Concrete & Jungle – 72 hours in Kuala Lumpur


Kuala Lumpur truly is a city in a jungle. With a modern metropolis and lush surroundings, Malaysia’s capital is full of contrast. With only 72 hours in Kuala Lumpur to spend, I set out to see both city and jungle in this equation.

72 hours in Kuala Lumpur City

Spa day

The city side of my visit began with a visit to TripAdvisor’s number 1 rated spa, the Swasana Spa. This city spa introduced me to Balinese style massage…and it was amazing. No surprises here on why this facility was the 2014 World Luxury Spa award recipient.

Dinner with a view

I followed up my amazing spa experience with a cut of wagu beef from Cedar on 15. This steakhouse is located on the roof of the Impiana hotel and offer some great views of the Petronas Twin Towers as a side to an incredible meal. Although I could gladly eat Asian cuisine everyday, this western restaurant was a nice change after 3 months in Asia.

Night Cap

For after dinner drinks I took the view of the Petronas Towers to a whole new level. Skybar sits 33 floors above Kuala Lumpur and offers a great viewing of the twin towers.



My three days in Kuala Lumpur was enough time to allow for some marine life and mindless entertainment. This included a visit to Malaysia’s largest aquarium and seeing a movie (for $3) for the first time in months.



After spending some time in the city I was ready to see what the outskirts had to offer.

Batu Caves

Located a short drive from downtown Kuala Lumpur you’ll find one of the city’s most recognizable sites – Batu Caves. The 272 step climb is a must do, even with only 72 hours in Kuala Lumpur to spend. For a full run down of my day at Batu Caves see here.


Cooking fresh

To better understand Malaysian cuisine I headed out of town to the Lazat Cooking School. This awesome cooking class is held in the character’s home in the jungle just outside the city. Another Kuala Lumpur recommendation.


Time for a hike

72 hours in Kuala Lumpur is enough time for you to get outside and enjoy it’s Green jungle surroundings. For enjoyable hikes close to downtown consider the Bukit Nanas Forest reserve.

Mini jungle walk in Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve via McKay Savage Flickr CC

See it all

In little over three days, I was able to get contrasting views of Malaysia’s capital city. Three days is enough time to see its towering buildings, green hillsides, and tons in between. For a guided view of both sides of this great city give Kuala Lumpur Tours a shout. Their city & country tour is a great way to spend part of your 72 hours in Kuala Lumpur.

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the experience, opinions, and how to spend my remaining 72 Hours in Kuala Lumpur was my own.

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9 replies on “Concrete & Jungle – 72 hours in Kuala Lumpur”
  1. Avatarsays: Tripovo

    When I read the title, 72 hours in KL. I was like, hmm… that’s just too much time. BUT, since you included hiking trails, I was like, OK.. that makes sense. I have been living here in KL for two plus years now and this is a really cool itinerary for you to see the city and what it can offer. And include the food coz Malaysian food is one of the best in the world. Really yummy! 😀

      1. Avatarsays: Tripovo

        If that’s the case, you should have visited Shah Alam where the Blue Mosque is and nearby is Laman Seni which is a place for urbanites to doodle and create street art. It is very recent. Not as fancy as the one’s in the West but definitely getting better each year.

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