This 12 km (7.5 mi) walk across central Kuala Lumpur covers some of the main sights in the city centre.
This is a very diverse hike, during which you can experience the most bustling parts of the city as well as rain forest stretches that you will most likely have all for yourself. By no means should this be your only walk in the city. The Titiwangsa Lake Gardens and the Botanical Garden with all its sights should be on your list as well.
About the only equipment you will need is comfy shoes, sun screen and possibly insect repellent. There are countless restaurants, food stalls and mini markets along the way. Some top picks are highlighted. The hike will take you around 3 hours of pure walking. With museum and sightseeing stops - especially at KL Tower - plan at least 5 hours for the whole trip. It is best to take this walk early in the morning or in the late afternoon, in order to avoid the hottest hours of the day.
One option could be to start the walk at around 16:00-17:00 at Maharajalela station to arrive at the observation deck of KL Tower shortly before sunset (19:15-19:30). The attractions in the second part of the hike (namely Changkat Bukit Bintang, Pavillion, KLCC Park, Petronas Towers and Saloma Link Bridge) are all even more impressive in the dark. Chow Kit market will already be closed at this time though.
The sightseeing walk can be accessed at numerous points. If you are planning to walk the whole distance it is advisable to take the Monorail to either 1 Maharajalela (southern end) or 2 Chow Kit (northern end).
Exit Maharajalela monorail station and walk towards northwest. You will reach Chinatown and the colonial district.
1 Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee. Stall in a little alley with wan tan mee, a Malaysian dish of noodles with wontons. Don't get discouraged by the rather uninviting environment. RM 6.50.
6 River of Life walkway. Beautiful walkway opposite Jamek Mosque at the confluence of Gombak and Kelang rivers (Thus the name "Kuala Lumpur", which means "Muddy River Mouth").
Jungle, nightlife and shopping awaits you in this part of the city.
1 KL Forest Eco-Park Canopy Walk. Nice canopy walk over the jungle. Since 2020 an entrance fee has to be paid. Many visitors think that the price of RM40 is not worth the visit. 40 RM (foreigners), 10 RM (locals).
1 Changkat Bukit Bintang. Night life hot spot of KL.
11 Street Art. Colorful back alley.
12 Bukit Bintang junction. The beating heart of the city.
Kampung Baru & Chow Kit
Stunning contrast between the village charm of Kampung Baru to all those highrisers, which are only a stone's throw away.
Stay alert. Pickpocketting and snatch thefts with scooters can happen.