Scratching Below The Surface

Nestled between two mighty neighbours, Singapore and Thailand, which thrive on their tourism potential, Malaysia is often underestimated and overlooked by most travelers. Even though Malaysia, even now, may not have acquired the legendary status of its famous neighbors, it certainly offers much more to those who are willing to scratch below the surface. And for them, I created this 72 hour Kuala Lumpur Itinerary.

Stunning Accommodations

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Sheraton Imperial

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The Pacific Express Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Ansa Kuala Lumpur

Take for example the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. If you have three days on hand, the trick is as to how effectively this short time in order to take in the highlights. This comprehensive guide will assist you in many ways to enjoy the 72 hours in this diverse destination but let’s start with your accommodations. The Pacific Express Hotel Kuala Lumpur with its rooftop pool overlooking the city will leave you breathless while the ultra-modern and stylish Ansa Kuala Lumpur will leave you feeling cozy. With plenty of choices from various price points, you can book hotels in Kuala Lumpur online but my favorite; the Sheraton Imperial. 24-hour Reception, Express check-in, and check-out, multilingual staff, spa, outdoor pool, hot tub, steam room, sauna etc.

I almost didn’t leave the place.

Day 1

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Sultan Abdul Samad
To begin your tour of Kuala Lumpur, head to the Colonial district. This is one spot which portrays the history of the city through the stunning colonial architecture of the buildings, particularly the Sultan Abdul Samad structure.

Merdeka Square
A short distance away from Merdeka square lies the Central Market in Chinatown.This place also showcases the great cultural heritage of the country, with streetside artisans and craftsmen going about their merry business. Chinatown is expensive, so for some serious shopping go to Jalan Petaling where one can purchase any item from purses to watches at a fraction of the price to be found elsewhere.

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At the end of the day, there is nothing better than to try out the local cuisine. There are hundreds of traditional street food vendors, dishing out some delicious chicken satay and other Chinese delicacies. 

Day 2

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Berjaya Times Square Mall
Shopping is the favorite pastime in Kuala Lumpur, so even if you have had your fill on the fiŕst day, it is a must to visit the umpteen sprawling shopping malls spread over the city. Pay a visit to the Berjaya Times Square Mall which occupies the pride of place in Kuala Lumpur shopping scene. Not only is it one of the biggest in the world with all kinds of shops, it houses a theme park too within its walls.

Aquaria KLCC & Petronas Twin Towers
Next stop is Suria KLCC, which allows access to the city’s two major attractions, Aquaria KLCC and the world famous Petronas Twin Towers directly on top of it. While the Aquaria can be reached through an underground tunnel, the Twin Towers are best experienced from the observation deck. Remember to queue up early morning, as only a limited number of visitors are allowed through every day.

Marini’s On 57
To make your day to the Petronas Twin Towers a memorable one, head to the exclusive Italian restaurant on the 57th floor Marini’s on 57. Not only will you have an excellent dining experience, the floor to ceiling windows and the glass roof provide the best views of the Twin Towers.

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Day 3

Perdana Botanical Gardens
Set out early in the day to the Perdana Botanical gardens, also referred to as the lake gardens. A perfect place to enjoy some quality time in the most tranquil settings. The Bird and Butterfly Park are also situated within these gardens and can be visited in one go. The parks are a real boon for nature lovers.

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Batu Caves:
Drive out in the afternoon to Selangor, just at the periphery of Kuala Lumpur, to see the Batu Caves. These caves house an impressive Hindu God statue and a shrine as well. If you are fit enough to climb the steps to the top, the views afforded are worth the strenuous effort.

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Changkat Bukit Bintang |Satrhill Gallery & Pavillion KL
The last night in the city of Kuala Lumpur should inarguably be saved for the best. The city shows its true colors only after sundown. Changkat Bukit Bintang is defined as the ultimate party venue, with iconic landmarks like Starhill Gallery and Pavilion KL and other international nightclubs and bars, for the best nightlife experience.


Google Maps

So you got 72 Hours in the Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, well in order to maximize your time, you gotta figure out your bearings; Where are the things you want to see, do, eat and drink and what is the fastest way to move in between it all.
So using Google Maps we created a custom GPS guide and offline map based on this articles highlights and where all the places we visited can be found.


The Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel is located near Medan Tuanku Monorail Station, Night Market (TAR Road), SOGO KL, and Bukit Nanas Monorail Station. Or visit Traveloka Malaysia and browse their vast selection of hotels and flights.


The average person doesn’t need to think twice about getting out of town for a 48-hour travel adventure or a long weekend. The only thing stopping you dead in your tracks is finding cheap flights. Please visit our helpful posts on Booking Flights. Personally, I’m all about simplicity so I recommend Skyscanner, the best way to search the best rates in flights.

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About the author:

Jyotsna Ramani aka Jo, is a passionate globetrotter, wildlife enthusiast, thrill seeker, and writer. She loves to explore new places and inspire others to travel and after her adventures, she goes back to her blog and shares my escapades. She will expose secret drinking holes and get your adrenaline pumping. Grab a beer, kick off your shoes and enjoy the read!

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Using the latest travel apps, technology, and gear, I take a city; see the sights, taste the food, smell the roses, hear the stories and feel the love. All in 48 hours. Then, using videography & editing, photography and writing I retell and share those stories with my readers and viewers.

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