11 Awesome Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia with an ultra-modern skyline. The city is filled with gleaming skyscrapers, colonial architecture, and a mix of different cultural influences! Here are 11 awesome things to do in this city:

1. Petronas Towers

The most iconic landmark in Kuala Lumpur- maybe even all of Malaysia. The identical twin skyscrapers with a connecting bridge. The towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, and now just remain as the tallest twin towers in the world. You can go up in the tower between 9am-9pm on Tuesdays-Sundays (closed on Mondays). The entrance fee is a whopping 80 MR ($19 USD). If you're on a budget (like me!), there's no need to go up- just head to KLCC Park for some great views of the towers.

2. KLCC Park

Right at the base of the Petronas Towers is a green park with a fountain in the middle. There are several benches and gazebos around for people to relax and admire the beautiful views of the Petronas Towers.

3. China Town

From morning until night, China Town has vendors lining the streets selling anything from fake Rolex watches to hand-made jewelry. It is the ultimate market to buy whatever it is that you need! Admire the red lanterns lining the ceiling and bring cash to bargain with!

4. Central Market

Another market (slightly smaller), but still worth checking out. There is an outdoor and indoor part to this market selling things like fruit juice, Turkish lanterns, and souvenir T-shirts.

5. Menara Kuala Lumpur

Commonly referred to as the Kuala Lumpur Tower. It's a communications tower built in 1995 that is 421 meters high- the 7th tallest building in the world! You can buy a ticket for 49 RM ($11.70 USD) to go up on the Sky deck for views of the city... or just admire its massive size from the ground!

6. Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Aamad

The name is a mouthful, I know. BUT, it's definitely worth going to! It's one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur- built in 1909. It's located right where the Klang and Gombak river meet, so it really is quite beautiful to see.

7. Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Right across from the mosque is a beautiful, white building with a clock tower. It is among one of Kuala Lumpur's oldest Moorish-style buildings. Admire the architecture and snap a couple of photos!

8. Bukit Bintang

A great area for shopping, eating, and just soaking up the vibes that Kuala Lumpur has to offer. You'll find a plethora of restaurants and stores to shop in- ranging from your average H&M to your Cartier and Louis V. Whatever your price range, you'll find something to love about this area.

9. Grab a Shawarma To-Go

Kuala Lumpur is actually quite expensive when it comes to food (compared to the rest of SE Asia)- so utilize the shawarma to-go deal. Lots of different restaurants in the Bukit Bintang area will have signs out promoting a great shawarma take-away deal: 6 RM for a small & 10 RM for a large. We tried multiple different places and they were all amazing- plus, we saved money! WIN-WIN.

10. Friends Perk

This is a personal favorite because I am a FRIENDS fanatic! There is a super cute cafe designed to imitate Central Perk from the TV Show FRIENDS. Even the menu has funny headings and names for their dishes based on things from the TV show. And of course, they're playing FRIENDS on a big screen the whole time. If you're a FRIENDS fanatic- this place is a must.

11. Stay at Kitez Hotel & Bunkz

This place is right in the heart of China Town. It's only 20 RM ($5 USD) per night for a bunk in a 6-person dorm and the rooms are great. Super modern, AC, very clean, and a great common area to hang out. You can save some money and walk to all your desired locations throughout the city- I definitely recommend this place!

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