Short trip to Kuala Lumpur

National Mosque of Malaysia Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

We didn’t spend nearly enough time in Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia. For reasons we can’t even remember now we squeezed it into a three-day stint between George Town and Singapore. It’s a huge city with so much to see and do and it also seems like a place that grows on you the more time you give it. But alas, like with Seoul, we failed. If you too only have three days in KL, here are some things to keep you busy.

Petronas Towers and KLCC Park

KL’s most famous landmark, the Petronas Towers are the tallest twin towers in the world. We visited at sunset when the pink light hits the buildings.
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KLCC Park sprawls out from the base of the towers. It’s a beautiful spot to walk around or watch the sunset.
KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

We thought the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia was great. The highlights were the miniature models of major mosques from around the world and a calligraphy exhibit.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

National Mosque of Malaysia

Located just down a short hill from the Islamic Arts Museum, we basically stumbled on the National Mosque of Malaysia. We didn’t go inside, but enjoyed walking around the grounds, where there are fountains and and small parks.
National Mosque of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

National Mosque of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

At the National Mosque of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

National Mosque of Malaysia Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bukit Bintang

We stayed on the outskirts of the neighborhood, Bukit Bintang. It’s KL’s answer to Times Square (and even one of the malls is called Times Square). It definitely has its share of bright lights, but isn’t really comparable. We did enjoy all the shopping on offer (especially after we accidentally shrunk some of our clothing in a laundry mishap). And it was a fun place to walk around, day or night. Our apartment building had a pool (a must in KL given the heat!) and had nice views of the surrounding neighborhood.
Pool view of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Eats and Drinks

All types of food are available in KL. We stuck to the noodles and Indian-inspired dishes that we enjoyed so much in George Town. Alcohol is really expensive in the majority Muslim country of Malaysia, so we didn’t explore the bar scene.

  • One of the major landmarks in Bukit Bintang is the Jalan Alor Night Food Court. It’s a street full of food – sit-down restaurants and take-away stalls. We didn’t actually eat there, but it was really fun to walk through.

Jalan Alor Night Food Court, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Durian, Jalan Alor Night Food Court, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Jalan Alor Night Food Court, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Our favorite place that we did eat was the food court at the Lot 10 shopping mall – Lot 10 Hutong. It was essentially an indoor, upscale, air conditioned (!) hawker center. All the vendors there are well-regarded (sometimes famous) and known for specific dishes. We ate there several times and so got to try a bunch of different places offering delicious noodles and soups and duck and dumplings. Our favorite was the BBQ pork wanton noodles from Ho Weng Kee.

Ho Weng Kee Wanton Noodles, Lot 10 Hutong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Soong Kee Beef Noodle set, Lot 10 Hutong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • We also ate nasi kandar at a local spot one block over from Jalan Alor, Restaurant Tg’s Nasi Kandar. The garlic naan was amazing and came with a few yummy dipping sauces. The mango lassi was also huge and refreshing.

Restaurant Tg's Nasi Kandar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KL definitely isn’t as picturesque or as easy as George Town, but from our three days there it seems like a really cool city. We’d love to return one day to dig in further.

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4 Replies to “Short trip to Kuala Lumpur”

  1. Stefan Sommerfield says: Reply

    Great pictures of the famous building – could almost see Sean Connery and Catherine Zita Jones crawling across the walkway. Just had lunch and now I am hungry again–thanks a lot.

  2. Barbara Alterman says: Reply

    I really enjoy reading your posts. I will be so sad when your trip comes to an end.

    1. Sarah and Justin says: Reply

      Imagine how we feel!

  3. Great pictures. It sure has changed since I was there. Long time ago.

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