24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur: Top Things Not To Miss

Kuala Lumpur is one of the gem in South East Asia, the city is multi-racial with strong and rich culture, all can be seen through the architecture, the food and the people. Kuala Lumpur is also a main travel hub in South East Asia, there are plenty of direct flights from here to other cities in SEA. (we have one of the lowest-cost airline!) Besides, there are lots of travellers having transit in Kuala Lumpur.

Here’s a list of the top attractions if you are only visiting Kuala Lumpur in a day:


Batu Caves


Batu Caves Entrance.

Train station: Batu Caves | Length of visit: 2 hours (included return journey due to distance)

Let’s start off the journey with a religious site. It’s best to come early as it can get really hot during the afternoon. A lime stone cave with indian temple built inside, the tallest statue of Murugan is located right at the entrance. Climb the staircase along with the monkeys around you to see the temple at the top.


Merdeka Square

Train Station: Masjid Jamek | Length of visit: 1 hour

Upon arriving at Masjid Jamek station, you would see the Masjid Jamek Mosque. Merdeka Square (Independence Square) is located right beside the mosque — a big open space in the heart of Kuala Lumpur with great architecture buildings around like Sultan Abdul Samad Building. KL City Gallery is also around the corner.


China Town(Petaling Street)

Train Station: Pasar Seni | Length of visit: 2 hours

The China Town in Kuala Lumpur has a lot to offer as it has evolved into a backpacker’s hub because of the boom of the hostel business. Petaling Street is a place for shopping and eating at a very cheap price. Warning: bargain skills might be needed! Opposite the street is the Central Market where I recommend good lunch menus with a fusion of Malaysian-Chinese.


Islamic Art Museum

Train Station: Kuala Lumpur | Length of visit: 1+ hour(s)

Learn more about the islamic art and see a vast collection of artifacts, textiles, arts, clothes and jewellery. The highlight of the museum is the scale model of the famous mosques around the world. 


Masjid Negara


Train Station: Kuala Lumpur | Length of visit: 1 hour

Walking distance to the Islamic Arts Museum is the famous Masjid Negara where you can learn more about the country’s religion. It displays impeccable architecture plus some beautiful walls, ceilings and carpets. Make sure to visit before 3:00pm. There are times in a day that the Mosque is not available for non-Muslims. 


Little India

Train Station: KL Sentral | Length of visit: 1 hour


Indian restaurants, traditional clothing stores and colourful fabrics — Little India in Kuala Lumpur shows the beauty of the Indian community full of life and cultures. If you are looking for authentic Indian food, this is the place to be! Please take note that during the evenings, the Indians also nap/have a break. It’s best to visit during the day!


Petronas Twin Tower


The famous Petronas Twin Tower.

Train Station: KLCC | Length of visit: 1 hour

The famous Petronas Twin Tower which has a shopping mall underneath. You could visit the skybridge at 170 metres above ground, book your ticket online or buy it at the concourse level. 


Bukit Bintang

Train Station: Bukit Bintang | Length of visit: varies

Walking distance from Petronas tower, Bukit Bintang is the city centre and the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Malls, massage, bars and restaurants flood the vicinity and it is considered the busiest area in KL.



Train Station: Bukit Bintang | Length of visit: varies

Looking for a good night out in Kuala Lumpur? Then Bukit Bintang is where everyone go! 


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  • February 23, 2016

    Great list. These are the most attractive and must see location. Most people come to Malaysia only for these location.

  • March 9, 2016

    My friend suggested me a weekend trip to Kuala Lumpur. Pictures in your blog look amazingly beautiful, but I am a bit worried about the budget and safety. Looking forward for your suggestions.

    • March 9, 2016

      the budget would be quite low comparing to other countries in the world. I would say $10 is enough to survive for a day on food(and it’s quite a good one), you could easily spend lesser than $10. Generally it isn’t an expensive country compare to Singapore. Safety in city centre of Kuala Lumpur is pretty good especially at touristic area, just take care of your belongings.

  • May 9, 2016

    Kuala Lumpur looks really beautiful! I have to say that I loved the inspiring ideas and pictures you shared. Really interesting.


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