Cultural diversity, a massive selection of food, warm and welcoming locals and tropical weather come together in a frisson of adventure in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This list assembles absolutely free activities you can enjoy with family and friends if you’re a budget backpackers!
1) Saunter in the Perdana Botanical Gardens Source
This renowned stop is located within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park and presents visitors with tropical flora, tranquillize waterfalls, well-maintained landscaped gardens and many other desirabilities. Founded in the 1880s, it is considered the oldest recreational park in Kuala Lumpur. Here, you’ll have access to an enormous children’s play area, several outdoor exercise equipment, walking or jogging paths and also a cafe which opens from 9am to 6pm.
How To Get Here? To get here, you can bound on the RapidKL Bus No.B112 from the Pasar Seni LRT Station. Otherwise, you can also take the KL Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus that disembarks at Station No. 14 in front of the KL Bird Park.
Destination: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana 55200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 7am to 8pm
Contact: +603 2617 6404
2) Visit Kuala Lumpur City Center Park (KLCC)Source
Enjoy 50-acres of land designed by the late Roberto Burle Marx (a Brazilian master of gardens). There’s sufficient of places to sit and rest, a 1.3km jogging track, as well as a swimming pool and playground for children. During the evening, the jet at Symphony Lake put on a musical water performance.
How To Get There? To get here, you can always take a taxi or utilise the Kelana Jaya LRT line that stops right below the Twin Towers (KLCC). If you’re coming from inside the mall, take an escalator up to Ground (G) Floor and make your way to the bubble lifts in the centre. The entrance to the park is just opposite the lifts. If you choose to walk, you can also use the elevated, air-conditioned KLCC to Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway if you’re near to the Bukit Bintang area or Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Destination: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 7am to 10pm
Contact: +603 2380 9032 / 2
3) Inspect Batu CavesSource
Drive a little more than 10 km from Kuala Lumpur city centre, and you’ll end up at this renowned limestone hill made up of several caves and indoor temples. Devotees of the Hindu God, Lord Murugan, usually visit the temples to pray and give offerings. If you’re not particularly into of crowds, you’ll want to avoid coming during Thaipusam as it packed full of devotees and visitors. During this festival, the Silver Chariot procession will make its way from Kuala Lumpur the night before to Batu Caves the following day. Visitors to this famous stop will have the chance to climb 272 steep rock stairs before reaching the first cave.
How To Get There? Taxis are consistently available to this destination. Otherwise, you can also take the Intrakota Bus No.11D from Central Market (Pasar Seni) or the Cityliner Bus No.69 from Jalan Pudu
Destination: Batu Caves, Sri Subramaniam Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 6am to 9pm
Contact: +603 2287 9422
4) Attach a Guided Tour Of Dataran MerdekaSource
You could take in the visions of Malaysia’s British colonial buildings on your own, but to truly get a sensation of its history, there’s also a free guided tour offered by KL City Hall that starts from the City Gallery at Dataran Merdeka. The tour comprises of 11 historical sites and will take around 2.5 hours from beginning to finishing. If you’ve been tingling to try out some local Malaysian snacks, there’s also free tastings available. To register, simply call the number provided or just email email@example.com.
How To Get Here? You can get here through the KL Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus or take a taxi straight to KL City Gallery. Otherwise, you can also perch at the Masjid Jamek LRT Station or Pasar Seni Station and take 5-7 minutes to walk to Dataran Merdeka.
Destination: 27, Jalan Raja, Dataran Merdeka, 50050 Dataran Merdeka
Operating Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday starting from 9am to 11.30am
Contact: +603 269 80332
5) Spectacle Of National Mosque
National Mosque is the largest outstanding place of reverence for Muslims in Malaysia. The National Mosque can be found at the border of the Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. The holy halls are open to visitors during particular hours of the day. Before infiltrating the mosque, you will be given a floor-length cloak to put on by a steward before you will be allowed to enter. You will also be preferred to take off your shoes to advocate silence and to eschew damaging the interior.
How To Get Here? The effortless manner of transportation would be a taxi. Another technique is to stop at the Pasar Seni LRT Station and cross the bridge that links to the Kuala Lumpur Station (KTM). Do not pass the ticket counters; instead, walk further along until you come across a parking lot in front of the POS Malaysia building. You’ll see the entrance to an underpass that will take you across Jalan Kinabalu. From there, you’ll arrive at the mosque at the end of the shaft.
Destination: Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 12pm, 3pm to 4pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm On Fridays, the mosque will not be open to visitors in the morning due to prayers ( Non-Muslim Visitors)
6) Amble in KL Forest Eco ParkSource
This hidden gems proudly holds a place as one of the elderly forest saves in Malaysia. A renowned hiking destination for locals as well as tourists, this million of years old rainforest is clearly marked and regularly maintained. With its newest attraction of a 200m canopy walk, visitors are dispensed with an outstanding aerial sight of the neighbouring forest and city skyline. This is surely an experience not to be missed. Guided tours by the Malaysian Forest Department are accessible at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. There’s also a cooling visitor’s centre with attractive displays.
How To Get Here? To get to the park entrance at Jalan Raja Chulan, you can take a 10-minute walk from Chinatown or the Puduraya Bus Station. The Dang Wangi LRT station is also a short walk from the entrance behind the Malaysian Timber Product Gallery. Ultimately, there are also steps near the foot of KL Tower which you can access.
Destination: KL Lot 240, Bukit Nanas, Jalan Raja Chulan 70300 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 7am to 6pm
Contact: +603 2070 6342
7) Drip By The PETRONAS Art Gallery Source
Founded in 1993, this non-profit visual art gallery is open to the public in KLCC to encourage the uninterruptedness and evolution of Malaysian art. You can also participate in free art classes promoting local techniques. To view the current and past list of exhibitions, do visit their website.
How To Get Here? To get here, you can regularly take a taxi or utilise the Kelana Jaya LRT line that stops right below the Twin Towers (KLCC). If you’re coming from inside the mall, take the escalator or lift up to the 3rd Floor. If you choose to walk, you can also use the elevated, air-conditioned KLCC to Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway if you’re near to the Bukit Bintang area or Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Destination: Lot 341-343, 3rd Floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm (closed on Mondays)
Contact: +603 2051 7770
8) Visit The Kuala Lumpur Cultural Craft ComplexSource
Malaysia houses a varied selection of cultural crafts and many of it can be viewed in the open-concept building of the Cultural Craft Complex located at Jalan Conlay. The building is dissected into some sections, largely the museum, artists’ colony and craft village, the batik gallery and the souvenir shop. Here, you’ll get a first-hand opportunity to view the handiwork and process of master craftsmen and craftswomen for traditional basket weaving, batik making, pottery and so much more. For a token fee, you’ll also get to try your hand at diverse crafts.
How To Get Here? You can get there by address a taxi but you can also choose to go on foot as it is a few minutes walk from KLCC and Aquaria
Destination: Level 8, Bangunan Sri Anjung, Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex, Section 63, Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 5.30pm
Contact: +603 2164 9907 / 08
9) Discover The Royal Selangor Visitor CentreSource
Founded in 1885, Royal Selangor is considered the maker of the world’s finest pewter. Guests are welcomed with appreciative guided tours of the Visitor Centre which houses museum reveals and even a chance to watch pewter crafting in real time. For those up to the challenge, you can try hammering a pewter sheet to get a feel of the process. The guided tour is available in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
How To Get Here? There are a free shuttle van services are obtainable at selected hotels to the Visitor’s Centre. There’s also the option of a five-minute taxi ride from the Wangsa Maju stop on the Kelana Jaya LRT line.
Destination: Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, 4, Jalan Usahawan 6, Setapak Jaya 53300 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
Contact: +603 4145 6122
10) Explore the National Art GallerySource
This four-storey gallery is home to some of Malaysia’s main artists and designers. Depending on when you visit, you’ll also get the chance to admire any number of touring exhibitions as well as experimental works. Since it’s situated in the neighbourhood of Titiwangsa, you can also visit Titiwangsa Lake Gardens for a calm saunter.
How To Get Here? It’s not the most reachable site to get to and the easiest transportation option would be taking a taxi. You could also take the RapidKL Bus No.B103 that runs from Bukit Bintang to Titiwangsa via the KLCC route.
Destination: 2, Jalan Temerloh, Off Jalan Tun Razak, 53200 Kuala Lumpur
Operating Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm
Contact: +603 4025 4990