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Kuala Lumpur: 48 Hours in the Malaysian Capital

Where to eat, sleep, stay and visit in the city

Kuala Lumpur skyline

From modernist architecture to a myriad of incredible natural wonders, Kuala Lumpur has it all—and it’s time to pay the Malaysian capital city a visit.

The metropolis is both modern and historic, with skyscrapers taking over the capital city and ancient caves maintaining a sense of the past. Today, Kuala Lampur stands as one of Asia’s most buzzing destinations, and for good reason. The capital is fuelled by its diversity, with a population encompassing everyone from Muslim-Malays, Chinese and Indians—all of whom living in seemingly blissful harmony.

With the weather cooling down from May to August, it’s the best time to start planning your trip. This is the ultimate guide to Kuala Lumpur

Stay at The Chow Kit

The Chow KitSkip out on the traditional hotel experience and stay at the Chow Kit. The recently opened boutique hotel is named after and situated in the heart of the bustling Chow Kit neighbourhood, where one of Malaysia’s most famous markets is held. The hotel was designed with home in mind and has a cozy vibe that’s sure to leave you not wanting to leave. And in an homage to its hometown, the hotel features curated artwork by local artists from Malaysia.

Get your art fix at the Islamic Arts Museum

the Islamic Arts MuseumOn your way back from the Modernist National Mosque, be sure to stop at the Islamic Arts Museum. The museum boasts one of the largest Islamic art collections in the world, and is the largest in Southeast Asia with over 7,000 artefacts displayed throughout its 12 galleries.

Hangout at the Merchant’s Lane

the Merchant’s LaneWhether you’re in town for business or for leisure, be sure to grab a bite (or just hang out) at the Merchant’s Lane. Take a seat in the lush courtyard and enjoy some modern Malaysian cuisine, like the kg sg tua. 

Indulge in local culture at the Batu Caves

the Batu CavesYes, it’s a tourist trap, but the Batu Caves are definitely worth seeing. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India, and is said to be around 400 million years old. This is where you’ll also see the world’s tallest statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity. 

Grab a drink at Botakliquor

BotakliquorIf there’s anything Malaysia is known for, it’s lush greenery, and this bar is a perfect display of it all. Not only that, but it’s all local too. Each of the cocktails are made using plants from the founder’s own garden.

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