We all know the common question: “KL? What is there to do in KL?” It might not seem like the most interesting city in Southeast Asia to visit for a newbie traveller but the capital of Malaysia has its charms.

There is so much more to Kuala Lumpur than meets the eye (and the stomach, for that matter!). While The Petronas Towers undoubtedly get the most attention out of all the things to see and visit here, Kuala Lumpur is actually teeming with interesting places you might’ve never known you could visit and things you might have never known you can do too. Here are the top 15 from our “must-do at least once” list.

  1. Become a Ninja Warrior at District 21

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If the apocalypse came upon us, what would you do? District 21 answers your question (well, sort of) with a fun, apocalypse-themed park. District 21 has ten adventure attractions, and kids who love active play will love climbing, jumping, riding, sliding and flying in District 21’s playground. Try out the Ninja Warrior Course to see how you’d fare during the apocalypse!

  • Operating hours: Mon – Fri (12:00pm → 08:00pm) Sat/ Sun/ PH/ SH (10:00am → 08:00pm)
  • Location: District 21, AT 6, Level 1, IOI City Mall, Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
  • Budget: Active Pass (unlimited access to 10 prominent attractions, multiple entries on the same date): RM 68/person (Mon-Fri), RM 85/person (Sat-Sun, Holidays). Non-active pass (no activities, just want access to the park): RM 10/person (Mon-Fri), RM 10/person (Sat-Sun)

2. Go fine dining amongst nature at Subak 

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When you say “fine dining” it’s hard to imagine this meal anywhere outside a room decorated with a high ceiling, ambient music, and chandeliers. But what at Subak – Dine with Nature restaurant,  you get to dine with nature and feast on local fare, all while maintaining the elegant standard of fine dining in an outdoor, adventurous setting. 

  • Location: Lot 3213, Jalan Penchala Indah, Bukit Lanjan 60000, Kuala Lumpur
  • Operating hours: 11am-11pm daily
  • Rates: MYR 220 for two people
  1. Dine in the dark at Dining in the Dark

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This is actually one of our favorite tourist spots – it’s lovably quirky! – but we know that that’s not the case for everyone. The experience promises heightened taste buds and senses because of the dark ambiance, and when you couple it with great wine and food, the entire experience is truly out of this world. Yes, we know you have a Dine in the Dark in Singapore as well, but trust us, Dining in the Dark KL has top-notch service and a delectable menu for a fraction of the price. Also, it is centrally located in Changkat, Bukit Bintang.

  • Location: 50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Operating hours: 6pm-9:30pm daily
  • Rate: Starts at MYR 139
  1. Shop around Asia at Central Market in Kuala Lumpur

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Everybody that has been to KL knows that a visit to Central Market is a must-do for all first-time visitors. Here, you can visit more than 350 shops and kiosks – all offering handicraft, batik, souvenirs, vintage finds, collectibles and more! You can also enjoy the local cuisine at the heart of Central Market Kuala Lumpur’s must-dine eateries. Experience craft-making demonstrations, get a picture drawn by artists or be join the lively celebrations at the Central Market!

  • Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: 10am – 9:30pm
  • Rate: Prices vary
  1. Sample the best street food off the streets at Hutong Hawker at Lot10

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Lot 10 Hutong is the first and only destination in Malaysia that highlights Malaysian heritage passed on from generation to generation through the art of making good food. Housed in Lot 10 Hutong are more than 30 of the country’s most amazing eateries that have survived the test of time, with each eatery hand-picked and distinguishable with their best-selling dishes. It is the perfect place to have a taste of Malaysia with just one visit.

  • Location:  Bukit Bintang, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: 10am – 10pm
  • Rate: Prices starts at MYR 2.60
  1. Spend an afternoon with butterflies at Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

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Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is where you go when you want peace and quiet. Near the city center, this secret paradise is filled with butterflies dancing and flying around amidst rows of beautiful flowers and sprawling vines. It’s so beautiful that the Discovery Channel named it as one of the most – if not the most – beautiful butterfly parks in the world, saying “of all the butterfly parks in the world, none can compare with this one.”

  • Location: Taman Tasik Perdana, Jalan Cendarasari, Kuala Lumpur, 50480, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: 9am to 6pm
  • Rate: For adults: RM 25, Child (ages 2-11 years) RM 14, Video Camera RM 5 Mykad Holders (Malaysians) Adult RM 12, Child RM 7, Family admission fee (MyKad holders only) RM 38
  1. Learn about royalty at Istana Negara

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Want to know what it’s like to live in a palace? The Royal Museum is possibly the best place to see and experience the royal way of life in an Asian palace. Immerse yourself in history, a fun afternoon and beautiful architecture! It’s a great place to bring children in primary school too, so don’t worry if the little ones have to tag along.

  • Location: Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: 9am – 5pm
  • Rate: Adult RM 10, Children (Ages 6-12) RM 5
  1. Party until dawn at Golden Triangle

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Let loose in the nightlife experiences in Kuala Lumpur as the city is filled with rooftop bars, pubs, and clubs on the streets! There are rooftop restaurants and bars too, and they’re all well-situated within 5-star hotels. After the sun sets, the city comes alive with spots perfect for nightcrawlers, offering a mix of lively and friendly ambience, extensive alcoholic beverages, and DJs spinning tunes to dance your heart to. Apart from the already well-known Changkat, TREC at Jalan Tun Razak is the newer nightlife and entertainment destination in the city you must know about. From jazz clubs to wine bars and upscale cocktail lounges, you will find something to suit your tastes in KL.

  • Location: Bukit Bintang, Imbi, Sultan Ismail, Raja Chulan
  • Operating hours: Hours vary per club
  • Rate: Prices vary
  1. Practice the fine art of Wushu at Chin Woo Stadium

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This historic sports stadium sits atop a hill overlooking Chinatown. Embody the Chin Woo spirit by joining their martial arts program, and witness the Wushu masters display their best moves!

  • Location: Jalan Hang Jebat, City Centre, 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: Monday – Friday: 2pm – 8pm, Saturday, Sunday, Public holiday: 9am – 8pm
  • Rate: Entrance rate starts at RM 4.30
  1. Hang out at the world’s fastest mono cable car system, the Genting Skyway

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Ready to venture out of the city? Enjoy the crisp mountain air as you make your way up to Resorts World Genting on SkyWay. It takes just 10 minutes to ascend from Awana Station to the final stop, SkyAvenue Station. Whether you are on your way up or down the mountain, you would not want to miss the stop at the midway point where you can disembark at the Chin Swee station at no extra cost and explore the Chin Swee Caves Temple and its scenic surroundings.

  • Location: Gohtong Joya | Genting Highlands Resort, Genting Highlands 69000, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: Opens 7 am
  • Rate: Standard Gondola – RM 8, Standard Gondola Return – RM 16, Express Standard Gondola – RM 40,  Chartered Standard Gondola – RM 300
  1. Go Hiking in the trails of KL Forest Eco Park 

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Experience wildlife and adventure here at Bukit Nanas. KL Forest Eco Park started as a forest reserve in 1906, so you know they take great care in maintaining the beauty of this trail. These jungle trails bring together some of the most amazing and picturesque views of nature, all in an enjoyable and relaxing hike. You get to explore the tropical rainforests that Malaysia has to offer and start your day right with an early morning climb here!

  • Location: Forestry Department, KL Lot 240, Bukit Nanas, Jalan Raja Chulan 50250 Kuala Lumpur
  • Operating hours: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM 
  • Rate: Free
  1. Swim alongside sharks at Aquaria KLCC

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Explore animals & marine life from around the world and discover new things in this record-breaking aquarium in Malaysia, right at the Petronas towers! Immerse yourself in the world-class aquarium that exhibits various marine life, with over 150 different marine species for you to explore and be amazed by. Marvel at the beauty of the place with excellent arrangements and a tunnel with beautiful sharks.

  • Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur City, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: 10am – 8pm
  • Rate: Adult RM 69, MyKad RM 49, Child RM59 MyKad RM 39, Senior Citizen RM49 MyKad RM39
  1. Go back in time at Pak Tai Studio

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Foto Pak Tai – like a live museum – survives on film photography and it is a good activity for the photographers and photography aficionados out there. The place is filled with memories, years and years of immortalized photographs with a blue background. Immerse yourself in the history and talk to the owners of the place, and they will explain their passion and history of the place.

  • Location: 104, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 10am-2.30pm
  • Rate: Prices vary
  1. Exchange books with KL Book Exchange

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Ever wanted to exchange books owned by someone? Then KL Book Exchange is for you! This project started with a passion to encourage reading and book exchange. This program is completely free and is by the public for the public, so give them a visit and support! Check if your visit coincides with one of these Book Exchanges and bring back a good book as a souvenir from KL.

  • Location: 5A, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Operating hours:  Every first Sunday of the month 8:45am – 10:45am
  • Rate: Free, the only cost is postage cost
  1. Learn about Kuala Lumpur beyond tourist sights at KL City Gallery

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Want to get to know the city inside out without travelling too much? Walk through history and art at KL City Gallery! KL City Gallery is a small gallery to learn about the city’s history, founders, the historical buildings, and the light show. Learn about the city’s geography and development, and don’t forget to grab a souvenir on your way out!

  • Location: Dataran Merdeka, 27, Jalan Raja, 50050 Kuala Lumpur
  • Operating hours: 9am – 6:30pm
  • Rate: General admission starts at RM

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