Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is a colorful modern city, with huge shopping malls, museums, parks, skyscrapers and an active nightlife. It may seem that you will need a lot of money to enjoy Kuala Lumpur, but that’s not true.
Tourists with a smaller budget can still enjoy the pleasures of this glittering metropolis because there are many free things to do in Kuala Lumpur.
ENJOY THE FREE WALKING TOUR
As many other touristic cities of the world, the capital of Malaysia offers its visitors free walking tours, guided by locals. So put on comfortable shoes and explore the city for free. Usual trails include Merdeka Square, Kampung Baru, Malay village and Brickfields, the Indian district.
There are, however, two different types of tours. The first one, the Dataran Merdeka Heritage Tour, meets at Kuala Lumpur City Gallery every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 9 am. The second one, Kampong Bharu Cultural Tour, starts at Kelab Sultan Sulaiman every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 4.30 pm. A tour usually takes 2.5 hours, and it is recommended to book in advance.
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TAKE A BUS
CLIMB ROCKS AT BATU CAVES
Batu Caves is a hill with numerous caves and cave temples, which is located in Gombak district, 12 km north of Kuala Lumpur. The Temple Cave and the Cathedral Cave are the most famous. To get to the Temple Cave, you need to climb 272 rock stairs. And remember to watch out for monkeys!
Also, for the last ten years, Batu Caves have become the center of rock climbing in Kuala Lumpur. The hill is 150 meters high and offers 160 climbing routes for different levels of age and experience. Climbing is free of charge, but you’ll have to bring your gear. And also, come early in the morning to pick the best area for climbing, as later the place will be crowded.
ADMIRE THE BEAUTY OF PETRONAS TOWERS
Petronas Towers have become the tallest twin towers in the world after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York. They are 452 meters high, and they are the most famous landmark of Kuala Lumpur.
Unfortunately, access to the observation deck on the 41st floor is no longer free. It costs around three dollars to visit the deck. However, you have to arrive early in the morning, wait in line, get one of the limited entrance tickets and get assigned a visiting time later that day.
Also, you can only stay on the deck for 10 minutes. If you don’t want to go through these troubles, you can just admire the towers from outside, which is also great. The towers look like two shiny silver spears, reaching the clouds. When they are illuminated during the night, they look even more marvelous. Their multi-faceted star-like design is truly unique.
WALK THROUGH THE LAKE GARDEN PARK
Just 10 minutes from Merdeka Square, you will find a unique oasis of green in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Taman Tasik Perdana also called the Lake Garden Park, is a natural haven in the city. The park offers its visitors a wide variety of giant tropical trees, fragrant flowering bushes, landscaped gardens, waterfalls and many other attractions.
There is everything you need for an excellent day: exercise equipment, children’s playground, walking paths and even a low-cost food market. The bird park and museums have rather high admission fees, but all the other activities are free of charge. You can even spend a whole day in the park!