What to see in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia, a city often shrouded in a dense mist that makes its landscape unique. It arose in the middle of the forest and its explosive urbanization has continued to maintain large green areas within it. City colonized in the past by the Portuguese, English and Dutch, it is a crossroads of cultures and religions, a kaleidoscope of colors and aromas. Given the enormous size of the city, if you have a few days at your disposal, it is better to make a precise plan not to miss the most interesting attractions. Here, then: what to see in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Kuala Lumpur cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad building, Central Market

We start from the heart of the city, we have breakfast at Arch Cafè on the ground floor of the Pacific Express Hotel, here we can find American coffee and cappuccinos, as well as sweets, for about RM70,00 (about € 15,00).

Then we can visit Merdeka Square which is right in front, it is the square that commemorates the Malaysian independence. There is a large green area inside and from the side it is dominated by the spectacular Sultan Abdul Samad's palace: it cannot be visited inside, as it has become the seat of the Court of Justice, however, its facade is worth a visit. It is in Moorish style, dating back to the late nineteenth century, there are imposing towers including that of the clock, and Arabesque decorations.

After that we head towards the Central market, at a distance of 450 meters. It is open every day from 10:00 to 21:30 and inside there is a large market, with a thousand colorful stalls, souvenirs, fabrics, articles of all kinds. We can indulge ourselves with shopping, but beware: the peculiarity of these places lies in the bargaining, it is forbidden to buy without registering one.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Chinatown, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Guan Di Chinese Temple

We are already at the Central Market, one of the most famous places for Malaysian food, why not have lunch at the Food Court upstairs? You can choose between various types of street food, but here there are greater guarantees on cleanliness and the prices are very affordable: fish balls, or rice or chicken for RM5,00 (about € 1,00).

After that we head to Pedaling Street, just 200 meters away, and from there we start the tour to Chinatown. Here too we are spoiled for choice, there are stalls and shops of all kinds, in addition to the ubiquitous street food. Once the tour is over we can head towards an attraction with an unpronounceable name, but so fascinating as to leave you breathless: Sri Mahamariamman, the oldest Hindu temple in the city, open for visits and functions from 06:00 in the morning until 20:30. It is especially not to be missed for the gopuram at the entrance, a high pyramid decorated with colorful statues of gods. The entrance is free, they will only ask us to leave our shoes at the entrance in a safe place that we will pay a pair of ringgit. At 40 meters from the temple, we can also visit the Guan Di Chinese Temple, an impressive Taoist temple open until 19pm. Again, there are no entrance tickets, but we are invited to leave a small offer.

The evening is now falling and, not far away, there is a spectacle that cannot be missed. Let's go back towards the river, at about 450 meters, the watercourse divides into two rivers: Glank e Kombag, at sunset all the lights and fountains turn on, really impressive.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Golden Triangle, Skybar

We can have dinner not far from here, at the Anjappar Chettinad restaurant which offers Indian dishes for around RM22,00 (almost € 5,00).

After dinner we move to the so-called Golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur, where, after 22pm, the nightlife comes alive. We can take the KJL red line, which from the Masjid Jamek mosque station takes us in about 00 minutes to the KLLC stop towards Gombak. Here we can go for a cocktail at the Skybar, a panoramic bar of the Traders Hotel that offers an exceptional view over the city at night and in particular the Petronas Towers. Inside there is also a disco with the possibility of having a table with a compulsory drink at RM500,00 (about € 100,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 20,1 km / 4 h 26 min
  • Places visited: Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad building (free), Central Market, Chinatown, Sri Mahamariamman Temple (free), Guan Di Chinese Temple, Glank and Kombag rivers, Golden Triangle.
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  • Breakfast at Arch Cafe (Get directions), Lunch at Central Market (Get directions), Dinner at Anjappar Chettinad (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Batu Caves

This morning our destination is Batu caves (we wear comfortable shoes), out of town, so we have breakfast near the Sentral station at the Brewberry KL coffee shop, we can get coffee or cappuccino and sweets for around RM20,00 (€ 5,00). Then we take the train to the Batu Caves with the KTM Komuter railway line, attention: it is another circuit than the metro, you have to buy a separate ticket which costs RM2,5 (€ 0,50) each way. Trains run every 15 minutes and the journey takes about half an hour, in fact the caves are about 15 kilometers from the center. The entrance of the caves is right at the exit of the terminus which is called, in fact, Batu Caves. This incredible natural place is made up of karst caves inside a very green mountain, home to a series of Hindu temples. The place is very busy, so arrive early. There is a staircase of 272 steps to go up, truly majestic; the whole complex is free, up to the entrance to the Dark Cave, a 2km deep cave inside which burrows and various species of animals are hidden. This cave can only be visited with a guide, the cost is RM35 (€ 8,00). The tour can be booked on site and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Leaving the complex you will find another suggestive cave to visit, the Ramayana Cave, so called because inside it hides reproductions of the epic poem of the same name. Visiting it costs RM5,00 (€ 1,00). Pay attention to the cute little monkeys that populate the whole site: they are very mischievous and steal hats and backpacks.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, KLCC Park, Aquarium, Petronas Towers

About a kilometer from the Batu Caves is the Pan Heong restaurant which offers Asian specialties, we can refresh ourselves here before returning to the city. Lunch will cost around RM25,00 (just over € 5,00) per person, with huge portions of rice and fresh fish.

We return to the center of Kuala Lumpur and take the red line towards Gombak, we get off at KLCC after a ride of about 11 minutes. Here we visit the huge KLCC Park, just behind the Petronas Towers, a green oasis with ponds and bridges which will allow you to rest from the morning climb and enjoy a breathtaking view.

Then we visit theKLCC Park Aquarium, a gem: it hosts sharks and tropical fish and it is possible to pass under the water tunnel having the impression of being immersed in it. It is open until 20pm and tickets cost RM00 (€ 69,00) for adults and RM15,00 (€ 59,00) for children up to 13,00 years old. The visit takes about 12 hours.

Then we finally visit the Petronas Towers, the number one attraction, open until 21pm, so you can also enjoy the sunset and the turning on of the city lights. Of course, being a very popular place, it is highly recommended to book your ticket online, because we would risk not entering. The cost of the ticket is RM80,00 (€ 17,00) for adults and RM33,00 (€ 7,00) for children. The visit lasts about a couple of hours.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Little India

Once we get off the towers, we can have dinner at about 450 meters, at the Pelita Nasi Kandar restaurant, where we can choose a large plate of rice and vegetables or fish and meat curry for RM8,00 (less than € 2,00).

Then we take the red line to return to Sentral station, destination: Little India. We can also take the monorail, green line, from Bukit Nanas station. The neighborhood is really suggestive, it's like visiting a little piece of India, there are richly decorated buildings, open shops, stalls, clubs where you can eat street food or drink something, to take a walk after dinner and enjoy the evening.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 42 km / 9 h 1 min
  • Places visited: Batu Caves (€ 8,00), KLCC Park, Aquarium (€ 15,00), Petronas Towers (€ 17,00), Little India
  • Petronas Towers: priority ticket with hotel delivery
  • Breakfast at Brewberry KL (Get Directions), Lunch at Pan Heong (Get Directions), Dinner at Pelita Nasi Kandar (Get Directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, National Museum, Planetarium Negara

We start our last day with breakfast at M Station Coffee & co., Where we can have coffee and snacks for around RM45,00 (€ 10). The café is located within the complex of National Museum of Malaysia (Muzium Negara), a stone's throw from Sentral KL. The museum is open every day from 09:00 to 18:00 and offers insight into Malaysian history, on culture and on the different contaminations over time. The ticket costs RM5,00 (€ 1,00) for adults and RM2,00 (€ 0,45) for children up to 12 years.

Then we continue the visit inside the beautiful complex of the Lake Gardens, in Planetarium Negara. The exhibition is free, open every day from 09:00 to 16:00, however there are some very interesting screenings especially for children, which start at 10:00 and then every two hours. The ticket to assist you is RM12,00 (€ 2,60) for adults and RM4,00 (€ 0,90) for children up to 12 years.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Museum of Islamic Arts, Tour of the Lake Gardens

Once out of the Planetarium we can have lunch at the Middle Eastern Museum Restaurant & Cafè Sdn Bhd, on the ground floor of the Museum of Islamic Arts (Muzium Kesenian Islam Malaysia), always inside the park. Here it is possible to taste another side of Malaysian culture, the Middle Eastern one, with dishes such as chickpea hummus, lamb, even if recommended is a dish called shawarna, which looks a lot like kebab. The cost for a full meal is around RM146 (€ 30,00): compared to Malaysian standards a little expensive but worth it, both for the food and for the environment.

Then we can visit the spectacular museum, which is open from 09:30 to 18:00, it is one of the most beautiful in the city and will allow us to get to know the Islamic part of Malaysia. Tickets cost RM14,00 (€ 3,00) for adults and RM7,00 (€ 1,50) for children. It will take a couple of hours and then, when we go out, we can finally enjoy the park a bit with the Lake Gardens Tour: this is a two hour tour on Inmotion Segway, those little electric scooters you stand on. The tour will allow you to admire the beauty of this green park in the heart of the city, with lakes and lush vegetation: it is 10 kilometers long and costs RM212,00 (€ 45,00) per person.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Golden Triangle

It is the last evening and for sure we will be sad for the imminent departure: let's console ourselves with the liveliest area of ​​the city, the Golden triangle around the Petronas Towers. Here we are spoiled for choice, but we can dine at the Asian restaurant Melur & Thyme, where it is also possible to taste fusion cuisine for a cost of around RM55,00 (€ 12,00) per person. After dinner we can take a beautiful walk along the neighborhood and stop for a drink at Marini's On 57, a Rooftop bar, specialized in whiskey that offers not too expensive cocktails: RM47,00 (about € 10,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,5 km / 1 h 43 min
  • Places visited: National Museum (€ 1,00), Planetarium Negara, Museum of Islamic Arts (€ 3,00), Tour of the Lake Gardens (€ 45,00), Golden Triangle.
  • Kuala Lumpur: Lake Gardens Segway Tour
  • Breakfast at M Station Coffe & co (Get directions), Lunch at Museum Restaurant & Cafè Sdn bhd (Get directions), Dinner at Melur & Thyme (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Kuala Lumpur cost

As you have seen, Kuala Lumpur is a city that offers the most diverse experiences at very low cost. The museums themselves are accessible with a few ringgits, and food, especially street food, is very cheap. The most expensive area of ​​the city is definitely the Golden Triangle. However, even here you can eat and drink without spending a fortune.

  • Costs to eat: about € 30,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 60,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: approximately € 30,00 per person (considering the KL Travelpass which also includes the transfer to and from the airport, and any other KTM Komuter tickets that are not included)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 30,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Kuala Lumpur: from € 350,00 per person flights excluded

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Kuala Lumpur: March and April, before the rainy season. Bear in mind that the city always has a very high humidity level
  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is about 55 kilometers from the city center, reachable in 30 minutes by train with the two railway lines, KLIA Transit or Klia Ekspres with departures every 20 or 30 minutes (ticket RM55,00 - about € 12,00); in 1 hour by bus with the Airport Coach or Star Shuttle company, every 30 minutes (ticket RM10,00 - approximately € 2,00). More expensive but not faster alternative are taxis (from RM80 - around € 18,00). Flights starting from € 429,00 -
  • in the central area, accessible to most of the attractions, hotels are very cheap. Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Getting around: on foot, to visit the center, above all not to miss any characteristic corner; you can use the air tunnels that protect you from humidity and smog. For longer routes use the metro: Monorail, MRT and LRT. The tokens tickets, integrated between the 3, are cheap and vary according to the route. Purchase the public transport cart only for stays longer than one week - find out more
  • Other: The purchase of the KL Travelpass allows you to travel to and from the airport on the fast train and also, unlimitedly, on public transport for 2 days at the price of RM120 (approximately € 25,00).

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