31. Appreciate the impressive collections of National Visual Arts Gallery.
Located along Jalan Temerloh, the National Art Gallery is hard to miss because of its outstanding design, inspired by traditional Malay architecture. But inside, the National Art Gallery is very much modern. It features a great collection of Asian as well international art pieces. It aims to highlight, develop and preserve the many art forms in the country. Just beside this gallery is the National Theatre (locally known as Istana Budaya), where regular musical shows, opera, and live performances are held.
How to get to the National Visual Arts Gallery?
The closest station to the National Art Gallery is Titiwangsa Station, served by the STAR LRT line service. From Titiwangsa Station, you only need to walk a few minutes to reach the National Art Gallery. Alternatively, you can take a taxi, GRAB or UBER from the city center.
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32. Walk around Little India in Brickfields.
Be prepared for a colourful experience in Little India, Kuala Lumpur
Due to its huge Indian population, this residential neighborhood is widely known in Kuala Lumpur as ‘Little India’. You can’t miss this area as it is marked by colorful Indian-style street arches. Brickfields is a big enough neighborhood but if you don’t have a lot of time, walk down its main road – Jalan Tun Sambanthan and explore the rows of shops selling Indian products. This is a great place to shop for sarees and to try out Northern and Southern Indian cuisines. Some dishes are Indian inspired but are unique to the Indian Malaysian culture. Many tourists choose to stay near KL Sentral because Little India is a very short walk from the hotels around KL Sentral Station.
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Right in the heart of Little India, Kuala Lumpur
How to Get to Little India Brickfields?
Take any train line (KTM Komuter, KLIA Express, and Transit, Kelana Jaya LRT) that goes to KL Sentral. From KL Sentral, you only need to walk across the street to reach Brickfields. Alternatively, you can take UBER/GRAB to get here if there are no train stations near your hotel.
Where is the best place to stay near Little India in Kuala Lumpur?
The most practical decision to make regarding where you stay in Little India, is to choose a property that is also close to KL Sentral. This will reduce your transport costs and make your trip more efficient. I recommend these two properties:
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel – rated 8.7/10 based on verified guest reviews. I have stayed at this property a few different times. It’s new, with stylishly designed rooms. I really enjoyed my stays here. Pretty good value considering that it is literally 50 meters from KL Sentral, 50 meters from Nu Sentral Mall and a few hundred meters from Little India. It’s also an excellent choice if you are taking the KLIA Express train from the airport, as you won’t even have to rent a taxi to get your luggage to the hotel. Super convenient.
Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur: rated 8.5/10 based on verified reviews. This is also very close to KL Sentral (roughly 300 meters). It’s a new serviced apartment with large rooms. Also convenient to reach Little India from here (only a minute or two).
A roadside flower market, Little India, Kuala Lumpur
33. Go for a food adventure in Kepong.
One of the popular dimsum restaurants in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
If you really want to try out authentic Malaysian-Chinese cuisine in a non-touristy environment, then we suggest that you head out to Kepong.
Kepong is the unofficial Steamboat capital of Kuala Lumpur. In Steamboat dining (also known as hot pot), a pot of soup is placed in the middle of the table. The pot is kept at a constant hot temperature by putting it on top of a portable stove. Diners are then given a big plate of raw ingredients, usually vegetables, slices of meat and tofu products, and are expected to cook the food themselves by putting them in the pot of soup. Diners can dictate when they will take the food out of the soup to eat it. Steamboat is considered a healthy way of dining because it involves fresh ingredients that are only boiled and not fried.
Kepong has some of the best steamboat restaurants in the city. Some of the popular steamboat restaurants include:
PoPo Steamboat Café
Tai Tao Steamboat
Happy City Steamboat Restaurant
Hao Jie Steamboat Restaurant.
Ho Ho Steamboat
Choose one, maybe two or perhaps go for steamboat crawl? All you need to do is to drive around Kepong really. Bring friends and family as Steamboat is meant to be a group-oriented dining experience unless you are willing to finish everything by yourself. Steamboat restaurants are usually open in the evening. If you can only make it during the day, you can opt for ‘dim sum’ dining instead. If you’re not familiar with the word dim sum, you might know the other name for it, which is a dumpling. Again, Kepong has some of the best dim sum eateries in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the good ones are located along the street next to Tesco Mall. Dim sum restaurants are not fancy and they are usually the outdoor types furnished with light metal chairs and tables.
Ordering dim sum is a cultural experience in itself.
Servers usually go around with a big tray of many dim sum varieties on small plates. Dim sum can consist of pork, chicken, fish, and vegetables. All you have to do is point out the plates you want and the server will place it on your table. After you eat, just call the server and they will calculate the cost of your meal by the number of plates you have on your table.
Kepong isn’t visited by most international tourists sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. This makes it much more authentic than other tourist draws around the city.
Ordering dimsum or dumplings in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
How to get to Kepong?
The closest train station to Kepong is Kepong Sentral KTM Komuter Station. However, most of the restaurants mentioned are not close to this train station. So the best way to reach these eateries is to take a taxi or Uber/Grab. Uber rates are relatively affordable around Kuala Lumpur. Another option is to rent a car and drive to Kepong. With a car, you can even do restaurant-hopping.
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34. Check out the Federal Territory Mosque and the National Palace (the new one) in Sri Hartamas.
The King’s Palace during the day.
Sri Hartamas and its adjoining neighborhood Mont Kiara are home to some of the richest people in the city. It is a green and quiet area that is only about 5 kilometers from the city center. Two reasons to visit this neighborhood include the Federal Territory Mosque (Masjid Wilayah Persekutuan) and the majestic National Palace, the currently residence of the King of Malaysia. You can get a good view of the Mosque from one of the upper bars located in Publika Mall. Unfortunately, mere ordinary mortals cannot enter the King’s Palace. But you can admire it from one of the restaurants on the upper floor of Hartamas Shopping Mall.
How to get to Sri Hartamas?
Sri Hartamas is not too far from the city center of Kuala Lumpur. You can easily take a taxi or Uber/Grab to this neighborhood. Although there are buses that go to some spots in this area like Publika, bus services around KL are generally unreliable and not on time. Since this is a wealthy neighbourhood, there hasn’t been too much pressure for public train stations or lines to be developed in Sri Hartamas. Pretty much everyone owns a vehicle.
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The King’s Palace at night
35. Have a splashing family time at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park.
This is the most accessible outdoor theme park around Kuala Lumpur. Technically, it is located in the city of Selangor, but it is only a 20-minute drive away from KLCC. Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is a sure hit with the kids.
How to get to Sunway Lagoon Theme Park?
Take the KTM Komuter Train Line and get off at Subang Jaya Station. From this station, get on the feeder bus that goes to Sunday Pyramid Mall complex. From here, you can walk to the theme park.
Another option is to take the Putra LRT train line and stop at Kelana Jaya Station. From this station, you can take the feeder bus that stops at Sunway Pyramid.
Where should you stay near the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park?
Try the Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa (rated 8.4/10). It’s very close to the Sunway Pyramid Mall as well as the Theme Park.
36. Be enchanted with the Mysterious Batu Caves.
Climbing the famous steps of the Batu Caves
This remains to be one of the most must-see places in Kuala Lumpur. Batu Caves are natural caves crafted from massive limestone cliffs by Mother Nature and Time. They have become a sacred place for Hinduism. Inside the main cave sit shrines and temples. And if that’s not impressive enough there is a huge golden statue of the god Shiva outside. And oh did I mention, you have to walk up 272 steps to reach the main cave. Go on, take your time, the climb is worth it to see the view and the cave. Batu Caves is the main venue for the enigmatic Hindu Thaipusam Festival. If you don’t know anything about it, look it up! It’s one of the most fascinating festivals in Malaysia in my opinion.
There is no shortage of statues to check out while at Batu Caves
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How to get to Batu Caves?
Make your way to KL Sentral Train Station. Then take the KTM train to Batu Caves. Once you reach the station at Batu Caves, walk for a few minutes and you will reach the complex.
Should you stay near Batu Caves?
Most visitors to KL do not stay near Batu Caves, and I wouldn’t recommend it either unless you want to stay near it. It’s more practical to check it out as part of a day excursion. It’s a bit out of the way.
Instead, I would suggest staying near KL Sentral where it is much more convenient. Staying near KL also will allow you to get the train to Batu Caves at a time that’s convenient for you. As mentioned before, two good places to stay within a few hundred meters of KL Sentral are: Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel and Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur. Another suggestion is to stay in the Sentul area where the Batu Caves is located if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city center. Check out available sentul apartments.
Inside the ever impressive Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur
Short Day Trips from Kuala Lumpur
If you are spending more than a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur, the following attractions are ideal day-trip destinations.
37. Eat yummy seafood in Klang.
Yummy seafood dishes in Klang. It’s highly recommended!
There are many seafood restaurants in Kuala Lumpur but the best one I’ve had (not to mention the most value for the money) was in Klang. If you want a little adventure, head out to Klang City. It is a small city that has become infamous due to its gangs. Don’t get scared though, the town is not really that dodgy by Southeast Asia standards. The real gem of an experience is eating those oh so delicious seafood dishes. However, the best seafood restaurants are not in town; they are located near the port, closer to the water, where public transport doesn’t go. You will need to rent a car for this venture, but it is a good stop for a road trip.
I strongly recommend the Coconut Flower Restaurant along Jalan Udang Galah but there are also other restaurants along this road to choose from.
One of the best seafood restaurants in Klang
How to get to Klang?
The KTM train line stops at Klang Station within the town. However, the seafood restaurants are out of town. You will need to take a taxi, UBER or GRAB to reach these restaurants. You can also rent a car in Kuala Lumpur and drive straight to Klang. This is the most convenient option if you have the cash.
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38. Explore the intelligent City of Putrajaya.
Putrajaya is the administrative capital of Malaysia. This is where you will find the main offices of the government. Putrajaya was a vision project by the former prime minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohammad. It is meant to be the city of the future with well-executed urban planning, something that Kuala Lumpur was not able to achieve to the fullest. Indeed, Putrajaya looks more like a 1st world city with wide streets, avenues, modern bridges, well-maintained parks and complete with walking and bike lanes. However, it feels empty aside from major events because the government is having a hard time luring more people to leave Kuala Lumpur and Selangor to live in Putrajaya. But from a visitor’s perspective, Putrajaya is good day trip destination from Kuala Lumpur.
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How to get to Putrajaya?
Putrajaya is served by the KLIA Transit Line. You can go to Kuala Lumpur Sentral train station and take the KLIA Transit, which stops at Putrajaya. More information about this route: How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya. There are also buses available, but they are not as fast and subject to KL traffic.
Where should you stay in Putrajaya
Le Meridien Putrajaya (rated 8.7/10). Very positively reviewed.
39. Have fun in the jungle at the Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM).
One of the hiking paths at FRIM, Malaysia
If you are a true nature lover then you would certainly love a visit to FRIM, which is actually one of the best in tropical forestry research institutes in the world. Administered by the Malaysian Forestry Research and Development Board (MFRDB), this beautiful patch of jungle heaven is also not too far away from the city center, making it a perfect day trip. It is also very close to Batu Caves.
Sadly, the Canopy Walk which is their most popular attraction will be indefinitely closed by June 2017. But fret not, FRIM offers plenty of fun activities like nature trail trekking, cycling, jungle camping and wildlife observation activities.
8:00 am to 5:00 pm (except Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays)
Opening Hours for Joggers: 5:00 am to 7:30 pm
For more information: Telephone: 603-62797000 Fax: 603 62731314
How to get to FRIM?
FRIM is located along the Selayang-Kepong Highway. There is no train line that goes directly to FRIM. The best way to get here through public transport is to take the KTM Commuter Line bound for Rawang. Get off at Kepong Station. From this station, you can take a taxi, Uber or Grab to FRIM. You may also rent a car and drive to FRIM, which is only a 35-minute drive away from Kuala Lumpur.
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Visit FRIM to enjoy the tropical jungle environment
40. Hike Broga Hill Park.
The view from Broga Hill
The beauty of Kuala Lumpur is its proximity to parks and green spaces. Just a mere 45 – minute drive from the city, you will find Broga Hill, a very famous place for hikers. Hiking-loving city dwellers usually wake before dawn and drive to Broga. They will hike the top of the hill in time for sunrise. Broga Hill is considered an easy hike. We have been there on multiple occasion, and it’s a nice hike for anyone without medical conditions.
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How to get to Broga Hill Park?
There is no public transport that goes all the way to Broga Hill. You can take UBER, GRAB or taxi to take you there. You can also rent a car if you’re a group so you will have the freedom and flexibility to see other attractions.
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Broga Hill is very popular among hikers
41. Test your luck at Genting Highland.
Inside the Genting Highlands complex
Genting Highlands makes an easy choice for a nice mountain retreat from Kuala Lumpur. But there is one more reason why Genting Highlands is very popular among locals, and that is because this is the only place in Malaysia where gambling is allowed. Genting Highlands is the home to Malaysia’s one and only casino complex (Resort’s World).
Although Malaysian Chinese and Indians are allowed to gamble, the Malay Muslim population are not. Tourists are most welcomed. But if you’re not really into testing your luck, you can book a hotel at Genting and enjoy other activities like: shopping, dining, and trekking. Resorts World Genting Highland is equipped with two entertainment parks: SnowWorld and the Vision City Video Games Park. The cable car ride up to the Genting Highland Resort Area is quite exciting too and recommended if you have the time.
How to get to Genting Highland?
Make your way to KL Sentral Station. While there, go to the Lower Ground Floor. You will find the Genting Express Bus Service Booth, where you can buy a one-way or return joint ticket for the bus and Skyway (cable car) ride.
The route to Genting Highlands is as follows:
KL Sentral – Genting Skyway Lower Station – cable car ride to Genting Highlands (Resorts World)
The scenic cable car ride to Genting Highlands
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