Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
What’s really great about KL is that seeing this cool city is relatively cheap, some of the best highlights are even free. Due to the clockwork public transport system, getting around is fast, simple and great value. I’ve been to Kuala Lumpur a fair few times myself, and below is some ideas of things you can see and do in KL.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
The bird park is simply amazing, if you’re in Kuala Lumpur and you like zoos, animals or birds you should definitely stop by here. The park itself boasts the largest bird aviary in the world, and inside is a huge variety of well-kept birds from all over the world.
The bird park is host to regular bird shows, where you can see birds fly through hoops, perform tricks, and the talking birds even get some time on the microphone! Guests at the bird park even get the opportunity to see the incubators where they hatch the chicks, in this area you can also get to hold baby ducks.
If you’re the energetic type, you can walk to the bird park quite easily from the Pasar Seni LRT stop on the Kelana Jaya Line, which is the first stop from KL Sentral. The area that KL bird park is in makes for a nice walk, it’s countryside roads surrounded by greenery.
Jalan Petaling Market
One of my personal favorite things to do in KL is visit the market at Jalan Petaling, this market is in the Chinatown area, which is also the central backpacker hub of KL.
Shopping here you can pick up some great bargains if you know what you’re doing, haggling and bartering is the norm, and it’s also great fun. The market stalls here sell almost everything, clothes, watches, souvenirs, electronic items and traveling essentials
Places to eat and drink are in abundance, dotted around the market are fresh fruit stalls and snack stands. There’s also a brilliant place to eat (one of my favorites in KL) that you can’t miss, it’s a self-service food stall that sells Chinese and Malaysian food for a few Ringgit. To get to the food stall, face the market entrance on Jalan Sultan, walk down the street for a couple of minutes and it will be on your left.
Petronas Twin Towers
Seeing the Petronas Twin Towers is on most peoples to-do list in KL, the towers are a magnificent sight, towering above the Kuala Lumpur business district. Visiting the towers is free, but you must queue up for tickets early in the morning on the day you’d like to visit.
The views from the towers is amazing, it really gives you an insight into the scale of this great city. The early morning trip to queue for tickets is definitely worth it.
Getting to the Petronas Twin Towers is easy, you can take the LRT from anywhere on the Kelana Jaya Line to KLCC, which stops underneath the towers. The LRT does open early enough to make the morning queue for tickets.
The history of the Central Market dates back to 1888, when it was an open food market, the building that stands there now was completed in 1937, and since then the market has become a national heritage site and a tourist attraction.
The stalls here are generally more expensive than the products at the Petaling Market, but the goods on offer are of a considerably higher quality, a lot of the prices are marked on the items, and bartering is less frequent than Petaling.
The items are a mix between usual tourist souvenirs and traditional Asian crafts and clothing, although there are a few stalls selling electronics and other items. There is a large food court upstairs, and a pub downstairs.