It’s a big and noisy city, Kuala Lumpur. But it gets quiet during CNY, making it the best time to be a local tourist!
A long weekend is coming and it’s Chinese New Year! If you haven’t been to KL during this period, you’d be surprised how quiet the usually noisy, bustling city is. And it’s the best time to be a local tourist! No lining up or jostling through crowds and best of all, no traffic jams.
So, if you’ll be hitting Malaysia’s capital city next weekend, here are our top five things to do.
1. Visit the Petronas Twin Towers
Usually, this place is jam-packed. Locals and tourists alike flock to KLCC to stand in the shadow of the Twin Towers and take hundreds of photographs. Families eager for a day outing head to the adjacent park for a picnic, and shoppers trawl every floor from midday to nightfall.
But during Chinese New Year, it’s not so crowded. See the Twin Towers from the ground up, snap a few photos without strange shoulders in the frame and enjoy a leisurely walk around the fountain and park.
Tip: If you’re early enough and have a few more ringgit to spend, head up the Towers! At the 86th floor, you’ll get a breathtaking view. Tickets are limited and on a first come, first served basis for Malaysians.
For more information, click here.
2. Eat and eat again at Jalan Alor
This famous street transforms into a long stretch of open-air eateries every evening (5pm – late), and is a must-visit if you’re ever in KL. This lane serves up every dish imaginable in terms of local cuisine, and most places serve alcohol too. From frog legs to fried durian and rojak, find anything your heart desires here.
It gets pretty noisy as business owners try to out-shout each other and ‘win’ customers, so don’t panic if a rising chorus greets you as you walk along. It’s just friendly competition!
3. Enjoy a scenic ride on the monorail
You may be wondering why we’re asking you to aimlessly ride the monorail, but wait. The elevated track of the monorail gives a great overview of the city in comfort without you having to walk in the heat (or rain). Also, the route itself isn’t very long so you might as well go end-to-end.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can hop on the LRT (light rapid transit), a different train system that connects you to suburbs beyond Kuala Lumpur. One Utama, the world’s seventh largest mall, is in Damansara. Gombak is home to Batu Caves, a limestone hill with caves and cave temples.
4. Meet animal friends at the KL Bird Park or Aquaria
If you enjoy hanging out with feathered friends, the KL Bird Park is a great place to meet them! Even locals enjoy this park, and some visit more than once. Located in the Lake Gardens, this 20.9 acre is the world’s largest free-flight and walk-in aviary. We suggest bring a hat or umbrella as birds may release a thing or two, especially after meals, and you don’t want to be caught below unprepared.
For more information on the KL Bird Park, click here.
For aquatic lovers, Aquaria at KLCC won’t let you down. This indoor oceanarium has more than 5,000 exhibits of both aquatic and land-bound creatures. A definite family favourite; the children will enjoy seeing the colourful fishes and ocean creatures up close.
For more information on Aquaria KLCC, click here.
5. Relax and unwind with a drink or two
KL is known for its loud and happening nightlife, with clubs, bars and pubs lining the streets. From sipping designer cocktails on a helipad to hitting the dance floor till early morning, the city comes alive after 9pm. As Malaysians are happily nocturnal, the night scene can’t be anything but happening down in KL.
If you’re looking for a slow and relaxing night to close out your weekend, we would suggest finding a speakeasy (small and often difficult to find bars) offering unique drinks and great eats. If you’re not into alcohol, most places offer a wide variety of non-alcoholic drinks that are house signatures too. For a solid list of bars or lounges you can head to, check out The Coverage’s list.
There you go, the five things to do if you drop by Kuala Lumpur during Chinese New Year! As always, whenever you’re travelling in a big and unfamiliar city, be street smart. Don’t accept candy, or premix coffee, from strangers and take extra care of yourself and your belongings. Happy travels!
Have you been to Kuala Lumpur for a weekend trip before? What are some of the activities you’d suggest? Let us know in the comments below!
For more weekend getaway ideas, here’s a good list to get you started
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