Petronas Twin Towers

Kuala Lumpur Travel Itinerary

After living in Kuala Lumpur for 3 weeks and experiencing everything first hand, we’re excited to create this personalised itinerary for anyone looking to visit this beautiful city, and really take advantage of everything it has to offer. Whether you’re stopping by for five days or more, or just the one, you will not be bored with these ultimate bucket-list activities we have lined up for you!

We have thought carefully about the activities for each day, using our own experience as a guide to ensure you make the most out of your day, yet still have enough time to explore each place at a comfortable pace. All attraction entry ticket prices listed are for one adult, and any link in this article links to attraction tickets. Please comment below if you would like further information on admission, or have any questions in general.


Day 1

When you first arrive in the city, you’re going to want to wander around a little and enjoy the new surroundings, right? At least that’s what we love to do – explore the new sights and see what the city has to offer. This is why we have put the following to do’s in day 1 – the two activities are based in the city centre and require a little walking, but are great ways to initially explore the main parts of the city and the famous Petronas Twin Towers.

Morning

KL Eco Forest Park

KL Forest Eco Park

The Forest Eco Park is one of the eldest, natural Rainforest of Malaysia, nestled right in the heart of the city. It’s a great short visit which is free to enter and a great start to the day. You can stroll through the forest and enjoy multiple heights of the canopy walk, with heightened views of the city. Once you’ve warmed up your legs, it’s just a 20 minute walk to a great second stop of the day, the famous Petronas Twin Towers!

Opening times: 7am – 6pm
Fee: FREE

Afternoon 

Petronas Twin towers, Suria KLCC Shopping Mall and Park

Petronas Twin Towers

You may have seen photos of the Twin Towers online, or best known for it’s feature in the movie Entrapment with Sean Connery – the movie is where we remember it from mainly! 

If you can brave the height, you can climb the towers to the observation deck, and walk along the sky bridge! Definitely worth it for the incredible view.

The KLCC shopping mall is actually located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, with the KLCC park around the rear of the mall. The mall is HUGE and has every shop under the sun, and the park really is spectacular, with outdoor dining over-looking the lake and cityscape. The lake holds a fountain display every day which is a must see, so there’s plenty to be doing in this area alone.

The Lake Symphony’s dancing fountains are on from 12:00 – 14:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 on weekdays, and from 10:00 – 00:00 on weekends and public holidays. We highly recommend seeing this of an evening where the fountain colours thrive in the dark, as the Twin Towers light up in the background.

Opening times: 10am – 10pm
Fee: FREE

Day 2

Sunrise

Batu Caves

272 vibrant rainbow coloured steps, leading into the depths of the famous limestone cave abundant with shrines. If that wasn’t enough, a stunning 140ft golden statue stands at the foot of the cave – the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world.

Even if you’re not a fan of early rising, you’re going to want to get here for sunrise. Not only to beat the crowds like we did, but to experience the dozens of monkey’s awakening, as they emerge from the caves above and flood down the colourful stairs. You also get the best view of the giant Buddha, as the sun shines directly on it, creating a lovely soft glow. This was quite the experience and we’re so glad we got there to witness everything so perfectly!

Opening times: 6am – 9pm (The Dark Cave open at 10am – the only downside to arriving early)
Fee: FREE

Early afternoon

Taman Tasik Titiwangsa

Photo credit: Mohammed Qasem @m.qsem

This beautiful lake is currently undergoing a 1 year renovation and is said to open again by November 2019. We’ve kept it on the list as we believe it is a lovely visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can enjoy a relaxing picnic by the lake with a panoramic view of the city skyline. Hopefully this is finished in time for your trip, as it will be a great addition to your itinerary!

Sunset

Menara Kuala Lumpur (KL Tower)

WHAT. A. VIEW. The top of the KL Tower is the most perfect spot for sunset over looking Kuala Lumpur City, with 360 degree views and a great shot of the Petronas Towers glowing, beaming into the night sky. Not for the faint-hearted as it’s the 7th tallest free-standing tower in the world, at 1,381ft! Don’t let this stop you, as the views are remarkable.

We recommend this activity of an evening so you can witness a beautiful sunset and watch the city transform into a sea of lights and sounds, as the city comes to life at night. At the top you will find a cute little bar with snacks, so you can also enjoy some indoor snacks.

Opening times: 9am – 10pm 
Sky deck, Sky box & Observation deck: 99RM/£18.30 (adult)
Observation deck only: 49RM/£9 (adult)

Day 3

It’s easy to spend a day in this area, so take a picnic and enjoy a stroll through the Sculpture Gardens, the Butterfly Park, the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens, the Botanical Gardens, and finish the afternoon at the World’s largest free-flight bird aviary. You will also find a stunning National Monument near the sculpture gardens, in honour of the freedom fighters of 1945.

Morning

Sculpture garden & National Monument

Opening times: 24hrs
Fee: FREE

Butterfly Park, Orchid Gardens & Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Park: 9am – 6pm (25RM/£4.60)
Orchid Gardens: 9am – 6pm (1RM/£0.20 on weekends)
Botanical Gardens: 7am – 8pm (FREE)

Afternoon

KL Bird Park

At the KL Bird Park you will find incredible birds, walking around freely in this Rainforest like aviary. Some birds are like we’ve never seen before! An incredible experience to be close up with these beautiful creatures.

Opening times: 9am – 6pm
Fee: (50RM/£9.30)

Day 4

Morning

Dragon Back Trek

Dragon Back Trek

The true highlight of our trip. If you love hiking, and love a good view, then you’re not going to want to miss the Dragon Back experience! One of the most challenging, yet rewarding hikes we have ever experienced – and we’ve done a fair few!

There is a lot of debate on whether to do this alone or to book a guide, but we wanted to be on the safe side so booked a tour guide through Open Sky Unlimited. Boy are we glad we did! It was a pretty dangerous trail if you were to do it alone, or even in a pair, so having our guide Ben to lead the way meant we could just relax and enjoy the climb and views.

Having a guide means you don’t have to worry about a thing from start to finish. You are picked up from your hotel, treated to lunch and then dropped back off to your front door – we cannot recommend this experience enough!

Afternoon

Bukut Bintang

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur & Jalan Alor Night Food Court

Enjoy evening street food and a spot of shopping in Bukit Bintang, famous for the Jalan Alor food court. The Pavilion shopping mall is an award-winning location with over 550 stores, and only a 9 minute walk from the food court, so a great place to visit before or after trying the delicious street food of Kuala Lumpur. The mall also has a great food court on the lower ground, with everything from sushi and noodles, to cakes and crepes.

If you want to create more of a memorable experience, and love your food, then we also suggest the 5 star street food tour by night.

Pavilion opening hours: 10am – 10pm
Jalan Alor food court: best time is around 8pm, and closes 4:30am every day (12am Sunday)

Day 5

Morning

Dataran Merdeka

A lovely historic square which holds a 96m flagpole, which marks the site of the first Malaysian flag-raising in August 1957 – the square is situated in front of the beautiful Sultan Abdul Samad building. After a stroll around the square, you can stroll 5 minutes down the road and over the Klang River, to reach your next destination.

Opening times: 24hrs

Afternoon

Central Market

Vibrant shopping and a buzzing atmosphere, here you’ll find a local handicraft and boutique market. The buildings are art-deco style which were originally built in 1928, and as you can imagine the place is very artistic. Locals here sell their bespoke handy-work, authentic Malaysian Batik prints, souvenirs and merchandise. The ultimate shopping experience for gifts, or even just to stroll around!

Opening times: 10am – 9:30pm

If you’re lucky enough to be staying here longer than 5 days, you have the luxury of experiencing these activities at a slower pace. You can spread them over a larger number of days, and add things to your Itinerary. The city has an abundance of locations to visit, but here are just a few:

Full day tour – Taman Negara National Park & waterfalls

Sunway Lagoon – theme park, amusement rides and water games!

National Mosque of Malaysia – 1960’s mosque in lovely landscaped gardens

Watsons @ Times Square – lots of shopping and even a roller coaster

Thean Hou Temple – elaborate temple with vibrant designs, a great photo opportunity!

Aquaria KLCC – large aquarium with sharks and a walk-through tunnel

National Museum of Malaysia – interactive museum of Malaysian culture & history


Kuala Lumpur truly is incredible, filled with so many things to see and do, it’s one of the most vibrant, diverse cities we’ve been to. We wish you the best trip to Kuala Lumpur, and would love for you to comment below which activity you are most interested in – we have plenty of information and tips to share with you for each location!

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    Norman

    Thanks for this excellent post! The photos you have taken are stunning. I am particularly interested in hiking, so the Dragon Back Experience caught my attention. You explain that you found it better to go with a guide – would you recommend the trek for children between 4 and 12? If it would be too dangerous, are there other less challenging hikes in Malaysia you could recommend?

    Thanks again, and all the best,

    Norman

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      Kelly

      Hi Norman 🙂

      Thank you for reading! We’re glad you enjoyed the post and our photos. The Dragon Back Trek was probably our highlight of our whole Asia trip (as well as Erawan Falls near Bangkok)! It’s definitely not a hike for children, and probably wouldn’t recommend to anyone under 17/18 unless they’re very fit and with an adult. It’s pretty dangerous and they advise anyone that takes part in the trek is intermediate at hiking and have very good fitness! It was more or a climb and scramble than a hike to be honest.

      We’re not sure of any smaller hikes, but recommend the Bukit Gasing Forest Park hike, and the Broga Hill hike – these look incredible!

      Have a lovely week

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    Autofreak

    Thanks a lot for this tour guide. Why I think that moving around to enjoy the beauty that kuala lumpur has to offer will cost a huge sum of money. I was surprised to read that lots of places can be visited for free, even those ones that aren’t free are pretty much cheaper than I expected from this side of the world. I’ve only read about Malaysia, and one day, I would love to travel over and enjoy the beauty of the Southeast Asia country.

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      Kelly

      Hey! Thanks for the comment 🙂

      We thought exactly the same. But Malaysia is one the cheaper countries in Southeast Asia, despite being next door to Singapore, which is crazy expensive! So yeah it’s really lovely to visit a few of these attractions for free or even super cheap.

      We hope you get to travel Southeast Asia one day! Have a lovely week & an amazing year 🙂

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    Kenechi

    There are  three things I so much like here. The Bird pack is the number one of it all. I so much like to visit places where I will feel the breeze of nature and explore the beautiful things of nature. I can’t wait to see these beautiful birds. I so much like beautiful birds. Another place I love there is the beautiful shopping mall.

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      Kelly

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      The Bird Park was absolutely amazing! it was soo huge and had so many different kinds of birds we hadn’t seen before. We also love a good shopping mall haha! Even when you’re on the other side of the world, a shopping mall makes us feel a little at home.

      Have a lovely week!

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    Cheri

    Kelly I don’t think I’ve ever read an “travel article” that made me want to visit a place more! You’ve laid out so logically the best places to see whether visiting Kuala Lumpur for a day or a week (or, if lucky, more!). I’m especially partial to those places that allow one to experience the local natural beauty, and you’ve included so many options for doing just that. I can only imagine how amazing it must have been to see the monkeys coming down the rainbow stairs at Batu Caves at sunrise! And the Dragon Back Trek looks so beautiful from the picture, even if it does sound maybe a bit arduous for my hiking abilities…I’ll have to explore the link you provide on this to learn more. This is not only a beautiful article but such a helpful one for anyone wishing to experience the very best of Kuala Lumpur. Thank you for your insights!

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      Kelly

      Thanks for your lovely comment Cheri 🙂

      Really glad you enjoyed reading our article so much, Kuala Lumpur is literally one of our new favourite places in the world! Glad we can share it with people and hopefully help them on their trip 🙂

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    Nuttanee

    Thank you for this wonderful itinerary. How long do you suggest my husband and I should spend there? I want to visit Batu caves, El eco forest park, dragon back trek, and central market. I don’t want to get too tired lol or I will need a vacation after the vacation lol. Thanks for sharing!

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      Kelly

      Hey, thank you for your comment 🙂

      Definitely know the feeling of needing a vacation after a vacation haha! For the activities you suggest we recommend 4 days which will give you plenty of time to spread these out and also have extra time to explore the city in general. We hope this helps, thanks for reading!

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    Kehinde Segun

    This is wonderful side of Kuala Lumpur that i am yet to see in my life. Thank you autor for bringing this to my view for consideration of going there for tourism. It is really essential go for holiday at least once in year either during summer and winter holiday.

    The KL Eko Forest Park is number one on my list. I am still gushing over that view. The next is that amazing Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. 

    Thank you for this information. You are so so wonderful 

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      Kelly

      Thanks so much for your comment 🙂

      We definitely agree how important it is to take a holiday! Hopefully you get to explore KL one day too.

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