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Guide to Kuala Lumpur Outdoors

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Kuala Lumpur with its skyscraper skyline, massive malls, and knots of highways could be said to be the very opposite of a green destination. But for those who want a quick taste of rainforest, or simply a mid-shopping breather in a quiet park, KL has several options.

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  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

KL Forest Eco Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Batu Caves

Sacred & Religious Sites, Caverns & Caves

FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia

Forests, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Perdana Botanical Garden

Gardens, Parks, Bodies of Water

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Taman Alam Kuala Selangor)

Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas

Aquaria KLCC

Aquariums

Orchid Park (Taman Orkid)

Gardens

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

Parks

Jeroen M's City Tips

  • It's hot and sticky in KL, around 30 degrees on many days, and the sun can be brutal. Plan any strenuous activities in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Kuala Lumpur is an oddly disconnected city, with no easy ways to walk between sights. Public transport is good but taxis are the most efficient way to get around.
  • Tipping about 10% is common, if the service merits it of course. Taxi drivers can be tipped by rounding the price up by a few ringgits.
  • Do as the locals and buy a cheap silver umbrella (at a Watsons drugstore for example), great for protection against both the sun and rain!
  • Taxis are all fitted with meters, insist they use these. If a driver suggests a fixed price for a city center ride, simply hail another taxi.
  • Taxis are affordable and can be found driving around town at all hours, simply flag one down. Avoid lengthy detours by hailing one already heading in the right direction.
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    Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Best known for the massive mall and the Petronas Towers, the KLCC area also offers a green oasis in the city center. The park beside the towers has ponds, lawns, pretty trees, public art, a jogging track, play areas for kids, and quiet corners for relaxing. And the views of the surrounding towers are spectacular, of course.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is completely shielded from the busy streets around, meaning it's quieter than practically anywhere else in the city center.
    • Enter via the KLCC mall, or if you're walking from the Bukit Bintag area, take a shortcut by walking through the KL Convention Centre food court.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 261 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It was a sight to see 23/03/2017
    • Great place to visit 23/03/2017
    • Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC)
    Phone:
    +60 16-679 1081
    Other:
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    KL Forest Eco Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Jeroen M Says:

    If you're not planning to see any of Malaysia's rainforest landscapes, then this small reserve at the foot of the Menara KL Tower can give you a quick impression of what a rainforest looks — and sounds — like. While not as impressive as the more expansive 'real deal,' it's worth a quick look, certainly if you're visiting the tower. Plus, it's the last remaining natural area in central KL, and comes complete with all the expected towering tropical trees, shady paths, and a deafening orchestra of insects.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Depending on the season and time of day, the mosquitoes may be active, it's best to wear long sleeves and trousers and bring some spray if you intend to explore the trails!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 261 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Great free attraction! 13/03/2017
    • amazing Equatorial forests in the city 28/02/2017
    • KL Forest Eco Park
    Phone:
    +60 3-2230 6342
    Other:
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    Batu Caves
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Caverns & Caves
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    Jeroen M Says:

    The three huge limestone caves impressively used as a temple complex by the local Hindus are both a cultural and natural sight to behold. Though you won't be alone when you're here, it's impossible not to be impressed by the natural aspects of this great sight.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The monkeys living around the caves can be aggressive when they think you're hiding food; don't try to feed them or carry food in your hands.
    • Finding the right bus from central KL to Batu Caves can be tricky. Consider taking a taxi to get there, and then the bus from just outside the main entrance back into town.
    • It's a long slog up a staircase to the caves; arrive early to enjoy both cooler temperatures and fewer crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Batu Caves
    • Temple with a massive climb up to the caves 23/03/2017
    • Shame what humans have done! 23/03/2017
    • Batu Caves
    Phone:
    60 3 2287 942
    Other:
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    FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
    Forests, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Jeroen M Says:

    A huge, hilly, and lush park north of the city with second-generation rainforest, some impressive trees, and a fun treetop canopy walk. If you're not planning to see rainforest elsewhere, or have a few hours to spare, this makes for a pleasant break from the city.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The FRIM can be combined with a visit to the nearby Batu Caves complex, but you'll need private transport to get between the two.
    • Near the entrance, don't forget to look up at the crowns of the special trees that seem to fit into each other like a jigsaw puzzle.
    • The treetop canopy walk costs extra, is only open on certain mornings, and needs to be booked in advance; check the website for up-to-date details.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Petaling Jaya
    • Relaxing weekend 15/03/2017
    • Must be agile 13/03/2017
    • FRIM -Forest Research Institute of Malaysia
    Address:
    Kepong
    Petaling Jaya 52109
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-6279 7000
    Other:
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    Perdana Botanical Garden
    Gardens, Parks, Bodies of Water
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Plant-lovers should head to these very good botanical gardens, with examples of tropical vegetation from across Malaysia and Asia. You'll find plenty of spots for a nice picnic.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The gardens are quite large — grab a map to plan your route around the various sections.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 261 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely gardens. 23/03/2017
    • Nature in the city 19/03/2017
    • Perdana Botanical Garden
    Address:
    Jalan Parlimen
    Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park
    Kuala Lumpur 50480
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2617 6404
    Other:
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    Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Go bird-spotting in central KL at this lush valley, where tropical birds can flap around freely thanks to nets suspended over the whole area. There's a good restaurant and shop by the entrance too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Near the entrance, the kids can have their photo taken with a parrot or other tame bird balanced on their shoulder (or head). There's also a regular bird show.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 261 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice place! 23/03/2017
    • Fun! 22/03/2017
    • Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
    Address:
    920 Jalan Cenderawasih
    Taman Tasik Perdana
    Kuala Lumpur 50480
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2272 1010
    Other:
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    Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Taman Alam Kuala Selangor)
    Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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    Jeroen M Says:

    A short drive out of town, this wetland area with lakes and mangrove forest is a great place to spot fabulous birds, friendly monkeys, monitor lizards, crabs, and even crocodiles. At dusk, there are boat trips into the mangrove where hundreds of fireflies perform spectacular synchronized signaling sessions.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear long sleeves and trousers, and bring mosquito repellent.
    • There's basic accommodation on site if you'd like to stay in the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Kuala Selangor
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tree Planting Activity 27/12/2016
    • Weekend drive from Kl 17/10/2016
    • Kuala Selangor Nature Park (Taman Alam Kuala Selangor)
    Phone:
    +60 16-671 9123
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Aquaria KLCC
    Aquariums
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Right in the city center by the Petronas Towers, this excellent aquarium shows the amazing variety of life in the waters of Malaysia and across the world.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Time your visit with the feeding times of, for example, the piranhas or stingrays.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 261 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overpriced but worthwhile visiting 23/03/2017
    • Totally awesome but the tunnel is too short. 22/03/2017
    • Aquaria KLCC
    Address:
    Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex
    Kuala Lumpur City Centre
    Kuala Lumpur 50088
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2333 1888
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Orchid Park (Taman Orkid)
    Gardens
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    Jeroen M Says:

    A small flower garden next to the Bird Park that's worth a quick wander; the huge variety of orchids and other colorful flowers like hibiscus — Malaysia national flower — on show at Orchid Park is quite amazing.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • It's easy to combine with a visit to the Bird Park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 261 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • lovely 21/03/2017
    • Orchid not blooming 11/03/2017
    • Orchid Park (Taman Orkid)
    Address:
    Jalan Chenderawasih
    Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2617 6404
    Other:
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    Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
    Parks
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    Jeroen M Says:

    Thousands of tropical butterflies flap freely around this pretty enclosed garden, making it a great short visit for both adults and children. You'll see caterpillars, cocoons, and other insects too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Easy to combine with a visit to the adjacent Bird Park.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 261 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
    • Fascinating butterflies and bugs 22/03/2017
    • Stunning 20/03/2017
    • Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
    Address:
    Jalan Cenderasari
    Kuala Lumpur 50480
    Malaysia
    Phone:
    +60 3-2693 4799
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