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13 Best Things To Do Alone In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Updated 2020

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Tradition and striking modernity rub shoulders in Malaysia’s capital city. Kuala Lumpur is chock full of fascinating sights that will enchant visitors to this memorable city. From towering marvels of human ingenuity, such as the mighty Petronas Towers and the Menara Kuala Lumpur - whose vistas are both sure to prove spellbinding - to the picturesque Hindu temple and natural limestone edifice of the Batu Caves, there’s much vying for your attention. Indeed, the vibrant street food scene and bustling market shops will certainly draw the eye of many a visitor and keep even lone travellers occupied. Read on for some of the best things to do alone in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1. Feel like a chef with this guided vegan home cooking (from USD 38.0)

Cooking your own food can be a very exciting thing to do. But as much as we want to, we don’t always have the time to cook at home. So why not do it during your vacation? This is definitely a vegan’s paradise since, with this guided activity, you will be able to choose from six different dishes that you’ll want to create. Learn how to make your own authentic Malaysian dishes and even bring that knowledge back home with you. It will definitely be an enriching experience!

Authentic Malaysian Vegan home cooking

Duration: 4 hours

53 reviews

2. Bike your way around Kuala Lumpur (from USD 50.0)

Outdoor activities are really popular among travellers. If you are interested in seeing the majestic jungles that Kuala Lumpur has to offer, you can try mountain biking around them. You won’t have to worry if you are a beginner because there are various trails that cater to different skill levels and the host will teach you the basics. Satisfy your hunger for stunning views while squeezing a great workout in.

Mountain Biking for Beginners/Advanced

Duration: 3.5 hours

24 reviews

3. Get closer to nature by going on a night hike (from USD 38.0)

If you are a nature lover, then you will certainly love this tour. Go night hiking and see unique, wild nocturnal animals. Be prepared to go through a tough hike, but rest assured that the scenes you will be witnessing will make it worth the trip. You will be able to see Ampang Impounding Reservoir and the forests that encompass it, and there you will catch sight of some wild animals such as spiders, scorpions, snakes, and even civets. You will even be shown the best techniques to photograph the animals if you must since the host is also a professional photographer. Just remember to follow the instructions of your guide to ensure a safe and memorable hike.

KL Afterdark: Night Hikes at Ampang

Duration: 4 hours

85 reviews

4. Enjoy the visual marvel of the Batu Caves and their Hindu temple

Batu Caves with the statue of Lord Murugan
Source: Photo by Flickr user Christian Haugen used under CC BY 2.0

A magnificent natural and religious spectacle, the Batu Caves are a series of caves, the largest of which - Temple Cave - has a towering ceiling rising high above you. A popular religious site - it’s the most visited Tamil shrine outwith India - the exterior of the cave system is home to a colossal statue of Murugan, which at 140ft high (43m), is the tallest statue of the Hindu deity anywhere in the world. Next to this colossal form lie 272 multi-coloured steps which form a memorable staircase leading up to Temple Cave, where there is a range of Hindu shrines.

Batu Caves

Address: Jalan Batu Caves, Taman Sunway Batu Caves, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia

Website: Batu Caves

5. Venture to the Petronas Twin Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Dudva used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Petronas Twin Towers - which were the tallest building/s in the world from 1998 to 2004 - is a true must-visit for anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur since it’s one of the most interesting places in Kuala Lumpur. Soaring almost half-a-kilometre into the sky, this 88-storey building - all 451.9 metres/1483ft of it - is famous around the world. Visitors can enjoy a tour which visits the two-storey ‘Skybridge’ linking the two towers before heading even higher to the breathtaking viewpoints on level 86’s observation deck - where Kuala Lumpur’s sprawl spreads out below you.

Petronas Twin Towers

Address: Concourse Level, Lower Ground, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Website: Petronas Twin Towers

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 9am - 9pm (Closed 1pm - 2.30pm on Fri and all day Mon)

Price: Skybridge and observation deck: 19.36 USD (ages 13 to 60); 7.98 USD (ages 3 to 12); 10.16 USD (61 years and above)

6. Haggle for memorable souvenirs in Petaling Street

Petaling Street - Kuala Lumpur
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If you’re looking for places to go alone in Kuala Lumpur, why not head to Petaling Street? Located in Chinatown, this vibrant shopping area is chock full of life, with the street’s haggling vendors selling all manner of wares in hundreds of stalls. This dizzying array means you’ll find all manner of goods on sale, from tempting cuisines to clothes and other souvenirs. Indeed, the sheer scale of the place means the lone traveller will likely spend quite some time exploring its many shopping options. What’s more, it is open in the mornings and again in the evening until late, giving you plenty of windows to slot in a visit.

Petaling Street

Address: Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 9am - 12pm and 6pm - 1am (daily)

7. Sample local foods at Jalan Alor's street food market

Street food at Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user John Walker used under CC BY 2.0

Don’t know what to do alone in Kuala Lumpur? If you’re keen to sample some of the local culinary delights on offer in the city then you’ll likely want to make a beeline for the famous Jalan Alor food market in the heart of the city. This market, which is located in a busy street, comes alive at night and it is lined with a wide array of food stalls to tempt the palate. Those eager to enjoy a sit-down meal, rather than grab some street food on the go, will also find a number of restaurants from which to choose. Indeed, there is so much choice, you may wish to make more than one visit.

Alor Street Food Night Market

Address: Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

8. Visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Lorikeets -Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Malaysia-8a
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Wolfgang used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Perfect for nature fans, KL Bird Park has four different zones for you to explore. It is home to all manner of exotic and colourful birds of paradise that will be a feast for the eyes and a tempting target for amateur photographers. Areas include the ‘World of Parrots’ and a free-flight walk-in aviary, where a number of species mingle together and fly around - including an Indian Blue Peacock, the Crowned pigeon (which is the biggest pigeon in the world) and yellow-billed storks. Other species include the ostrich, exotic hornbills and much more. Tours are available, and you may even get the chance to witness bird feeding sessions.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Address: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Website: Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 15.25 USD (adult); 10.16 USD (child)

9. Party in the rooftop bars in and near the Bukit Bintang area

Bukit bintang from kl monorail 2009
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Sham Hardy used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

A city which was once home to the world’s tallest building is naturally home to a number of impressive skyscrapers and high-rises from which to enjoy the view. And in the Bukit Bintang and adjacent city centre areas, there a number of rooftop bars where you can wine and dine in the open air and enjoy the man-made spectacle. These include the likes of Marini’s on 57 which, as the name suggests, towers 57 floors above the city, and also boasts a fine view of the Petronas Towers. And, as well as the rooftop bar, it is also home to a popular Italian restaurant as well as a whisky lounge with fine leather seats in which to sample single malts while you soak up the view.

Marini's On 57 | Rooftop Bar, Italian Restaurant & Whisky Lounge

Address: 57 Menara 3 Petronas Persiaran, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur

Website: Marini’s on 57

Opening hours: Sun - Thur: 5pm - 1.30am; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 3am

10. Fuel your spirit while exploring Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple (18978458805)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jorge Láscar used under CC BY 2.0

This spectacular and colourful temple, with its striking six-tiered building, has been a fixture of Kuala Lumpur for the past 30 years. Occupying almost two acres at the top of Robson Heights, it is one of the biggest temples in the whole of south-east Asia and is a centre for Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Little wonder then, that it’s a major tourist destination, with visitors drawn to the site by its beauty and a chance to explore its spirituality. The temple is also home to a canteen, should you plan on eating during your visit, and a range of souvenir stalls for a lasting memento. This is a great option to add to your itinerary if you don’t know where to go alone in Kuala Lumpur.

Thean Hou Temple

Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur

Website: Thean Hou Temple

Opening hours: 8am - 10pm (daily)

11. Enjoy thrills and spills at the Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon
Source: Photo by Flickr user Mohd Fazlin Mohd ... used under CC BY 2.0

This water and amusement park offers everything from wet and wild fun on the flume ride to ‘extreme’ go-karting thrills and even the chance take in some natural wonders at the wildlife park. Among the top attractions is the water park’s Vuvuzela ride. The highest and largest water ride on Earth - it launches daring fun seekers from an 11-storey tower, and tears through rapids and twists before plunging into a huge whirlpool-like cone. Other entertaining attractions include the likes of Ghostbusters Adventure Live! in the spooky 'Scream Park’.

Sunway Lagoon

Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/20, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Website: Sunway Lagoon

Opening hours: 10am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 48.68 USD (13 years and over); 48.68 USD (under 12s and over 60s).

12. Enjoy virtual golfing at CityGolf in Bangsar Shopping Centre

Indoor golf simulator
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ohconfucius used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Looking to hone your golfing skills but struggling to hit the fairways during your city visit? Well, never fear, as the Bangsar Shopping Centre is home to a CityGolf, a virtual golfing experience which brings the great outdoors inside and lets you hit the greens without having to travel miles away to enjoy it. The realistic simulator, which translates your real-world golf swing into the digital world, allows you to play all manner of hole layouts and conditions - making it perfect for the solo traveller. And, naturally, its position within a large shopping centre means you can split your visit with a little retail therapy.

CityGolf

Address: 4-1 Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur 59000, Malaysia

Website: CityGolf

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

13. Channel your inner artist by learning to paint Malaysian batik (from USD 29.0)

If you’re looking for a truly unique memento, then this 90-minute workshop at the Batik Workshop Centre will be right up your street. Participants are given the chance to decorate a calico bag with traditional Malaysia batik art. All materials are included in the price so you won’t have to bring anything with you. And you’ve got free rein when it comes to your final creation - be it following a traditional design or creating one unique to you. As well as your 34cm (13in) calico cotton bag, you’ll also receive a special certificate.

Batik Bag Painting Workshop by myBatik

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Amazing attractions in Kuala Lumpur

A city the size of Kuala Lumpur is chock full of amazing attractions to keep the lone traveller entertained. From stunning religious sites to modern marvels of glass and steel that tower above the streets, there are architectural, cultural and spiritual marvels aplenty. These fun things to do alone in Kuala Lumpur will surely keep you busy!

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