Kuala Lumpur is one of the most incredible cities in the world, so we've teamed up with our mates at Flight Centre to help you make the most of the Malaysian capital!
Here are fifteen unique experiences you can have in KL.
Sky Dining with a view
Troika Sky Dining is a collection of four brilliant restaurants three-quarters of the way up a skyscraper directly opposite the twin towers. There's something to suit all tastes here. Fuego has you covered for meat, Strato is a great Italian, Cantaloupe’s your super high-end experience, Claret is the wine bar to start or end your night.
Party beside the world’s tallest twin towers
Sky Bar is a KL institution. Part of that is because of the incredible views, but we'd say it also has something to do with the huge swimming pool in the middle! This brilliant bar is located on the roof of the great Traders Hotel.
Shop up a storm
Need a spot of retail therapy? You’ve come to the right place. KL has everything from high-end malls filled with luxury brands to open air street markets selling knock-offs of those same goods. There are three yearly nationwide sales where you can pick up the best bargains - 1Malaysia Super Sale (1–31 March), 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival (15 June–31 Aug) and 1Malaysia Year-End Sale (1 Nov–31 Dec).
Laugh in four languages at once
KL has the fastest-growing stand-up scene in Asia and possibly the world. They have not one but two full-time, permanent comedy clubs: The Crackhouse in TTDI and Live House at TREC. Both have regular shows with visiting international acts and a vibrant local scene who crack jokes mainly in English but also Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil - all native languages in multicultural Malaysia. Even if you don’t know what every punchline means, it’s still very funny and an excellent night out.
Drink all the coffee
Malaysian “kopitiam” culture is unique; quaint, traditional coffee shops where they serve mud-thick classic brews or teh Tarik in old school crockery. Meanwhile in surburban spots like Bangsar or Damansara, a new wave of modern coffee has emerged as a direct result of so much Malaysian exposure to Australia, especially Melbourne. You can get everything from French press to test tube coffees,
High-end Malaysian cuisine
It exists and it’s magnificent. Try Bijan in the centre of the city or for something even more intimate, take a taxi 15 minutes out of the city into the jungle for starlit dinner at the stunning Tamarind Springs.
Need a break from all that rushing around? Book yourself in for a facial at one of KL’s top spas. Enjoy the solitude of Spa Village at The Ritz-Carlton, or relax in the rainforest at The Chateau, the world’s first organic spa and wellness resort.
Afternoon Tea from Colonial England
There’s an awkward history between the UK and Malaysia, but also still a huge fondness for the traditional ways of the old country. Nowhere are these more evident than The Majestic Hotel where they serve a classic scone-sandwich-cake-tea experience that could be straight out of the 1920s.
Buy durian out of your car window and eat it
We'll state the obvious here: durian has a very unique smell. But it’s a quintessential South East Asian delicacy and it's worth trying it once in your life! Just try not to breathe while you're eating it.
Indulge in a crab dinner
If you like seafood, you’ll LOVE KL. There are loads of brilliant cafes and restaurants specializing in rich, delicious crabs. The best is Fatty Crab, which has won the Time Out KL Best Seafood Restaurant award five years running.
Frogs legs in Chinatown
Another entry under the “only for the brave”, once you’ve walked around Chinatown (Petaling Street) for a while and need a rest, you could go to Hon Kee for some frog leg porridge. We said “could”. But seriously... why not give it a go?
Malaysia has some outstanding golf courses up in the mountains, by the beach, in the rainforest, and the heart of the city. The only problem is it gets too hot for a full round during the day, which is why lots of courses are offering night golf. Playing under floodlights as the odd monkey or monitor lizard dodges your ball is pretty cool. Check out TPCKL (formerly KLGCC), Seri Selangor, Glenmarie, orTropicana. And if all that’s too much, there’s even a golf simulator with in-built bar at City Golf.
Where else in the world can you get a massage from a blind Paralympian? In KL there’s a whole community of blind therapists which will give you one of the best massages of your life.
Banana Leaf in Brickfields
Malaysia is home to the best street food in the world. For peak Indian curries, dall, roti canai, briyani and idli, head to Brickfields, have a stroll around the spectacular streets to work up an appetite, then gorge on the various treats there.
Make it your base for further adventures
KL is perfectly central in South East Asia. You can easily take advantage of cheap flights to explore other countries with Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Indochina on your doorstep. Inside Malaysia meanwhile you’ve got picturesque Penang, Malacca, Borneo or the East Coast Islands which are home to some of the best diving in the world. It couldn’t be closer or easier from KL.
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