Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital and heart, has more to offer than its most famous sights – the Twin Towers.
Kuala Lumpur is a lovely city and worth a visit – find out about the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.
I would lie if I said it had become my favorite city, or I could list 1000 things to do and see. I stayed in Kuala Lumpur for six nights, but the truth is, that is a cool destination, but 3 days are definitely enough to discover the most interesting places, and so I created this 3-day Kuala Lumpur itinerary for you.
I would suggest spending some time afterward on one of the Malaysian islands (read about my travel tips on Langkawi here) or George Town.
Before finding out about the 10 best things to do in KL in 3 days, you´ll find some important travel information for Kuala Lumpur.
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Important Travel Tips for Kuala Lumpur
Before talking about the best Kuala Lumpur itinerary, here are a few important travel tips for your KL trip.
People in Kuala Lumpur
I perceived the inhabitants as very friendly and felt secure in every situation. People from all over the world with different religious backgrounds didn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all.
From fully veiled (mostly tourists from the Gulf Region) to really revealing, every clothes style seems to be accepted.
However, you should always keep in mind that it is an Islamic country and respect that.
Tips for Solo Female Travelers in Kuala Lumpur
Security for a female traveler in Kuala Lumpur
Though I visited my male cousin, who was studying in Kuala Lumpur at that time, I did not stay with him and booked my own accommodations. Most of the time, I was a solo female traveler in Kuala Lumpur and never felt threatened or unwell.
Kuala Lumpur is quite safe though you need to watch your valuables – I had my designer bad with me, but there was no time someone tried to grab it. However, there was a girl in my hostel who told me she was robbed. So watch your surroundings, be aware and use your common sense in Kuala Lumpur.
What to wear in Kuala Lumpur as a woman
Though Malaysia is an Islamic country, it is comparably moderate to dress in shorts, short sleeves, etc. You will see fully covered females (mostly tourists from the Gulf Region) and many females dressed in western style. There might be some places where a scarf for your shoulders might be appropriate, but you do not have to worry too much about your clothes (but keep in mind, after all, it is still an Islamic country).
Party as a female in Kuala Lumpur
My party times are long gone. However, I went to a few clubs with my (male) cousin and did not notice a huge difference to clubs in Europe. People are not totally drunk, and though alcohol is not forbidden, it is quite expensive. You can wear dresses, shorts, and jeans for clubbing and will not be looked at strangely if you party as a female in Kuala Lumpur.
How to Get Around in Kuala Lumpur
There was only one thing making me feel uncomfortable. Kuala Lumpur isn´t so much of a “walking city.” This said I have already mentioned the most negative aspect I noticed there. The streets aren´t designed for pedestrians to feel good walking around. That´s at least how I felt, and walking is one of my favorite ways to get around in a city.
Strolling through the streets wasn’t the most fun.
Thus, I took the taxi quite often and had the feeling the taxi drivers were trying to “rip me off ” almost every single time. This has been a big problem for a while and the government is trying to fight that and has started capping and asks people to report such situations.
I assume most tourists don´t want to deal with that in the holidays, and so it still an issue.
Ready to discover Kuala Lumpur? Then keep reading, and if you like to find out more about Malaysia, read the Malaysia guide.
Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has some great hotels for all budgets (I stayed in a 5* hotel as well as in a hostel, and both offered great value for the money)- However, getting around KL can be quite a pain, so I suggest staying close to the city center so you can easily get around.
Luxury Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental comes with the best views and the best location in Kuala Lumpur. It is just a stone throw away from the Twin Towers, the main tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur, and the standard of the hotel is, as you are used from Mandarin Oriental, high.
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Mid-Range Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
This 4* property offers great value for money and is located quite close to the Petronas Towers.
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Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur
WOLO Bukit Bintang is located in a fun area with lots of restaurants and shops – booking a room via Booking Com will probably make this hotel stay a bargain.
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Itinerary for KL – Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days
It does not matter whether you are in Kuala Lumpur for one day only or if you are in KL for three days, the best thing to see in Kuala Lumpur is… or are the Twin Towers.
P.S. Though this is not a typical Kuala Lumpur 3-day itinerary, it is possible to see all the places in two days (I stayed way longer, so I only have listed the highlights for you).
DAY 1 IN KUALA LUMPUR
I recommend visiting the Petronas Towers day and night time – seriously, these towers are amazing. There is only one building that I adore more than the Twin Towers (click here to find out which building it is).
These two buildings are beyond beautiful and made me stand in awe in front of it. Since I was in KL for about 10 days, I had the chance t see them quite often – and they never disappointed me. It does not surprise me that the twin towers are the main tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
Pass the Petronas Bridge
Pass the Petronas Bridge – okay, to be honest, I did not do it. I was in KL for 1 week but waited until my last day to visit and pass the bridge. Spoiler: Keeping the best for last is not always a great idea.
It turned out it is closed on Mondays (this was in 2015), so check the opening hours before you make plans – though it might not be the best activity in Kuala Lumpur for those being scared of heights something that is still on my bucket list.
However, I was really bummed and wish, I had crossed the bridge, so it is my #2 top thing to do in Kuala Lumpur in 1 day (so if you visit for a layover or just a 1-day trip, add it to your Kuala Lumpur itinerary).
Tickets are around $20 for adults.
Here are more tips for the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.
Stroll and Relax at the KLCC Park
Relax at the KLCC Park behind the Petronas Towers – but be careful and don’t lay down on the meadow.
I did it (the meadow was just too inviting) and realized it was not a good idea – a security guard immediately showed up to tell me I could not lay there.
Since Kuala Lumpur is not easy to walk, it is one of the few green spaces I could easily get from the Twin Towers.
Enjoy the Water Fountain Show
Another top thing to do in Kuala Lumpur is to watch the water fountain show in front of the Twin Towers.
It is the best water show I have seen so far and at night it is illuminated -compared to the Dubai Water Fountain the dances last much longer and are more interesting.
You can do all the above-mentioned activities in one day.
What to do in Kuala Lumpur in three days? Here are some more ideas for activities to add to your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
DAY 2 IN KUALA LUMPUR
Visit Batu Caves
Visit Batu Caves – a limestone hill with many caves.
You most likely have seen the golden statue in front of the cave. We drove there by car – it took almost 1 hour from the city center to Batu Caves due to the traffic but it was worth it.
You can climb up the stairs and get inside the caves – the whole trip took a couple of hours. Visiting Batu Caves is definitely something for your Kuala Lumpur 3 days itinerary.
Make a Half-Day Trip and Do the Canopy Walk
I highly recommend going into the forest if you have 3 days in KL. I mean, how many metropolia have their own rain forest just in front?
Make a rainforest trip and do the Canopy Walk – what astonished me in Kuala Lumpur (besides the Town Towers) is the proximity to the rain forest. We did some hiking and enjoyed nature and there were not many people around which was great.
Plan at least half a day for your trip, but if you have less than 48 hours, you might prefer some more traditional KL sights.
DAY 3 IN KUALA LUMPUR
Visit Bukit Bintang
Visit Bukit Bintang and have dinner in the busy area. As mentioned, this is not a typical KL itinerary, so you can do that either the first or second day or third day – just do not miss out on it.
I like busy areas and so it does not come as a surprise that I highly recommend planning in an afternoon/evening for this visit. Also, I had the best Thai food (I love Thai food in general) there – so it is not only for the eyes but also great for dining.
Vegan food in Kuala Lumpur? If you are looking for great places for vegan food in Kuala Lumpur check out Amelie´s post to find out where to eat.
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Shop or do Window Shopping
One of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur is to shop or do window shopping in one of the several luxury shopping malls – when I visited Kuala Lumpur (April) it was quite humid and hot, so spending time at one of the many shopping malls was a good way to escape the humidity (AC is a great thing).
Suria KLCC is probably the most famous shopping center since it is located next to/at/under (?) the Petronas Towers
Visit the King´s Palace (Royal Palace Kuala Lumpur)
What else to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days?
I admit, that the Petronas Towers are the main tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur and that is for a reason – it is hard to compete with them but when in Kuala Lumpur visit the King´s Palace (Royal Palace Kuala Lumpur).
I did a hop-on and hop-off bus tour in Kuala Lumpur and it did stop there. However, there was not so much to do and see but I am happy I saw it.
Drink a lot of Fresh Juices
Okay, this is not a place to visit in Kuala Lumpur, but drinking freshly squeezed juices is just very unique and somehow a must-do in Kuala Lumpur.
While I would now ask the staff to pour the juice in my own water bottle that I nowadays carry with me, it was a different KL experience as they serve it in plastic bags – not cups. And the juice was just delicious but to leave a smaller negative footprint bring your own bottle and get it refilled because it is just delicious.
Of course, there are beautiful places like KL´s China Town, but it will be tough to see all if you do not want to stress with only a few days.
If you are quick and in a rush, you can also do these things in KL 2 days, but I guess that this 3-day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is a bit less stressful and you get to see the most important parts of Kuala Lumpur.
Check out how to cross borders: from Bangkok from Kuala Lumpur.