Kuala Lumpur is one of Southeast Asia’s most interesting, diverse cities. With so much to explore, it’s hard to know how long to stay. Having just come from Cambodia, we only stayed in Kuala Lumpur for one night but managed to get a great trip out of it. This guide will give you everything thing you need to know from where to stay, to where to eat, and what to do!
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt which was very nice and had a great location: right next to the Petronas Twin Towers. My family and I loved it and 100% recommend it.
Kuala Lumpur in 24 hours
Breakfast – Grand Hyatt
When I say our hotel had the best breakfast buffet in the entire world, I honestly mean it. So many travel guides have the Grand Hyatt as the place to eat, out of all of Kuala Lumpur. They had the biggest breakfast I’ve ever seen, with everything ranging from crépe machines to mochi, to an entire selection of fruit from the whole world and options from so many countries. I am telling you, it was downright amazing.
The Batu Caves are a must-see while visiting Malaysia. They are limestone caves with countless small Hindu shrines and temples inside of them, as well as many monkeys frolicking all over the place!
Leading up to the entrance of the caves is a massive rainbow staircase, alongside a giant golden Lord Murugan Statue. The total step count is 272, from my calculations!
The best way to get to the Batu Caves is by taxi from your hotel, as it is located a bit outside the city.
Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
The Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is a Taoist Temple hidden behind the busy streets of Kuala Lumpur. Nearby the Central Market, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is a place many local Chinese go on a daily basis.
When we arrived, we were taught how to pray and learn many Taoist rituals. We lit incense and received blessings from old, tradition people. Having loved China when I went, it was fun to experience some stuff I missed from my previous trip.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur and is a really cool place to stop by.
As we were walking down the road, we could hear a loud Hindu celebration going on inside of the temple, and were immediately attracted. We stood watching the ceremony and also looked around at the incredibly detailed and colorful walls.
Walking around the city, we stumbled into the Jamek Mosque, a popular mosque many of the Islamic people in Kuala Lumpur go to. We walked around and were amazed by the beauty of the architecture; having never visited a Muslim country, it was really nice.
Petronas Twin Towers
While many people rave about how the Petronas Twin Towers are the thing to do in Kuala Lumpur, all we did was walk up to the foot of it, stare directly up for about a few minutes, and carried on. We didn’t feel the need to visit the sky deck, we have kinda been there done that in almost every city, but it was still cool to be at the very bottom of the towers.
Dinner – Dining in the Dark
For dinner, some can say we ended our trip with a BANG! We had not only a fantastic tasting dinner but a really crazy experience with some awesome people.
We were taken into a pitch black room where we couldn’t see a thing and were forced to use our sense of touch to gather our surroundings. We were served Malaysian delicacies by blind waiters that were so nice.
I definitely recommend Dining in the Dark – for the food, experience, and place you will remember forever.
24 hours in Kuala Lumpur
As you can tell, 24 hours in Kuala Lumpur is plenty of time to get a nice trip in. If you noticed how I didn’t include lunch, it was because my sister and I had a bobo tea at our favorite spot, so we were very full.