Planning a trip to Malaysia and wondering how to spend 2 days in Kuala Lumpur? Well, you’ve come to the right place, because I’ve put together this ultimate 48-hour Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for the best places to visit, things to do, where to stay, food/nightlife recommendations, and so much more!
Kuala Lumpur (commonly shortened to KL) is the capital of Malaysia, and is the gateway to exploring this magnificent country! It’s a thriving metropolitan city filled with unbelievably delicious food, fantastic shopping, beautiful sights, stunning panoramic views, and friendly locals!
It’s one of my personal favorite cities in Asia, and I even lived here for a short period of time! Because Kuala Lumpur is insanely vibrant, and there’s something new and exciting around every corner!
While only spend 2 days in Kuala Lumpur isn’t TOO long you’d be surprised at how much you’ll be able to see! From walking up the colorful steps of the Batu Caves, sipping on cocktails on top of helipads, and swimming in rooftop infinity pools – it’s safe to say that my Kuala Lumpur is guaranteed to be filled with experiences you’ll never forget!
So without further ado, keep reading to journey with me to Kuala Lumpur, and start planning your trip to this magnificent destination!
Where to Stay for 2 Days In Kuala Lumpur
First things first, you’ll want to book some accommodation for your trip! While there are obviously plenty of different accommodation options all over Kuala Lumpur, I ALWAY recommend people to stay at the condominium that I lived at in Kuala Lumpur! It’s called Regalia Condominium, and it’s truly amazing! I miss living there so much, and it’s the perfect place to stay for two days in Kuala Lumpur!
In the past few years, it’s become quite popular in the Kuala Lumpur Airbnb community, and there are dozens of amazing apartments to choose from so you know you’ll be able to find availability in one of them! It really just depends on your budget, and how many people you’re traveling with!
It’s conveniently located within a few minutes walk to two different metro lines, has an awesome mall next door, and the condominium is clean, modern and comfortable. But the best reason to book a stay a Regalia is to swim in the rooftop infinity pool! It offers an amazing view of the entire city, and enjoying a sunset swim while looking over at the iconic Petronas Towers will definitely be a highlight of your short visit to Kuala Lumpur!
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I’ve recommended the Regalia Condominium to thousands of people in the past years from my travel blog, and I’ve gotten lots of messages of people thanking me! So trust me – I know you’ll have a fantastic stay there!
How to Get from the Kuala Lumpur Airport to the City Center
The Kuala Lumpur Airports (KLIAA & KLIA2) are unfortunately located about an hour’s drive from the city center! So you’ll definitely want to keep that in mind when making your travel plans.
Fortunately, transport options are pretty easy to navigate and affordable! There three main options are bus, train, or taxi.
- BUS: The bus is the most budget-friendly option costing only 11 MYR ($2.63 U.S.D), and takes about one hour or more depending on traffic and dropping you off at KL Sentral. The buses leave frequently and are comfortable! So if you’re a budget traveler looking to save as much money as possible, just follow the signs at the airport for the bus departures (on the bottom floor), and book a ticket there. Just be warned – you may get stuck in traffic which can be annoying after a long flight!
- Train: Personally, I find the train to be the best option! It doesn’t cost TOO much more than the bus, and takes you to KL Sentral in only 28 minutes! The train is easy to find at the airport (display signs are shown everywhere pointing you towards KLIA Express), and it’s just a much more pleasant experience. You can also book KLIA tickets in advance which will save you money (and have the tickets on your phone)!
- Taxi: If you don’t feel like dealing with public transportation and want to be taken directly to your hotel/ Airbnb, then a taxi from KLIA airport to the city center will cost around $35 (more or less). I personally don’t like the taxi drivers in KL though (as they’re notorious for ripping off tourists), so instead I always recommend people to download GRAB, which is Malaysia’s main rideshare app. It works great, has fair prices, and is easy to use. Plus, if you’re a new customer, you should get some FREE credit as a sign-up bonus.
How to Get Around Kuala Lumpur in 2 Days
Kuala Lumpur is a pretty big city, and while there are loads of attractions with walking distance, you’re going to want to get comfortable using the metro!
Like most major cities in Southeast-Asia, traffic is a huge concern, so unless you want to spend a good chunk of your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur in the backseat of a taxi/ GRAB, you’ll want to use the metro to get around Kuala Lumpur.
Fortunately, the KL metro system works really well, has stops near all the major tourist attractions, and is incredibly affordable! With that being said, Kuala Lumpur is amazing to see by foot as well! A lot of main hotspots on this itinerary are within walking distance of each other, so definitely have some fun getting lost amongst it’s street and pop into random local eateries fora quick bite to eat!
And previously mentioned, GRAB is Southeast Asia’s #1 ride-hailing app, and is definitely handy to have installed on your phone during your travels in Malaysia! This will come in handy for the longer trips where you don’t want to transfer metro lines, or are heading out for dinner/ drinks somewhere!
Save this map to your smartphone, and use it during your trip!
Kuala Lumpur Itinerary Day 1: Batu Caves, Petronas Towers, Shopping + More
Alright, now that we’ve gone over some basic Kuala Lumpur travel info, let’s get into what the best things to do during your trip!
Starting off your first day, wake-up bright and early and hop on the train out to the gorgeous Batu Caves! I put this as the first stop on my Kuala Lumpur Itinerary because it’s absolutely a must-visit for any first-time visitor to the city, and you’ll want to get there early to avoid climbing the steep 272 steps during the intense KL humidity!
The Batu Caves are one of Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic and popular places to visit, complete with beautiful limestone cliffs, frolicking monkeys, and three main caves filled with unique Hindu temples and statues! (Just be warned, the monkeys quite infamous for being a bit more evil than the average monkey in Southeast Asia)!
It offers a fantastic photo opportunity in front of the large statue of the Hindu God at the bottom of the stairs, and then provides an even more beautiful view of the gorgeous Kuala Lumpur skyline in the distance in the distance.
Since it’s such a popular tourist destination, I always recommend people to visit as early as possible to avoid massive swarms of crowds and have a more enjoyable/ peaceful experience at this important religious landmark!
The Batu Caves are open every day from 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM , and they’re easy to access as the FINAL STOP on the KTM Komuter line.
The Petronas Towers & Suria KLCC
Next up, it’s time to cross off the other main tourist attraction in KL, and certainly the most iconic – Petronas Twin Towers! These are actually located inside the Suria KLCC shopping mall, which is definitely one of the best shopping destinations in the city! Complete with elegant decor, hundreds of stores, and a fantastic food court – it’s a great place to wander around for an hour or two and enjoy some refreshing air-conditioning before heading up to the towers!
The Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge & Observation Deck
Standing tall at 1,483 feet tall, these are the world’s highest twin towers, and is certainly a landmark you need to see up-close and personal! They’re absolutely magnificent, and no visit to KL would be complete without heading up and taking a walk along the Skybridge a visit to the observation deck!
- Visiting Days: Tuesdays to Sundays (Closed on Monday’s)
- Visiting Hours: 9.00 am – 9.00 pm (Last Admission 8:30 PM)
- Ticket Prices: Adults 80 MYR, Children 33 MYR
I think it’s best to do this during the day and then will recommend a better viewpoint (where you can see the Petronas Towers) during sunset.
At the base of the Petronas Towers, you’ll find KLCC Park, which is a beautiful 50-acre garden set in the middle of the city! So after you’ve completed your journey to the top of the towers, spend some time strolling through it’s well-paved roads, and enjoy different viewpoints of the towers! It’s an incredible urban sanctuary with over 1,900 trees and 74 different species of plants! There’s also a massive 8,100sqm children’s playground (making it a must-visit for people visiting Kuala Lumpur with kids), and a 43-meter high bridge that offers a fantastic vantage point of the park with the Petronas Towers as a backdrop!
While you’re in the KLCC Park, why not hop inside the Aquaria KLCC, a state-of-the-art aquarium with over 5,000 species of underwater and land creatures! It’s a pretty massive aquarium with lots of exciting areas to explore, but the main highlight is definitely walk through the 90-meter transparent underwater tunnel where hundreds of fishes, sharks, stingrays, and more surround you!
With interactive adventures, signature feedings, friendly staff, and immersive exhibits – a visit to the Aquaria KLCC is favorite among families and marine wildlife enthusiasts visiting Kuala Lumpur.
Book your Aquaria KLCC Tickets online to save 24% off and enjoy a couple of hours with rare Sand-Tiger Sharks, Green Sea Turtles, Red-Bellied Piranhas, and so much more!
Shopping & Exploring in The Golden Triangle/ Bukit Bintang
“The Golden Triangle” is a popular downtown district in Kuala Lumpur that features the cities best hotels, restaurants, bars/ nightclubs, and plenty of fantastic malls! Even if you’re not in the mood for doing some shopping, it’s a wonderful area to explore by foot and soak up the metropolitan vibes! I’ve spent a lot of time in the area mall hopping and food court exploring! If you can, I’d recommend checking out these three malls though:
- Berjaya Times Square
- Low Yat Plaza
- Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
- Lot 10
Take a read through this helpful overview of all the malls and highlights! Kuala Lumpur/ Golden Triangle
Heli Lounge Bar for Sunset
So this is one of my personal favorite things to do in Kuala Lumpur because it really is an awesome experience to see how this helicopter pad transforms into a popular rooftop bar! Whenever people who would come and visit me in KL, I’d ALWAYS take them here as it offers fantastic 360-degree views of the city, delicious drinks, and is one of the best places to watch the sunset!
I’ve written all about my experiences at the Heli Lounge Bar Kuala Lumpur, so give that a read for more info! It’s located right in the middle of the city in Bukit Bintang, and is a great place to start your nighttime explorations of the city.
Pro Tip: Head there about 20-minutes before sunset, and stay for 30-40 minutes after to experience the views both by day and night! Also, keep in mind that there is a casual dress code!
Jalan Alor Night Food Court
Finally, to conclude your first day of Kuala Lumpur explorations, make the short walk over to the Jalan Alor Night Food market! The word “Jalan” means “street”, so Jalan Alor is a long street filled with delicious food stalls serving up a wide variety of local Malay, Indian, Chinese, and Thai food! It’s got this indescribable ambiance that must be experienced to understand, and the food is truly spectacular!
I’ve eaten at four or five different restaurants along Jalan Alor, and every single one of them has been top-notch! My ex-pat friends took me here on my first night in Kuala Lumpur, and it was an experience I’ll never forget!
Kuala Lumpur Itinerary Day 2: Chinatown, Little India, Culture + more!
For your second day in Kuala Lumpur, I’ve focused a bit more on important cultural attractions and exciting religious landmarks! So let’s get into it!
Start off by visiting Merdeka Square, which is the main “independence square” where Malaysia declared its independence in 1957! Complete with a large open grass field and surrounded by beautiful buildings and architecture, this is the perfect place to begin your day!
Take in the sights of the wondrous Sultan Abdul Samad Building, wander through the Royal Selangor Club, visit St. Mary’s Church, and check out the National Textile Museum! Also, be sure to snap a photo of the Malaysian flag flying on top of one tallest flagpole in the world!
Opened in 1909, this airy mosque is the city’s oldest, and welcomes open’s its doors to visitors every day! With its iconic white domes and beautiful architecture, it’s a fantastic place to learn all about Islamic culture! Make sure you’re dressed appropriately though if you plan on visit Masjid Jamek mosque, but you will be able to borrow robes and headscarves at the main entrance!
Chinatown & Petaling Street
Next up, enjoy the quick 8-minute walk over to Chinatown to enjoy some food, shopping, and culture! While there’s a whole lot to explore in Chinatown, the clear favorite among travelers is to take stroll up and down Petaling Steet, which is a bustling shopping market that’s packed with personality. It’s similar to a lot of Southeast Asian markets I’ve come across during my days traveling through the region, but you can definitely find some great deals! From kitschy souvenirs, cheap clothing, to delicious food – Petaling Street in Chinatown is a Kuala Lumpur must-do!
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Located on the outskirts of Chinatown you’ll find the Sri Mahamariamman Temple, which is the oldest Hindu Temple in the city, dating back to 1873! FIlled with colorful Hindu deities, intricate architecture, and spectacular photography opportunities – it’s a pretty awesome place to stop in for a quick visit! Trust me, it’s worth the visit and will be great to learn and observe Hindu cultures!
For the last stop in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, just up the street from the Sri Mahamariamman Temple you’ll find the Central Market that’s filled with locally made traditional Kuala Lumpur crafts and artisan handmade products and souvenirs! It’s a pretty decent sized emporium, and fun to window shop and buy some smaller items! Central Market also provides some pretty tasty culinary eateries, so this would be a great place to grab a bite to eat (second lunch is always a good idea in Kuala Lumpur).
Located just a few minutes from KL Sentral, the next spot on my 2 days in Kuala Lumpur itinerary, you’ll probably want to hop in a cab or take bus number 821 for a few stops, and find yourself in Little India!
While at first may seem a little less exciting after visiting Chinatown, it’s worth a visit to explore its shops filled with aromatic spices, colorful textiles, gorgeous flowers, jewelry, as well as plenty of low-key restaurants serving up amazing Indian curries! Walk along the main street that’s packed with personality, and enjoy the sound of Bollywood tunes blaring from the speakers.
Menara KL Tower
So yesterday, you crossed off the Skybridge and Observation deck at the Petronas Towers, and today you’ll head up to the top of the Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower! This was completed back in 1995, and standing tall at 421 meters high, makes it the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world!
My advice would be to book yourself a KL Tower Admission Ticket online (to save some money)!
Offering spectacular panoramic views of the city, the Petronas Towers, and its notorious skyscrapers, you simply can’t leave KL without heading up here! You can book tickets to only the Observation Deck, but I’d recommend booking the combo which includes Sky Deck & SkyBox (a complete glass box providing a really unique photo opportunity) as well! So book your KL Tower Admission Tickets online so you don’t have to wait in line (perfect for heading up around sunset time)!
Rooftop Restaraunt & Bar Hopping
Finally, to conclude my Kuala Lumpur itinerary, I think this city is one of the world’s finest for rooftop cocktails and fine dining! There are so many to choose from in different parts of the city, but here are just a few bars I’d recommend checking out before you leave Kuala Lumpur. You could try and hit them all in one night (which would actually be quite fun), but keep in mind you’ll they have smart casual dress codes!
- Troika Sky Dining: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
- Traders Hotel SkyBar: “If you haven’t been to SkyBar then you haven’t really been to Kuala Lumpur.
- Marini’s on 57: “Malaysia’s most iconic rooftop bar, Italian restaurant, and whiskey & cigar lounge”
- Vertigo & Horizon at Banyan Tree: “Relax on bar seating while enjoying the stunning views of Kuala Lumpur from above. Mixologists are on hand to create personalized drinks, while the South East Asian inspired tapas and DJ music helps create an unforgettable night out.”
Oh, and don’t forget to bring your camera! Your Instagram feed will thank you for sure ;-)
More Fun Things To Do in Kuala Lumpur
So this 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur itinerary is already quite jam-packed with solid activities and the majority of the city’s most popular tourist attractions that’ll it probably be difficult to fit it all in 48 hours! But I love writing in-depth travel guides, so here are some more fun things to do in Kuala Lumpur in two days!
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
A world full of spectacular birds and a tropical paradise not to be missed!
If you’re traveling with kids or just want to visit this renowned eco-tourism destination, the KL Bird Park certainly will not disappoint! Located just 10-minutes outside KLCC, the KL Bird Park hs more than 3,000 local and foreign birds of approximately 200 different species! And what makes this place so special and different from other bird parks is the concept of free-flight, and birds are let free in the aviary which closely resembles their natural habitat!
There are lots of areas to explore in a beautiful setting, and is simply a fantastic way to spend a couple of hours if sight-seeing isn’t your thing! The KL Bird Park is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, but definitely check out the Lory feeding between 10 AM- 5 PM every day!
Reggae Mansion Rooftop Parties!
Are you a solo-traveler or backpacker looking for a good time and an awesome place to meet people? Well, then look no further than the Reggae Mansion Rooftop bar! I actually spent my 26th birthday there, and met tons of awesome people to hang out with. It’s got this amazing backpacker atmosphere, beautiful views of the city, pool tables, drink specials, and lots more! It’s by far my favorite hostel in the city, and an awesome place to hang out and meet some fellow travelers!
Sunway Lagoon Water Theme Park
So when I lived in Kuala Lumpur, this was one of my biggest regrets for not checking this place for myself! Now, I wouldn’t really recommend coming out here if you only have 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, but it’s regularly listed as one of the best things to do in KL! Located about a 45-minute drive from the city center, the Sunway Lagoon Water Theme Park would be the perfect destination for families, or anyone just looking to escape the Malaysian heat & humidity! By purchasing a ticket, youll have access to six exhilarating experiences including the world’s largest and highest water ride and the colorful Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon!
Regalia Condominium Infinity Pool Swimming
Finally, I know I already previously explained this, but I wanted to reiterate how much I love swimming in this pool! It’s one of the most iconic rooftop pools in Kuala Lumpur, and I know everyone will love it! Security is tight there though, and it’s strictly for guests only, so I’d definitely recommend spending at least one night at the Regalia Condominium! You will thank me later! ;-)
2 Days in Kuala Lumpur Travel Tips
- Try the iconic Malaysian dish Nasi Kandar, meaning ‘mixed rice’, which is a favorite among locals & travelers!
- Buy a Local SIM card at the airport so you can stay connected while traveling to use Google Maps, Social-Media, and call restaurants/ attractions for reservations!
- Don’t ride in the taxis. They are notorious for ripping off tourists! Use GRAB instead!
- Eat as much as possible! The food in Kuala Lumpur is definitely a highlight of visiting this city!
Am I Missing Anything from this 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur Itinerary?
Having spent so much time exploring Kuala Lumpur myself, I think I’ve put together a pretty amazing itinerary, especially for first-time visitors to this wondrous city! But if you’ve been to Kuala Lumpur and discovered some hidden gems you think should be included on this list, please do let me know! I’m always planning return visits to Kuala Lumpur & Southeast-Asia and would love to add some new items to my Kuala Lumpur attractions!
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