Top 10 daytrips around Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is vast – there is just so much to see, do and explore. Take a day trip around the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur to see a unique mesh of historical heritage sites and modern architectural structures and to discover the various enchanting cultures in Malaysia.

Petronas Twin Towers

petronas twin towers by night

Standing at 452 m tall, the Petronas Twin Towers are among the tallest buildings in the world. The twin towers can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. The most prestigious shopping centre in the country, Suria KLCC, is located at the foot of the towers. More about the Petronas Twin Towers

Menara KL Tower

view from lot10 roof top

The KL Tower also holds a record of its own, ranking as the 4th tallest telecommunications towers in the world at 421 m tall. Dine in the clouds while enjoying a magnificent view of the entire city at the revolving restaurant located at Level Two of the Tower Head.

Lake Gardens & FRIM

fun at frim canopy walk

The jungle is not all concrete in Kuala Lumpur; there is a peaceful haven of 91.6 hectares of parks and gardens for a relaxing day among nature. The KL Lake Gardens incorporate the National Monument, Carcosa Seri Negara, a deer park, a butterfly park, a bird park, an orchid garden, a hibiscus garden and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) which is a forest reserve and research institute (has an amazing canopy walkway). More about the Lake Gardens and FRIM

Batu Caves

thaipusam crowds at the batu caves

13 km north of Kuala Lumpur stands Batu Caves, a massive limestone outcrop home to Hindu deities. Consisting of three main caves and a number of smaller ones, the magnificent sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia is situated atop 272 steps of stairs along which visitors can see and feed a lot of long-tailed macaque monkeys. More about the Batu Caves


putrajaya square

A visit to Putrajaya must not be missed. It is the new capital city and administrative centre of the Malaysian government, located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur. The model garden city features a beautiful blend of modern and cultural architectural structures of buildings and bridges, lush greenery and carefully cultivated botanical gardens.

Istana Negara

istana negara kings palace kuala lumpur

The majestic King’s Palace or Istana Negara is the residence for the Yang diPertuan Agong, the King of Malaysia. The area is fenced up with two guard posts at the front of the gate where members of the Royal Calvary stand guard. Witness the changing of guard ceremony, similar to that of Buckingham Palace in London. Although the palace is not opened to the public, visitors can capture memorable photographs of their visit to the Istana at the front entrance.

Dataran Merdeka

merdeka square kuala lumpur

Situated at the heart of the city is the Independence Square or Dataran Merdeka where the Malayan flag was hoisted for the first time in the country’s history on August 31, 1957, signifying the independence of the country from British rule. As a remembrance of this event, a 100 m high flagpole, which is the world’s tallest, was erected at the very same spot. Every year on the anniversary of the Independence Day, a parade is held here where march pasts of various uniformed bodies take place in their full regalia.

National Mosque

national mosque kuala lumpur 2

The National Mosque, which is reputed to be one of the most beautiful mosques in Southeast Asia, stands opposite the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. This uniquely designed mosque embodies a contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation. Its most striking features are the umbrella-shaped dome, with 18 points representing the 13 states of Malaysia and the five pillars of Islam, and a sleek minaret which stands 73 m tall.

Central Market

central market kuala lumpur

Central Market, also known as Pasar Seni, is a well-renowned heritage site which serves as the Centre for Malaysian Culture, Arts and Handicrafts. It houses numerous stalls that retail traditional goods and an Annex Gallery where local contemporary arts are exhibited. Colorful Malaysian traditional cultural and arts events as well as cultural performances also take place at the Central Market’s outdoor stage on weekends. More about the Central Market

Petaling Street

petaling street market chinatown kuala lumpur

Last but not least is another popular tourist attraction, Petaling Street, which is located just a few minutes away from Central Market. Petaling Street is Kuala Lumpur’s very own Chinatown. With its distinctly oriental atmosphere, Chinatown is the central place for great bargains, scrumptious food and the soaking up of all things Oriental in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.


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15 comments on Top 10 daytrips around Kuala Lumpur

  1. Nomadic Samuel
    12 years ago
    October 31, 2012 at 3:46 am

    Great article! I’ve gone to all of these places aside from Lake Gardens & FRIM. I’ll definitely have to check that out when I’m in KL next spring.

  2. Ilya
    12 years ago
    October 31, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Thanks :). Both attractions are nice but very hot and humid :). I would definitely visit FRIM as it’s a fantastic stretch of jungle just outside of KL. I listed a top10 todo’s for KL in this article, but actually KL boils down to food & shopping to most visitors :). There was a nice discussion recently on that in the Malaysian Travel Bloggers FB group and everybody agreed to this too….it’s all about food & shopping…..:)

  3. Hossain
    11 years ago
    February 23, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Yeah….Welcome To Malaysia>>>Have a nice and beautiful places . You should vacation here. Really nice to visit. Thanks for promote our country.

  4. Nijole
    11 years ago
    April 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    It’s amazing country, thank you

  5. Mumbai1962
    11 years ago
    June 20, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Planning my vacation to Wonderful Malaysia. Is there a place where I can see a Cultural Show (Dance, Singing) in KUL. Appreciate help with venue, show timing, ticket prices etc. Selamat.

    • Ilya
      11 years ago
      June 20, 2013 at 6:59 am

      I believe there are two options in KL:

      1) Saloma Theatre Restaurant offers special Malay/ International buffet dinner with a one-hour cultural show.

      2) Seri Melayu is a large restaurant at KL Menara Tower and has a Malaysian culture show every night.

      The 2nd option might not be possible at this moment, as I heard a while ago they are revamping the place.

  6. Esther J.O.Williams
    11 years ago
    October 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Its wonderful to meet people like you.

  7. Sudhakar
    10 years ago
    September 2, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Hello, I would want to know how many days actually required to cover these 10 day trip?

    • Ilya
      10 years ago
      September 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

      I think you may be able to cover all in 3 full days.

      The only sights that are a bit further outside KL are FRIM, Putrajaya, Batu Caves and Istana Negara. You can opt to take the Hop-on, Hop-off bus, which also runs along Istana Negara (along Jalan Duta). For FRIM you may need to take a taxi. Don’t forget to have him pick you up after a few hours, or have someone at the main office call a cab for you. Batu Caves can be reached easily by LRT (last stop is Batu Caves of the KTM Komuter line). Putrajaya is perhaps best visited by rental car or taxi. You can take the KLIA Transit train to Putrajaya, and take a taxi there to cover most sights. All other sights are in KL city centre, and are easily reached by taxi, monorail or by walking…

    • Ilya
      10 years ago
      September 2, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Only the main sights in the city centre can be done in 2 days…but it means you have to walk/travel a lot…

  8. vicki
    9 years ago
    April 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Be very care full with your cameras and phones on the street. There are a lot of youngsters who can grab your phone and run away. Lour phone was fallen on the street in 2 hrs upon arrival.

  9. Naliza Fahro-Rozi
    9 years ago
    September 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    May I share this article in the travel section of Malaysia Gazette news portal?

  10. Rajesh Dhingra
    9 years ago
    September 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I am visiting kualampur on 5th Oct afternoon for five nights. Please suggest me how to spend these days.

  11. you information
    7 years ago
    January 8, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Where did you get your info from?

  12. Hazel Varughese
    6 years ago
    February 27, 2018 at 3:12 am

    its good


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