The Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, is one such thriving city that boasts a perfect blend of history, heritage, nature, and contemporary lifestyle. The city has everything to keep you on your feet, not just during the day but at night as well.

This multicultural city has temples, historical buildings, vibrant street markets, beautiful parks, monuments, shopping malls, towering skyscrapers, and whatnot. However, that’s just one part of Kuala Lumpur tourism.

At night, the city boasts a whole together different charm. There are plenty of amazing things to do in Kuala Lumpur at night, which you can cover on your trip to KL, Malaysia, to make your visit a memorable one.

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Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur at Night – Kuala Lumpur Night Attractions

  • Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur
  • Best Time to Visit Kuala Lumpur
  • Take a Stroll Around Merdeka Square
  • Eat at Jalan Alor
  • Visit Chinatown
  • Enjoy a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience at Menara Kuala Lumpur
  • Enjoy a Gleaming Sight at Thean Hou Temple
  • Night Shopping at Petaling Shopping
  • Have Fun at Sunway Lagoon Night Park
  • Enjoy Lake Symphony Water Show
  • Dining in the Dark
  • Enjoy a Fun-Filled Time at 99 Wonderland Park
  • Go Bar Hopping in Changkat
  • Glittering Fireflies Boat Ride
  • Be a Part of the River of Life Experience
  • Ride Around KL on a Vespa
  • Sip and Paint
  • Before you leave for Kuala Lumpur

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

There is a wide range of accommodations available in Kuala Lumpur, so you will not be short on options. Here are our top suggestions for the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur for any budget.

The best luxury hotel – For a luxurious stay in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur, the best place to stay is at the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites. Just walking distance from the local public transport, this hotel is perfect for exploring the city by day or night, before relaxing in the luxurious suites later. With free wifi, self-catering facilities and fantastic amenities such as a swimming pool and gym, this stay make for the perfect accommodation.

Book your stay at the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites right here.

Mid-Range – *RECOMMENDED STAY* For an affordable stay in serious luxury, the Expressionz Professional Suites by iHost Global are a backpackers dream. We stayed here for 3 nights and it was the most luxurious stay we have ever experienced, at an incredible price. The rooftop infinity pool offers surreal views of the KL skyline, which is worth the price of accommodation alone.

Book your stay at Expressionz Professional Suites by iHost Global here.

The best budget hotel – For a budget stay that also offers a comfortable time in Kuala Lumpur, Ali HomeHotel is the place for you. Situated just 8km from the Petronas Towers, getting in and out of the city is easy and you will be away from the busy city noise. With AC as standard and free Wifi included, this makes the perfect basecamp to rest your head in.

Book your stay at Ali HomeHotel here.

The Best Hostel with amazing views –   

Penthouse on 34-The Highest Hostel in Kuala Lumpur with incredible views over the city.

 

Best Time to Visit Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a year-round destination that witnesses tropical climate throughout the year. The weather conditions are hot and humid almost throughout the year. However, it cools down during rain. However, during this time, hotels and flights are expensive.

The months from May to June are considered to be the ideal time to visit Kuala Lumpur. The weather is relatively dry during this time of the year. May to August and December to February is drier time than other seasons. This is the time when you can make the most of Kuala Lumpur’s night attractions.

Take a Stroll Around Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square is not only a day attraction but is also equally fascinating at night. The square has a huge historical significance as it is the place where the Malaysian flag was first hoisted back in 1957 after the independence.

Today, this iconic square is known as the home to many historical buildings boasting stunning European architectural design, some are even more than a century old. If you are a history buff, then this place is a must-visit to learn about the history and culture of Kuala Lumpur.

You can take a stroll around this beautiful square and admire the majestic beauty of the historical buildings while witnessing a beautiful amalgamation of British colonial architecture and Islamic architecture.

Eat at Jalan Alor

If you are a foodie and wondering where to go in Kuala Lumpur at night to hunt some delectable local food, well, Jalan Alor is the place. It is one of the best places to eat in the city.

Located in the heart of the Bukit Bintang Area, it is a half-kilometer-long street that is dotted with many Malaysian street food hawkers and restaurants. Though the street witnesses a footfall of tourists throughout the day, it is after sunset when it comes alive.

Here at Jalan Alor, you will be spoilt with plenty of food options. Apart from Malaysian street food, you can find a good variety of Indian, Chinese, and Indonesian food.

Visit Chinatown

A vibrant and fascinating area to visit in Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown is located in the heart of Old Kuala Lumpur. It is a must-visit place in the city at night. Chinatown is dotted with popular streets, including Night Market, Petaling Street, Madras Lane, Central Market, and Kasturi Walk.

These are the streets where you get opportunities to shop, eat, and even visit temples. There are also coffee houses, art galleries, trinket shops, and much more. For food buffs, Chinatown streets are another popular place to hunt for some delectable food.

Enjoy a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience at Menara Kuala Lumpur

Also known as KL Tower, Menara Kuala Lumpur is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kuala Lumpur. Located within the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Menara Kuala Lumpur is South East Asia’s tallest telecommunication tower.

There is an observation deck from where you can savour the mesmerizing night views of the city, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Atmosphere 360 is one of the key highlights of the building, where you can enjoy a unique dining experience.

This towering building boasts stunning Islamic architecture featuring floral and abstract patterns along with Islamic tiles. You can also visit the tower during the sunset hour as it is one of those places from you can capture amazing sunset views.

Night Shopping at Petaling Street

Even if you don’t want to explore Chinatown, you must visit Petaling Street. This popular shopping market is one of the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur at night. It has plenty to offer when it comes to shopping.

From clothes to bags to accessories, this market is surely a haven for all shopaholics. Not only for shopping, Petaling Street is also a place where you can also find the heritage, culture, and history of Kuala Lumpur.

The market is known to sell good quality imitation goods along with some delectable street food. However, make sure you bargain to get stellar deals. Kwai Chai is a popular spot that is brimming in history with interactive street art.

Enjoy a Gleaming Sight at Thean Hou Temple

Wondering if visiting a temple is actually a night thing? Well, it is! Thean Hou Temple is one of the most beautiful shrines located in Kuala Lumpur. It is a unique temple that was established on the beliefs of three religions – Hinduism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

The architecture of the temple is something that is worth mentioning. It has six tiers depicting a fine work of traditional Chinese architecture. There are three altars in the temple, which are beautifully designed and are dedicated to Guan Yin – Goddess of Mercy, Mazu – Chinese Sea Goddess, and Shui Wei Sheng Niang – Goddess of Waterfront.

One must visit the temple after sunset as this is the time when this shrine lits up to its eternal beauty with hundreds of glowing lanterns. Visiting Thean Hou Temple at night makes for a sight to behold.

Have Fun at Sunway Lagoon Night Park

Ever heard of a night theme park? There seem to be very few such places in the world. Kuala Lumpur is one such city in the world where you get to savour this unique experience.

Sunway Lagoon is an official night park that adds up to the excitement of Kuala Lumpur’s nightlife scene. Offering a fun experience, this place is a perfect hideout from the city to enjoy a fun-filled time with friends and family.

At Sunway Lagoon Night Park, you can enjoy exciting water rides, thrilling rides, and entertaining performances. Being one of those unique adventure night parks, this place is indeed an amalgamation of the good, the bad, and the wild.

Be a Part of the River of Life Experience

A great initiative taken by the Malaysia Government, River of Life was launched back in 2012. The project was initiated to transform Kuala Lumpur’s masjid area into a perfect photoshoot spot.

This place comes alive during the night and gleams up with lights. There is even a Dance Symphony Fountain show that keeps the tourists in awe state. For a fact, the River of Life is even featured on the independent list of “World’s 10 Best Waterfront Districts.

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Enjoy Lake Symphony Water Show

If there is one world-famous tourist site in Kuala Lumpur, it has to be the Petronas Towers. However, if it is about one not-to-miss experience, then it is the Lake Symphony Water Show at KLCC Park.

Now, fortunately, you can be a part of both experiences at one time. Petronas Towers are located opposite KLCC park. With a height of 451.9 metres, they are the tallest Twin Towers in the world.

On the other hand, KLCC park is a nature abode located in the heart of the city. During the day, you can explore and admire the magnificent beauty of the park. However, it is at night when you get to witness a unique experience of the Lake Symphony Water Show.

There are two musical fountains at centre of the lake in KLCC park. These fountains showcase an appealing performance every night. Unlike the normal fountains, it is a programmed animation performance which is also incorporated with sound and light.

If you want to be a part of the Lake Symphony Show, then you must visit the park between 8 pm and 10 pm.

Dining in the Dark

You must have had many amazing night dining experiences but have you ever had an unusual experience of dining in the dark? Yes, we are talking about absolute darkness!

Well, if that sounds intriguing, you must look to visit Dining in the Dark restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. They have a unique concept where you get to relish a dark dining experience that will definitely heighten your senses.

However, there will be visually-impaired people who are darkness experts to guide you throughout the experience. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that is a not-to-miss on your Kuala Lumpur night tour. Also, it is a great initiative to encourage employment for visually-impaired people.

Enjoy a Fun-Filled Time at 99 Wonderland Park

Another popular night park in the city is 99 Wonderland Park. The park is located on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, it is a unique recreational and wildlife park that sprawls over a huge area of 23 acres of land.

When the sun falls asleep, the park lits up to its ultimate fun and adventure. There are magnificent light structures and a gorgeous musical fountain that are the key highlights of this place.

The park is built on an open concept and houses more than 30 unique attractions and landmarks, which include the magical bridge and Panda Street. There is also a section in 99 Wonderland Park that also allows you to interact with birds and animals.

Go Bar Hopping in Changkat

Changkat is one of the most happening places in Kuala Lumpur. Located within the vibrant street of the Bukit Bintang area, Changkat is the place where you can find good options of clubs, bars, and restaurants.

This is the place that truly defines the nightlife scene of Kuala Lumpur. Hence, we recommend you not stop at one place. Go bar hopping and enjoy different experiences at some of the best bars in the city.

cocktail drinks sitting on a bar

Glittering Fireflies Boat Ride

Fireflies boat ride – doesn’t it sound like a fairy tale experience? Well, indeed it is! While on a night tour in Kuala Lumpur, you can relish this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Kampung Kuantan Firefly Park is the place where you can go on a majestic boat ride experience. The boat ride operates in pitch darkness, and the gleaming fireflies surround your ride, making a beautiful visual.

You can choose a dinner boat ride to make your experience even more memorable. If you are on a Kuala Lumpur trip with your kids, this can be the ultimate experience your children would love to be a part of.

Ride Around KL on a Vespa

One of the coolest things you can do at night is exploring Kuala Lumpur on a Vespa scooter. The experience becomes even more amazing when you do it with a friend or partner.

There are plenty of rental operators in the city that gives you the option to rent a scooter. On a scooter, you can explore all the important sites of Kuala Lumpur, along with its history, heritage, and culture.

Sip and Paint

We are sure you were not expecting a painting session to be on this list. Trust us, this is one of the most amazing experiences to indulge in on your Kuala Lumpur night tour.

If you are a creative person, this could be your go-to activity. There are local art studios you can show off your painting skills while savouring some wine or juice. Doesn’t matter even if you are not into painting, this experience is still a must to indulge in.

Before You Leave for Kuala Lumpur

Before you leave on your trip to Kuala Lumpur, there are a number of things you will need to get organised in order to ensure a smooth and successful trip. These include getting a visa, sorting out travel insurance, deciding on what to pack and booking a place to stay in Kuala Lumpur. All of these points are discussed in detail below.

How to Get to Kuala Lumpur

In order to get from the Kuala Lumpur international airport to the city centre of KL, you have four main options. These include:

  • KL Airport Shuttle Bus  – Price roughly 10RM – Time 1hr 15min
  • KLIA Express Train – Price roughly 55RM – Time 28-30min
  • KL Transit Train – Price roughly 55RM – Time 35-40min
  • KL Airport Limo and Taxi Service – Price 60RM (taxi) / 100RM (limo) (+50% between midnight and 6am) – Time 40-50mins

All of these options above leave from both KLIA 1 and KLIA 2 terminals EXCEPT the KLIA shuttle bus, which only runs from KLIA 1. You can transit between the two terminals using the SkyBus shuttle service.

We would recommend either booking a taxi to your hotel as then it will be waiting for you when you arrive at the airport or booking a train on the KLIA Express here.

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

There is a wide range of accommodations available in Kuala Lumpur, so you will not be short on options. Here are our top suggestions for the best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur for any budget.

Luxury – For a luxurious stay in the heart of the city of Kuala Lumpur, the best place to stay is at the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites. Just walking distance from the local public transport, this hotel is perfect for exploring the city by day or night, before relaxing in the luxurious suites later. With free wifi, self-catering facilities and fantastic amenities such as a swimming pool and gym, this stay make for the perfect accommodation.

Book your stay at the PARKROYAL Serviced Suites right here.

Mid-Range – *RECOMMENDED STAY* For an affordable stay in serious luxury, the Expressionz Professional Suites by iHost Global are a backpackers dream. We stayed here for 3 nights and it was the most luxurious stay we have ever experienced, at an incredible price. The rooftop infinity pool offers surreal views of the KL skyline, which is worth the price of accommodation alone.

Book your stay at Expressionz Professional Suites by iHost Global here.

Budget – For a budget stay that also offers a comfortable time in Kuala Lumpur, Ali HomeHotel is the place for you. Situated just 8km from the Petronas Towers, getting in and out of the city is easy and you will be away from the busy city noise. With AC as standard and free Wifi included, this makes the perfect basecamp to rest your head in.

Book your stay at Ali HomeHotel here.

What to Pack for Your Trip to Kuala Lumpur

The tropical climate of Malaysia ensures that there is only one temperature in Kuala Lumpur, HOT. The midday sun in KL is sweltering, with the only relief being during the daily downpours of rain that happen around 2pm like clockwork.

Thankfully, this means that packing for Kuala Lumpur is a light and simple task. Most of the clothing you will be packing will consist of floaty clothing, shorts and vests, with an exception of a waterproof for the daily monsoons that KL is subject to. We suggest packing a poncho into your day bag for when you are out and about, just in case the rain catches you off guard.

For our full list of items that we pack no matter where we go in the world, check out our full packing guides over here.

Given the beautiful sights and scenery that you are no doubt going to see around Kuala Lumpur, we highly recommend packing a good camera for your trip. If you want to read more about the cameras we use and why we love them, check out the link below.

You can read what else we keep in our camera bag over here.

What is the Best Travel Insurance for Kuala Lumpur

I know travel insurance is the least enjoyable thing to purchase and look at when you’re planning a trip, however, you wouldn’t want to be without it in the event that something happened. Accidents can happen anywhere and the extortionate medical bills will ruin your trip if you are not covered.

To ensure you have a stress-free trip with no worries about potential medical bills, make sure you cover yourself when you travel. We can recommend using SafetyWing, a backpacker-friendly and cheap insurance company that provides good coverage and support. It is also nomad-friendly, unlike most other insurance companies, meaning you do not need to worry about being out of your home country for too long.

Get a quote for your travel insurance right here and get covered!

So there you have it, your guide to the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur at night. If you are visiting this incredible city and have any other questions on what to expect, leave us a comment down below. We love to chat about this stuff! If you have already been, let us know how it was!

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