Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur showcases a beautiful combination of old and new Asia.
The city’s fun cultural diversity is evident in their food, activities, and architecture – with gleaming skyscrapers standing proudly alongside regal mosques and other landmarks that boast of a rich heritage.
In the evening, Kuala Lumpur has a wide array of fun activities designed for different interests.
Here are some of the best fun things to do in Kuala Lumpur if you want to do more exploring at night.
1/ Learn about Kuala Lumpur Culture
Experience Kuala Lumpur’s fun culture through a walking tour after the sun goes down – and the city comes to life in a fascinating way.
The 3.5-hour tour kicks off with a visit to the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple, giving you a sneak peek of the ancient Hindu religion as you soak in the mystical atmosphere.
The next stop will take you through the bustling Chinatown Open Air Bazaar (also known as Petaling Street).
Here you will see vendors selling everything from fresh produce to mass-reproduced designer label items, while the locals do their best to haggle over the prices.
All the walking through the local streets will build up your appetite, just in time for a sumptuous buffet dinner at a Malay restaurant.
2/ Eat Authentic Malaysian Food
Malay cuisine is a product of the harmonious blend of Malay, Indian, and Chinese influences.
You will find the food lovingly mixed mostly with aromatic herbs & spices, as well as coconut milk for a rich consistency.
Often eaten using only the hands, Malaysian dishes are at the center of special occasions and festivities, with the food preparation treated as a joyous communal activity.
If you want to try real authentic Malaysian food, here are a few tours you could join.
|Eat Like a Local: Kuala Lumpur Hawker Center and Street Food Tour
Go on a street food tour at night and eat like the locals do, as you walk through a local neighborhood (which may vary according to the day of the week) to check out what the multitude of food stalls are offering.
Possible neighborhoods you might visit include: Bangsar for South Indian, Malay, or Tamil-Muslim cuisine in mamak (open-air food establishments); Petaling Jaya to visit hawker center food stalls open round the clock; and Brickfields where Chinese coffee shops and South Indian restaurants serve food hawker-style.
For approximately 4 hours, your tour guide will lead you to the best of Malaysian cuisine as you go around the food stalls at night.
|Discover the Best Local Food Tour by Night in Kuala Lumpur
Get ready to sample the best of local Malaysian food and eat as the locals do in this 2-hour food tour, which includes a memorable private night market exploration.
Jump start the delicious experience in the Jalan Bukit Bintang area and feast on sweet-savory BBQ roasted chicken buns (siew bao), or perhaps a spicy chicken curry puff if that is more to your liking.
Take in the bustling Jalan Alor atmosphere where rows of hawker stalls offer tasty treats such as satay (grilled meat on a stick), Chinese dim sum bites, paper dosa (thin pancakes with a choice of Indian sauces), and a refreshing glass or two of Teh Tarik (Southeast Asian milk tea).
3/ Central Market and Petaling Street
Central Market started out as a wet market when it was built in 1928. It was then transformed into a local handicrafts market in the 1980s, and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
The area is divided into different vendor zones where the stalls (and the merchandise) are distinguished according to race, as a way of providing the tourists with distinctive experiences of the various cultures found in Malaysia.
The atmosphere is something like that of the flea markets in New York’s SoHo area – but with a uniquely Asian feel as you browse through the handicrafts, souvenirs, and other local merchandise such as Malaysian batik prints, and artwork.
Go on an enriching fun cultural adventure at the Central Market (and the neighboring area of Petaling Street) and see why this Heritage Site (as classified by the National Heritage Department) is a favorite spot for avid shoppers and art lovers.
4/ Explore Chow Kit Local Market
Chow Kit Market is in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, within the same area as Petaling Street.
The area is divided into two sections.
The first one houses the largest wet market in Malaysia which is further divided into seafood and meat.
In the second section, you will be greeted with an abundance of fruits, vegetables, spices, and other “dry” items such as clothes, fabrics, and shoes.
Aside from the fun you can have at the market, the Chow Kit area is an enriching cultural experience waiting to be discovered with the largest Sikh temple in Southeast Asia, awesome deals on Indian merchandise, and a local mosque.
5/ Panoramic Views from Petronas Twin Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers are the world’s tallest twin towers and were once the tallest buildings in the world.
These iconic Kuala Lumpur landmarks are awe-inspiring by day but transform into even more majestic structures by nightfall.
Enjoy breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur from a height of 170 meters as you go up to the Skybridge on the 41st floor, the structure that connects the two towers and is also the world’s highest 2-storey bridge.
Go even higher to the Observation Deck on the 86th floor where you can enjoy a magnificent 360-degree view of the Kuala Lumpur cityscape
The same floor houses the gift shop if you want to get a keepsake of your Twin Towers experience.
6/ Dining Experience at Atmosphere 360 KL Tower
A wonderful dining experience awaits you at the Atmosphere 360 KL Tower.
Get ready for an unforgettable fun night as a luxurious dining area (with a fiber optic ceiling giving you a star-lit aura) provides the perfect backdrop to a lavish buffet spread – all while you enjoy clear 360-degree views of the city from 282 meters above ground.
Feast on mouthwatering Asian dishes such as Stir-Fried Chili Crab, Rendang Tok, assorted Dim Sum, and Venison with Black Pepper Sauce.
Cap off the night with an impressive selection of cocktails and wines, as you listen to superb live entertainment.
7/ Cocktail and Views from Heli Lounge Bar
Let a local tour guide lead you on a walking tour of Kuala Lumpur at night, starting with Changkat Bukit Bintang – a lively party area filled with fun clubs, pubs, and restaurants.
Check out the best of local Malaysian cuisine featured in the hawker stalls and seafood restaurants in Jalan Alor, a unique destination which should not be missed when you’re in KL.
The next stop will take you high up the KL Tower, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
The tour ends with a complimentary drink while you enjoy the superb city view at the Heli Lounge Bar – a helipad which has been transformed into a bar!
8/ Visit Chinatown
Located on Petaling Street, Chinatown is the place to go to if you want to soak up the local Kuala Lumpur culture.
The area is a literal feast for all the senses with bustling flea markets, souvenir and handicraft stores, art galleries, beautiful temples, and an amazing array of dining options from street food stalls to restaurants.
Continue shopping at a less frenzied pace at the Central Market where you will find unique merchandise distinctive to the cultures in Malaysia.
Gaze at the majestic façade of the Sri Mahamariamman Temple – the city’s oldest Hindu temple – with its intricately-carved entrance tower depicting Hindu gods.
9/ Escape Room: Malaysia’s First Real Life Escape Game
Escape Room is a real-life simulation of a puzzle game, where the game participants are locked inside a room that follows a scenario related to the chosen theme.
The participants are given 45 minutes to escape the room, and they can only do so by solving a series of riddles and puzzles using the items found inside the room.
Analytical skills, creativity, and teamwork will come into play as all participants are encouraged to work together to escape before the 45-minute time limit is up.
What makes this a fun unique experience is the combination of physical and intellectual aspects of the participants, being parts of the puzzle themselves. Of course, the imposed time limit makes the entire game much more exciting!
10/ Museum of Illusions
There’s a new, fascinating way of enjoying a museum – and you can experience it in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Museum of Illusions is composed of interesting exhibits that encourage interaction from visitors.
A far cry from conventional museum exhibits that you can only see, not touch.
In this museum, learning is made a lot more fun; the informational puzzles, games, and optical illusions are designed to stimulate the mind while letting creativity and interaction flow freely.
The 70+ exhibits are all based on mathematics, science, psychology, and biology.
Holograms and other showpieces are created to teach visitors about science, perception, vision, and the human brain, making it easier to comprehend.
11/ Illusion 3D Art Museum
The Illusion 3D Art Museum showcases over 36 large hand-painted 3D paintings that depict pop culture and scenarios that are unique to Malaysia.
The exhibits are fun and interactive in their own way as you will be encouraged to pose (with real props you can use) alongside the artwork, bringing art to life in the most entertaining way possible.
There are even visual guides to make sure that you get just the right angle and perspective – both as a photographer, and as part of the 3D showcase.
Some of the things you can be a part of include fighting with Darth Vader, enjoying a rubber tapping job, and tugging on the foot of Mona Lisa.
In the augmented reality 3D section, an auto-snap camera captures every movement you make in front of an enormous LED screen as you get up close and personal with velociraptors, or maybe as you touch a seal’s belly – scenes in collaboration with the National Geographic Society.
12/ Batu Caves
This tour’s first stop is at the Royal Selangor Pewter, the world’s most modern and biggest pewter outlet where you will see the most beautifully crafted pewter pieces.
A short visit to the Batik Factory will give you a chance to see how Batik items are created and printed.
On to one of Malaysia’s most iconic tourist attractions – Batu Caves, which is a limestone outcrop composed of three main caves and a few smaller ones.
The massive statue of a Hindu god (Lord Murugan) is a sight to behold, and you can access the temple cave by going up a flight of 272 steps.
Upon reaching the top, you will be rewarded with a remarkable view of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline.
Back at the city center, satisfy your hunger as you explore the hawker stalls and seafood restaurants in Jalan Alor.
Start winding down with a drink at one of the trendy bars in Changkat Bukit Bintang, and witness how the area becomes livelier as the night progresses.
13/ Malay Food Cooking Class
Delve deeper into the Malaysian culture by learning how to cook a flavorful local Malay dish.
Lasting approximately 3.5 hours, this class lets you indulge your senses while being guided by Mohd Shawal Basry, one of the most experienced and talented sous chefs in Kuala Lumpur.
The dishes for both the cooking class and the ala carte dinner vary daily – local Malaysian favorites are featured on Tuesdays and Fridays; Wednesdays and Saturdays are for East Coast flavors, while street food takes center stage during Thursdays and Sundays.
After the cooking workshop and a sumptuous dinner, take a leisurely stroll along Changkat Bukit Bintang to enjoy the fun and vibrant Kuala Lumpur nightlife.
14/ Relaxing Body and Foot Massage Treatment
Make your trip to Kuala Lumpur more indulgent with a relaxing foot and body massage treatment.
This package includes 30 minutes of Thai foot reflexology to improve your blood circulation and a 1-hour worth of massage treatment of your choice.
Pamper yourself with your loved one, family, or friends and leave your worries behind.
The treatments are designed to revitalize your body and mind.
You have the option to have the massage treatments without oil, or with pure essential oils (with a minimal fee) that have proven benefits to your well-being.
For your additional comfort and to enhance the calming effect, heating pads are applied after the massage.
15/ Laser Battle Experience
Take a break from exploring the outdoors with a fun and exciting gaming experience at Laser Battle Kuala Lumpur.
Test your battle skills and strategy as you arm yourself with laser guns emitting a safe and highly visible laser beam.
With over 50 different game modes for single or multiple players, this game is a sure win for adults and children.
The standard game’s objective is for you to tag as many target zones as possible – the more points you tag, the higher your score will be.
Anyone can tag you, and you can tag anyone playing.
You will feel pressure on your vest, which has several vibration points to signal each time a tag is made.
Make sure to blast away and earn as many points as you can before time’s up!
16/ Glittering Fireflies Boat Ride & Night Tour to Kuala Selangor
It’s time to explore nature away from the frenzied city center pace with a trip to Kuala Selangor.
You will come across a quaint village (Kampung Kuantan) which is home to one of the biggest firefly colonies in the world.
First stop though is at the Kota Melawati.
This is an old fort where you can see war artifacts such as cannons from the early part of the 1900s.
You can also see the Royal Mausoleum where the first three Sultans of Selangor’s graves are located, and the famed 100 staircase that is used to climb up Selangor Hill – which was also a known execution block.
Your guide will then point out migratory birds at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park.
Here you might see rare bird and butterfly species, as well as silver leaf monkeys if you’re lucky.
As the sun sets, a trip to a fishing village includes a seafood dinner featuring the day’s freshest catch.
After feasting on local Malaysian cuisine, the best way to end the night is on a Malaysian rowboat ride through mangroves as you experience a magical spectacle – thousands of fireflies providing tiny, moving pinpricks of lights on the dark night sky.
17/ Putrajaya Night Tour
Just 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur lies the garden city of Putrajaya, also known as the intelligent garden city for its progressive infrastructure & latest communication technologies, as well as the sprawling greenery devoted to botanical gardens, parks, and wetlands.
This tour starts with a visit to the Putrajaya Mosque, one of the world’s most modern mosques and what may be Putrajaya’s most famous landmark.
A scenic drive will give you a view of the impressive architecture of the Putrajaya Bridge.
Go for a leisurely stroll through the Putra Square before driving past the Sultan Abdul Samad Building.
You’ll then stop at Petaling Street Market and KL Chinatown where you can try some unique Malaysian cuisine.
There are countless fun things to do in Kuala Lumpur at night – regardless of where your interests lie.
Be sure to explore this captivating multicultural city with an open mind to make the most out of your experience.
If you know of other fun activities in Kuala Lumpur in the evening, let us know in the comments below.