10 Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days with 4 MRT Stations
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KLCC MRT Station
① Tour in Petronas Twin Towers
② Luxury Shopping in Suria KLCC
③ Watch Musical Fountain in KLCC Park
④ Drink Belgian Beer at Delirium Cafe
⑤ Greet Marine Animals at Aquaria KLCC
How to spend 2 days in Kuala Lumpur? Finding the top 10 things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days is a breeze with a KL MRT map. The abbreviation for MRT is ‘Mass Rapid Transit’. For some people, it is a subway or metro in the city. Another common mode of transport is the monorail which runs overhead.
Here are some suggestions on what to do in Kuala Lumpur (KL) so you would not miss the fascinating places to visit. My notion here is to visit as many points of interest in Kuala Lumpur as possible around an MRT station to save travelling time. If you are taking a flight to Kuala Lumpur, you may also like to check out how to get to Kuala Lumpur city centre from KL Airport.
My Belgian friend who works in Singapore and I went on a weekend trip from Singapore to KL by bus recently. We could have taken a 1-hour cheap flight to Kuala Lumpur from Singapore, but she chose to be more adventurous. That is following most Singaporeans and Malaysians traditional method of travelling. Especially with someone like me who has been to Kuala Lumpur and other parts of Malaysia umpteen times with nasty travel bus stories to share, it sounded less foreign to her.
We stayed in Hotel Impiana at KLCC which was 15 minutes walk away from the famous Petronas Twin Tower and Suria KLCC Shopping Mall. Hence, the two tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur would be the first two things to do in Kuala Lumpur. If you are not staying around KLCC, take a train and alight at KLCC MRT Station.
The KLCC MRT station was busier than others due to the influx of visitors to the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC shopping mall. Some ticket machines accepted RM5 or RM10 dollar notes and some only allowed RM 5. We found it annoying that 3 ticket machines continually rejected our new Malaysia Ringgits (RM) dollar notes. The 4th one accepted it finally. You will get a token instead of a paper ticket. If you have only big-dollar notes, you can change it at the customer service counter for smaller ones. One cannot buy the token from there.
Petronas Twin Towers designed by Argentine architect César Pelli are the most majestic symbolic skyscrapers standing in awe of Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). It has a sublime sight, especially in the evening. One could fall in love with it when the dark night falls. The Malaysians said that if you do not visit the Petronas Twin Towers, you have never been to Kuala Lumpur before.
Non-Malaysian tourists can buy tickets at RM80 | €16.60 for a semi-guided 1-hour tour from the Concourse basement level to the 42nd storey skybridge and 86th-floor observatory tour for a panoramic view of the stunning city. The entry up to the Petronas Towers is every 30 minutes. Do note that there is usually a waiting time for the Petronas Twin Towers tour due to the limited visit capacity and the overwhelming response from visitors over the weekend.
In the meanwhile, you can go shopping in Suria KLCC if you get a later schedule. The ticket counter is at the Concourse which is at the basement level. Upon entering Suria KLCC Shopping Mall main entrance, the escalator to go down to the ticketing counter is on the left side. There is also a signboard.
Suria KLCC is the leading shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur comprising of 6 floors with 4 wings of shopping outlets. It specialises in congregating branded boutiques under one roof. A perfect shopping trip for people who love splurging on branded goods and the best thing to do in Kuala Lumpur.
If one is not going for the dazzling brands in Suria KLCC, there are also megastores like Isetan and Parkson for the budget-conscious shoppers. Isetan is a Japanese owned company, and Parkson is a Malaysian establishment. These departmental stores have good quality products with mid-range prices among the high-end products in Suria KLCC that would not burn a hole in the pocket.
You can also find branded cosmetic stores in Parkson and Isetan similar to the ones at the boutiques in a consolidated area. Thus, it will be easier to compare prices or decide which brand to purchase by simply hopping around the megastores in a smaller sphere. The shopping experience here is a twist from the high-end atmosphere.
There is also a big Isetan Foodmarket at the basement level of Suria KLCC with a great selection of sushi and other mouth-watering food at a reasonable price. The price of the products may not be the cheapest, but the choice of food is extensive. I had to try some of it to ease my greedy mouth because I could not resist what I saw.
Exiting the back entrance of Suria KLCC is the KLCC Park which has an enormous 50-acre garden. It doubles up like a wonderland for children to play with water in the 10,000 sqm Lake Symphony. The water fountain shoots water to a height of 42 metres during the day and night. The spectacular musical fountain emits beautiful light patterns with the music. It gives the environment a magical touch at 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm nightly.
One word of caution is to avoid strolling in the afternoon. The heat intensity in KL is a strong deterrence to walk further into the KLCC Park. We did not see many people wandering far due to the hot weather. Apply enough sunblock for protection if you are keen to explore a distance away.
My Belgian travel partner was unquestionably delighted to discover Delirium Café as it originated from Belgium. Over here, one can indulge in Belgian food specialities and an assortment of Belgian beers! You can find the restaurant at the far end corner at Suria KLCC back entrance. You’ll get a scenic view facing the KLCC Park and the newly opened Police Station not far from it.
Delirium Cafe, established in Brussels, was a Guinness World Record holder in 2004. It holds a smashing beer stock of 2004 brands! Now the enormous beer collection has grown to 2,500 offering Belgian beers as well as other international brands. Over at the Delirium Cafe @ KLCC, you can still relish a wide selection of Belgian beers with high alcohol percentages to go with your favourite mussels. For beer lovers, give it a go in Kuala Lumpur!
The mysterious blue water Aquaria KLCC is an oceanarium less than a 5-minute walk along the perimeter of KLCC Park. The world-class aquarium has two levels which are homes to 5,000 aquatic animals from Malaysia and all over the world. Watch 250 species of marine animals swimming around you in a 90-metre water glass tunnel and catch their feeding time in the underwater world. Picture taking is allowed but no flash. The entrance fee is RM64 | €13.30 for adults, children from 3 to 12 years old are RM56 | €11.60, and senior citizen is RM46 | €9.60.
In Suria KLCC, we got to know 2 new Malaysian friends who advised us to go to Central Market first, followed by Petaling Street in Chinatown. That was our planned itinerary for the night. The Central Market would close earlier than the night markets in Petaling Street. We stopped at Pasar Seni MRT Station and crossed the road to go to Central Market first.
Central Market is just opposite Pasar Seni MRT Station. People come here for Malaysia local-made souvenirs, art and crafts. We reached there around 8 pm on a Saturday night. There was almost no customer at that time. It enabled us to look around freely at the beautiful items. We felt comfortable that the sellers were not pushy there. But, it also meant that they were not aggressive to push their sales. Maybe it was about time for them to close shop. Hence, they were tired. It was lovely looking at pretty things, but I did not any of these souvenirs back. The environment was cosy lit with warm lights.
After Central Market, we walked over to Petaling Street Market in Chinatown which was just under 5 minutes. It is a top place of interest in Kuala Lumpur if you want to feel integrated with the locals. Petaling Street KL is a tourist spot infamous for selling counterfeit products like clothes, bags, perfumes etc.
I have been there several times over the last two decades as a tourist. Many stalls sell identical things. So, it can be quite boring to complete the full shopping activity of looking at similar fake items. They might even be run by syndicates who take the goods from the same source. I like to shop for sunglasses whenever I am here.
Chinatown KL has also lost most of its appeal and liveliness over the years with fewer customers, even on a Saturday night! Walking amidst the stalls now is more leisure than in the past. Back then, it was difficult to look at something for long without being jostled or blocked.
I noticed that foreigners were the ones who managed most of the stalls there as they certainly did not look like Malaysians. They were pushy and over-enthusiastic to sell you something to the point of being irritating. Part of the charm was diluted. In the past, the Malaysian Chinese would be the ones tending the stalls. So in my eyes, I had lost the familiarity of the original touch of Chinatown which was supposed to be run by a Chinese community.
Haggling is a powerful tool here where you can get 50% off the quoted amount. When the sellers offer you a high price, just walk away. The value will be slashed down immediately. Sellers here are desperate to sell, and it can get overwhelming at times. Nevertheless, it is still a great place to negotiate some cheap bargains. Chinatown is a top attraction in Kuala Lumpur, especially for first-timers. The area has an entirely different facet from the glamorous KLCC which carries authentic brands.
When you go to Chinatown Kuala Lumpur, how can one not try some Chinese food there? We reserved the space of our stomach searching for a comfortable food corner to dine in Chinatown. We were drawn to a Chinese restaurant, Kim Lian Kee 金莲记 at one of the busy streets. I reckoned having dinner sitting by the road was one memorable experience for my friend. She could indulge in the lively ambience of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown and watch the surrounding activities.
We strongly recommend the Stir-Fried Beef with Spring Onion. The meat we tried was so tender and delicious! My friend could not help but praise the dish vehemently. The Salted Egg Prawns were another excellent choice too. The other two dishes were bland and less tasty. The waitress came over and talked to us when there were not many customers. She was rather spot-on when analysing the type of tourists from different countries. I tipped her at the end of the day for her excellent service.
Our last destination for the day is the Bukit Bintang night entertainment area. There were 2 Bukit Bintang MRT stations on the signboard. Choose the name marked with SBK (Sungei Buloh-Kajang). We had a pleasant surprise when we exited from Bukit Bintang MRT station Pintu C (Exit C) on a Saturday night. There was a live band performance by Sentuhan Band with an excellent acoustic sound system. We stayed there for a while. Later, I realised such band performances were everywhere on the street.
Bukit Bintang is a top-rated tourist attraction for things to do in Kuala Lumpur at night for partygoers and night owls. The street was bustling with people on late weekend nights. You get to listen to free music from the various groups of live bands. Bukit Bintang nightlife generates a strong presence of energetic vibes with a lot of entertainment as there are so many things to see in Kuala Lumpur.
I loved the alluring stretch of Middle Eastern restaurants at BB Park. The screaming LED lights was the reason why l crossed the road to demystify it. The loud colours were like magnets, beckoning me to unravel and stay. Good marketing strategy. We had some drinks in one bar while other customers were smoking shisha. Many shops and restaurants opened till late at night. During the day, people can come here for shopping in the departmental stores. From day to night, there’s always something to do in Bukit Bintang Walk.
If you want to try the monorail in Kuala Lumpur, you can alight at Imbi Monorail Station. There are only 11 monorail stations in KL which operates mainly in the vital commercial and touristic areas. The monorail system is supplementary to the MRT lines for better transportation accessibility in some places. At some stations, both the MRT and the monorail trains inter-connect to each other. Since the monorail run overhead, it allows tourists to have sightseeing of KL city. One tip is to take a monorail from one end to the other end. Refer to the KL Monorail Map.
Berjaya Times Square is a classy shopping mall with a pretty remarkable interior structural design. That goes without saying when the top of the shopping centre is the Berjaya Times Square Hotel which has a 5-star rating. Shopping here was more affordable than Suria KLCC. You can shop till you drop dead in this 10-storey shopping mall. Yes, 10 floors high!!
Eateries are mostly on the third level. On the 5th and 7th floor is the Berjaya Amusement Park which is the largest Indoor Theme Park in Malaysia. The whole place is a twin complex which comprises of corporate buildings too. Imbi Monorail Station is right in front of Berjaya Times Square. If you want to go by MRT, stop at Hang Tuah MRT Station. Walk 10 minutes for 800 metres.
The second day was almost up. We had to take a bus back to Singapore. There are dreaded facts that could happen when you use a travel coach from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore or vice versa. The pickup point was outside Berjaya Times Square which gave us a good reason to hang around here and to have a quick lunch.
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