You do not really have to wonder if you can do something nice in Kuala Lumpur. As soon as you arrive in this metropolis, you feel that it is full of energy and liveliness. There is always something to do in Kuala Lumpur, from early in the morning until late at night. I put my best tips at a glance: you have to do this in Kuala Lumpur!
1. Drink cocktails in the Heli Lounge Bar
Kuala Lumpur is known for its beautiful sky bars from where you have a beautiful view over the city. Unfortunately there is a price tag attached to this beautiful view. So you pay at the world famous Traders Bar, from where you have a view of the Petronas Twin Towers, converted 8 euros for a bottle of Tiger Beer. This is a lot of money in the Netherlands, but in Malaysia this is unprecedentedly expensive. A perfect alternative to the expensive bars in the Heli Lounge Bar. During the day this sky deck is, yes, a helicopter platform. At 6.00 pm the platform will be transformed into an outdoor bar. There is no dress code until 9.00 pm and everyone can come here in his daily clothes for a drink with breathtaking views. I paid about 6 euros for a mojito. Still not cheap, but a lot more affordable than in the chic sky bars.
2. Do the canopy walk in the Forest Eco Park
The Forest Eco Park was for me the big surprise of Kuala Lumpur. On the advice of our Airbnb-host, we decided to pay a visit to this park. Eventually it took an hour or so before we were in the park itself, because we first had to get a (free!) Entrance ticket at the super tourist Menara Tower. Then we walked back to the park and we showed our ticket on the way to security. After this useless hassle we were finally allowed to finally enter the park. Here we really did not see anyone, which is not surprising considering the effort it takes to enter. The park itself is the only piece of jungle in the world that lies in the middle of a city. I found it a bizarre sensation that the city has almost completely swallowed up this beautiful nature. Once we are in the park, all city noise falls away and we feel like we are somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Special!
Via a canopy walk we almost walk over the tops of the trees. Among us we see a green jungle, while the skyline consists entirely of tall towers. Really unique to see! I had not thought about it in advance that it really was a jungle, so I got completely stung by the mosquitoes. So take enough DEET with you when you go here. As far as I am concerned you should not miss the Forest Eco Park if you are in Kuala Lumpur.
3. Shop in the Central Market
Fair is fair, the Central Market is a pretty touristy place to buy souvenirs. Yet I found it a very nice, covered market to wander through. The trinkets are generally of higher quality than in the average tourist shop and you can eat a good meal. I eventually bought almost all my souvenirs for home.
4. Enjoy Lake Symphony Water Fountain Show
Of course a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers is something you have to do in Kuala Lumpur. However, I advise you not to visit these giants during the day, but in the evening. Firstly, the towers themselves are much more impressive because these silver skyscrapers stand out beautifully against the black night. Secondly, in the evening you can immediately combine your visit with the Lake Symphony Water Fountain Show which takes place a few times a day. You can also go during the day, but this music and light show is much nicer in the evening. Every weekday between 18.00 and 23.00 and in the weekend until 00.00 you can enjoy this beauty.
5. Visit Butterfly Park
The Butterfly Park is actually one big terrarium for butterflies. In a lush garden full of tropical flowers and plants thousands of beautiful butterflies fly around. The admission price of $4 is on the high side for Asian standards, but personally I thought it worth it. The costs for the maintenance of the garden are not lackluster and I gladly contribute to that. The Butterfly Park is a special park that you can not miss when you are in Kuala Lumpur.
6. Sleep through an Airbnb in one of the many condo’s
Whoever follows me a little, knows that I’m crazy about Asian Airbnb’s . In Kuala Lumpur, it’s bursting with affordable, luxury Airbnb’s and I really advise you to book an Airbnb for at least one night. We slept 2 nights in the apartment of Yamin , which was really equipped with all luxury. Two bedrooms, a beautiful view, a lovely pool and a central location made for an unforgettable experience. Later we stayed in two other Airbnb’s, both of which were equally good. For an Airbnb in Kuala Lumpur you only pay a bit more than for a basic hotel and it is worth the money.
7. Go in the roller coaster at Berjaya Times Square
Shopping mall Berjaya Times Square is a concept in Kuala Lumpur and that means something! On 7.5 million (!) Square meters you can find more than 1000 shops, several cinemas and many restaurants. In addition, there is a real amusement park on the fifth and seventh floor of the enormous department store. Here you can go in a real rollercoaster, just inside the mall. Bizarre, but oh so nice!
8. Thing off in China Town
Like every major metropolis, Kuala Lumpur also has a China Town. Here you shop for witty souvenirs, tasty meals or cheap clothes. China Town is busy, chaotic and even a bit pushy, but I still liked to walk over it. Are you not good at negotiating? Then China Town is the place to practice this. Bargaining on stuff is a must here. In the evening it is nice to take place on one of the terraces at China Town for a real hotpot meal.
9. Wander through Bukit Bintang
The best known district of Kuala Lumpur is without a doubt Bukit Bintang. This chaotic but cozy part of town guarantees a nice afternoon or evening. You will find lots of well-known shops, good places to eat and countless hotels. I personally would not choose to take a hotel in Bukit Bintang, simply because it is just a bit too busy for me. For a day it is a very nice neighborhood where you can enjoy yourself.
10. Eat on
Malay food is really great and I have eaten sick at noodle soup, dumplings and nasi lemak. At Jalan Alor you will find all the best that Malaysian cuisine has to offer in one long street. Terrace after terrace, stall after stall, there seems to be no end. I drank fresh carrot juice with coconut water for the first time and was immediately sold. Furthermore, I ate delicious noodles, mocchi ice cream and dumplings. Jammie, the water is already in my mouth when I think about it.