One day in Kuala Lumpur – the PERFECT itinerary

Visiting Kuala Lumpur in one day might seem overwhelming at first. With a population of almost 2 million people, the city is a modern capital with many tourist attractions to choose from.

I only had one day in Kuala Lumpur but I managed to visit all the ‘must see places’. However, I must admit that I got up early and walked a lot. My Kuala Lumpur one day itinerary is for those who want to see as much as possible from the city in just 24 hours.

1. Why you should visit Kuala Lumpur

Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur facade
Batu Caves

If you are traveling in S-E Asia, chances are that you will have at least one layover in Kuala Lumpur. A major hub for some of the biggest airlines in Asia, KL is definitely worth exploring even for a few hours.

The good news is that there is a super fast train – KLIA Express – from the airport to KL Sentral. The ride will take only about 30 minutes and the price is $14 one way. Be careful as there is also a KLIA Transit train which has the same route but more stops at the same price. For more details, click here.

Apart from the good connections with the airport, Kuala Lumpur is worth visiting because of its modern architecture, vibrant culture and friendly people. The first thing you will notice when entering the city will be the countless skyscrapers and modern buildings. The city is developing really fast and I am sure that in a few years it will look totally different.

Also, I loved that the Kuala Lumpur’s cultural diversity shaped its architecture. China Town, Hindu Temples and mosques are just 5 minutes apart. You can never get bored in this city!

Another advantage of visiting Kuala Lumpur is that it has excellent connections with other amazing cities in Malaysia such as Melaka, Cameron Highlands or Penang.

2. Kuala Lumpur one day itinerary

If you are planning a KL one day trip, I am sure that the itinerary below will be helpful. You will definitely have enough time to explore the main attractions of the city.

However, if you have another half day to spare, I would definitely recommend visiting the iconic Batu Caves and the beautiful Thean Hou Temple

Girl at Thean Hou Temple, Luala Lumpur
Thean Hou Temple

Are you planning to explore the entire country? Check out this amazing itinerary and discover all the hidden gems in Malaysia.

  1. Chinatown

    Chinatown street in Kuala Lumpur
    Duration (getting there + visiting): 1.5 h
    Immerse yourself in the Chinese culture and enjoy some tasty street food. Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur is the place to go if you are looking for souvenirs, clothes or pretty much anything. The prices are lower compared to other parts of the city and there are so many things to choose from! This is a must see if you are planning a one day trip in KL.

  2. Sri Mahamariamman Temple

    Sri Mahamariamman Temple in Kuala Lumpur
    Duration (getting there + visiting): 0.5 h

    Just 5 minutes away from the center of Chinatown is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur – Sri Mahamariamman. If you have never seen a Hindu temple before, you should definitely visit this one. I absolutely loved all the bright colors and beautiful decorations. To enter the temple, you will have to leave your shoes at the entrance (you will see a window on the left side of the temple) and dress respectfully (no short pants or skirts).

  3. Central Market

    Central Market Kuala Lumpur
    Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 h

    One of my favorite places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in one day is the Central Market. Clothes, jewelry, scarves, you name it! You can find anything at Kuala Lumpur Central Market and the good news is that is just a 10 minutes walk from Sri Mahamariamman Temple. Also, if you are feeling hungry, you can try the street food. If you are feeling adventurous, you can try the fish foot spa.

  4. Sultan Abdul Samad Building

    View of Sultan Abdul Samad Kuala Lumpur
    Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 h

    I absolutely loved the architecture of Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur. Although the building is not very old, it really contrasts with the tall, glass buildings around. You can also visit the Merdeka Square (right across the street) where the first Malayan flag was raised symbolizing the independence from the British rule over Malaysia.

  5. Petronas Twin Towers

    Duration (getting there + visiting): 1 h

    No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without visiting the Petronas Twin Towers. They used to be the tallest building in the world until 2004 but still remain the tallest twin towers. Even though they have been dethroned by Burj Khalifa, the Petronas Twin Towers are now an icon of Kuala Lumpur. Be prepared to face many tourists trying to take the perfect selfie.

    If you are looking for a more quiet place to admire the towers, go to the KLCC Park, right behind them. Here you can admire the towers and take as many picture as you want without being disturbed. Petronas Twin Towers are a must see if you only have one day in KL.

  6. Admire the Petronas Towers from Traders Hotel Skybar

    View from Traders Hotel Skybar of Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpu
    Duration (getting there + visiting): depending on how much you want to stay

    After a day full of activities and sightseeing, you deserve to drink a cocktail while admiring one of the best views in Kuala Lumpur. Watch the sun set behind the Petronas Twin Towers at Traders Hotel Skybar. If you are traveling with children, keep in mind that after 7 pm only guest over 21 years old are allowed to enter. Anyway, it is a view I will never forget!

3. How to get around Kuala Lumpur

KL has great public transport infrastructure. You can get to any part of the city by either bus, monorail, light rail or commuter trains. The tickets’ price is accessible and depends on how many stations you are traveling. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or use the Grab app. Unfortunately, Uber is not working anymore in Malaysia.

4. Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

I’ve been looking for the best accommodation in Kuala Lumpur, for every budget. Below are my recommendations:

  • Luxury – W Kuala Lumpur – pool towards the Petronas Towers, beautiful and spacious rooms, excellent staff & location
  • Mid Budget – Kuala Lumpur Journal Hotel – excellent location, spacious & clean rooms, awesome pool
  • Budget – Kitez Hotel – excellent location, modern design, friendly staff


If you were wondering which are the Kuala Lumpur things to do in one day, I hope that this article helped. My Kuala Lumpur city tour itinerary might seem a bit ‘too much’ but most of the attractions are really close to each other and easy to reach. Enjoy this modern city and everything it has to offer!

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Aurelia Teslaru
Aurelia Teslaru

Aurelia Teslaru is a professional travel blogger and the writer behind Daily Travel Pill. With a 4-year experience as a travel writer and photographer, Aurelia only shares travel guides about destinations that she visited.

She has been to more than 40 countries during the past 10 years and aims to explore 50 countries before turning 30 years old. Aurelia is a digital nomad who transformed her passion for travel into a lifestyle. Read more about her here.

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  1. June 30, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    I used to frequent KL with my family when I was younger (we lived in S’pore) but I’ve never been to Chinatown, Sri Mahamariamman Temple or the central market! Looks like I need to get myself back to KL and explore it a bit more. I like how you’ve included spending time at each place! Really like your photos and your outfit at the temple is so colourful, i love it!

    • dailytravelpill
      July 1, 2018 / 1:40 am

      Oh, you have to go to Sri Mahamariamman Temple. I loved it! Thanks so much.

  2. June 30, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    My sister and I have always wanted to go to Malaysia. This article will be super handy when we go, so I’m parking this so I can refer to it soon I hope. I’m sure our first stop will be the Central market for some street food, I’m already salivating!

    • dailytravelpill
      July 1, 2018 / 1:40 am

      Street food is always a good idea!

  3. Taylor Howard
    July 3, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    We will be heading here in 10 days!! So that was extremely helpful and makes me even more excited!??

    • dailytravelpill
      July 4, 2018 / 1:44 am

      I am so happy to hear this!

  4. Regina
    July 3, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    this is awesome!!!! thanks for this. will definitely keep this in mind for my upcoming trip there once i finish up studying abroad in spain!

    • dailytravelpill
      July 4, 2018 / 1:47 am

      So happy to hear this! Thanks

  5. July 4, 2018 / 1:15 am

    Just loving your blog!!! I find it very useful with all the small details one needs to have an amazing trip. And I can’t wait to visit all the places you’re writing about,meanwhile I just take notes and make my to visit list ?

    • dailytravelpill
      July 4, 2018 / 1:48 am

      I am so happy to hear this, Oana! Thanks so much!

  6. Malaina Monroe
    July 4, 2018 / 6:30 am

    Thank you for this amazing information. You don’t know how much this helps for future travelers. You’re the best. ?

    • dailytravelpill
      July 5, 2018 / 2:07 am

      So happy to hear this! Thanks

  7. Karen Diener
    March 7, 2019 / 4:01 pm

    Love the blog and great advice to help me plan a great trip around (was overwhelmed with the options in Malaysia prior to your blogs!). I will be visiting close friends who currently live in KL, then setting off on my own, alone. Planning to go in March-April. Good time to go? Would you have any concerns traveling as a female alone outside of KL? I’m thinking of basing off of your 2 week itinerary and adding in Singapore.

    • dailytravelpill
      March 8, 2019 / 11:49 am

      I think you will have a great time in Malaysia. It’s perfectly safe to travel as a female all over in Malaysia. The people are extremely kind and the infrastructure is great!

  8. March 17, 2019 / 2:30 pm

    Planning a romantic getaway with my hubby to Malaysia and Singapore. Your article is very helpful, thanks!!!

    • dailytravelpill
      March 23, 2019 / 5:16 am

      I am so happy to hear this!

  9. June 4, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    Kuala Lumpur is an amazing country, I love to be there.
    People are friendly and they have amazing foods.
    Everything is pretty much than in the US.

    You wrote a good guide by the way and photos are mind-blowing.

    • dailytravelpill
      June 5, 2019 / 10:21 am

      Thanks so much! So happy you liked this post! 🙂

  10. Yara
    August 4, 2019 / 3:06 am

    I think this would be great. Thank you for this.

    • dailytravelpill
      August 14, 2019 / 6:14 pm

      Enjoy Kuala Lumpur! It’s an amazing city!

  11. August 11, 2019 / 2:38 pm

    Enjoyed your Kuala Lumpur itinerary; don’t think it is “too much” for one day. There are plenty of those types of itineraries online — where someone couldn’t possibly do/didn’t actually do all the listed things in a day — but think yours is properly curated and realistic.

    Happy to see that you made it to Traders SkyBar; it’s our favourite viewpoint for the Petronas Towers, also. It’s definitely a better value than KL Tower, as well!

    • dailytravelpill
      August 14, 2019 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks so much! I always aim to write realistic guides on my blog. I loved the Traders Skybar too! It has the best view over Petronas Towers! 🙂

  12. joe
    December 17, 2019 / 7:08 am

    Just loving your blog I find it very useful with all the small details one needs to have an amazing trip 🙂

    • dailytravelpill
      December 30, 2019 / 9:11 am

      So happy to hear this! <3

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