1. KL Heritage Walk in Kuala Lumpur
*Update: 15th Dec 2012 - This will no longer be free effective Jan 1st 2013. It will also be renamed "I Love Malaysia Heritage Walk-KL" and there will be a charge of RM65 per person.
2. Exploring Little India in Brickfields
- Located just about 15 minutes walk from Pasar Seni or Central Market, this Indian community known as Brickfields is also known as Little India. Almost all of the shops and businesses here are Indian run and you get to see the bright and colourful lifestyle here. You will find many Indian restaurants serving authentic Indian cuisine right o local Malaysian-Indian restaurants. A number of Indian grocery shops cater to only-Indian items. A great place to buy incense, spices and herbs.
- There is also a Free Brickfields Heritage Walk organised by KL City Hall. It is on every 1st and 3rd Saturday each month and runs until the 17th of December 2011. The meeting time and place is 8.00AM at the YMCA Building. The walks takes about 2.5 hours. To make your bookings, call Tourism Unit, KL at - 03 2617 6273
Total Walking Time: 2-3 hours
Visit KL Website.
3. Seeing the Birthplace of Kuala Lumpur
Total Walking time: 1-2 hours
4. Visiting the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
5. Visiting KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers
- Walking around the massive buildings in the day and night is a bonus for picture taking. Some say the best spot to take pictures is at the junction of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Yap Kuan Seng where the traffic lights are located and you get the best angle of KLCC.
- Inside the complex, there is an art gallery called Galeri Petronas which is built to support the development and preservation of arts in the country. It serves as an venue for fine arts exhibition for both international and local artists. Great for art lovers.
- The KLCC Park is spread over 17 acres with a jogging path, water fountains, a wading pool and beautiful greenery.If you like parks, this is the place to explore. It is also a great spot to photograph the Twin Towers.
- Window Shopping at Suria KLCC, one of the largest shopping malls which is in the twin tower buildings. Here you can people watch or simply check out the prices of watches and designer items. There are cinemas, supermarkets, a science discovery center, huge book stores and a philharmonic theater inside the complex. The LRT subway line also has a station underground here.
- Please take note that the Free Tickets to go up the KLCC Sky Bridge is no longer available. There is a RM10 charge for this now.
6. Walking to Jalan Alor, Tengkat Tong Shin and Changkat Bukit Bintang
- If you are not already staying at Tengkat Tong Shin's guesthouses or backpacker hotels, this would be one of the places to explore in the day or after dark. Jalan Alor is famous for the many local hawkers selling all sorts of Malaysian food plus cold beer. A lovely place to walk by and see the varieties of food being sold against the myriad of colors at night.
- Changkat Bukit Bintang is just around the corner and plays host to some of Kuala Lumpurs best night scene. A number of bars, clubs, discos and fine dining restaurants line both sides of the street making it a very popular place for locals, expats and foreigners. If you love the nightlife, this is your place to hang out.
- Tengkat Tong Shin is well known for a number of upmarket guesthouses, flash packer hotels, backpacker guest houses and hotels. This road also leads into Jalan Alor and also Changkat.
7. Central Market or Pasar Seni
- The oldest market in KL, the Central Market has been around since 1888 and is now the busiest modern handicraft market in Kuala Lumpur. Here, you will get to see the many crafts from most of the states of Malaysia on display. Downstairs, three unique streets occupy the left section of the building as you enter. They are the Indian Street, Malay Street and Straits Chinese Street who display the multi-ethnicity of Malaysia. You will also find lots of craft, souvenir, antique and art shops throughout the market spread over two floors. There are a few good restaurants available while a food court serving local Malaysian dishes is well worth a try.
- Next door, a building dedicated to art called the Annexe Gallery showcases some of the countries up and coming artist while art exhibitions are done here. If you love art, this is one of the places to check and it is free. Both places are only a 5 minute walk from Petaling Street or Chinatown in KL.
Total Walking Time Here: From 1-4 hours
Central Market Website.
8. Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex
9. Visit a Night Market or Pasar Malam
- TAR Market - One of the best night markets in KL can be found along Jalan Tunku Rahman or Jalan TAR on Saturday nights. The market starts about 5pm and ends at about 11pm. Here you will find all sorts of local foods, nick-knacks, fashion and accessories on sale where you can bargain for the prices. This place is easy to walk to as it takes about 10-15 minutes walk from Petaling Street or Chinatown or about 20-30 minutes walk from KLCC.
- Petaling Street or Chinatown Market - Located in the core area of Chinatown is the famous Petaling Street market where you will find a multitude of knock-off goods which include watches, t-shirts, bags and the occasional fruit and food stalls. Apart from the usual items, some of the best local hawkers and restaurants serving good Chinese food can be found here at Jalan Hang Lekir. Here, roadside tables are covered with bright coloured table cloth to indicate the shops while foreigners sit and have local Chinese dishes with cold beer. A number of backpacker guest houses and hotels can be found in the vicinity.
Total Walking Time: 2-4 hours
10. Heritage Buildings in KL - Walking Tour
Total Walking Time: 2-3 hours
12. Traditional Malay Village Kampung Baru Walk