A Locals Guide To Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

On our bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur we got chatting to a fellow traveller who happened to be a Kuala Lumpur local. Having lived in London for 2 years his English was astounding and put us to shame as we can’t speak any other languages (it’s on the bucket list). He was interested in how long we were staying in his city and where we had been previously.

At border crossings he helped us navigate the hoards of people trying to get into Malaysia and translated between us and the security guards when needed. He also saved our bacon when the driver of our bus grew impatient waiting for Ross and I to clear immigration and attempted to leave us behind.

What was intended to be a 6 hour bus ride turned into an 8 hour drive and by the time we arrived in KL we were all exhausted. As we got off the bus, our new friend handed us a piece of paper he had been writing on throughout the journey. On it was a guide of things to do and see whilst in Kuala Lumpur. We were so grateful to him for taking the time to write his suggestions down and, to be honest, we pretty much did everything on the list, so I thought I’d share it with you too.

Here are the top 5 things you must do whilst in Kuala Lumpur, as advised by a local.

KLCC and the Petronas Towers

KLCC is where you will find the famous Petronas Towers which dominate the KL skyline. Here you can pose for photos with the towers and book tickets to access the bridge. It’s best to book the bridge in advance online here. Tickets will cost around $85.

Also located at KLCC is the Aquarium, an amazing shopping mall and beautiful park. Spend a few hours here and soak up the hustle and bustle of KL city life.

Batu Caves

Located around 10km out of the city, the Batu Caves are a place of Hindu worship. There are 4 caves in total varying from free entry to $80. You can either sign up to a tour operator who will take you on a half day visit of the caves, or you can access them by the KL Komuter Train which will cost a fraction of the price.

Find out more about the caves in my post here.

KL Sky Bar

Hope you’re not afraid of heights, it’s time to scale some of KL’s skyscrapers. If you Google ‘Sky Bar’ you’ll find a whole host of rooftop bars boasting incredible views of the KL skyline. Whilst food and drinks are pricey, it’s worth a visit to drink in the view.

We opted to visit Traders Hotel as it’s located opposite the Petronas Towers and, I think, has the best views of them all. Find out more in my post here.

Petaling Street / China Town

More shopping! If knock off items are your thing, then China Town is the place to be. Stall upon stall of fake Micheal Kors, Adidas and Daniel Wellington items await you. It’s not just dupes here, you can also find a range of bootleg items at lower costs than elsewhere in the city. And whilst you’re shopping, try some of the street food on offer; look for a queue of locals and you can’t go wrong.

Visit one of the many KL malls

If shopping is your bag (pun intended) then Kuala Lumpur will not disappoint. The Mall below the Petronas Towers is breathtaking, 6 floors of the best shopping you could ask for. The same can be said for Lot 10 Mall and the Pavillion. If your budget does’t stretch to high end retail you can try Times Square, which also comes with it’s own indoor theme park, or Mid Valley Mega Mall. If you’re looking for electronics head to Low Yat where you’ll be spoiled with 5 floors of electrical heaven. Finally you can throw back to the 80s and 90s and visit Sungei Wang Mall.

Safe to say, in KL you can shop till you drop.

Good luck and have fun!


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