Three days in Kuala Lumpur are the perfect time to discover the blend of modernity and tradition that has made the Malaysian capital one of the favorites of travel itineraries in South East Asia.
Kuala Lumpur, as locals and visitors have attractively shortened the name of the city, is home to any of Malaysia’s most visited and iconic sights. The Petronas Twin Towers are reminiscent of the city’s modern influence, while the streets of Chinatown and the famous Batu Caves symbolize the multicultural makeup that makes the city what it is today.
The city is also a paradise for gourmands. The ethnic and cultural composition is diverse, and Malay, Tamil and Chinese dishes blend into British colonial and Western influences to create a culinary scene that is hard to match anywhere else in Asia.
With this 3-day itinerary to Kuala Lumpur, you will enjoy a short city break that will allow you to enjoy the best of Kuala Lumpur and leave you hungry for Malaysian cuisine wherever you go.
Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a destination that can be visited all year round. So there is not a “better time” to visit Kuala Lumpur. The city experiences rainfall every month, March to May and October to November being the rainiest months of the year. These are the months when the end of the coastal monsoon sweeps the capital. It’s hot and humid all-time round in Kuala Lumpur, and even if it does not rain much, it usually falls in heavy gusts, leaving you plenty of sunshine to enjoy.
Language in Kuala Lumpur
During your three-day trip to Kuala Lumpur, you will inevitably hear words from around the world. It is a diverse and multicultural city that has hosted nationalities and communities from around the world. The predominant language in Malaysia is Malay, but Chinese, English, and Tamil are also official languages. English is spoken universally and is de facto, the language of business and commerce. All signs and street menus will be written in English too.
Transport in Kuala Lumpur
There are regular bus and train connections to the primary international airport, which serves the entire world and is the hub of the low-cost airline AirAsia. A central bus station connects Kuala Lumpur with the rest of Malaysia, as well as Singapore and Thailand, while a rail line also serves the country and beyond.
Public transport in the city is numerous, frequent and reliable, which facilitates the experience of the best of Kuala Lumpur in 3 days. There are monorail and metro lines, all connected and the local bus system. The lines are easy to navigate, and the price of the tickets is minimal.
Where To Stay In Kuala Lumpur
In Kuala Lumpur, there is a wide choice of accommodation. From inexpensive backpacker options to five-star luxury suites, Kuala Lumpur has something for every budget and every taste. It is a sprawling city, so there are many different areas. Here is the best choice for your 3-day itinerary to Kuala Lumpur.
Budget and backpacker accommodations are found throughout the city. However, the largest concentration of cheap hotels tends to be in Chinatown. Shelter here may be hit or miss though, so choose carefully. The region is very touristy, but still only Chinese-Malay. The least recommended budget option in Chinatown is Mingle Hostel. It is a few steps from the nearest metro, excellent value for money, and always full of travelers.
2. Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang is the ideal place for street food, night markets, and nightlife. Housing in this central area of the city is usually mid-range, although there is always for all budgets. The most excellent mid-range option is the Park Royal Hotel, a classic Kuala Lumpur hotel that offers understated luxury in a prime location.
The KLCC – Downtown Kuala Lumpur – is the perfect place for beginner travelers to the city or for those wishing to stay in the most beautiful neighborhood. At KLCC, you are steps away from the famous Twin Towers, and the city center is full of excellent restaurants, shopping malls, and luxury hotels. Face Suites are becoming a favorite luxury option here, with luxury apartments offering tower views and a rooftop pool providing a much-needed relief from the city’s dampness. The Traders Hotel and the Fraser Residence are also very recommended.
Security in Kuala Lumpur
Overall, Kuala Lumpur is a very secure and safe city to go to. You will find that the inhabitants are friendly and affordable because, in any big city, it is possible to be a victim of a minor crime or an occasional small scam. Keep your personal belongings on public transport and make sure taxi drivers use their meters – or better, arrange a Grab (an application similar to Uber) in advance to avoid any misfortune related to the taxi.
You can walk safely through the streets, even at night. However, in the neighborhood of Bukit Bintang, where the abundance of drinkers drinks, you may be approached late at night by employees of the many massage parlors. The majority of the areas in Kuala Lumpur are however hassle-free.
The Perfect Kuala Lumpur Itinerary
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Now that we have come out let’s take a look at this Kuala Lumpur itinerary!
Start your itinerary in Kuala Lumpur by spending the first day in the central area of KLCC. Malaysians love their acronyms, and KLCC is a shortcut to downtown Kuala Lumpur. This is one of the most original parts of Kuala Lumpur. This is an area specially designed to be designed as the new modern face of an old city. This is where skyscrapers mingle with shopping centers, and everything is in the high end.
Above all, stand the Petronas Twin Towers, once the tallest buildings in the world and the tallest twin towers in the world. Climb to the viewing platform between the two buildings for a breathtaking view of the city.
Back on the ground floor, explore the beautiful green gardens of KLCC Park. Wait until the sun sets for the fabulous light show that takes place every night on the artificial lake. You will love to see the twin towers illuminate majestically in the dark. Dine at one of the many modern fusion restaurants around the KLCC, then head to the Heli Lounge Bar, where you can find the best view of the city. From the converted heliport, located above a skyscraper, you’ll have a 360-degree view of the entire Kuala Lumpur.
Start the second day of your trip to Kuala Lumpur by visiting Merdeka Square. It is the oldest part of the city, established by the British during the colonial era. Today, it is a symbol of Malaysian freedom and a popular attraction to visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Then head to the beautiful Perdana Botanical Gardens and stroll through the Butterfly Park before heading to the National Museum to learn more about the country’s history and culture.
At lunchtime, explore Chinatown’s bustling area, including the bustling Petaling Street, where food vendors crisscross the streets and market stalls selling everything from fake designer clothes to cheap electronics. Then head to the central market for even more local shops.
In the evening, travel through the city to Bukit Bintang, where you can find the famous Jalan Alor night market. It is a Chinese-style street food market, with tables spilling out onto the street, beers are cheap, and meals and meetings continue late into the night.
At the corner of Jalan Alor, you will find the nightlife of Bukit Bintang. Clubs and bars run along the road, and the party doesn’t stop until the early hours of the morning.
One of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days is to travel outside the city to the famous Batu Caves. Board the train at Kuala Lumpur Sentral and let yourself be carried away by the countryside, where there are impressive cavernous caves.
Climb the hundreds of steps – watching the mischievous monkeys – to the entrance of the cave and marvel at the enormous golden statue of a Hindu deity guarding here. Inside the caves, there are temples and shrines dedicated to Hindu gods, and natural beauty contrasts interestingly with these cultural icons.
After exploring the Batu Caves, return to Kuala Lumpur and change trains to cross the city towards Putrajaya. Spend the afternoon strolling through the newest construction in Kuala Lumpur, a planned city built entirely to meet the needs of the Federal Government of Malaysia. It is a strange and artificial place, and few tourists even realize it. The architecture is incredible, combining modern styles with traditional Islamic and Malay designs.
Spend your last evening strolling the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur and do not miss out on one of the city’s many Nasi Kandar restaurants, especially around Bukit Bintang. This is where you can find the best local food. All around you will see Malayan cuisine mixed with Indian specialties, as well as locals who settle late for tea and dinner outside (when the temperature is cold enough).
And there you have it to visit the best places in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.