The capital of Malaysia has been a wonderful city destination we visited this year. Here is my full Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide Blog Post with all the places you really need to see!
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT KUALA LUMPUR?
The temperature in Kuala Lumpur is around 25-31 degrees Celsius throughout the whole year in combination with a humid air. In March & April and also October & November you will have a few more rainy days than usual.
IS KUALA LUMPUR EXPENSIVE?
Kuala Lumpur – and Malaysia in total – are not expensive at all. You can get really good hotels for 40-80 Euros and have dinner for a low price too! And as mentioned above even getting around with a Grab Taxi all the time is cheap.
Malaysia is a Muslim country so the only expensive part of our visit was the consumption of alcohol. But of course it’s not bad to avoid alcohol for a few days
HOW MANY DAYS TO STAY IN KUALA LUMPUR?
We stayed 4 days in Kuala Lumpur but it’s also possible to see all the best places in 3 days. So depending on how tight you want your schedule to be I would suggest 3-4 days to visit the capital of Malaysia.
HOW TO GET AROUND IN THE CITY?
Kuala Lumpur has a great Metro system which makes it easy and fast to get around in the city. But we usually went for a Grab Taxi since the prices are really low as well. For a ride we usually paid around 1-4 Euros so getting a metro ticket for the both of us would have cost us more.
I can highly recommend you to download the Grab App before visiting Kuala Lumpur. It makes getting around so easy
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MY MUST-SEE PLACES
The rainbow stairs are one of the most famous sights in Kuala Lumpur. The 272 stairs of the Hindu Temple have been painted with these wonderful bright colors only in 2018. So it’s actually a quite new attraction for tourists.
For this reason I can highly recommend you to go very early (for sunrise) OR right before sunset to find it almost empty! Another benefit of going in the evening is that you will see Hindus in the cave with their colorful dresses while praying.
The Caves open at 6am and only close 9pm. The entry is completely free.
Since it’s a holy place you should keep in mind to cover your knees and shoulders during the visit. There will even be a guard at the entrance who will yell at anyone who isn’t dressed properly.
THEAN HOU TEMPLE
The Thean Hou Temple is a beautiful Chinese Temple with many details. It’s located outside of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. Due to the locations on a hill you will have a great view over the skyscrapers of the city.
We visited the temple right for the opening hour at 8 am which is also the best time for a nice light. I would suggest you to avoid Sundays for your visit since there will be more locals than usual which come to pray.
ECO FOREST PARK
In the middle of the city centre is a tropical forest garden located, called the Eco Forest Park. You can not only walk underneath the tress but also above them! Several hanging bridges are leading through the park and offer an amazing view over the treetops with the city in the background.
The best way to enter the park is coming from the Sky Tower and walking a few steps to the Upside Down House. Here you will see the entry of the Forest Park. You don’t have to pay an entrance fee to visit the park.
In the middle of the Merdeka Square is a huge Malaysian flag located which got placed here after Malaysia achievement independence from Britain in 1957. That’s why it’s also called the Independence Square nowadays.
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building right behind it used to be the seat of the British government. It is built in a typical colonial style which makes a great contrast with the modern skyscrapers around it.
Today it’s a popular place for locals to sit and rest on the huge meadow in the afternoon.
SEE THE PETRONAS TOWERS AT NIGHT
The Petronas Towers are without any question the No. 1 sight for tourists in Kuala Lumpur. Especially after sunset the tallest twin towers in the world turn into a captivating sight!
If you wanna get a full shot of the 452-m high towers, the KLCC Park is a nice place to take a picture and admire the beautiful landmark. On the other side of the towers you have a square too. But it’s a lot smaller than the KLCC Park, so you will have to try out different perspectives if you wanna get the whole towers in one picture.
Inside the towers is a huge mall located which is perfect if you wanna go shopping after all the sightseeing 😉
OVERLOOKING THE CITY FROM AN INFINITY POOL
The Face Suites has the most popular infinity pool in Kuala Lumpur which overlooks the unique skyline. That’s why it is really crowded throughout the whole day!
We slept a night in the hotel to take a photo for sunrise and realized that the pool is closed for cleaning on three mornings each week for 2,5 hrs…. So if you wanna stay there make sure to avoid Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings!
We still managed to get a photo since I was the first one quickly jumping into the water when it opened again But trust me – it was simply crazy how many people jumped into the water at the same time !
Note from May 2020: A follower texted me that a new building between the Face Suites Building and the Petronas Towers is now blocking the amazing view 🙁
After having a bad experience at the Face Suites we couldn’t believe our eyes when we arrived to the swimming pool of the Quadro Residence.
The pool is located in the gym of the Residence Building and it was completely empty – even during sunset! And the view is even better since you’re facing the Petronas Towers right in fron of you! It’s been such a magical experience to have it all to ourselves
We were allowed to enter the building since the boyfriend of a friend lives in the building, but we had to pay a little entry fee to get to the gym/pool.
VISIT THE PINK PUTRA MOSQUE
This mosque is really unique because of it’s intense pink color. It’s located in Putraja which lies a little outside of the Kuala Lumpur center. That’s why I would recommend you to get here by a Grab taxi.
Unfortunately we could only witness the beauty of the mosque from the outside. The reason for this was that we visited the Putra Mosque to one of the most holy days for the Muslims – Eid al-Adha.
The Putra Mosque is also beautiful from the outside
Visting the markets and buy some delicious street food is a must do whenever you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur. The cuisines has a lot of Chinese influences but also from Thailand, Indonesia, India and also some British influences.
As a very special desert we had was a black sesame pudding which also comes in an almond or peanut version.
WHAT WE MISSED…
We also wanted to visit the Sky Tower to overlook the city but unfortuntely the deck was closed due to rain. We also had to skip our visit of the beautiful Wilayah Mosque since we arrived to a praying time which is closed for visitors. But this gives us another reason to come back to KL!