Are you planning on visiting Kuala Lumpur? Kuala Lumpur is a great city to spend a few days. In my opinion Kuala Lumpur is the best place to start traveling in Asia because of its rich multicultural society. Especially food lovers will have the best time in Kuala Lumpur.
It’s a big city but most sights can be seen on foot although walking can be uncomfortable due to the high temperatures. Luckily Kuala Lumpur has got a great public transportation system which will bring you to all the main sights in the comfort of airconditioning. In this post I will give you my recommendations on what to do if you have 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur.
Day 1 in Kuala Lumpur
Cultural morning stroll
We’re kicking the day off in Chinatown at the Central Market of Kuala Lumpur. Before we start exploring Kuala Lumpur it’s time for breakfast. Close to the central station can find great Indian restaurants that serve the best breakfast. If you want to be adventurous or try something new, you should definitely try Malaysian’s most popular breakfast: Nasi Lemak. It’s rice, spice sauce, egg, peanuts and salty dried fish wrapped in a banana leaf. Absolutely delicious!
After you’ve finished your breakfast it’s time to stretch your legs. We’ll take a walk towards the Merdeka Square passing the old colonial district. This is a quiet area with interesting buildings that reminds you of the former British presence. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the I <3 KL sign at the tourist office. Merdeka Square is the independence square of Malaysia featuring the biggest flag of Malaysia in the world. Our journey continues to Masjid Jamek. The oldest mosque of KL. You can only enter it outside praying times, but it’s worth it.
A typical Malay afternoon in the mall
The afternoon you can spend in Bukit Bintang, a more modern part of Kuala Lumpur. You can take the LRT (kind of metro line) or walk to Bukit Bintang.
Walking from Chinatown will take you around half an hour. When you get to the station of Bukit Bintang walk towards the Pavilion Mall on the street: Jalan Bukit Bintang. Just after you turn right into Jalan Bukit Bintang you will see an escalator going down on your right. The place is called Lot 10. Here you can find any type of food. There is something for everyone. Tip: try out the delicious Popiah, Malay type spring roll.
After your most probably delicious lunch you can go to one of Kuala Lumpur most impressive malls, the Pavilion. Here you can spend an entire afternoon browsing around. If you’re still hungry, the food court on level 1 will offer food from every Asian country and more. Even if you’re not hungry there is plenty to see and discover about Asian food here. One of my favorite food is Kaya toast at ‘Toast Box’ . You will not be disappointed! They will serve you the most delicious piece of bread with coconut jam. I get hungry only thinking about it.
Nightlife in Kuala Lumpur
After sunset nightlife has already started in Kuala Lumpur. Luckily we don’t have to go far because a hundred meter from the Pavilion you can find Jalan Alor. This quiet street during the day comes alive at night, when many Chinese restaurants spread out and offer great meals. Even if you’re after a more western style meal or beer the western pub area is very close. Instead of turning left into Jalan Alor you can go straight and find the best bars and clubs of Kuala Lumpur.
After seeing a bit of the Malay and Chinese side of Kuala Lumpur it’s probably time to go to bed. You’ve deserved it! Tomorrow will be an exciting day to see another part of Kuala Lumpur’s cultures. Goodnight!
Day 2 in Kuala Lumpur
A spiritual morning at the Batu Caves
Good morning, to this bright and shiny but most certainly hot day! Today there is something else on the menu for breakfast. Head to one of Kuala Lumpur’s Indian restaurants and order yourself a Roti Canai. It’s a kind of pancake which you eat with curry. I know.. heavy for breakfast but be careful! Soon you’ll crave for more!
From Chinatown you can walk to the old Kuala Lumpur train station. From here you can buy a return ticket to the Batu Caves. A comfortable train will take you about an hour away from the city center. Today you’re are going to visit the most religious Hindu temple outside of India. Before you go, buy some small banana’s. I’ll tell you why in a minute.
So you’ve arrived at the station. Not to worry, the temple is only a stroll away. When you arrive at the temple you will see a big statue and next to it a massive staircase leading up into the cave. To go in you need to cover your knees, so make sure to bring a scarf or something to fold around your waste. You can spend some time at the temple and if you like there is usually a possibility to visit the caves by a guided tour. Or spend some time with the little monkeys. The temple is always populated by cute little monkeys. Take your banana’s out and you will be their best friend. A very impressive festival takes place at the Batu Caves which is called Thaipusam. An incredible hindu festival that is a must visit once in your life.
Malaysia’s iconic landmark Petronas Towers in the afternoon
After such a climb you will probably be hungry. At the bottom you will find a few Indian places who can serve you food on a banana leaf. Traditionally the food is eaten by using your right hand only. After lunch the busy city of KL is waiting for you again. Take the train all the way to KLCC. KLCC is the central business district and also houses the Petronas Towers. Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic buildings. There is a metro stop bellow the towers. You buy a ticket for the lift which will take you to the bridge that connects the two towers or stay at the bottom part for free . The free part has many luxurious shops but the real attraction is the outside of the towers. On one of the exits you can find a nice park to have a walk and enjoy the views of the towers.
A lively dinner in Chinatown
For dinner we’ll go back to Chinatown. A good place to find some last minute souvenirs before you’re leaving. At night Chinatown is a lively area when all themerchants will come out and the stalls cover the streets.
If you have more time to visit check out the following places:
- Chow Kit Market
- Thean Hou Temple
- Brickfields (little india)
- Islamic art museum
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