Kuala Lumpur was the last stop of our trip through Southeast Asia. Neither of us wanted to go to Kuala Lumpur because we knew it meant the end of our first adventure in Asia. The fatigue of 20 days backpacking, sleeping little and bad, was nothing compared to our desire of keeping traveling.
We only spent two days in the capital city of Malaysia and in this post, I will tell you things to do in Kuala Lumpur in two days. I hope you find everything you need to see this city in a short time. A modern and developed city that has nothing to do with the other part of Malaysia we visited; Penang.
HOW TO GET TO KUALA LUMPUR FROM THE AIRPORT
Kuala Lumpur airport is quite far from the center, so ruling out the option of a taxi -for the expensive price- we would have these three ways to go downtown:
- Express Train: KLIA Ekspres. It takes 33 min to the center. The price is 35RM (approx. 7.62 € / one way) It goes every 15 min.
- KLIA Transit Train: It also takes 33 mins and the price is still 35 RM one way. This goes every 20 min.
- Bus: Skybus. The journey takes 1hr 15mins and the one-way ticket price is 10 RM (approx. 2.17€).
Since we arrived at 8 pm and we no longer had time to see anything, we decided to go by bus to keep the low budget for the whole trip.
things to do IN KUALA LUMPUR in two days
HOW TO GET TO THE BATU CAVES
The Batu Caves are far from the center, but this is one of the most important interest points on your trip through Kuala Lumpur in two days. It is approximately half an hour to arrive by train with a price of 2RM (approx. 0.46€). The name of the train stop is Batu Caves, and leaves you only 200m from the caves.
THE MAIN CAVE
There are actually numerous caves on that hill, but the main one is guarded by an imposing golden statue at the base of the staircase that gives access to the cave. This incredible statue of more than 40 meters tall represents the Hindu god Murugan, god of war. The Batu Caves are one of the most popular Hindu sanctuaries outside of India.
After admiring the spectacular figure, you will have to climb the 272 steps that take you to the mouth of the cave. I cannot think of a better way to start the morning than trying to climb it, resisting heat and humidity. I promise you that the ladder seems endless. Some families of monkeys are in charge of entertaining you with their mischief while ascending.
Although the entrance of the main cave is free, there are others where you have to pay. The well-known Dark Cave Conservation has its entrance approximately in the middle of the staircase and once there you can do an educational tour (35 RM – 8 €) or a speleological adventure tour (80 RM – 17 €). We had neither the time nor the money, so we just went to the free part.
The main cave is immense and there are many areas where the roof has sunk any sunlight. There is nothing particularly remarkable inside. We were not too surprised. It was also under construction so there was a lot of building material.
SURROUNDINGS OF THE MAIN CAVE
In the surroundings and down the stairs, there are other smaller caves where you also need a ticket entrance and also have their own statue.
This one, for example, is a statue of Hanuman, the monkey god for the Hindu, which is at the entrance of the Ramayana Cave.
This other statue, Krishna, also symbolized the entrance to another part of the cave.
DATARAN MERDEKA AND MASJID JAMEK
Returning to downtown it is essential to see, if possible, the contrast between the Dataran Merdeka or Independence Square and the Masjid Jamek or the Friday Mosque. And I say “if you can” because unfortunately when we went the mosque was totally under construction and we could see absolutely nothing.
While on one hand, the Friday Mosque is one of the oldest in Kuala Lumpur, Independence Square shows us how Malaysia proclaimed its independence.
This square of colonial touches is crowned by the Sultan Abdul Samad Palace. This majestic building was built during the British occupation in Malaysia. Different government departments were located there.
On our way to our next stop, we stumbled upon this sculpture located at the entrance to the City Gallery.
A 10-minute walk from Independence Square is the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. This Hindu temple is the most important in Kuala Lumpur. However, it is not located in Little India.
As we were accustomed to the other Hindu temples we visited throughout Southeast Asia, the colors and figures of divinities are the main focus.
From here we went to Little India, in the Brickfield neighborhood. We expected a neighborhood similar to the one we saw in Singapore. But it didn’t fulfill our expectations. The only thing that made us feel that we were in Little India was the amount of Indian shops and restaurants that were there. That’s why we eat Indian food in one of the premises.
The next morning we went to see the biggest tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur, the incredible Petronas Towers. It is impossible for you to be indifferent, they are simply mind-boggling.
With its 452 meters tall, they were the tallest buildings in the world for 5 years. The steel and glass of their facades dazzled these twins.
On the other side of the Petronas we find the KLCC Park: an immense park full of fountains to cool off the suffocating Malay heat while the towers are seen from another perspective.
A 10 minute walk from there, I recommend you visit Rummah Penghulu Abu Seman. It is a typical Malaysian house built in 1910. This house can only be seen by guided tour at 11am or 3pm. The price is free and we recommend it 100%.
VIEWS FROM THE KL TOWER
To see Kuala Lumpur from the heights many people go up to the Petronas Towers. However we climbed to the Menara KL better known as KL Tower. This tower, apart from being more economical, overlooks the Petronas Towers.
The KL Tower is one of the highest telecommunication towers in the world with more than 400m. You can see the tower from almost anywhere in the city.
To get there, first you have to go up a small hill with a slope that can be avoided by walking (about 15 minutes) because there are free buses that go up and down.
Apart from the 360º viewpoint we went to, there are other activities that can be done in the KL Tower. That depends on the wallet and desire of each one. Some of the different activities offered are an F1 simulator, a 360º city guide or a 6D Theater among others. To know what the activities consist of and what prices they have, you can visit the website of KL Tower.
WHERE TO STAY IN KUALA LUMPUR
The place where we stayed is the reason why we miss the image of the Petronas Towers lit at night. However, and as you can see in this photo, our decision was not too bad in the end.
The incredible terrace of Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur is as good as any fashion club you can find in the city. We also had amazing views of the Petronas Towers and the KL tower. This hostel is great if you travel to Kuala Lumpur as a backpacker. So we spent the evenings drinking beers on the terrace waiting for the night to approach the towers. However, we always ended up too busy playing Beer Pong with people from all over the world and we did not want to move from there.
It was difficult to leave Kuala Lumpur not only for the amazing people we met there but for the significance as the end of our unforgettable South Asia trip.