5 Unmissable Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
The event: GSMA WAS#9
The GSMA members only event, WAS#9, will be hosted at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre next week and will see participants from 140 countries all looking to share information, exchange ideas, and make deals. It’s going to be meetings galore but don’t forget to take the advice of your friendly Apigate travel blogger and experience the best that Kuala Lumpur has to offer. As with Barcelona, I’m keeping this list to just five locations, specifically curated to pad your Instagram feed, tantalise your taste buds and up your culture score!
1. Petronas Towers
This one’s easy! Situated right by the convention centre are the tallest twin towers in the world. The most iconic feature of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, the towers soar 88 stories to the sky and is mainly office space. There are tickets available to visit the Sky Bridge and the Observation Deck on the 86th floor but the best pictures are taken at the edge of the lake at KLCC. Head there after your meeting at the Apigate booth or ime your visit around 8, 9, or 10 pm and you’ll even get to see the dancing fountain.
2. Batu Caves
A 30 minute train ride from KL are the iconic Batu Caves, a limestone hill with a series of caves that houses one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India. The 272-step stairs leading up to the caves was recently given a makeover and repainted in vibrant rainbow hues. This viral sensation is a sight to behold.
3. Night Market at Jalan Alor
Malaysia is renowned for its delicious and plentiful street food and no one place has a large a variety as Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang. After you take in the dancing fountain at KLCC, head to this lively night market filled with hawker stalls and immerse yourself in Jalan Alor’s delicious plethora of smells. From durian to ramen to local ice cream, this place has it all.
4. Heli Lounge
Now after all that food, you could head to Changkat street for a tipple as it’s just a stone’s throw away but do yourself a favour and head to Heli Lounge instead. This chic rooftop bar sits atop an actual helipad and boasts 360-degree views of the KL skyline. It’s so much cooler than your regular ground floor bar.
5. Merdeka Square Area
This location is more of a five-in-one: Merdeka Square, Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque, St Mary's Cathedral, the Royal Selangor Club, the KL City Gallery and Tourist Information Centre, and the National Textile Museum. These five places are an integral part of Malaysia’s 20th century history and packed with historical treats that will fill a day’s worth of Instagram stories. There’s too rich history there for this Apigate blog but Travel Hub KL has an incredibly detailed guide to the area.
Fun fact, he Sultan Abdul Samad building is the most photographed building in Kuala Lumpur!