3 days in Kuala Lumpur is the perfect amount of time to experience the mix of modernity and tradition that has established the Malaysian capital as a firm favorite on Southeast Asian travel itineraries.
KL, as the city’s name is endearingly shortened to by locals and visitors alike, is home to some of Malaysia’s most visited and iconic sights. The Petronas Twin Towers are a towering reminder of the city’s modern influence, while the streets of Chinatown and the famous Batu Caves are firm symbols of the multicultural makeup that has made the city what it is today.
The city is a foodie’s heaven too. There’s a diverse ethnic and cultural makeup, with Malay, Tamil and Chinese dishes merging with British Colonial and Western influences to produce a culinary scene that’s hard to match anywhere else in Asia.
With this 3-day Kuala Lumpur itinerary, you’ll be able to enjoy a short city break that takes in the best of Kuala Lumpur and leaves you hungry for Malaysian cuisine wherever you travel to next.
Best Time to Visit Kuala Lumpur
KL is a destination that can be traveled to all year round, so there’s not really a ‘best time’ to visit Kuala Lumpur. The city experiences rainfall every month, with March to May and October to November being the rainiest months of the year. These months are when the tail end of the coastal monsoons sweep over the capital. It’s hot and humid all year round in Kuala Lumpur, and although it doesn’t rain a lot, when it does, it usually falls in heavy bursts, leaving you with hours of sunshine to enjoy afterwards.
Check flights to Kuala Lumpur from the USA (starts at $393 RT) and UK (starts at £342 RT)
Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur
There is a huge range of accommodation options available in Kuala Lumpur. From cheap backpacker options to five-star luxury suites, KL has something for every budget and for every taste. It’s a sprawling city, so there are many different areas to stay in. Here are the best choices for your 3 days itinerary in Kuala Lumpur.
Budget and backpacker accommodation is found across the city, however, the highest concentration of cheap hotels tend to be in Chinatown. The accommodation here can be hit or miss though, so choose carefully. The area is very touristy, but still uniquely Chinese-Malay. The best-recommended budget option in Chinatown is Mingle Hostel. It’s just a short stroll from the nearest metro, great value and always full of travelers.
2. Bukit Bintang
Bukit Bintang is the place to stay for street food, night markets and nightlife. Accommodation in this central area of the city is usually mid-range, although there is still something for every budget. The best mid-range option here is the Park Royal Hotel, a classic KL hotel that offers understated luxury in a great location. For more hotel options in Bukit Bintang.
KLCC – Kuala Lumpur City Centre – is the perfect area for first-time travelers to the city or for those looking to stay in the ‘nicest’ district. In KLCC you are within walking distance of the famous Twin Towers, and the city centre is full of fine dining options, shopping malls and upmarket hotels. The Face Suites are fast becoming a favorite luxury option here, with luxury apartments offering views of the towers and a rooftop swimming pool providing much-needed relief from the humidity of the city. The Traders Hotel and the Fraser Residence are also highly recommended.
Transportation in Kuala Lumpur
There are regular bus and train connections to the large international airport, which has flights all over the world and is the hub of the low-cost airline, AirAsia. A central bus station connects KL with the rest of Malaysia, as well as Singapore and Thailand, while a rail line also runs across the country and beyond.
Public transport in the city is extensive, frequent and reliable, making it easy to experience the best of Kuala Lumpur in 3 days. There are monorail and metro lines, all of which connect with each other and to the local bus system. The lines are easy to navigate and the cost of tickets is minimal.