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How to Spend 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

How to Spend 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

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Updated: 12 April 2017

With such a densely populated neighborhood, 48 hours might seem more of a feasible window to thoroughly explore Kuala Lumpur. If you would like to do it in a day, however, Culture Trip is here to help you cover the bare essentials of sight seeing in this capital city of Malaysia. 

Explore Old KL

Experience Kuala Lumpur in its aged glory with a trip to the older parts of the city, where local flavors season the streets. A stark contrast to the modern glitz of Bukit Bintang’s Golden Triangle; the culturally crowded streets of Pasar Seni provides a glimpse into the workings of KL’s local everyday life. Populated and haunted by the older generations of the city, Pasar Seni is the place to lose a few daylight hours exploring the nooks and crannies of the city’s history.

It’s easy to spend almost half a day covering Pasar Seni’s Central Market, where traditional and modern artwork from all generations are displayed, and its sister, Petaling Street market, where trinkets and tidbits are sold in traditional Southeast Asian open-market style. Its crowded atmosphere gives off an almost carnival-like vibrancy, with vendors loudly announcing their wares and hordes of people jostling to get about.

Locations and Phone Numbers:

Central Market Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Hang Kasturi, KL, Malaysia, +60 1-300-22-8688

Petaling Street Flea Market, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2032 5988

Eat, Eat, and Eat Some More

Run along the veins of the best foods in Kuala Lumpur down the food-central streets of Jalan Alor and Jalan Pudu, where the cuisine from all cultures meet and meld into different versions of each other. Street delicacies of every kind at all hours of the day await to quench and satisfy your every taste, from the simply sweet to the spicy vegetarian or meat-laden platter.


Experience Luxury in the Golden Triangle

Shop ’til you drop in the most premier malls in the city and taste the finer things life has to offer. The finely curated selections of the world’s most popular brands will have you dazed and amazed as you stroll through the air-conditioned halls of Malaysia’s most notable fashion flagship stores. Suria KLCC, in particular, is recommended for its base location at the fantastic Petronas Twin Towers as well as the surrounding KLCC Park, a beautiful green lung curation to oxygenate Kuala Lumpur.

Location and Phone Number:

Suria KLCC, 241 KL, Malaysia, +60 3-2382 2828

Take the Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

Should you prefer a structured tourists’ itinerary rather than shuffling your own way around, the Hop-On, Hop-Off KL bus tour provides a scheduled route for the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur. Covering attractions all the way from the Islamic Arts Museum to the beautiful Titiwangsa park, take (at the most) three hours out of your day constructing a map of Kuala Lumpur’s hot spots. Also, keep your eyes out for urban street art murals decorating the many walls of the city, depicting life in KL and the rich history of the locals.

Go on a Mini Pilgrimage to Batu Caves

Complete your exploring experience with a visit to one of the biggest Hindu religious sites outside of India with a trip to the Lord Murugan Temple in the famous Batu Caves. A relaxing 30-minute train ride from KL Central station at only RM2, wind the evening down with a purposeful hike up the 272 stairs into the tranquil and stunningly beautiful pit cave at the top cavern.

Location and Phone Number:

Batu Caves Hindu Temple, Jalan Lingkaran Tengah Ii, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia, +60 3-6189 6284

Changkat Nightlife

There is arguably no better way to end the day than with a pub crawl down the boozy street of Changkat, where the city’s bars line the road like a river of liquor. Relish in the option of either a quiet, romantic time tasting the finest collection of hard liqueur this side of Southeast Asia has to offer at The Whiskey Bar, or a swinging time to good food and Latin American tunes at the Havana Bar and Grill.


Changkat Bukit Bintang, KL, Malaysia