Two Days in Kuala Lumpur:
Kuala Lumpur is a bustling, thriving city made up of so many unique cultures. It’s the perfect place for shoppers, nature-lovers, foodies, temple-hoppers, and animal-lovers. There are some that say there isn’t much to do in Kuala Lumpur and you don’t need to give it much time but I think there is something here for everyone. So even if you only have a short time in this city use this mini guide to make the most of it.
For the full Solo Female Travel Southeast Asia Itinerary, read this post!
When to Go
Summer: June – August
Daytime Temps: 88F – 90F (31C – 32C)
Nighttime Temps: 73F – 74F (22C – 23C)
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What to Wear
It does get pretty warm in the summer so think light, cool, and breathable. Summer dresses, skinny jeans, silk or cotton tops, sturdy sandals. Err on the side of modest and conservative when packing and go for the pieces with sleeves and higher necklines.
**Note: If you’re visiting temples and the like, visitors are expected to dress modestly, so no bare shoulders or short pants. If you’re worried about keeping cool, you can carry a big scarf and drape that over yourself. In other instances, you can rent clothes at the temple or palace that you are visiting.**
For more info on what to wear while in Southeast Asia, read the Southeast Asia Solo Travel Packing List.
Hostels: Prices range from 20 MYR to 47 MYR per night.
Hotels: Prices range from 39 MYR to 67 MYR per night.
**Note: These are the prices for hostels with a rating of 8.0 or higher on Hostelworld.com**
What To Spend
30 USD/ 40 AUD/ 40 CAD/ 25 EUR/ 20 GBP
*Assuming you’re on a backpacker’s budget. Making use of public transportation, staying in hostels or other budget accommodations and eating out about once a day. For the daily budgets of other destinations check out Round The World Trip Budget next.*
How To Get Around
The LRT and KL Monorail operates from 6 am to just before midnight. The train comes pretty frequently at every 3 mins to 8 mins. The fare depends on your distance but prices are very affordable.
By Hop On, Hop Off
The KL Hop On, Hop Off is perfect for solo travelers that just want to go straight to the attractions without having to figure out public transportation. A standard 24hr ticket is 50 MYR and a standard 48hr ticket is 90 MYR. The bus picks up about every 20 to 30 mins and has 23 designated stops. The KL Hop On, Hop Off operates from 9 am to 8 pm and tickets can be bought online or from the bus drivers when you board.
A taxi is an option if you want to get around quickly and cheaply but you have to be careful of drivers trying to rip you off. Make sure your driver turns on the meter or walk away if they refuse. Ask the hotel or hostel staff approximately how much it will cost to get to your destination and confirm that with the driver before you get in. This is so they don’t end up taking you the long way to run up the fare.
When all else fails, take an Uber. If you don’t want to worry about rush hour taxi prices or walking in the crowded streets of Kuala Lumpur then just call up an Uber and be on your way.
What To Do In & Out Of Kuala Lumpur
Petronas Twin Towers
No trip to Kuala Lumpur would be complete with seeing the tallest twin towers in the world, the Petronas Towers. The KL towers are an impressive architecture feat and a national symbol. The towers are closed on Mondays but you can visit every other day of the week. Visiting hours are between 9 am – 9 pm Tuesday thru Thursday, and on Saturday. On Friday, the towers are closed between 1 pm – 2:30 pm. The ticket price is 85 MYR.
Take A Tour of Kuala Selangor
If you decide to take a trip outside of KL, I suggest booking a tour to Kuala Selangor and the Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park. Depending on whom you book with, you will spend the day making a bunch of different stops on the way with the Firefly Park being your final destination. The tour I chose included a stop at Bukit Melawati to see the Silver Leaf Monkeys and their orange babies. You can feed them and even entice a few to climb on your shoulder. They are friendly but watch out they aren’t afraid to snatch the food right out of your hands.
When you arrive at the Firefly Park you will board the boat with the other passengers and cruise along the river as the sunlight fades. While you watch the bush will slowly start to light up like Christmas trees as the thousands of fireflies within them start doing their thing. It truly is a memorizing sight and not something you get to see every day. This is my number recommendation for days rips out of Kuala Lumpur.
Safety & Travel Tips
- Be on alert for pickpockets. Keep your things on you at all times and carry an anti-theft bag. This is the anti-theft bag that I travel with and you can grab one right now on Amazon!
- Ask for your taxi driver to turn on the meter and walk away if they refuse. If you do ride in a taxi always sit in the back, do not share your ride with strangers and note the cab number.
- Pay attention to your surroundings when alone at night and stay in well-lit areas with plenty of people about.
- Try to only withdraw money from the ATMs within a bank or your accommodations. It’s a lot less likely that those have been messed with and if you do have an issue you can just walk a few feet and ask the staff for help.
- Always carry tissues and hand sanitizer on you so that you’re covered when you use a public restroom.
- For more safety tips and items, read Solo Female Travel Safety Tips and Solo Safety Items.