Kuala Lumpur is bursting with jaw-dropping sights and diverse natural landscapes in every corner, from the lushest rainforest, to the sacred sights of iconic temples and bustling streets. Because it is so physically and culturally diverse, you can have lots of different adventures during your time in KL. Here are some of the most unique KL experiences for the ultimate bucket-list adventure with the family!
Want more things to do in KL? Here are some guides!
No trip to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without a visit to the world's tallest twin towers. With 24 sessions per day accommodating 10 pax per group, do not miss the opportunity to view the city of Kuala Lumpur at its peak with a guided tour! The first stop would be at the Skybridge on the 41th Floor where you will stand 170 meters above street level. Then, the tour will bring you up towards the Observation Deck on the 86th Floor, where you will be invited with a breathtaking view of the city skyline and learn about this phenomenal architecture masterpiece through scale models and interactive Augmented Reality (AR) screens. Lastly, descent to the 83rd Floor to experience digital displays and informative videos.
PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2331 8080 www.petronastwintowers.com.my
The fantastic bioluminescence of the “Blue Tears” in Kuala Selangor can be found in the estuary where the Selangor River meets the Straits of Malacca. It is a natural nighttime phenomenon caused by Dinoflagellates, an algae or marine plankton that emits blue-green light at night. The best time to go in search of “Blue Tears” in Kuala Selangor is during the new moon. It is recommended to go from 9.00pm onwards, as bioluminescent displays are best viewed at least two hours after sunset. The “Blue tears” can only be captured with good photography equipment.
Kuala Selangor, 45000 Selangor, www.kuala-selangor.com
Located in the heart of KL, the KL Tower is one of Malaysia's most iconic architecture. It is the 7th tallest freestanding tower and you’ll never see a better panoramic view of the capital city than from the observation deck of KL Tower. Choose to get access to the Sky Deck, an outdoor location where you can feel the breeze or for the thrill-seekers, face your fears at the Sky Box, a glass box that extends from the Sky Deck at 300 meters high.
KL Tower, 2 Jalan Punchak, Off, Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, www.menarakl.com.my
A hike in a rainforest is precisely what the travel doctor ordered for a life full of adventure. Just an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, see how a 60m drop of cascading water forms a breathtaking sight. Brave the forest trails and take a hike to reach the magnificent Maya Falls while you enjoy the shelter of a vibrant rainforest, diverse flora and fauna, and natural pools on your way to the waterfall. Never stray from the path –– best to learn about the area and the best hiking trails from an experienced guide
Lata Medang, Kuala Kubu Baru, 44000 Selangor, +6603 6091 7533, www.visitselangor.com
The Batu Caves are a series of caves among limestone hills in the district of Gombak, to the north of Kuala Lumpur, and they combine an interesting natural landscape with a major place of worship and some striking sights. One of the main attractions is the 140 feet colossal gold-painted statue of Murugan (Hindu God of War), third tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world. Famed for its iconic 272 steps, visitors are frequently accosted by macaques as they climb the steps. At the top of the steps is the entrance to the largest cave, called Cathedral Cave or Temple Cave.
Batu Caves, Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, +603 6189 6284
Inside the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens, surrounded by landscaped gardens and beside a lake, lies the exquisite Moroccan Pavilion that is bound to take your breath away. From colorful mosaic arrangements to ornate carvings of Arabic calligraphy and geometrical patterns - the pavilion highlights the truly spectacular architecture and arts of Morocco. Completed in 2 years with materials imported directly from Morocco, highly-skilled craftsmen and builders from the North African country were involved in the construction in order to closely replicate the enchantments and authenticity of the structures. Do take a stroll along the walkway as you will be greeted with bright botanics and a panoramic view of the lake at the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens.
Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, +603 8000 8000
Chinatown in KL has an always-buzzing tourist atmosphere. The epicenter of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is Petaling Street which has a long undercover market full of tourist tat for sale such as fake designer watches and bags. The goods might not be of interest to everyone but it’s still a fun place to wander with lots of street food for the first-time visitor to Kuala Lumpur. Situated at the bottom end of Jalan Petaling is Chan See Shu Yuen Temple which houses a typical open courtyard, well-formed pavilions, and is wonderfully decorated with wood carvings, bright paintings and ceramic fittings. Last but not least, the best thing to do in Chinatown is to enjoy a Chinese meal cooked in an alfresco kitchen!
Chinatown, 37, Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
Spice up your trip to Kuala Selangor watching the fireflies decorate the evening hovering over the Selangor river. The best way to enjoy this spectacle of nature is by traveling along the river in a traditional sampan or an electrically-powered fiberglass boat to help reduce air, water and noise pollution and protect the fireflies’ natural habitat. For maximum visibility, the best time to experience Kuala Selangor’s fireflies is slightly after 8pm on a clear, moonless night. Any later than that, and the fireflies may have found a mate, causing them to stop flashing. This is the perfect activity to unwind and reconnect with nature!
Jalan Club, Kampung Kuantan, Kuala Selangor, 45000 Selangor, www.wonderfly.asia
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