an ancient city that’s been thrust into the future at Mach speed with Maverick at the stick over the last 20 years.
From the impressive Petronas Twin Towers to the mysterious Batu caves and the fabulous shopping malls, this city has something for everybody. Book a stay at our accommodation in Kuala Lumpur today and be gone tomorrow.
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur
Now that you’ve arrived in the “Garden City of Lights”, it’s time to hit the streets like a kid in a candy store. One look at the Petronas Twin Towers and you’ll feel like you jumped 50 years into the future. Head up to the double-decker Skybridge on the 41st and 42nd floors for access between the two towers. Or feel the butterflies in your stomach when you reach the observation deck on the 86th floor. Don’t look down, don’t look down…you looked down. Pretty awesome, right?
Get into spelunking with a day trip to the Batu Caves. The first things you’ll notice is the gold Entrance Shrine and the 43m high Hindu deity, Murugan, who would make Goldmember go, “Schwing!” The temple complex is one of the most important Hindu shrines outside of India. While exploring the caves and surrounding area, keep an eye out for those Macaque monkeys. They’re cute, but those furry little hands are quite greasy, and often like to sift through backpacks. If you’re not careful, you’ll go back to the Kuala Lumpur hotels empty-handed.
If you can’t get enough of the balmy Malaysian climate, get your graze on along Jalan Alor after dark. Located in the Bukit Bintang district, this street is lined with food stalls and open air bars slinging eats and drinks you can’t find anywhere else in the world—from spicy chicken wings to ice cream orbs—yeah orbs, but in a good way. Pregame with a nap and some strong coffee, because this thoroughfare stays busy late into the night and it boasts tons of the best food in Kuala Lumpur. You’ve got this.
Getting to & Around Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur holidays begin when you land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), 45km from the city centre. The airport is connected to the city by the KL Sentral transportation hub and the Express Rail Link (ERL). There are also taxis readily available, or limousines if you feel like showing people up.
If you want to ride with the common folk, hop on one of the many public buses that serve the Kuala Lumpur area. Don’t want the hassle of public transportation? Get yourself some wheels with one of lastminute.com.au’s brilliant car hire options, make like a banana and split to anywhere in the city whenever you want.
Be sure to catch Hari Malaysia (“Malaysia Day”) at the beginning of September. It’s like Australia Day or Canada Day, but in Malaysia. Each year, crowds gather in the capital city to celebrate the formation of modern day Malaysia, and it’s kind of a big deal. You could geek out about history and international relations with enthusiastic locals at a cafe near the Klang River, or queue up to watch the parade go by. With face paints, costumes and live music, it’s a party waiting to happen!
If you’re taking off in mid-November, enjoy Deepavali (aka “Festival of Lights”), a Hindu celebration that is more commonly known as Diwali in India. The city undergoes a deep clean and emerges with sparkling lamps and flower-laden alters. Not religiously inclined? That’s OK! Deepavali is a great opportunity to learn and see Kuala Lumpur all dressed up, and the festivities—and food—are meant to be shared! Plus, there are fireworks, because the title “Festival of Lights” is taken very seriously.
You know what else Kuala Lumpur takes seriously? Fun! Whether you seek a classic cocktail lounge with bottle service and live jazz or you have your heart set on busting moves then taking names, “KL” can accommodate. For swanky lounges and discotheques galore, grab your dancing shoes and catch a cab to Jalan Bukit Bintang—a street lined with lots of options for late-night shenanigans. And yes, you recognised the name right: Jalan Bukit Bintang is within swaggering distance to the street cuisine on Jalan Alor, and nothing tastes better than a big plate of chow mein after a night of boozin’ and groovin’.
Looking for a quieter evening experience? Book a City Tour After Dark with Dinner. Explore the city’s rich international culture with dinner and a traditional dance performance, and venture into Chinatown and beyond. Wander through the markets along famous Petaling Street and ogle gorgeous architecture in one of the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur—in case you’re still wondering where to book your hotel…
If you’ve got just one weekend, or even one day in Kuala Lumpur, you definitely will not be sleeping much. Besides staring at stunning skyscrapers and eating your weight in street fare, take advantage of the weekend’s slower pace and visit some peaceful temples. Their colourful facades will brighten your day and the lush gardens will lighten your mood. Meditate at the multi-faith Thean Hou Temple, south of the city centre—it’s a little bit Taoist and a little Buddhist with a sprinkle of Confucianism.
Love the waterfalls at Thean Hou? Then spend a lazy arvo in Perdena Botanical Garden—home to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park—to the west of Chinatown. You’ll get up close and personal with the four Fs: flora, fauna and feathered friends. That’s worth an intercontinental flight!
Some of the best hotels in Malaysia are located in the country’s capital city, so you’ll be more than comfortable during your holiday getaway. Save hundreds of dolla-dolla rupees when you use lastminute.com.au to bundle flights with hotels in Kuala Lumpur and buy yourself extra Malaysian batiks as souvenirs!