Guests at Silka Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, one of the better hotels near Petaling Street has convenient access to shopping, dining, and man-made wonders, all less than an hour away. With the Taman Connaught MRT station right on the hotel’s doorstep, the city’s tourist hotspots such are just a short train ride away. Take a look at historic Merdeka Square, where Malaysia’s Declaration of Independence took place or ponder Malaysia history at the National Museum, which is built in the style of a Malay palace. Go up to the top of iconic Petronas Tower, the most famous of Kuala Lumpur landmarks.
Both Historic and Modern
Located in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur; Bukit Tabur is also known locally as Bukit Hangus. The hill, which is less than 500 metres, is a quartz ridge, and climbers can begin their climb via the hiking trail at Kampung Klang Gates, 50 metres from the gates of the Klang Gates Dam, at the back of Taman Melawati for a 3-4 hour climb. The Gombak Forest Reserve and Klang Gates Dam are beside the hill and the view from the peak is worth the climb.
The Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) was founded in 1929 as the Forest Research Institute. FRIM promotes sustainable forest management and the optimal use of forest resources through the knowledge and technology generated from the various research conducted promoted at FRIM include Canopy Walkway, Botanical Gardens, Wetland Areas, Malay Traditional Houses, Nature Trails, Ethno-botanic garden, Nature activities and Arboreta. A visit to FRIM is recommended for those who appreciate the outdoors and environmental conservation. Guided tours are available.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday (8:00a.m. – 5.00p.m.)
As night falls, i-City’s mesmerising nightscape with over one million LED lights will light the sky daily in a thematic manner. The place comes alive with an amazing forest of man-made maple and pine trees brightly illuminated with seasonal LED lightscape themes. Other attractions include the Trick Art Museum, Snowalk, a below 5-degrees Celsius Artic environment with ice sculptures and rides, the biggest of its kind in Malaysia; and Waterworld, a recreational haven that is wet, cool, and fun for the entire family.
Opening hours: 10:00a.m. – 12.00 Midnight (varies according to attraction)
Well-known among Malaysians, Kajang Satay is a must-not miss - And where else to enjoy this local favourite than in Kajang itself. Hj Samuri Kajang satay (Sate Kajang Hj Samuri) has gained the loyalty of many satay fans from all over Malaysia and abroad.
Monday-Thursday (10:30a.m – 12:30a.m.)
Friday (4:00p.m. – 1:00p.m.)
Saturday-Sunday (10.30 a.m. - 1.00a.m.)
Before you reach the historic Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka) where Malaysia’s Declaration of Independence took place on 31 August 1957, the first building you will encounter is the Sessions and Magistrate Court. It leads to a cluster of colonial buildings, including the iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
Transportation: 20 minutes’ drive from Silka Cheras, Kuala Lumpur / take the MRT train from Taman Connaught station and get off at Merdeka station. At the Merdeka MRT station, walk to the Plaza Rakyat LRT via the paid-to-paid pedestrian walkway. At Plaza Rakyat LRT station, take the LRT (Ampang Line, in the direction of Sentul Timur) and get off at Masjid Jamek or Bandaraya station. Merdeka Square is about 8-10 minutes’ walk from these stations.
Opening hours: 24 hours
The Muzium Negara (National Museum) is built in the style of a Malay palace. It features exhibition galleries for visitors seeking to explore the history of Malaysia.
Opening hours: 9:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
A visit to Kuala Lumpur would not be complete without a visit to the famous Petronas Twin Towers, the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. It is the second tallest tower in the world, and remains the tallest twin buildings in the world. The buildings are the landmark of Kuala Lumpur with the nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.
Opening hours: The Skybridge on Level 41 is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00a.mm till 7:00p.m. (Closed for Friday prayers from 1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m. and on Mondays). Basic tours start at RM15 per person. Additional tours are also available for the top floor observation deck for a separate fee, with the option of a fine dining experience with a great view of the city.
Putrajaya is south of Kuala Lumpur. It’s known for its late 20th-century architecture including the Putra Mosque, made from rose-coloured granite with a pink dome. Known as the world’s first intelligent garden city, Putrajaya offers a host of attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Housed within this enclave are the Botanical Garden, The Putrajaya Lake & Wetland, Putrajaya Lake Cruise, Equestrian Park Putrajaya, Putrajaya Lake Club, and various restaurants.
Founded in 1885, Royal Selangor has a rich heritage of design and craftsmanship. A large pewter tankard- recognised by the Guinness Book of Records and made by Royal Selangor in 1985 to commemorate its centenary – is displayed at the Royal Selangor headquarters. It is 1.987 metres tall, weighs 1,557 kg and has a capacity of 2,796 litres. Guided tours are available and visitors can even make their own pewter bowl using traditional tools at the School of Hard Knocks or craft their own pewter accessory through the different processes of pewter-making at The Foundry (prior arrangements required).
Opening hours: 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.