5 unique spots you need to visit in Kuala Lumpur

The most frequently visited tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur, such as the Petronas Twin Towers and Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia are well worth a visit but let’s look into some alternatives for those who are visiting the city for the second or third time, or for those who would just prefer to see other sides of the city. Here is a full-day itinerary that will help you find your way to some of the local secrets that are not so frequently visited by tourists. Have fun adventuring!

1. Broga Hill

An aerial view of a green hill during sunrise in Malaysia.
The sunrise view you will get from the top of Broga Hill makes it definitely worth the short hike. Photo by Foursummers / CC BY

Fancy starting your day with a hike and admiring the Malaysian sunrise? Amazing (and free) view of the valleys and hills surrounding, the only cost being you need to be ready to pay is that it is a bit of a hike to the top, can be found from atop of Broga Hill. Many locals visit this area to get a little break from the busy city atmosphere. If you start your hike before 5am, you will beat the heat, and you should be able get a nice view of the sunrise too!

Broga Hill is situated about 1 hour away from city center, and quite easily reachable with public transport as well. If you are studying at Universiti Putra Malaysia, you are likely staying a bit closer to Broga Hill already! Remember to bring some water with you and stay well hydrated.

Address: Broga Hill, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor

2. Selangor Art Streets

A bike is put against a wall with a painting of two children on it so it looks like they are riding the bike in Malaysia.
You can find a lot of cool and fun street art in Malaysia perfect for unique Instagram photos! Photo by Poh Wei Chuen / CC BY

As you already made it to Selangor area, why not continue your morning cruising around there. Do you like street art? If you do, in Laman Seni, in Selangor, you will be able to find alleys filled with art pieces, graffiti and installations of all sorts. Grab yourself a warm takeaway cappuccino and admire the pieces made by talented street artists while sipping on your coffee.

Address: Use your maps app, type in: Laman Seni 7, Jalan Plumbum R7/R, Seksyen 7, Selangor and you should find it!

3. Thean Hou Temple

A woman wearing a hat is standing on a temple in Kuala Lumpur.
Thean Hou Temple is a must visit while in Kuala Lumpur, the details of this temple are so beautiful! Photo by Nuar Yusli / CC BY

 While in Malaysia, one should not forget about the culture – so let’s visit a temple before heading out for dinner! Thean Hou is a beautiful Chinese temple, situated on top of the Robson Hill so be ready for a bit of a walk again. This temple of 4 stories, opened in 1989, is one of the largest Chinese temples in the whole South East Asia. Open for visits from 9am to 6 pm

Address: No. 65, Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur

4. Nasi Lemak

Street food consisting of rice, egg, chicken, cucumber and tempe on a banana leaf with next to it ice tea in Malaysia.
Kuala Lumpur style Nasi Lemak – yes please! Photo by Multifacetedgirl / CC BY

Nothing tastes better after a big day than street food! While this may not be so much of a secret, when in Kuala Lumpur, you must definitely try some Nasi Lemak! Nasi Lemak is the national dish of Malaysia and consist of Malay rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, with other food items such as peanuts, boiled eggs, vegetables and chili paste on the side. Often there can be a chunk of curry-marinated meat like chicken or lamb on the plate as well.

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To find some of the most authentic Malaysian Nasi Lemak, you could head over to the Malay enclave of Kampung Baru, an area known for being a more of a local village than a modern city district, like many parts of Kuala Lumpur are. Find the busiest food stand and get ready for a mouthwatering experience! (Warning: those who don’t like their food spicy, make sure tostick away from the chili paste.)

5. Helicopter-landing pad

High buildings in Kuala Lumpur during a claudy sunset in Malaysia.
The views of Kuala Lumpur during sunset are not be missed! Photo by Diegoxmarquez / CC BY

Finish your day off with style and get an awesome nightscape photo of the city to share on your Instagram account (remember to tag #asiaexchange)! From Helipad @Heli Lounge Bar you get arguably the best night views of Kuala Lumpur and the Petronas Towers.

To access the Helipad, you’ll only need to pay for one drink and you get to enjoy the amazing views, and if you want to continue the evening a bit longer, enjoying the music played by trending DJs and the company of all the international and local visitors, we wish you a good night!

Kuala Lumpur is so much more than a stopover city. Take your time to discover the capital of Malaysia by spending a semester in KL.

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