An Insider’s Guide to Kuala Lumpur on a Budget

An Insider’s Guide to Kuala Lumpur on a Budget


Kuala Lumpur is one of the biggest cultural melting pots in the world. As Malaysia’s capital city, there is no shortage of 5 star hotels and expensive attractions. However, if you look between these things, you’ll find that the city’s rich culture and history is offered for free (or at least very cheap).

Petronas Twin Towers

At 452m tall and with 41 floors, the view from this incredible structure is nothing short of fantastic. Head to the top to see the whole city from its observations deck. This will cost you around 3- 10MR ($1-3 USD), but it’s certainly worth the expense.

Galeri Petronas

Nearby the Petronas Twin Towers, you’ll find the Galeri Petronas, a free art gallery which boasts local artists and constantly changing exhibitions. From photography to oil paints, you’ll find a huge range of work showcasing the Malaysian love of creativity.

Central Market


With over 300 shops, this market (also known as the Pasar Seni) is one of the busiest places in the city. Head here to have a look at arts and crafts from the perspective of local tradesman. There are many trinkets and souvenirs you can purchase to take home.

Berjaya Times Square

So, you want to see a structure which will truly blow your mind? The Berjaya Times Square shopping center is the biggest shopping mall in the world. That’s right, not the biggest in Malaysia, the biggest in the world.
This incredible structure boasts a huge range of shops and restaurants. Whilst it may cost money to make purchases here, it’s free to enter and look around. You can even treat yourself to a quick bite to eat or a relaxing drink for minimal cost.

KL Forest Eco Park

Also known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, the KL Forest Eco park is 9 hectares of jungle trails with a 200m high canopy walk. It’s one of the oldest nature reserves in Malaysia and has some incredible plant life inside.
The Eco park also offers guest Nature Trails, Jogging and Trekking Routes (known as Jelutong Trail, Penarahan Trail, Arboretum Trail) and the chance to set up camp and spend the night (with prior permission).

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

If you’re more interested in wildlife than plant life, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is probably more suited to you. This walk-in aviary has managed to pick up a great selection of bird species over the years, and they’re able to fly around freely within the enclosure.
You can actually get quite close to the birds in the enclosure. If you want to take that ultimate bird / wildlife snap for your Facebook or Instagram, this is the place. Your friends won’t even know you were actually still in the city.

Royal Malaysian Police Museum

This exciting museum offers over 800 artefacts about the city’s history of crime. Find uniforms, patrol vehicles and weaponry used by officers throughout history. This is a unique attraction and one you’re unlikely to find many others attending.

Batu Caves

No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a trip to the Batu Caves. This iconic religious sanctuary is Kuala Lumpur’s most famous attractions.
After you climb the 272 stairs lead up to the cave, you’ll find intricate and ornate statues and devout Hindu shrines celebrating their religion.
Make sure to dress appropriately, this is a religious site and locals won’t be happy if you disrespect it.

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