There are lots of amazing things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, and it seems like we’re discovering more every time we visit. Not only is Kuala Lumpur the biggest city in Malaysia, but it’s also the 6th most-visited city in the world. If you take any regional flights in Southeast Asia, chances are you’ll transit in KL at some point.
It’s a fun city for families and couples, and it’s pretty easy to get around. The cherry on top is that it’s also very affordable. We’ve stayed in Kuala Lumpur many times over the years, and we always love to go back. Three of the world’s 10 biggest malls are in KL, and it’s an all-around exciting city for shopping, food, zoos, museums, architecture, and everything else there is to enjoy in a city.
Without further ado, here’s our Kuala Lumpur travel guide, with a complete list of 13 top things to do in Kuala Lumpur city! The Petronas Towers are Kuala Lumpur’s most famous landmark, and they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 (when they were bumped off by Taipei 101). They’re still the tallest ‘twin’ towers in the world. The towers are equally impressive when they’re lit up at night. You can admire them from below, or take a lift up to the top for views of KL city. Either way, good photo ops abound!
If you plan to go to the top of the towers, it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance. There can be long queues for tickets sometimes. Suria is a fancy mall on the ground floor of the Petronas Towers. With more than 300 stores, it’s one of the biggest shopping malls in Malaysia. A lot of stores in this mall cater to the luxury crowd, but you don’t have to be rich to shop here. There’s something for everyone.
We usually come here to eat. There’s a good mix of street food type restaurants, dessert shops, western fast food, and more. This is a historical square with some interesting buildings related to Malaysia’s colonial period and independence. The name means Independence Square. As a photographer, the highlight of this place would have to be the 19th century Sultan Abdul Samad Building, with its clock tower and copper domes.