Let’s say, you don’t have a lot of time to stay in Kuala Lumpur, 48 hours, that’s all you’ve got. Where to go in Kuala Lumpur? What to do in the city? Especially if you only have short time to stay in one place which calls for more research and planning ahead to make the best out of your trip. Yeah, yeah, flash packer type, who cares? The point is, you don’t have a lot of time to travel.
This is when this post comes in, to help you get the best out of Kuala Lumpur in 48 Hours as you can, food trips, where to stay, where to go, and how to get around in the city. Just a heads up, the manner you travel or the time of the day may affect efficiency of how successful this will be. Keep an open mind.
Where to Go in Kuala Lumpur within 48 Hours
1) PETRONAS TWIN TOWER– You don’t want to miss seeing the tower that was once the highest towers in the world. I recommend you see it at night because it looks gorgeous when the lights are lit and it glows behind the dark sky. You can also go up there for an outrageous fee. Accessible via Kelana Jaya Line (alight at KLCC Station).
2) BATU CAVES – Aside from Petronas Twin Towers, this is my second bet to see in Kuala Lumpur. This is I think the one place rich in character, and culture altogether. No fee to climb up the temple, but exploring the caves prepare to pay the entrance fee. I was lucky to be there when there was a post-Thaipusam Festival ritual happening (skipped the crowd, but not the scene and ritual). Batu Caves is accessible via KTM Komuter line, please read Going by Train to Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.
3) MERDAKA SQUARE – Is worth seeing just for a different ambiance, the impressive architecture in the area is amazing. As other travelers say, it is like Europe in the middle of Asia (influenced by the European colonization era). Not to mention that the area is close to the City Gallery, Central Market, China Town, and KL Tower by walking distance.
4) CITY GALLERY – Just across the street is the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, it is cool to visit to find out brief history of the city with their creative shows and craftsmanship. Admission is free and taking photos are allowed with no flash. I am impressed with the artists’ talent and patient in producing their crafts, souvenirs are available just before you exit the gallery.
5) KL TOWER – I am not so keen about checking out this tower though it is made famous by its revolving restaurant. The entrance fee was said to bee 100RM but check with your accommodation receptionists, they often have better deals than getting the tickets by walking in. My hostel then were selling it for 45RM. I heard cool stories trying out the revolving restaurant but it’s not for a budget traveller like me.
6) SHOPPING AREAS – Of course, we shop for souvenirs and whatever we can get or will attract us to buy just hanging out in these areas. Central Market is the most popular for tourist, with that it comes with a much pricey items. Bukit Bintang areas have malls and souvenir stalls around to get your cheaper deal souvenir. So is China Town, yet aside from souvenirs (don’t haggle if you won’t buy it in this area), the street food is good here too.
7) JALAN ALOR – This is the most convenient and most popular food trip area. It offers food from cheap to pricey, seafood, Malay, Indian, and Western kind of food… even as exotic as frog legs are there. TIP: If you’re interested to try out real authentic Malay food, Kampung Bahru is the place. I was told there is not much tourists but its also popular among locals for its cuisine.
8) CYBERJAYA/ PUTRAJAYA – I have not been into this places but as my Malaysian friends told me, this is the upper scale Kuala Lumpur. The last hot air balloon was held there but other than that I have no idea what to explore there yet. It’s on my list the next time, I will keep you posted.
Since everything is just at the same area, it is possible to get this done in 48 hours. Batu Caves will take half day and so it was perfect timing to check out Central Plaza afterwards, ate lunch in China Town and head to Petronas when its getting dark. The rest can be done the next day, easy. Check out how to DIY the City Tour in Kuala Lumpur.