TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (Tourist Spots and Attractions for First-timers)

BEST Things To Do in KUALA LUMPUR MALAYSIA Tourist Spots and Attractions

Traveling for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Here's a list of top things to do in Kuala Lumpur, tourist spots, and places to visit to help you plan an awesome KL adventure!

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the top destinations for Filipinos because visiting it doesn't require securing a visa. During our recent #AirAsiaInKualaLumpur Familiarization Tour, we visited some of the top tourist spots and attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This list includes different modern architectural wonders, several historical sites, some places of worship, and a lot more. Don't forget to include these sites and things to do in your KL itinerary when planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur - especially for first-timers.


Below are some of the travel essentials you need to book before traveling to Kuala Lumpur.

  • Hotel Accommodation - Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? If you're looking for the best hotels in Kuala Lumpur, then this list is what you need! From affordable hostels to luxury hotels & resorts, you'll certainly find the best hotel that suits your needs! See the list here.

  • Private KLIA Transfers - Traveling to/from Kuala Lumpur International Airport? Take the hassle out of your journey by booking from a wide selection of cars, taxis, and other airport transfer options. This is ideal for families and group of friends and especiallu when traveling with huge luggage.

  • KLIA Express Airport Train - for hassle-free travel from the airport to the city center, take the KLIA Ekspres Airport Train. Just book your ticket in advance and simply head to the barrier gate of the KL Airport Express and have your voucher barcode scanned for fast and efficient entry. The KLIA Express train will take you to KL Sentral Railway Station in less than 30 minutes.

  • KL TravelPass (Metro Card) - How to get around the city in the most convenient way possible? Book this KL TravelPass and enjoy unlimited rides on the city’s LRT, MRT, and KL Monorail lines for two consecutive days!

  • 4G SIM Card for Malaysia - Stay connected to the internet while exploring Malaysia. Enjoy wide network coverage in Malaysia with this reliable travel 4G/3G SIM card. This SIM includes Call/SMS & Data usage.

  • 4G LTE Pocket WiFi - If you prefer to use a pocket WiFi, you may book this device that can be used to connect up to 5 devices. You could pick-up the device at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and it's ready to use upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Klook Pass Kuala Lumpur - Looking for an all-in-one travel pass? Go Kuala Lumpur sightseeing and visit its popular attractions with this amazing Klook Pass Kuala Lumpur! Save up to 44% and get access to 2,3 or 4 activities with this one pass!


Kuala Lumpur Tourist Spots

1. Visit Istana Negara (National Palace)

Located along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim (formerly Jalan Duta) in Segambut in northwestern part of Kuala Lumpur, the Istana Negara or the National Palace is the official residence of the monarch of Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur Tourist Spots

Kuala Lumpur Tourist Spots

Kuala Lumpur Tourist Spots

We were not able to get inside because visitors are only allowed at the main gate. But from the gate you could see the grandeur of the palace.

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide for Filipinos

2. Relieve history at Tugu Negara (National Monument)

Tugu Negara or the National Monument is a monument that was built to commemorates the brave soldiers who died fighting for the independence of Malaysia. It is located in a huge complex divided into 5 components: the monument, the pavilion, the surrounding gardens, the fountains and the war memorial.

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide for Filipinos

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide for Filipinos

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide for Filipinos

Address: Lake Gardens, Jalan Tugu off Jalan Parlimen,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 08:00am - 10:00pm (Daily)

Must-see Mosques Masjids in KL Malaysia

3. Take a photo of the National Mosque of Malaysia

Located in Jalan Perdana in Kuala Lumpur City, the National Mosque of Malaysia is a huge mosque that has a capacity of 15,000 people and an important symbol of the Islamic country of Malaysia. Entering the mosque is not allowed for non-Muslims.

Address: Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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4. Learn more about KL at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

Located inside a historical building in Merdeka Square, the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is a popular tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur. This small museum is an awesome place to learn more about the history of Kuala Lumpur through miniature models and The Spectacular City Model Show. It also has many scale models of Merdeka Square and the city of Kuala Lumpur, gift shop, and a Café. This is also where you could find the famous I❤️KL which is considered as one of the "most photographed structures" in Kuala Lumpur.

I love KL Gallery Merdeka Independence Square

I love KL Gallery Merdeka Independence Square

I love KL Gallery Merdeka Independence Square

I love KL Gallery Merdeka Independence Square

I love KL Gallery Merdeka Independence Square

Entrance fee to Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is 10 RM, this already includes the The Spectacular City Model Show and a 5 RM rebate that you could spend in their souvenir shop or buy some snacks in their coffee shop.

Address: No. 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka,, 50050 Dataran Merdeka, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open from 9:00AM–6:30PM

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5. Get a piece of history at Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square or Independence Square is where you could see some of the popular historical sites of Kuala Lumpur. Not to be missed is the 95-meter high flagpole which is considered as "one of the tallest in the world," located at the southern end of the square - just across Kuala Lumpur City Gallery (Galeri Kuala Lumpur).

Things to do Merdeka Independence Square

Other interesting sites to visit at the Merdeka Square are: the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Royal Selangor Club, the former National History Museum, the St. Mary's Anglican Cathedral, and the original Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Merdeka Square is the usual venue for the annual Merdeka Parade (National Day Parade).

Things to do in KL Tower Malaysia

6. Be Amazed by the KL Tower

One of the most distinguishable structures dominating Kuala Lumpur's skyline is the KL Tower. It is a communication tower with a height of 421 meter that was completed in 1995 and considered as the 7th tallest communication tower in the world and the tallest in Southeast Asia. From the city, you could see the KL Tower taller than the Petronas Towers but it's actually not. It is erected on hill which makes it look taller than the twin towers.

Below are the entrance fees if you want to go to the observation deck of KL Tower.
  • MyKad-Adult - RM 32.00
  • MyKid-Child - RM 21.00
  • International-Adult - RM 52.00
  • International-Child - RM 31.00

You can buy your tickets online at via Klook.com. Click here to buy discounted admission tickets here.

Address: Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open daily from 9:00 AM–10:00 PM

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7. Visit Batu Caves

An iconic and popular tourist attraction in Selangor, Batu Caves is a Hindu Temple and Shrine frequented by Indians to practice Hindu religious rites. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Located north of Kuala Lumpur, it is a limestone hill composed of three major caves and a number of smaller one. When visiting Batu Cave, be sure to be ready to climb up the 272 steps to get to the Temple Cave on top of the mountain.

TRAVEL TIP: For ease and convenience, you may book a Kuala Lumpur City and Batu Caves combo tour. See rates and availability here!

Things to do in Batu Caves KL Malaysia

Things to do in Batu Caves KL Malaysia

Things to do in Batu Caves KL Malaysia

There are no fees collected to enter the caves, but donation is accepted in the shrines. Also, remember that this is a place of worship. Proper dress code should be practiced. For women, be sure to cover your legs and shoulders; do not wear shorts, short skirts or low cut tops. For men, shorts are allowed.

Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily, 06:00 - 21:00

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8. Climb the Petronas Twin Towers

One of the most popular and highly visited modern structures in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is the amazing Petronas Twin Towers. Dominating KL's skyline, it is the tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004, now it is considered as the "World's Tallest Twin Towers" at a height of 452 meters. You may go here during day time, but the best time to visit it is during night time when the twin towers illuminate with lights.

Petronas Twin Towers KL Malaysia

It features Suria KLCC Shopping Mall which sells mostly foreign luxury goods and high-street labels. The shopping mall is also great place to buy some Malaysian local products. While waiting for our Petronas Tower Tour, I went to the grocery and bought some noodles, local chocolates, coffee, and some pasalubong for my family and friends back home.

Petronas Twin Towers KL Malaysia

Climbing Petronas Twin Towers

As a landmark of Kuala Lumpur, along with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower, climbing the twin towers is a must when visiting Kuala Lumpur. Ticket price is at 85 RM. This will bring on a 1 hour tour to the Skybridge located at the 42 floor, and the observation deck at the 86th floor.

Climbing Petronas Twin Towers KL Malaysia Ticket Prices

Climbing Petronas Twin Towers KL Malaysia Ticket Prices

Petronas Towers Operating Hours:

Visiting Days: Tuesdays to Sundays
CLOSED every Monday
CLOSED on Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Aidiladha

Visiting Hours: 9.00 am - 9.00 pm
CLOSED between 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm on Fridays
Last admission: 8.30 PM

Tickets are sold at the 'CONCOURSE' Level of the Petronas Twin Towers. Issuing of tickets starts from 8.30am (tickets are limited and issued on a first come, first served basis). Advance purchase is available via Klook.com. Click here to buy discounted admission tickets + one-way transfer here.

KL Malaysia Petronas Towers Ticket Prices

KL Malaysia Petronas Towers Ticket Prices

KL Malaysia Petronas Towers Ticket Prices

KL Malaysia Petronas Towers Ticket Prices

Petronas Towers Ticket Prices:

  • Adult (13 - 60 years) - RM 85.00
  • Child (3 - 12 years) - RM 35.00
  • Senior Citizen (61 years & above) - RM 45.00
  • Infant (below 3 years old) - FREE
*Price is inclusive of GST at 6%.

A visit to Kuala Lumpur is never complete without visiting Petronas Twin Towers. Be sure to include this in your Kuala Lumpur City Tour itinerary.

9. Watch a Cultural Show

Saloma Theater Restaurant offers buffet dining experience while you enjoy some Malay cultural dances. The buffet spread is quite good and I tried almost every Malaysian, Chinese and Indian cuisines at the buffet table. The cultural presentation showcasing Malaysia's cultural dances are feasts to the eyes while you enjoy your food. What not to miss? At the end of the show, guests will be asked to participate and try the cultural dances of Malaysia. Also, don't forget to have souvenir photos with the dancers.

Things to do in KL Malaysia travel guide

Things to do in KL Malaysia travel guide

Things to do in KL Malaysia travel guide

Address: 109, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open daily from 11:00 AM–10:30 PM
Phone: +60 3-2161 0122

Hwere to eat in KL Malaysia travel guide

10. Food Trip and Shopping

When in Kuala Lumpur, don't miss trying its local flavors - Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cuisines. For souvenir shopping, the local grocery stores are a good place to buy local Malaysian products. for other pasalubong and souvenirs such as ref magnets, t-shirts, key chains, and others, you can buy them at the many stores located at the tourist spots.

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There are still many tourist spots, attractions and thing to do in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia that we weren't able to cover. But these top 10 destinations and things to do are my most recommended - especially for first-timers in Kuala Lumpur.

For convenience, you may also avail a Kuala Lumpur Half Day City Tour, where you will visit some of the top tourist spots and attractions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Got other suggestions? Please don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

ALSO READ: 8 Awesome Free Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Terima kasih (#ThankYou) @airasia @airasiafilipino and @comco_sea for letting me experience the culture, see the architectural landmarks, and taste the flavors of Kuala Lumpur #Malaysia! ❤️ I certainly enjoyed this trip and I can't wait for my next visit. Kuala Lumpur definitely deserves a second visit! #AirAsiaInKualaLumpur #MalaysiaTrulyAsia

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ALSO READ: Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide Blog with Sample KL Itinerary

Flights to Kuala Lumpur from Manila

Air Asia has several daily flights from Manila to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Flights are at 06:40 AM, 12:55 PM and 05:05 PM daily. These flights depart from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and arrive in Kuala Lumpuer International Airport (KLIA) Terminal 2. They also have 2 daily flights from Davao, and one flight from Cebu which also arrive in KLIA2. You may visit www.airasia.com to book your flights.

SEE ALSO: HOTELS NEAR KLIA2: Tune Hotels KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport Malaysia)

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