7 Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh For Your Next Trip!

7 Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh For Your Next Trip!

Looking for a cheap hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia?

Luckily for you, there are plenty of affordable hotels in Ipoh. Whether you are traveling solo or with family, there is an Ipoh accommodation that is right for you.

Below we have outlined our favorite budget hotels in Ipoh. The majority of these accommodations are located in New Town or Old Town of Ipoh, which are the ideal places to stay if you want to visit the best attractions in Ipoh. Visitors also tend to stay here if they are planning to travel via the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport (Ipoh Airport).

We also outlined the best hotels in Ipoh next to the Amajaya Terminal, perfect for anyone traveling on the bus.

Without further ado, here is our list of budget-friendly hotels in Ipoh!

Best Budget Hotels In Ipoh, Malaysia

M Boutique Hotel is the definition of luxury and affordability. Though not one of the cheapest hotels in Ipoh, its fairly low price and great value-for-money earns it a spot on our list of cheap hotels in Ipoh.

Unlike most hotels in Ipoh that just offer you a bed and a bathroom, M Boutique Hotel is more than that. The moment you walk into this boutique hotel, you will be intrigued by its interior decor. Located in a city where houses are usually old and rustic, the contemporary design of this hotel is refreshing.

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh has 3 thematic floors and 5 different types of rooms. The three themes are The Adventure theme, The Majestic theme, and the Excelsior theme. There is a decor perfect for any traveler.

The hotel also features a gym, self-service laundry, a cafe, and the Old Town Coffee Grand, one of the best places to try Ipoh’s famous white coffee.

M Boutique Hotel is unquestionably one of the best hotels in Ipoh.

Price: $$$ (Cheap, but not cheap for Ipoh)

Rating: 8.6

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pros

  • Stylish Interior Decor Not Usually Found In A Cheap Hotel
  • Free Laundry And Gym
  • Delicious Breakfast (Included For Certain Rooms)
  • Good Location (Close To Ipoh Center) 

Cons

  • A Little More Expensive Than Other Options

If you are looking for a standard cheap hotel in one of the best places to stay in Ipoh, then look no further. Hotel Cheqinn is located in the New Town of Ipoh, one of the prime locations for sightseeing. The Old Town of Ipoh is only about a 15-minute walk away.

If you are looking for some good food in Ipoh, Hotel Cheqinn is located on Dim Sum Street and many dining options are nearby.

The hotel itself isn’t spectacular, but given the price point, you don’t expect it to be. It does have the basic amenities and will guarantee you a good night’s sleep. It is clean with spacious and comfortable beds. There is hot water in the shower and good water pressure. What more do you expect? 

Price: $

Rating: 8.4

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pros

  • Affordable
  • Clean and Comfortable
  • Great Dining Options Nearby

Cons

  • 15-Minute Walk From Old Town Of Ipoh

D Eastern Hotel is the perfect hotel in Ipoh for anyone looking for spaciousness and affordability. Featuring 3-person triple rooms and 4-person family room, D Eastern Hotel targets families and groups instead of couples. Though any couples might enjoy the extra space that comes with one of their 3-person rooms.

The hotel is strategically located on the eastern side of the Kinta River, just at the entrance of the new town of Ipoh. Old Town is only a short 10-minute walk away. Plenty of amazing eateries including the famous Ipoh bean sprouts chicken rice at Lou Wong is located less than 10 minutes away. 

If you are traveling to Ipoh as a group of 3 or more, D Eastern Hotel is the ideal budget hotel for you!

Price: $$

Rating: 8.4

Check price here!

pros

  • Spacious Rooms
  • Great Eateries Nearby
  • Rooms Perfect For Families

Cons

  • No Breakfast Option
  • Only Options for 3 or More People

Unlike the name suggests, the French Hotel doesn’t come with the French decor or luxury that it implies. However, it does come with affordability and spacious standard rooms. Here at the French Hotel, you will find a no-frills hotel for your Ipoh trip.

It is located in an amazing neighborhood in New Town surrounded by restaurants. Famous attractions in Ipoh Old Town such as the Concubine Lane is only a 10-minute walk.

The only thing that would stop me from staying here is spotty WiFi. As someone that works online, I would not advise staying at this budget hotel in Ipoh if you rely on fast WiFi.

Price: $$

Rating: 8.3

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pros

  • Free Parking Provided
  • Spacious And Clean Rooms
  • Good Location

Cons

  • Spotty WiFi
  • No Breakfast Included

There are plenty of budget hotels in Ipoh, but Char Lodging Inn takes budget to another level. As you can see in the photos, the rooms are very basic. The decoration is very old-school and retro. It almost feels like the place was frozen in time.

You get what you pay for at Char Lodging Inn: 2 beds, 2 chairs, and a bathroom. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because you are just paying what you are using. It is the definition of value-for-money in my book.

It is also conveniently located a close 10-minute walk to Ipoh Old Town. Plenty of well-priced local restaurants are within close proximity to the hotel! 

Char Lodging Inn is the best place to stay in Ipoh if you are on a bare minimum budget.

Price: $

Rating: 8.4

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pros

  • Super Budget-Friendly
  • Great Location
  • Spacious Rooms

Cons

  • Unstable WiFi
  • Bathroom Could Be Improved

Best Cheap Hotels In Ipoh Near Amanjaya Terminal (Ipoh Main Bus Station)

Amanjaya Terminal is the main bus station terminal in Ipoh. Many buses depart at Amanjaya to various destinations, including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Cameron Highlands, and more! Chances are if you are traveling to/from Ipoh by bus, you will pass by the Amanjaya Terminal.

Located an 8-minute walk from Amanjaya Terminal, Valya Hotel’s location cannot be more ideal. If you have an early bus ride or arrive in Ipoh late at night, the Valya Hotel is a good place to crash for a night.

The rooms are spacious and feature comfortable beds. The hotel also provides certain amenities such as shampoo, soap, towels, and etc, perfect for anyone on a short stay in Ipoh.

The nearby area is filled with restaurants, grocery stores, and even a proper shopping mall. Travelers will undoubtedly find a pleasant stay at this cheap hotel in Ipoh!

Price: $$

Rating: 8.4

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pros

  • Affordable
  • Spacious Rooms
  • Short Walk to Amanjaya Terminal
  • Great Facilities Nearby

Cons

  • No Breakfast
  • No Parking For Guest

Sun Inns is one of the most recognized hotel chains in Malaysia for its affordability. The one next to Amanjaya Terminal is no exception. For as low as 13 USD (at the time of writing), you can get yourself a private room with 2 twins beds or one double bed.

Since this is a newly opened hotel (at the time of writing), many of the facilities are new and clean. The same cannot be said about this hotel a year or more from now. Some Sun Inns can be poorly maintained.

Sun Inns Meru Raya is located a 6-minute walk away from Terminal Amanjaya. For anyone that needs to catch a bus at inconvenient hours, Sun Inns Meru Raya’s low price makes it one of the best, if not the best place to stay in Ipoh. 

Price: $

Rating: 8.2

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pros

  • Super Cheap
  • 6-Minute Walk From Terminal Amanjaya
  • Neighborhood Is Full Of Shops

Cons

  • Spotty WiFi
  • No Breakfast

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Picking the perfect budget hotel in Ipoh is no easy task! I hope this list of hotels in Ipoh has given you a rough idea of which affordable accommodation is right for you! 

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21 Must-See Ipoh Attractions (Especially For First-Time Visitors)!

21 Must-See Ipoh Attractions (Especially For First-Time Visitors)!

Not sure what to do in Ipoh, Malaysia? Don’t worry, we are here to help.

From incredible limestone cave temples to the rich history of the Hakka miners, Ipoh is teeming with wonders and excitement. 

In our Ipoh travel blog post, we will talk about the best Ipoh attractions you must see, especially if you are visiting for the first time!

Enjoy!

Ipoh Attraction Map

Above is a comprehensive interactive Ipoh tourist map containing the 21+ things to do and places to visit in Ipoh. We have created it specifically for this Ipoh blog post.

Knowing where the attractions are located will help you plan your perfect itinerary for Ipoh. On the upper left corner of the map is a toggle that will allow you to dive into the details of each Ipoh attraction.

If you have any questions about the interactive map, don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below!

What To Do In Ipoh: 21 Best Tourist Attractions In Ipoh, Malaysia

1. Learn About Tin Mining At Han Chin Pet Soo Museum

Ipoh is a very different city compared to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. On the surface, it seems impossible that these two cities actually belong to the same country.

That is because the two cities have a significantly different history. Ipoh was found because of the fact that tin deposits were located nearby in the 1880s. To this present day, there are many mining operations and quarries in the area.

The Han Chin Pet Soo Museum is the perfect place to learn about the early history of Ipoh and the Hakka miners. The Hakkas are Han Chinese people whose ancestral homes are mainly in Hakka-speaking provinces in China.

A visit to the Han Chin Pet Soo is a great introductory course to the rich heritage of the Perak State of Malaysia. The best part is that the visit is free and comes with a tour guide. However, there is a recommended donation of 10 Malaysian Ringgit to help preserve such an important heritage building of Ipoh.

You must reserve your timeslot for your visit at Ipoh World Official Site

2. Visit The Majestic Ipoh Railway Station

The Ipoh Railway Station is one of Ipoh’s most iconic landmarks. Considered as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh, the railway station is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ipoh. Locals love it so much that they built one of the best hotels in Ipoh, the Majestic Hotel, inside the station! (Note: The hotel is under renovation until 2023.)

Besides its beauty, the transportation hub is also used by numerous travelers daily. It has connections to many cities in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

The Ipoh Railway Station is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset in Ipoh. The fading light emphasizes the beauty of this remarkable building. After the sun has set, there is an evening water show. The water shoots from the ground and locals and travelers alike jump in to cool down from the suffocating heat of Malaysia.

If you are not sure what to do in Ipoh at night, you won’t have a bad time at Ipoh Railway Station.

3. Check Out The Must-Visit Concubine Lane

Concubine Lane is one of the most popular attractions in Ipoh and it is easy to see why. A traditional street filled with street food vendors, souvenir stores, and many restored historical buildings, Concubine Street summarizes Ipoh in one small little street.

What is more interesting about the action-packed street is its history. Concubine Lane is actually one of three concubine lanes.

There are two other concubine lanes: Wife Lane (Hale Lane) and Second Concubine Lane(Market Lane). According to the locals, the mining tycoon Yau Tet Shin gave one street to each of his three wives. The wives would make money by collecting rents from the shops along their streets.

Nowadays, the other two concubine lanes are rather quiet and unpopular, but the Concubine Lane itself is a must-visit place in Ipoh.

4. Take A Day Trip To Cameron Highlands

Located a little under 2 hours away from the Ipoh is a nature paradise called Cameron Highlands. Though it is recommended to spend a few days exploring the amazing attractions in Cameron Highlands, a day trip from Ipoh is still a nice experience.

Known for its massive tea plantations, strawberries farms, beautiful hikes, Cameron Highlands is the ideal place to take a break from the noise and pollution of Ipoh. At an elevation of ~1100 meters to ~1800 meters, the weather and air-quality are much better.

The one place you must visit on your Cameron Highlands day trip is the BOH Tea Centre. Not only will you get to see the massive tea farm, but you can also get a free tour of the tea-processing facility!

You can take a bus from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands. However, I recommend you to rent a car because you can have the flexibility of deciding which places to visit in Cameron Highlands!

5. Learn About The History Of Ipoh On The Ipoh Heritage Trail

If visiting the Han Chin Pet Soo sparked your interest in the rich history of Ipoh, then you will love the self-guided Ipoh Heritage Trail. With a total of 27 points of interest, this Ipoh activity takes you on a 4-mile around both Ipoh’s Old Town and New Town.

If Ipoh’s weather is too much for you, you are more than welcome to shorten the duration of this trail! That is the magic of self-guided tours!

The trail starts at the Ipoh Railway Station and ends at the Birch Memorial, passing through other famous places in Ipoh such as the Town Hall and Old Post Office.

Covering so many attractions in Ipoh, the Ipoh Heritage Trail is one of the best activities for sightseeing!

The trail usually takes around 2.5 hours to complete. Plan accordingly!

Click here to find out more about Heritage Trail and the 27 points of interest!

6. Check Out The Sunday Market At Memory Lane

If you happen to be in Ipoh on a Sunday, make sure you don’t miss the famous Sunday Morning Market at Jalan Horley. Also known as loken or Memory Lane, this flea market features vintage items that will make you feel old. DVDs of movies from the late 1990s, old toys, flip phones, many of these merchandises will surely bring a sense of nostalgia.

Similar to Ah Ma House in the hidden-gem town Sekinchan, the Memory Lane market is like stepping in a time machine. As you stroll down this busy street, you will be reminded of the good old times!

Though the items might seem worthless, there is a chance you might find a valuable antique there! If you are a collector of vintage things, don’t miss this Ipoh tourist attraction!

Just be aware that the market is only opened on Sunday and goes from around 6 AM to 1 PM. 

7. Admire At Ipoh’s Street Art and Murals

We knew that Penang has some of the best street arts in Malaysia, but we were surprised to find that Ipoh was also riddled with amazing murals.

Most of the street art in Ipoh are scattered throughout the old town, but travelers can find a large concentration of them at Ipoh Mural and Mural’s Art Lane.

The murals in Ipoh are very realistic, oftentimes offering a glimpse into the daily lives of an Ipoh resident.

Make sure you don’t miss the magical trishaw 3D mural. It is one of the most magical places for photography in Ipoh!

8. Check Out The “Haunted” Kellie’s Castle

A castle might be a strange thing to find in Malaysia, especially in a place like Ipoh. As a result, the abandoned Kellie’s castle is one of the most interesting places in Ipoh. Why is there an abandoned castle in the middle of the Malaysian jungle? Let me tell you.

William Kellie Smith was a Scotsman that moved to Malaysia to seek fortune and wealth. After several unsuccessful business ventures, he eventually found prosperity in the rubber industry. With his newfound success and newly-wed wife, he wanted to build her a mansion, one that is more extravagant than any other at the time. Many different styles of architecture can be seen in the building, including Moorish and Roman influences.

Unfortunately, his plan to finish the mansion was cut short when he passed away from pneumonia. When he died, the mansion was given to his wife, who lived in Scotland. His wife never visited the mansion and eventually sold it to a private company in Malaysia.

The building now sits unfinished amidst the jungle of palm trees and has become a top attraction in Ipoh. Rumors have it that Kellie’s Castle is haunted. A ghostly figure of a man has been seen walking down the corridors of the second floor at night!

9. Hike To The Highest Point in Ipoh (Bukit Kledang) For Stunning Views

If you are an outdoorsy person and don’t mind the debilitating heat, there is a hike in Ipoh perfect for you: Bukit Kledang.

Bukit Kledang, or Kledang Hill, simply refers to the peak of the mountain. There are actually many trails of varying difficulty that lead up there. The full trail is a 9.3 km loop that starts at the bottom and takes you to the top of the Kledang Hill, bypassing the famous “exercise corner”, a place with stunning views of Ipoh.

As the tallest peak in Ipoh, summiting this mountain is no easy task. Hikers need to gain over 800 meters in order to reach the summit, which is made more difficult by the steep trail. The full trail usually takes a little more than 3 hours to complete.

Though there are better hikes in Cameron Highlands than the hike to Bukit Kledang, hiking Bukit Kledang allows for an amazing view of Ipoh. Just be careful when you hike up, it is easy to catch a heat stroke if you are not used to the weather. Try to avoid the midday sun if possible!

I recommend installing the app Alltrails before starting your hike so you know the exact location of the trail!

Visit A Unique Ipoh Cave Temple: One Of The Most Interesting Places In Ipoh

1. Perak Cave Temple (Perak Tong Cave Temple)

With over 30 caves temples around Ipoh,  it might be different to pick the perfect one. If you had to choose one for your Ipoh itinerary, then Perak Tong Cave Temple (or Kek Lok Tong) has to be the one.

Featuring intricate cave formations, exquisite religious artifacts and paintings, and a stunning panoramic view (after a short hike) of Perak, this Ipoh cave temple has everything a tourist might be looking for.

The entrance is also completely free! Is there any con to the Perak Cave Temple? Well yes, it is a little far from the old town of Ipoh. However, every cave temple in Ipoh is a bit far from the center. A taxi is needed to reach the limestone cave temples in Ipoh.

The most majestic feature of this cave temple is the 40-foot sitting Buddha whose presence amplifies the sacredness of the cave. Surrounding the Buddha are vivid murals of deities that are sworn to protect the Buddha. Beautifully depicted, the murals of the cave are like paintings in an art museum.

At the back of the cave is a small hiking trail (~450 steps) that takes you to the top of the hill. Though a bit of an effort (especially in the heat), the view from above is worth the sweat and tears (hopefully not the latter).

2. Kek Lok Tong 

Massive cave formation, interesting geological features, serene garden surrounded by limestone hills, Kek Lok Tong just might be the best place to visit in Ipoh.

Whereas the Perak Tong Cave Temple takes pride in its beautiful views after a strenuous hike, seeing the best of Kek Lok Tong requires minimal effort.

As you enter through the massive opening, you will be immediately greeted by religious artifacts, stalactites, and stalagmites. Navigate through the cave and arrive at the back, where a beautiful and peaceful garden resides.

The garden is the most outstanding feature of this Ipoh cave temple. Take a casual stroll along its well-maintained path, feel the serenity coming from the lily and the fish pond, and observe the funny statues lined across the path. Visitors can spend hours here, relaxing and being at one with nature.

Similar to Perak Tong Cave Temple, Kek Lok Tong is free-to-enter and a short ride from Ipoh center. However, unlike the Perak Tong Cave Temple, there are many other redeeming cave temples nearby. Some of those will be discussed below!

3. Sam Poh Tong Temple

Sam Poh Tong Temple gains its recognition from being the oldest and the main cave temple in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

It is also known as the largest cave in Malaysia and contains a wide variety of artifacts including the reclining Buddha statue.

However, the temple is starting to lose its glory as fewer and fewer donations are received annually to maintain it.

When you visit Sam Pog Tong Temple, make sure you wear comfortable shoes as there is a short climb. Navigate through the cave and you will reach the rear of the temple, where a semi-hidden tortoise sanctuary resides! Tortoise is a symbol of longevity and it is quite common to see them living in temples.

Surprisingly, visitors are allowed to feed the tortoises! Just resist the urge to take them home!

Sam Poh Tong Temple is free to visit but it closes quite early!

4. Ling Sen Tong Temple

Ling Sen Tong Temple is situated on the foot of a limestone hill, so it doesn’t exactly fit the definition of a “cave temple”.

Ling Sen Tong is the home to many colorful and carefully crafted statues, all located inside a medium-sized garden. There is no physical activity that needs to be done, unlike Perak Cave Temple or Sam Tong Poh Temple.

Featuring the 12 Chinese Zodiac and characters and deities from Buddhism and Chinese mythology, the Ling Sen Tong is one of the best places to go in Ipoh for anyone interested in Buddhism.

The colorful architecture and statues also make a great spot for Instagram photos!

Ling Sen Tong is free to visit but donations are always appreciated when it comes to temples.

Enjoy Some Of The Best Food In Ipoh

1. Delicious Dessert and Street Food At Tong Sui Kai

If you are missing the hawker stalls and street food experience in Kuala Lumpur, don’t worry! Tong Sui Kai is the famous equivalence in Ipoh. Tong Sui Kai is Pinyin in Chinese and literally translates to Dessert Street.

One of the best things to do in Ipoh at night is to visit the Tong Sui Kai for some tasty desserts. Strangely, it is popular for locals to eat desserts at late into the night. It’s almost like they are trying to get diabetes!

You will see how popular Tong Sui Kai is when you arrive. Numerous stalls lined up on the side of the streets and plastic chairs and tables are crammed together. There are many vendors, each serving their own specialty. You can find an array of cuisines here, from Chinese to Malay to Indian. Your cravings will be satisfied here!

When we visited, we did not see any tourist here, which only means that this is a great spot. Don’t miss this hidden gem in Ipoh on your visit!

Tong Sui Kai is opened from 6 PM to 2 AM. If you are hungry after enjoying Ipoh’s nightlife, then come satisfy your munchies at Tong Sui Kai!

2. Iconic Ipoh Bean Sprouts Chicken Rice At Lou Wong

Before we even arrived in Ipoh, we heard of the famous bean sprouts chicken rice. A skeptic myself, I wasn’t convinced how magical a simple bean sprouts chicken rice could be.

Well, let’s just say I am a believer now.

The simple bean sprouts chicken rice is exactly what it sounds like, chicken with rice with a side of bean sprouts.

What they don’t tell you is the texture of the chicken, the perfect seasoning and crispiness of the bean sprouts, and the perfectly cooked and flavored rice. The combination of the three simple ingredients served with haste and affordability was the perfect meal anyone could ask for.

If you are not sure where to go in Ipoh for the best bean sprouts chicken rice, head over to Lou Wong. A Chinese restaurant in Ipoh with a lot of history, Lou Wong’s chicken rice is something you must not miss on your first-time visit!

3. Try Out Some Authentic Chinese Dim Sum

With such a heavy influence from Chinese culture in Ipoh, travelers will find plenty of exotic and delicious Chinese cuisine. One of the best food in Ipoh is the Dim Sum.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Dim Sum, they are small plates that usually come in a bamboo basket, depending on how they were prepared. A dim sum restaurant is usually a gathering place for friends and families where they would order a variety of dim sum to share with the whole table.

The typical dim sum dishes are Siu Mai, Feng Zhao (chicken feet), and Har Gow, though there are over a hundred kinds of dim sum.

Luckily for you, you don’t have to visit China or Hong Kong to try some authentic dim sum. Ipoh has many great dim sum restaurants run by Chinese immigrants.

The dim sum restaurant in Ipoh I recommend is Ming Court Hong Kong Dim Sum. It is a lively place that serves some of the freshest Dim Sum in town! 

Note: Dim Sum is a great option for lunch or breakfast in Ipoh, but it is not a dinner option!

4. Have A Cup of The Famous Ipoh White Coffee

If there is a drink that Ipoh is famous for, it has to the white coffee. It is a drink that originated from Ipoh in the Perak region of Malaysia, a drink so famous that Lonely Planet has named Ipoh one of the top three coffee towns in Asia!

Ipoh white coffee is different in that the coffee beans are roasted with palm oil margarine. The final product is then served with condensed milk, creating the creamy color light color. However, the name didn’t originate from the color of the coffee, but rather from the process of using only margarine to roast the coffee.

For me, I personally drink my coffee black so I wasn’t a huge fan of the white coffee. It did have a buttery and sweet taste that I found interesting. The white coffee is definitely worth a try in Ipoh.

But where to try it? Good question.

With an influx of tourist looking to sample out the best white coffee, many coffee shops in Ipoh has sprung up.

If you want an authentic white coffee experience, the best place in Ipoh is Sin Yoon Long. This coffee shop in Ipoh still follows the original recipe. Other great places are the Nam Heong White Coffee and the Old Town White Coffee, with the latter being an international chain. 

Quirky Things To Do In Ipoh, Malaysia

1. Platform 9 1/2: The Harry Potter Themed-Cafe

Though most of Ipoh attractions are cultural, there are some quirky things to do in Ipoh as well. The one that comes to my mind is the Platform 9 1/2 Cafe.

Situated inside the popular Concubine Lane, a visit to this themed cafe is a must if you are a Harry Potter fan.

The cafe serves a variety of drinks, including the famous Butterbeer from the franchise. However, its stunning decoration is what draws many visitors daily. Visitors can put on costumes such as witch’s hat, wands, and even cloaks to take photos in the Hogwarts look-alike environment.

Though it is marketed as a cafe, only drinks are served inside. If you wish to put on the costumes and take photos, you must first make a purchase. Make sure you arrive at off-peak hours as the place could get crowded. Sadly, many visitors can hog the limited costumes for prolonged periods of time!

2. Visit The Hipster BookXcess Kong Heng Ipoh Bookstore

BookXcess is a Malaysia bookstore chain known for its affordability and a wide variety of books. Unlike most bookstores in Malaysia that are bland and boring, stepping into the BookXcess Kong Heng in Ipoh is like stepping into an art exhibit.

On the ground floor is your typical bookstore, featuring books of various kinds. The fun begins when you venture into the basement led by alluring neon signs. If you follow the suggestive neon signs that say “Let’s get down and nerdy” and “Yes, even deeper”, you will eventually reach the basement of the bookstore.

Now that is where the magic is. The basement of BookXcess Kong Heng Ipog is actually the old vault of one of the busiest banks in Ipoh.

As you enter, you will see massive metal vault doors that lead to the once-in-use safety boxes. While there isn’t much materialistic wealth in there anymore, there is plenty of knowledge (Well, knowledge is wealth!). The old safe rooms are now used as part of the bookstore, displaying a huge array of books available for purchase!

One of the basement vaults is dedicated to the works of the influential film director Yasmin Ahmad.

3. Check Out Ipoh Upside Down World or Funtasy House Trick Art

If you are traveling in Malaysia with kids, take them to Ipoh Upside Down World for a few hours of fun and trickery.

The Ipoh Upside Down World is a trick art museum that features rooms where things look like they are upside down. With a little bit of creativity, visitors can spend hours here fabricating the perfect gravity-defying photo!

Though the place only contains several rooms, each room is built meticulously and is fun for all ages.

Another popular trick art museum is the Funtasy House Trick Art. It is the bigger and more popular version of Ipoh Upside Down World. Where Ipoh Upside Down World focuses on environments that appear upside down, the Funtasy Trick Art also contains other types of trick art!

When visiting these places, it is important that you avoid peak hours!

4. The Instagram-Worthy Catch A Toy Store And Art Exhibit

From the name, you might think that Catch-A-Toy is your typical crane machine arcade. Though on the surface it might look like it, there are secrets that many visitors aren’t aware of.

Many of the Catch-A-Toy stores boast incredible interior decor, making it one of the most places in Ipoh for photography. The one Catch-A-Toy that swept me off my feet was the Catch-A-Toy @ New Town.

This store only features a few crane machine, but its most impressive feature is the stunning art in the rear. The art exhibit somewhat resembles the revolutionary art museum at teamLab Borderless Tokyo. Now you won’t have to take a trip to Tokyo to see the cool art exhibition!

Where To Stay In Ipoh, Malaysia

Best Hostel in Ipoh- De Cafe & Rest House

If you are looking for a cheap hostel for a comfortable stay, then look no further. DeCafe & Rest House features spacious capsule-styled beds, unique interior decor, and clean facilities. At the entrance of the hostel is a cafe where guests can enjoy a delicious cafe conveniently.

If you are not sure what to see in Ipoh, staying at De Cafe & Rest House will guarantee that you are within close proximity to the best Ipoh activities!

Click here for more details!

Best Budget Hotel in Ipoh- D Eastern Hotel

Affordable hotels in Ipoh are abundant, but finding the one that is not shady and located in the perfect location can be difficult. Luckily for you, D Eastern Hotel is here.

Located in close proximity to the best tourist attractions in Ipoh, visitors can maximize the thing they do on their Ipoh trip. The rooms are large with comfortable beds, guaranteeing guests a perfect stay!

Click here for more details!

Best Luxury Hotel in Ipoh- The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat

If you are looking for the ultimate luxury experience in Ipoh, then a stay at The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat is a must. Nestled in the stunning limestone hills of the region, guests can relax and promote their wellbeing with their geothermal hot springs, steam caves, or ice baths.

Besides its outstanding facilities, the peaceful enivornment is the perfect place to stay in Ipoh for nature-lovers. If you can afford it, you will 100 percent love The Banjaran Hotspring Retreat!

Click here for more details!

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This is the end of our guide on the best Ipoh attractions. Hopefully, it has given you a rough idea of the things to do in Ipoh, Malaysia!

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17 FUN Things To Do In Tokyo At Night

17 FUN Things To Do In Tokyo At Night

Not sure what to do in Tokyo at night?

As the capital of Japan, Tokyo is a thriving metropolitan city that never sleeps. With an incredible range of things to do, there is never a dull moment at night in Tokyo. 

Here on our Tokyo blog post, we will talk about the 17 best things to do in Tokyo at night and why you should add them to your Tokyo itinerary!

Enjoy!

What To Do In Tokyo At Night: 17 Best Things To Do In Tokyo At Night

1. Visit Sensoji At Night, Tokyo’s Oldest Temple

Sensoji, otherwise known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, is the most famous Buddhist Temple in Tokyo. As the oldest temple in Tokyo, visiting the Sensoji Temple is a must on any Tokyo trip. But is it worth visiting it at night? Totally!

In the daytime, Sensoji is teeming with tourists and locals. Everywhere you go, you are overwhelmed by the noise and crowds, diminishing the sacred grounds of Sensoji.

The famous Nakamise Street with vendors lined up on both sides of the street is a maze of people. The only way you can get through is by repeatedly saying the word “Sumimasen (Excuse Me)” like a broken record.

However, Sensoji at night is a completely different universe. Though the vendors on the Nakamise Street the temple are closed, the temple grounds are opened at all hours. Both the gates that guard the temple and the famous 5-story pagoda are lit up, enchanting the place in a unique way.

The experience of walking through such a sacred place is calm and mediative, and honestly one of my favorite things to do in Tokyo at night alone. Sensoji at night is also one of the best places for photography in Tokyo!

If you are a lover of history and temples, make sure you give the city of Kyoto a visit!

2. Challenge Your Friends At One Of Akihabara’s Top Arcades!

One of my favorite Tokyo night activities is to visit the addicting arcades in Akihabara. Nicknamed the Electric Town of Japan, Akihabara is filled with electronic stores, otaku culture, and arcades as tall as skyscrapers!

If you are a big fan of arcades such as Dave and Buster’s make sure you give the arcades in Tokyo a go. The gaming machines in the Tokyo arcades are much more high-tech and complex than any other ones I have seen. Virtual-reality, jockey simulation, Taiko rhythm game, if there is a game you like, you will find it at the arcades in Akihabara.

Are you are traveling to Tokyo with friends or kids? Take them to the arcades for a fun night of competitive or cooperative gaming. Whichever one you choose, it is a great bonding experience!

If you want to test your luck and win a mega adorable Japanese plushie, there are plenty of crane machines to every arcade. However, like everything in Japan, extreme precision and patience are required to emerge victoriously. 

There are several SEGA arcade megastores in Akihabara. SEGA Building 3 needs to be your first stop in Akihabara.

3. Admire The Neon Lights At Akihabara, Shibuya, or Shinjuku

One of my free things to do in Tokyo at night is just to stroll around and admire the bedazzling neon lights. Part of the quintessential Tokyo experience, the neon lights are iconic symbols of a city that never sleeps.

These vertical catchy advertisements are plastered throughout the city of Tokyo, and many locals have already taken them for granted. For travelers, the neon signs are a top Japanese sightseeing spot on its own.

The 3 best places for seeing the neon lights are Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Akihabara.

In Shibuya, the best place to see neon lights is the area surrounding the “Shibuya Crossing”. In Shinjuku, the red-light district Kabuckicho is filled with these captivating neon signs!

In the Electric Town of Akihabara, you don’t find neon lights, they find you You won’t have any problems finding neon lights in Akihabara!

If you are traveling alone and would like some company, check out this night walking tour in Tokyo!

4. Visit The Hottest Attraction in Tokyo, Robot Restaurant

By: Caroline of CKtravels

There are several Shinjuku night-time activities worthy of your Yen but none more so than the weird and wonderful world of the famous Robot Restaurant.

Located in the entertainment district of Kabukicho just a 5-minute walk from Shinjuku station, this is a cabaret show like no other.

Your experience starts as soon as you arrive and enter the cocktail waiting lounge – the room is filled with so much color and glitter and the lounge music is provided by musicians who look like they’ve just walked off a Daft Punk video.

But nothing really prepares you for the ‘main act’, as you’re ushered into a darkened room and begin to watch a terrific techno cabaret unfold.

A cavalcade of dancers, dinosaurs, robots, ninjas and all manner of eclectic entertainers vie for your tension – neon madness ensues, like an overspill from Bladerunner. After visiting the Robot Restaurant in 2013, the legend Anthony Bourdain announced: “This is the greatest show I have seen in my life”.

The 90-minute show costs 8000 yen per person (you can pre-order a bento box meal at an additional cost). We recommend booking your tickets as far in advance as possible because the shows always sell out!

Find more about the Robot Restaurant tickets here!

5. Dine At The Uniquely-Themed Ninja Akasaka Restaurant

By: Paula of TrulyExpat

When people ask where to eat in Tokyo, I always recommend the ninja restaurant in Akasaka. (They recently opened one in Shinjuku as well)

Why may you ask? Doesn’t the name speak for itself? This fun restaurant is for all ages and don’t let the name fool you, the food here is just as amazing as the experience itself.

When you arrive, you are shown to your table by a ninja. Once you venture through the cave-like mazes and arrive at your ninja cave, then the fun begins.

As your ninja waiter brings each course that is ninja worthy, he also brings with it some light entertainment (this includes magic tricks). Each course is like a little magic show in itself, and each course is more delicious than the next.

You can choose from the set menu or order individual items. Every item is created into a piece of art, and you will be impressed by the precision of each dish. This restaurant is great for all ages, as we have been many times with all types of visitors.

Akasaka is easily accessible by train and is only a short walk from the station. The walk to the station won’t take you long, approximately 10 mins.

Remember to book in advance because the Ninja Akasaka Restaurant is always busy, every night of the week.

If you would like to learn more about the ninjas, check out this unique tour!

6. Late Night Shopping At Shibuya’s Don Quijote

If you are looking for a place to do some late night shopping in Tokyo, look no further. Don Quijote, sometimes referred to as DONKI, is the ultimate department store in Japan.

If you combined Target, Costco, Toys R Us, and a hint of naughtiness, and put them in the same building, you will have yourself a typical Don Quijote store.

Luckily for you, the popular district of Shibuya is the home to the biggest Don Quijote in Japan. A 7-story building with all various kinds of merchandise, visitors can spend hours (maybe even days) walking down the isles and discovering unique Japanese items.

I specifically loved the aisle for costumes. Though I visited in May, a month nowhere near Halloween, there were aisles dedicated to various costumes. Some of them were your typical ones such as a nurse or a ghost costume, but if you venture deeper into the aisle you will find strange costumes of a sumo wrestler, a Taoist (?), a Teletubby (?), and much more.

Honestly, the section is full of fun and laughter, the perfect place to bring your friends for some silly shenanigans. The Don Quijotes all operate 24/7, which means the only thing that is stopping you from shopping all night in Tokyo is… you yourself.

Another great thing about DONKI is its affordable prices. If you need a place to purchase some unique and cheap souvenirs in Tokyo, Don Quijote is the perfect place for you!

If you love shopping, you can’t miss the Shinsaibashi Shopping Street in Osaka!

7. Sing Your Heart Out At Japanese-Style Karaoke

Singing karaoke is one of the popular activities at night for Japanese locals. Why? Unlike the western counterpart were you have to stand in front of a group of strangers and public humiliate yourself, Japanese-style karaoke is much more private. Typically, you either rent out a single-person booth (yes, that’s a thing) or a room for a few to several people. 

Now if you don’t want strangers to be blessed by your amazing voice, you don’t have to!

Each of these private rooms comes with a television, a few microphones, and a songbook, where you will pick out the song you want to sing! It is easy, efficient, and one of the best ways to spend a few hours at night in Tokyo!

Many of these karaoke places also serve snacks and (alcoholic) drinks. It is no surprise why they are so popular. Instead of partying all night at a nightclub in Tokyo, many locals prefer to just sing karaoke with several friends! You will find that the majority of karaoke places are opened 24 hours. If your heart desires, you can spend all night at karaoke! Your voicebox might hate you the next day though. 🙂

Pasela Shinjuku or Rainbow Karaoke Shibuya are two great places for karaoke in Tokyo!

8. Relax In A Traditional Japanese Onsen or Sento (Public Bath)

Exploring Tokyo in the day can be a tiresome task. If you are not sure what to do in Tokyo at night, why not relax in one of Japan’s most iconic geological features? An onsen (natural hot spring).

As a volcanically active country, Japan has numerous onsens scattered throughout the country.

Many of these onsens used to be outdoors, but nowadays you will find many indoor facilities built around them. Though some onsens naturally appear near the ground level, many of these natural hot spring waters actually exist underground.

Drilling machinery was used to extract these natural hot spring water to build some of the best onsens in Tokyo!

For places where the mineral-rich hot spring water cannot be extracted, they have built sento (public baths) that model after the onsens. The facilities inside a sento are almost identical to that of an onsen, sometimes even better.

The only difference is that onsens use natural spring water from underground and sento make their own hot water.

The onsens and sento are gender-separated, as they expect the guests to be completely nude when bathing. This might seem strange from a western point-of-view, but it’s something completely normal in Japan.

Visitors with tattoos are forbidden to bathe in the onsen or sento, as Japanese locals equate tattoos to the Yakuza.

9. Check Out Harajuku’s Top Attraction: The Kawaii Monster Cafe

If I have to summarize the Kawaii Monster Cafe with 3 words, they would be: crazy, weird, and crazy. Oops, did I say crazy twice? It’s almost like I’ve gone crazy, as if I have just visited the Kawaii Monster Cafe!

Kawaii Monster Cafe is very similar to the famous Robot Restaurant, in the way that they both contain a ridiculous show full of sensory overload and absurdity. Many visitors compare the Kawaii Monster Cafe to the movie “Alice in the Wonderland”, but with some added psychedelics and 2-day sleep deprivation.

Though a maniacal experience, the artwork and decoration are very creative and inspirational. In any other part of the world, you wouldn’t see anything similar. Along with the decor, food and drinks are served here, though they are not anything worthy to mention.

Shows happened regularly throughout the day. As long as you are in the Kawaii Monster Cafe when the show happens, you can watch it. You don’t have to pay extra money to watch the show, though the cafe has a cover charge of 500 Yen.

There are events of certain nights, such as the burlesque performance on Thursday. If you are traveling Tokyo with kids, that might not be appropriate. Plan accordingly by referring to their website first!

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Enjoy Tokyo Nightlife!

1. Go Bar-Hopping At Golden Gai

By: Sydney from A World in Reach

Golden Gai is one of Tokyo’s most famous nightlife spots and should be on any visitor’s Tokyo bucket list. Located in a corner of Kabukicho, the red-light district of Shinjuku, Golden Gai is a network of alleys full of tiny bars, clubs, and restaurants.

In the 1960s, Golden Gai was known as a prostitution hot spot; since then, the area has transformed into a nightlife hotspot for locals and tourists alike. To get to Golden Gai, take the subway to Shinjuku Station and leave from the east exit. From there, Golden Gai is just about a 10-minute walk away.

Golden Gai is made up of six alleys, each lined with several bars. Most of the bars are extremely small, some only seating a handful of people.

Many of the bars are themed – some of the Golden Gai bars have a unique theme, like a hospital, while others have more typical themes such as jazz or R&B.

Unfortunately, many of the bars only admit locals. It’s pretty easy to tell which bars are for locals only; a bar with a closed door is a good sign that foreigners won’t be allowed in. Many of the bars have cover charges and almost all are cash-only, so bring along plenty of yen for the night.

With its dimly lit lights and unique architecture, Golden Gai is one of the best places for photography in Japan. However, many of the bars do not permit photography – inside or out.

If someone asks you to stop taking photos or there are signs stating that photography is not permitted, make sure to follow the rules.

If you are traveling alone in Tokyo, you might want to consider this bar-hopping tour!

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2. Find A Unique Nightlife Experience At Tokyo’s Gay Bars

By: Derek & Mike of Robe Trotting

Wherever I’m traveling, I like to check out the gay bars. Whether I’m alone or with my partner, it’s always neat to see how the gay bars and community are in other countries. I had heard that Japanese gay bars were unique and that’s what I experienced in Tokyo.

In Tokyo, the Shinjuku Ni-chome district is the home of the gay bars.

I was told before my visit there that Tokyo’s gay bars were tiny compared to what I was used to in the United States. This was true once I explored them and I noticed it right away. Most of the bars I stopped into had only 10-15 people. It was an interesting experience to share a drink in such a cozy environment.

Another thing I noticed is that the gay scene in Tokyo is extra-specific and tailored to a niche crowd. The gay culture in Tokyo was also closed off and not very welcoming to foreigners. Still, there were plenty of fun bars to explore that I was recommended as foreigner-friendly.

The two that would suit any tourist were Dragon Men and the club Arty Farty. Both gay bars cater to an international crowd and I was surprised and happy at how diverse they were. I met great people who were locals and travelers from all over Asia and the West.

My night out in Tokyo’s gay district was a lot of fun and the city is a perfect destination for gay travel.

3. Dance The Night Away At One Of The Hottest Tokyo Nightclubs At Roppongi

Anyone in Tokyo knows that if you want to go to the best nightclubs in Tokyo, you either go to the posh neighborhood of Roppongi or the mega-club AGEHA at Koto City.

If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo when there is an event in AGEHA, try to go by all means. It is the ultimate nightlife experience in Tokyo. If you go, just be prepared to party until sunrise because it is located in the Tokyo Bay area and most trains stop running past midnight.

They do have a shuttle bus that departs every hour or so back to the center, but an hour is a long wait!

If you don’t feel like venturing into the outskirts of Tokyo and prefer to stay inside the center of Tokyo, Roppongi has some of the most top-notch foreigner-friendly Tokyo nightclubs. These nightclubs usually have a good mixture of foreigners and friendly Japanese locals.

Nishiazabu A-Life and 1OAK are two reputable clubs in Roppongi worth checking out! If you are traveling solo in Tokyo and want to go out, this pub crawl of Tokyo is highly recommended!

4. Eat Yakitori And Drink Sake At The Famous Piss Alley

While the name Piss Alley isn’t exactly enticing, the food and drinks served here are. Piss Alley, also known as Memor Lane, Yakitori Alley, or Omoide Yokocho, earned its name during a time when that area was lacking in toilets.

Nowadays, the area is one of the best places in Tokyo for delicious street food and affordable drinks. As the name suggests, the Piss Alley isn’t really a fancy place. Compared to the fancy places in Roppongi, the restaurants and bars in Omoide Yokocho are much more relaxed and casual.

One of the most famous dishes in the Piss Alley is Yakitori, a type of traditional Japanese skewered chicken. Pair that with some Japanese booze and you have a recipe for a great night in Tokyo!

Though the alley is very narrow, it preserves some of the old traditional aspects of Japanese architecture. Even if you don’t intend on eating or drinking at Piss Alley, come take a walk and marvel at the buildings that stood the test of time.

If you are a lover of Japanese street food (honestly, who isn’t), check out this amazing food tour!

See Tokyo Night View!

1. Free Tokyo Skyline View at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

By: Wendy Werneth of The Nomadic Vegan

This government building offers the best free view of the Tokyo skyline at night. The building comprises two different towers, both of which have viewing decks, but only the north tower stays open late, until 11 pm.

You’ll find the viewing deck on the 45th floor. In addition to being free, another advantage of this view over the views at Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree is that you can actually see both those monuments from here.

Since this is a government building, you’ll have to go through security and have your bag searched. On your way out, stop in at the tourist information center on the second floor to get information to help you plan your trip.

You might also want to come back during the day to have lunch at the cafeteria on the 32nd floor. It’s mostly frequented by government workers, but they also have an English menu and even allergen labeling, helpful for those with allergies but also for vegetarian and vegan travelers in Japan.

The easiest way to get here is to take the Oedo Subway Line and get off at Tocho-mae Station, which is actually located in the basement of the building. Or, if arriving at JR Shinjuku Station, take the west exit and walk for about 10 minutes.

2. Tokyo Tower

By: Clemens of Travellers Archive

If anyone counted all the lights that light up Tokyo at night, this person would still be counting. Japan’s capital is truly magical at night and the best way to get a glimpse of this magic is by visiting the Tokyo Tower at night.

The Tokyo Tower is 332.6 meters high and has one viewing platform at 150 meters and a second one at 250 meters. When standing right in front of the tower, you might recognize similarities to another, quite a famous tower.

Yes, you’re right. The Tokyo Tower has been built in 1958 and is basically the Japanese copy of the Eiffeltower in Paris. The main difference? Definitely the bright color of the Tokyo Tower, which is a fundamental part of the city’s skyline.

Also, the Tokyo Tower is the symbol of Tokyo’s reincarnation after the Second World War.

The Tokyo Tower is located at the Shiba park in Tokyo’s district Minato. Simply take the Toei Mita line to Onarimon and follow the ten-minute-walk.

Fun fact: The Tokyo Tower has been the city’s largest tower until the year 2012, when the 634-meter tall Tokyo Skytree opened.

Reserve your Tokyo Tower admission ticket here!

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3. Shibuya Sky Observatory

By: Alyse of The Invisible Tourist

As one of Tokyo’s newest attractions, a visit to Shibuya Sky Observatory is one of the more amazing things to do in Tokyo at night.

Towering over the famous Shibuya “Scramble” Crossing at 47 stories high, Shibuya Sky is one of the best viewpoints in Tokyo to gauge the enormity of Japan’s bustling capital from above. It’s currently one of Tokyo’s hidden gems because it’s hiding in plain sight and yet to be discovered by the masses!

Visiting at night is a special experience because you’re able to see the entire city illuminated by its vibrant lights, something that’s missing during the day. As the rooftop offers 360° panoramic views, the soft glow of Tokyo reflecting off the clouds can be seen all the way to the horizon. 

In addition to the open-air rooftop viewing platform, there is also the Sky Gallery, an indoor viewing area on the 46th floor if vertigo gets the best of you. Keep your eyes peeled for popular landmarks such as the Tokyo Tower, SkyTree, and the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building in Shinjuku piercing the night sky.

Shibuya Sky is located atop the new Shibuya Scramble Square skyscraper at Shibuya Station. Entry costs 2000 JPY plus 100 JPY to store your belongings in a locker whilst you’re on the rooftop. Enjoy your visit to Shibuya Sky!

4. See Tokyo From Above On A Helicopter!

By: Anne of Pretraveller

A great option to see Tokyo at night that you may not have considered is to take an evening helicopter flight over the city!  It is a great option to fly around the city and see all of the major attractions from a very different perspective.

The 15-minute night-time helicopter flight takes a circuit from the Tokyo Disneyland Resort area over Odaiba, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Asakusa before returning to home base.

We had a lovely clear night for this experience and it was great to see the views both close up and far, and to take in the vastness of Greater Tokyo region and its population of around 40 million people.

You will need to book ahead to ensure you get on a flight, we booked this experience through Klook and the process went smoothly.

Note that weather can impact your ability to do this experience so plan to book earlier during your visit to Tokyo so you have backup date options in the event that your flight needs to be rescheduled.

Getting to the Urayasu Helipad is very easy, you can catch the JR Keiyo Line to Maihama Station which is a 20-minute train ride from Tokyo Station.  Maihama Station is also the entry station to the Tokyo Disney Resort area so it is well serviced by public transport.  The helicopter provider provides a free shuttle bus service from and to Maihama Station.

Where To Stay In Tokyo, Japan

Best Hostel in Tokyo- UNPLAN Shinjuku

UNPLAN Shinjuku is located in the Shinjuku neighborhood, one of the best places to stay in Tokyo for nightlife. Many incredible places such as the Golden Gai and the Kabukicho neighborhood are located within walking distance.

The hostel features capsule-style beds, cozy common areas, and a smartphone for every guest to help navigate the city! 

Click here for more details!

Best Cheap Hotel in Tokyo- Onsen Ryoken Yuen Shinjuku

Though not as well-located as other options (15 -minute walk from Shinjuku Station), Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku makes up for it with its stunning amenities. The hotel features gender-separated rooftop hot springs for guests that want to relax at night. They also offer traditional Ryokan rooms!

Click here for more details!

Best Luxury Hotel in Tokyo- Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel Tokyu

King of the luxury hotels in Tokyo, the Shibuya Stream Excel Hotel is the place you want to be if you want an unforgettable experience. Elegantly designed with trendy vibes, this high-end hotel is your home away from home. Come here and experience all the rave about Japanese hospitality!

Click here for more details!

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This is the end of our guide for things to do at night in Tokyo! We hope this has at least given you a rough idea of the available night activities in Tokyo! 

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Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor Review: Is It Worth It?

Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor Review: Is It Worth It?

Thinking about visiting Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor?

Not sure if it is worth the trip or where to find the best tours? We are here to help. 

Below we will discuss our experience at Sky Mirror, one of the so-claimed best things to do in Malaysia.

Enjoy!

What Is The Sky Mirror (Sasaran Beach) In Kuala Selangor?

The Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor is one of the most impressive hidden gems in Malaysia. During high tide, this secret island is completely invisible to the naked eye and undetectable because it is submerged. The miracle happens at low tide.

During low tide, a sandbank known as the Sasaran Beach (Sky Mirror) appears 1.74 nautical miles away from the fishing village of Jeram, in the middle of the Straits of Malacca Sea.

This natural phenomenon creates a place where shallow water covers the entire “island”. The golden opportunity provides the perfect setting for photographers, as the shallow water fabricates the perfect reflection and the illusion of scale. Any photographer will unquestionably find the Sky Mirror in Malaysia to be a photographer’s paradise.

Sky Mirror is often called as Malaysia’s “Salar de Uyuni”, or the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia.

Sky Mirror Kuala Selangor Price

If you are thinking about visiting the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor, you must be wondering about the price. Luckily, the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor price is quite affordable, but you can only visit with a tour company.

It is impossible to do it without a tour because the place is located about 30 minutes away from Kuala Selangor in the open sea. Even if you had your own boat, it would be difficult to locate this secret island as it is not on the map.

Only tour companies know the location of this hidden attraction in Malaysia.

The price for Sky Mirror for a Malaysian citizen is around 80 Ringgit. For a non-citizen, the price is around 100 Ringgit. For children, the price is 60 or 90 Ringgit, depending on if you are a Malaysian citizen or not.

Those are the prices for a Sky Mirror tour without transportation to Kuala Selangor. If you have decided to visit Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor from Kuala Lumpur, you must ask to be picked up or arrange your own transportation. It takes about an hour to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Selangor.

Since the tours are usually early in the morning, it is recommended that you stay nearby.

When we visited, the tour started at 6:30 AM in the morning and we were back by 9:30 AM, but the schedule depends on the tide table.

Check out this tour of Sky Mirror that includes pick-up from Kuala Lumpur and a visit to Sekinchan! 

We stayed in OYO 89410 Z&H Hotel in Kuala Selangor. It was affordable and located adjacent to the river next to some of the best seafood restaurants in Kuala Selangor. I highly recommend it.

However, some people do find Kuala Selangor quite boring. There’s an exciting town 30 minutes away called Sekinchan that many visitors stay at instead. The rice paddies there are utterly breath-taking! 

Kuala Selangor Sky Mirror Tour Companies

Though there are many Sky Mirror tour companies in Kuala Selangor, not all of them are reputable and provide the proper equipment.

The one that we went with was called Sky Mirror Official, or so they claimed. They offered fair prices (though a tad above average), great equipment, and a generally good experience. No complaints whatsoever!

Another popular tour company is called Sky Mirror Malaysia. Though we did not use them, they have great reviews at a more affordable price. Their website also looks very reputable. If I were to go again, I would not hesitate choosing this Sky Mirror tour company in Kuala Selangor.

The last option, which is sometimes my favorite option, is to use Klook. Klook is a reputable online booking company that offers tours at low prices, sometimes even lower than in-person. If you can arrive at Kuala Selangor by yourself, consider this cheap Sky Mirror tour.

It seemed to us that every company contained roughly the same experience for Sky Mirror. All the boats arrived at around the same time, spent roughly the same amount of time on the Sasaran Beach, then headed back to Kuala Selangor.

The general rule of thumb is to not go for a tour company that is offering ridiculously low prices and has no/little reviews. 

Is It Worth It? Full Review Of Sky Mirror In Kuala Selangor, Malaysia

I think the ultimate question that everyone has is whether the Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor is worth the trip and money.

The answer is: Yes and No.

If you are looking for a Salar de Uyuni aka Salt Flats experience, you will be disappointed. The place does not look like anything compared to the Salt Flats in Bolivia. The pictures are deceiving because the tour guides artificially fabricate a location on the beach to create the perfect reflection.

After a 30-minute boat ride from Kuala Selangor, we arrived at the Sky Mirror. The tour guides immediately start working and digging to produce the perfect puddle. The waves had left the sandbank with many raised ridges, making it impossible to take the famous reflection photos Sky Mirror is known for.

The guides used shovels and boards to funnel the water. After about 30 minutes of digging, it was finally ready. The visitors took turns standing in front of the artificially-made puddle to take the so-called perfect photo.

If you just want cool photos, then you will find that at Sky Mirror. However, if you are expecting a similar experience as Salar de Uyuni, you will be disappointed.

The one redeeming factor that the tour companies do no tell you about Sky Mirror is the abundance of marine life there. As the tide drops and the sandbank reveals itself, the marine life that was living on the sandbank also appears. It was incredibly fun to walk around and observe the numerous sea creatures that were left on the sandbank. We saw crabs, shells, more shells, and even some unidentifiable sea creatures!

As we were preparing to return, we saw a very odd phenomenon. The crabs that live under the sand all came out and starting marching towards the sea. I am talking about thousands of tiny little crabs crawling on the sand. That moment is one of the most unforgettable moments I had traveling in Malaysia.

Though not the perfect place, Sasaran Beach is still extremely beautiful. The fact that you are on an island only available a few hours a day in the middle of the sea is an incredible adventure.

For as far as your eyes can reach, there is nothing but the sea and the horizon.

Conclusion: If you are already in Malaysia and happen to be nearby (Kuala Lumpur or Ipoh), then spend a day or a weekend at Kuala Selangor and the Sky Mirror. After all, it is still a unique and enjoyable place and I would recommend it.

Visitors typically spend the morning at Sky Mirror and the evening on the popular fireflies tour.

However, if you intend on arriving to Malaysia with the sole purpose of seeing this “Asia Salar de Uyuni”, save yourself the trip. There are many places worth coming to Malaysia for such as nature-paradise Sabah and beach-heaven Langkawi, but Sky Mirror should not be your main focus.  

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This is our full review of our experience at Sky Mirror in Kuala Selangor. We hope it has given you an idea of whether you should visit it or not! 

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11 BEST Things To Do In Sekinchan: The PERFECT Sekinchan Day Trip

11 BEST Things To Do In Sekinchan: The PERFECT Sekinchan Day Trip

Not sure what to do in Sekinchan? Don’t worry, we were in your shoes once.

With the recent boom of tourism to Sekinchan because of a TVB Drama called Outbound Love, Sekinchan is still a hidden gem in Malaysia with not much information.

That is why we have written this guide on the top things to do in Sekinchan and how you can do them all on a day trip!

Enjoy!

How To Get To Sekinchan?

Sekinchan is a small fishing village located in the Sabak Bernam District of Selangor, about 100 kilometers away from Kuala Lumpur. The most convenient option to visit Sekinchan is by renting a car in Kuala Lumpur and taking the 1.5-hour drive.

Though there is public transportation that goes from Kuala Lumpur to Sekinchan, the route requires many stops and a longer time (~2 to 2.5 hours). If you want to do a Sekinchan day trip, it is highly recommended to drive from Kuala Lumpur.

If you insist on taking a bus from KL to Sekinchan, head over to Pudu Sentral (Puduraya) and catch the SPT to Teluk Inan. The bus will pass by Sekinchan where you can disembark.

It is also possible to come from the north as well. Ipoh is a common departure point for Sekinchan. The drive from Ipoh to Sekinchan could take up to 3 hours, making it an unrealistic option for a day trip to Sekinchan. Public buses are also available from Ipoh to Sekinchan, though that would take a much longer time.

Is A Sekinchan Day Trip Enough?

One of the most common questions I get asked about Sekinchan is “Is a Sekinchan one day trip enough?” The answer is: Probably yes.

Sekinchan is beautiful but it is a small fishing village after all. One day in Sekinchan is plenty to see the main Sekinchan attractions.

If you are visiting Sekinchan, chances are you will have your own car or motorcycle. Having your own transportation allows you to easily jump from one Sekinchan attraction to another. Taxi-hailing apps such as Grab can be unreliable in a small town like Sekinchan.

A popular option for traveling in town is by bicycle. There are bicycle rental companies in town with various types of bikes for rent!

Though if you want to enjoy some of the nearby attractions in Kuala Selangor such as the fireflies and Sky Mirror, you might want to consider staying in Sekinchan for 2 days. A weekend in Sekinchan is the ideal amount of time to explore and relax in this beautiful seaside town with stunning rice paddies!

If you are going from KL to Sekinchan, check out our special Sekinchan day tour with Sky Mirror!

Best Time To Visit Sekinchan, Malaysia

If you are visiting Sekinchan, you probably want to see the lush paddy fields. If that is the case, it is important that you come at the right time and not when the rice was just harvested. 

Generally, from the middle of March to May and the middle of September to November, you will encounter lush rice paddies. December is harvest season so you won’t find anything.

Depending on how the season is going, the schedule might be a little different than anticipated. It is wise to check with your accommodation in Sekinchan before arriving to check the condition of the paddy fields!

We visited early March and found that some of the fields were already cleared out. The owner of our homestay said the farmers had cleared it a few days ago. If we arrived a few days early or a few weeks later, the paddy fields would’ve been in full bloom!

What To Do In Sekinchan: 11 Best Things To Do In Sekinchan, Malaysia

1. Check Out Amazing Sekinchan Paddy Fields

Though Sekinchan is a fishing village, it is a lot more famous for its beautiful stretches of rice paddies. These rice paddies dominate the landscapes of Sekinchan, and it is probably the best thing to do in Sekinchan.

Visiting the Sekinchan rice paddy fields is a must if you come from a stressful city such as Kuala Lumpur as they remind you of the simpler days. Watch the rice plants flow freely in the wind, listen to the sounds of the birds, and feel your worries dissipate from your body.

Similar to the rice paddies in Bali or Vietnam, they are very picturesque. Blue skies, tall rice plants, and a beautiful flower dress, you have yourself the perfect Instagram photo! Sekinchan is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in Malaysia!

2. Rent a Bicycle And Ride Around Town

Riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to explore Sekinchan and the paddy fields around it. If you are in Sekinchan without any type of transportation (car or motorcycle), a bicycle will allow you to visit some of the places outside of town.

Luckily for you, there are a few bicycle rental shops in Sekinchan. The most reliable of which is the AMG Bicycle Renting Sekinchan.

Featuring anything from the single-person bike to a family bike (4 persons), AMG Bicycle Renting Sekinchan has a bicycle for any type of travelers. If you are too lazy to paddle, they also have electronic bikes for a higher price! 

Be careful if you plan on riding a bicycle in Sekinchan. There is no such thing as a bike lane in Sekinchan!

3. Dine At the Unique N16 Cafe

Any travelers looking for a unique dining establishment must not miss N16 Cafe in Sekinchan. Using an old school bus, the owner has renovated it to become a cafe.

The food is decent but the most promising feature is the spectacular view of the paddy fields nearby. Sip on a cup of home-brewed coffee, have a cake, and enjoy the stunning visuals inside and outside the bus cafe!

The cafe is built on top of a freight container that acts as the kitchen. There is free parking nearby and the famous accommodation Padi Box is right next door. If you are staying in Padi Box (which is what we did), you surely cannot miss the N16 Cafe. 

N16 Cafe has air conditioning, making it the perfect place to relax after a visit to the other Sekinchan attractions nearby. 

4. Make a Wish At The Sekinchan Wishing Tree

Located on Pantai Redang (Beach Redang), the Sekinchan Wishing Tree is one of the best places to visit in Sekinchan.

As you approach the wishing tree, you will see the numerous red ribbons hanging off the tree. These ribbons are written with wishes from other visitors.

To get your own ribbon, you must make a donation at the adjacent temple. Each red ribbon is tied to an ancient Chinese coin. When tossing your ribbon on the tree, try to get it as high as possible. Legend says that the higher the ribbon lands, the most likely your wish is going to come true!

Don’t forget to keep your wish a secret!

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5. Chill At Pantai Redang Beach

If you are already at the Sekinchan Wishing Tree, then Pantai Redang is literally right at your doorstep. Though the quality of the beach cannot compare to those of Langkawi, Pantai Redang still attracts plenty of people on the weekends and holidays.

If you are traveling with family in Malaysia, Pantai Redang is the perfect place to bring your kids. They can spend hours running up and down the soft sands, observing kite-flyers, and swimming in the cold soothing water.

It is impossible to not love the beach in the hot and humid weather of Malaysia!

If you have time, grab a coconut, have some seafood nearby, and wait for the breath-taking sunset to unfold in front of your eyes!

6. Wander Around The Sekinchan Fishing Village

Though Sekinchan is famous for its rice paddies, the village itself is meant to be a fishing village. When you are not taking photos at the rice paddies, stroll around the old streets of Sekinchan. You will encounter numerous seafood restaurants and vendors selling various types of dried seafood.

Not only do you get to see the ending products, but you can also see the difficult types of equipment and ship that fishermen use. If you are from a big city like I am, then the contrast of a small fishing village will be quite interesting.

7. Stuff Yourself With Some Fresh Sekinchan Seafood

One of the many pros of a fishing village is the accessibility to fresh and delicious seafood. Sekinchan is no exception.

The fishing village is populated with many high-quality seafood restaurants at affordable prices. If you are from the western parts of the world, chances are you have never encountered some of those kinds of seafood.

Dishes such as oyster omelet, mantis shrimp, and shark meat are all popular local cuisine. If you are feeling adventurous, make sure you give those a try!

A highly-recommended place for seafood in Sekinchan is Loong Hua Restaurant. Though I have not been there myself, I have heard great things about it! If not, Restoren Wan Lau was personally recommended by a Malaysian friend!

8. Learn About Rice Harvesting At The Paddy Gallery

Besides admiring the lush paddies, one of the best activities in Sekinchan is to learn about the entire process from start to finish. 

The Paddy Gallery is an active rice-processing facility as well as a museum featuring exhibits on harvesting and more. Visitors will learn each and every step of the process from the rice paddies to the rice grains we see in the supermarkets.

On the ground floor of the establishment are shops where visitors can purchase souvenirs, snacks, and even rice produced there! On the first floor is the informational museum, where the entrance fee is 5 RM. 

It is worth the low price for so much information. Rice might be simple on the service, but the procedure to get it down to the grains is scientific and interesting!

The Paddy Gallery is located in the middle of the paddy fields, offering unparalleled views of the lush surroundings. However, it is quite a trek to arrive. I recommend either renting a bicycle or driving there!

9. Indulge In Fresh Mango Smoothies At Mango King

Located on the outskirts is one of the best things to do in Sekinchan, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Mango King is a small stall located in the midst of the paddy fields, just down the road from the Paddy Gallery.

Here you will find the freshest and sweetest mangoes and mango smoothies in Sekinchan. If there is anything I learned from backpacking Malaysia, it is that nothing beats a refreshing mango smoothie or slushie in the hot Malaysian sun.

After trying their mango specialties, you may want to purchase those seriously addicting mangoes! Thank God they are so affordable!

Mango King also sells snacks and other kinds of beverages!

10. Go Back In Time At Ah Ma House (Grandma’s House)

Ah Ma House is a unique attraction in Sekinchan. Featuring a conglomerate of old things such as film cameras, the Game Boy, the refrigerator-sized TVs, and other items that are beyond my time, stepping into Ah Ma House is like stepping into a time machine. 

If I had taken my parents there, they would’ve enjoyed the trip down memory lane tremendously. For me, I was only able to recognize a few of the items. Even then, a sense of nostalgia rushed over me as I stood in awe in the traditional Chinese house.

Besides the antique items and cool historic house, Ah Ma House is known for its home-made cookies and crackers. Those snacks brought back some childhood memories for me. Don’t hesitate to try them when you get the chance!

Across from Ah Ma House is another attraction called the Kampung Atuk (or Grandpa). Though it was closed when we visited, it had empty stands with displays selling traditional snacks. It must be a popular spot in Sekinchan on the weekends or holidays!

11. Visit Kuala Selangor For Fireflies and Sky Mirror

If you have more than one day in Sekinchan, consider visiting the neighboring town Kuala Selangor. Kuala Selangor is a small seaside town similar to Sekinchan, but it has two of the top attractions in Malaysia: Fireflies and Sky Mirror.

Because seeing the fireflies is a night-time activity, it might be difficult to participate if you are on a day trip to Sekinchan. If you can afford to spend more than 1 day in Sekinchan, seeing the fireflies is a must.

Numerous colonies of fireflies roam freely in the mangroves of Kuala Selangor. With the pitch darkness, the flickering of their lights is like stars in the sky!

Sky Mirror is another place worth visiting near Sekinchan. It is a shallow sandbank that appears only during low tides. The result? A magical place where the ground reflects the sky and everything around it. It is somewhat similar to the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) in Bolivia. 

All boats to Sky Mirror depart in the early morning, so it is recommended to stay in Sekinchan on Kuala Selangor the night before.

If interested, check out our affordable Fireflies tour and Sky Mirror tour

Where To Stay In Sekinchan, Malaysia

Best Unique Hotel In Sekinchan – Padi Box

If there is another thing Sekinchan is famous for, it’s the freight container hotel and homestays. If you are used to staying in 5-star hotels and think this is outrageous, let me convince you otherwise. 

The most famous container hotel in Sekinchan is Padi Box. Using recycled freight containers as building structures, this eco-friendly accommodation is not only stylish but strangely comfortable. 

The decor of the hotel is adorable, and there are plenty of open areas to get some sun and admire at the rice paddies. It has the amenities of a standard hotel but in a generally fun and relaxing atmosphere. 

If you are traveling to Sekinchan as a pair or couple, make sure you check out the Padi Box standard 2-person room or the 2-person room with private balcony, perfect for Instagram photos!

Traveling as a family? check out the 4-person rooms here and the 6-person rooms here.

(If you are new to Airbnb, don’t forget to use this coupon code for credits to possibly stay 1 night FREE at Padi Box!)

I highly recommend staying at one of these container hotels in Sekinchan if possible. The other more luxurious container hotel is called Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay.

Best Hotel In Sekinchan – The One Boutique Hotel

If you are looking for a standard clean and comfortable hotel, then consider The One Boutique Hotel. One of the most popular hotels in Sekinchan, The One Boutique provides spacious rooms at an affordable price. Though you won’t find the utmost luxury here, you will find sufficient amenities!

Click here for more details!

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The PERFECT 2 Days In Kuala Lumpur Itinerary: The Best Of KL

The PERFECT 2 Days In Kuala Lumpur Itinerary: The Best Of KL

Are you planning on spending 2 days in Kuala Lumpur?

Looking for a Kuala Lumpur itinerary that will guide you on your Malaysia trip?

Look no further!

Having spent a reasonable amount of time in KL, I have created this Kuala Lumpur 2-day itinerary designed for anyone looking to see the best of KL and then get out!

Enjoy!

Is 2 Days In Kuala Lumpur Enough?

Before you continue reading this blog post about Kuala Lumpur, you must first decide if 2 days in Kuala Lumpur is enough.

In general, if you are the average traveler that only visits the best attractions in a city, then 2 days in KL should be sufficient.

The transportation system of Kuala Lumpur is very efficient and taxi-hailing apps such as Grab are very cheap. It makes traveling in Kuala Lumpur so effortless.

As the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur feels like any other big metropolitan city. There is traffic, there is noise, and there is pollution. It is by no means a relaxing place to spend your Malaysia vacation. Travelers usually come to Kuala Lumpur for transit reasons.

However, that does not mean that there aren’t notable attractions in Kuala Lumpur. There are quite a few, but 2 days in Kuala Lumpur is enough to visit them all!

KL Itinerary Map: Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur In 2 Days

Below is an interactive map outlining the things to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days. The sequence of numbers is the order in which you will visit these places in Kuala Lumpur. From my own experience and extensive research, it is the best way to maximize your short visit to Kuala Lumpur.

There is a toggle at the upper left corner of the map. By clicking on it, you will be able to see each of the activities more detailedly. 

Weather In Kuala Lumpur

Before we start with a detailed guide on our Kuala Lumpur itinerary, we have to understand the weather in Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur’s climate, like most southeast Asia cities, is extremely hot and humid all-year-round.

It makes exploring the city quite difficult, especially during the midday. I highly recommend you to do all the sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur in the early morning and evening. Spend the afternoon when the sun is the strongest resting in your accommodation, or chilling in a cafe, or hanging out in the air-conditioned malls. 

Heatstroke is common in Malaysia, especially for foreigners. Make sure you drink lots of water and keep hydrated!

The PERFECT 2 Days Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Morning Of Day 1: Batu Caves

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, “The Garden City Of Lights”. Rise and shine early because the first place we are visiting on our 2 days Kuala Lumpur itinerary is the famous Batu Caves. Known for its Instagram-worthy stairs, impressive cave systems, and unique religious complexes, Batu Caves is a must-see in Kuala Lumpur.

Batu Caves consist of a total of three massive caves and many smaller ones.  At the entrance of the main cave, you will find a towering statue of a Hindu God.

As you carefully make your way up a 272-step climb, you will be attacked accompanied by some friendly neighbors: monkeys. Though the monkeys are adorable, they will get their hands on anything they can take. Water bottle, sunglasses, insect repellent, GoPros, potato chips, nothing is safe around these monkeys. 

Once you finish your treacherous climb, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the city down below. The adventure doesn’t stop there though, as you have just arrived at the entrance of the sacred cave – Cathedral Cave. Here you will find several Hindu shrines where you can see the Hindu influences in Malaysia.

During the annual festival of Thaipusam, Batu Caves can attract up to more than one million pilgrims!

If you want more history and information about the sacred Batu Caves, check out this local tour!

Though the Cathedral Cave is probably the most popular cave in Batu Caves, there is another one that is worth seeing – the Ramayana Cave. 

The Ramayana Cave houses paintings and scenes of Hindu gods as well as numerous human-size statues.

By utilizing the public transportation system of KL, you can easily get to Batu Caves. Take the KLM Komuter Line on any of the stops and get off at the last stop of the line, Batu Caves. Once you have arrived, get out of the station and you will be there!

The whole journey takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on if you need to find your way to one of the stations for the KLM Komuter Line.

Batu Caves are completely free to enter. Aim to arrive as early as possible to beat the afternoon heat and to enjoy this sacred place without an overwhelming crowd. The opening hours of Batu Caves are from 6 AM to 9 PM. I recommend arriving no later than 10 AM.

However, the Ramayana Cave has an admission fee of 5 MYR (Malaysian Ringgit). 

Afternoon Of Day 1: Chinatown (Petaling Street), National Mosque Of Malaysia

By the time you have returned back to the center of Kuala Lumpur after visiting Batu Caves, it should be around midday. If you can handle the heat, you can head towards Chinatown, especially Petaling Street Market. If you cannot, go back to your hotel to rest and head out a little later in the day!

Malaysia is a melting pot of many different cultures and ethnicities. From Indian to Malaysian to Chinese, you can find bits of every culture integrated into the everyday life of Kuala Lumpur. Experiencing Malaysia is about experiencing the different cultures that make up the impressively diverse country.

Chinatown is the hotspot for Chinese culture (if you couldn’t tell by the name). Here you will find a heavy concentration of Chinese cuisine, culture, and influences. Unlike most parts of Kuala Lumpur that have been modernized, Chinatown still retains most of its historic structures. Bustling street markets, cheap street food, affordable accommodation, Chinatown is one of my favorite places to stay in Kuala Lumpur.

Though a stroll down Chinatown will present you with excitements left and right, there are a few specific spots worth checking out. They are the Petaling Street Market, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Kwai Chai Hong. If you have not heard of any of those, don’t worry. I’ll go into detail on why they are worth visiting!

Petaling Street Market is the perfect model of the street markets that southeast Asia is famous for. Dirt-cheap prices, knock-off items, street food, miscellaneous merchandise, sweat, crowds, noise, it’s the full package. 

You can spend hours wandering around, laughing at the terrible spellings on the fake clothing or trying the strange local food such as the infamous durian.

After you have shopped til’ you dropped, take a break at the nearby Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. As the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur, Sri Maha Mariamman is one of the best places to visit in KL. With Spanish and Italian tiles, precious jewels, and gold in its design, the elegance of the temple contrasts starkly with the cheap Petaling Street. 

Sri Maha Mariamman’s location at the edge of Chinatown is another perfect example of the harmony of Buddhism and Hinduism in Kuala Lumpur. Take a moment to look at the intricate artwork and paintings and understand the importance of Hinduism in Malaysia.

The Sri Mahamariamman Temple

You can only visit a temple for so long before you get tired of it. After making a brief stop at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple, head over to Kwai Chai Hong. A small alley filled with cool interactive murals, Kwai Chai Hong is one of the most picturesque spots in Kuala Lumpur. 

As you can tell by the name, this tourist attraction is influenced by the Chinese. Many of the murals represent the daily lives of local Malaysians and the Chinese immigrants, such as the barbershop mural.

Unlike other small cities such as Ipoh and Penang where street arts inundate the streets, a heavily-populated metropolitan city like Kuala Lumpur rarely sees any. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy some local arts! 

After exploring all of Chinatown, it is time to visit another top attraction in Kuala Lumpur: The National Mosque of Malaysia (also known as Masjid Negara). A national symbol of Islam, the National Mosque of Malaysia is able to accommodate 15,000 people at one time.

The impressive structure has a unique geometric decor, featuring abstract shapes and lattices. The aesthetic of the mosque is so tunning it can double as a museum!

The mosque spans a huge 13 acres, but the part you must visit is the Grand Hall. Non-Muslims visitors are allowed inside outside of prayer times. If you are dressed inappropriately, there are robes and scarves for rent at the entrance of the mosque. 

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Night Of Day 1: Petronas Tower, KLCC Park

After a visit to the National Mosque of Malaysia, it is time for the highlight of our Kuala Lumpur 2 day itinerary – The Petronas Tower (also known as Petronas Twin Towers).

Any visit to Malaysia would not be complete without seeing the iconic Petronas Towers, whose glory as the tallest building in the world lasted from 1998 to 2004. Though several skyscrapers are now much taller than the Petronas Twin Towers, the impressive engineering feat will never be forgotten.

Many places in KL offer unobstructed views of the magnificent Petronas Tower. Our favorite is the KLCC Park adjacent to the twin towers. Similar to the Central Park in New York City, the KLCC provides green spaces to a heavily urbanized city. Sitting in the 50-acre park at night is like finding a haven in the chaos.

The KLCC Park has daily water and light shows to accompany the breath-taking views of the Petronas Towers. The shows are scheduled for 8 PM, 9 PM, and 10 PM. 

Other amazing places to see the Petrona Towers are the nearby rooftop bars. Though I personally have not been, I have heard great things about them. The most notable place is the Sky Bar on the 33rd floor of the Traders Hotel.

You do not need to be a guest there to visit their Sky Bar. However, you might need to make a reservation depending on if you are visiting Kuala Lumpur on the weekend or during peak season.

If you want to visit the Petronas Tower Observatory Deck, you are more than welcome to do so. Just keep in mind that it closes at 9 PM. On Monday, the observatory deck is closed all day. It costs 80 RM for adults and 33 RM for children, but they are on a first come first serve basis. Tickets can be purchased online here to save all the hassle. 

After you are done drooling over the views of the Petronas Tower, you are more than welcome to wander around if you still have energy. From my experience, the heat and humidity made me much more tired in general. The first day of our Kuala Lumpur itinerary for 2 days ends here!

Good night!

Morning Of Day 2: Thean Hou Temple, Central Market

Are you ready for another exciting day on our 2 days in Kuala Lumpur itinerary? In the morning, you will explore one of the oldest religious relics in Malaysia, the Thean Hou Temple. 

Originally built by Hainanese immigrants in 1987, the Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest Chinese temples in Kuala Lumpur.

Many visitors come to Thean Hou just for the picturesque photo. That is great. In fact, Thean Hou is one of the most beautiful temples I have been to in Malaysia. Featuring ornate Chinese architecture and seas of dainty lanterns, Thean Hou is a photographer’s paradise.

However, Thean Hou is also a very important temple. Dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, blessings from the temple are essentials for anyone working at sea.

Unlike the national mosque that requires a specific attire, Thean Hou does not have a dress code. There is also no entrance fee! Just keep in mind that it opens at 9 AM so don’t come here too early!

After a civilized visit to the temple, its time to head back to the scramble. This time around, we won’t be going to the Petaling Street Market for our fun, but the Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

Started off as a wet market in 1888, the Central Market has become one of the most iconic landmarks in Malaysia. Not only does it function as a market, but it symbolizes the heritage of cultures of the multi-racial country. Here you will find vendors with merchandise from various backgrounds: Chinese, Malays, and Indians.

Central Market is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs and handicrafts, as most items are made locally. When you are tired or hungry, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants inside the market. Honestly, Central Market feels like a city within a city!

Afternoon Of Day 2: Merdeka Square, KL Forest Eco Park, KL Tower

After Central Market, you will head to the nearby Dataran Merdeka, or Independence Square in English. As the first place where the Malaysian flag was flown, Merdeka Square is one of the most historically important places in Malaysia.

Though you won’t be able to learn about much of the history with a casual stroll on the perfectly manicured lawn, the historic buildings offer a glimpse into the past. Malaysia was a British colony before it gained its independence.

At 95 meters high, the flagpole at Merdeka Square is one of the highest in the world!

Merdeka Square

After Merdeka Square, the next stop on our Kuala Lumpur 2 days itinerary is KL Forest Eco Park.

A centrally-located park filled with nature trails, endangered monkeys (rarely), and a beautiful canopy walk, KL Forest Eco Park is like an oasis in a desert. It is surprising to see so much green space concentrated in one area in KL!

The stunning 200-meter canopy walk is the most outstanding feature of the park. Not only is it only one of the most beautiful places in Kuala Lumpur, but you will also feel like you are nested in the jungle!

The truth is that some parts of the park are not pristine. Concrete steps might be missing and some parts of the park might even look abandoned. However, that is exactly why I enjoyed it so much. Seeing nature reclaim its territory, hopping over tree branches, that is what makes a nature trail fun. If you wanted to walk on concrete, maybe a shopping mall is a better option for you.

Bring insect repellent as mosquitoes are rampant in the KL Forest Eco Park. I mean rampant!

The best thing about the KL Eco Forest Park is that it connects to the next attraction on our KL itinerary – the famous KL Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur).

At 421-meters high, the Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the tallest telecommunication towers in the world. Though the views of the tower from below is spectacular, the views from above are even better.

KL Tower features an interior observation deck at 276, which is known to offer a better view of the city than the Petronas Tower’s observatory deck. The tower also has an exciting open-air sky deck at 300 meters above the ground. Want more excitement? Take a photo at the sky box, where the only thing separating you from the ground is a thin piece of see-through glass.

If you had to pick an observatory for panoramic views of KL, I would recommend KL Tower even though it is not as high as the Petronas Twin Towers. 

Click here for ticket details!

Night Of Day 2: Jalan Alor Night Food Court

No visit to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a trip to the famous food night markets. There are several amazing food night markets in Kuala Lumpur, but the one you mustn’t miss is Jalan Alor Night Food Street.

Hundreds of hawkers stalls and seafood restaurants inundate both sides of this food street, turning it into a paradise for food-lovers (aka everyone).The foods there are absolutely delicious and ridiculously cheap, perfect for anyone traveling Malaysia on a budget.

If you did not have dinner yet, Jalan Alor is the perfect place to sample various types of food. Try a little bit from each stall and soon you will have a full and happy belly (and a happy wallet).

The most famous restaurant on Jalan Alor Street Food is Sai Woo. Though I did not try the food there myself, I have heard great things from other travelers!

Jalan Alor is the last place to visit on our 2 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary. We know that everyone has a different pace of travel. For those that tend to travel faster, here are some additional places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days!

Additional Places To Visit In Kuala Lumpur In 2 Days

1. Perdana Botanical Gardens

Do you prefer more green spaces when you travel and cannot make a trip to the Cameron Highlands? Take a trip to the Perdana Botanical Gardens. 

This gigantic green space is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll after a long day. There are also some very exotic plants there such as the poisonous sausages! They are some of the strangest plants I have ever seen in my life!

2. Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park

Adjacent to the Perdana Botanical Gardens is another hidden gems of Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park. Featuring over 5,000 butterflies, this butterfly park is perfect for people traveling with kids in Kuala Lumpur.

However, the entrance price is quite steep at 35 RM, but I can guarantee you that it will be a good experience!

3. Fireflies in Kuala Selangor

One of the best things to do in Malaysia is to enjoy the unique nature. In the Sabah region of Malaysia, exotic animals such as orangutans and proboscis monkeys run wild.

Though these animals aren’t in KL, there are colonies of fireflies nearby.

Located about an hour away from Kuala Lumpur is a small and cute little seaside town called Kuala Selangor. Numerous colonies of fireflies live freely in the mangroves that navigates through town.

Though I personally recommend staying a few days in Kuala Selangor (and Sekinchan) to see a different side of Malaysia, it is still possible to see the fireflies from Kuala Lumpur with a private tour.

Find out which tour fits you best here!

Where To Stay To Maximize Your 48 Hours In Kuala Lumpur

Though transportation is cheap and convenient in Kuala Lumpur, staying in a few areas in KL will help you maximize your 48 hours in Kuala Lumpur.

Here are some of the best neighborhoods to stay in Kuala Lumpur: Chinatown, KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center), and Bukit Bintang. Our recommendations will only feature hostels and hotels in those areas.

Best Hostel In Kuala Lumpur – Mingle Petaling Street

If you are looking for a social, beautiful, and affordable hostel in Kuala Lumpur, look no further. Mingle Petaling Street is a hostel unlike no other in KL.

The hostel is located inside an old historic house, where the history speaks for itself in the faded paint and cracks on the wall. But unlike staying at an old house where you expect the facilities to be dated, the facilities are amazing for the low price you are paying. 

Mingle also offers free dinner everyday for your stay, but you would have to sign up ahead of time because the slots do fill up quickly!

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Best Cheap Hotel In Kuala Lumpur – Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Cheap hotels in Kuala Lumpur are abundant, but finding the perfect one can be a daunting task. Ibis is an internationally recognized hotel chain that provides quality rooms and services at an affordable rate.

The Ibis Kuala Lumpur City Centre is no exception. Offering a huge infinity pool with breath-taking views of the Petronas Tower, guests can sightsee without leaving the hotel! The hotel also offers a delicious breakfast buffet, which is the perfect way to start your day in Kuala Lumpur.

Though there are cheaper hotels in KL, the Ibis is not going to bankrupt you and it is worth the extra bit!

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Best Luxury Hotel In Kuala Lumpur – RuMa Hotel and Residences

Anyone looking for a luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur will find the RuMa Hotel and Residences a delight. 

Unlike other hotels where they just provide a clean room to stay, RuMA Hotel takes it up a notch by providing guests with an extraordinary experience. The interior decor is stylish and speaks nothing but luxury. The swimming pool and rooms are immaculate, and the staff treats you like kings and queens.

This is one of the highest-rated hotels in Kuala Lumpur and it is easy to see why!

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This concludes our Malaysia blog post on the Kuala Lumpur 2-day itinerary! I hope it has given you a rough idea of what to do in Kuala Lumpur in 2 days! 

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