Even backpacking can be more expensive than you want it to be sometimes, so it is always a good thing to know where to go in order to save some cash. Kuala Lumpur is not the most expensive city in the world, yet the costs for tourist attractions add up and up and before you know it, you are in serious need or drawing out more money from the ATM! So hhere are 8 brilliant, off the beaten track things to do in Kuala Lumpur that are either completely free or require just a small entrance fee.
Kanching Rainforest Waterfall is arguably Malaysia’s finest waterfall and it is famous for having 7 tiers. It is located in Templer Park and is perfectly secluded within the jungle. The sound of the splashing water and the cicadas from the rainforest is a perfect mix!
Bukit Gasing Forest Reserve is a great place to find hiking trails and an opportunity to be at one with Malaysia’s flora and fauna. Located just outside city limits, Bukit Gasing is a good alternative to Bukit Nanas.
The Royal Malaysian Police Museum must surely rank as one of the top hidden gems of Kuala Lumpur – and it’s free to enter! This small and compact museum chronicles the history of the Malaysian Police Force over the centuries, including from the far distant corners of Borneo.
Masjid Jamek is one of the oldest mosques in the region, and whether you are trying to view inside or just marvel at the architecture on the façade, it is still a great thing to do, and not as touristy as the Grand Mosque nearby.
The Batu Caves may be a short journey outside KL but the admission fee is completely free. You can see many Hindu statues and ascend the steps to the dark caves, as well as running the gauntlet of the resident monkeys that live around here!
Bukit Tabur is certainly known for its adventure tourism, with some great climbing opportunities. The climb is pretty dangerous and not advised for beginners (nowadays everybody needs to apply for a permit to climb anyway) but when you get to the top, you can find some incredible views of downtown Kuala Lumpur!
Jalan Alor, located close to Bukit Bintang, is one of the finest places in the whole of Malaysia to find some local street food, including Ikan Bakar, Nasi Lemak Bungkus, Ais Kacang, and Chaw Kway Teow. The food is cheap, and the atmosphere is always electric, especially after dark.
KLCC Park is a fine urban park situated beneath the PETRONAS Towers. Here there are jogging trails, a lake with fountains, children’s playgrounds and paddling pools, and sculptures. A walk beneath the tree canopies is also a great way to escape the stifling heat!
Who said visiting Kuala Lumpur had to be expensive?!