Kuala Lumpur Short Stopovers
Mini Guide of Kuala Lumpur
Even if you are travelling elsewhere with a short stopover in Kuala Lumpur, you can make the most of such opportunity to see this vibrant city’s many sights and sounds. Home to towering structures such as the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and Menara KL Tower as well as sprawling flea markets selling beautiful handicrafts and well-preserved religious institutions, exploring this multiracial city is a truly mesmerising experience.
For those on Kuala Lumpur short stopovers, we’ve compiled a helpful mini guide that highlights the city’s must-visit attractions, expansive shopping malls, local and international restaurants, colourful night markets, theme parks, nightlife hotspots. If you’re on an extended stopover, you can also easily travel beyond KL city centre to witness thousands of fireflies lighting up the mangrove swamps of the Selangor River or head to Malacca and explore remnants of colonial architecture, sunken galleys and vessels in Pulau Besar.
One Day Stopover
In a one day stopover, you can fit in a visit to some of the city's fascinating destinations. Visit the world's tallest building, the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) at the base of the towers.
For a spot of greenery, head for the Butterfly Farm and the Bird Park, at Lake Gardens to see colourful, distinctly and variedly patterned butterflies and magnificent exotic birds.
Shopping for bargains is a great option especially as there're so many bargains in KL, all the year through! The Suria KLCC at the base of the Twin Towers, boasts of beautiful fashion creations, from designer label clothes to branded shoes to bags as well as internationally renowned cosmetic brands.
Boutiques, souvenir shops and even wedding planners can all be found under one roof, rivalling the best malls of Europe and other shopping havens.
Other equally interesting value-for-money shopping venues include the 2-1 Bukit Bintang Plaza & Sungai Wang Plaza, Starhill Shopping Centre, Lot 10, and Mid-Valley Mega Mall - the longest mall in Malaysia. If that's not enough, chances are you'll find a shopping mall right around the corner of your hotel.
For a momento of your visit to KL, why not pick up a pewter souvenir. Produced exclusively by Selangor Pewter, Malaysian pewter is famous the world over for its quality, creativity and cool grace. Selangor Pewter has specialized stores at many major shopping outlets.
KL's markets are also well-known as a "one-stop souvenir shop for everything". Top of the list is Central Market, which has everything from clothes and T-shirts to local and imported arts and crafts; even figurines and images of Chinese and Hindu deities.
For a more ethnic flavour, try the Petaling Street Chinatown markets or those located at Little India.
A perennial favourite amongst locals is the pasar malam or night market, where local goods, clothes, accessories, bags, fresh fruits and food are sold from stalls on the roadside, under the twinkling stars and the clear moonlight. A different version of the pasar malam is the pasar minggu, the weekend farmer's market. Wonderful bargains of fresh farm produce await, as do lots and lots of mouth-watering traditional delicacies.
If you should prefer to make your time in KL as quiet and as relaxing as possible, then make the most of the facilities available at your hotel. Go for a little swim to work up a healthy appetite - KL food is good! It really doesn't matter if it's hotel fare or hawker stall chow.
Pamper yourself with a traditional massage or water treatment package at a spa clinique. They'll rejuvenate you to the point that you could spend the whole night partying at the discos and karaoke lounges, or hit the town and pop into some of the hottest nightspots and watering holes around the city - Bangsar, the Golden Triangle and Sri Hartamas, among others.
Two Day Stopover
If your stopover is for two days, you'll have ample time to see some of the attractions on the outskirts of the city or plan a day trip to one of Kuala Lumpur's equally interesting neighbouring states.
Visit Batu Caves and spend the day admiring the colourful Indian temples and architecture. The main temple is in a cave and has a ceiling 100 metres overhead; it sits on a hill, taking 272 steps to get there.
Visitors can also spend an afternoon wandering around the various cave formations inside.
On Thaipusam, an Indian festival, the caves are a hive of activity, as more than 100,000 devotees and believers, Hindus and non-Hindus, make their way up the steps, carrying kavadis or milk pots.
For some thrills and excitement of the secular variety, there are two theme parks to visit - the Mines Wonderland and Sunway Lagoon. With their adrenaline-pumping rides and attractive surroundings, you'll enjoy time spent there.
Equally interesting are the attractions of nature at the Paya Indah Wetlands, the stopover venue for thousands of migratory birds flying south every year. The Forest Reserve of Malaysia is a great place to learn all about trees, wood and their uses.
Kuala Selangor is famous for its fairyland-like scenery every twilight as thousands upon thousand of fireflies light up the mangrove swamps of the Selangor River. Pulau Ketam is a genuinely traditional fishing village with lots of beautiful birds to see. The birds come to feast on the crabs of the "Crab Island"., and restaurants by the sea allow you to do the same.
Visit the new administrative capital of Malaysia - Putrajaya, newly completed with attractions open to the public. Named for the country's first Prime Minister, Putrajaya is a state-of-the-art construction. Its Putra Mosque is a lovely blend of Islamic design and modernism, the Prime Minister's Office is a work of art and Wetlands Putrajaya is nature's work of art.
For some greenery of a different sort, make your way to the golf courses around KL. With attractive rates and challenging greens, golfing in KL is enjoyable indeed.
Historic Melaka is a popular day-trip destination for visitors to KL. This 600-year old city marks one of the greatest empires of the past.
Options for Optimum Enjoyment
With more than one day to spend in KL, one can head for the hills.
There's a theme park at Genting Highlands, while Cameron Highlands and Fraser's Hill offers you a chance to really take things easy in the cool mist-shrouded mountains.
Taman Negara (National Park) is one place that nature lovers should not miss out on.
The national park of Malaysia is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, and the virgin rainforests date back to prehistoric times from 130 million years ago.
An underwater paradise beckons all diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. For beautiful coral, colourful fish and clear water, make your way to Pulau Pangkor in nearby Perak state. Explore sunken galleys and vessels of the waters of Pulau Besar in Melaka. The warm currents of the Straits of Melaka make a fertile breeding ground for corals and the tropical fish.
- KL Hop On Hop Off Ticket (24 Hours)
- Half Day Batu Caves Experience
- Half Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour
- Kuala Lumpur Full Day Tour
- Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
- Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour
- Genting Highlands Experience - With Indoor Theme Park Ticket
- Full Day Malacca Excursion
- KL Tower Night Tour
- Cultural Night Tour with Show and Dinner