5 engaging experiences to look for in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

While there are several major cities in the world, few have a name that rolls off the tongue the way Kuala Lumpur does. Even saying it inspires the travel bug that lurks inside almost everyone. Even if you’ve never considered going there before, you might after reading this.

As the population inches closer and closer to 2 million, the international reputation of Kuala Lumpur grows with it. This has always been a hot spot for tourists, and that is just going to become more true in the years to come.

Eat ’til you drop on Jalan Alor Food Street

Here’s the thing about going to Kuala Lumpur. There are a lot of great reasons to spend time there, but on the top of your list has to be eating big. And if you’re not planning on eating big while you’re in town, you are missing out on a key experience.

Jalan Alor was a red light district that has gone through a huge transformation to become a food destination. Both sides of the road are filled with stalls offering any variety of delicious food options. This is a great representation of the core food scene in town.

Wander the National Zoo of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – APRIL 29: General view of bazaar stalls along the street during a Ramadan bazaar on April 29, 2021 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ramadan bazaars in Malaysia offering various selections of clothing, food, and other religious items to Muslims who traditionally shop for new outfits to usher Eid al-Fitr, known as the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” celebration, have stoked concerns of a surge in Covid-19 cases due to low compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs). (Photo by Annice Lyn/Getty Images)

A quick jaunt outside of Kuala Lumpur will take visitors to the National Zoo of Malaysia. Open since 1963, this expansive zoo experience contains thousands of animals from hundreds of species, and is a unique experience in the country.

This zoo has an interesting array of animals, from those that are representative of Malaysia and the region to those from beyond it. Plus, the zoo food here is a trip for any tourist from outside of the country as its a lot different than what you’re used to.

Visit Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

If you’re interested in more animal related experiences in the city, there are certainly other options to investigate. Near the picturesque Lake Gardens, visitors to the city will find the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, which is a marvelous experience for any and all birders.

This enclosed sanctuary contains over 1,000 birds, the vast majority of which are native to Malaysia. Keep in mind that Lake Gardens is also home to the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, another spot definitely worth visiting.

Climb Batu Caves


BATU CAVES, MALAYSIA – JANUARY 27: Hindu devotees make their way up the 272 steps to the entrance of the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia. Thaipusam is a Hindu festival celebrated on the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai. The festival marks the birthday of Lord Muruga and also commemorates the day Hindu Goddess Parvati gave her son a lance to defeat the evil demon Soorapadamwhen. The festival sees devotees carry milk pots to seek forgivness and some will carry a ‘Kavadi’ many of which are attached via, strings, hooks, and skews pierced into the carriers skin. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Possibly the biggest attraction to Kuala Lumpur is just a few minutes north of the city. It is a sacred place, one of the most popular and frequently visited Hindu shrines outside of India. This place is called Batu Caves and no trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without going there.

It is a series of caves in a limestone mountain that have become a holy place as well as a stunningly beautiful place. In addition to unique flora and fauna, the caves are also home to 140 foot tall statue of Lord Murugan right by the entrance, which certainly makes an impression.

Hit Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

If you’re done eating crazy amounts of food, looking at cool animals and checking out neat caves/holy sites, then it’s time for a very different side of Kuala Lumpur. Specifically, it’s time to head to the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park.

This place has an amusement park, a waterpark, a wildlife park and a more frightening area called a scream park. Plus, it has the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon which features SpongeBob SquarePants experiences and more for the kids.