If you have only one day, do you think you can explore all Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)? According to our Malaysia travel experience is absolutely possible, as long as you have feet like to explore and a spirit not afraid of tired like Living Nomads Team. Here is a shared experience of self-sufficient Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) travel experience in a very detailed day, well-arranged time as well as convenient locations for you refer to. So, how to spend 1 day in Kuala Lumpur (24 hours in Kuala Lumpur, a day in KL, Kuala Lumpur in a day, one day in KL, one day in Kuala Lumpur) perfectly? Let’s check out our KL one day trip blog on what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 1 day to find out the answer!
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What to do in Kuala Lumpur in 1 day? — DESTINATION 1: THEAN HOU TEMPLE
According to my self-sufficient travel experience in Kuala Lumpur, the first destination is Thean Hou Temple. This is one of the most famous Chinese temples in Malaysia with a large number of tourists every day. Here, you can freely admire the unique architecture, take some so deep pictures, witness the traditional Chinese-style wedding or take a panoramic view of the capital Kuala Lumpur on the 4th floor.
Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
HOW TO GET THERE: To get to Thean Hou Temple in the most economical way, we can catch a train to Bangsar station, from the station take a Grab bike or car straight to Thean Hou Temple, but if you like to explore slowly then take a walk a little because it’s not too far. Listen to Google sister, if you passing by an old Indian buidings, don’t think you are lost because you are on the right track. However, the road to Thean Hou is very steep, steeper than that of Dalat so you still should take a ride to keep your strength, because you still have a long day ahead.
KL one day trip blog — DESTINATION 2: BRICKFIELDS (LITTLE INDIA)
After visiting Thean Hou Temple, you can immediately drop by Brickfields – Little India but there are many surprises for you to explore (about 5 minutes rides from Thean Hou Temple). Here, you can take a hundred styles of photos and adjust a little color is no different from real India. The people are super friendly and cute, like him below here, no need to buying anything but still smiling too ^^.
GETTING THERE: From Thean Hou Temple, call a Grab car and ride a little bit to reach Brickfields, get off the car and if you hear Bollywood music and know you are in the right place =)). Because of the time is packaged in a day, Grab will be first choice. To catch Grab, you have to put your pocket the holy 4G Sim card here.
1 day in Kuala Lumpur — DESTINATION 3: PETALING STREET (CHINATOWN)
Having visited Kuala Lumpur without going to Chinatown is a serious omission, guys. In China Town, oh, there are billion delicious dishes, to cool down effectively, we suggested ordering Longan drink (such as Lou Han Gou (Siraitia grosvenorii) aromatic water but extremely sweet). Some of the mus try dishes here are Spicy Pan Mee, Wonton Noodles, Hokkien Mee … If you like to sit and enjoy coffee and brunch, you can go to Merchan’s Lane.
Another special thing is that Petaling Street has all kinds of goods that can be bought as gifts, fake brands are also a lot. Based on my Kuala Lumpur travel experience (Malaysia), choose a gift such as typical tea or coffee to bring as a gift for your family and friends. And remember you should bargain when buying because shopping in non-listed places like this is easy to be overcharge.
Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hours: Open 24 hours
GETTING THERE: From Brickfields, walking and heading to the nearest train station and then move to China Town (Petaling Street). Or take a Grab if you want to be faster.
Kuala Lumpur 1 day itinerary — DESTINATION 4: CENTRAL MARKET
After full of eating and drink in Chinatown, walk a few minutes and you will come to another shopping paradise, at first glance, it will look like our Ben Thanh market in Saigon but much more modern because inside the market will have instructions and air conditioning as well. In this market, you can find everything from clothes, souvenirs to snacks, soft drinks. Especially the stalls will be divided into 3 distinct areas: Malay, Indian or Chinese for you to choose according to your preference.
GETTING THERE: Walk from Chinatown about 5 minutes to reach.
One day in Kuala Lumpur (one day in KL)— DESTINATION 5: MERDEKA SQUARE
Merdeka Square is place where the first Malaysia’s Prime Minister read the declaration of independence on August 31, 1957, which is also home to the Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the City Gallery with the legendary I LOVE KL symbol. Here you can learn about the history or take photos to check in again.
GETTING THERE: From Central Market’s main entrance, go through the open-air market to Merdeka Square.
A day in KL (a day in Kuala Lumpur) DESTINATION 6: KLCC (KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTER)
Before it gets dark, hurry to catch the train to the KLCC to take a photo with the legendary Petronas Twin Towers. According to the travel experience of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) of a virtual living people like me, you should come before or near 6pm, because it is still a bit bright and the towers will be shimmering when light up. After take photos for virtual living then you can visit the most luxurious shopping district in Kuala Lumpur – Suria KLCC, or visit the KLCC aquarium to admire more than 5.000 interesting aquatic species.
GETTING THERE: From Merdeka Square, take a train straight to KLCC.
What to do in Kuala Lumpur in 1 day? — FINAL DESTINATION: BUKIT BINTANG.
This place is like the Western Quarter of Malaysia because every night there are many exciting entertainment activities. To feel the nightlife of Kualar Lumpur, this is a wise choice, you can have dinner or visit the bars and pubs located right on the road to get drunk with your friends. In addition, Jalan Alor’s famous food street is right there, a paradise for those who love to eat and drink with all kinds of dishes from Western to Asian cuisine, including Vietnamese food for us too.
GETTING THERE: Because the distance is quite close, you should take a quick grab to get there.
At this time, It was already dark, return to the hotel to take a good sleep to get strength for the next journey. As we promised, have we explored all the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and harvested a lot of “live virtual” photos in a day for the next month, right :))). See our Kuala Lumpur self-sufficient travel experience is helpful? Quick note right now and then let’s go!
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- Genting Highlands Day Trip
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