Klang Valley (Lembah Klang) is an area in Malaysia which is centered in Kuala Lumpur, and includes its adjoining cities and towns in the state of Selangor. A more recent alternative reference to this would be Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan Area or Greater Kuala Lumpur.
The Klang Valley is geographically delineated by Titiwangsa Mountains to the north and east and the Strait of Malacca to the west. It extends to Rawang in the northwest, Semenyih in the southeast, and Klang and Port Klang in the southwest. The conurbation is the heartland of Malaysia's industry and commerce. As of 2016, the Klang Valley is home to roughly 10 million people.
In fact, some of the most popular and iconic attractions in Klang Valley have, over the years, defined it as a tourist attraction, from the Petronas Twin Towers to the colossal Batu Caves, with offerings of offbeat places to eat as well as cheap local fare (Malaysia is, after all, ranked 6th for world’s best food), it truly is a fascinating place. So much so that it could render you spoilt for choice.
As such, we’ve decided to cover the popular as well as unconventional things to do in Klang Valley in 24 hours. If you’re a traveler with a short 24-hour layover, here’s your one-day itinerary:
6am: Catch the sunrise
Your full day out is about to begin and you really need to “start” your engine. What better way to do that than to take a hike – literally. Because Klang Valley is also home to pockets of green, it’s easy to find scenic hiking spots! Some of the most popular ones are such as the canopy walk at FRIM, Taman Rimba Kiara, Bukit Gasing, and Broga Hill.
10am: Kickstart your day
Great mornings are such promising beginnings to an awesome day, and a good breakfast always makes for a great morning! We know where to find delicious waffles and the best open sandwiches in town. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, grab a picnic basket, fill it with goodies, and you can kick start your day off!
12noon: Street art wonder
Believe it or not, Penang and Ipoh aren’t the only places in Malaysia that have quickly become homes to some really amazing displays of street art. If you looked hard enough, you may come across murals or graffiti work in the city that are just always there. But if you want to really get inspired and flood your Instagram with pictures, check out Art Site 7 in Shah Alam.
2pm: Grab a cuppa
“Hipster cafes” and visually-pleasing cafes have been mushrooming all over the place in the recent year or so. What we like about them is that most of them are standalone joints, which means that each one is unique and has its own identity. If you’re dying for a cuppa and perhaps a slice of yummylicious cake, we’ve picked out a few that may or may not strike your fancy. check ’em out at Otherwise Cafe@ Kelana Jaya.
4pm: Go shopping!
Some of Kuala Lumpur’s “pride and joy” are located along the Bukit Bintang elevated pedestrian walkway. Pavilion Kuala Lumpur has a variety of offerings ranging from entertainment to shopping, to F&B as well as some self-pampering. Suria KLCC mall, on the other hand, has 6 levels of retail and restaurants, as well as an aquarium, art gallery, and an interactive science discovery center. These 2 places are definitely must-visits while you’re in the city.
8pm: Hanging out at Asia Cafe
Asia Café is Klang Valley’s premier food court located at Subang Jaya, Kota Damansara and Puchong. It offers and arrays of food and beverages from all over the globe that includes Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Western and Middle Eastern cuisines.
10pm: Cocktails, anyone?
And when you’re done with dinner, it’s time for a few drinks. Oh, you know, just to get the party started. If you’re looking for somewhere less crowded and quieter than the average neighborhood pub, we recommend you to drop by at Movida – if you can find them. See if you’re sharp-eyed enough to spot these speakeasy bars, which might require you to push some walls or doors.
12midnight: Put your dancing shoes on
If you haven’t heard, Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic club has moved to its new venue at Jalan Tun Razak. At a staggering 106,000 sq ft, the newly built, 2-storey Zouk KL comprises 11 venues – of which 3 are new concepts – which occupy a total of 60,000 sq ft of built-in space. This is twice the entire size of the previous club complex at Jalan Ampang.