Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
• Go up the Petronas Towers for an incredible pay-panoramic view, or go below for an equally stunning view, shopping in a vast mall or just watch the fountains and light show in the evenings.
• Take a Malaysia Heritage Walk to see the best buildings, hear the history and be introduce to fantastic foods. About 4 hours, twice a day.
• Visit the Islamic Arts Museum, a well-organized, attractive collection of arts, antiques, crafts, textiles, models of mosques around the world and interesting information on the history of Islam.
• Check the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (Dewan Filharmonik) if you like classical music (occasional jazz). The concert hall is modern and gorgeous and prices affordable. But beware dress code. No shorts and flip flops!
• Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, the world’s largest free-flight, walk-in aviary. Set in a sprawling valley, this renowned eco-tourism park is home to more than 3, 000 birds, some monkeys and plenty of mosquitoes. You’ll need half a day to see the whole park and can get there from KL on a Hop on Hop off tourist bus.
• Petrosains Science Discovery Centre is another small, fine place for kids with lots of interactive exhibits. It’s in the Petronas Towers complex.
• Explore Thean Hou Temple, a grand, ornate but modern Chinese temple dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, Thean Hou. This serene temple borrows from Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions, with sculptures and paintings. Good for photographers, the panoramic views of KL alone make the trip up the hill worthwhile, but there’s no public transport there.
• Visit the clean, elaborate and peaceful Indian Hindu temple of Sri Mahamariamman in China Town. Full of strange and intricate carvings and paintings it’s a great contrast to the Chinese temple opposite.
• take a 13 km train ride to the Batu Caves Hindu Temple complex. See below.