What to Do in KL in 2 Days

2 Days in Kuala Lumpur

2 Days in Kuala Lumpur? If your stopover in Malaysia consists of 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur, you'll have ample time to see most of the must-visit attractions in the city centre as well as plan a daytrip to the forested outskirts of the city, where you can get up close and personal with some of Malaysia’s most beloved wildlife.

If you’re unsure of what to do and see in KL in 2 days, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the city’s landmarks and iconic architecture, local and international restaurants, nightlife hotspots, as well as tranquil temples and wildlife sanctuaries situated on the outskirts of the city.

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Day 1

Morning: See KL’s Iconic Landmarks

After arriving and checking in, your first day in Kuala Lumpur is best spent exploring the city centre as it is home to many picturesque landmarks. Make sure you visit the city’s iconic structures, such as the Petronas Twin Towers (hailed as the tallest twin structures in the world), Aquaria KLCC, Menara KL Tower, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and the National Museum.

  • Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC)

    Petronas Twin Towers

    Built in 1998 and standing at 452 meters-high. The towers' design and architecture are inspired by Islamic art with a Read More»

  • Menara KL Tower

    Menara KL Tower

    Menara Kuala Lumpur is easily Malaysia’s most recognizable and popular landmark. Constructed in 1994, this gleaming Read More»

  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    Sultan Abdul Samad Bld

    A historically-significant building, it was used to house the Federal Court before they moved to Putrajaya. The Read More»

Afternoon: Bargain-hunting in Street Markets

Kuala Lumpur’s shopping scene is well-regarded as a massive ‘one-stop souvenir shop for everything’, and Central Market is one of the most popular flea markets in the city. Built in 1928, the blue-hued building houses several art galleries, handicraft and souvenir stalls, as well as boutiques selling authentic Malaysian batik prints and local artwork. Just a five-minute walk away from Central Market is the ever-bustling Petaling Street in Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, where you can purchase handicrafts, accessories, and apparel at dirt-cheap prices.

  • Petaling Street

    Petaling Street

    A well-known shopping district, the whole area transforms into a lively and vibrant night market after dark, with Read More»

  • Chinatown


    KL's Chinatown is not just known as a stronghold of Chinese culture, but what really makes it popular is the fantastic Read More»

  • Batu Caves

    Central Market KL

    Located along Jalan Hang Kasturi – only a few minutes away from Petaling Street – is the renowned Central Market, also Read More»

Evening: Enjoy KL’s Diverse Dining Scene

After the sun sets in Kuala Lumpur, make your way to Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang for a gastronomic experience of Asian delicacies and local hawker fare. This five-foot walkway is filled with rows of air-conditioned restaurants and hawker stalls, with plenty of plastic tables and chairs spilling out onto the road. There’s also plenty of stylish restaurants and bistros serving authentic Asian, western, and European cuisine, as well as extensive alcoholic offerings.

  • Jalan Alor

    Jalan Alor

    One of KL's most iconic attractions, Jalan Alor is well-loved not just for its diverse and affordable food offerings but Read More»

  • Bijan Bar & Restaurant

    Bijan Bar & Restaurant

    An award-winning restaurant opened in 2003, it was listed as one of the Malaysia Tatler’s 2011 Best Restaurants in Read More»

  • Opium Kuala Lumpur

    Opium Kuala Lumpur

    One of Changkat Bukit Bintang’s most glamorous resto-bars,Opium KL serves fusion cuisine and signature cocktails in a Read More»

Night: Party with the Locals All Night Long

No trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without experiencing its vibrant nightlife scene, and Changkat Bukit Bintang is the city’s most popular nightlife boulevard. Just a five-minute walk from Jalan Alor, expect plenty of international two-storey restobars, snazzy nightclubs, cocktail lounges, whisky bars, and lively Irish pubs. Standout establishments here include Pisco Bar, Havana Grill, and Healy Mac’s Irish Pub.

  • Changkat Bukit Bintang

    Changkat Bukit Bintang

    Changkat Bukit Bintang is well-known for its charming pre-war, colonial buildings which have been converted into Read More»

  • Havana Bar & Grill

    Celebrating the Latin American spirit, Havana Bar & Grill is a restaurant and nightclub along Changkat Bukit Bintang Read More»

  • Pisco Bar

    Pisco Bar

    Pisco Bar is a Spanish-styled bar and restaurant with a tantalising food and beverage menu and music by some of the best Read More»

Day 2

Full Day Trip to Temples and Wildlife Sanctuaries

In the morning, visit Batu Caves and spend the day admiring the colourful Indian temples and architecture. Situated about 30 minutes from KL city centre, the main temple sits within a massive limestone cave where you have to climb a total of 272 steps to reach it. Near the entrance is a towering golden statue of Lord Muruga, which is the tallest statue of a Hindu deity in Malaysia.

We also highly recommend animal lovers to book a day tour to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, a wildlife conservation centre (situated about two hours from KL) that allows visitors to feed rehabilitated elephants and enjoy entertaining elephant shows. If you prefer staying within the city, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a covered bird park that’s home over 3,000 birds from 200 species all over the world.

  • Batu Caves

    Batu Caves

    One of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions; Batu Caves is a limestone hill comprising three main caves Read More»

  • Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour

    Elephant Sanctuary Tour

    A full-day tour through the scenic Malaysian countryside, The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour is a great way to get Read More»

  • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

    Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

    Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is part of the renowned lushly verdant 60-hectare Lake Gardens. Reputedly one of the largest Read More»

Evening: Explore KL’s Shopping Centres

Most of Kuala Lumpur’s major shopping centres are concentrated within Bukit Bintang, housing onsite restaurants, entertainment centres, and even weekly street markets. Standout retail venues include Pavilion KL, Starhill Gallery, and Farenheit88, where you can find mid-range and high end brands such as Topshop, Nike, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, and Coach. Refined restaurants, bistros, and cafes serving quality Asian and European fare are also set within close proximity to these shopping centres.

  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur Shopping Mall

    Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

    Housing over 450 stores, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is the city’s haute couture shopping Mecca: brands available here range Read More»

  • Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur

    Starhill Gallery KL

    Connected directly to the five-star JW Marriott, Starhill Gallery is a high-end shopping mall with seven floors of Read More»

  • Fahrenheit 88 Shopping Mall

    Fahrenheit 88 Mall

    One of the newest additions to Kuala Lumpur’s ‘mallscape’, Fahrenheit 88 is a five-storey structure that lays claim to Read More»

Night: Drinks with a Great View at Swanky Rooftop Bars

Finally, celebrate your two-day stopover in Kuala Lumpur at any one of the city’s glitzy rooftop bars such as Sky Bar, Troika Sky Dining, and Heli Lounge Bar. Serving a wide variety of wines, beers, spirits and cocktails, these nightlife spots features an impressive line-up of international DJs, fun-loving crowds, and breathtaking night views of the Petronas Twin Towers and KL city centre.

  • Sky Bar

    Sky Bar

    The glamorous Sky Bar is a cocktail lounge on the 33rd floor of Traders Hotel KL with a pool, great views of the KL Read More»

  • Troika Sky Dining

    Troika Sky Dining

    Kuala Lumpur locals are becoming spoilt for choice when it comes to fine dining restaurants with a view but Troika Sky Read More»

  • Heli Lounge Bar

    Heli Lounge Bar

    Heli Lounge Bar is a KL nightclub divided into two sections: the highlight is its 36th floor helicopter pad turned Read More»

Where to Stay in KL?

Deciding where to stay in Kuala Lumpur can be a daunting task for first-time visitors, so we’ve included an extensive inventory of hotels for your convenience. Kuala Lumpur hotels are plentiful, ranging from charming backpacker inns and guesthouses to quirky boutique hotels and international hotel chains. Catering to travellers of various budget levels and preferences, these hotels are categorised according to popularity, location, budget, and preference.

  • 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

    10 Best Luxury Hotels in KL

    Our Top 10 Best Kuala Lumpur Luxury Hotels list because of their personalised service, individualised amenities, Read More»

  • 10 Best Business Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

    10 Best Business Hotels in KL

    The listed business hotels have earned their spots due to their spacious rooms, high-tech amenities, personalised Read More»

  • Top 10 Budget Hotels

    10 Best Affordable Hotels

    There is a healthy variety of budget hotels ranging from boxy rooms to characterful dorms. We have catalogued the best Read More»

  • 10 Best Family Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

    10 Best Family Hotels in KL

    For families there's so much to do downtown and so much to see. Have a browse through our family-friendly hotels and see Read More»

  • 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

    5 Best Boutique Hotels in KL

    The best boutique hotels in Kuala Lumpur feature well-appointed guestrooms, chic décor and unique design concepts that Read More»

  • 10 Best Romantic Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

    10 Best Romantic Hotels in KL

    The best romantic hotels in Kuala Lumpur are ideal retreats for travelling honeymooners and couples, boasting gleaming Read More»

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