2023 Kuala Lumpur Itinerary (5 Days 4 Nights) with Budget

Detailed Kuala Lumpur itinerary with budget for 1, 2, 3 ,4 , 5 days with sample budget. Includes Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur, Top Tourist Attractions in Kuala Lumpur for First Timers, and other KL travel essentials. 

What I love about Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is it’s a culturally diverse city. Everywhere you go, the beautiful blend of Malay, Chinese, and Indian culture are apparent.  Kuala Lumpur (KL) is one of the fastest growing cities in Southeast Asia, and somehow, it has changed almost beyond recognition over the years. It has grown to become one of the most visited countries in the world and one of the leading countries in shopping, boasting some of the largest shopping malls.

 A few days stay in Kuala Lumpur is enough to see and appreciate some of its popular tourist attractions like the Merdeka Square and the old heritage buildings nearby, Chinatown, Bukit Bintang and the Golden Triangle, Batu Caves, and of course, Malaysia’s poster boy – Petronas Tower.

If you’re planning to travel to Kuala Lumpur soon, here’s my latest Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for 5 days 4 nights.  I broke down the itinerary into 1,2,3,4,5, Days with budget, so you can decide for yourself, how many days you plan to stay in this lively city.




Malaysia has scrapped the travel requirements for tourists. Both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travelers can now enter the country without the need for Covid19 test and quarantine.

But if you’re a Philippine Passport Holder, I still suggest you prepare a copy of your hotel booking, tickets, tours, and travel insurance. Just in case the Immigration Officer (IO) asks for it. You can purchase travel insurance when you book your airline ticket, airlines like Cebu Pacific offer this. You can also purchase travel insurance through your Gcash App.

Malaysia also lifted the indoor mask mandate. So, wearing of mask is now optional, but you are required to wear mask when riding public transport, e.g. bus, train, MRT, etc.


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MALAYSIA VISA : Philippine Passport holders are entitled to a 30-day Visa-free entry to Malaysia. Just make sure your passport is still valid (not expired) for at least 6 months prior to your entry in Malaysia.

BEST TIME TO VISIT KUALA LUMPUR: There’s not really a best time to visit Kuala Lumpur as it is year-round destination, however, March to May and October to November are the rainiest months. I experienced visiting Kuala Lumpur during November (off-peak season), and it was raining every day I had to adjust my itinerary.  But since it’s low season, flights and hotels are way cheaper!

HOW MANY DAYS TO SPEND IN KUALA LUMPUR: 3-5 days is usually enough to visit the top tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur. But of course, you can stay longer if you want to explore more of the city and the nearby districts.

MALAYSIA TIME : Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia has the same time as the Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan.

MALAYSIA MONEY AND ATM: 1 MYR (Malaysian Ringgit) is equivalent to roughly ₱12.61 (SGD 0.31/ $0.23).

DRONE IN MALAYSIA: Is drone allowed in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia? Yes. You don’t need permit to fly drones that are less than 20kg in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia, so long as it’s for personal use only.  But you must abide by the drone laws in Malaysia.

  • drone flights during the day only and good weather condition
  • no drone flying within 4.5km of any airport and military bases
  • no drone flying within 50 m of another human, structure, or building
  • no drone flying within 150 m of any outdoor gathering with 1,000 people



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Here’s some things to consider before traveling to Malaysia.

MALAYSIA SOCKET: Bring a travel adapter because Malaysia uses a G-type socket same as the British socket. The standard voltage is 240 V and standard frequency is 50 Hz.

MALAYSIA SIMCARD/POCKET WIFI: While most hotels in Kuala Lumpur have free Wi-Fi, having internet during your tour or getting around the city is indispensable.

MRT/LRT Card: If you plan to commute in Kuala Lumpur using the rail lines and buses, best to purchase the MyRapid Touch’n Go Card, a smartcard ticketing system that can be used on rails and buses, like our own MRT/LRT card. Just tap it on the reader and the fare will automatically be deducted. You can top up the Touch’n Go card at rail stations and convenience stores.

KLIA EKSPRES: If you’re going to Kuala Lumpur City from the airport (KLIA or KLIA2), you can book the KLIA Ekspres, which will take you directly to KL Sentral.




 If you’re wondering where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, here are my recommended areas.

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If you’re on a budget, Chinatown is a good option. Here, budget and midrange hotels abound. It is also near many attractions such as the Chinatown, Central Market and the Old Heritage District. If you’re staying in this area, from KLIA or KLIA2, you can take a bus to Pudu Raya (Pudu Sentral) Terminal. Bus fare starts at RM 10 (₱128/$2.36) and travel time is roughly 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Here are some top reviewed budget and mid-range accommodations in Chinatown:







Bukit Bintang is a popular choice among tourists, as it dotted with budget and mid-range accommodations.  It is also a recommended area to stay while in Kuala Lumpur because of its food street as well  as its proximity to many top attractions in Kuala Lumpur. This is such a touristy area, so, beware of pickpockets when walking around.


  • Prescott Hotel Bukit Bintang

I’ve stayed in this hotel before. It is walking distance to Berjaya Times Square and restaurants, groceries, and convenience store. They also offer cheaper room rates for solo travelers.





If you’re looking for a mid-range accommodation that is near the top tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur, the Golden Triangle is the place to be.  It is peppered with serviced apartments offering more space than you’d get in a same priced hotel room.





KL Sentral is another option for places to stay in Kuala Lumpur especially if you plan to travel other destinations in Malaysia since this is a central transit hub.




This is a not-so-touristy area and you’ll be able to observe local life here. I stayed here recently because I was looking for a budget to mid-range hotel that has a safe so I can store my laptop and hard drive while I’m on tour. And since I booked just a week before my trip, most hotels have higher prices already and the hotels in this area are the only ones left that fit my budget. It’s not so close to many attractions, but it’s sprinkled with MRT/LRT/Monorail and Kmuter train station, so, I was still able to reach many attractions.





Kuala Lumpur has 2 international airports:

  • KLIA (also KLIA1) – home to many flagship airlines
  • KLIA2 – home to budget airlines like Cebu Pacific


 From Manila fly to Kuala Lumpur. I recently visited Kuala Lumpur via Cebu Pacific Air.

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 Cebu Pacific has daily flights from Manila (Philippines) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The flight departs in NAIA 3 (Manila) around 8:30 PM and arrives the next day around 12:50 AM in KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur).

You can book your flight at cebupacificair.com 


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  • IMPORTANT: If the Philippine travel tax is not yet included in your airline ticket, you need to pay it at the airport. If you’re flying via Cebu Pacific, refer to the Economy Class Travel Tax rate below.


FULL TAX₱ 1,620₱ 2,700




From Kuala Lumpur Airport, how do you get to Kuala Lumpur City?

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1. By Train : The fastest way to get to Kuala Lumpur City from KLIA or KLIA2 is by train.  Fare is roughly RM 55 (₱697/$3) for adults, and RM 25 (₱317/$5.77)

  • KLIA Ekspres – links KLIA and KLIA2. Will take you directly to KL Sentral.
  • KLIA Transit – stops at all stations along the line.


2. By Bus : From KLIA2, you can go to KL Sentral by bus. Proceed to Level 1 and look for the bus terminal. Fare is roughly RM 12 (₱152/$3).  Travel time is approximately 1 hour and 22 minutes.


3. By Taxi

Airport taxis are available at both KLIA and KLIA2, if you’re traveling in groups, this is a good option. Taxi from Kuala Lumpur Airport to the city center will cost around RM 75 (₱964/$18), including the RM2 taxi coupon, toll fees, and a fixed RM 3 and RM 0.19 per km/21 seconds.

At the airport, just follow the sign to the metered taxi, purchase a taxi coupon for RM 2 and queue for the taxi. At KLIA2, metered taxis are at Level 1 of Gateway KLIA2.


4. By Private Transfer /Car Rental

 If you want a hassle-free transfer from KLIA or KLIA2 to your hotel, you can book a private transfer by car. This is recommended if you are traveling in groups or if you’re traveling with seniors and kids.



The first time I visited Kuala Lumpur is over a decade ago and I remember doing a walking tour around the Chinatown, Little India and the Old Heritage District of Kuala Lumpur.  Then, I revisited KL many times after that, but we use private tour or private vehicle, so, I didn’t notice the huge improvement of Kuala Lumpur’s transport system over the years, until my recent visit.

 Kuala Lumpur has such an extensive public transport system consisting of LRT (Light Rapid Transit), MRT (Mass Rapid Transit, commuter lines, monorail, and buses.

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MyRapid Touch’n Go Card

Kuala Lumpur has such an extensive public transport system consisting of LRT (Light Rapid Transit), MRT (Mass Rapid Transit, commuter lines, monorail, and buses.



The LRT, MRT, and monorail in Kuala Lumpur operate under the Rapid Rail.

  • LRT – the most common rail line being used, it can be found near most attractions in Kuala Lumpur, particularly the (5) LRT Kelana Jaya Line. Other helpful lines are 3) LRT Ampang Line, (4) LRT Sri Petaling Line.
  • MRT and the commuter rail (KTM Komuter) – for longer distances and connects Kuala Lumpur with nearby towns. Use the commuter line (1) KTM Seremban Line for Batu Caves.
  • Monorail – goes through the city center and connected to LRT lines. If you’re staying in Chowkit or Bukit Bintang, you might use this line often.
  • ERL – This operates the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit, which connects KLIA and KLIA2 and runs between the said airports and KL Sentral.


Kuala Lumpur has 10 rail lines:


1.KTM Seremban Line6.ERL KLIA Ekspress Line
2. KTM Port Klang Line7.ERL KLIA Transit Line
3.LRT Ampang Line8.KL Monorail Line
4.LRT Sri Petaling Line9.MRT Sungai Buloh –Kajang Line
5.LRT Kelana Jaya Line10.KTM Skypark Line


See Kuala Lumpur Rail Map below. Download map HERE.



One of my recommended ways to explore Kuala Lumpur is by Hop-On Hop-Off Bus because it has bus stops at most major tourist attractions in the city. This is best if you’re traveling with kids and seniors. You can book your tickets below.



A hassle-free way to get around Kuala Lumpur is by private car. You can rent a car through the link below.



Kuala Lumpur taxi rate by day is RM 3 for base fee (including 1 km) then RM 1.25 per kilometer thereafter. At night (midnight until 6:00 AM) base fee is RM 4.50 (including 1 km) then RM 1.88 per kilometer thereafter.


  • RM 12 – airport surcharge
  • RM1 – use of luggage compartment
  • RM 2 – order by phone



Just download Grab app and you’re good to go.


 If you don’t have the time and energy to commute, Kuala Lumpur tour packages are the way to go. They’re pretty affordable and will cover many popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur. You can reserve a slot through the links below.





The mere mention of Malaysia connotes images of Petronas Tower. This beauty was once the tallest building in the world, standing at 451.9 m. Petronas Tower is designed by architect Fazlur Rahman Khan, with Islamic-inspired glass and steel facade.
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  • Location: KLCC Kuala Lumpur
  • Nearest MRT Station: KLCC Station
  • Nearest Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Stop:
  • Open Hours: Tues – Sun 10: AM – 6:00PM, Last admission at 5:30 PM, Closed on Monday
  • Entrance Fee: FREE if you’re just on the ground taking photos. But there’s a fee if you go up the tower. You can book tickets in advance through the link below to avoid the long queue.



Here’s the Petronas Tower entrance fee:


Below 2 yr.FREEFREE
Child 3-12 yr.RM 33RM 14
13-60 yr.RM 80RM 28
Senior Citizen RM 42RM 14




Located in Suria KLCC. This is one of my favorite parks in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a pleasant place to hang out while watching the Petronas Tower and the fountain show at the Esplanade and Lake Symphony.
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The KLCC Water Fountain Show (Lights only) show time are at 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM, and 9:30 PM daily.  While the KLCC Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain show time happen at 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 10:00 PM daily.


  • Location: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
  • Nearest LRT/MRT Station: KLCC Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: KLCC (Bus Stop # 15)
  • Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Entrance Fee: FREE



Saloma Link (Pintasa Saloma) is a pedestrian bridge that connects Kampung Baru with Kuala Lumpur City. It’s a popular Instagram spot for tourists especially at night when the colorful lights are turned on from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

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  • Location: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
  • Nearest LRT/MRT Station: Kampung Baru Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: KLCC (Bus Stop # 15)
  • Open Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Entrance Fee: FREE




Another must-see structure in Kuala Lumpur is Menara Tower Kuala Lumpur, you can see this around Masjid Jamek area and Bukit Nanas area.


  • Location: 2 Jalan Punchak, Jalan P. Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur
  • Nearest LRT/MRT Station: Dang Wangi Station or Bukit Nanas Station
  • Nearest Hop-on Hop-Off Bus Stop: KLCC (Bus Stop # 15)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM


 5. MERDEKA PNB 118 (KL 118)


Merdeka 118 is the tallest building in Malaysia and the 2nd tallest building in the world at 678.9 m.  Currently, it’s still not open to the public. But you can still see it and take photo if you’re around Chinatown area or Merdeka Square.
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  • Location: Cangkat Stadium, Kuala Lumpur
  • MRT/LRT Station: Merdeka Station, Plaza Rakyat Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: Merdeka Square (Bus Stop 11)
  • Open Hours: Still closed. Set to open mid-2023.



One of the oldest mosques in Kuala Lumpur, situated in the Old District along the confluence of Klang and Gombak River, where Kuala Lumpur derived its name. The mosque is inspired by Mughal architecture. It was designed in Indo-Saracenic style by English architect Arthur Benison Hubback. Masjid Jamek’s interior is noticeably bare and simple. Our mosque guide said during those times, they don’t know yet how to write in Arabic calligraphy, which is often used as design inside most mosques.  If you want to know more about Muslim faith, the guide at Jamek Mosque are very good at explaining them briefly.

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I highly recommend you go inside the mosque. Men must have fully covered knees and shoulders, and women must have no exposed skin at all and must be wearing a hijab. You can use the hijab to cover your head and hair and full body cloak to cover yourself, which are found at the entrance for free and return them after your visit. The tour inside the mosque with a volunteer guide is free, but tipping is encouraged.


  • Location: Jalan Tun Perak, Wilayah Persekutuan, KL
  • MRT/LRT Station: Masjid Jamek Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Merdeka Square (Bus Stop 11)
  • Open Hours: Open to visitors Daily (except Friday) 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Entrance Fee: FREE, donation/tip is highly encouraged.



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One of favorite attractions in Kuala Lumpur is the River of Life. After undergoing a massive and expensive facelift, The River of Life turned into an undeniably attractive destination. Take a leisurely walk in its path walks surrounded by greenery. Admire the intricate mural in buildings showcasing fishermen catching fish on the river, which is probably how the Klang and Gombak River used to be back in the days.  It’s a perfect place to pose for your Instagram and Facebook photos.

At night, the River of Life transforms into another dramatic scenery during the dancing symphony fountain with lighting effects and blue fog in sight.

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  • Location: Jalan Benting, near Masjid Jamek
  • MRT/LRT Station: Masjid Jamek Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Merdeka Square (Bus Stop 11)
  • Open Hours: 24 hours
  • Entrance Fee: FREE




The late 19th century Sultan Abdul Sahmad Building was once the office of British colonial government. This gorgeous building was inspired by Moorish architecture just like the Masjid Jamek.

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  • Location: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur
  • MRT/LRT Station: Masjid Jamek Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Merdeka Square (Bus Stop 11)
  • Open Hours: Daily 24 hours
  • Entrance Fee: Free



 A tourist information center where you can find a museum, souvenir shop, , maps, cultural exhibits, and a dazzling miniature replica of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
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  • Location:
  • MRT/LRT Station: Masjid Jamek Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Merdeka Square (Bus Stop 11)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Entrance Fee: FREE



 Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is a lively neighborhood packed with age-old colorful shop houses, cafes, restaurants, and food stalls. While in the area, don’t miss the following:

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  • PETALING STREET – The center of Chinatown in KL packed with restaurants, stalls, and vendors selling imitation designer bags, electronic, clothing, etc.


  • TEMPLES – Chinatown is dotted with colorful temples.
  • Guan Di Temple – A beautiful Taoist Temple along Jalan Tun HS Lee.
  • Sri Maha Mariamman Temple – A Hindu Temple near Guan Di Temple.
  • Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – The oldest Taoist Temple
  • Kuan Yin Temple – A Buddhist temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion


  • KWAI CHAI HONG – A back alley at Jalan Panggong (Lorong Panggong) with 10 old shop houses that was recently restored so that tourists can relive Chinatown in the olden days. It’s now a popular Instagram spot because of the art murals painted here.


  • CAFES – After a tiring walking tour of the Old District and Chinatown, you hang out at one of the cafes scattered at Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Jalan Pangong, Jalan Petaling and Jalan Sultan.


  • Location: Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur
  • MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station, Merdeka Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Chinatown (Bus Stop 3)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Entrance Fee: Free

 11. CENTRAL MARKET (Pasar Seni)


This erstwhile wet market in 1888 was transformed into a shopping lane with over 350 shops and kiosks. If you’re looking for unique Malaysian products and souvenirs, this is the place to be.
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  • Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi
  • MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: Central Market (Bus Stop 4)
  • Open Hours: Daily 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Entrance Fee: Free



National Mosque of Malaysia replaced Masjid Jamek as the main center of worship in 1965. This massive mosque can accommodate up to 15,000 people. It has a unique 16-pointed star roof, which resembles an umbrella and 240 feet tall minaret. There’s no nearby MRT/LRT station, best to visit via KL Hop-on Hop-Off Bus. Or you can reach it by foot via Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.


  • Location: Jalan Hang Kasturi
  • MRT/LRT Station: N/A
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: National Mosque (Bus Stop 10)
  • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Entrance Fee: Free



 Istana Negara or the National Mosque of Malaysia is the official residence of the King of Malaysia. It replaced the Old Istana Negara, which is now a Royal Museum. I was able to visit both. However, you can’t really enter the new palace, for security reasons, you can only take photos outside the gate. They’re located on different compounds, far away from each other.


  • National Palace of Malaysia (New Istana Negara)
  • Location: Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: N/A
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: National Palace (Bus Stop 8)

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  • Old Istana Negara (Royal Museum)
  • Location: Jalan Istana
  • Entrance Fee (Foreign Visitors): Adult – RM 10 (₱127 / $2.29), Child 6-12 years- RM 5 (₱63/$1.15)
  • Entrance Fee (Malaysians): Adult – RM 5, Child 6-12 years- RM 2
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Temporarily Closed)
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Tun Sambanthan Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: N/A



 Formerly known as the Lake Gardens, the Perdana Botanical Garden is a recreational park transformed into a Botanical Garden. Inside the confines of the park you’ll find a Hibiscus Garden, a Sunken Garden, a Deer Park, and an Herbarium.
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Here, you’ll also find the massive KL Bird Park, home to a staggering 3,000 endemic and foreign birds of roughly 200 diverse species.


  • Perdana Botanical Garden
  • Location: Jalan Perdana
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: Bird Park (Bus Stop 9)



  • KL Bird Park
  • Location: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih, Tasik Perdana
  • Entrance Fee: Adult – RM 75 (₱950 / $17), Child – RM 50 (₱633/$12)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 5:30
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: Bird Park (Bus Stop 9)



Overlooking the Lake Gardens is this bronze monument commemorating the Task warriors and civilians who died defending Malaysia against the Japanese soldiers during the World War II and (1941 – 1945) and the Malayan Emergency (1948 – 1960).


  • Location: 920 Jalan Cenderawasih, Tasik Perdana
  • Entrance Fee: Adult – RM 75 (₱950 / $17), Child – RM 50 (₱633/$12)
  • Open Hours: Daily 9:00 AM – 5:30
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Pasar Seni Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: Bird Park (Bus Stop 9)



Another Instagram favorite in Kuala Lumpur is the 6-tiered Chinese temple dedicated to Mazu, the Sea Goddess. This beauty is blend of modern and architectural techniques with elements of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It’s a long walk from Thun Sambanthan Station, best to join the Kuala Lumpur tours that includes a visit to Thean Hou Temple.

  • Thean Hou Temple
  • Location: Persiaran Endah
  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Open Hours: Daily 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Nearest MRT/LRT Station: Thun Sambanthan Station
  • Nearest Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stop: Bird Park (Bus Stop 9)





The colorful 272 steps of Batu Caves has been an Instagram favorite in recent years. But this massive cave has long been a tourist favorite in Malaysia after the Petronas Tower.  Batu Caves is a limestone hill in Selangor, built with vibrant Hindu shrines and temples.  Since this is a place of worship, please respect the locals praying. Follow the dress code if you want to enter the main temple and caves.

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  • Batu Caves
  • Location: Gombak, Selangor
  • Entrance Fee:
  • Main Temple – Free
  • Ramayana Cave – RM 5 (₱63/ $1.15)
    • Cave Villa – Foreigners RM 15 (₱63/ $1.15), Malaysians RM 7 (₱63/ $1.15)
    • Dark Cave Tour: Starts at RM 35 (₱443/ $8)
  • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Nearest Train Station (KTM Komuter): Batu Caves Komuter Station

 Dress code: Girls must be wearing pants or long skirts. NO short skirts and sleeveless tops.



This is an integrated resort housing a hotel, shopping malls, temple, Genting Skyworld Theme Park, and the Genting Skytropolis, so, you’ll never run out of things to do here. Located on the peak of Gunung Ulu Kali, Genting Highlands offers a scenic view of the lush massif and lush rainforest. You can book tickets below in advance to secure a slot.





 This beautifully planned garden city is the administrative and judicial capital of Malaysia. Here are some places to see in Putrajaya:

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  • ☑Putrajaya Mosque
  • ☑ Minister’s Building
  • ☑ Square
  • ☑ Putra Perdana & Secret Garden Putrajaya
  • ☑Putrajaya Botanical Garden
  • ☑ Putrajaya Pavilion
  • ☑Seri Wawasan Bridge
  • ☑Putrajaya Lake
  • ☑Putrajaya International Convention Center


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  • Putrajaya
  • Location: Putrajaya
  • Entrance Fee: FREE
  • Open Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Nearest Train Station (KLIA Transit): Putrajaya and Cyberjaya Station




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A few years ago, I visited this lovely resort because I couldn’t afford to travel to Europe yet.  Colmar Tropicale is actually a picturesque resort in Bukit Tinggi inspired by Colmar, a medieval French Village in Alsace. It features a swimming pool, Japanese Garden, tennis court, and a botanical garden. It’s a perfect place for some photo op and yes, it does look like Colmar, France. You can visit this as a day trip from Kuala Lumpur, but if you want to soak up its atmosphere, you can book an overnight stay through the link below.

✔ Colmar Tropicale Tour: BOOK HERE or CHECK RATES HERE



 If you’re in Kuala Lumpur for a family get-away, check out Sunway Lagoon! It’s a theme park with 5 adventure zones – Water Park, Wildlife Park, Amusement Park, Scream Park, and Extreme Park, and over


✔ Sunway Lagoon with Private Transfer from KL: RESERVE HERE

✔ Sunway Lagoon Hotel: BOOK HERE or CHECK RATES HERE

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  •  How to get to Sunway Lagoon:
  • From KL Sentral, take Kmuter train to Pelabuhan Klang. Get off at Setia Jaya. 27 mins, 8th stop.
  • Walk to Sunway-Setia Jaya Station. 3 min.
  • Ride BRT Sunway Line to USJ7.
  • Get off at Sunway Lagoon. 5 min, 2nd
  • Walk to Sunway Lagoon. 14 mins.



If you’re planning to commute in Kuala Lumpur and follow this itinerary, find the nearest MRT/LRT/Monorail to your hotel first.

If you’re traveling with seniors and kids, I won’t recommend a DIY Tour using MRT/LRT/Monorail. You can go for the KL Hop-On Hop-Off Bus or just book a half day or whole day group tour in Kuala Lumpur.  They’re pretty affordable anyway, and you’ll get to visit the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur with a tour guide.

You can read my Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide (link below) with an itinerary good for seniors and kids using Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.


For this itinerary, my hotel is located in Bukit Bintang area.  During my latest trip to Kuala Lumpur, I actually stayed in Chow Kit area, but since most tourists prefer to stay in Bukit Bintang or Chinatown because of the plethora of budget to mid-range accommodations in those area, I’ll use BB. For the sample budget, accommodation, flights, drinks, and souvenirs aren’t included.
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06:00Flight check-in. NAIA 3 (Manila)
Pay travel tax – 1,620
Claim Pocket Wi-Fi. RENT HERE
08:50Depart Manila via Cebu Pacific Airlines
12:50 AMArrival at KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur) via Cebu Pacific
 Clear Immigration. Claim luggage.
 ✔ Airport Hotel check-in. BOOK HERE
 Or stay in convenience store or fast-food restaurant until morning.
05:00 AMGo down to Level 1. Take bus or train to KL Sentral.
 ✔ KLIA Ekspres: BOOK HERE
 ✔ Bus to KL Sentral: RESERVE HERE
06:00 AMETD KL Sentral.  RM 12 (193 – $4)
07:30 AMETA KL Sentral.
MRT/LRT to hotel. RM 2.30 (₱30 – $0.54)
My hotel is near Bukit Bintang Station, here’s my route:
KL Monorail to Titiwangsa.
Alight at Bukit Bintang Station.
Walk to hotel. Leave luggage at hotel.
   Kuala Lumpur Hotel: BOOK HERE
08:15 AMBreakfast. RM 15 (152 – $3)
09:00 AMMRT/LRT to Masjid Jamek. RM 1.90 (₱24 – $0.45)
From Bukit Bintang Station, here’s my route:
Monorail to Kl Sentral Station. Platform 1.
Get off at Hang Tuah Station. 2 stops. About 3 min
Transfer to LRT Ampang Line to Sentul Timur.
Get off at Masjid Jamek. 2 stops, roughly 3 mins.
09:30 AMMasjid Jamek. FREE (but tips are highly encouraged)
10:00 AMOld Heritage District. FREE
☑ Sultan Abdul Sahmad Building
☑ Merdeka Square
☑ KL Gallery
☑ River of Life
11:30 AMWalk to Chinatown.
Lunch. RM 20 (250 -$5)
01:00 PMChinatown. FREE
☑ Petaling Street
☑ Guan Di Temple
☑ Sri Maha Mariamman Temple
☑  Kwai Chai Hong
☑ Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
☑  Kuan Yin Temple
03:00 PMCentral Market. Shopping.
04:00 PMSnack at café in Chinatown. RM 16 (200 – $4)
05:00 PMLRT to Petronas Tower. RM 1.90 (24 -$0.44)
 Walk to Pasar Seni Station.
 Take LRT Kelana Jaya Line to Gombak.
Get off at KLLC Station. 4 stops, about 8 min.
05:30 PMPetronas Tower
   Petronas Tower: TICKETS HERE
 ☑ Suria KLCC.
 ☑ KLCC Park. FREE
 ☑ Lake Symphony Light Show. FREE
08:00 PMDinner. RM 30 (379 -$7)
09:00 PMSaloma Link. FREE
09:30 PMMRT/LRT to hotel. RM 2.40 (₱31 -$0.57)
My hotel is in Bukit Bintang so this is my route:
Walk to Kampung Baru Station. Around 4 min.
LRT Kelana Jaya (KJL) to Putra Heights
 Get off at Dang Wangi Station. 1 stop, about 1 min.
 Walk to Bukit Nanas Station. 5 min.
 Take Monorail to Titiwangsa Station.
 Get off at Bukit Bintang Station.5 stops. About 5 min.
10:00 PMBack to hotel. Shower. Sleep.
Day 1 ExpensesRM 101.50 (1,283 -$25)


06:30 AMTrain to Batu Caves.
My hotel is in Bukit Bintang, so here’s my route:
Walk to Bukit Bintang Station
Take KL Monorail to KL Sentral.
Get off at KL Sentral. 5 stops. Around 13 mins.
RM 2.30 (29 -$0.53)
Go to KTM Komuter/Seremban Line
07:18 AMKmuter train from KL Sentral to Batu Caves.
 Get off at Batu Caves Station. 8 stops, roughly 40 min.
 RM 2.60 (33 -$0.60) by cash
07:40 AMBatu Caves.
☑ Lord Murugan Statue. FREE
 ☑ Main temple. FREE
 ☑ Temple Cave. FREE
 ☑ Ramayana Cave. RM 5 (63 -$1.16)
09:32 AMTrain to Kl Sentral. RM 2.60 (33 -$0.60)
 Komuter from Batu Caves Station to Sungai Gadut
 Get off at KL Sentral. 8 stops. 33 min.
10:15 AMTrain to Putrajaya. RM 14 (177 -$3.25)
 KLIA Transit to Airport (KLIA)
 Get off at Putrajaya Sentral. 2 stops. About 16 min.


You can also join a group tour, includes pick-up you’re your hotel in Kuala Lumpur.
 Putrajaya Tour: BOOK HERE
10:45 AMBus to Putra Square. RM 3.80 (₱49 -$0.88)
Go to PPJ 170 Putra Jaya Sentral (Barat)
 Take Bus 501 to Hab Lebu Pudu.
 Alight at Kementerian Pertanian. 4 stops. About 12 min.
 Transfer to Bus P101 Kompleks F.
 Get off at Putra Square. 7 stops. Roughly  4 min
11:20 AMLunch. RM 20 (250 -$4.64)
 Other restaurants to try. To go there, just use Grab.
 ✔ Le Meridian Buffet Lunch: RESERVE HERE
 ✔ Putrajaya Marriot Hotel Lunch: RESERVE HERE
12:30 PMExplore Putrajaya
☑ Putrajaya Square. FREE
☑ Putrajaya Mosque. FREE
☑ Prime Minister’s Building. FREE
☑  Taman Putra Perdana & Secret Garden Putrajaya
 ☑ Putrajaya Botanical Garden
 ☑ Seri Wawasan Bridge. FREE
 ☑ Putrajaya Lake. FREE
03:00 PMETD Kuala Lumpur. RM 3.80 (₱49 -$0.88)
 Walk to PPJ190 Kompleks B/Laman Perdana. About 12 min. (near Putrajaya Steps /Taman Putra Perdana)
 Ride P108 Bus to Putrajaya Sentral
 Get off at Putrajaya Sentral. 11 stops, around 11 min
04:00 PMTrain to Kuala Lumpur. RM 14 (177 -$3.25)
 Take KLIA Transit to KL Sentral.
 Get off at KL Sentral. 2 stops. Roughly 16 min.
04:30 PMETD Menara Tower RM 1.80 (₱23 -$0.42)
 (KLJ) Kelana Jaya Line to Gombak Station.
 Alight at Dang Wangi. 3 stops, about 7 min.
 Walk to Menara Tower.  Around 20 min.
05:00 PMMenara Tower. RM 57 (981 -$13.30)
Menara Tower: TICKETS HERE
07:00 PMETD Bukit Bintang. RM 1.80 (₱23 -$0.42)
 Walk to Bukit Nanas Station.About 17 min.
 Monorail to KL Sentral.
 Get off at Bukit Bintang. About 5 min. 2 stops.
 Walk to Jalan Alor Food Street. Around 4 min.
07:30 PMDinner. RM 25 (318 -$6)
09:00 PMBack to hotel. Lights Out
Day 2 ExpensesRM 153.70 (₱2,205 -$35.93)



07:00 AMETD KL Sentral. RM 2.30 (29 -$0.53)
My hotel is in Bukit Bintang, so here’s my route:
Walk to Bukit Bintang Station.
Monorail to KL Sentral.
Get off at KL Sentral. 5 stops. Roughly 13 mins.
07:30 AMETD Thean Hou Temple. RM 1.10 (14 -$0.26)
 LRT Kelana Jaya (KJL) to Putra Heights
 Get off at Bangsar Station. 1 stop. About 2 min.
 Walk to Thean Hou Temple.Roughly  23 mins.
10:00 AMETD Little India (Brickfields).19 min walk.
11:00 AMLunch. RM 20 (250 -$4.64)
12:00 PMETD National Mosque. RM 1.20 (14 -$0.26)
Walk to KL Sentral. 9 min.
Take KMUTER Train to Sentul or Batu Caves.
Get off at Kuala Lumpur Station.  1 stop. 4 min.
Walk to Old KL Railway Station.3 min.
Old KL Railway Station. FREE
Walk to National Mosque. Around 4 min.
☑ National Mosque. FREE
12:30 PMIslamic Arts Museum. RM 14 (177 -$3.25)
02:00 PMRoyal Malaysia Police Museum. FREE
03:00 PMPerdana Botanical Garden (Lake Gardens).
Walk to Perdana Botanical Garden via Jalan Perdana and then Jalan Ria. 8 min.
☑ Perdana Botanical Garden. FREE.
05:00 PMNational Monument. FREE
Walk to National Monument. Around 13 min.
☑ National Monument
☑ Plaza Tugun Negara
☑ ASEAN Sculpture Garden
06:00 PMWalk or take Grab to Masjid Jamek Station
06:30 PMMasjid Jamek and River of Life Light Show
07:30 PMETD Hotel. RM 1.90 (₱24.39 -$0.45)
My hotel is in Bukit Bintang, so, here’s my route:
LRT Ampang Line (AGL) to Chan Sow Lin or Ampang. Or LRT Sri Petaling Line to Chan Sow Lin or Putra Heights.
Alight at Hang Tuah Station. 2 stops.
Transfer to KL Monorail to Titiwangsa. Platform 1.
Get off at Bukit Bintang Station. 2 stops. About 3 min.
Walk to hotel. Roughly 12 min.
08:00 PMDinner. RM 20 (250 -$4.64)
09:00 PMHotel. Lights-out.
Day 3 ExpensesRM 60.50 (₱758.39 -$14.03)




DAY 4 
08:00 AMMRT/LRT to Bus for Genting.
Option 1: Bus/Van to Genting Highland from KL Sentral.
·         Monorail to KL Sentral. RM 2.30 (29 -$0.53)
·KL Sentral to Genting Highland Van: RESERVE HERE
· KL Sentral to Genting Highland Bus: TICKETS HERE
Option 2: Bus to Genting from Pudu Raya Terminal
This is near Chinatown and Bukit Bintang.
MRT/LRT to Plaza Rakyat Station.
Alight at Plaza Rakyat Station.
Walk to Pudu Raya Bus Terminal. 5 min.
Pudu Raya to Genting Highland Bus: RESERVE HERE
08:30 AMQuick breakfast. RM 12 (152 – $3)
09:15 AMBus to Genting Highlands. RM 12 (152-$3)
11:15 AMAlight at Awana Bus Terminal.
11:30 AMCable car to Genting Highland. RM 10 (127-$2.30)
✔ Sky Way Cable Car: RESERVE HERE
12:00 PMLunch. RM 40 (500 – $9.14)
01:00 PMExplore Genting Highland
✔ Chin Swee Cave Temple. FREE
✔ Genting Skyworld: TICKETS HERE 

RM 151 (₱1,920 – $35.05)

✔ Shopping at Premium Outlet
Other Attractions:
 ✔  Genting Skytropolis:TICKETS HERE   
 ✔ Ripley’s Adventureland: TICKETS HERE  
 ✔  Genting Highlands Pass: TICKETS HERE 
06:00 PMCable car to Awana Skyway Central
 Walk to Awana Bus Terminal. 1 min.
07:15 PMBus or van to Kuala Lumpur. RM 12 (152-$3)
 ✔ Genting Highland to KL Sentral: RESERVE HERE  
  Genting to Pudu Raya Terminal: RESERVE HERE  
09:15 PMETA Kuala Lumpur.
Dinner. RM 16 (203 -$4)
10:15 PMMRT/LRT to hotel. RM 2.30 (29 -$0.53)
My hotel is in Bukit Bintang, so, here’s my route:
At KL Sentral Station, take monorail to Titiwangsa
Get off at Bukit Bintang Station.5 stops. About 13 mins.
 Hotel check-in.
Lights out.
Day 4 ExpensesRM 254.30 (₱3,264 -$60.55)


08:00 AMFree time. Shopping. Café Hopping.
But you can also try these activities:
 ✔ Colmar Tropicale: BOOK HERE  
 ✔ Sunway Lagoon: BOOK HERE  
12:00 PMLunch RM 35 (445 -$8)
04:00 PMBack to hotel.
Freshen up. Pack.
07:00 PMDinner. RM 16 (203 -$4)
08:00 PMHotel check-out.
08:30 PMETD KL Sentral. RM 2.30 (29 -$0.53)
From Bukit Bintang, here’s my route:
ü  Walk to Bukit Bintang Station.
ü  Monorail to KL Sentral.
ü  Get off at KL Sentral. 5 stops. Roughly 13 mins.
09:00 PMETD KLIA2. RM 49 (623 -$11.45)
✔ KL Ekpres Train: TICKETS HERE
10:00 PMETA KLIA2.
Flight check-in via Cebu Pacific Air.
Return Pocket-Wi-Fi (if you rented one)
01:00 PMCebu Pacific Flight to Manila
05:00 AMETA NAIA Terminal 3 (Manila)
Day 5 ExpensesRM 102.30 (1,300 -$24.22)


TOTAL RM 672.30 (₱8,810.39 -$159.73) 


The sample Kuala Lumpur budget above doesn’t include the price for accommodation, airfare, travel tax, drinks, souvenirs and other shopping expenses.  I spent roughly RM 437 (5,616.32 -$103.20) for 5 days 4 nights’ accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, for a ₱1,123.26 hotel per night.  So, if I add that to the Kuala Lumpur travel budget above, my total expense is roughly RM 1,109.30 (₱14,426.71 -$262.93).  You could save more if you find a cheaper accommodation and if you’re a party of two if you’ll share the accommodation.




If you still have more days to spend in Malaysia, you might want to consider the following side trips from Kuala Lumpur.



This breathtaking hill station in Pahang, Malaysia was founded by a British surveyor name Willian Cameron.  It is known for its vast tea plantations, strawberry farms, and beautiful scenery.
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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the birthplace of Malay civilization. This popular tourist destination is known for its narrow lanes dotted with colorful Baba Nyonya houses and Dutch brick-buildings. It has a long-withstanding history of colonial rule under the Portuguese, British, and Dutch.

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 This integrated theme park, water park, aquarium and hotel focused features the popular construction toy system Lego. An ideal destination in Malaysia if you are traveling with your kids.
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 This beautiful theme park is another project of Sunway Lagoon. It is located in Ipoh, about 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur. The Lost World of Tambun is enveloped by lush tropical forest, age-old limestone hills, and natural springs. Kids and adults will definitely have fun here.

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