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Budget-friendly 4-day itinerary in Kuala Lumpur

In this blog post, I’m gonna talk about the perfect budget-friendly 4-day itinerary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur (also known as KL) is the capital city of Malaysia and it has a lot to offer. From iconic buildings like the Petronas Twin Towers to world-class and modern shopping centers, it also has plenty of Malay Islamic traditional buildings and colorful temples. This bustling city boasts a reliable (and clean!) public transportation, lots of gardens and greenery, and year-round tropical weather.

Based on research from different travel blogs, and my own experience, I recommend spending around 4 days in Kuala Lumpur. This will give you enough time to check out the most famous attractions, instagrammable spots, and explore a little outside the city.

NOTE: If possible, try booking a flight that arrives early in the morning in Kuala Lumpur. That way you still have lots of time on Day 1 to see and explore. But, of course, keep in mind that jet lag is a very real thing, especially coming from the US which is on the other side of the world. So if you need to rest on Day 1 or maybe take it slow, do what feels right for your body.

4-day itinerary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This 4-day itinerary is a suggestion based on the most popular (and my favorite) budget-friendly things to do in Kuala Lumpur. And most things can be done any day of the week unless specified otherwise.

Day 1 – Arrive in KL

🔹 Start the day by visiting and taking pictures in front of the Petrona Twin Towers.

🔹 Head inside the Towers to find a huge mall with a great selection of stores and international dishes. I highly recommend having lunch (or dinner) at Madam Kwan’s where you can eat the traditional Malaysian cuisine Nasi Lemak

🔹 After lunch, walk to Aquaria KLCC for a cool aquarium experience.

🔹 Have a chill evening before going back out for dinner. I didn’t get a chance to go, but I’ve heard Jalan Alor is a famous food street great for trying local dishes and enjoying the local culture.

Petronas Twin Towers
📍Petronas Twin Towers

Day 2 – Explore Kuala Lumpur

🔹 Go to Chinatown and walk around through their street markets. Here you’ll also find Sri Mahamariamman Temple and Guan Di Temple.

🔹 Then head to the nearby Central Market for a delicious lunch.

🔹 Afterward, go up to the Menara Kuala Lumpur tower (also known as the KL Tower) for fantastic views of the city.

🔹 Once you get back down, walk across the main entrance and parking area to the Kuala Forest Eco Park and walk around the hanging bridges.

🔹 Enjoy a chill evening before dinner. I recommend checking out the Hutong food court inside Lot 10 mall.

Kuala Forest Eco Park
📍Kuala Forest Eco Park

Day 3 – Explore outside KL

🔹 Take a tour to the Batu Caves. The tour I took also takes you to a local textile shop where you learn how they make their fabulous designs on clothes, and the only Royal pewter factory. The tour is only about 4 – 5 hours long, around $14 USD and you have the rest of the afternoon to explore.

🔹 At night, head back to the Petrona Twin Towers for dinner, an awesome view (and pictures) of the lit-up building, and a fountain show behind the towers. 

Batu Caves
📍Batu Caves

Day 4 – Last day in Kuala Lumpur

🔹 Head to the airport with enough time since it’s about an hour away from the city center.

🔹 But if you leave late at night, you could potentially spend the day at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park. It is a bit more expensive (around $50-65 USD per person) but apparently totally worth it.

🔹 You could also switch any of the activities/locations of the previews days to this day and still do the theme park on another day. 

KL airport
📍KL international airport

Quick tips:

🧳 Pack lose and comfy clothes since KL has tropical weather (meaning it’s always hot and humid)

💳 Kuala Lumpur is very credit card/debit card friendly, but I still recommend taking a bit of cash out at the ATM just in case

🔌 Don’t forget to bring an international charger converter for your electronics

📲 Get a SIM card at the airport or at a 7-eleven to always have phone service and not depend on WiFi. Don’t forget to unlock your phone before you leave though.

🚶🏽‍♀️ KL is very walkable, although it does get very hot

🚇 Public transportation is super affordable and dependable and a great way to move around while staying out of the heat

Got any questions about this itinerary or need help planning your trip to Kuala Lumpur? Let me know in the comments below!

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KL Tower

September 15, 2022

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