Friday, September 27, 2013

48 hours in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s dynamic capital Kuala Lumpur is an energetic city, which is fast becoming a favored spot on the tourist map. This city whose destiny was shaped by Chinese tin miners, Indian plantation workers, British colonists and Malaysian freedom fighters is today an exciting destination, which presents an unusual mélange of the old and the new which co-exist side by side that is to say tall skyscrapers stand check by jowl crumbling, colonial edifices in KL today.

Arrive- 9am

Various airlines offer air connections to Kuala Lumpur from major Indian cities. Once you have arrived at the spanking, modern Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you can either choose to take a cab to your hotel or then ride the super fast KLIA express train service, which transports you to the city’s main transport hub, KL Sentral within a mere 28 minutes. The train has adequate space for luggage storage and even offers superfast 4G Wi-Fi services on board and free porter service on the platforms.

Check-in- 11pm

Chances are you will have booked a hotel room in one of the many luxe hotels that litter KL’s golden triangle- its main entertainment and commercial hub bordered by Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Sultan Ismail and Raja Chulan. After finishing your check-in formalities and freshening up, you will be ready for anything that KL has to offer.

Grab a bite to eat-12pm

KL’s citizens love their food and can be seen tucking all day long into delectable meals at the city’s many restaurants and food courts. If you are on your first trip to KL, you may want to start off at a food court called Hutong, located in the basement of the Lot 10 mall. Located here are outposts of some of the best family-run restaurants from around Malaysia. After filling up on traditional eats like chicken rice, yong tau fao, popiah and more you will be raring to go.

Take a trip to the Central Market -2pm

KL’S art deco covered Central Market provides a platform for the display of arts and crafts from all over Malaysia. Trawl its various aisles and stock up on traditional wares like handicrafts made from wood, coconut shells, giant tops, daggers, baskets, beaded slippers, items made from pewter, jewelry and more. After you have perused the shops stop for a cup of tea and some nibbles at one of the many cafes and kiosks that line Kasturi Walk, which lies adjacent to the Central Market.

Get some recreation as you explore KL’s famed Lake Gardens -5pm

As the heat of the day recedes, step out to visit the city’s famed Lake Garden Complex.

The Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens’ complex is the city’s main green lung and extends over 91.6 lush hectares. The complex which is built around an artificial lake and features the concept of a garden within a garden and offers several individual gardens like the Orchid and Hibiscus Gardens, the Butterfly Park, the KL Bird Park, the Deer Park and more. The KL lake garden complex has much to offer for all the family and once you are done exploring you could perhaps head out to grab some dinner.

Dinner at Bijan Restaurant-8pm

Treat yourself and the family to an exquisite dinner at one of Kuala Lumpur’s best restaurants, the Bijan restaurant, whose menu features not only western treats but also a wide array of Malay delights like rendang daging, ikan panggang and cucur udang and more.

Let your hair down at KL’s hottest clubs -11pm

Tuck he kids into bed at the hotel and head out to explore KL’s thumping nightlife scene at its hottest nightclubs like the Butter Factory, the Vertigo Club KL and the Stage Club.

Day 2

Start the day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel-9am

Most hotels in Kuala Lumpur offer room packages wherein sumptuous buffet breakfasts are included in the room rate. Feast on a wide array of western and eastern foods so you are fortified for your adventures for the day.

Take in the view from the Petronas Towers -11 am

KL’s sky-touching PETRONAS twin towers once held the titled of the tallest buildings in the world until they were knocked off from this spot by other towering edifices around the world. The PETRONAS towers may not be the tallest buildings in the world now but they continue to hold the title of the tallest twin buildings in the world and are definitely considered a must-do attraction in the city. The towers and their observation decks are open to the public every day except Monday. Located at the base of the towers are various attractions like the Suria shopping mall, the KLCC Park, the PETRONAS Philharmonic Hall, the PETRONAS Art Gallery and the Aquaria Oceanarium

Walk along the link way connecting the Suria Shopping Mall and the Pavilion Shopping Mall- 2pm

A relative newcomer on Kuala Lumpur’s shopping scene, the Pavilion mall is connected by an air-conditioned walkway to the Suria KLCC shopping mall. The Pavilion mall is divided into seven different zones and its Couture Pavilion offers the latest offerings from fashion’s biggest names like Prada, Gucci, Celine, Diane Von Frustenberg , Bottega Venetta, Bell and Ross and more. Also onsite are numerous food and beverage outlets, apparel, footwear and lifestyle stores that offer a wide array of goods at competitive prices. Grab some lunch at one of the mall’s many restaurants or then head down to its basement level gargantuan food court to peruse a wide array of local and international eats.

Take in some culture at the Islamic Arts Museum -5pm

KL hosts several interesting museums. The Islamic Arts Museum is perhaps one of the most exceptional museums in the city, and is thus considered a ‘must-do’ on any trip to KL. The museum is equipped with various themed galleries like Textiles, Architecture, Malay World, Jewelry, the Qu’ran, Arms and Amour, Metal Works and Ceramics. Displayed within these galleries is an extensive collection of Islamic art hailing from various eras and regions of the world.

Have a sundowner at the Sky bar atop the Traders Hotel -7pm

The Skybar located on the 33rd floor of the city’s Trader’s Hotel is, a covered space which features a long shimmering pool and is equipped with a DJ booth.  The bar offers expertly mixed cocktails accompanied by tasty tit bits. Relax and unwind as you sip your cocktails and take in the stunning views of the pulsating city that lies beneath.

Round up your KL sojourn with a tour of its food street  Jalan Alor -10 pm

Jalan Alor is one of KL’s most famous food streets, packed with stalls offering a wide array of local delights, the street stays open until the wee hours and is a favorite with locals and visitors alike.


  1. You article is just like an itinerary for Kuala Lumpur city and much useful for any fisrt time traveler. I am currently planning for a trip to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok city and I also have designed my itinerary. Please have a look and give me your suggestions.
    Your article would also help me to plan my trip. Thanks for the post.

  2. thanks for sharing your experience. I think kuala lumpur is truely a great place to visit and spending good time shopping, seeing good and happening crowd but i also believe that there are many other tourist places to in malaysia which tourist can visit.