One-Day Itinerary: Kuala Lumpur

Travel Itineraries

Welcome to the capital of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital and its largest city which is known to the locals as “KL”. KL is a melting pot of its diverse cultures, namely of Indians, Chinese, and Malay descents. A one-day itinerary in KL requires all the essentials starting with a history lesson of the country, photos of the nation’s iconic Petronas Twin Towers, and eating the best of Malaysian cuisine.

 

10:00am Malaysia’s history at the National Museum

Start your day and trip to Kuala Lumpur with an extensive history lesson at the National Museum, Muzium Negara. The museum is known as the guardian of the nation’s history as the art, artifacts, and timelines detail the introduction to Malaysia’s past and the culture of the people.

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Welcome to the National Museum, also known as the Muzium Negara. The architecture of the building showcases the old Malay style alongside the palatial structure. Photo courtesy of azrifi

Jabatan Muzium Malaysia
Jalan Damansara
Kuala Lumpur
+60-3-2267-1111
9am to 6pm
2 MYR for adults, children below 12 free

 

12:30pm Lunch at Tamarind Springs

Located in Ampang’s natural forest reserve, about a 15-minute drive from the city, Tamarind Springs is a lush retreat-like getaway from the city chaos of Kuala Lumpur.

The cuisine presents classic Indochinese of Laos, Vietnamese, and Khmer influences. The natural setting provides a warmly elegant, traditional, and rustic dining experience to make you feel the beauty of Southeast Asia.

Tamarind Springs
Jalan 1
Taman Tun Abdul
Razak, Ampang, Selangor
+60-3-4256-9300

 

2:00pm Shopping at Pavilion Centre

Walk off the calories from lunch at the Pavilion Shopping Centre, the city’s premier mall and flagship to international fashion boutique brands. If you are still hungry, the variety at the Gourmet Emporium’s food court will certainly satisfy your cravings.

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The capital’s premier shopping mall with something for everyone. The multi-level mall houses international and local brands, large-scale and boutique, as well as restaurants, cafes, and a food court. Photo courtesy of johnseb

Pavilion Shopping Centre
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang
+60-3-2118-8888
10am to 10pm

 

4:30pm Requisite photos of the Petronas Twin Towers

You cannot go to Kuala Lumpur without taking photos of the Petronas Twin Towers. The best shots of the towers are from below, just outside the Suria KLCC. Take one during the day and another with the contrast of towers’ lights against the evening background.

Visitors can go up to the observation deck. Tickets are first-come-first-serve. Go earlier in the day to purchase tickets (or arrange the purchase through your hotel’s concierge). Arrive 15 minutes ahead of the ticket schedule and expect to take about 45 minutes for the entire visit

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One of the many angles of the Petronas Twin Towers. Taken below by the Suria KLCC, there is a fountain with a central demarcation for photographers to take the perfect shot from below to attain this symmetrical composition

Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Kuala Lumpur
9am to 9pm, closed 1pm to 2:30pm on Fridays
Closed Mondays
85 MYR for adults, 35 MYR for children

 

7:00pm Dinner at JP teres

End the day exploring Malaysia’s capital with a Malaysian feast. JP teres at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur offers buffet and a la carte selections of the best of Malaysian cuisine. Read more about dining at JP teres here.

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Nasi goring. Fried rice, egg, chicken, prawn, chicken satay, crispy white bait, and chilli. A popular dish in Malaysian cuisine. This is perfect if you want a complete meal in one dish
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Kari kepala ikan. Fish head curry, coriander, fenugreek, fennel, cumin, okra. Another favorite Malaysian dish full of intense spices that is ideal for sharing with the table

Want to spend a night or two in Kuala Lumpur? Here are 3 reasons to consider the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.

JP teres
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
12 Jalan Pinang
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
+60-3-2182-1234
7:30am to 11pm, weekdays
9am to 11pm, weekends
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