(SPOT.ph) It’s a well-known fact that best friends make the best travel buddies. A trip with your besties means you’ll be bringing home more than just souvenirs: you’ll also come back with unforgettable memories and way too many Instagram-worthy pictures than you’ll know what to do with. Let’s face it, as much as you love your family, they just don’t know your best angles like your BFF does.
If you and your buds are looking for your next epic adventure, look no further than Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Our Southeast Asian neighbor has tons of noteworthy attractions and breathtaking sights to take in.
Here are 10 places that you can hit up for some quality time with your best friends:
Petronas Twin Towers
The Kuala Lumpur skyline would be incomplete without these beautiful 88-storey twin towers. The park below it offers a spectacular view of the façade, which can serve as an excellent backdrop for your photos. You can also head inside the tower for an amazing birds-eye view of the city from the observation deck on Level 86, as well as an informational exhibit of the tower’s history.
Petronas Twin Towers is at Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission fee is at 80 Malaysian ringgit (roughly P970).
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park
If you’re looking for more of an adventure, then Sunway Lagoon is your best bet. It’s the perfect place to let out your inner child again. Not only is it a theme park with over 80 attractions, it also doubles as a water park and wildlife park, so you’ve got tons of options, whether it’s cooling down in the wave pools or making furry friends down at the zoo.
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park is at 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fee is at 202 Malaysian ringgit.
Put your bargaining skills to the test at Petaling Street. This night market, located in one of the oldest parts of the city, is both a shopping haven and foodies’ paradise. See which one of you can strike the best deal for unique souvenirs like handmade bags, clothing, and jewelry that won’t break the bank. After a hard day’s work of haggling, you can reward yourself by eating your heart out at one of the many mouth-watering Chinese and seafood restaurants or food stalls in the area.
Jalan Petaling is at Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
If you want to get away from the city, hit up Batu Caves, which is conveniently located only 30 minutes away by train from the center of Kuala Lumpur. The caves’ limestone cliffs and carved temples are a sight to behold. There are also several rock-climbing and hiking routes for thrill-seeking pairs. Just watch out for the long-tailed macaques found roaming around the main cave. Though they may look cute, they’re known to steal food and belongings from unsuspecting visitors.
Batu Caves is in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It is open daily from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free; but if you want to visit Ramayana Cave and Dark Cave, you have to pay additional 1 Malaysian ringgit (roughly P12) and 35 Malaysian ringgit (roughly P426), respectively.
A trip to Kuala Lumpur would be incomplete without a stroll around KLCC Park. Break a sweat with your travel buddy in one of the park’s jogging paths or meditate while being surrounded by lush greenery, small waterfalls, and ponds. Don’t forget to check out the light-and-sound water fountain show in the evening. The best part about your visit here—you don’t have to spend anything!
KLCC Park is at Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.
Perdana Botanical Gardens
Perdana Botanical Gardens, also known as Lake Gardens, is the biggest park in Kuala Lumpur. The park has a small section dedicated to mouse deer just like the ones found in Nara Park in Japan. It also houses several small parks and museums each dedicated to a particular theme. There’s the KL Bird Park, KL Butterfly Park, the Royal Police Museum, and the National Museum, among many others. You’ll be in for a day filled with culture and nature.
Perdana Botanical Gardens is at Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.
Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou is a colorful Chinese Buddhist temple situated on the top of a hill. It provides a breathtaking view of the city from above and lots of photo opportunities. The temple’s garden features statues of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs accompanied by descriptions of each, including weaknesses and strengths. It’s the perfect opportunity to compare zodiac signs with your friends and see how well it matches what you know about them.
Thean Hou Temple is at 65 Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dining in the Dark KL
For the ultimate unique dining experience, head to Dining in the Dark. As you can tell—the name is pretty self-explanatory—you’ll be dining on a specially designed four-course surprise menu, all while being completely in the dark. Eating a meal that you can’t even see is intimidating to say the least, but going with company will help take the edge off and make for an unusual yet unforgettable evening.
Dining in the Dark KL is at 50A Changkat Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is open daily from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
There are over 4,000 marine exhibits and animals to be found in Aquaria KLCC. This “living ocean” houses a 5,000-square foot indoor aquarium with more than 150 species of marine life, from sea horses to sea snakes. If you and your friends are adrenaline junkies certified for diving, the aquarium offers a one-of-a-kind experience where you can find yourself face-to-face with a shark. There is also an opportunity for those without diving licenses to get up close and personal with all their aquatic friends inside a custom-made underwater cage.
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is at Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission fee is at 69 Malaysian ringgit (roughly P840).
Islamic Arts Museum
For a dose of artistic inspiration, the Islamic Arts Museum has got you covered. This is the perfect place for friends to spend a day geeking out over art and architecture, and an opportunity to get a better understanding of the diverse Chinese and Indian cultures of Malaysia. This distinctive museum is home to over 7,000 artifacts all housed under a marvelous feat of architecture. On the ground floor of the museum is MOZA Restaurant, which offers authentic Middle Eastern cuisine in a beautiful setting.
Islamic Arts Museum is at Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission fee is at 14 Malaysian ringgit (roughly P170).