Visiting Kuala Lumpur probably means gazing in awe at the Petronas Towers, marvelling at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, or stealing a few quiet moments in the Lake Gardens. What about going a little further off the beaten track and doing something rather unusual in the city? Luckily, there are plenty of options for those with a strong case of adventurous wanderlust. Here is our list of some unusual things to do in Kuala Lumpur!
This is exactly as it’s name depicts and is one of the best attractions in Kuala Lumpur. You may be a little surprised to find it on a list of unusual activities, due to the amount of tourists that flock there. What makes Monkey Hill unusual is that it provides the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with monkeys. You can buy food to feed them, and quite often, they will happily climb all over to get to the goodies. Feeding them is entirely safe, as they are well used to humans and can be a great activity for the children.
Take a Malaysian cookery class
If you are only visiting Kuala Lumpur for a short trip or even a longer holiday, you will know that the local cuisine is to die for. However, whilst sampling all of the delights on offer is the ideal way to get to know a city, why not get involved yourself? Many schools offer cookery classes in the city, and you will be taught how to throw a dish together by a professional chef. This is a skill you can take home with you, and if you plan on staying in Kuala Lumpur longer, you can soon impress others with your Malay cooking skills. Taking it’s influence from Chinese and Indian styles, as well as it’s own unique Malay flavours, Malaysian cuisine is delectable and a lot of fun to prepare. LaZat school is one of the most famous in Kuala Lumpur, with classes in English and taking place in a Malaysian home.
This is more of a day trip (or mini break) away from Kuala Lumpur, but if you are in Malaysia, you cannot miss the chance to see the sky lit up with thousands of fireflies. The best place is Kampung Kuantan, as well as the coastal areas of Cherating and Kemaman. To visit will require a few hours drive out of the city, but it is worth it. The fireflies rise and blink in synchronicity, creating so much light simultaneously that is it impossible to look away. Fireflies are becoming increasingly rare, so make it a mission to see them before it is too late.
Dining In The Dark
This is a niche concept that has become quite popular in foodie circles over the last couple of years. The idea involves eating in total darkness, nothing more. You cannot see your meal nor your partner, but instead of being a little strange, it is supposed to heighten your other senses to the flavours and smells of the food itself. It may sound like it could be awkward, but the philosophy behind it has gained recognition among chefs and food writers over time. If nothing more, it provides an interesting talking point afterwards!
The Orchid Garden is actually part of the Butterfly and Bird Park, which are well-known attractions in Kuala Lumpur. The Orchid Park houses a variety of stunning orchids, which you can enjoy whilst walking around what is a very peaceful garden. It might sound a little dull if you are not a fan of flora and fauna, but it is one of the most relaxing places you can find yourself in Kuala Lumpur. Another unique selling point to the orchid garden is that you can have tea in a large conservatory, filled with orchids. This is really quite beautiful and is definitely a unique place to stop and ‘smell the flowers’.