The city of Kuala Lumpur is one of modernization and traditional tastes. Dozens of cultures have merged together to help construct this vast and fascinating city. But as a tourist, you might not know exactly where to go or what do to. Whether you are looking to enjoy a day or a week in KL, there are attractions that will never disappoint. Here are the 5 best things to do in Kuala Lumpur:
1. Take a Stroll Down Kampung Baru
For a free historical walk, head towards Kampung Baru, an area separated from the skyscrapers and modern buildings. Kampung Baru is a preserved historic district that has been around since the British colonized the area in 1899. The wooden buildings are quaint and charming. Many are now home to boutiques and unpretentious cafes. Nearby is also the Bazaar Baru Chow Kit, Masjid Jamek Kampung Baru, and another street of wooden homes called Jalan Daud.
2. Taste Malaysian Flavor along Jalan Alor
Alor Street was once a red light district. Now, it has been cleaned up and is home to some of the best food in the entire city. From sun up to sun down (and later), there are hundreds of street food vendors. Each stall will usually have a single speciality food that you can purchase, so you are welcome to jump from stall to stall, tasting all the culinary delights Kuala Lumpur has to offer. It’s a unique cultural experience that shouldn’t be forgotten.
3. See the City from On-High at KL Tower
One of the tallest broadcasting towers in the world, KL Tower is a monument that has become as much as a symbol of Kuala Lumpur as the nearby Petronas Twin Towers. What makes KL Tower a must-do, though, would be where it is located. Found inside of the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, a gorgeous expanse of jungle in the heart of the city, KL Tower is accented by the stunning beauty of the forest. Inside the tower is an observation deck, restaurants, an upside down house, simulation theatre, mini zoo, and the Blue Coral Aquarium.
4. Shop at Central Market
Those who love shopping till they drop will love the treasure known as Central Market (Pasar Seni). The market is more than a place to buy souvenirs. You can find ethnic influences in the local products. Chinese arts and crafts, Indian goods, and Chinese medicine are just some of the products to be found. On the top floor, there is also a food court that sells local delicacies. On nice days, performers and buskers can be found outside.
5. Visit the Batu Caves
Though located on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, skipping out on the Batu Caves should be unthinkable! The main attraction of this vast subterranean system would be the beautiful shrines and temples dedicated to Lord Murugan. However, the real star is the natural limestone tunnels that house monkeys and other native wildlife. Aside from the main Batu Cave, you can also go spelunking in the Dark Cave or check out the mountain’s crag climbing scene.