More than just the capital city of the country, Kuala Lumpur is the place to go to experience all that is Malaysia. To get the best out of your holiday trip, we've compiled the top 10 must-visit hotspots in the city.
Petronas Twin Towers
At the heart of the city, a must visit landmark is the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which stands as one of the world's tallest buildings. At this skyscraper, you can opt to cross the skybridge on the 41st floor while you enjoy a bird's-eye view of the city. At the bottom, you can expect a shopping experience like no other at Suria KLCC or just enjoy a day under the sun at KLCC Park.
Standing at 421 meters tall, the KL Tower is built on top of Bukit Nanas and it's one of the world's tallest buildings. On top of the tower, you can get the best 360 view of the city at the observation deck and the revolving restaurant while you grab a meal. At the foot of the tower, you'll find the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve which is one of the last surviving patches of rainforest in the heart of the city.
One of Kuala Lumpur's most popular tourist sites, Batu Caves is a limestone hill with a series of caves and cave temples. The massive cave temple features Hindu idols and statues erected inside the main cave and around it. It is believed that the limestone forming Batu Caves is 400 million years old. However, be prepared to scale 272 steps to access the caves.
KL Railway Station
To get a glimpse of the past of the city, the KL Railway Station offers railway enthusiast and heritage lovers the opportunity to appreciated the building with its modest railway museum. Built in 1910, the railway station sports an Anglo-Mughal architectural style designed by AB Hubback who was also the architect of many famous buildings in Malaysia.
This historical landmark is easily one of the most popular tourist spots in Kuala Lumpur. Merdeka Square, which literally means Independence Square, was the place the Union Flag was lowered, and the Malayan flag was raised for the first time. On the site, the Sultan Abdul Samad building can be easily recognised from its copper dome clock tower. It is build was designed and build by A.C. Norman using a Moorish architecture style.
Central Market is a heritage building of what use to be a simple wet market in the 1980s. Today, the building is a popular tourist attraction that houses boutiques, handicrafts and souvenir stalls where you can find authentic Malaysian items such as batik prints and many more.
Shopaholics would find Bintang Walk as Kuala Lumpur's shopping paradise. Surrounded by the city's most popular shopping malls, Bintang Walk is Kuala Lumpur's prime shopping district with plenty of international brands and eateries.
KL Bird Park
As part of the Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, the city's Bird Park is the world's largest free flight walk-in aviary. Opened in 1991, the bird park covers about 20-hectares and is home to 3,000 birds from 200 different species including peacocks, hornbills, flamingoes and many others.
To get a taste of the Indian culture in Malaysia, Little India in Brickfields has all from traditional Indian goods such as saris, Indian spices and Bollywood music, to local delicacies such as banana leaf rice, thosai and vadai. Since its move from Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman in central KL to its current site, Little India Brickfields has become one of the city's top tourist hotspots.
Known as Kuala Lumpur's China Town, the colourful Petaling Street well-known district for bargain hunters. Deeply immersed in the oriental culture, heritage and history, Petaling Street's night market offers you all kinds of goods at a relatively low price.