ONLY HAVE 48 HOURS IN KUALA LUMPUR? NO WORRIES!
I wish I could be in two places at once; in fact wouldn't that be nice! But as Mister Weekender grows, it seems so does the opportunity to travel more, which is more exciting for you guys as it means more destinations to uncover and more travel guides to read. So when I was recently offered the opportunity to travel to Kuala Lumpur, I was pretty devastated I couldn't go due to conflicting travel plans. However I am very lucky to have several travel contributors based all around the world to pick up the slack when I can't be in two places at once, no matter how hard I try to manifest this. So when our Australian based contributor Chalsie Mew from Wayfare Hub kindly offered to take my place, I knew you guys would be in good hands. Read on to find out how you can make the most of 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur!
Flying from Australia, I often find myself in Kuala Lumpur - fondly known as KL. Most of the time I have to wait a few hours before I jump on another long haul flight to somewhere new and exciting. And if you’re anything like me, flying is anything but fun. So I jump at any opportunity to add a destination to my journey and stay a few days to break up my flight.
I never really expected much from Malaysia. It’s like Southeast Asia’s middle child – quiet, overshined, and often forgotten Home Alone-style. But I was pleasantly surprised! Less touristy than most of Southeast Asia, I found myself in a city that moved in a different pace, yet totally spoke my language.
KL had everything I was looking for – authentic, mouth watering food; beautiful, friendly yet cheeky locals; tropical storms; hidden doorways; and just a hint of luxury. It’s absolutely well worth the stop over! So the next time you’re in KL, stay a few nights and use these tips to 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur as your travel guide.
WHERE TO STAY
During my time in KL, I stayed at The Majestic Hotel. With limited time up my sleeve to explore, it was great to add a bit of luxury to my trip.
I really felt at home at The Majestic, they thought of everything. Not to mention the size of the rooms! Even the small rooms are large by my hotel standards. A room with a deep bathtub, complimentary bath salts, waterfall shower, lounge area, office area, king size bed – need I say more? I was in heaven.
Although located outside of the hustle and bustle of the big city, The Majestic offers hotel transfers to and from the airport, and into the city hotspots – saving me plenty of time, fuss and money. Honestly, the public transport in KL is a bit of a hassle, and with such limited time to explore, it’s really the best way to get around.
WHERE TO EAT
Limapulo Delicious asian food at a great price. Best to eat here at lunch time, they’re so popular they often run out of items on the menu by dinner. 50, Jalan Doraisamy
Lot 10 Hutong Yes, food courts can have good food too! This is a must if you’re in the area. Don’t be put off by the basement, food court and plastic cutlery vibes – this could very well be the best meal you have in KL. Lot 10 Shopping Centre, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail
Restoran Han Kee Bak Kut Teh Petaling street market boasts the best street food in all of KL, but it can be a little overwhelming walking through. With hawkers shouting out to get your attention, menus thrown in your face, and food that’s never looked so good. Well, I’ve done the searching for you, and here’s the best street food in KL’s Chinatown. 42, Jalan Sultan
Wong Ah Wah What started as a simple concept, selling BBQ chicken wings to your late night dwellers after a night of boozing and dancing, fast became a KL icon. It’s cheap, quick, consistent, and absolutely delicious – really, what more could you want? 1-9 Jalan Alor
LATE NIGHT HANGOUT
PS150 This is no ordinary cocktail bar. The entrance is hidden behind what seems to be a tiny post-war toy store. You’ll be surprised what’s hidden behind. Three rooms, each with a story of Malaysia’s past – in the third you’re welcomed by a bar, a seasonal cocktail menu, and floor to ceiling jagged bottles of spirits. The space is dark, but warm – the kind you could spend hours drinking slowly and enjoying good company. Ground floor, 150 Jalan Petaling
WHAT TO DO
Jalan Alor A foodies paradise! From around 5pm every night, the street comes alive with food stalls, crowds of rumbling bellies, and plastic tables and chairs. Don’t be put off by the enthusiastic hawkers standing outside their stores shoving menus in your face and shouting out to you. Have fun! And eat as much as you possibly can. You’re in Malaysia after all!
Petaling Street, Chinatown In the heart of Chinatown, Petaling Street is where you can nab yourself some bargains. Yes, on one hand it’s a street market, but on the other, it’s where you can get amongst the hustle and bustle of KL. Petaling Street is narrow, full of market stalls selling just about everything from clothing to electronics. But it’s much more than just a street market. It’s grungy, fun, Chinese, and great for people watching. Don’t be afraid to haggle, it’s all part of the fun!
KL Bird Park I’m the first to admit a bird park sounds like a very strange attraction, but these gardens are worth a visit. They’re huge, diverse, full to the brim with absolutely stunning plants, and house an aviary!
Petronas Towers These twin towers currently stand as the tallest twin towers in the world, so you better believe the view will be worth the money and the wait. I’d recommend getting there bright and early to avoid losing most of your day waiting around.
Batu Caves Situated just outside of KL, it’s well worth the drive. Batu Caves boasts a series of caves and cave temples carved from a jagged limestone hill. It’s hard not to miss with the giant golden statue of the Hindu lord Murugan. Although this is something worth dedicating a day to, I couldn’t miss mentioning it in my list of things to do in KL.