7 Alternative Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia, a diverse area that includes Tamil, Chinese, Malay, and indigenous inhabitants. It covers more than 200 square kilometers and is a center of activity and commerce.

While on vacation to a foreign destination, especially one such as Kuala Lumpur, there are two types of people: the tourist, and the traveler. Most major cities have ‘tourist traps’ that keep people entertained during their visit. These areas get filled with the suntan smeared, camera-wielding crowds. The ones that talk too loud and love selfies. Don’t be a tourist, experience the city as the natives do. Don’t spend your entire trip abroad, especially your visit to Kuala Lumpur, getting elbowed in the side while standing in line for hours.

The city contains an attractive balance of the old world and the new for visitors to experience. From temples and mosques to cutting edge architecture, to local street markets and fairs. Kuala Lumpur has everything you could imagine for all ages and budgets.

1. Petaling Street

Petaling Street

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Petaling St. is a tourist’s heaven! Filled to the brim with shops, stalls, and venues hawking goods and food to the natives and the pilgrims. Handbags, watches, trainers, clothing – you want it, you can find it! Louis Vuitton sits side-by-side with women’s and men’s jewelry; and the latest cinematic releases. Full of cheap and cheerful goods, it’s your first stop for variety and value for your money. Offering an authentic shopping experience with experienced and enthusiastic vendors.

There are opportunities to sample the array of Kuala Lumpur’s cuisine on every corner. The food stalls and restaurants fill the streets with a mixture of aromas that last through the night, enhancing your visit. And every memory of the city you will have in the future.

2. Aquaria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur

Aquaria KLCC

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The Aquaria KLCC in KL (Kuala Lumpur) is on the concourse level of the KL Convention Centre. It is a 5000 square foot aquarium, making it the largest in the world, and home to over 150 species of marine life.

The Aquaria includes tiger sharks, sea snakes, blue rays, bright coral fish, and others. These tanks, filled with kelp, colored coral, and sea creatures belong to one of the country’s leading attractions.   

3. Kasturi Walk

Kasturi Walk

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The open-air flea market is set up along Jalan Kasturi next to Central Market. It has the most beautiful pewter wau Bulan, shaped like a butterfly hanging over the entrance. It’s the place to find local snacks and fruit stalls. Vendors selling fake label handbags, watches, t-shirts, and flip flops. Think Petaling St. but less crowded.

Even without the extensive range of traders that Petaling St. has, the goods at Kasturi Walk have prices that make the trip more than worthwhile. Established in 2011. Everything from the kiosks and stalls, to the tiled walkway, still has a new and clean look. Speaking of stalls, their food stalls sell everything. Everything from Malay kuih and Chinese dim sum to Indian rojak and other local snacks. During special events, Kasturi Walk arranges cultural performances. Immersing you in the Indian culture.

4. Zouk Club KL Super Nightclub In Jalan Tun Razak

Zouk Club KL

Set within Kuala Lumpur’s massive integrated entertainment center is the Zouk Club.

A world famous super nightclub in the Middle Ring Road of Jalan Tun Razak. Containing 11 nightclub concepts underneath one bass banging, light flashing roof. Zouk is a unique combination of nightclub, bar, live music venue and restaurant. Each space offers a different visual and incredible clubbing experience. Making its name, which means ‘party’, a perfect and apt fit. It is best known for welcoming an ever-changing line-up of international DJs, such as legends Paul Van Dyk and Tiesto. More recently Hardwell, Martin Garrix, and Laidback Luke have made appearances as well.

Zouk also throws themed party nights, like retro Mambo Jambo, which consists of 70s and 80s hits remixed with house music. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned party-goer or letting loose while you’re on vacation, Zouk has every necessity for a great night out. Especially with their for exclusive members’ areas, al fresco dining spaces, bars, club rooms, lounges, and a balcony deck. Each venue is also fitted with amenities such as a kitchen/catering facility, private rooms, elevator entrances, and a medical bay. These additions make Zouk one of the most ambitious nightclubs, not only in KL but all Southeast Asia.

5. KLCC Park

KLCC Park

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KL’s most popular green, KLCC Park is surprisingly large! You’ll understand when you get there and see it for yourself, and contains excellent play equipment for kids! There’s a running track as well as eye-catching fountains that spray and foam throughout the day, which turn into a light show every evening.

6. Gravity Club At The Gardens Mall

Gravity Club

Looking for less body heat and mosh pits for your late night adventure in KL?

The Gravity Club is a classy night experience, merging breathtaking city views with entertaining DJs. With a mixture of dance music including Trance, EDM, Hip-Hop, and House Music. Perfect for the late night pilgrim and vacationer that wants to enjoy a fun night out without traveling too far from the KL city center.

The Gravity Club is an exclusive rooftop nightclub, situated on the 6th floor of the Gardens Mall. The club draws well-dressed young locals, expats, and tourists, like bears to honey. They host unique themed nights every week. Including: Revolution Wednesday, Frequency on Thursdays, Reunited on Fridays, and Futurista on Saturdays. Local performers and acts, as well as international entertainers, have made special appearances. They include but are not limited to: DJ Kyori (KL), Eva T (KL), The Chainsmokers (USA), Mark Sixma (Holland), and Sidney Samson (Holland).

The Gravity Club has all the right things for a great nightlife hot spot. A diverse range of music and fun-loving crowd. First-rate lighting and sound systems, and lastly, spectacular views of KL.

7. Shopping In Bukit Bintang

Bukit Bintang

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Whether it’s killing time, collecting items for home or wardrobe, or souvenir shopping, Bukit Bintang is an experience you cannot pass on!
Once you arrive you’ll know that shopping in Bukit Bintang is an incredibly satisfying experience, no matter what you are looking for.

Known as the fashion and entertainment epicenter of KL, it is home to many designer brands with flagship stores inside popular malls. There are plenty of affordable department retailers, like Daiso and Debenhams. As well as a few local indie labels to discover and brag about back home. Malls like Pavilion KL and Starhill Gallery have name brands like Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, and Coach. While Low Yat Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza, and Berjaya Times Square are perfect for discount fashion finds as well as the latest gadgets.

Make sure you stop in at Fahrenheit 88. It has the perfect combination of familiar fashion names like Uniqlo and H&M, as well as labels like Area 27, Eclipse and Zang Toi that are only found in KL. Plus, the indoor theme park at Berjaya Times Square provides great fun if you’re with your whole family!

Final thoughts

Exciting activities are endless in Kuala Lumpur. However, you need to keep in mind that there are a lot of common travel risks that can occur. Travel insurance can be very helpful in these cases. Always make sure you prepare your trip well in order to make it successful and fun.