One day, after vigorous job hunt, I told Mariam that I had a crazy idea – to go home early than planned. Surprisingly, she agreed. We changed our flight from Siem Reap to Malaysia and bought tickets from there to Istanbul. Here are some of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

The decision to go home was so quick that my boyfriend, Oto, and my mother did not believe me. It was quite upsetting to cut such trip short, but Hey! We came so far and fulfilled our dreams.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

On February 6, we were in Kuala Lumpur and stayed until 9th.

After arriving from a developing country to a developed one, it’s hard to miss differences like skyscrapers, greenery, mosques and women in burqas or hijabs. One factor remained same – very chaotic traffic.

Malaysia is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural, where Islam is the state religion. Thus, it also allows freedom of worship for non-Muslims.

The capital has various touristic attractions. I realized here that I dislike metropolitan cities. It fades the feeling of being in an exotic part of the world.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Metropolitan city hides those colorful houses

Unfortunately, we only saw the capital. However, I am kinda sure Malaysia is more than Kuala Lumpur. Wanting to see as much as we could, we embraced on long walks around the city.

Top 6 Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur


The most colorful and busiest areas of the city where you can easily bargain through large stalls of clothes, accessories, shoes and what not. You can also relax at any street food parlors or freshen up with delicious ice-cream or cold lemonades.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Who wants ordinary bouquets any more? 🙂

2Hindu Temples

Batu Caves

Just behind Chinatown, there is a Hindu temple called Sri Mahamariamman. However, it is not the only one here.

One of the things to do in Kuala Lumpur is to visit Batu Caves located 11 kilometers from the capital. A hill complex features three big and several little caves with idols and statues from Hinduism. The limestone formations are 400 million years old, making it an essential religious area for Hindus.

Our visit to the caves was on Saturday. Therefore it was overcrowded, dirty and loud. It looked kind of interesting in the picture, and I must say the looks have been deceiving. What a shame!

3Admire Graffiti

4Islamic Mosques

Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Merdeka Square

The capital is full of different mosques scattered all across the districts. The entrance for women is strictly regulated. The center of the capital is home to Sultan Abdul Samad Building at Merdeka Square.

Tourist information center is on the ground floor of this building. A lovely lady gave us all the exciting details and spots to visit. Thanks to her, we tried the blue rice dish – a meal not so commonly found in the city. If you are looking for something exotic, then trying this blue rice meal should be on your list of things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

5Petronas Twin Towers

And lastly but not least, Kuala Lumpur’s iconic landmark is Petronas Twin Towers. It has 88 floors. The towers are connected at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) with a 58 meter-long bridge.

The most unusual and striking for me was to see separate waiting lines and train wagons for women. And the signs showing immoral and rude behavior in Malaysian society.

6Visit the Market and Eat Blue Rice Dish


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  1. I went to Malaysia with my sister a few years ago and we had a great time! We followed a similar itinerary to you in KL – China Town, the Batu Caves, etc, and visited the Museum of Islam (highly recommended!) Afterwards, we were lucky to have time to visit Georgetown in the island of Panang. If you’re ever back in Malaysia, check out this area as it’s much less cosmopolitan and I think will suit your style more 🙂 I loved Panang!

  2. The Batu Caves does look amazing in the picture. It’s a pity you were disappointed. I read somewhere that the statue of Lord Murugan is made of gold. Surely that can’t be the case for such an enormous figure.


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