Top Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur During a Stopover!

Kuala Lumpur is a bustling transport hub, and chances are you’ll probably stopover there atleast once during your travels. So, make the most of it – here’s the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur during an epic 1 day stopover.

Kuala Lumpur is a major transport hub, and is frequented by many travellers for stop-overs (although it’s so much more than that!). The city is bustling and features a range of cultures, and it really is the perfect place to spend a day or two as a stopover on route to your destination (although, if you have longer, go for it!).

I had a two-night stopover in Kuala Lumpur on only my second overseas trips. I was on-route to Nepal (for the first time). I didn’t arrive till late the first night and departed early as well, so I only really had 1 day to enjoy what the city had to offer. But I loved that one day – and I’m excited to go back one day to explore not only more of what Kuala Lumpur has to offer, but also Malaysia in general.

There’s actually lots to do in and around Kuala Lumpur, especially if you are willing to head a little out of the central city. There’s amazing shopping and a fantastic food scene (the street food is some of the best!). There’s also iconic sights and views, and lots of culture.

So, here’s all the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur to ensure you won’t be short of things to do during your stopover in the city. Of course, you won’t be able to fit all of this in to one day (and if you can- how? Are you a wizard?), but I like to give options! Anyways, let’s get into the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Make sure to read till the end for everything you need to know about spending a stopover in Kuala Lumpur (think where to stay, transport, the works!).

 Kuala Lumpur Fast Facts

  • Continent: Asia
  • Country:Malaysia
  • Language: Malay
  • Money Matters: Malaysian Ringgit
  • Population: 1.8million (2017)

Top things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers

Petronas Twin Towers

Not only Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic sight, but also Malaysia’s, everyone knows what the Petronas Twin Towers look like. Even better in person, you won’t get tired of seeing the towers from just about anywhere in the city.

The Petronas Twin Towers are actually the tallest twin towers in the world, and the architecture is incredible. You can capture incredible shots from many places in the city, and also head to the towers to walk across the bridge that joins the two towers.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market

Central Market

A tourist favourite and amazing spot for shopping, Central Market is also known as Pasar Seni and showcases all of the various backgrounds that feature in Malaysia, including Malay, Chinese and Indian.

Pick up local products and souvenirs (it’s one of the best spots for souvenir shopping!), and make sure to be on the lookout for street performers and music acts. There’s also a large food court on the second level where you can eat some traditional foods.

Kuala Lumpur street food

Try some local street food.

Food courts are extremely common in Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find them just about anywhere. Street food is one of my personal favourite ways to sample what a local cusine has to offer, and the food scene in Malaysia is amazing. Some dishes to try include Penang Assam Laska, Hokkien Mee and Nasi Lemak. Hutong is considered one of the best food courts in the city – so head there for the best of the best.

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower

If you want some epic views of the city, Kuala Lumpur Tower is the place to go. The observation deck is the highest point open to visitors across the city, and a favourite among travellers hoping to get that epic photo.

Shop at Suria KLCC

Shop at Suria KLCC

Located within the KLCC complex which also includes the Petronas Towers and the KLCC park, Suria is a huge 6 storey shopping centre that has something for everyone. Not only home to just about any shop you could want, there’s also a cinema, rides, and several food courts and restaurants.

The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle

A popular area in central Kuala Lumpur which is bustling day and night. Many hotels are located in the area, and you’ll find shops, restaurants, bars and clubs lining the streets. The area comes even more alive at night, so if you are looking for a nice meal, drink or night out, this is the place to go.

Wander KLCC Park

Wander KLCC Park

A green haven in this bustling built up city is KLCC Park, situated right near the Petronas Twin Towers. There’s plenty of space for everyone, and it’s frequented by people exercising, people exploring, and people relaxing all the same.

Explore one of the many walking paths through the park and be on the lookout for the lake in the centre, as well as many other water features scattered throughout the park.

China Town

As I said above, Kuala Lumpur features many cultures and has a large Chinese population, which has led to China Tower, a popular area to try street food, explore cultural temples, as well as shop at the markets.

Kuala Lumpur China Town

Do a cooking class

Cooking classes are one of my favourite ways to experience both local culture and cusines. The food in Malaysia is delicious, so why not try your hand at learning how to make some local delicacies yourself? 

Batu Caves

The only thing to do on this list that is actually out of the city and requires almost a full day to fully experience is Batu Caves. The incredible limestone cliffs are a sight in themselves, but exploring the caves and temples is even better.

Everyone recognises the colourful stairs that lead to the caves, and you’re likely to spot monkeys as well. If you are feeling adventurous, there’s plenty of rock-climbing opportunities too.

Batu Caves

Stop over guide to Kuala Lumpur

Where to stay

There’s plenty of amazing accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur. Staying in or near the Golden Circle puts you at the centre of everything!

Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

Located right around the corner from the Golden Circle, indulge in a little luxury at the Intercontinental, which features great rooms, a pool, spa and several bars and restaurants.

Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre

This more budget friendly hotel still feels like luxury with a rooftop pool with amazing city views, a gym and restaurant on site.

Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Ohana Kuala Lumpur

There’s plenty of hostels in Kuala Lumpur to pick from, with Ohana a fan favourite. There’s a pool and gym, and the hostel offers free breakfast and free Wi-Fi.

Getting to and from the Airport

From the airport, one of the best options is getting the KLIA Ekspress to the city centre, which takes about half an hour (this is one of quickest ways!). You can also opt for a taxi, which charge set prices based on the area of the city you are headed too.

Ohana Kuala Lumpur

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

There are several ways to get around the city. Trains are one of the best and most affordable ways, with the KL monorail running through the Golden Circle and nearby areas, and the KTM Komuter line makes trips further out of the city. You can also opt to use a cab, just make sure they use meters (it’s the law!), as some will try to outsmart you. Taxis can be hailed from just about anywhere.

Money Matters

The currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit (currently 1 USD = approx. 4 Malaysian ringgit). Visa, MasterCard and similar are widely accepted in Kuala Lumpur, particularly tourist hot spots and in larger establishments. You’ll also find ATM’s and money exchanges common in the area. Always carry some cash for smaller purchases and markets.

Malaysia has so much to offer, and I highly recommend spending more time there than just a stopover in Kuala Lumpur. Here’s an amazing 2 week Malaysia itinerary to see the best of everything Malaysia has to offer!

Happy travelling,