KL Holidays: Top Travel Activities for Small Groups
Hoping to maximise your weekend with a quick getaway to KL with family or friends? You’ve picked the perfect destination—Malaysia’s capital city is alive at all hours, fuelled by an ever-expanding roster of attractions and activities to keep international visitors and domestic tourists entertained day and night.
To help you plan your Kuala Lumpur holidays, PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur has a list of fun things to do in KL for small groups travelling to the Malaysian capital, which includes:
- Alternative Things to Do in KL with Friends
- Things to Do in KL for Couples
- Cheap or Free Things to Do in KL with Kids
Read on for details, and do remember to observe Malaysia’s Recovery Movement Control Order (MCO) measures, which will be in place until 31 December 2020. If you need travel or accommodation advice, our friendly team at PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur is always happy to assist you!
1. Alternative Things to Do in KL with Friends
If you’re staying at a Bukit Bintang hotel, such as PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur, consider taking a short walk (11 minutes) to Sungei Wang Plaza. Here, you’ll find the city’s ultimate indoor playground, Beast Park, where you can scale rock climbing walls and a “ninja” obstacle course to help you sweat it out while embracing your inner beast. There are less formidable kid-friendly play areas as well. When you and your travel companions are well and truly spent, you can power up at the in-house boutique coffee shop, Artisanal Roast Cafe.
What if it’s the great outdoors that you’re after? Well, did you know that you could go white water rafting in KL? This is typically done at Sungai Selangor (“River Selangor,” a 1.5hr drive from the city) or Kampar River (a 1hr drive from the city).
What enthusiasts like about Sungai Selangor is that its rapids—referring to sections of the river where the river bed has a relatively steep gradient, resulting in an increase in water velocity and turbulence—are graded between 3 and 4. Kampar River on the other hand is gentler, with a grading between 1 and 3. (For newbies: rapids are graded on a scale of 1 to 6, with 6 being the most challenging.) You can book a white water rafting group tour with adventure tour organisers such as Adventoro.
By nightfall, the party’s right at your doorstep if you’re staying in the Bukit Bintang area. Be sure to head to KL’s street food paradise, Jalan Alor, to treat yourself to Malaysian hawker delights, such as:
dim sum (bite-sized portions of food served in steamer baskets)
lok lok (skewered meat, seafood, and vegetables that can be boiled in soup or deep-fried)
grilled chicken wings
satay (skewered meat, served with peanut sauce)
Need more things to do in KL at night? Check out KL’s best nightspots, including the chic restaurants and bars at Changkat Bukit Bintang. For a truly evocative nighttime experience, however, take a drive to Hauntu, an immersive horror house where the scares are delivered fast and furious—you’ll need nerves of steel to remember that it’s not real!
2. Things to do in KL for Couples
In KL for a romantic weekend? Slow down and enjoy the moment—perhaps with a spot of art jamming with your beloved.
Art & Bonding holds “Sip & Paint” workshops in the afternoons and evenings, where you can relax with a glass of wine, get the painting guidance you need to create your personal masterpiece, and enjoy lively conversations with your host and other guests. Or you could sign up for their “Date Night” special to create a priceless couple’s keepsake—two halves of a painting that come together in perfect harmony!
However, if this is your first visit to KL, or if you’re not familiar with the city’s landmarks, you can join the free Merdeka Square Heritage Guided Tour. The tour is an initiative by KL City Hall, and it takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9:00am to 12.30pm. No registration is required—simply meet at the tour’s starting point, the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. But to avoid disappointment, please check with your concierge if the tour is currently running, or call the KL Tourism Bureau at +60 3 2698 0332.
During the tour, an English-speaking guide will take you to 12 heritage buildings around Merdeka Square (Dataran Merdeka). These European-style buildings are mostly over 100 years old, and your guide will fill you in on the history and architecture of each building, as well as other interesting stories relating to these structures.
Don’t worry if you’ve slept in and missed the tour—use this heritage trail map to explore the area on your own.
For a tete-a-tete over dinner and drinks, you won’t have to look far for a conducive restaurant if you’re located within Bukit Bintang. Book a table for two at French Feast KL, a six-minute walk away for guests at PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur. Or take a drive out to try an acclaimed KL restaurant, such as ALIYAA (Sri Lankan cuisine) or Dewakan (modern Malaysian cuisine).
Please note that restaurant opening hours remain flexible in accordance to MCO measures . Check for updates on the restaurant’s Facebook page or call ahead to stay informed.
3. Cheap or Free Things to do in KL with Kids
Is hiking one of your favourite family activities? Or need an excuse to get your kids outdoors and away from their devices?
Taman Tugu is an urban forest park in the city, and it’s an ideal starting point for beginner hikers of all ages, because the terrain is mostly flat and the hiking routes are clearly marked. There are some MCO social distancing rules in place, but you will still be able to enjoy a family hike together here.
If your kids like museums, consider paying a visit to this hidden gem in the city centre—the Royal Malaysia Police Museum. You might mistake it for just another quaint wooden house, but within are three galleries that will take you through the history of the Malacca Sultanate empire, as well as the major events that created and shaped the nation’s police force.
Kids will enjoy seeing the official police vehicles, police uniforms, and traditional weaponry used such as the kris (a dagger with a wavy-edged blade). Notable exhibits here include the confiscated weapons of Malaysian triads and secret societies, including DIY gadgets that were used for armed robberies!
For rest and relaxation, how about some pet therapy for the entire family? Fans of Husky dogs can sit alongside them for the occasional kiss and cuddle at Huskiss, while getting a refreshing drink—we doubt the kids will be glued to their phones at this cafe!
Much prefer cats? There’s Purradise Cat Cafe, where lost and abandoned cats have been given a second home to be loved again. Apart from getting to chill out with graceful felines, you’ll be glad to know that all proceeds from Purradise are reinvested into cat rescue and rehoming efforts, so anything you spend here will be put to good use!
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