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Top 10 Things to do in Kuala Lumpur - Don’t Miss Out on the City of Contrast and Diversity

Kuala Lumpur is popular as a transit stopover as much as a destination of its own. Whichever the purpose, people don't forget to spend a few days meandering around the town to enjoy what is on offer.



Nine out of ten who travel to Kuala Lumpur will say that shopping is one of their priorities, and rightly so. From Chinatown shopping to streets full of shops and dozens of large malls that cater to all sorts of budgets and tastes, the Malaysian shopping scene is exciting. Venture slightly past the PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur to the area of Bukit Bintang and you will find numerous high-end malls; some of which are interconnected for the ease of shoppers.



As is the case with most East Asian countries, there is plenty of street food and hundreds of little eateries at every nook. Rice with curry and papadam served on a banana leaf, the crispy plain roti served with meat curries and sambar are two of the most delicious but of course, the winner is the national staple named nasi lemak.


See the View from Petronas Towers

Getting tickets to scale up to the 88th floor of these twin towers requires some planning. As soon as you book your hotel in Kuala Lumpur, make arrangements to get the tickets. The steel and chrome structures have been the country's greatest landmark for a while now and they are even more beautiful at night than during the day.


Explore Batu Caves

These caves are essentially home to some revered Hindu shrines which are nestled at the foot of a labyrinth. The pilgrims often present their offerings in the form of kavadi or large semicircular wooden structures that are balanced on a person's shoulder.


Visit Menara Tower

Menara serves mostly as an observation deck, but once or twice a year it also becomes a fitness testing ground. Enthusiastic and energetic people contest to get to the top the fastest by foot and it is quite keenly followed.


Relax at the Botanical Gardens

Formerly known as the Lake Gardens, this tranquil setting in the city offers orchid gardens, lush green bushes, hibiscus gardens, manmade fountains, walkways and lakes. Most locals visit the gardens in the evening and allow their kids to play or cycle for a while.


Revel in a Theme Park

There are a number of theme parks to choose from and almost all of them have water parks as well as a host of spine tinkling activities. Plan to spend an entire day and get everyone in the family an all-inclusive ticket to enjoy every minute of the day.


Pay Homage at the Sri Mahamariamman Temple

This is possibly the oldest of all the Hindu shrines in the city limits and is visited by devotees throughout the day. The colourful paintings and sculptures of deities draw tourists as well.


Worship at the Thean Hou Temple

This six-tiered ornate Buddhist place of worship is a landmark that has wooed people for centuries. The carvings, murals and decorative elements depict Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, thus, devotees of all these sects are found daily.


Be in Awe at the National Mosque

This colossal mosque is not only where the local Muslims pray, but it also portrays Islamic architecture in a modern and sophisticated light. Fifteen thousand people can gather to pray at any given time under the star-shaped roof which has sixteen points and glorious embellishments.

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