Did you know that Kuala Lumpur is one of the culture capitals of Southeast Asia?
The up and coming vibrant city is home to an abundance of exciting and eclectic attractions and activities, but I’m sure you’ve all got one question on your mind.
Is it expensive?
The simple answer is no; not if you know where to look for the cheapest and free activities, anyway.
We’ve put together this guide of the 10 best free things to do in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the 10 top rated paid attractions in the city to give you some inspiration of the very best things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
The Kuala Lumpur City Center Park or KLCC as it’s more commonly known is an ideal place for families of all ages to hang out in the city.
Located just behind the famous Petronas Tower, KLCC is a hub for couples on a romantic lunchtime date, a day out with the kids or an afternoon stroll in the park once you’ve had lunch.
The park covers a huge 50-acre area of land and features a 10,000 square metre manmade lake with...
Another place in Kuala Lumpur that’s ideal for the whole family and certainly one of the top rated attractions in Kuala Lumpur is the Perdana Botanical Gardens.
It’s located in close proximity to the National Mosque and Chinatown so you can really make a whole day of exploring when visiting the Gardens.
Here you’ll find over 220-acres of fauna, flora and thousands of trees. You can also visit the Gardens’...
Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur is an area of the city that’s better suited to budget backpackers looking for authentic Asian cuisines and experiences.
It’s the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs to take home with you as there’s dozens of stalls lining the streets around Petaling Street where you’ll find trinkets and treasures from all over the world.
The food in Chinatown is also an incredible experience...
History buffs and cultural fanatics are sure to love a visit to Dataran Merdeka; often cited as one of KL’s most famous and popular tourist landmarks.
Precisely translated as “Independence Square”, Merdeka Square was once used as the cricket green of the Royal Selangor Club. Nowadays, it’s the perfect place to admire all the incredible architecture surrounding the square.
From Merdeka Square, you can also...
The Federal Territory Mosque is one of the best free attractions in Kuala Lumpur for solo or couple backpackers; it’s not really a place that’s suitable for children.
The Mosque is a truly stunning religious Muslim place of worship and can accommodate up to 17,000 worshippers at a time!
You can enjoy free walking tours of the Mosque by local Muslims who will happily show you around the marvellous complex....
The Batu Caves are yet another great free attraction to enjoy while in Kuala Lumpur.
It’s one of the most popular Hindu Shrines outside of India and it’s a place that people of all ages can enjoy; no matter how young or old.
Kids will love clambering up the incredibly colourful 272 steps and spotting monkeys along the way, while adults will enjoy wandering around inside the towering caves where religious ceremonies...
Did you know that Kuala Lumpur is the only city in the world that has a natural rainforest right in its city centre
The KL Eco Forest Park makes for an excellent day out for the whole family. It’s an idyllic place in the city to see top landmarks such as the Menara Tower and kids are sure to enjoy running through the high platforms in the trees via the canopy walkway.
Make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and insect...
Similarly to Chinatown, Little India in the Brickfields district of KL provides the perfect place to indulge in some truly quintessentially Asian culture and cuisines.
It’s here that you’ll find some of the best and most authentic Indian food in the city; perfect for backpackers on a tight budget who still want to sample as much of the local food as possible.
There’s also numerous shops and stalls selling...
Situated within the world-famous and deeply beloved Suria KLCC and the Petronas Towers themselves, the Petronas Art Gallery is one of the best free things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
Depending on exactly when you visit the Art Gallery, you’ll be treated to numerous different attractions and exhibits and you’ll get the chance to learn all about the artists’ work.
It’s a place better suited to people interested...
The six-tiered temple of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, is one of the top attractions in Kuala Lumpur, and for good reason.
It’s an incredibly special place to visit in the city, regardless of whether you’re a religious believer or not as everyone will be able to admire the remarkable beauty of the temple complex.
Home to various sections and areas such as the Main Gate, the Roofing art and the Prayer Hall that houses...
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There are many things you can do for free in Kuala Lumpur like booking free entry into some Kuala Lumpur museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.