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Seems cheesy, but the much-publicised Hop On Hop Off bus is a great way to take in all of the sights of KL without getting bogged down with transport details. You can jump on the bus at any of the designated stops, and hop off when you want to check something out. The stops include must-see tourist hotspots like the Badan Warisan heritage complex (complete with a fully restored traditional Malay house on stilts), the Bukit Bintang shopping district and Tugu Negara, the national monument.
If you’d rather go your own way, map out your own route on the public transport system, keeping in mind that things can get a little hairy during rush hours (8-9am, 5-6.30pm). Start at the KLCC stop on the LRT line, to take in the Petronas Twin Towers and a little shopping at Suria KLCC. Make your way to Bukit Bintang through the overhead pedestrian bridge, take the monorail down to Titiwangsa to see the park, then head back to Bangsar on the LRT line for a look at the ’burbs and some of KL’s best cafés.
The best way to see Kuala Lumpur in one day begin early with a visit to the city’s most recognizable landmark and the world’s tallest twin towers, the Petronas Towers. If going up to the top is on your agenda, you’ll need to queue for tickets early, or ask your hotel to book them for you. After the towers, work your way toward Chinatown; grab lunch at one of the numerous street-side stalls, such as Restoran Say Huat, where Hokkien prawn noodles with boiled egg and crispy fried shallots will be calling your name. From Chinatown, it’s a stone’s throw to Central Market, where jewelry, trinkets, and Malaysian dresses and sarongs abound. If it’s nearing the end of your day, head toward the towers and have dinner at Lot 10 Hutong, a delicious, hawker-stall-style food court in Lot 10 mall.