Jamek Mosque:

How to get there: Google map

Entrance Fee: Free

Jamek Mosque, officially Sultan Abdul Samad Jamek Mosque, is one of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River and may be accessed via Jalan Tun Perak. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, and built in 1909. Wikipedia

Sultan Abdul Samad Building:

How to get there: Google map

Entrance Fee: Free

The Sultan Abdul Samad Building is a late-nineteenth-century building located along Jalan Raja in front of the Dataran Merdeka and the Royal Selangor Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Wikipedia

Countdown Clock:

How to get there: Google map

Entrance Fee: Free

Landmark attraction with a clock counting down to the year 2020 & an illuminated waterfall.

Walked around here around 2 pm however the clock was not functioning. I think it might be better to visit when it’s dark.  

Dataran Merdeka:

How to get there: Google map

Entrance Fee: Free

Merdeka Square is a square located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is situated in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. Literally Independence Square, it was formerly known as the Selangor Club Padang or simply the “Padang” and was used as the cricket green of the Selangor Club. Wikipedia

When I visited the square there a Ramadan Bazaar. There were mostly clothes for sale.  The square itself is not so interesting.

Central Market:

How to get there: Google map

Entrance Fee: Free

Cultural heritage site with restored art deco facade offering shopping, eateries & an outdoor stage.

There are so many souvenirs to buy and the price is quite low compared to Singapore. I got some natural handmade soap. 

If you have never experienced it before, get some Fish massage/therapy. As soon as your feet enter the water, the fish rush to your eat the dead flesh from under your feet. If you can handle the first 30s, then you will make it to the end. It was hilarious seeing the other girls struggling and laughing.

My phone fell when I stepped out of the Central Market. I walked to Petaling Street and then Low Yat Plaza to get it repaired. 

Low Yat Plazza:

How to get there: Google map

Entrance Fee: Free

Low Yat Plaza is the oldest shopping centre specializing in electronics and IT products in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2009, Plaza Low Yat was named “Malaysia’s Largest IT Lifestyle Centre” by the Malaysia Book of Records. Wikipedia

Tip: Haggle every price, even if you think it’s low. I was able to get a lower price on all the items I purchased by haggling and also visiting different shops and comparing the prices. 

KL Tower

How to get there: Google map

Entrance Fee: RM49.00 for the Observation Deck or RM99.00 for the Sky Deck (include Sky Box & Observation Deck)

Go for the Sky Deck instead, the view is so much better and the experience of the Sky Box is a once in a lifetime. You are standing in a glass box, 300m above ground. Whatever you do, don’t look down! There are two skyboxes offering different views of the city. 

Tip: There are photographers to take your photo in the Skybox, however, the pictures are too expensive. Ask someone else to take your picture with your phone. 

Take a 15min break in the famous Sky Cafe. Warning, it’s highly overpriced!

After the Sky Deck, go down the Observation Deck. It’s mostly a souvenir shop and after the amazing view of Sky Deck, you will not feel like spending much time there. 

Upside Down House

How to get there: Google map – Walk down in the direction of the Eco Park, the Upside Down House is on your left.

Entrance Fee: RM20

I did not enter the Upside Down House, just took some pictures outside. There is a “I Love Kuala Lumpur” sign on the other side of the street, good for taking photos. 

KL Forest Eco Park

How to get there: Google Map – Near the Upside Down House

Entrance Fee: Free

Great view of the park from the canopy walkways. 

Petaling Street (Chinatown)

How to get there: Google map – I walked from my hotel, it’s a good 25min walk. 

Entrance Fee: Free

Bustling shopping district with haggling vendors offering a range of goods, from clothing to food. Vegan tip: try some of the local fruits, such as Josephine and Ciku, there are particularly delicious. 

Central Market

How to get there: Google map – Less than 5min walk from Petaling Street

Entrance Fee: Free

On this occasion, I did not enter the actual market. I was on the outside where you can find local eateries and other products for sale. 

Try the famous Cendol Durian (RM15) at one of the food stalls. Durian is a fruit that can only be found in this part of the world. It tastes really good but has a strong odour. In fact in trains, buses or hotels in South East Asia, you will always see a No Durian sign, along with the No Smoking ones. Cendol Durian is like a milkshake consisting of Durian, milk, beans, and other greens. 

Jalan P Ramlee

How to get there: Google map 

Entrance Fee: Depends on where you go.

One of the best spots to spend the evening in Kuala Lumpur if you enjoy nightclubs and bars. Stop by the Liquid Room Kl, Beach Club Cafe, BBQ Nights restaurant (For vegans, I recommend their chickpeas curry), and so on. 

Chinese Garden:

How to get there: Chinese Garden Station (East-West Line) – Walk out of the station for 5min. 

Tip: Climb up the 7 storey Pagoda to get a view of the entire garden and the neighbourhood and don’t miss the Bonsai Garden and the Garden of Abundance.

Note: the Japanese Garden is nearby, however, I did not get the time to visit. 

Henderson Wave Bridge:

How to get there: Telok Blangah (Circle Line) – Walk out of the station and stay on Henderson Road for 10min, in the direction of Telok Banglah hill park. Climb up the stairs on the right side of the road. At the top of the stairs, turn on your left for the bridge. 

My first reaction was that the bridge is a lot shorter than it appears on the pictures. I now understand why this place is not on top of the list of tourist destinations. Especially after the climb to reach the top. The view is not that great either, you can get the same view from other places.

Mount Faber:

How to get there: Leave the Henderson Wave Bridge and turn on your left in the direction of HarbourFront station. You will reach Mount Faber after a 10min walk. 

Get a Mocktail (I recommend the Wild Berries) from the Arbora restaurant and enjoy the view of cable cars going to and coming from Sentosa. The view is worth the price. 

If you have the time, take a cable car from Mount Faber to Sentosa. I heard the trip is worth it. 

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands:

How to get there: Bayfront station (Central Line) – From Mount Faber walk down to Harbourfront station to take the Central Line. The ride lasts close to 1 hour. 

This is probably one of the biggest malls in the world and if you are into shopping then you will be served. Prices seem to be on the high end though, so I hope your wallet can take it.

To do: there is a waterway on the ground floor of the mall and you can take a little boat to cross it. 

Step out of the mall to see the Art and Science Museum, the Helix bridge and it is a 10min walk from the Garden by the Bay. 

 

Ramadan Sultan Bazaar 2019 (Ramadan period only):

How to get there: Bugis Station (Downtown Line) – Walk for about 5min to Arab Street in Kampong Glam and stop at the Ramadan Sultan Bazaar from some local cuisine (try the Lemang) and take a seat on one of the benches in the Malay Heritage Center. 

Golden Tower Tower:

How to get there: There might be a train that goes here, however, I walked from my hotel on Arab Street. According to Google Map, it’s an 8min walk and it’s more or less accurate. 

Get the bus from here to Kuala Lumpur. The different buses are Billion Stars, StarMart, etc. The ride lasts less than 6 hours and it will cost anywhere around $15 to $20 US and you can buy them on the spot or using an app like EasyBook.com. Note: tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged either. 

Tips:

  • I took the 12:30 am trip to Kuala Lumpur thinking that I would have time to sleep on the bus and arrive around 7 am. However, this was not the case. You will have to go immigration at both the Singaporean and Malaysian borders and depending on the driver, you might not really get any sleep. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 5 am and my hotel booking was only from 3 pm that day, so I ended up paying a walk-in rate for the just 3 to 4 hours of sleep. So my recommendation is to get an early morning bus instead unless you already have a hotel room booked. You might not be able to sleep on the bus. 
  • Do not buy a return ticket if you are coming back to Singapore. My original return ticket cost me around $US21. However, I ended up not using it and bought a new one while in Kuala Lumpur for $15 I think. 

Must see places that I did not get the chance to see:

  • Jurong Bird Bark: There was no direct train to the park (not that I knew of) and according to the reviews, it would take a whole day to really get the full experience. 
  • Sentosa: It started raining and half of the day was already gone. 

Botanic Garden:

How to get there: Botanic Garden station (Downtown Line) – the station is right at the entrance of the garden. 

The garden is rather large so you are more likely to need a whole afternoon to make the most of the experience. 

Clarke Quay:

How to get there: Clarke Quay station (North East Line)

Set out of the Clarke Quay Central to take some pictures of the Old Hill Street Police station and enjoy the nightlife (probably the best in Singapore), with all the bars and nightclubs around the quay. 

 

Singapore Zam Zam (Kampong Glam):

How to get there: Bugis Station (Downtown Line) – Walk from the station to Arab Street, continue in the direction of the Malay Heritage Center, the restaurant will be on your left at the red light. 

Singapore Zam Zam is famous for their Murtabaks, a kind of meat pancake. They usually recommend the lamb.