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Travel Itinerary: 48 Hours in Kuala Lumpur

Experience a fun-filled weekend getaway in the heart of Malaysia’s capital!

Want to spend a weekend getaway in Kuala Lumpur (KL) but don't know where to start? We’ve prepared a 48-hour travel itinerary that lets you experience some of the best things the city has to offer.

Prelude

If you’re flying into Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Friday night, make sure you clear immigration with enough time to spare if you want to catch the last KLIA Ekspres train at 1:00 AM (five minutes earlier if you’re arriving at the KLIA2 terminal). A ticket will cost you RM35.00 to KL Sentral—Malaysia’s largest transit hub. This is where you’ll get off.

Source: Monorail MalaysiaOnce you arrive at Kuala Lumpur Sentral, walk over to the Monorail Station which is around 10 minutes away. Don’t hesitate to ask for directions. Signs may be hard to spot in the hustle and bustle of KL Sentral but the helpful people at the information counter will point you in the right direction.

Once you reach the Monorail Station, take the train to Raja Chulan station. Once you arrive at Raja Chulan station, take a short 15-minute walk to the Container Hotel, located on Jalan Delima behind the Indonesian embassy. The hotel pays homage to sustainable architecture with the renewable-freight-containers it uses for rooms, designed and decorated with bright colours and minimalist features.

Container Hotel is located on Jalan Delima near the city's main shopping and nightlife district.

Now, check in and settle down for the night because you’ve got a big day tomorrow! 

Day 1

Good morning, KL! It’s a beautiful sunny day. The Container Hotel where you’re staying at is just 10- minutes away from Pavilion—one of KL’s most popular shopping malls located in the heart of the city. Go on, stretch your legs. Once you’ve arrived at Pavilion, grab coffee and a bite to eat at its many artsy cafes and coffee shops. Once you’re finished with breakfast, take a walk around the mall and do some shopping before lunch.

Kuala Lumpur is an enchanting contrast of the old and the new, with exciting people and places waiting for you at every turn.

Hutong Food Court entrance at Lot 10. Image Credit: justaslice (Flickr)Ahhh, so that’s what that rumbling sound was during shopping. Our tummies are hankering for a hearty lunch! Walk across the road to the Lot 10 shopping mall and pay a visit to the Hutong Food Court. It’s got a very interesting concept—it has recreated the tastes of the best street food stalls across the country inside a comfy, air-conditioned food court. Take your pick from our personal favourites: the Hon Kee Porridge, Soong Kee Beef Noodles, the Kim Lian Kee Hokkien Noodles and the Imbi Road Pork Noodles.

Once you’re done with lunch, burn off those calories. Take a walk to the Suria KLCC shopping mall (there is a walkway attached to Pavilion) that’s adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers—the tallest twin towers in the world. Admire Kuala Lumpur from the Twin Towers’ Observation Deck at 360- metres (one adult ticket costs RM80). After that, head back down and visit the Aquaria KLCC oceanarium; for the adult entry price of RM38, you get to see over 5,000 types of land and marine wildlife.

It is early evening by the time you’re done. Grab a cab back to the Container Hotel and freshen up. Feeling hungry now? Take an evening stroll to Jalan Alor (Alor Street) that’s located a bit farther than Pavilion. This long street is lined with restaurants and hawker stalls on both sides. Dig into the fresh seafood on offer at several stalls that will be grilled to perfection.

Water fountain at Suria KLCC.

Water fountain at Suria KLCC.

The night’s not over yet. Let’s cap off the day right with some drinks and live music at Changkat Bukit Bintang that’s just a five-minute walk away from Jalan Alor. Head towards the bright lights and music. This narrow street has bars and clubs that are filled to the brim every weekend. Try out Pisco Bar’s Peruvian-inspired tapas style dishes with your drinks, then sit back and enjoy the music.

Pisco Bar's Gallery

Day 2

Hop on the GOKL shuttle bus for a free ride!

Hop on the GOKL shuttle bus for a free ride!

It’s your last day in Kuala Lumpur. Make sure you get up early for this one. Walk to Starhill Gallery opposite Pavilion and hop on the free GOKL shuttle bus service to Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is located on Petaling Street. Choose your breakfast fare from many of the shops that line the street.

After breakfast, do some sightseeing and shopping, either in Chinatown itself or at the Central Market located a few minutes away. The Central Market used to be a simple wet market before it was revamped into a handicrafts centre with boutiques and stalls selling Malaysian batik prints and traditional souvenirs.

A pivotal moment in Malaysian history took place at Dataran Merdeka.

Keep the shopping light and easy because you want to check out Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) where the country declared its independence. ‘Merdeka’ literally stands for ‘Independence’. Dataran Merdeka is located within walking distance from the Central Market. There are several historical buildings located very near to Dataran Merdeka that are worth checking out, including the Sultan Abdul Samad building and the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.

Head over to the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery opposite Dataran Merdeka and visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery to catch ‘The Spectacular City Model Show’ and learn about the city’s past, present and future through advanced multimedia projection mapping—claimed to be the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.

The Spectacular City Model Show.

The Spectacular City Model Show.

After your stop at the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, it’s finally time to go home. Make your way back to the Container Hotel and then take the Monorail back to KL Sentral, and the airport via the KLIA Ekspres. It’s been a great weekend!

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