Things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days

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2 days in Kuala Lumpur? Yep, that is all we really had and we aimed to see as much as we could even if we had two kids behind us complaining like they were going for gold at the Olympics.

We actually had 3 days in Kuala Lumpur (but the heat limited the amount of time the kids would happily wander around) so we compressed our KL itinerary for 2 days so we could spend a day lazing about in the hotel.

It certainly wasn’t the perfect Kuala Lumpur itinerary or what we really had in mind but we made it work! Here are our top things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days.

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Kuala Lumpur cityscape
Cityscape of K.L

Just to get you started…some Kuala Lumpur facts.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia with around 1.73 million people calling it home and it is the countries biggest city. Kuala Lumpur is loving known by many as simply KL and is a popular tourist city with around 8.9million visitors per year. So you have picked an awesome place to visit.

What do I need to get the most out of my 2 days in Kuala Lumpur?

Well you need the motivation first! But here are somethings that might help you a bit more:

  • Good accommodation- we discuss that below.
  • A good lightweight backpack
  • Sunhat that will keep you from getting burnt
  • Do you have a camera to get all the pics you want?
  • Good, sturdy shoes that won’t hurt your feet after a long day

Visiting Kuala Lumpur tips:

If you can freeze some water overnight. This will help you stay cool during your Kuala Lumpur day trips. You can just pour cold water in over the ice block all day!

Know before you go. Our top Kuala Lumpur travel tips

Planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur can take a lot of time. Let us help you with what we know, to make sure your trip to Malaysia easy and stress free.

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

There are all sorts of accommodation in Kuala Lumpur available for every price range.

  • Luxury Accommodation: Park Royal Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur Rated an 8.5 from 2317 reviews and starting at $207US for a Two-Bedroom Suite. The Park Royal Suites has a location score of 8.7 and offers guests 2 pools, free shuttle service to the business centre and shopping malls, fitness centre and a kitchenette in the suite. Click here for latest prices and bookings
  • Mid-range Accommodation: Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre Rated an 8.6 from 1633 reviews and starting at $96US for a Standard Twin room. Ibis KLCC has a location score of 7.7 and offers guests buffet breakfast, free wifi, air conditioning, outdoor infinity pool, view of the Petronas Towers, laundry service and a little convenience store on site. For latest prices and bookings click here
  • Budget Accommodation: The Robertson by Joseph’s Suites (Aparthotel) Rated a 9.1 from 38 reviews and starting at $70US for a Superior Apartment. The Robertson has a location score of 9.3 and offers guests a fitness centre, ATM on-site, outdoor pool, wi-fi and an airport shuttle service. For the latest prices and bookings click here

Do you need a sim card for your trip to Malaysia?

Relying on Wi-fi when you are travelling can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact with who you need is a top priority. Plan your trip out and order your sim before you leave home to stop any stress about travelling, data and calls.

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So now…your Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 2 days!

Day one in Kuala Lumpur

There are so many things to do in Kuala Lumpur that you will have a brilliant time planning a trip to Malaysia. Here is pour guide to a brilliant two days in Kuala Lumpur that you can use as a guide to get the most out of your time there.

Batu Caves

Batu Caves are a series of caves in limestone hills just out of Kuala Lumpur. The series of caves is one of the most popular Tamil shrines outside of India and Batu Caves are one of the best known Kuala Lumpur tourist spots.

How do I get to Batu Caves?

A trip to Batu Caves will take you roughly 35-40 minutes to get there if you are staying in the Kuala Lumpur city centre using a Grab. The cost is around RM30. This is also a quicker way to get out to Batu Caves if you are on a tight schedule for your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur rather than using public transport.

How much is the entry to Batu Caves?

You do not have to pay to enter Batu Caves but you do need to make sure your knees are covered for both men and women. Children are not a problem and if you are unsure there are ladies at the entrance with sarongs for you to hire. They are RM5 each. Marley had on shorts but we did not need to hire a sarong for her.

How much time do I spend at Batu Caves?

We took our time climbing the steps to the top as we have two kids. All up we were at Batu Caves for 2.5 hours. This included:

  • climbing the steps slowly
  • a blessing at the shrine at the top for all four of us
  • plenty of picture taking
  • a stop for a drink
  • walking slowly back down the steps
  • we also had some snacks before we left

Batu caves with kids tips:

We are not the fittest people you will meet so we really took our time on the steps. We also had been told there was not much to do up there but we really liked it and found ourselves wandering around just looking. Take your time and watch the religious ceremonies if you can. Batu Caves is one of the top things to see in Kuala Lumpur and we are glad we went.

Patronas Towers

After you have grabbed a quick bite to eat on the run and a Grab back into the city, head to the Petronas Towers for stunning views over the Kuala Lumpur city centre. This is a must for your two days in Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

Petronas Towers Entry Tickets

How do I get to the Petronas Towers?

If you are staying at the amazing Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Center as we did it is an easy walk up to the Petronas Towers. If you are staying anywhere else in the city you can easily catch a Grab to them.

The address you will need is Concourse Level, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur. Or you can catch a train from any station within Klang Valley area and make your way to KLCC Station (KJ10).

How much is a trip to the Petronas Towers?

You can go to the Petronas Towers website and book tickets for your allocated time.

Admission Non-Mykad MyKad
Adult (13 – 60 years) RM80.00 RM28.00
Child (3 – 12 years) RM33.00 RM14.00
Senior Citizen (61 years & above) RM42.00 RM14.00
Infant (below 2 years old) FREE FREE

How much time do I spend at the Petronas Towers?

You can visit the Petronas Towers Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm with the last admission at 8.30 pm. Be aware that the Towers are closed between 1.00 pm and 2.30 every Friday.

You need to book a time for your Petronas Towers tour and be there 15 MINUTES before your allocated time. First, you are taken to level 42 to the sky bridge and then to level 86. You will have enough time allocated in each section for your visit.

Petrosains Discovery Center

The Petrosains Discovery Center was an amazing surprise for us and the kids. While it is marketed as being an activity for kids in Kuala Lumpur there were plenty of adults enjoying learning about how things work at the Petrosains Discovery Centre. We think this would have to be one of the most fun things to do in KL.

How do I get to the Petrosains Discovery Center?

The Petronsains Discovery Center is located in the Petronas Towers at the Suria KLCC. Take the central lift to Level 4. You will see the bright colours of Petrosains right in front of you.

How much is entry to Petrosains Discovery Center?

These are the rates to get entry into the Petrosains Discovery Centre. These prices below do not include the 6% service tax that is payable.

Discovery Centre Prices With MyKad Non-MyKad
Senior Citizen (61 years & above) RM 9.00 RM 14.00
Adult (13 – 60 years) RM 18.50 RM 28.00
Child (3 – 12 years) RM 7.50 RM 16.50
Infant (2 years & below) Free Admission

How much time do I spend at Petrosains Discovery Center?

You will need plenty of time to make your way around this amazing centre. There are so many things to do for you and for your children. It would have to be one of the most interesting places in KL to visit for all ages.

Days Hours of operation
Monday Closed (except on School Holidays and Monday, 16 September 2019 (Malaysia Day)
Tuesday–Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm (Last Admission is at 4:00pm)
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday 9:30am – 6:30pm (Last Admission: 5:00pm)

*CLOSED on Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidiladha.

F1 car
F1 car at Petronas Discovery Centre

Jalan Alor

Now where to go in KL at night for some amazing food? After a huge day, it is time to just sit, relax and get some amazing dinner and Jalan Alor is a must-visit in Kuala Lumpur for your dinner! At Jalan Alor, you can get everything from a full sit down meal to a lamb chop on a stick! Yep, a chop on a stick.

It is up to you whether you grab something on the run or sit to watch the people stream through this amazing open-aired street heaven but whatever you choose it is a must for your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur.

How do I get to the Jalan Alor?

If you are using a Grab or a taxi all you have to do is say the name of the street and you are off and running.

Public Transport: Get a timetable for the GoKL free bus service and see where you can get on and off but one stop is definitely going to get you to your dinner!

If you need some extra help the Go KL website is right here

How much is entry to Jalan Alor?

FREE…what?? Yes, there is no entry fee to Jalan Alor because it is just a street full to the brim of amazing food shops! An even better excuse to spend some time here and do your own mini Kuala Lumpur food tour!

Jalan Alor
Dinner at Jalan Alor is a must in Kuala Lumpur

How much time do I spend at Jalan Alor?

We found by the time we wandered the street looking for a stall that had something all of us would like, ate, drank and then looked around again we spent just over 2.5 hours in Jalan Alor.

Visiting Jalan Alor with kids tips:

Jalan Alor is one of the busiest places to visit in Kl at night. People stream through here fast. We never felt unsafe or anything like that but be aware of your kids. Ours wandered off a couple of times just to look at things that caught their eye. They are older so it wasn’t a worry but little ones might get scared.

And day one in Kuala Lumpur is over! It’s time to go back to your hotel and have a long cold shower or a soak in the pool. Get a good nights sleep and be ready for day 2 in Kuala Lumpur!

Your day 2 Kuala Lumpur itinerary

After a good nights sleep you should be ready to explore Kuala Lumpur all over again!

KL hop on hop off bus.

This will allow you to see some of Kuala Lumpur without having to work those legs too much and it is a great way to see the top places of interest in Kuala Lumpur. It will also allow you to jump on and off wherever you like which is a great thing.

The hop-on, hop-off bus then gives you the chance to decide what to see in Kuala Lumpur and when. After a huge day yesterday, you can now just sit and watch Kuala Lumpur glide past. We found it was a great way to see Kuala Lumpur with kids and all parties were happy!

How do I catch the Kl hop on hop off bus?

You will need to get a map and see where the closest stop is to your Kuala Lumpur accommodation. If you want to look before you can find the map here

How much is the KL hop on hop off bus?

Type of Ticket Ticket Price
Standard Adult 24 hours RM50
Standard Adult 48 hours RM74
Standard Child 24 hours RM24
Standard Child 48 hours RM38
Family 24 hours RM140

These tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours after purchase and are priced for Non-Malaysian travellers. Family ticket is for 2 adults and 2 children.

How much time do I spend on the KL hop on hop off bus?

We did a full lap before we took the second one to know where we were going and where we wanted to get off on the second lap. We find it is a great way to cool down and plan where we are going before we just jump off. We spent around 5 hours getting on and off the bus.

Added info you might need for the hop on hop off bus

  • Remember you need to keep your ticket on you at all times to reboard the bus.
  • There is air conditioning on the bus and an outdoor section without it.
  • There are two routes available: The Green Line and The Red Line
  • The bus runs from 9.00 am until 6.00 pm
  • The buses are at the stops between every 20-30 minutes

Visiting Kuala Lumpur top tip:

As we said this is a great way to decide what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days and prioritise where you want to go. If you are very unfamiliar with the city you can do this Kuala Lumpur activity on your first day and then you have extra time to go back to the activities you really liked if you have extra days in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Hop-on, Hop-off Bus

Top tips for your 2 days in Kuala Lumpur

  • It is hot. If you set out early with the taxing things to see in Kuala Lumpur you can relax with the cooler ones in the heat of the day.
  • Take extra water everywhere and keep hydrated
  • Taxis have a better reputation for not ripping people off in Kuala Lumpur but we found Grab so easy, cheap and convenient.
  • We realise there are so many things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days and we may have missed some. Travelling with kids makes things a little more challenging at times but this Kuala Lumpur itinerary is doable!

We actually had 3 days in Kuala Lumpur but we spent the last one by the hotel pool as that is what the kids wanted. We hope you have found some places of interest in Kuala Lumpur with our things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days itinerary.

More Kuala Lumpur accommodation options

Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur Rated an 8.3 from 7142 reviews and starting at $133US for a Superior Double or Twin room. Concorde Hotel has a location score of 8.7 and offers guests buffet breakfast, air conditioning, outdoor pool, free wi-fi and a business centre. For latest prices and bookings click here

In the pool at KLCC Ibis hotel

Element Kuala Lumpur by Westin Rated a 9.0 from 790 reviews and starting at $176US for a Two-Bedroom Suite. Element by Westin has a location score of 9.1 and offers guests an indoor swimming pool, free wi-fi, buffet breakfast and a fitness centre. Click here for latest prices and bookings

Malaysia Air BnB alternative for your stay in Kuala Lumpur

If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation in Kuala Lumpur then Air BnB is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Kuala Lumpur Airbnb

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to stay in Kuala Lumpur when you visit Malaysia. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Malaysia click through to our Malaysia Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.

Some more travel inspiration for your trip to Malaysia

How to get to Kuala Lumpur

Arriving at Kuala Lumpur

Please find below some options for you to get from the airport into the city centre of Kuala Lumpur

Driving in Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur is quite straight forward. For a city with a population of KL, we found there were not that many cars on the road except at peak hour. Driving in Malaysia is great the main roads and tollways are in great condition. Your best bet is to pre-book a hire car and pick it up at the airport or any major town.

Admission prices to the Blue Lagoon

There are 3 types of entry tickets to the Blue Lagoon. You can get comfort, premium and retreat spa tickets. As of April 2021, admission prices to the Blue Lagoon were as follows.

Both domestic and international buses service Kuala Lumpur. Singapore is just 5,5 hours away to the south while bus originating north in Bangkok also make the journey points like Krabi. Domestically buses arrive frequently from places such as Langkawi, Penang, andJohor Bahru. We have travelled on bus in Malaysia and highly recommend it. We booked through 12go Asia and you can to, just click the banner below

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Money in Malaysia

The official currency of Malaysia is the Ringgit. The Malaysian Ringgit comes in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, RM100 notes. We found withdrawing money from ATM’s in Malaysia very easy.

More about the Author

Bec Wyld is a mother, wife, community care worker and once reluctant traveller. But now Bec has been to over 35 countries across the globe and is always seeking more adventures. She has planned, stressed, laughed and chatted in all of them. Bec’s writing can be found on Wyld Family Travel, as a guest poster on popular sites and contributor on travel websites including Lonely Planet Kids.

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Things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days

2 thoughts on “Things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days”

  1. Malaysia is one of my favourite places. A great itinerary for a couple of days. Love the pool at your hotel.

  2. Great you’ve enjoyed my city! You’ve been to tourist places only. Come again to KL & experience local’s favourite places 😀


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