places to visit in kuala lumpur

In this part, I am exploring most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur located at the outskirts of the city of Kuala Lumpur. You are planning to spend a day in Kuala Lumpur and planning to visit some of the best places in the time you have. I have selected places that will appeal to both solo traveller as well as family travellers to Kuala Lumpur. 

Kuala Lumpur city has great public transport comprising buses, trains, light rail and taxis. Public transport (light rails network) is very cheap as compared to catching taxis. However, my experience is that renting a car and driving in Kuala Lumpur is the most convenient way to explore more and save time, as public transport can be crowded and time-consuming in the day time.

Most places of interest in Kuala Lumpur are easily accessible by public transport as they are located with hundred kilometres of the Kuala Lumpur city. Depending on how many days you are spending in Kuala Lumpur, I have outlined several interesting itineraries. 

Best things to do in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Some of the interesting places like Batu Caves, Genting Highlands and Tropicale Colmar are located at less than 1.5-hours driving distance from Kuala Lumpur. This makes these locations a great destination for a day trip from Kuala Lumpur City.

Genting Highlands is one of my favourite locations to visit near Kuala Lumpur. Genting Highlands attracts large crowds over the weekends and public holidays and is a must-visit destination for the entire family.

Booking your hotel in Kuala Lumpur

If you are planning a trip to Genting Highlands, book your accommodation and activities in advance to obtain over 40% discounts. Walk-in rates at most hotels in Malaysia are normally higher than the rates you can get online. I normally book through Agoda Network online. I suggest a 14-day advance purchase where you can get added benefits like free parking, breakfast or pay on arrival options etc. Compare Cheapest Rates for Genting Highlands Hotels online .

I have tried to compile a comprehensive list of the Best Things to do in Kuala Lumpur as well as the best attractions for kids and families in Kuala Lumpur City. 

Here is a list of some of the most popular tourist attractions at the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur City

Genting Highlands Lavender and Strawberry farms

Genting Strawberry Leisure Farms

Location Type: Strawberry, Lavander and Flower Farm
Time Required: 30 min
Distance from KL: 25 min
Tickets Price Adult (international travellers): 15RM Adult, 10 RM child
Other places of interest: Awana Cable Car, Genting Highlands, Tropicale Colmar

Strawberry Farms is located on the way to Genting Highlands from Kuala Lumpur. The driving distance is approximately 45 minutes from KL. The farms are located at Ghotong Jaya.

Couple of years ago Ghontong Jaya used by a small budget stopover with cheap hotels and roadside cafes. Recently there is plenty of development and new serviced apartments and 4-star hotels are opened up which give alternative and cheap accommodation options if you are planning to spend a couple of nights in the region. 

The casino resorts including First World, Awana, Genting Highlands resort are a relatively expensive option and are located on the top of the hill on Genting Highlands. 

You can catch Awana Skyway Cable car from Ghotong Jaya to the casinos. The old chairlift is replaced new Cable Car with new building housing fashion outlets.

Strawberry Farms is a great place to visit with family. You can pick your own fresh strawberries for 8RM/100 grams. You can also buy Lavander based products and some other local produce. This place is a good stopover on the way to Genting Highlands. 

Awana Skyway Genting Highlands

Awana SkyWay - Genting Highlands

Location Type: Skyway Cable Car, Genting Highlands
Time Required: 10min
Distance from KL: 45 minutes
Tickets Price Adult (international travellers): 10 RM return ticket with a stopover at Chan Swee Cave Temple 
Other places of interest: Skytropolis Indoor Theme Park, Big Top Video Game Park, The Void, SnowWorld

One of the premier location and most visited destinations by fun lovers and families. The outdoor theme park at Genting is close to completion. 

Indoor Theme Park Skytropolis is attracting large crowds and offers great fun for the entire family. Located inside the First World Casino Lobby this place is accessible from the casinos. If you are catching a bus to Genting the stopover is at SkyWay Terminal where you will catch a cable car to Awana Casinos. 

Maxims, Awana, First World, Genting Club and Sky Casinos offers great accommodation, restaurants, gaming rooms and plenty of entertainment for the entire family.

The cheapest way to get to this location is to get a bus from KL Central. The return ticket to the casinos is subsidized by the casino and you can get one for 10RM. The last bus to leave Genting is 10 pm. There best strategy is to leave early and catch the first bus to Genting. 

Awana Cable car is an amazing experience and you will enjoy views of Berjaya Hills. Half through your can stopover at the Chin Swee Station to enjoy the Chinese Buddhist Temple. 
Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur

Location Type: Hindu Place of Worship
Time Required: 1 Hour
Distance from KL: 25 mi
Entry Fee: Free

Batu Caves is probably the most written about and captured on Instagram posts about Kuala Lumpur because of the colourful layout of the location and a massive gold-coloured statue of Hindu God. 

The stairs take you to the top of the hill with a massive cave opening. You can find occasional monkeys running around. The Karst formation of the caves is visible when you are driving towards Genting Highlands on the way to Kuantan. 

Batu Caves is easily accessible by bus or other modes of transport. I have visited this location a couple of time while driving to Genting Highlands as it located on the way to Berjaya Hills.

Batu caves attract thousands of Hindu devotees during the festival of Thaipusam. Similar temples are found in Penang, Malacca and cities of Ipoh. 

These 400 years old cave system is also popular with rock climbers and abseilers. Checkout local organizers for more details.

Tropicale Colmar Berjaya Hills Kuala Lumpur

Tropicale Colmar, The Chateau & Japanese Garden

Location Type: Resort, Tourist attraction, Spa
Time Required: 1 Hour
Distance from KL: 1.5 hours from KL
Entry Fee: 15RM/ adult 10/children

A day trip to Genting Highlands will be incomplete without visiting Tropicale Colmar in Bukit Tinggi Village in Berjaya Hills. The place is developed as a replica of French-style old village with a 5-Star Resort, cafes and authentic French-Styled Restaurants.

The Chateau offers world-class accommodation and a relaxing escape from the hectic city life in Kuala Lumpur. You can enjoy gold, outdoor pools, horse riding and plenty of other outdoor activities. 

At a distance of 10 minutes driving distance from The Chateau is a beautiful Japanese Garden with amazing relaxing ambience of Berjaya Hills. Relax and unwind and enjoy the day spa at the Spa overlooking the amazing Berjaya Hills.

This interesting location is worth a visit. I have explored this area over 4 times in the last ten years and enjoyed staying at The Chateau. 

Putrajaya Malaysia

Visiting Putrajaya City

Location Type: Administrative Captial of Malaysia
Time Required: Half Day Tour
Distance from KL: 45 minutes
Entry Fee: Book a Day Tour for Under 100RM

Putrajaya is administrative Captial of Malaysia and is popular for its amazing middle-eastern style architecture. Putra Mosque is the centre of tourist attraction and appeals to people from all faiths because of its eye-catching architecture and beautiful location near the lake. 

Enjoy a river cruise near the Putra Mosque to get a feel for the amazing layout and architecture of Putrajaya. Other interesting places to explore in Putrajaya include Seri Perdana, Putrajaya Wetlands Park, Botanical Gardens and Water Sports Park.

Book a day tour with Klook to enjoy this amazing destination.


Historical Attractions around Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia has seen decades of Europen Rule in the last couple of centuries and the remnants of Portuguese and Dutch Occupation can bee is seen in the City of Melaka which is located at 100km south of Kuala Lumpur.  The old part of the city is declared as the UNESCO heritage area with important landmarks at Fort Famosa, Stadthuys, St. Pauls Cathedral and Jonker Walk area which is the heart of tourist activity in this interesting part of Malaysia.

Melaka makes an ideal location for a day trip. A day booking of a taxi from Kuala Lumpur can cost around RM 400.

Historical Places of interest in Kuala Lumpur City


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