Kuala Lumpur Itinerary for 2 Days; Perfect for Families

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Wondering what to see in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days? You’ve come to the right place as we have carefully curated this Kuala Lumpur itinerary for two days based on our favorite tourist attractions in KL.

Planning to spend time with your family in Kuala Lumpur just enough for the weekend? Our Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 2 days is perfect for families visiting KL for the first time! 

Continue reading as we’ll cover the city’s most exciting sights and activities for families. Immerse in the city’s rich culture, from historical sites like the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple to bird lovers’ paradise, the KL Bird Park.

Our Kuala Lumpur two-day itinerary is all about quality over quantity. These kid-friendly attractions and activities bring a unique experience for the family without the overwhelming pressure of visiting too many places at once.

Are you ready? Your two-day, family-friendly adventure in Kuala Lumpur starts now!

little girl and the milky storks in kl bird park

Getting Around in Kuala Lumpur

Before we dive into the day’s adventures, let’s talk logistics. Getting around Kuala Lumpur is a breeze, and we have options to suit every budget and family size.

If you’re looking for the utmost convenience, GrabCar is your best friend. With the Grab app, you can call a ride right to your doorstep, and it’s perfect for families traveling with kids. Click here to read our ultimate guide to using Grab in Kuala Lumpur.

Or, explore KL’s top attractions at your own pace with the KL Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. You can get on and off as much as you like. Click here to read our guide to the KL Hop-on Hop-off bus tour.

For those budget-conscious travelers, public transport is the way to go. Kuala Lumpur’s LRT and Monorail systems are efficient, clean, and easy to use. Plus, kids under the age of six travel for free! It’s a win-win for families looking to save a bit while still getting around comfortably.

Another option is to rent a car with a private driver for the day. This is highly recommended if you travel with very young children. This way, you don’t depend on schedules or applications, but you can discuss your itinerary in advance and leave your stuff in the car when exploring the city’s top attractions.

Now that we’ve sorted our transportation, let’s explore our exciting, family-friendly adventure in Kuala Lumpur!

KLIA Ekspres Train

Day 1: Exploring KL’s Vibrant Culture

Morning: Discovering Kuala Lumpur’s Iconic Landmarks

Dataran Merdeka

Start your first day of this KL itinerary by wandering around Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square) to get a good taste of culture and history in one. It’s also known as the Independence Square, a historical landmark where Malaysia first declared independence from the British.

Merdeka Square is a fantastic place for walking, having a picnic, or taking picture-perfect photos and using the surrounding historic buildings as a backdrop. It’s in the center of many majestic architectures of historical and cultural significance, including the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Royal Selangor Club, etc.

Royal Selanger Club at Merdeka Square in KL
Royal Selangor Club at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur

TIP: Read more about the historical sites around Merdeka Square in our blog about the Top Historical Places in Kuala Lumpur.

Guan Di Temple

Go for a cultural walk in Chinatown and visit Guan Di Temple. This beautiful Taoist temple houses the 59 kg Guan Dao pole-axe weapon made from copper, which is one of the reasons why many people swarm the temple. Many people believe the Guan Dao is a powerful weapon that can bring luck to whoever touches it. There are also wooden statues of the God of War Guan Ping and Zhou Cang. Aside from its gorgeous architecture, the temple’s peaceful and welcoming atmosphere is reason enough to make your visit to Guan Di Temple worthwhile.

Sri Maha Mariamman Temple

A quick walk in the same street as Guan Di Temple, and you’ll find the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It’s dedicated to the South Indian Goddess Mariamman. Its recent restoration allows you to marvel at all its beauty and well-maintained architecture. The temple, a beautiful building and only just renovated, consists of a five-tier tower, called a gopuram, built in South Indian style, and the entryway is adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures of 228 Hindu deities. Inside are temples, including one that houses the temple of Sri Maha Mariamman.

Entrance to the temple is free, but if you want to see the inside, you must leave your shoes by the entryway. For women, the shoulders and knees must be covered. You can rent a sarong on-site to use as cover.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple Kuala Lumpur

Lunch: Family-Friendly Dining in the City

Petaling Street

Since you’re within the vicinity, you can take your lunch at one of the many restaurants in Petaling Street. There are various Chinese restaurants, including our top two picks, Da Bao Restobar and DayOne DayOne Noodles.

Satisfy your bao cravings in Da Bao with a mouthwatering selection of baos like the Soft Shell Crab, Lamb, and their best sellers, Pork and Phuture Cheesebaoger.

Dao Bao Restaurant petaling
Da Bao Restaurant in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur

Meanwhile, you can get your dose of Taiwanese cuisine at DayOne DayOne Noodles; one of our favorite restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Not only do we always eat here when in Chinatown, we also regularly order in from DayOne DayOne via the GrabApp. Their best-selling noodles, such as Signature Braised Pork, Taiwanese Crispy Chicken Chop, Teriyaki Chicken, and Taiwanese Sausage, are all a must-try! They also serve Taiwanese street foods, rice sets, and vegetarian options.

Afternoon: Shopping and Sightseeing in KL’s Iconic Spots

Petaling Street and Chinatown

After lunch, you can spend more time wandering the streets of Chinatown and Petaling Street, where you’re sure to find hidden gems. These bustling streets are full of culture, from art and street food to souvenirs and impeccable architecture. Visit one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Chinatown, the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, or try Chinese street foods at the Petaling Street Market.

If you’re looking for the best Instagram-worthy spot in Chinatown, we recommend visiting Kwai Chai Hong. Kwai Chai Hong is a little section in Chinatown that features many interesting and colorful murals. It’s filled with street art depicting a day in the lives of locals in the 1960’s, Chinatown’s golden era.

Little girl looking at wall graffity in Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur

Central Market

For your shopping needs, head down to KL Chinatown’s Central Market and shop til you drop for souvenirs and local handicrafts. Central Market houses several stalls and shops selling Malaysian handicrafts and souvenirs. It’s a beautiful place to experience Malaysia’s charming multi-culture.

Pasar Seni Kuala Lumpur Central Market
Central Market batik stores on the first floor.

Aside from shops, the area is abundant in restaurants and cafes, including the famous Old Town White Coffee Cafe. Enjoy the best coffee and toast in Malaysia when you visit Old Town White Coffee. Don’t miss some of the lively cultural performances on weekends, and see the 3D Illusion Museum for a unique experience.

Also nearby is Masjid Jamek, the national mosque of Malaysia.

Jamek Mosque or Masjid Jamek is among the top historical places in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers and Skybridge

Once you’re done with your shopping spree, go to KLCC via the MRT so you don’t miss the magnificent view of the Petronas Twin Towers before sunset. The Skybridge provides you with a unique view of the city skyline while standing 558 feet (170 meters) above ground. Take in the views of the tallest buildings of the Malaysian capital while standing on the world’s tallest twin towers. It’s also the world’s highest two-story bridge, making the experience more special and amazing. If lucky, you can catch a gorgeous sunset view from the Skybridge and capture the moment with a perfect family picture.

Close up shot of Suria KLCC with the tall twin towers in the background

Dinner: Culinary Adventure for All Ages

Suria KLCC Food Court

For your next culinary adventure with the family, the food court at Suria KLCC offers a delicious selection of cuisine. Whether you’re craving Malaysian, American, Indian, Japanese, Seafood, etc., they’ve got it all here!

Food court at Suria KLCC Mall

Evening: Unwinding with a Nighttime Stroll

KLCC Park

End your day one family adventure in KL with a relaxing stroll at the KLCC Park. Chill with the family and enjoy a picnic, or take the opportunity to capture the majestic Petronas Twin Towers at a unique vantage point at the Arch Bridge. There’s also a children’s playground to keep your little ones busy and occupied. 

To us, KLCC Park is a great place to bring children. Our daughter loves playing at the playground and the wading pool (daytime only), and since it’s only a short walk from KL’s best shopping malls and luxury hotels, we often end up here before or after shopping or crunching.

Playground in KLCC Park with the Petronas Twin Towers in the background

TIP: Click here for our ultimate guide to KLCC Park

Symphony Fountain Lightshow

How can you end your day with a bang? Watch the magical display of the Symphony Fountain Water and Light Show in KLCC Park. We recommend arriving early to secure your spots to get the best view of the show. The show happens every 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm and lasts 10 minutes.

The mesmerizing Lake Symphony Fountain Water and Light Show at KLCC Park is a must-see for any visitor. The fountains dance to the sound of music and colorful lights, creating an enchanting display for everyone to admire. 

We saw the show from our room at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, and we always recommend friends and family who are visiting us to watch the show. We’ve only heard great things so far – and saw them all come back with stunning photos of the water fountains in action with the iconic Petronas Towers lit up in the background.

UPDATE: We finally went and saw the Fountain Water and Light Show and we absolutely loved it. As you can see in the picture below, it was extra special because of the Christmas Tree in front of Suria KLCC Mall. This year (2023) it was the tallest Christmas Tree replica in Malaysia!

Light and Music Show in KLCC Park with Petronas Twin Towers in the background

Day 2: Setting Sail to New Family Adventures

Morning: A Unique Cultural Experience in the Batu Caves

A new day in KL calls for a new set of adventures we’re excited to bring to you and your family!

From KL Sentral, take the KTM Komuter train and alight at the last stop, Batu Caves. The ride lasts only 30 minutes before you arrive at one of the biggest and most important religious sites for Hindi devotees. Morning is the best time to visit the Batu Caves because it’s not too crowded and heated.

The famous Batu Caves is a popular cultural and tourism site where millions of pilgrims and visitors gather annually during the Thaipusam festival to honor Lord Murugan. It’s home to multiple temples and shrines of Hindu gods and goddesses, including Lord Murugan’s.

By the entrance, you’ll find the golden and towering statue of Lord Murugan. To enter the caves, you first need to climb the 272-step rainbow staircase leading you to the Main Cave. You can explore the Main Cave for free or the other caves for a price.

Admire the remains of old buildings in the Temple or Main Cave. The Temple Cave also houses other Hindu shrines, including the temple dedicated to Lord Murugan’s wife, Sri Valli Deivanai temple. Invite the family to a guided tour at the Dark Cave and get ready to see some wildlife and be amazed by the beautiful rock formations in the cave.

There’s also the Ramayana Cave, another cave filled with statues and shrines of different Hindu gods. Within the walls of the Ramayana Cave are spectacular dioramas that depict the scenes of the Indian epic ‘Ramayana.’

TIP: Click here to read our Batu Caves review

Colorful caves at Batu Caves KL

Lunch: Local Delights or Jungle Dining at the KL Bird Park

Pan Heong Restaurant

Just a short drive from the Batu Caves is the Pan Heong Restaurant, a renowned shop that serves tasteful Chinese cuisine. Taste 33 years of culinary excellence poured into their signature dishes, including the Sang Har Ho Fun or Freshwater Prawn Noodles, Fish Slice Porridge, and Nam Yu Pork Belly.

Hornbill Restaurant at the KL Bird Park

But if you want to dine somewhere close to nature, you can head back to the city center and visit the Hornbill Restaurant and Cafe at KL Bird Park. Munch on savory lunch food items at the restaurant while nestled within the confines of nature. There’s also a big chance that you may encounter several birds while having your lunch, including Malaysia’s national bird, Rhino Hornbills. Overall, it’s a beautiful and extraordinary experience for the family!

Hornbill Restaurant at KL Bird Park
Hornbill Restaurant at KL Bird Park

Afternoon: Exploring the Wonders and Wildlife of the Sky

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Our next stop is no other than the KL Bird Park at the Perdana Botanical Gardens. It’s here where you can get close and personal to local and international majestic winged creatures and encounter approximately 200 bird species. The KL Bird Park is the world’s largest free-flight, walk-in aviary with four zones to explore and experience. The park has plenty of family-friendly activities, such as ostrich and hornbill feeding, bird shows, and photography with birds. 

Most one or two days itineraries do not include a visit to the bird park. However, we visited several times and we believe it only makes to add it to a family friendly Kuala Lumpur itinerary. 

TIP: Click here to read our review of the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Flamingo pond at the KL Bird Park

Also nearby are the Islamic Art Museum, the KL Butterfly Garden, and the Perdana Botanical Gardens.

Menara KL / KL Tower

Take your family adventure further by climbing the KL Tower and getting another stunning panoramic view of the city! Take pictures of the unbeatable view from the Observation Deck. Heighten the thrill and face your fears at KL’s Tower SkyBox, where you can admire Kuala Lumpur from 984 feet (300 meters) above. 

We included this in the itinerary because yes, the Petronas Twin Towers are a must-visit attraction in Kuala Lumpur. But by also ascending the KL Tower, you have the opportunity to have some family photos taken with the Twin Towers in the background. You should also strike a pose with Menara 118 in the background. This is the world’s second tallest tower and will house the world’s highest hotel, Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, upon opening in 2024.

Dad and daughter on Observation Deck KL Tower

Also nearby is the KL Forest Eco Park where you can enjoy a family friendly hike. However, due to the tropical climate, we don’t recommend doing this in the afternoon.

Dinner: A Sky-High Family Dinner Date

Menara KL Atmosphere Restaurant

While you’re up here, you might as well enjoy your dinner in the sky. The Atmosphere 360 Restaurant is a dining experience like no other! Featured as the highest revolving restaurant in Southeast Asia, KL Tower’s Atmosphere Restaurant will take your breath away not just because of the delectable food but because you’ll be suspended 925 feet (282 meters) up in the air while enjoying a fantastic dinner date with your family. If you’re looking for an great dining experience with impeccable night views of the city, the Atmosphere 360 Restaurant is the perfect place.

If you don’t feel like sitting in a restaurant, we recommend you walk over to Jalan Alor, where you will find Kuala Lumpur’s most popular street food scene. Enjoy nasi lemak, char kway teow, satay, and other popular dishes from street food night market. 

Where to Stay

Kuala Lumpur offers plenty of accommodations perfect for families visiting the city who want to stay within reach of the city center. Here are some of our recommendations for the best places to stay in KL for families. 

Best Hotel In Chinatown: Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown

Located in Chinatown, Four Points by Sheraton provides families with kids a comfortable and excellent stay in their Family Suite. As our two-day itinerary is not jam-packed, you might even have time to enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, or the 24-hour fitness center. 

Click here to check rates and availability.

TIP: Click here for our review of Four Points by Sheraton Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown

Four Points by Sheraton Chinatown wall painting

Great Hotel Near KL Sentral: Aloft KL

If you want to stay near KL Sentral with easy access to the main transportation hub in KL, we recommend staying at Aloft KL. We stayed here a couple of years ago when we visited Kuala Lumpur for a weekend. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral offers comfy rooms and loft-inspired floor plans for families with kids. Have an exceptional stay at Aloft while enjoying their facilities like their outdoor pool with gorgeous city views, and fitness center.

Click here to check rates and availability.

From KL Sentral, it’s easy to get to the Batu Caves, to the heart of Kuala Lumpur and even to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. If you’re planning on using public transportation KL Sentral is the right place to stay. 

TIP: Click here to read our How to Get From KLIA to KL Sentral and Vice Versa

Hotel with KLCC View in Bukit Bintang or KLCC

Many more accommodations are available around the Jalan Bukit Bintang or in the KLCC area. For more recommendations, check out our blog about The Ultimate Guide to Hotels in Kuala Lumpur with KLCC View.

Is 2 Days in Kuala Lumpur Enough?

Kuala Lumpur is a great city to explore with a family. There are so many things to do for families, with small kids, and with older kids, that it’s hard to define how many days in Kuala Lumpur is enough. If you’re short on time, it’s worth visiting Kuala Lumpur for two days. However, if you have the opportunity to stay longer, we recommend you do. 

Over these two family-friendly days in Kuala Lumpur, we’ve embarked on an exciting journey through the city’s heart. Our carefully crafted itinerary offers an ideal mix of cultural exploration, wildlife encounters, culinary delights, and memorable experiences.

From exploring iconic cultural and historical landmarks like the Dataran Merdeka and Batu Caves to conquering great heights in the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower, your two-day adventure in KL will unveil a world of cultural wonders and natural beauty.

Welcome to the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur, and happy exploring to you and your family!


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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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