If you find yourself lucky enough to have a spare 48 plus hours in Kuala Lumpur, then this post should hopefully help you out! There is so much to see and do in Kuala Lumpur, and the surrounding area, and if you are on a time limit it can be a bit overwhelming deciding on what to cram in. I spent hours researching anything and everything that can be done in KL from food and drink venues to wildlife encounters. I sadly only had 72 hours in KL and although I crammed my time full of experiences, I still only scraped the surface. I have narrowed down my experiences to these top 5 and hopefully they will help you if you find yourself with a couple of days to kill in this stunning city.
1. The Petronas Towers
Yes, I know this is a given but I couldn’t miss it off just because every tourist visits them. It’s worth calling in early morning to book your tickets for that day, as they only allow a certain number of people onto the SkyBridge each day. The view from the SkyBridge and then from the top of the towers is incredible, even on a rainy day! It is definitely a view not to be missed. The best bit though is the gift shop at the end. I came away with a Petronas Towers snowglobe, picture, mug, you name it, I bought it. Once again, such a sucker for the tourist tatt!
2. Have a drink (or a few) in the Sky Bar
I was lucky enough to actually be staying in the Traders Hotel so I spent many a morning/afternoon/evening here. The view of the towers and across the rest of KL is stunning, especially at night. The best bit is when it rains, as there is only a partial roof and the cascade of rain into the pool is pretty awesome. The music is pretty good as well!
3. Sunset and Cocktails at the Heli Lounge
So, apparently the majority of my top 5 in KL are views…oops. Anyway, it is such a pretty city to take in from above and each view is slightly different, in my defence. Plus, it’s pretty awesome to drink cocktails and watch the sun set over KL from a real life heli pad.
4. Feed some elephants
This was probably the highlight of my trip to Malaysia. Just a couple of hours outside of KL is the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre. Here you can bathe with the elephants, hand feed them and even (if your lucky) bottle feed a baby elephant. I was truly captivated by the elephants here, they are just so graceful and gentle (if a little bit greedy!). I left with a huge smile on my face!
5. Visit the Batu Caves
The Batu Caves are really quite stunning (from afar). You can get some amazing pictures of the gold statue and steep staircase carved into the mountain side. It’s a bit of a maze/minefield trying to dodge the millions of pigeons and street traders to make it to the bottom of the steps though. Then you have to climb the steep steps in crazy heat and humidity, all the while keeping a watchful eye on the cheeky, sticky fingered monkeys scaling the steps with ease alongside the unsuspecting visitors. It is quite something though and is definitely worth a visit, I just think it is a place that is amazing from a far.
There you have it, my top 5 things to do in KL. Have you been to KL? What are your top 5?