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Grab this well-designed 2 nights, 3 days Malaysia tour package for a trip to treasure for a lifetime. The vacation takes you through the amazing and lively Kuala Lumpur – the bustling capital city. Throughout your stay, you will delight in a number of attractions dotted all over. With this tour package to Malaysia, you will come across some of the best attractions of Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas, one of those being Genting Highlands. Whether, you are planning to enjoy this trip with your friends, family, or beloved, great time to cherish are assured.
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Your much awaited 2 nights, 3 days Malaysia travel itinerary begins as soon as you land at Kuala Lumpur international airport. The day ahead facilitates to delight in activities of your choice. You can indulge in an amazing sightseeing today. Aquaria KLCC, Batu Caves, Sunway Lagoon, and Pavilion Kl are a few of the attractions that you can choose to visit on the first day of your vacation. If sightseeing is not enough for you, you can set off for an exciting shopping spree at the Central Market near Petaling Street, which is now a Malaysian Heritage Site.
The next day of your Malaysia itinerary 3 days takes you to an unprecedented experience at Genting Highlands - perched on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali, this is an integrated hill resort development comprising hotels, shopping malls, theme parks, and casinos. Delight in its attractions such as its cable car ride, activities at its indoor and outdoor theme parks, jungle trekking, abseiling, indoor rock climbing, flying fox, star gazing, and firefly watching. After a gala time at genting Highlands, you will proceed for an evening city tour as planned by this Malaysia tour package. Petaling Street Night Market, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Petronas Twin Tower are the attractions that you cover during the evening tour of Kuala Lumpur.
In addition, every package you choose comes coupled with smooth stays, comfortable transfers, amazing sightseeing, and delish meals. So, choose from various 3 days Malaysia tour packages and book one today.
Kuala Lumpur: Arrival & Night Tour
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Your Malaysia tour package begins with arrival in Kuala Lumpur
As soon as you land at Kuala Lumpur international airport, our representative will meet and escort you to the hotel. Complete check-in formalities and unwind. Freshen up and relax for a while. In the evening, get ready for an amazing night tour that takes you across Kuala Lumpur. First you will be driven to Chinatown that is an open-air bazaar. Moving forward, get to visit the 100 years old Sri Mahamariamman temple, it is the oldest Hindu temple situated in the city. Then, you will proceed towards The Independence Square. Next, you will be driven through the oldest part of the city which then leads you to the Petronas Twin Towers & KL Tower. Enjoy taking several photographs at this spot. Then, driving through beautifully illuminated streets of the city, you will be transferred back to the hotel to enjoy an overnight stay.
Kuala Lumpur: Genting Day Tour
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Enjoy the day at Genting Highlands as per Malaysia travel itinerary
Savor a lovely breakfast and set out to visit Genting Highlands, a happening hill destination near Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s only casino resort is situated at an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level. Once you reach the cable car station, get ready for a cable car ride that will take you at a height from where you can enjoy the views of the tropical rainforest below. It is one of the longest and fastest cable cars in Southeast Asia. Once you have reached the resort, you can opt to try your luck at Blackjack, Keno, Roulette, etc. Later, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
En-route photo stop at Batu Caves (30 minutes).
One way cable car ride.
Return pick-up at 1800 hrs at First World Hotel lobby
Kuala Lumpur: Departure
Adios Kuala Lumpur
Enjoy a delectable breakfast and checkout from the hotel. Now, you will be transferred to Kuala Lumpur International airport to board your flight back to India.
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Which items can tourists buy in kuala lumpur.
Homemade handicrafts, reproduction handbags, shoes and sunglasses, pewter, brass and silver items, woodcarvings, pottery, and traditional clothing are some of the must-buys in Kuala Lumpur.
Can tourists get this 2 nights, 3 days Malaysia tour packages customized?
Of course, they can. All they need to do is to convey their requirements to the respective travel agent to get their tour tailor made to their pocket and preferences.
Is Malaysia a safe destination to visit?
Yes, Malaysia is a safe and peaceful destination to enjoy a vacation.
How can tourists enjoy leisure day in Kuala Lumpur?
Tourists can enjoy their leisure day in Kuala Lumpur by visiting Aquaria KLCC, Batu Caves, Sunway Lagoon, and Pavilion Kl. They can also go shopping Central Market, which is a Malaysian Heritage Site.Check out all the places that you can visit through other Kuala Lumpur packages provided by TravelTriangle.
What are the highlights of this 3 days Malaysia package?
Highlights of this tour package are a Genting Highland day trip where tourists are treated to unimaginable attractions and a host of exciting activities at its indoor and outdoor theme parks. Evening city tour is another highlight of this package that takes tourists across hotspots of Kuala Lumpur such as Petaling Street Night Market, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, and Petronas Twin Tower.
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- Malaysian Dodol
- Malaysian Batik
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Activities to Do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days
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Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur on Day 1
Climb the petronas twin towers.
Stroll Around the KLCC Park
Visit Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown
Explore Batu Caves
Go to Merdeka Square
Best of Singapore
Witness the Beauty of Menara KL Tower
Take a Walk in the KL Tower Forest Eco Park
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur on Day 2
Enjoy at the perdana botanical gardens.
Visit the Kuala Lumpur, Bird Park
Visit the Islamic Arts Museum
Best of Malaysia
Visit the Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Go to Little India
Seek Blessings at the National Mosque
Shop at Central Market Kuala Lumpur
Pick the Drink at the Sky Bar
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Make the Best Memories at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
Eat and Drink at Jalan Alor
Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur on Day 3
Unveil the lure of ocean depths at aquaria klcc.
Take the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Tour
Delight Your Buds With a Meal at Plane in the City
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Fireflies Night Boat Ride on Selangor River
Gaze at the Beauty of Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
Enjoy the Day at I-City Theme Park
Explore the Wilderness at Negara Zoo Malaysia
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What are the best adventure things to do in kuala lumpur.
1. Shark Diving at Aquaria: Shark Diving at Aquaria is one of the exciting things to do in 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur. Meeting a real-life shark provides the ultimate adrenaline sensation. Take a dip in a 2.5 million litre oceanarium tank at AquariaKLCC and get up close and personal with five distinct shark species. 2. Crag Climbing at the Batu Caves: The most famous of all Malaysian rock climbing destinations, Batu Caves is a massive limestone outcrop in Kuala Lumpur that attracts hundreds of rock climbers each year. Rock Climbing at the Batu Caves is one of the adventurous things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days. The caverns contain eight crags and 170 routes in all, and because most of the crags begin at ground level, they are all reasonably accessible, even for first-timers and beginners who want to try their hand at climbing natural rocks. The Damai Wall, Nyamuk Wall, Comic Wall, White Wall, and Nanyang Wall are popular rock-climbing routes. 3. Paragliding: Paragliding is a fantastic way to soar like a bird and take in the sights of Kuala Lumpur from the sky. It is one of the thrilling things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days. Thanks to its breathtaking views, the City is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the top choices for places to soar among the clouds. 4. Hot Air Balloon Ride: Hot Air Balloon Ride is one of the exciting things to do in 3 Days in Kuala Lumpur. Fly over Kuala Lumpur in a Hot Air Balloon to enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the City. As your balloon soars into the sky, you'll be treated to a spectacular view of the horizon. And, as you get further away from your starting position, you'll get to see beautiful seascapes and cascading mountains.
What are the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur at night?
1. Grab a Drink at Skybar: At Skybar, take in the city lights of Kuala Lumpur while sipping on the finest drinks. The Skybar, which won Asia's Best Bar Award at the Asian Club and Bar Awards in 2016, is a great place to unwind at the end of the day. DJs will be spinning music all night to make your stay even more unforgettable. 2. Street Food at Jalan Alor: If you enjoy street cuisine, the bustling Jalan Alor is the place to go. This area, located in Bukit Bintang, is made up of seafood eateries and hawker booths that provide economical and delectable foods. 3. Night Shopping at Petaling Street: Another popular nighttime activity in Kuala Lumpur is shopping. The Petaling Night Market, located in the heart of Chinatown, is where you can find the best deals on bags, clothes, watches, souvenirs, and a variety of other things.
Which are the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days?
1. Visit The Beautiful Batu Caves: A visit to the Batu Caves in Malaysia is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 Days. The Batu Caves Temple comprises a series of caves that run through the limestone mountain and are loaded with God shrines. 2. Visit Petronas Towers: Climbing the Petronas Twin Towers is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days. The 88-story Petronas Twin Towers, which stand at 451.9 metres in height, are Kuala Lumpur's most famous architectural icon. 3. Stroll around the KLCC Park: Visiting KLCC Park and taking a stroll is the perfect formula to rejuvenate your mind. It has a lovely tropical setting with lush green grass, palm trees, walks, sculptures, a children's playground, and a wading pool for some quiet moments of leisure. 4. Visit Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown: Visiting Chinatown is one of the offbeat things to do in Kuala Lumpur. It is steeped in Oriental culture, legacy, and history. This place is a haven for tourists, with many sights to view, including the intriguing Buddhist Temples, Art Galleries, and Traditional Cuisine and Coffee Shops.
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Kuala Lumpur Top Attractions
Discover the allure of Genting Highlands, a captivating mountain resort city in Malaysia. Perched high above the clouds, this entertainment paradise offers an escape from the tropical heat with its cool climate and stunning views. Unleash your inner thrill-seeker at world-class theme parks, try your luck at renowned casinos, and indulge in shopping at premium outlets.Genting Highlands is a must-visit destination for travelers seeking excitement, luxury, and a diverse array of activities. Whether you're riding exhilarating roller coasters, enjoying live performances, or savoring a wide range of international cuisines, this highland retreat promises an unforgettable experience for families and adventurers alike. Come and immerse yourself in the magic of Genting Highlands, where fun, relaxation, and breathtaking scenery await.
Explore the profound Tugu Negara, Malaysia's National Monument in Kuala Lumpur. Honor the courageous soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country's independence. Uncover the historical significance and emotional depth of this iconic landmark, which serves as a powerful reminder of Malaysia's struggle for freedom and sovereignty. Tugu Negara stands as a symbol of national pride, embodying the unity and resilience of the Malaysian people.A visit to Tugu Negara promises a moving experience, where you can pay your respects, reflect on history, and witness the solemnity of the monument. Whether you're admiring the heroic statues, observing the symbolic elements, or simply feeling the weight of its significance, Tugu Negara invites you to connect with Malaysia's past and embrace the spirit of patriotism and gratitude.
Experience the opulence of Istana Negara, the majestic official residence of the King of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Admire its grand architecture, lush gardens, and regal ambiance. Uncover the historical significance and cultural heritage of this iconic landmark, where royal ceremonies and state functions take place. Istana Negara serves as a symbol of Malaysia's monarchy and rich traditions, offering visitors a glimpse into the nation's regal heritage.A visit to Istana Negara promises a captivating journey through the country's royal history and the elegance of its royal abode. Whether you're exploring the grand halls, strolling through the immaculate gardens, or simply marveling at its exquisite craftsmanship, Istana Negara invites you to be enchanted by the splendor and allure of Malaysia's royal residence.
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- The Perfect 3 Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for First Timers
Whether you want to dive deep into culture and history, gawk at gleaming modern architecture or indulge your inner foodie, few cities give you as much diversity as Kuala Lumpur. But in such a varied place, you’re probably wondering exactly what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days?
Whilst you can easily spend a week in KL, it’s most typically visited as part of a long layover, with 2-4 days being an optimum stay. Therefore, my 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is optimized for first time visitors to the Malaysian capital. Let’s get into it!
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How to get to kuala lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) is Malaysia’s largest airport and has direct connections to most major cities around the world with several budget airlines such as AirAsia and Tiger Air. There’s also a range of long-haul flights with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Royal Brunei Airlines.
If you’re looking for how to get from Kuala Lumpur airport to the city, you have a few options. The most expensive but quickest option is to take a taxi or a Grab. A ride into the city center will cost you around RM100 (24 USD) and should take around 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic.
Another option is to take the KLIA Ekspres train which costs RM55 (13 USD) for a single and RM100 (24 USD) for a return fare and takes around 30 minutes to reach the city center.
In case you want to skip the huge taxi lines at the airport, you can book a private airport transfer . Your driver will be already waiting for you at the airport so you just have to lay back in the comfortable car and enjoy the ride! As a bonus, it costs roughly the same as booking a Grab.
Best time to visit Kuala Lumpur
Since Kuala Lumpur is located close to the equator, the weather in Kuala Lumpur is hot and sticky year-round, with average temperatures ranging from 26˚C to 33˚C (79˚F to 91˚F). So the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is when you have the time available!
Its tropical climate does mean that rain can strike at any time of year, but generally, it’ll be a heavy but short affair. May to July and December to February tend to be the most stable months.
How to get around Kuala Lumpur
The best way to get around Kuala Lumpur is by bus, train, or taxi. It’s fairly easy to get your head around the bus system after a day or 2, and you can even find a fare-free bus service operated by Go KL City Bus.
Alternatively, you can use the MRT lines that include the monorail, LRT, and KTM Komuter trains. Fares vary from RM1.10 (0.25 USD) to a maximum fare of RM6.40 (1.5 USD) based on the journey.
Taxis can be flagged down on the street but you’re much better off taking them from designated taxi ranks or booking one through one of Kuala Lumpur’s many 24-hour taxi call centers. Otherwise, you can just use Grab, which is the Asian alternative to Uber.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
There’s a huge range of accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur and as such, there is something for everyone – from cheap hostels to 5-star hotels. You can even find many amazing hotels in Kuala Lumpur with infinity pools from where you can get a stunning view of the city skyline.
There are several amazing places to stay in Kuala Lumpur , but the ideal ones for first-timers are around the Bukit Bintang and Chinatown areas.
The bustling area of Bukit Bintang has a lot of shopping, dining, and nightlife choices, while Chinatown is home to some of the city’s best bargain accommodations and street food.
If you’re in a hurry, below you can find my top picks for where to stay in Kuala Lumpur with different budget options in mind.
LUXURY – Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur
You’re always in safe hands with a Mandarin Oriental. This 5-star hotel comes with all the opulence you expect including an exotic rooftop pool overlooking KLCC Park.
MID-RANGE – Hotel Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection
This stylish hotel welcomes you with deluxe bedrooms and a killer city view from the chic rooftop infinity pool. Air-conditioned rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a desk.
BUDGET – Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur – South
Hilton Garden Inn Kuala Lumpur – South features accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and private parking. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and room service.
Overview of Your 3 Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary
Breakdown of your 3 days in kuala lumpur.
- Day 1: Batu Caves, Wilayah Mosque, Kampung Baru, Option A: Rooftop Pool, Option B: Street Art Hunting, Petronas Towers, KLCC Park + Symphony Lake Water Show, Sky Bar at Traders Hotel
- Day 2: Perdana Botanical Garden, National Mosque of Malaysia, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Merdeka Square, Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur, National Textiles Museum, Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, Heli Lounge Bar, Lot 10 Hutong Food Market
- Day 3: KL Forest Eco Park, Menara KL Tower, Merchants Lane, Chinatown/ Central Market, National Museum of Malaysia, Thean Hou Temple, Jalan Alor, Changkat Bukit Bintang
Map for your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary
Below you can find a customized map that includes all the locations you’re going to visit on this Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
I marked your 3 days in Kuala Lumpur with different colors – I used blue for the first, green for the second, and red for the third day, so you can easily see which places you’re going to visit each day.
If you open up this post on your phone and you click on the bracket in the upper right corner of the map, it will open up in your Google Maps app so you can always have it with you. Super convenient, right?
Day 1 of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary
Of all the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days you definitely won’t want to miss the Batu Caves, so let’s make this your first stop!
Comprising three different caverns, the Batu Caves is one of the most sacred Hindu sites outside of India.
Completed only recently, the entrance to the caves is via 272 steps painted a kaleidoscope of colors. At the base of the staircase, there is a 42.7 meter (140 feet) tall statue of the Hindu deity, Lord Murugan.
Entry to the Batu Caves is free. However, if you want to visit the smaller caves you’ll need to pay a small fee. A guided tour in the Dark Cave costs RM35 (8.5 USD).
You’ll need to wear modest clothes with covered shoulders and knees to enter the Batu Caves. There are sarongs available for rent if you forget.
As the Batu Caves is one of the most popular things to do in KL, it’s best to arrive as early as you possibly can. Coincide your trip with sunrise and you’ll beat the crowds and the hot weather.
The easiest way to get to the caves is by taking the KTM Komuter train from KL Sentral. This costs RM2.60 (0.60 USD) each way and takes 25 minutes. From the designated Batu Caves station you need to walk 5 minutes.
If you take a Grab this will cost around RM25-30 (6-7.50 USD) each way.
Wilayah Mosque (Masjid Wilayah)
The next stop on your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is one of the most beautiful mosques in Asia.
Known as the Federal Territory Mosque, the Wilayah Mosque is a symmetrical complex with a central dome framed with two giant minarets. Each of these is topped with gleaming turquoise marble featuring gold paintwork.
The entrance to the main prayer hall is decorated with elegant floral and geometric designs – the whole building is a work of pure art.
From Monday to Friday, there are daily tours from 10 am that will help you engage with the symbolism of the mosque. These tours are free and there is no admission charge to enter the mosque.
Women are required to don a robe and headscarf before entering the premises, these are provided free of charge.
There’s no public transport connection to the mosque without going back into downtown KL so just call a Grab from the caves. The ride will only take 15 minutes. Note that the mosque is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
From the mosque, you can head to the neighborhood of Kampung Baru. Stretched along the north bank of the River Klang, a stone’s throw from the Petronas Towers, Kampung Baru is a hub of low-rise, traditional Malay buildings.
Whilst there aren’t any museums or attractions per se, add a stroll around the area to your Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 3 days for a chance to experience this dynamic city in an entirely different light.
Before you leave Kampung Baru, grab a plate of Malaysia’s signature dish, Nasi Lemak. This combination of steamed rice, flaked anchovies, sambal (spicy) sauce, and a boiled egg is widely available.
Wander along Jalan Raja Muda Musa and let your nose guide you to one of the many restaurants.
Option A: Rooftop Infinity Pool
After a busy first morning diving into the culture of Malaysia, now it’s time to plunge into something a little bit different! Famed for its rooftop infinity pools, one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days is to factor in some sky-high downtime.
If you’re staying in a Kuala Lumpur hotel or Airbnb with its own pool, you can just head back there for a couple of hours. If not, then you can contact a hotel close to your own accommodation and enquire about a day pass to access the pool.
Some accommodations have deals whereby they can send their guests to sister hotels so I recommend checking with your own hotel reception.
A little heads up that due to the ongoing pandemic, this option might not be available anymore, so it’s safer to book your own place with a pool. In case you need some inspiration, make sure to check my post about the best Kuala Lumpur hotels with infinity pools !
Option B: Street Art hunting
For those of you who are looking for a more exciting way to spend the afternoon, you can skip on the rooftop pools and go street art hunting instead!
You will find the most colorful murals on Jalan Alor KL Street Art 1 Lane and Changkat Bukit Bintang. Think about tropical forests, rainbow-colored streets, cute butterflies, snails, parrots, and many more! It’s worth tucking into the smaller streets in this area as most of the time these hold the best treasures.
One of the essential places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days is the city’s quintessential icon, the Petronas Towers.
Clocking a height of 451.9 meters (1,483 feet), the skyscraper was once the tallest building on earth. Since newer structures have surpassed this height it is now the record holder for the world’s tallest twin towers.
There is an observation deck for tourists on Level 86. As tickets are released daily and are sold on a first-come-first-served basis, I recommend that you pre-book a Petronas Towers skip-the-line ticket . If you want that coveted sunset slot, book as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.
KLCC Park + Symphony Lake Water Show
You’ll also want to get some photos of the towers from the ground too. One of the most Instagrammable places in KL is the water fountains in KLCC Park. As this is the base of the towers, you should take a wide-angle lens for your camera if you have one.
My tip is to schedule your trip to the Petronas Towers so that you watch the Symphony Lake Water Show in KLCC Park.
This light show brings the fountains to life with a soundtrack of classical music. They take place daily at 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm and it’s one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days at night.
You might also want to nip into Suria KLCC and hit the shops whilst you’re in this part of town.
Sky Bar at Traders Hotel
Wrap up the first evening of your 3 days in Kuala Lumpur with a swanky cocktail overlooking the city lit up by night.
You can walk to the Traders Hotel and make your way to the Sky Bar on the 33rd floor which gives a direct view of the Petronas Towers.
Remember to take your passport along and you’ll need to adhere to their smart casual dress code. You can choose to order from Sky Bar’s Asian fusion menu – book a table in advance if so and request a window seat.
This is a pricey option, so an alternative is to eat at one of the restaurants in the shopping mall before heading to the bar.
Day 2 of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary
Perdana botanical garden.
Kuala Lumpur’s botanical garden is well worth a wander during your Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary. The 226-acre complex comprises tropical plants, fruit trees, sunken gardens, a lake, and a waterfall.
Entrance to the park is free but you will need to pay if you want to visit the Butterfly Garden or aviaries. The closest MRT station is Muzium Negara (Kajang Line).
National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)
Exit the botanical gardens on the eastern side via Jalan Lembah and follow the road until you reach one of the stars of your Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary.
Open since 1965, the beautiful National Mosque of Malaysia was built as a motif of Malaysia’s independence. It’s a contemporary design with a striking blue and turquoise tile roof in the shape of an umbrella and a 73-meter minaret at the center.
It’s free to visit the mosque. You will also need to borrow a floor-length robe and headscarf – these are provided free of charge.
Admission hours for the public are Saturday to Thursday, 6.30 am-1 pm, 2.30 pm-4 pm, and 5.30 pm-7 pm. Entrance is forbidden during prayer times and on Fridays.
Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Directly next door to the mosque is one of the most interesting museums in KL.
The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia is home to the largest collection of Islamic art in Southeast Asia. It spans everything from textiles and ceramics to jewelry and armor.
The museum is open daily 9.30 am – 6 pm and admission is RM14 (3.5 USD) and you’ll want to spend at least an hour here. You can always choose to visit the museum and then the mosque if you’d prefer.
From IAMM and the mosque, it’s a 15-minute walk to Merdeka Square and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
This is an important place for Malaysians as it’s the very site where the Malaysian flag made its debut following the declaration of independence in 1957.
Every year on 31 August, Malaysians gather in the square in memory of this accomplishment. If your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary coincides with this date, don’t be afraid to join in the celebrations.
Masjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur
From Merdeka Square, you can nip across the River of Life Bridge and visit Masjid Jamek. Blending Moorish, Islamic, and Mughal architecture, this is one of the oldest mosques in KL.
As with the National Mosque, you are welcome to enter the mosque and take a look around in between prayer sessions.
Entrance is free and again you will be provided with a robe and headscarf to wear. The mosque opening times are Saturday to Thursday, 8.30 am-12.30 pm and 2.30 pm-4.30 pm.
Before continuing with your Kuala Lumpur 3 day itinerary, you might want to pick up some lunch.
LOKL Coffee Co is a 5-minute walk from the mosque and serves western coffee and dishes. Alternatively, you can tuck into typical Malaysian fare at Restoran Al-Rizwan or plant-based North Indian dishes at Sangeetha Veg Restaurant .
National Textiles Museum
Back over the bridge, you have a couple of other museums to choose from (or, visit them all!).
First up, housed within a splendid heritage building, the National Textiles Museum takes you through centuries of Malaysian fabrics, costumes, and textile techniques.
The gallery is divided into four exhibitions that take you through weaving, embroidery, knitting, and beadwork and will take 1-1.5 hours to explore.
The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am-5 pm (closed on Mondays). Admission is RM5 (1.2 USD).
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Walk around the corner from the National Textiles Museum and you’ll find the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. This museum presents an overview of KL’s history and contains models of the city landmarks. Plan to spend an hour here.
Entrance to the gallery is RM10 (2.4 USD) and it’s open daily 9 am – 6.30 pm.
I respect that three museums in one swoop might be too much for your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary, so feel free to choose the ones that most appeal to you.
Heli Lounge Bar
For the second evening of your 3 days in Kuala Lumpur, you can head to the most unusual bar in the whole of Southeast Asia.
The Heli Lounge Bar is located on a functioning helipad! An elevator will take you up to the 34th floor of the skyscraper where you will be asked to order a drink within the bar. From there, you can walk up the rooftop bar and take a seat on the helipad.
The views from here are sensational and on a clear evening, you can get some incredible photos of the golden hour over the city skyline.
This bar is consistently busy with both tourists and locals so aim to get there at 5 pm so you stand more chance of getting a seat once on the helipad. You will need to flash your passport or other photo ID to gain entrance to the bar.
Whilst there isn’t a set dress code before 9 pm when the bar transforms into more of a nightclub, it’s best to dress a little smarter for Heli Lounge.
Lot 10 Hutong Food Market
The dining scene in Malaysia is a melting pot of influences from different Asian countries and the best way to experience this is by visiting a hawker market.
Lot 10 Hutong Food Market is a covered market that presents around 30 eateries where you can sample Malaysian Hokkien Mee and Wanton Mee. The market is a 10-minute walk from Heli Lounge Bar.
Day 3 of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary
Kl forest eco park .
Long before the skyscrapers and infinity pools, the land that Kuala Lumpur was built upon was a native jungle. In fact, the name literally translates to ‘a muddy confluence’ in homage to this. The best place to experience KL’s jungle heritage is with a trip to the KL Forest Eco Park.
Located within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the area features nature trails and a canopy walk. All the trails are clearly marked and it’s very easy to follow the signposts along the well-maintained tracks.
This is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days if you want to take a moment within a natural environment.
Open daily, 7 am – 6 pm, the Eco Park is free to visit. Dress for the hot, humid weather and tirade of mosquitoes – be sure to take your repellent with you as well as plenty of water. Plan to spend 1-2 hours exploring the forest reserve.
You can take the GO KL City Bus (Purple Line) and alight at the KL Tower stop. Alternatively, take the KL Monorail Line and depart at either the Bukit Nanas or Raja Chulan station.
Menara KL Tower
Leaving the park, you can walk across to the Menara KL Tower. Registering at 421 meters (1,381 feet), the tower is a tad shorter than the Petronas Towers yet it gives you a staggering 360° birdseye view across the city.
Unlike the enclosed deck on the twin towers, the Sky Deck at the KL Tower is open-air.
You can buy your ticket to the Menara KL Tower at the site itself or book them online in advance. Tickets start from RM49 (11.7 USD) to visit the platform as a foreigner.
For lunch today, I suggest you head to Merchants Lane . This is a funky cafe on Petaling Street where you can enjoy contemporary Malaysian fare with an international twist.
You can take the free GO KL City Bus (Purple Line) from Wisma MPL to Kotaraya or the Kelana Jaya Line from Dang Wangi to Pasar Seni.
One thing you might want to factor in during your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is picking up some souvenirs for your loved ones (or yourself!).
Central Market is a hub for handmade merchandise and batik products, whilst Chinatown is a mix of traditional Chinese herbs and gifts to imitation goods. Whilst in Chinatown, you will spot KL’s oldest Hindu temple, Sri Maha Mariamman, and the Taoist Guan Di Temple.
Leaving Merchants Lane you’ll be in the boundary of the two markets so you can just continue on foot.
National Museum of Malaysia
From Chinatown, you can now walk to the National Museum of Malaysia . Encompassing four main galleries, you will learn about Chinese, Indian and Malaysian culture as far back as prehistoric times to the modern day.
You can also brush up on flora and fauna and see artifacts such as pottery, jewelry, and stoneware. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here gaining insight into Malaysian history.
The admission ticket is RM5 (1.20 USD) and the museum is open daily, 9 am – 5 pm. It’s a 20-minute walk from Chinatown.
Thean Hou Temple
After a series of gorgeous mosques, fascinating museums and spine-tingling skyscrapers, one of the final places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days will also take your breath away.
Dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu, the vibrantly painted Thean Hou Temple draws together elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. In the garden surrounding the temple you can also spot the 12 animals of the zodiac and a giant chess board!
Normally, the temple is decorated with myriads of red lanterns. They only remove it for a few days before the Chinese New Year to renew them. We accidentally ended up visiting on one of these days, that’s why you don’t see any lanterns on the below photos.
From the museum, you walk eastwards along Jalan Sultan Sulaiman until you reach a large intersection. Board bus 600 or 650 at KL1086 Ipd Brickfields and alight at KL1925 Jabatan Warisan Negara from where it’s a 10-minute walk.
If you’re conscious of time, a Grab will take less than 10 minutes.
For your final meal in KL, head to the epicenter of food – Jalan Alor.
This walking street comprises dozens of hawker stalls where you can experiment with Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern plates. You can also find coconut ice cream and fresh fruit, including the love-it-or-hate-it durian.
Bukit Bintang (Kajang Line) is the closest MRT station for Jalan Alor.
Changkat Bukit Bintang
A 5-minute walk from Jalan Alor delivers you at Changkat Bukit Bintang.
Whether you’d prefer to dance or talk through to the early hours, the ‘pub street’ of KL is the perfect place to let your hair down and toast the end of your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
Don’t miss The Rabbit Hole (inspired by Alice in Wonderland!) or Havana Bar and Grill .
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Thanks dear though i travelled a lot national & international. but always booked trip via travel agent.first time I took initiative to make a plan from India to Kula Lumpur to Singapore and back to india.My itinerary started from your write off and found supper informative still need little help.possibly will ping you .my homework just begun to design my trip. Once will complete formalities of visa will connect with you.
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Kuala Lumpur’s most instantly recognisable landmark is without doubt the Petronas Twin Towers . The tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Towers are the ultimate symbol of the Kuala Lumpur’s drive into the 21st century.
The Petronas Towers are one of the most popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur . A viewing platform connects the two towers at the 41st floor from where there are incredible views of the entire city.
From the observation deck on the 86th floor the views are even more spectacular. At 370 meters up from the ground there are mesmerising views for miles around Kuala Lumpur.
→ You can buy skip-the-queue tickets for the Petronas Towers in advance here .
At the base of the Petronas Towers is the enormous Suria KLCC Shopping Mall , home to a huge number of high end shops, great restaurants and a world class aquarium .
- The Petronas Towers
- Viewing platform opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am-6.00pm - closed on Mondays
- Ticket Prices: RM33 for children under 12, RM80 for adults
Or See the City From the KL Tower
Alternatively, for a stunning view of the city that includes the Petronas Twin Towers, head over to Kuala Lumpur’s other iconic landmark, the KL Tower .
With the highest public vantage point in the city you get to see a complete 365 degree view out over Kuala Lumpur (including the Petronas Towers) and far beyond from the observation deck and open air sky deck.
KL Tower also features two solid glass viewing boxes perilously perched over the edge over 1300 meters above the ground for those who can stomach it.
→ You can buy advanced entry tickets for the KL Tower’s observation deck here .
The view of Petronas Twin Towers and the glass viewing box at Kuala Lumpur Tower
- Opening times: 9:00am-10.00pm everyday
- Ticket Prices: Observation Deck - RM29 for children under 12, RM49 for adults | Skydeck - RM52 for children under 12, RM99 for adults.
See the Sights of Merdeka Square
Medeka Square is the historical heart of Kuala Lumpur. It’s here that the annual Independence Day parade takes place every 31st August, commemorating the date in 1957 that Malaysia became a sovereign state.
Merdeka Square is also surrounded by some of the most inspired architecture in the city.
The majestic Sultan Abdul Samad Building , now home to a number of Malaysia’s government departments, is a stunning building of beautiful design, exquisite brickwork, symmetrical arches and bronze domes.
The neighbouring Textile Museum , Music Museum and Kuala Lumpur City Gallery along the south side of Merdeka Square all occupy similarly design and equally beautiful buildings.
Left: Relaxing in Merdeka Square; Right: The Malaysian flag flying over Merdeka Square
On the west side of Merdaka Square stands the colonial mock Tudor buildings of the Royal Selangor Social Club , originally built for high ranking members of British society, now frequented by high ranking members of Malaysian society.
At the north end of the square is the unmissable bright white elegance of St Mary’s Cathedral , a church that is unmistakably English.
Crossing the river past the equally impressive Panggung Bandaraya Theatre brings you to the awe-inspiring Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque .
Numerous minarets rise above the Moorish influenced mosque , and three main white domes gloriously crowning the building.
Visit Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown
A short walk from Merdeka Square is Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown . Chinatown is full of colour and character, and also typifies the Kuala Lumpur’s diversity.
The perfect example is the crimson red Taoist Guan Di Temple , dedicated to the ancient warrior God of War, that stands just a few doors down from the even more elaborate and remarkable Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple .
The Hindu temple’s entrance is marked by a staggeringly beautiful tower covered in ornate statues of Hindu deities in the south Indian style.
The spectacular shrines continue inside the temple, surrounding the decorative colours of the main hall. Recently refreshed, the colours of this incredible temple are simply stunning.
The entrance to Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple and Kuala Lumpur’s colourful Chinatown
Petaling Street Market and Central Market
One of the main tourist spots in Kuala Lumpur is the Petaling Street Market . Unless you’re particularly fond of being repeatedly accosted by traders trying to harass you into buying fake watches and sunglasses, you won’t miss much if you decide to give it a pass.
Instead head to the excellent Central Market a few streets away. Housed in a beautiful pale blue and white Art Deco building the Central Market features a number of shops and stores selling excellent local gifts , local foods , clothes , handicrafts and a handful of very interesting antiques stores .
Enjoy Drinks With a View at Heli Lounge Bar
One of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur is to watch the sunset over the city’s skyline, and one of it’s better kept secrets, is the Heli Lounge Bar .
Every night a helipad on the roof of a fairly nondescript office block is a is converted into an al fresco bar with stunning views over the city.
Head to the 34th floor of the Menara KH tower block on Jalan Sultan Ismail for some of the best views of Kuala Lumpur anywhere in the city. The bar on the 34th floor opens at 5.00pm, the helipad bar opens at 6.00pm.
Aim to arrive before 6.00pm in order to secure a table and a seat and to savour the incredible sunsets as Kuala Lumpur begins to light up.
- Heli Lounge Bar
- 34 Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Bukit Bintang
- Opening times: 5.00pm - midnight every day
Day Two in Kuala Lumpur
Enjoy the kuala lumpur botanical gardens.
A beautiful start to the second of three days in Kuala Lumpur is a peaceful stroll around Kuala Lumpur’s Botanical Gardens .
This huge green oasis in the middle of Kuala Lumpur is a wonderful place to take a break from the hectic urban throb of the city.
Not far from the Negara Mosque , the Botanical Gardens are home to deer , a bird park , and various flower gardens and is a popular place to relax.
The gardens are also a lovely place to come in the evening once the temperature and humidity starts to drop towards the end of the day.
- Opening times: 7.00am-8.00pm daily
Left: Relaxing in Kuala Lumpur’s Botanical Gardens; Right: The Sri Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple
Take in Kuala Lumpur's Colourful Little India
Just outside Kuala Lumpur’s Central Station is Brickfields . Known as Kuala Lumpur’s Little India there is much to explore in this historic area, most notably the magnificent Sri Kandaswamy Kovil Hindu Temple .
Hidden behind pale modern apartment buildings, the Sri Kandaswamy temple bursts into view in a cornucopia of colour.
A huge entrance tower bedecked with Hindu gods and mythical figures is flanked by a number of equally ornate statues of Hindu deities. The interior is just as colourful and used by followers for prayer and reflection at all times of the day.
See the Splendour of Thean Hou Temple
About a 15 minute taxi ride from the centre of Kuala Lumpur is Thean Hou Temple , a vast and beautifully designed Chinese temple that overlooks the city.
Thean Hou Temple is a flurry of red, white and gold and features a typically high level of decorative detail. The temple’s beautifully elaborate prayer hall is dedicated to three deities and features huge gold statues of each.
Dragons and phoenixes perch on the tiles of the ornate roofs above and from the top tiers there are views back across the city with the Petronas Towers clearly visible in the distance.
The entrance to Thean Hou Temple and a statue opposite the Thean Hou Temple
Fill Up on Food at Bukit Bintang and Alor Street Food Night Market
Just to the east of the city centre is Bukit Bintang , where the city becomes a modern metropolis. The area is popular with, and at times geared towards, western tourists, and the streets are a hodgepodge of international restaurants, bars, hotels and nightclubs.
Jalan Alor street food market is a chaotic cacophony of street food stalls and restaurants, a thousand aromas converging as vendors thrust menus at passers-by.
Everything from Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Thai food is served up along bustling Jalan Alor market . There’s also a number of Middle Eastern restaurants in the surrounding area around Jalan Bukit Bintang.
To discover the best food in Bukit Batang, take a street-food tour of the night market’s hawker stalls with a local foodie.
Day 3: Take a Trip Out of Town
Many people choose to spend the last of their three days in Kuala Lumpur exploring a little further afield.
T here are plenty of options for quick day trips out of the city , with two of the most popular choices being a visit to either the Batu Caves or the garden city of Putrajaya .
The historic port city of Melaka , about two hours south of Kuala Lumpur, is also a popular day trip.
Explore the Batu Caves
The entrance to Batu Caves and one of the resident macaque monkeys
The Batu Caves are the most popular out of town day trip from Kuala Lumpur and it’s easy to see why.
The Batu Caves have been a Hindu place of worship for over a century and is a popular pilgrimage site. The numerous cave temples are reached by climbing 272 steps , passing the enormous shining gold statue of Lord Murugan, as well as a lot of cheeky monkeys, on the way.
Admire the Incredible Islamic Architecture of Putrajaya
An alternative day trip from Kuala Lumpur is a visit to the city of Putrajaya .
A planned garden city, Putrajaya is now the administrative capital of Malaysia and is a 20 minute train ride from Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral station. Alternatively you can book a private tour including pickup from Kuala Lumpur here .
In development since the 1990s, Putrajaya is home to a number of landmark buildings designed in an elaborate Islamic architectural style .
Inspired by the grandeur of Paris, Putrajaya doesn’t yet have the population to match its wide stately boulevards, but it is clearly intended to eventually become a statement piece.
The stunning exterior and interior of Putra Mosque in Putrajaya
The incredible Putra Mosque on the banks of Putrajaya Lake is a modern marvel. A magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, it’s pale pink exterior and huge dome have been designed to amaze.
The exterior is only surpassed by the truly mesmerising beauty of the interior ; the red and pink patterned carpets and walls, the decoration around the arches and the alcoves, the stunning stained glass windows and the mighty dome are a work of art.
Many of the other grandiose buildings in Putrajaya are government buildings also designed in the Islamic style. The huge Prime Ministerial office stands overlooking the Putra Mosque, with its dark green dome counterbalancing the mosque’s enormous red top.
Many of the ornate buildings sit overlooking Lake Putrajaya and alongside huge open swathes of greenery and lakeside walking paths.
There are riverboat tours of the lake that last around 45 minutes throughout the day that offers a better chance to fully appreciate the architecture of this modern city.
Or Take a Day Trip to Melaka
Around 90 miles south of Kuala Lumpur is the beautiful city of Melaka . A historic port city, Melaka was once part of a vital international trading route.
As a result the city is packed with beautiful streets that boast an array of architectural styles and a wealth of history and heritage. In 2008 the city was even granted UNESCO World Heritage status .
Melaka can be reached by train from Kuala Lumpur by a combination of train and bus in around two hours. You can also book a day trip from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka here , which includes pick up and drop off at your hotel.
Where to Eat and Drink in Kuala Lumpur
There’s an endless amount of choice when dining in Kuala Lumpur, and here are a couple of our suggestions to check out in Kuala Lumpur:
The Coliseum Cafe is a Kuala Lumpur institution whose main branch on Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman has been serving colonial style dishes since 1921 .
The restaurant looks as though it’s hardly been touched since the day it opened and is famous for their eastern take on western dishes.
For something a little more traditional, try Precious Old China located upstairs in Central Market.
Serving traditional Peranakan food , this restaurant is a big hit with locals. With a beautiful interior Precious Old China offers a wide variety of traditional Chinese Nyonya cuisine.
How to Get Around Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is a manageable size and getting around is pretty simple. There’s a very good and cheap metro, LRT and monorail system that serves all of the major sights in the town . There is also an extensive but confusing and slightly unreliable bus service that is quite difficult to navigate for the first time visitor to Kuala Lumpur.
Taxis are relatively cheap in Kuala Lumpur, especially compared with other major cities, but taxi drivers are notorious for ignoring their meters and charging a set price.
If you hail a taxi ask the driver how much the cost will be for the journey before you set off. If they do use the meter – and some do – then you won’t have any problems.
Uber is no longer available in Malaysia, having recently merged with Grab in South East Asia. Grab essentially works in the same way as Uber and is a very good alternative to regular taxis, with drivers available in most areas in the city.
Grab’s fares are much cheaper than regular taxis too. Download the Grab app before arriving in Kuala Lumpur, load in your payment details and you’re good to go.
The Best Guidebooks for Kuala Lumpur
If you need extra ideas for your Kuala Lumpur itinerary Lonely Planet has a very good small and simple guide book that covers Kuala Lumpur .
Otherwise there are a number of options that cover Kuala Lumpur alongside other places in Malaysia. A list of these can be found here .
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Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In 3 Days – Twelve 3 Day Itineraries!
Malaysia is a country of huge variety which you could travel for months without being bored. However, if you just have 3 days in Malaysia, don’t despair! You can still have a great introduction with a 3 day itinerary in Malaysia.
From gorgeous beaches to the picturesque highlands to the dynamic capital to mysterious Borneo, there are some fabulous options for what to do in Malaysia for 3 days 2 nights.
Below, I have all the best places to visit in Malaysia in 3 days. You simply need to read through and work out which Malaysia itinerary 3 days best suits your interests. In this article you’ll find several itineraries for 3 days 2 night trip in Malaysia options, so if you’re looking for the perfect Malaysia 3 days 2 nights itinerary, you’re bound to find it here!
If you are short on time, I highly recommend you book private taxis to get you between cities so you are enjoying your 3-day destination faster and in more comfort. You can book an affordable private taxi here.
If you are looking for places to visit in Malaysia in 2 days or Malaysia itinerary 4 days, you can also use the list below. Simply remove your least preferred day of the itinerary Malaysia 3 days if you have less time or follow the suggestion for the fourth day if you have 4 days in Malaysia.
At the bottom, I also give what I recommend as the top options for a 2 days 1 night short trip in Malaysia where your time is quite limited.
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12 Best Places To Visit In Malaysia In 3 Days
Note that when thinking about what to see in Malaysia for 3 days, I don’t recommend that you change cities. It’s a short time period so to maximise your time, stick to just one place in Malaysia and explore from there.
For the best 3d2n trip Malaysia has to offer, I suggest picking one of the destinations below and then following my 3 days 2 nights in Malaysia itinerary and suggestions for that place.
This list of places to see in Malaysia in 3 days below also takes into account that time is limited so sticks to the more easily accessible locations.
1. Kuala Lumpur
If you haven’t been to Malaysia before, it’s hard to look past the capital, Kuala Lumpur. KL is perhaps the perfect place for your 3 days 2 nights Malaysia trip, especially if you haven’t been before. Given you will most likely be arriving at Kuala Lumpur airport for your 3 days trip in Malaysia, this is a great place to spend your time, particularly if it’s your first time in Malaysia.
If you love cities, culture, variety and great food, Kuala Lumpur is a top choice, and it’s hard to beat KL for where to go in Malaysia for short trip options.
Kuala Lumpur 3 Day Itinerary
I have the perfect Malaysia tour itinerary 3 days centred on Kuala Lumpur in detail here.
You can follow this 3 days in Kuala Lumpur guide exactly. If you are looking for places to visit in Malaysia in 4 days, there is also a fourth day itinerary in that article so that you can enjoy a little more time with 4 days in Kuala Lumpur. Click the link above to find out all of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.
You can find all our Kuala Lumpur guides here.
Or click here to download a free, detailed itinerary for Kuala Lumpur. You can copy it exactly!
Top place to stay: Berjaya Times Square Hotel – Click here for the latest prices
2. Port Dickson
If you want a quick and easy beach stop for your answer of where to go in Malaysia for 3 days, Port Dickson is a nice and easy choice. This is one of the best place to visit in Malaysia if you love beaches and want a beach break that’s located relatively close to KL and the airport.
Port Dickson (often referred to as PD for short) is a short taxi ride from the airport, this is also a good choice if you are flying into Kuala Lumpur airport and have been to Kuala Lumpur before.
We can book you a private taxi to Port Dickson from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.
If you love the idea of staying in an over-water chalet, Port Dickson is also a fabulous choice. There are a few different options where you can do this in Port Dickson for a very affordable price. When you aren’t relaxing in your chalet, you can visit any of the many beaches on this coastline or some of the low key attractions in Port Dickson.
Port Dickson 3 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Check into your hotel and relax. Enjoy the surrounds and head to a beach. Our top pick is Blue Lagoon but you can find more choices here.
Day 2: Choose your preferred attractions from this list of things to do in Port Dickson and visit.
Day 3: Enjoy your hotel’s facilities or head to the beach
If you are looking for what to do in Malaysia for 4 days, spend your last day exploring Kuala Lumpur on a day trip.
Top place to stay: Lexis Hibiscus – Click here for the latest prices.
Find all our Port Dickson guides here.
3. Sunway Lagoon
If you want an easy and fun Malaysia stopover, particularly if you are travelling as a family, Sunway Lagoon is a great place to pick for your 3 days.
Located between KL Airport and Kuala Lumpur, this is a quick and easy place to get to and is like its own city with a huge theme park, big shopping centre with entertainment options and multiple hotels. We have very much enjoyed 3 day stopovers here as an alternative to Port Dickson or Kuala Lumpur.
Sunway Lagoon 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Check into the Sunway Resort. Enjoy the hotel facilities and the shopping centre. Find our full review of this 5 star hotel here.
Day 2: Visit Sunway Lagoon theme park.
Day 3: Either return to the theme park, enjoy your hotel facilities or do some activities at the shopping centre like ice skating and going to the cinema.
If you are looking for what to do in Malaysia in 4 days, spend your last day exploring Kuala Lumpur on a day trip. With a 2 days 1 night vacation in Malaysia, focus on visiting Sunway Lagoon.
Read our full review of Sunway Lagoon here.
To learn more about the history of Malaysia and for some fun and interesting attractions, consider Melaka as a great option for your Malaysia 3 days 2 nights tour package. Melaka is perfect for history and culture lovers and there’s plenty to do here. This is also possible as a stopover option from Kuala Lumpur Airport, although it is further away than the options above.
We can book you a private transfer to Melaka from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.
Melaka is a pretty city with numerous churches, temples and mosques. There are many heritage sites around the city and the centre is UNESCO World Heritage listed.
It’s also known for its lively Jonker Street area and night market on weekends. Definitely make sure you head there! The central area is great to explore on foot or by trishaw. There are also some great family friendly attractions nearby like the A’Famosa Resort and the Melaka Zoo.
Melaka 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Check into your hotel and relax. Head to Jonker Street in the evening. If it’s Friday or Saturday night, enjoy the night market. If it’s not then there are plenty of places to eat on this famous strip.
- Start at the Sultanate Palace, take a photo of Porta de Santiago and explore the ruins of St Paul’s Church.
- Walk downhill to Stradthuys. Trishaws congregate here so take a ride.
- Walk over the river to Chinatown and head to 8 Heeren Street and the Baba and Nonya Heritage Centre.
- Visit the three temples: Cheng Hoon Temple, Masjid Kampung Kling and Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple.
- In the evening, head to Shore Sky Tower .
Day 3: Pick from your favourite attractions in Melaka in this article like Melaka Zoo or A’Famosa Water World.
Top place to stay: Swiss-Garden Hotel Melaka – Click here for the latest prices.
If you are looking for what to see in Malaysia in 4 days, spend your last day visiting more attractions in our list linked to above.
Find all our Melaka guides here.
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5. Johor Bahru
If you are entering Malaysia from Singapore then Johor Bahru is a great choice for your 3 day Malaysia stopover. It’s very easy to get here from Singapore ( more details here ) and there is plenty to do to fill your time. It’s even possible to make a day trip in Malaysia from Singapore to ‘JB’ – but having a few days is a much more relaxed option.
The easiest way to get here is by private taxi. These can pick you up anywhere in Singapore and drop you anywhere in Malaysia including Legoland or Johor Bahru. They make crossing the border so easy as, unlike buses, you can stay in the taxi the whole time and don’t need to walk through each border side with your luggage.
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This city offers visitors several attractions including a mix of museums, theme parks and natural landmarks like the Gunung Ledang National Park and Gunung Lambak, and there’s plenty to do during your 3 day 2 night trip to Malaysia. It’s also possible to visit the attractions in nearby Desaru Coast or to day trip to Singapore.
In this itinerary, I am assuming you have come from Singapore so do not include this option. Consider it if you haven’t been to Singapore though.
Johor Bahru 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Check into your hotel then head to central Johor Bahru near the causeway to Singapore. Do some shopping or explore the streets to the west of the main strip.
Day 2: Today is all about Legoland Malaysia. Buy discounted tickets here.
Day 3: Get back to nature with a day trip to Gunung Lambak. Climb the mountain here and cool down afterwards in the recreational water park.
For a Malaysia tour itinerary 4 days, take it easy exploring the fun attractions of the Desaru Coast.
Top place to stay: Hotel Jen – Click here for the latest prices
Find all our Johor Bahru guides here.
6. Taman Negara
If you’re based in KL and want to escape to the jungle for a few days, or have time for a 2 days trip in Malaysia from KL, then Taman Negara National Park holds the title as Malaysia’s largest national park and is easy to visit from Kuala Lumpur. It’s truly a nature lover’s paradise!
There are a huge amount of plants and animals in this 130 million year old rainforest and plenty of short and long hikes.
We can book you a private transfer to Taman Negara from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.
This is a great choice for nature lovers with some great attractions to visit. There is the longest canopy walkway in the world from which you may spot some monkeys. Take a long boat ride into the interior. Explore and discover!
Taman Negara 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Travel to Taman Negara first thing. Take a bus to Jerantut and then another to the jetty at Kuala Tembling. Then take a boat to the main entrance of the park at Kuala Tahan. This boat ride is an attraction in itself. Check into your hotel (ideally in Kuala Tahan like the Mutiara Taman Negara Resort here ) and relax. Eat dinner in a nearby floating restaurant.
Day 2: Visit the Canopy Walkway (if it has re-opened), walk up Teresek Hill and visit an Orang Asli village (indigenous people of this area)
Day 3: Have breakfast at a floating village before taking a boat back to Kuala Tembling and heading back to Kuala Lumpur or wherever your next stop is.
To make your visit smooth and easy, you can book a tour to complete this itinerary here for a great price.
A few hours from Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh is a great balance of beautiful scenery + interesting Old Town + great food! The state capital of Perak is a fantastic destination for a short getaway with plenty of interesting things to do if you’re looking for a Malaysia 4 day tour package that has something a bit different to offer.
We can book you a private transfer to Ipoh from the airport, Kuala Lumpur or elsewhere here.
There’s the unfinished Kellie’s Castle to explore, Tempurung Cave, the popular Sunway Lost World Of Tambun (great for families) and much more. The Old Town area is filled with cute alley ways and Ipoh’s famous street art to find and enjoy.
Plus, there’s Ipoh’s famous white coffee and many amazing food dishes.
It’s perfect for anyone who wants an easy taste of Malaysia while feeling like they have got away from all the tourists.
Ipoh 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Travel to Ipoh ( you can book a bus here ). Check in to your hotel and relax before taking a walk around the Old Town in the evening and having dinner.
Day 2: Start the day with one of Ipoh’s famous white coffees and egg tarts. Walk around the Old Town following the Ipoh Heritage Trail ( download here ). Look out for street art!
In the afternoon, grab a taxi and visit a couple of Ipoh’s cave temples at Sam Poh Tong Temple and Kek Lok Ton Temple. Cover your shoulders and knees and wear sturdy footwear. Have dinner at the Tong Sui Kai Hawker Centre and try as many dishes as you can.
Day 3: If you have the time, spend the day at the fun Sunway Lost World of Tambun . Surely the prettiest location for a theme park in the world ( full review here ).
If you have a fourth day, take a day tour to the Cameron Highlands or go white water rafting . If you have 2 days in Malaysia in Ipoh, concentrate on day two of this itinerary.
Top place to stay: Regalodge – Click here for the latest prices
Read our full 3 day itinerary to Ipoh here or find all our Ipoh guides here.
Penang is our personal favourite spot in Malaysia and a great location for a 3 day break or for a Malaysia 4 days 3 nights itinerary if you have an extra day. It has great variety and you can spend the morning exploring the UNESCO World Heritage listed centre of George Town and then relax for the afternoon on the beach.
There’s an interesting multicultural mix of influences, interesting architecture and affordable resort style accommodation. It’s also one of the best places in Malaysia (perhaps the world) to eat, offering some of the best food for great prices, so an all round great getaway whether its architecture, history, food, beaches or island life that appeals to you.
Penang is perfect for anyone looking for a variety of things to do in a beautiful setting while eating top class food!
Penang 3 Day itinerary
I have the perfect Penang 3 day itinerary here.
You can follow it exactly. If you are looking for an itinerary for two days one night trip in Malaysia for Penang or 4 days, they are also in this article.
Top place to stay: Shangri La Rasa Sayang – Click here for the latest prices
Find all our Penang guides here.
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Langkawi is the place to go if you want some easy and luxurious beach time in your 3 days in Malaysia. It has some of the best beaches in the country as well as superb coastal scenery.
Langkawi is actually an archipelago but the main island offers a range of different locations to visit and stay and should be your focus on a 3 day trip. Pantai Cenang is the most popular beach destination and the place to stay to be surrounded by action. There are many more peaceful destinations around the island where you can be surrounded by nature.
There are many attractions in Langkawi beyond the beach like the Langkawi Cable Car which takes you to the peak of Gunung Machinchang where you’ll find restaurants, shops and other attractions.
Langkawi 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Take a taxi to your hotel or book a transfer here. Enjoy the afternoon at your hotel or at the beach in Pantai Cenang, Have sunset drinks and dinner here. This is also the place to party this evening.
Day 2: Head to Langkawi SkyCab and SkyBridge then spend the afternoon enjoying the beach at Pantai Tengah (or choose an activity from here ). Finish the day with a stunning sunset cruise.
Day 3: Spend your final morning exploring the Langkawi archipelago on a half day Langkawi Island Hopping adventure . Do some shopping at the Cenang Mall and Zon Shopping Paradise in Pantai Cenang before leaving.
If you have a fourth day, chose some other attractions from our list here. With a 2 days one night trip Malaysia, prioritise the Langkawi SkyCab and the sunset cruise.
Find all our Langkawi guides here or click here to download a free, detailed itinerary for Langkawi. You can copy it exactly!
Top place to stay: Ritz-Carlton Langkawi – Click here for the latest prices
10. Tioman Island
From Singapore, Tioman Island makes an easy destination for a 3 day break in Malaysia. It was once named one of the most beautiful islands in the world and is a good choice for people coming from Singapore who want an island getaway.
We can book you a private transfer to Mersing, for your ferry to Tioman, from anywhere in Singapore.
This island is surrounded by coral reefs which make it the perfect destination for people who love scuba diving or snorkelling. It is also great for hiking.
Tioman Island is a good mixture of development so things are easy, while still being able to get away from it all very easily. The only problem is that after 3 days on Tioman island, you may not want to leave!
Tioman Island 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Make the journey to Tioman Island. Check into your hotel and relax and enjoy the surrounding beaches or hike to another beach.
Day 2: Take a half or full day snorkelling or diving trip around the island.
Day 3: Go for a hike.
If you are looking for what to see in Malaysia in 2 days then I would head straight on a snorkelling or diving trip on arrival.
Top place to stay: Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort – Click here to see the latest prices
Find all our Tioman Island guides here .
Kuching, also known as Cat City, is a port city located on the island of Borneo. It is a nice city with a lovely riverfront area which is the best area to stay. If you’re looking to see more of Borneo, then Kuching is a great entry point and a nice place to stop over for a few days.
For people short on time, this is your best bet to get a taste of Borneo. There are many interesting day trips you can do from Kuching as well as exploring Kuching itself with museums like the Sarawak Museum and Cat Museum.
It’s easy to get out in the jungle and explore the wilder side of Borneo with some great national parks nearby.
Kuching 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Check into your hotel and take a walk around the downtown area of Kuching visiting the Sarawak Museum, Chinese History Museum, temples and anything else that takes your fancy. If you enjoy super tacky museums, also take a cab to the Cat Museum. It’s hilarious. In the late afternoon, take a walk along the riverfront.
Day 2: Take a day trip. Choose between Sarawak Cultural Village, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre , Bako National Park , Satang Islands or visit the Annah Rais Longhouse.
Top place to stay: Hilton Kuching – Click here to see the latest prices
Day 3: If you have time, chose another day trip option.
12. Kota Kinabalu
Another destination in Borneo, Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah state on the opposite side of the northern part of the island compared to Kuching. This is another good choice for people who want to get a taste of Borneo for their 3 days in Malaysia and want to see a different side to Malaysia.
There are many cultural activities as well as getting out in nature and going island hopping. It’s a very accessible way to explore this island.
Kota Kinabalu 3 Day itinerary
Day 1: Check into your hotel and take a half day tour around the main city sights.
Day 2: Get out of the city and explore Kinabalu Park and hot springs.
Day 3: Head to the nearby islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and enjoy snorkelling and a great lunch.
For where to go for 2 days 1 night in Malaysia in Kota Kinabalu, I would pick whatever appeals most to you from days 2 and 3.
Top place to stay: Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort – Click here to see the latest prices
Click here for our full Kota Kinabalu guides.
Want more ideas? Read our list of the best places to visit in Malaysia here . You can really pick any of them to be your base for your 3 days trip to Malaysia if you don’t mind adding some travel time.
Top Options For Places To Visit In Malaysia In 2 Days
Of the above, I recommend that you keep your Malaysia itinerary 2 days to places near where you arrive in the country.
If you arrive at Kuala Lumpur…
Follow the Kuala Lumpur, Sunway Lagoon or Port Dickson itineraries above, just remove one day.
If you arrive at Johor Bahru…
Follow the Johor Bahru itinerary above, just remove one day.
If you arrive at Penang…
Follow the Penang itinerary above, just remove one day.
Do the same thing for any other destination where you enter the country. If you aren’t sure what’s nearby, look at the map below to come up with your best option for what to do in Malaysia for 2 days. If you only have the opportunity for a 1 day trip in Malaysia, you’ll likely be exploring Kuala Lumpur on a stop over (follow Day 1 of the KL guide above) or coming from Singapore to Johor Bharu, in which case you can do day 1 of the Johor Bharu.
Map Of Locations For Malaysia Itinerary 3 Days
I hope you have found this list of places to visit in Malaysia in 3 days useful. I am sure anywhere you pick to go will be awesome!
To make sure you get the most out of your three days, consider booking a private taxi here to get you to your city/region of choice quickly and easily.
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Find more places to visit in Malaysia here and more Malaysia itineraries here . You can also find our best suggestions for weekend getaways here . All our Malaysia planning guides are here .
By Sharon Gourlay
Sharon is a certified Malaysia travel expert and can't get enough of travelling and talking about Malaysia since she first visited 21 years ago. She travels around Malaysia multiple times a year both alone and with her kids. She used to call Penang home and especially loves this food paradise. Sharon also has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, a Certificate III in International Travel Sales and has been certified by Tourism Malaysia as a Malaysia Travel Expert. Through this site, she'll help you have the perfect trip to this amazing destination.
Kuala Lumpur: 3 days itinerary – What to visit (map included)
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The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a cosmopolitan city, full of life. Kuala Lumpur has a bit of everything and honestly, I find it hard not to like the city 😉. If you like vibrant and relatively cheap cities, then Kuala Lumpur might be the perfect choice for you!
So, I decided to write this post with my Kuala Lumpur 3 days itinerary. Throughout the post, you will find several tips to visit Kuala Lumpur, but also information about:
- the best time of the year to visit Kuala Lumpur
- how many days you need to visit Kuala Lumpur
- best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur
- how to get to Kuala Lumpur
- places to eat in Kuala Lumpur
And of course, you will also find the most important part to prepare for your trip: the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur. So, keep reading to better plan your trip to Kuala Lumpur.
How many days to do you need to visit Kuala Lumpur?
Although Kuala Lumpur is a fairly large city, I think 2 to 3 days are enough for a first visit to Kuala Lumpur .
Some of Kuala Lumpur’s top attractions are not so central, but you can quickly get there by transport or even Grab (Southeast Asia’s version of Uber).
So, if your Kuala Lumpur itinerary is only 2 days long, don’t worry because you will certainly have the opportunity to visit the main attractions in the city. However, if you have 3 days available, you can add one or two points to the itinerary and ensure that you visit Kuala Lumpur at a more relaxed pace.
What is the best time of the year to visit Kuala Lumpur?
Like other cities in Malaysia, the weather in Kuala Lumpur is generally warm and humid. So it’s never really cold in Kuala Lumpur.
However, you need to pay some attention to the rainy season. For example, March, April, October and November are the rainiest months of the year in Kuala Lumpur.
Therefore, some of the best months to visit Kuala Lumpur are February and June to August.
Anyway, I’d like to remind you that you can always find a bit of rain in Kuala Lumpur throughout the year and, therefore, I recommend that you always go prepared with a waterproof jacket or an umbrella. I use this waterproof jacket from Decathlon and I really like it.
What documents do you need to visit Kuala Lumpur?
As a citizen with a Portuguese passport, I am entitled to a free visa valid for 90 days to enter Malaysia. My passport just had to be valid for, at least, 6 months. I also filled out the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card but no one asked me for it.
When arriving in Malaysia, the process is quite simple and you might be asked a few questions about your origin, where you’re going next, how long you plan to stay, where you’ll be staying and a few extra questions in some cases.
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Is Kuala Lumpur safe?
My opinion is that it is quite chill to visit Kuala Lumpur. Despite being a vibrant and confusing city, Kuala Lumpur does not require, in my opinion, more precautions than those we normally would have in any big city. So, I would say that you just need to keep an eye on your belongings to avoid any potential theft.
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How to get to Kuala Lumpur?
Kuala Lumpur is one of the cities with the best flight connections in Southeast Asia. In fact, this city is often the entry point to this region.
There are two airports in Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport (SZB), with the former being the most used.
Generally, the simplest and cheapest option to fly from Europe to Kuala Lumpur involves making at least one stopover halfway through the journey. However, there are a few European cities with direct connections to Kuala Lumpur :
- London (Malaysia Airlines)
- Amsterdam (KLM)
- Istambul (Turkish Airlines)
From Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
Singapore is located just 350 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, there are several options to get to Kuala Lumpur.
The first (and also fastest) option is by plane. The flight takes about 1 hour and there are several airlines offering this route, such as AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines, Scoot, and Singapore Airlines, among others. It’s often easy to find tickets at excellent prices.
The second option is to travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur by bus. The journey takes a bit longer (about 5 hours) and I warn you that you’ll always need to stop on either side of the border between these two countries. I recommend that you buy your bus tickets directly on 12goAsia website.
From Malacca to Kuala Lumpur
For those who have travelled from Singapore to Malacca and want to continue their journey towards Kuala Lumpur (this is exactly what I did!), it’s very simple to do so.
The best option available is to travel to Kuala Lumpur from Malacca by bus. Again, I recommend booking your tickets on 12goAsia , as there are several operators (for example, I travelled with Super Nice Express). The journey takes about 2 hours and is quite cheap (my ticket didn’t even cost 3€).
How to go from Kuala Lumpur airport to city centre?
Chances are, if you’re flying into Kuala Lumpur, you’ll land at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). And there are several ways to get from the airport to the city centre.
Train + Metro
The KLIA Express or KLIA Transit are two very convenient options that connect the airport to the city centre (KL Sentral station). The journey takes about 28 minutes and has the following prices:
- One way trip: 55 MYR (~ 11€)
- Round trip: 100 MYR (~ 20€)
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Then, when you get off at KL Sentral just take the metro that will take you closer to the city centre. For example, it takes about 10 minutes to reach the area near the Petronas Tower.
Bus + Metro
There is also the cheaper option of travelling from Kuala Lumpur’s airport to the city centre by bus, which takes about an hour to KL Sentral. For example, the Express Coach runs from 7.45 am to 8.45 pm and costs 15 MYR (~3€).
Similar to the train option, you’ll also need to take the metro to a more central part of the city.
Private transfer or taxi
Finally, here is the most convenient option – private transfer or taxi. A trip between the airport and the city centre (Petronas Towers area) takes about 50 minutes (60 km).
For example, as I arrived very late in the city, I decided to call a Grab, which was not very expensive considering the distance covered (about 15€). In any case, you can also choose to hire Welcome Pickups service that allows you to have a transfer booked in advance, avoiding any stress upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur.
What currency is used in Malaysia and how to pay?
The official currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR). As of July 2023, 1 MYR = 0,19€. Even though there are many places that accept cards, you should also try to carry some cash with you since some are “cash only”. This is especially true if you intend to eat out in local markets.
To make purchases with a currency other than the one I usually use (Euro), I always use the Revolut card, which has many advantages. One of the biggest advantages of the Revolut card while travelling is the fact it does not charge additional fees for using a different currency.
If you do not yet know the advantages of having a Revolut Card, you can find out more here .
Where to withdraw money without paying fees?
Some of the banks in Malaysia charge a fee for withdrawing money with foreign cards (even if you’re using a Revolut card!). However, I found some that actually didn’t charge me to withdraw money with my Revolut card. These were the banks where I got to withdraw money without paying fees:
How to have internet?
It’s quite handy to always have internet while travelling in Malaysia. It’s useful when you need to call a Grab or use Google Maps in walking mode, for example.
I decided to buy an e-SIM from Celcom (which I could then do top-ups) at a 7-Eleven store, but you can opt for a more hassle-free option. For example, this e-SIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan can be purchased even before you arrive in Malaysia and the options are quite cheap.
You can choose the option that suits you best, having in mind the duration of your trip and where you plan to go, since most of the plans include a mobile data plan that also works in other countries.
Best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur
There are plenty of amazing accommodations in Kuala Lumpur! Many feature infinity pools and superb views of the Petronas Towers. However, I chose to stay at 8 Kia Peng Suites . This is an excellent option for those looking for a ‘home’ away from home.
At 8 Kia Peng Suites you can find fully equipped flats for longer stays. Apart from being very spacious, the flats have a kitchen, washing machine, living room, TV and much more. In addition, 8 Kia Peng Suites also offers a gym service.
In any case, although this accommodation has especially in mind those who are looking for longer stays, it is also an excellent option for those who will stay in the city for just a few nights. Especially because the view from some of the rooms is simply unforgettable 🥰.
The location is very central, and the reception offers a shuttle service to some points of interest in the city.
In addition, 8 Kia Peng Suites also has an infinity pool with views of the city and a buffet breakfast service.
Anyway, there are several accommodation options in Kuala Lumpur and for every pocket. So, I’ll share with you other suggestions for accommodation in Kuala Lumpur:
Kuala Lumpur Map – 3 days itinerary
To help you better plan your Kuala Lumpur itinerary, I’ll share a map with Kuala Lumpur’s main points of interest organized in the order I suggest you visit them.
Activities & Tours in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala lumpur 3 days itinerary – day 1, » kwai chai hong.
This Kuala Lumpur 3 days itinerary starts in Chinatown, one of the liveliest areas of the city. Kwai Chai Hong is actually an area where you can admire some of the best street art in Kuala Lumpur.
It’s one of Kuala Lumpur’s most Instagrammable spots. So, if you want to have the place to yourselves, I suggest visiting relatively early.
» Central Market and Petaling Street Market
We continue in Chinatown and I suggest a visit to two of the best places for shopping in Kuala Lumpur.
On the one hand, there is the Petaling Street Market – an open-air market where you can buy everything from souvenirs to clothes and accessories, for example. Along this street, you can also find some restaurants!
And then there is also Central Market – a closed market with more handmade products. The market is open every day from 10 am to 8 pm. More information here .
» Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Then, you can head to Sri Mahamariamman Temple – the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Founded in 1873, it is possible to visit its interior for free.
» Guan Di Temple
Crossing the street from the previous temple, you’ll soon arrive at Guan Di temple. This is far from being the most surprising Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, but it is also worth a visit when passing through Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.
» Jamek Mosque
Known officially as the Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, this is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur. It was built in the early 20th century. So make sure you include it on your itinerary!
📝 USEFUL INFORMATION: Entry to the Jamek Mosque is free. The mosque can be visited every day except Friday and during prayer times. Remember to wear appropriate clothing to visit the Jamek Mosque!
» Merdeka and River of Life
Right next to the Jamek Mosque is Merdeka Square (which translates to Independence Square). Its name comes from the fact that it was here that the Malaysian flag was raised again in 1957, making Malaysia independent. In fact, nowadays, the square is actually a large green space with a Malaysian flag there.
If you want to learn more about Malaysia’s history, be sure to check out the National History Museum , which is located near the square.
It is also near this square that we find one of the most beautiful buildings in Kuala Lumpur – Sultan Abdul Samad . The building dates back to the 19th century and was originally home to the offices of the British colonial administration. Today, it is a Malaysian governmental building.
And crossing the Sultan Abdul Samad building, we come across the River of Life project. It is here that two rivers (the Klang River and the Gombak River) meet. The River of Life project was created in order to revitalize this area. Actually, the River of Life is one of the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur at night since there is a light and water show 🥰.
» National Monument (Tugu Negara )
The next point on this Malaysia itinerary is the National Monument, which honours those who died fighting for Malaysia’s independence. This area has views of the city and a commemorative monument.
Honestly, I thought the views over Kuala Lumpur would be more interesting. Anyway, if you have some time to spare, I see no reason not to include this place in your list of things to see in Kuala Lumpur.
» Perdana Botanical Gardens
Kuala Lumpur’s botanical gardens are located relatively close to the National Monument and are a great option to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Entry to the gardens is free, except for a few specific spaces.
💡 EXTRA TIP: Both the Botanical Gardens and the National Monument are a little out of the way from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, so I suggest using a Grab to get there more easily.
» KLCC Lake Symphony Water Fountain Show
And, to finish this first day of the 3-day itinerary in Kuala Lumpur, I recommend the light, water and sound show at KLCC park. Although the show is less surprising than the ones in Singapore , it is still interesting. It’s definitely one of those places to visit in Kuala Lumpur at night.
📝 USEFUL INFORMATION: This show takes place daily at 8 pm, 9 pm and 10 pm. However, there is a lights-only version at 7.30 pm, 8.30 pm and 9.30 pm. More information here .
Kuala Lumpur 3 Days Itinerary – Day 2
» batu caves.
The second day of this itinerary starts at one of Kuala Lumpur’s main attractions – the Batu Caves. Despite being a bit far from the city centre, this is one of the must-visit places in Kuala Lumpur, so make sure you don’t miss it.
Plus, it’s usually very crowded. So, if you want to have the place to yourself, try to arrive as early as possible.
The most convenient way to go from the centre of Kuala Lumpur to the Batu Caves is by Grab (the trip costs about 3-4€). However, it is also possible to take the KLM Komuter train that connects KL Sentral station to Batu Caves (the station is actually named after it). The journey takes about 25 minutes and costs less than 1€.
📝 USEFUL INFORMATION: Most temples at Batu Caves are open from 6 am to 9 pm and admission is free. To check the specific hours of some of the temples, click here .
Once you arrive at Batu Caves, you will have to climb the colourful staircase with more than 200 steps to see the Hindu temples up close. On the staircase, you’ll find lots of monkeys 😉. But be wary, they are cheeky and will quickly “rob” your backpack. Preferably, try not to carry food in your backpack.
💡 EXTRA TIP: Please note that this is a religious site and you should dress appropriately. If you don’t have clothes that you consider appropriate, you can rent sarongs at the start of the staircase.
If you’d like to learn more about the history of Batu Caves and get a bit more context about this spiritual place, I suggest a guided tour. For example, this tour costs only 12€, has excellent reviews and includes pick-up service from your hotel in the city centre.
» Wilayah Mosque
It’s now time to head to one of the most impressive mosques in Kuala Lumpur – the Wilayah Mosque. Built only in 2000, this mosque, despite its recent construction, leaves no one indifferent.
Its architecture takes inspiration from various mosques and sites around the world, such as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
This is one of the most interesting places to visit in Kuala Lumpur, as it also allows us to learn more about Islam, in addition to the specific history of this mosque.
Entrance is free, but it is only possible to visit the mosque through a guided tour. You should wear appropriate clothing, but the mosque staff will lend you some items if needed. For example, I was wearing baggy trousers and a T-shirt covering my shoulders and chest, and I still had to wear the clothes in the pictures above.
This mosque is actually not one of the most famous places in Kuala Lumpur, but it’s quite interesting, so you should definitely consider adding it to your Kuala Lumpur’s 3 days itinerary.
» Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers are, without a doubt, the most iconic building in Kuala Lumpur. They were once the tallest building in the world (over 450 metres high) and are visible from various points in the city.
I debated a lot about whether to visit the inside of the Petronas Towers. Firstly because the ticket is still a bit pricey and secondly because I didn’t have that much time to visit Kuala Lumpur. However, I ended up deciding that I would rather visit a nice viewpoint overlooking the Petronas than the Petronas themselves 😆.
💡 EXTRA TIP: One of the places with the best views of the Petronas Towers is KLCC Park, which is free to enter. In fact, this is the next point on this Kuala Lumpur itinerary.
So, I ended up not visiting the inside of the Petronas and only visited the KL Tower, which has one of the best views in Kuala Lumpur and especially of the Petronas Towers. However, as I know that many people would like to visit the inside Petronas Towers, I decided to include this point in the itinerary anyway.
📝 USEFUL INFORMATION: The Petronas Towers can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm and the ticket costs 98 MYR (~20€). Check the latest updates on the ticket price and opening hours here .
» KLCC Park
KLCC Park is one of the most pleasant and lively green spaces in Kuala Lumpur and definitely one of the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from the pleasant stroll that you can take in this park, be prepared to take pictures of the Petronas Towers, as this is one of the most ideal places to photograph these twin towers.
💡 EXTRA TIP: If you’re travelling with children, this can be a perfect place to relax on warmer days, as it has a kind of a children’s pool.
It’s time to climb the KL Tower – one of the best viewpoints in Kuala Lumpur. This is also one of the tallest towers in the world and has been around since 1994. In my opinion, this might be pricey, but it’s definitely a must-visit in Kuala Lumpur!
I especially recommend visiting at sunset to make it even more special. From the viewpoint (Sky Deck) you can have 360º views over the city and it’s one of those “pinch me please” moments .
Next to the viewpoint area (Sky Deck), there are also two Sky Boxes, which are two “boxes” with a transparent floor. It’s quite scary in the beginning to step foot on the glass floor, but it’s worth it. Totally a fun experience!
While you can also stay inside each Sky Box for a limited amount of time, there is no time limit on the Sky Deck. You can buy your tickets directly through Get Your Guide to avoid any queues at the ticket office.
📝 USEFUL INFORMATION: The ticket to visit the Sky Deck and Sky Box costs 110 MYR (~22€), but if you pay with a VISA card, you get a 20% discount.
» Changkat Bukit Bintang
By now, you should probably be hungry, so, I suggest you try one of the busiest areas in Kuala Lumpur – Changkat Bukit Bintang. This area consists of a set of streets and alleys with restaurants and comes alive, especially at night.
The most famous street in this area is Jalan Alor street , where I highly recommend you have a meal. One of the places I really enjoyed in this area was this one .
💡 EXTRA TIP: In addition, this is an area where you can also find a lot of street art in Kuala Lumpur.
» Helipad Lounge
To end the day, I suggest a stop at one of the most original rooftops in Kuala Lumpur. There are many in the city (some of them you should actually book in advance), but I ended up going to Helipad Lounge and I really enjoyed the experience.
This rooftop is a helipad during the day and turns into a bar after 6 pm. Entrance costs 100 MYR (~20€), but you get two drinks from a pre-defined drinks list. The atmosphere of the bar is amazing and the 360.º views of the city make it one of the most beautiful places in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur 3 Days Itinerary – Day 3
The third day of this Kuala Lumpur itinerary has only three sites to visit, as the time spent at each one is longer and, moreover, none of them are located in the city centre.
» Thean Hou Temple
The Thean Hou Temple is probably the most amazing Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. Located about a 15-minute drive from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, this is one of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
It’s one of the largest Chinese temples in Southeast Asia, and apart from the temple itself being lovely, the views over Kuala Lumpur are jaw-dropping. Plus, it’s completely free to visit.
💡 EXTRA TIP: A Grab from the city centre is relatively cheap and allows you to get to this temple much more quickly.
» KL Forest Eco Park
Next on this Kuala Lumpur 3 days itinerary is the KL Forest Eco Park – a park that makes you forget about the hustle and bustle of the Malaysian capital. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to visit this park when I was in Kuala Lumpur, but since I was really curious about it, I decided to include it in this itinerary anyway.
The park has some short trails with canopy bridges and beautiful views of the city. There is an entrance fee (40 MYR, ~8 €). If you’d like to know more about the park, you can check out this blog post with lots of useful tips.
» Putra Mosque
Although located in the suburbs of Kuala Lumpur and definitely not one of the main places to see in Kuala Lumpur, I think Putra mosque may be well worth it since it’s so pretty.
Must-try restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
And, to finish this Kuala Lumpur guide, I’ll share with you some suggestions of restaurants that I tried in Kuala Lumpur and absolutely loved.
- Ali, Muthu & Ah Hock (€): Located in Chinatown, this restaurant is perfect for breakfast and lunch. It has delicious traditional Malaysian dishes and the service is quite fast.
- Cik Noor Dim Sum (€): for dinner on Jalan Alor Street, this stall had the most delicious and cheap food.
- Baan Phadthai Pavilion KL (€€): located in Kuala Lumpur’s most famous shopping centre, the speciality here are Thai dishes and the food was great.
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