Every city around the world has its own little secrets and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is no exception. In 2014, Kuala Lumpur was the 8th most visited city in the world, ahead of places like Tokyo, Barcelona and Rome.
This article gives you a headstart on the different ways KL can be appealing to you before you make your way there (there’s so much more than just shopping). From local and international foods to luxurious sky bars to nearby hiking trails, there’s no shortage of adventures in KL.
Here are 5 things to do in Kuala Lumpur that you probably haven’t thought of:
- Hiking trails and caves
If you’re in the mood for exploration and exhilaration, consider Bukit Tabur – a popular hiking location just 20 minutes away from KL. The world’s longest quartz ridge comes complete with a beautiful 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape and KL skyline.
Weekday hikes are recommended as there will be fewer hikers and you’ll get to move at your own pace and take more photographs. Aim to get to the top just after sunrise for the breathtaking view.
Also nearby KL, you’ll find Batu Caves, one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India. This series of cave temples made out of 400-million year old limestone offers more than 160 rock climbing routes. Since it is a religious site, tourists flock here to watch devotees during the annual Hindu festival, Thaipusam. The devotees wear huge decorative carriers on their shoulders covered in flowers and peacock feathers.
- Diverse and eccentric dining experiences
One of the main reasons people travel is to try new foods that they wouldn’t come across otherwise. From the staples (Malay, Chinese, Indian) to the international fare (French, North American, Pakistani), even the citizens here have trouble keeping up with the wide-ranging eats.
You could stop by a roadside stall for a sloppy Ramly burger, a modern Malaysian signature. There’s an assortment of local desserts such as cendol (green flour squiggles in a soup of coconut milk) and bubur cha cha (coconut-based with yam, taro, sweet potato and sago). Truly experience the flavours of Malaysia and at the same time, get in on the stranger side of things.
Classics like nasi lemak (fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk served with anchovies, chilli and peanuts) can be sampled in an unfamiliar form such as gelato. Find one at a Cielo Dolci kiosk, a place that goes for offbeat with their flavours. You can also dig a little deeper in your pocket and go for Dining in the Dark, a sense-heightening experience with a multi-course mystery menu.
- Monkeys and fireflies
If a friend came up to you and asked for things to do in Kuala Lumpur, you probably wouldn’t think of suggesting they go on a boat ride into the heart of the jungle. Yet, there is something magical about this unique activity, especially if you want an escape from the crowds after sunset.
Situated in a fishing town outside KL, an oarsman takes a boat of 4 people through the river lined with bushes where millions of fireflies glimmer in unison like a never-ending string of lights on a Christmas tree. It’s truly a natural wonder. This also comes with a delicious seafood dinner by the river. On top of that, a tour guide will take you to an old lighthouse where you’ll get to play and feed friendly monkeys who won’t hesitate to climb up on you.
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- A stunning view of world-renowned architecture
Where else could you get a great view of KL’s world-famous architecture other than a bar on the 57th floor? Don’t forget to take in the music while you’re busy taking photos at Marini’s on 57 [Link to: http://marinis57.com/gallery/]. A curated collection of tunes perfect for chilling out goes well with picture-perfect views of the cityscape and delicately-made cocktails.
With a 360-degree panoramic view, it’s hard to miss the Petronas Towers (the tallest twin towers in the world) and the KL Tower (the 7th tallest tower in the world), two of the most prominent landmarks in Malaysia. Before you head to the bar, swing by the Italian restaurant or the whisky lounge for a first-class dinner or a quality cigar.
Marini’s on 57
Level 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60 3-2386 6030
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- Live comedy and performing arts
Lastly, if you’re looking for special things to do in Kuala Lumpur after sunset, what better way to learn about local culture than to watch it on a live stage? Crackhouse Comedy Club is the first stand-up comedy venue in Malaysia, embraced by the likes of comedians from all across the globe.
There’s also The Bee at Publika, which hosts seasonal stand-up comedy gigs. You can head to KLPAC, known as the heart of KL’s performing arts community where there is always something playing – dances, plays or musicals. Expect reasonable prices and a unique brand of creativity.
With the above tips, you’ll be exploring KL off the normal path for an adventure in sights and food and make your visit even more unique and memorable!
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