Kuala Lumpur Do It Yourself (DIY) Walking Day Tour
Kuala Lumpur is the perfect family friendly destination for first-time travelers especially those who travel with children and elderly.
Roaming around is easy peasy. The transportation system is efficient. Trains are tourist friendly, taxis are everywhere, and there are FREE BUSES to take you around the city. There are a lot of signs too, so don’t worry about getting lost.
Do it yourself (DIY) or self-guided walking tour is also possible. A day tour in KL is a must and should be included in your itinerary if you want to learn some of KL’s history and see famous landmarks.
If you decided to see the city without the help of a tour guide, start your day tour at KL Sentral station. From Bukit Bintang, take the monorail and stop at KL Sentral. From KL Sentral station, ride the LRT going to Masjid Jamek Station.
Stop #1: Masjid Jamek Mosque
Alight at Masjid Jamek Station. Masjid Jamek Mosque is just a stone’s throw away from the train station. You can also see the mosque from the train station. Masjid Jamek is known as a Friday mosque and is one of the oldest mosques in KL with beautiful Moorish architecture.
Stop#2. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
During the time of our trip, we did not get the chance to see the Masjid Jamek up close because it was being renovated. So from Masjid Jamek train station, we just walked north along Jalan Tun Perak. We turned left in the road intersection, and walked along Jalan Raja until we saw the majestic Sultan Abdul Samal Building.
Take your time, take a lot of photos, explore the Sultan Abdul Samal Building and be amazed by its grandeur.
The iconic Sultan Abdul Samad Building is located along Jalan Raja and in front of Dataran Merdeka.This colonial era building is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most beautiful heritage landmark.
Stop #3. KL Gallery
Walk along Jalan Raja and find the pedestrian at the end of the block. Cross the pedestrian lane and you will find the Music Museum and KL Gallery.
The Music Museum or Muzium Muzik is a heritage building along Jalan Raja and facing the Merdeka Square. Inside the museum is a display of musical instruments from different Malaysian era and culture.
KL Gallery is located just next to Merdeka Square and beside Music Museum. I will make a separate post about KL Gallery. KL Gallery is recommended for first time KL visitors because it showcases KL’s history and cultural traditions. The famous “I heart KL” sign is also found in KL Gallery.
Stop #4. Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square
Across the Suldan Abdul Samad Building and beside KL Gallery is Dataran Merdeka or Merdeka Square. Merdeka Square or Independence Square is one of KL’s best-known landmark. It is where Malaysian Independence was declared in 1957. Here you can find the tallest flagpole in the world and the Victoria Fountain.
Stop#5. Central Market
After roaming around Merdeka Square, go back to the pedestrian lane and cross the street going to the direction of the tall blue building in the picture. Walk along Leboh Pasar Besar. Just keep walking until you see Central Market Building on the right side of the road. Central Market can be reached via Jalan Benteng or Jalan Hang Kasturi.
Central market is an air-conditioned building with various stalls inside offering souvenirs, clothing, decors and other items.
Stop #6. Chinatown or Petaling Street
From Central Market, walk along Jalan Tun Tang Cheng Lock going to Petaling Street. Walk straight until you see Jalan Petaling which is on the right side of the road.
The red lantern decorations of Jalan Petaling arc can be seen from afar. Allot an hour or two in Chinatown and buy cheap souvenirs and pasalubong to your loved ones.
Refer to the google map below for a more information.
It is recommended to start your self-guided tour in the morning to avoid the scorching heat of the sun. Bring umbrella and drinking water to avoid dehydration. You can have your snacks inside the KL Gallery where the Arch KL Cafe is located. There are also food stalls in Central Market and Chinatown. The duration of DIY walking tour is about 4-6 hours depending on your pace, more than 6 hrs if you are with children and elderly so plan your tour accordingly.
To sum up, walking day tour without the help of a tour guide is very easy, budget friendly, and probably the best option to see and enjoy the famous landmarks of Kuala Lumpur in a day. Happy travels!