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An ultra-modern city commanded by the spectacular 451-metre-tall Petronas Towers, the capital of Malaysia is a thriving hub of fascinating cultures, divine food and some of the best shopping in the country.

Whether you are on a whirlwind stopover or you are spending a crazy weekend amid this hot and vibrant city, we have made it easy for you with our guide to 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur.  

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Day 1

1pm: Make your way to the city

Kuala Lumpur’s public transport system will make it easy to get wherever you want to be in no time. From the airport, you can either catch the KLIA Express – the airport train and fastest option. In under 30 minutes and for RM100 round trip, you will find yourself in the heart of the city, at the huge KL Sentral Station. 

Exploring the city has never been easier thanks to KL’s ultra-organised and functional metro system. Connecting millions of passengers each day to shopping districts, sights and vibrant neighbourhoods, this is the fastest and easiest way to travel around the maze of Kuala Lumpur. If you’d like to soak up the atmosphere, hop on the famous Purple line bus to all the main sights of the city – including the Central Market and The Petronas Towers – for free. 

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2pm: Check-in at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel 

The ‘Grand Dame’ of hotels in KL, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel has just reopened its doors following a multi-million-dollar transformation. Expect nothing but luxury from the brand-new Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel: marble floors, palatial staircases and striking chandeliers are all on display, while the beautifully designed rooms are an oasis of peace away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Ideally located minutes away from both LRT and Metro stations, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel will take you right to the heart of the action in style.

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3pm: Tick The Petronas Towers off your list 

An icon of Malaysia, the soaring twin Petronas Towers are a sight for the eyes. Symbolising the emergence of Malaysia into the global economy, the 88-storey buildings were the tallest in the world until 2004, when Taipei 101 won the title. 

Snap a photo in front of these iconic structures before heading up to the double-decked Skybridge. Considered the highest, two-storey bridge in the world, suspended over 170 meters above the ground, this architectural feat offers impressive views over the city skyline, and is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Make sure you get your tickets in advance here

Feel on top of the world when you head to the spectacular observatory deck, located on the 86th floor of the Petronas Towers. Get a closeup view of the tower’s spire, learn more about the history and design of the building and lastly, enjoy uninterrupted views from the highest point in the city.

5pm: Drinks with a view

Before you enjoy a well-deserved drink after a long day exploring, take a walk around the spectacular KLLC Park – a beautifully landscaped park spreading over 50 acres located right in front of the towers, and featuring a jogging track, walking paths and a striking water fountain.

A quick, 500-metre-walk will see you entering the Traders Hotel, a luxury hotel home to an award-winning rooftop bar: Sky Bar. Built around an infinity pool and offering 360-degrees views over the city, this is where glamorous locals and tourist alike mingle as the sun sets on the city’s skyline. Sip on modern concoctions and old-fashioned cocktails, indulge in delectable tapas, and lounge on designer furniture and plush couches.

7pm: Dining in style in Kuala Lumpur

A true melting pot of cultures, the dining scene of Kuala Lumpur offers infinite opportunities, from French to Italian, all the way to mouthwatering Malay dishes and Pan-Asian delicacies. For a taste of innovative Southeast Asian cuisine, the trendy Mama San is the place to be.

Under the guidance of award-winning Chef Will Meyrick, Mama San Kuala Lumpur follows the incredible success of Mama San Bali and Hong Kong, and is set to deliver an unforgettable culinary experience in one of the city’s best locations.

Mama San brings style and decadent dining together – thanks to an extensive menu showcasing some of the best dishes from Southeast Asia’s most popular countries, and a trendy layout inspired by Shanghai’s 1920’s opulent era, displaying traditional Chinese lamps, leather seats and modern art-work.

Day 2 

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10am: Visit Batu Caves

A 20-minute drive or metro ride from the city will see you arriving at the impressive Batu Caves, one of KL’s most visited sights.

Dominated by the world’s tallest statue of Hindu war god, MuruganBatu Caves is a striking site surrounded by lush jungle, with over 270 stairs climbing up a limestone hill. Once up the stairs, you can explore three major caves and other small ones, together with Hindu shrines and temples.

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12pm: Visit Petaling Street Market for lunch 

Kuala Lumpur really is a melting pot of culture and diverse heritage, which is perfectly represented in the magnificent food on offer: from fragrant Indian curries to spicy noodle soups all the way to traditional Malay delicacies, there is something for every palate in this city. 

No visit to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without indulging in street food – and all the roads in the city will eventually lead you to the vibrant Petaling Street Market in Chinatown. Here, you will be able to experience a full immersion in Oriental architecture, influences and of course, food.

As one of the biggest and most popular markets in the city, Petaling Street Market offers everything you can think of: hawkers selling local dishes, seafood restaurants offering the freshest catch, stalls with sizzling satay skewers, but also little shops selling all sorts of goods and souvenirs.

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2pm: Discover the lush KL Forest Eco Park 

Leave the concrete jungle of KL behind and retreat to the verdant oasis of KL Forest Eco Park, the last remaining stretch of tropical rainforest within Kuala Lumpur, a sanctuary of peace where the urban roar is replaced by the sounds of swaying trees and chirping birds.

One of the oldest permanent forest reserves and the oldest protected jungle in Malaysia – dating back to 1906, KL Forest Eco Park lies peacefully under the impressive Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower. The main attraction here is a striking 200-metre canopy walk, offering majestic vistas of the treetops and the city beyond and allowing you to immerse yourself in nature.

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4pm: Shopping time! 

If you love shopping, KL is the ideal destination for you: from high end fashion shopping centres to street markets, the city is a shopping lover’s heaven. 

Get away from the heat and retreat to the two biggest shopping malls in KL: The Pavillion Mall and Suria KLCC Mall – featuring designer shops, luxury fashion brands boutique shops as well as a myriad of restaurants and bars. 

6pm: Head to Bukit Bintang and explore the area 

Welcome to Bukit Bintang, one of the city’s trendiest neighbourhoods, pulsing with a great atmosphere and brimming with restaurants, stylish bars and al fresco pubs. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Bukit Bintang is one of the must-see stops in KL.

The main street of this bustling district is Changkat Bukit Bintang: a pedestrian-friendly avenue lined with traditionally restored pre-colonial houses, now housing trendy bars, buzzing restaurants and hidden speakeasies. Join the locals and take a seat in one of the bars along the street, watching the city come to life and soaking up the electric atmosphere. 

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7.30pm: Dine with the locals

The cultural heart of the city, Jalan Alor is one of the most famous streets in Kuala Lumpur and the city’s biggest open-air market at night. 

Offering a quintessential Southeast Asian dining experience – picture plastic chairs and tables, vendors grilling chicken and beef skewers, fresh seafood and tropical fruits on display – the Jalan Alor Night Market is a true feast for the eyes and for the senses. The key is to share dishes and order from as many stalls as you can, to enjoy a real taste of Malaysia.

9pm: A bit of jazz 

Finish the night in style, with a night cap at No Black Tie. The city’s premier jazz club, No Black Tie is a true institution of Kuala Lumpur, founded over 14 years ago and always offering the best live music performances for jazz lovers. Push open the wooden front door and enter a parallel world of jazz, fine wines and refined cocktails.  

If you prefer gin to jazz, Pahit will have you covered. Hidden behind two of the busiest streets in the city – Jalan Hang Jebat and Jalan Pudu- you will find a quiet row houses dating back to the 1920s, one of which is home to Pahit. Boasting a small courtyard taking you away from the bustle and hustle of the city, this bar is a charming little spot where you can enjoy the perfect gin and tonic.

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