Travel and time both shares a very close relationship, yet in several occasions time becomes the biggest constraint for travelling. However, I believe that time can be a constraint but can’t be a blockade for a true travel bug. Due to my professional engagements and the shortage of time, I got only 3 days to visit KL. At the start, I was little confused about what would be the things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days or how to travel Kuala Lumpur within 3 days but later I figured it out. However, the following were in my mind before travelling:
- Exploring the different places
- Eating the local foods
- Smart Buying
- Feeling the local vibe
Things you can do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days
I reached KL (KLI2) by seven in the morning. Once completing the immigration formality, I met my guide, who was waiting outside the terminal. He took me to a local restaurant for the breakfast. Completing my breakfast (Sponsored by my generous guide Mr Iftikhar), I set off my journey to cover Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.
The residence of the Malaysian King and my first stop too. Malaysia is a democracy but the king is still holding a respectable position in the country. Frankly speaking, beside some historical facts, I found no spark at the place. So, I moved out quickly from the palace to my second destination.
Tugu Negara or National monument
My next stop was at the Tugu Negara or National monument. The monument is there in the memory of the soldiers who laid down their lives in the Second World War. You can see a beautiful monument surrounded by fountain. After spending half an hour and clicking some pictures, I moved to the next prime attraction.
Menara Kuala Lumpur or KL Tower
Yes, I was waiting for long to visit this place. My guide already booked my ticket for the deck view of the tower. With the height of 421 meters, it is the 7th tallest tower in the world. However, the elevator took you to the top (350 meters, the roof distance) within a minute hardly. You can take a breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur city from the tower. You can click as many pictures as you want or can also pick a souvenir. However, my recommendation is to wait for Petaling Street for buying stuffs (wait for Day 3). Once capturing the mesmerizing view of KL from the top, my next destination was the Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square.
Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square
It is a huge ground where on the Malaysian Independence Day (31 August 1957) the national parade happens. There is also a high flagpole (90mtrs) in Dataran Merdeka.
A city gallery is there beside it, where you can find “I love KL” statue. Next I moved to the Petronas Twin Towers.
PETRONAS Twin Towers
Since my childhood, I wanted to visit this place. However, apart from walking on the sky bridge, I did not find anything great as I already visited the KL tower a little back. Once seeing the twin towers, I went to the hotel (The Zon Residence), which was located just beside the towers.
After taking the shower and lunch in the hotel, I walked down the street (3 minutes) to the KLCC Park. I enjoyed the beautiful fountain show (starting time is 7 pm) over there. Then I visited the Surya KLCC Mall located just below the PETRONAS Twin Towers and had my dinner over there too.
My guide told me that he would come by 10 in the morning on next day. So, I was waiting for him after completing my breakfast (complementary with hotel stay). Once he reached, I set out for my second-day trip to cover Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.
Malaysia is predominantly an Islamist country but with a mixed culture. A huge South Indian origin population living in KL contribute a lot to this multi-cultural aspect. You can see the cultural mix in the places like Little India (a locality in KL) or Batu Caves (a 45 minutes drive from Kl).
A magnificent golden tall statue of Lord Murugan (42.7 meter high, 140 ft) is visible from far. The shrine is located on the hilltop in a cave where you can reach after crossing 272 steps. 2 more caves apart from the main cave are there and the complex has few temples also.
My guide drove me to the cable car station for Genting Highlands from Batu Caves. I took the return cable car ticket also from there. Genting Highlands is famous for the hi-end mall and scenic beauty. You will find the only legal casino (Genting Casino and SkyCasino) of the country over here. You are most welcome to try your luck if you like to do so. I returned directly to my hotel from Genting Highlands.
In the evening, I set out for the famous malls and Jalan Alor Street. As I already visited the Surya KLCC, so Pavilion Mall, Berjaya Time Square Mall and a few more were there on my list. I took the walkway from the KLCC to reach the Pavilion mall within 20 minutes. Once visiting all the malls, I went straight towards the Jalan Alor Street by 9 pm. I tasted some of the best street foods ever over there. You can also try these 5 best street foods in Jalan Alor.
In order to cover Kuala Lumpur in 3 days, my plan was to explore the city on my own on the last days. So I checked out of the hotel by 11.30 AM. I took a GO KL free ride bus from the front of the twin towers for Bukit Bintang. I got onto the Monorail for Rajajela Station to reach Jalan Petaling.
I must say that it is one of the most happening Chinatown I visited until date. You can buy different souvenirs or can buy some cool stuffs over here. However, bargaining rather hard bargaining is the only key to success over here. Once I completing my visit as well as buying some stuffs, I got into the car for my last destination, Putra Jaya.
Putra Jaya is the administrative city of Malaysia. No doubt, the architecture is one of the highlights of the city. Putra Jaya Lake, Putra Mosque, Perdana Putra are some of the prime attractions over here. You can take a ferry ride in the man-made lake.
I will recommend you to see the sunset at the lake. I also had my late lunch in the adjacent food court. After spending nearly 4 hours in Putra Jaya, doing all things I can do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days, I finally bid adieu to KL to set-off for the airport.
It is true that 3 days are not enough to explore any city and the landmarks in detail but you can have enough idea about the culture and local people of the place. KL is truly a cosmopolitan city, which reflects in its mixed culture and the warmth behavior of the people of the city. I did share the things one can do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days but every traveler explores from a different point of view. If you explored something else, please let me know in the comments.
Wish you all a happy travelling.