MALAYSIA – 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur: 10 Must-See Attractions

When I travel, I make sure to plan ahead simply because I want to visit as many places as I can. However, traveling without an itinerary still make my spontaneous heart flutter. When my best friends – Espee and Lea – and I decided to take our summer vacation in Malaysia and Indonesia for a week without any plans at all, I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Our first 2 days was spent in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Read my post here to view our complete itinerary with a list of directions and expenses.

My first time in Malaysia was at Legoland in Johor last 2012 where I happened to be with Espee as well. It was a side trip from Singapore so we didn’t have time to fully immerse ourselves in Malaysian culture. We had the opportunity to do it this time in a city that is boasting of natural attractions, British colonial architecture, approximately 1.7 million hospitable locals, and a modern skyline dominated by the Petronas Twin Towers that have become the country’s iconic landmark.

Thanks to the kind taxi driver named Mazlan whom we met by accident, I came up with 10 must-see attractions in Kuala Lumpur that you can explore in 2 days. With his help, we were able to have a hassle-free experience despite being unprepared. You may contact him at +6016 3135348.

10 Must-See Attractions in Kuala Lumpur:

1. Istana Negara, Jalan Duta

Istana Negara, translated as National Palace, is the Malaysian King’s (Yang di-Pertuan Agong) official residence. Built in 2011, it replaced the original residence in Jalan Istana. It is not open to the public so tourists can only take photos outside the gates. There are two palace guards appointed at the entrance who also serve as tourist attractions because of their striking British-style uniforms.

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  • Location: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Admission Fees: Free

2. Batu Caves

Prior to climbing a total of 272 concrete steps, you will be greeted by the world’s tallest statue of a Hindu deity (Murugan) at the foot of Batu Caves that is said to be worth approximately 24 million MYR. The Batu Caves is considered as a Hindu sacred place where worshippers also celebrate the annual Thaipusam festival. Aside from the bad weather, we weren’t able to enter due to our exposed legs. We already left the place when we found out that we could actually borrow a sarong at the entrance. 😦

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42.7 m or 140 ft high that is made of 1550 cubic metres of concrete, 250 tonnes of steel bars, and 300 litres of gold paint

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GENTING HIGHLANDS

Genting Highlands is an ideal family-friendly destination for those who want to unwind and escape the heat of the city. It is a hill resort where you can find a mall, an outdoor and indoor theme parks, water park, performance venues, hotels, casinos, and other different attractions. It is situated at 1760 meters above sea level and has a low temperature between 20°C to 26°C during the day and 15°C to 20°C at night so bring a jacket if you’re sensitive to a cold environment. Among the various attractions here, we chose to visit the Chocolate Gallery, Genting Strawberry Farm, and Genting Skyway.

3. Chocolate Gallery

Chocolate Gallery is known as Malaysia’s largest chocolate paradise with over 300 chocolate assortments! There are a number of unique flavors to choose from such as durian, ginseng, chili, curry, and ginger, but I was only able to taste the almond, tiramisu, and green tea. I liked the almond flavor the most so I bought one to bring back home. Take advantage of the free taste samples to know which flavor you should purchase.

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  • Location: 1 & 2, Jalan Jati 1, Bandar Gohtong Jaya, 69000 Genting Highland, Malaysia
  • Contact Nos.: +603-6100 2010, +603-6100 4010 (Fax)
  • Operating Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Visit their website here.
  • Like them on Facebook.

4. Genting Strawberry Farm

Visitors can pluck strawberries directly off the vine at Genting Strawberry Farm, and eat strawberry treats at their cafe. Mushrooms, herbs, flowers, and vegetables are also cultivated here.

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  • Location: No. 1, Lot 3707, Jalan Jati 2, Bandar Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, 69000 Genting Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia
  • Contact No.: +60 3-6100 1152
  • Operating Hours: 9 AM to 6:30 PM
  • Visit their website here.
  • Like them on Facebook.

5. Genting Skyway

Genting Skyway is Southeast Asia’s longest and fastest gondola lift. It offers a quick and convenient 11-minute ride from its base at Gohtong Jaya to Resorts World Genting. In my opinion, you may skip everything else at Genting Highlands except the Genting Skyway. It was the best part of our Genting Highlands escapade mainly because of the stunning view along the way. The fog gave off an eerie vibe as if we were being led to Silent Hill but that’s exactly what made it more fascinating. You can also admire the sunset from the cable car if you go back before dusk.

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  • Location: Jalan Batang Kali, 48200 Batang Kali, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Operating Hours: 7:30 AM to 12 AM daily
  • Fares:
    • RM 6.40 (Normal One-Way)
    • RM 12.80 (Normal Two-Way/ Return)
    • RM 31.80 (Express One-Way)
    • RM 10.60 (Hotel Guest Leisure Ride/ Return)
    • FREE (children below the height of 90cm)
  • Visit their website here.

BERJAYA HILLS

Berjaya Hills is a highland resort spread across 16,000 acres of tropical rainforest in Pahang where Colmare Tropicale, Ume Tatami Suite, Botanical Garden, Japanese Village, Organic Farm, The Chateau, and Tatami Spa are found. Available activities are horse riding, golf, tennis, squash, billiards, gym, bowling, rock climbing, canopy walk, and paintball.

  • Location: KM 48 Persimpangan Bertingkat, Lebuhraya Karak, Bukit Tinggi, 28750 Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia
  • Contact No.: +609 288 8888
  • Admission Fees (including Colmar Tropicale, Japanese Village, and Botanical Garden): RM 13 for adults and RM 8 for children ages 4 to 12

6. Japanese Village

The Japanese Village consists of the Japanese Tea House, Botanical Garden, Tatami Spa, Ume Tatami Suite, and Ryo Zan Tei Restaurant. Situated amid lush rainforest, it’s a great way to de-stress and indulge in tranquility while experiencing the Japanese culture.

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A replica of “chashitsu” or Japanese tea room

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Espee with her luscious blue hair made me believe that mermaids do exist!

  • Operating Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony Hours: 11 AM to 4:30 PM

7. Colmar Tropicale

Colmar Tropicale is a medieval french-themed village inspired by the original Colmar Village in Alsace, France. It’s the second french village I’ve ever been to (first being Petite France in South Korea). The enchanting architecture exudes a fairytale atmosphere because of the quaint and cobblestoned streets lined with timbered townhouses. These vibrant townhouses serve as accommodations, restaurants, cafes, and performance venue. Other facilities include a swimming pool, ballroom, and spa.

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The facade of Colmar Tropicale

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It felt like stepping into the pages of “Beauty and the Beast”.

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It turns out that the town in “Beauty and the Beast” is also inspired by Alsace, France.

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In comparison to the actual Colmar Village in Alsace, France (Source)

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A fountain near the performance venue

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Climb this tower to get a full view of the village.

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The magical view from the top of the tower

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Guests may use the swimming pool.

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The Chateau across Colmar Tropicale

8. Animal Park

We concluded our Berjaya Hills tour with an interaction with cute rabbits and deers at the Animal Park. We had fun playing with the animals and enjoying the playground as they took us back to our childhood and innocence.

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  • Operating Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Admission Fees: RM 3

9. Petronas Twin Towers

A trip to Kuala Lumpur isn’t complete without a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers. They are the tallest twin towers in the world to date and they also used to be the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. I’ve seen a picture of them a lot of times before and I thought there wasn’t anything special about them other than being 451m-tall. Seeing them up close though was such a remarkable experience! They look magnificent no matter what the time is but I recommend going at night when the lights are more defined.

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We couldn’t figure out at first from which angle should the photo be taken to get the perfect shot.

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The struggle was real behind the scenes haha!

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It took us a while to find a spot that barely had a clutter of tourists. This was taken with a GoPro which I think is the most appropriate camera to use due to its wide-angle lens.

  • Location: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Contact No.: +603 2331 8080
  • Email: skybridge@petronas.com.my
  • Operating Hours (Tuesdays to Sundays): 9 AM to 9 PM (closed between 1 PM to 2:30 PM on Fridays)
  • Admission Fees (Skybridge and Observation Deck):
    • Adults (13 to 60 years old): RM 85 (Non-MyKad)/ RM 30 (MyKad)
    • Children (3 to 12 years old): RM 35 (Non-MyKad)/ RM 15 (MyKad)
    • Senior citizens (61 years old and above): RM 45 (Non-MyKad)/ RM 15 (MyKad)
  • Visit their website here.

10. Chinatown

The chinatown on Petaling Street is where you can buy street foods, knockoffs, electronic items, souvenirs, accessories, and fabrics for bargain prices. This is where we bought cheap souvenirs such as keychains and magnets.

  • Location: Jalan Petaling, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Operating Hours: 11 AM to 12 AM

WHERE TO EAT:

Taste of Asia Food Court at Berjaya Times Square

Our first meal took place at Berjaya Times Square’s food court. The Taste of Asia Food Court presents a wide range of Asian food choices like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and local delicacies. We ordered nasi goreng (fried rice), cheese naan (oven-baked flatbread), and es teh manis (sweetened iced tea). The nasi goreng is not your ordinary fried rice. I’m not used to eating fried rice without a main dish but it was unexpectedly delicious on its own. The cheese naan was the ace because any food with cheese is automatically my favorite haha. It gave off a delectable exotic flavor when dipped into the curry sauce. Lastly, I loved the es teh manis because it had the right blend. It even became my staple drink for the rest of our trip.

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  • Location: Lot LG-23, West at Berjaya Times Square (1, Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM
  • Visit their website here.

WHERE TO STAY:

Capsule by Container Hotel KLIA 2

It was past midnight already when we arrived in Kuala Lumpur so we decided to spend our first six hours at the Capsule by Container Hotel which is conveniently located at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2. It is a minimalist-industrial capsule hotel that is literally made from shipping containers.  It has a total of 120 capsules that are either mixed or segregated by gender, a bar, a lounge, a library, and free WiFi, which is suitable for fliers whose main objective is to freshen up and rest for 6, 9, or 12 hours. The noise from other guests may be distracting but thankfully, the cozy bed and pillows made up for it.

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  • Location: Lot 1, 2 & 3, Gateway, Terminal KLIA2, 64000 Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Contact: 03-76102020 or info@capsulecontainer.com
  • Rates: 80 MYR for 6 hours, 100 MYR for 9 hours, 110 MYR for 12 hours
  • Visit their website here.
  • Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

TWENTY5 by OHANA Hostel

Our main lodging in Kuala Lumpur was TWENTY5 by OHANA Hostel. After we left the airport, we proceeded to the hostel to leave our luggage before starting our tour. The hostel, which radiates a homey ambiance, has a style of modern industrial design mixed with pops of color. We stayed at the mix dorm (6 sharing) where we met friendly backpackers from different nationalities. The best part of our room is the huge glass window that offers a partial view of the Petronas Twin Towers.

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(c) Official website of The Ohana Suite

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(c) Official website of The Ohana Suite

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  • Location: 25F Taragon Puteri Bintang, Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Contact No.: +6012 695 6608
  • Rates: Dorms from 50 MYR and suites from 250 MYR
  • Visit their website here.

I didn’t expect to love Kuala Lumpur as much as I did! The attractions were absolutely incredible but I think the kindhearted locals played a significant role for the most part. I feel fortunate to have met downright good-natured people during this trip and I am grateful that they made our vacation even more unforgettable.

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