3-Day Kuala Lumpur Itinerary

Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days

Best Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital and heart, has more to offer than its most famous sights – the Twin Towers.

Kuala Lumpur is a lovely city and worth a visit – find out about the places to visit in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days.

I would lie if I said it had become my favorite city, or I could list 1000 things to do and see. I stayed in Kuala Lumpur for six nights, but the truth is, that is a cool destination, but 3 days are definitely enough to discover the most interesting places, and so I created this 3-day Kuala Lumpur itinerary for you. 

I would suggest spending some time afterward on one of the Malaysian islands (read about my travel tips on Langkawi here) or George Town.

Before finding out about the 10 best things to do in KL in 3 days, you´ll find some important travel information for Kuala Lumpur.

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Important Travel Tips for Kuala Lumpur

Before talking about the best Kuala Lumpur itinerary, here are a few important travel tips for your KL trip.

People in Kuala Lumpur

I perceived the inhabitants as very friendly and felt secure in every situation. People from all over the world with different religious backgrounds didn’t make me feel uncomfortable at all.

From fully veiled (mostly tourists from the Gulf Region) to really revealing, every clothes style seems to be accepted.

However, you should always keep in mind that it is an Islamic country and respect that.

Tips for Solo Female Travelers in Kuala Lumpur

Security for a female traveler in Kuala Lumpur

Though I visited my male cousin, who was studying in Kuala Lumpur at that time, I did not stay with him and booked my own accommodations. Most of the time, I was a solo female traveler in Kuala Lumpur and never felt threatened or unwell.

Kuala Lumpur is quite safe though you need to watch your valuables – I had my designer bad with me, but there was no time someone tried to grab it. However, there was a girl in my hostel who told me she was robbed. So watch your surroundings, be aware and use your common sense in Kuala Lumpur.

What to wear in Kuala Lumpur as a woman

Though Malaysia is an Islamic country, it is comparably moderate to dress in shorts, short sleeves, etc. You will see fully covered females (mostly tourists from the Gulf Region) and many females dressed in western style. There might be some places where a scarf for your shoulders might be appropriate, but you do not have to worry too much about your clothes (but keep in mind, after all, it is still an Islamic country).

Party as a female in Kuala Lumpur

My party times are long gone. However, I went to a few clubs with my (male) cousin and did not notice a huge difference to clubs in Europe. People are not totally drunk, and though alcohol is not forbidden, it is quite expensive. You can wear dresses, shorts, and jeans for clubbing and will not be looked at strangely if you party as a female in Kuala Lumpur.

How to Get Around in Kuala Lumpur

There was only one thing making me feel uncomfortable. Kuala Lumpur isn´t so much of a “walking city.” This said I have already mentioned the most negative aspect I noticed there.  The streets aren´t designed for pedestrians to feel good walking around. That´s at least how I felt, and walking is one of my favorite ways to get around in a city.

Strolling through the streets wasn’t the most fun.

Thus, I took the taxi quite often and had the feeling the taxi drivers were trying to “rip me off ” almost every single time. This has been a big problem for a while and the government is trying to fight that and has started capping and asks people to report such situations.

I assume most tourists don´t want to deal with that in the holidays, and so it still an issue.

Ready to discover Kuala Lumpur? Then keep reading, and if you like to find out more about Malaysia, read the Malaysia guide.

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur has some great hotels for all budgets (I stayed in a 5* hotel as well as in a hostel, and both offered great value for the money)- However, getting around KL can be quite a pain, so I suggest staying close to the city center so you can easily get around.

Luxury Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Oriental comes with the best views and the best location in Kuala Lumpur. It is just a stone throw away from the Twin Towers, the main tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur, and the standard of the hotel is, as you are used from Mandarin Oriental, high.

Click here to find the best rates for this great hotel in Kuala Lumpur

Mid-Range Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

This 4* property offers great value for money and is located quite close to the Petronas Towers.

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Budget Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

WOLO Bukit Bintang is located in a fun area with lots of restaurants and shops – booking a room via Booking Com will probably make this hotel stay a bargain.

Click here to find the best rates for your stay at WOLO Bukit Bintang 

Itinerary for KL – Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days

It does not matter whether you are in Kuala Lumpur for one day only or if you are in KL for three days, the best thing to see in Kuala Lumpur is… or are the Twin Towers.

P.S. Though this is not a typical Kuala Lumpur 3-day itinerary, it is possible to see all the places in two days (I stayed way longer, so I only have listed the highlights for you).

DAY 1 IN KUALA LUMPUR

Petronas Towers

I recommend visiting the Petronas Towers day and night time – seriously, these towers are amazing. There is only one building that I adore more than the Twin Towers (click here to find out which building it is).

These two buildings are beyond beautiful and made me stand in awe in front of it. Since I was in KL for about 10 days, I had the chance t see them quite often – and they never disappointed me. It does not surprise me that the twin towers are the main tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur.

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Pass the Petronas Bridge

Pass the Petronas Bridge – okay, to be honest, I did not do it. I was in KL for 1 week but waited until my last day to visit and pass the bridge. Spoiler: Keeping the best for last is not always a great idea.

It turned out it is closed on Mondays (this was in 2015), so check the opening hours before you make plans  – though it might not be the best activity in Kuala Lumpur for those being scared of heights something that is still on my bucket list.

However, I was really bummed and wish, I had crossed the bridge, so it is my #2 top thing to do in Kuala Lumpur in 1 day (so if you visit for a layover or just a 1-day trip, add it to your Kuala Lumpur itinerary).

Tickets are around $20 for adults.

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Petronas Towers skyscraper @shutterstock

Here are more tips for the best places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

Stroll and Relax at the KLCC Park

Relax at the KLCC Park behind the Petronas Towers – but be careful and don’t lay down on the meadow.

I did it (the meadow was just too inviting) and realized it was not a good idea – a security guard immediately showed up to tell me I could not lay there.

Since Kuala Lumpur is not easy to walk, it is one of the few green spaces I could easily get from the Twin Towers.

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Enjoy the Water Fountain Show

Another top thing to do in Kuala Lumpur is to watch the water fountain show in front of the Twin Towers.

Things to Do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 Days

It is the best water show I have seen so far and at night it is illuminated -compared to the Dubai Water Fountain the dances last much longer and are more interesting.

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Water Fountain Show in front of the Twin Towers @shutterstock

You can do all the above-mentioned activities in one day.

What to do in Kuala Lumpur in three days? Here are some more ideas for activities to add to your 3 day Kuala Lumpur itinerary.

DAY 2 IN KUALA LUMPUR

Visit Batu Caves

Visit Batu Caves – a limestone hill with many caves.

You most likely have seen the golden statue in front of the cave. We drove there by car – it took almost 1 hour from the city center to Batu Caves due to the traffic but it was worth it.

You can climb up the stairs and get inside the caves – the whole trip took a couple of hours. Visiting Batu Caves is definitely something for your Kuala Lumpur 3 days itinerary.

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Make a Half-Day Trip and Do the Canopy Walk

I highly recommend going into the forest if you have 3 days in KL. I mean, how many metropolia have their own rain forest just in front?

suspension bridge for Canopy walk over a tropical forest at Kuala Lumpur KL Forest Eco Park Bukit Nana @shutterstock
suspension bridge for Canopy walk over a tropical forest at Kuala Lumpur KL Forest Eco Park Bukit Nana @shutterstock

Make a rainforest trip and do the Canopy Walk – what astonished me in Kuala Lumpur (besides the Town Towers) is the proximity to the rain forest. We did some hiking and enjoyed nature and there were not many people around which was great.

Plan at least half a day for your trip, but if you have less than 48 hours, you might prefer some more traditional KL sights.

DAY 3 IN KUALA LUMPUR

Visit Bukit Bintang

Visit Bukit Bintang and have dinner in the busy area. As mentioned, this is not a typical KL itinerary, so you can do that either the first or second day or third day – just do not miss out on it.

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Amazing food in Changkat Bukit Bintang (Baan26 Restaurant&Bar)

I like busy areas and so it does not come as a surprise that I highly recommend planning in an afternoon/evening for this visit. Also, I had the best Thai food (I love Thai food in general) there – so it is not only for the eyes but also great for dining.

Vegan food in Kuala Lumpur? If you are looking for great places for vegan food in Kuala Lumpur check out Amelie´s post to find out where to eat.

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Bukit Bintang @shutterstock

Click here for a perfect 10-day Malaysia itinerary!

Shop or do Window Shopping

One of the best things to do in Kuala Lumpur is to shop or do window shopping in one of the several luxury shopping malls – when I visited Kuala Lumpur (April) it was quite humid and hot, so spending time at one of the many shopping malls was a good way to escape the humidity (AC is a great thing).

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Suria KLCC is probably the most famous shopping center since it is located next to/at/under (?) the Petronas Towers

Visit the King´s Palace (Royal Palace Kuala Lumpur)

What else to do in Kuala Lumpur in 3 days?

I admit, that the Petronas Towers are the main tourist attraction in Kuala Lumpur and that is for a reason – it is hard to compete with them but when in Kuala Lumpur visit the King´s Palace (Royal Palace Kuala Lumpur).

I did a hop-on and hop-off bus tour in Kuala Lumpur and it did stop there. However, there was not so much to do and see but I am happy I saw it.

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The King´s Palace – not that touristy, but maybe worth a visit

Drink a lot of Fresh Juices

Okay, this is not a place to visit in Kuala Lumpur, but drinking freshly squeezed juices is just very unique and somehow a must-do in Kuala Lumpur.

While I would now ask the staff to pour the juice in my own water bottle that I nowadays carry with me, it was a different KL experience as they serve it in plastic bags – not cups. And the juice was just delicious but to leave a smaller negative footprint bring your own bottle and get it refilled because it is just delicious.

Of course, there are beautiful places like KL´s China Town, but it will be tough to see all if you do not want to stress with only a few days.

If you are quick and in a rush, you can also do these things in KL 2 days, but I guess that this 3-day Kuala Lumpur itinerary is a bit less stressful and you get to see the most important parts of Kuala Lumpur.

Check out how to cross borders: from Bangkok from Kuala Lumpur.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur – Best Areas

Beast Places to stay in Kuala Lumpur - all areas all budgets

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KUALA LUMPUR

Kuala Lumpur is a popular destination that is perfect for a 2 or 3-day stopover before heading to one of the other great places in Malaysia. Here are my top recommendations for things to do in KL in three days.

If you are planning to visit the city, but are not sure where to stay in Kuala Lumpur, and would like to know what the best areas and hotels are, this post will come in handy as it guides you to your perfect accommodation.

I admit that I am not the biggest fan of Kuala Lumpur. While I had a great time there, I stayed for about 10 days – which is definitely too long for a city like KL.

However, some reasons I did not fall head over heels in love with it was the fact that I booked accommodations in the wrong area (as usual, when I stay somewhere for several nights, I change hotels and areas in between).

This means: a not-so-bad hotel, but a bit outside the city center, which meant that I had to take a taxi/bus if I wanted to get around… which meant I was stuck in traffic for some time. For quite a lot of time.

Kuala Lumpur is not pedestrian-friendly, and being stuck in traffic made me enjoy the city less. I started enjoying the city when I changed hotels and stayed closer to the city center, where I did not need a taxi, etc. all the time to get around. 

So, long story short: when you visit, make sure to be smarter than I was and book the perfect accommodation in Kuala Lumpur for your trip.

KLCC 

If you are looking for a very westernized, modern, and clean area with many attractions, then you should stay in KLCC. 

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The most beautiful towers in the world, the two Petronas Towers, are also known as the Twin Towers and are the most famous landmark in Kuala Lumpur – and they are in KLCC.

Staying close to them means you are, among other things, close to:

many shops (including the main shopping mall, Suria KLCC), Aquaria KLCC, the Kuala Lumpur Tower, City Center Park (which is a lovely park behind the Twin Towers), the famous water fountain, many restaurants, the best hotels, many bars with great views (including the Sky Bar of the Traders Hotels), and the best fancy nightclubs.

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It is not the cheapest area to stay in, but it is worth the money.

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Bukit Bintang

It is actually the most popular area among visitors, as there is a lot of life and action, and it is suitable for all budgets.

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Bukit Bintang @shutterstock

Bukit Bintang is a hip and busy district close to KLCC. You have a more relaxed atmosphere here, and it is – unlike KLCC – not only luxury hotels. You can also find hostels and many more cool and fun places, like Changkat Bukit Bintang, where many people head after work to end their day. So, do not be surprised that it is busy.

What you will find in and close to Bukit Bintang: Berjaya Times Square (a shopping mall with over 1,000 shops); many bars, pubs, and cafes; and clubs.

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Chinatown

Chinatown is a popular area located on Petaling Street, with many Chinese restaurants, traditional temples, and history.

Though Chinatown has become a bit touristy, it is popular because it is a haven for budget travelers, as food and accommodations are quite affordable.

If you are looking for cheaper souvenirs and shopping opportunities, this is heaven, as there are real markets and other shops that sell things cheaply. 

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KL Sentral – Brickfields

Sentral is one main business area and is ideal for those who like to organize business meetings, stay close to the airport, or visit places outside the city center. 

Kuala Lumpur Sentral Station

So, if you are just staying in KL for a layover, Sentral is a good area to stay – if you are staying in KL for longer than opt for KKLC or Bukit Bintang (my personal opinion) as you are closer to many KL tourists attractions and won’t have to spend much time stuck in traffic or haggle over taxi prices.

It is also close to Little India – Brickfields – which you can also consider when visiting Kuala Lumpur. 

Click here to find the best rates for your stay at KL Sentral

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Safe Travels, Arzo

Langkawi – an Archipelago Made up of 99 Islands

Langkawi, Malaysia

Things to Do in Langkawi, Malaysia + Important Travel Information

Langkawi, an archipelago made up of 99 islands, is probably one of the most beautiful islands, or better one of the most beautiful archipelagos, I have been to. Is Langkawi worth to visit? I say: Yesssss, it is.

Welcome to Langkawi
Welcome to Langkawi

What to do in Langkawi? I had known about the beautiful beaches in Malaysia but when I visited Kuala Lumpur (more about Kuala Lumpur) for the first time, I was not sure which Malaysian island to visit. I was not sure about the best places to see in Langkawi, but I opted out for Langkawi based on recommendations of my cousin but hadn’t done any real research beforehand.

I must say that I was overwhelmed by its beauty. Langkawi is NOT a party island, not totally overcrowded and has a lot of small, tiny, stunning islands – Langkawi is a bit like Thailand´s islands, but less crowded and still kind of untouched.

So, not surprisingly I fell in love with the little paradise in Malaysia.

Though I am 100% sure that Malaysia has more stunning beaches I think, Langkawi should be on your Malaysia itinerary and it is for sure a bucket list destination.

Before talking about the best things to do in Langkawi, here is a quick Langkawi pre-travel guide.

Langkawi Pre-Travel Guide

How to Get to Langkawi From Kuala Lumpur?

Flying to Langkawi might be the easiest way to get there. Cheap airlines will fly you to the island north/west of Kuala Lumpur on a daily basis. If you don´t book all the extras (which often come with cheap airlines) the flight can be a real bargain. Another way to get to Langkawi is by sea from several cities.

Another way to get to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur is to take the bus to one of the cities that have a ferry connection (like Penang).

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How to Get Around in Langkawi

One negative aspect, that really bothered me, was the lack of public transport. There isn’t any public transport, like buses or trains, at all. If you want to see a little bit more of the island you need to rent a car, a moped, bike or take a taxi and, of course, do some island hopping by boat.

Like in Kuala Lumpur some taxi drivers try to overcharge you. It is a constant battle between the driver and the customer because some, or better say most, drivers try to rip you off. Apparently, there are fixed prices for certain distances, but most taxi drivers try to put another price on fares. This was actually really annoying.

Is Langkawi a Party Island?

In Langkawi, alcohol is, like in all of Malaysia, comparatively expensive. This has the positive side effect that there are not many drunk tourists. Actually, you will not see many young people just coming for partying at all. It is more a place for people who like it a bit calmer. Most people I saw there were families or tourist like me – well, I mean a bit older :-).

Once again, I was positively surprised to see how cute natives are with younger tourists and I think Langkawi is great for kids. I also reckon that Langkawi is a beautiful honeymoon destination and quite romantic.

Dress Code in Langkawi / Behaviour

However, though Malaysians are mostly Muslims there isn’t a strict dress code in Langkawi. I saw a lot of girls in bikinis (apart from the beach), as well as fully covered girls (I assume they were tourists from the Gulf Region). Though I never saw natives expressing their disapproval, I still recommend keeping in mind that it is an Islamic state and bikinis and extreme short hot pants offside the beach are not really appropriate.

Langkawi in Malaysia. A quick guide.
Langkawi in Malaysia. A quick guide.

Where to Stay in Langkawi / Accommodation in Langkawi

As mentioned above I did not do a lot of research and just booked a room 1-2 days prior to my arrival.

I made the mistake to book a room in “Kuah” because I heard that it is the town center and I thought, that the town center might be a good idea. It turned out that the town center was not really interesting and pretty far from the beach.

Though I booked that room for 4 nights and paid in advance I decided to leave the hotel and look for another after the second night. I chose a room closer to the beach (Patai Cenang Beach, more about the beach in the “Best beaches in Langkawi section below).

Langkawi is a great budget destination (as many places in South East Asia) and food and accommodation can be quite cheap but Langkawi also has some luxury hotels if you want to spoil yourself.

There are heaps of hotels and resorts at the beach. If you don’t book online but ask for availability at the reception they most likely will give you a discount. I found a little room at a “resort” – a room with a beautiful view (well, though it wasn’t dirty, you can’t expect it a higher standard for so little money) and it was totally worth the 25€ a night (for 2).

Never feel ashamed to bargain in Langkawi and as long as your price expectations are not unreasonable and you are still polite no one will mind your bargaining. I actually assume that some bargaining is expected.

However, if you visit during high season booking in advance is definitely recommended.

Click here to get the best prices for your stay in Langkawi here.

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Room View in Langkawi with direct beach access for little money. Where to stay in Langkawi / Accommodation in Langkawi

Where to Shop in Langkawi or Better: Is Langkawi Really a Shopping Paradise?

Langkawi is praised as a shopping paradise because there isn’t any tax on products. However, I learned very quickly that there aren’t many high-quality products and it is more households products that are offered.

Also, the prices for beverages and food weren’t much better than in Kuala Lumpur, so it wasn’t my shopping personal paradise.

Where to Eat and Drink in Langkawi?

I love street food as much as I love a fancy dinner in a nice restaurant (especially at the beach).

Since I stayed mostly at the Patai Cenang beach, I ate there most of the time. It is the busiest part of Langkawi with a lot of restaurants, cafes, street food, shops, and beauty salons.

Langkawi has great food options and I often went for Chinese or Asian food (I even had Arabian food once)  and what is better than to dine at the beach?. There is also European food in Langkawi if you prefer pasta or pizza.

As mentioned above there is food for every budget, whether you prefer to have fancy food in one of the 5* resorts or budget and yet delicious street food.

Vegetarian Food in Langkawi

There is, of course, a lot of seafood and especially in the Chinese kitchen is a lot of meat (since Malaysia is Islamic it was mostly chicken, but also beef or lamb) and it happened several times I had meat in my food though I ordered vegetarian.

Finding vegetarian food is not difficult though since it is often freshly cooked so you can just order vegetarian options. I am a fresh juice addict, so Langkawi is a paradise for me with all the fresh juices which you can order at every corner.

The prices, however, are not as cheap as I had seen it in other East Asian places like Bali.

How Long to Stay in Langkawi?

It always depends on what you are looking for. It is a great island for relaxation and fun things to do. The Langkawi beach, or better the beaches in Langkawi, are extremely beautiful and if you do some island hopping you can experience several islands and beaches in Langkawi.

I personally thought, 5 days in Langkawi were optimal because I needed a big city after a few days in paradise. But if you enjoy the beach and the quietness you will surely enjoy staying longer.

Other than that it is a lovely island with friendly people and a beautiful scenery. I hope I will get the chance to visit the so-called Jewel of Kudah again.

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What to Do in Langkawi – Best Things to do in Langkawi

hough  Langkawi is an island and thus activities a bit limited, there is still plenty to do and see. The most obvious thing to do in Langkawi is to enjoy those stunning beaches (more about that later) but there is more to things to do in Langkawi.

#1 Visit the Eagle Square

One of the places to visit in Langkawi is the Eagle Square .The eagle is the symbol of Langkawi Island, Kedah, so the eagle at the Eagle Square is a giant.

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Eagle statue at Eagle Square the symbol of Langkawi island, Kedah, Malaysia. @shutterstock

#2 Skywalk and Cable Car in Langkawi

Another thing to do in Langkawi is to pay a visit to the skywalk and cable car – a must for any Langkawi itinerary.

is definitely the skywalk and the cable car in Langkawi. The view from up there is amazing – I took a cable car up, but you could also hike up.

Up there you should enjoy the magnificent view over Langkawi and clear water, there is also a little bar where you can have a coffee and get some Langkawi souvenirs.

For walking the skywalk you need to wear solid shoes otherwise, you need to rent some shoes because you will not be allowed to enter.

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Langkawi in Malaysia. A quick guide.

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#3 Island Hopping in Langkawi

One of my favorite activities in Langkawi was the island hopping. It surprises me, every time again, to see that the system of booking tours via hotels, or tourist stands, works perfectly in countries like these.

Langkawi in Malaysia. A quick guide. Beras Basah Island

You get picked up at the time you are supposed to. I have never made any bad experiences with that really old system of booking a tour. This makes me always wonder why Germany needs such a complicated way of booking and still it doesn’t guarantee any satisfaction. However, check out some companies and prices before deciding, but those tours turned out to be the most fun and I got the see many beautiful spots.

The island booking tour I did took almost all day.

We were picked up from the hotel and then we started a boat trip with several stops for swimming, watching eagles, and enjoying the beautiful nature of Langkawi.

The highlight of the island hopping in Langkawi was the stop at Beras Basah Island which seemed like a lonely island which we had all to ourselves

Langkawi in Malaysia. A bucket list destination
Langkawi in Malaysia. A bucket list destination

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Love the boat tour in Langkawi @shutterstock

We also stopped at the Kilim Karst Geoforest Park which was interesting to see and one of the highlights of the island hopping.

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Klim Karst Geoforest Park @shutterstock

#4  Visit the 7 Wells Waterfall (Telah Tujah Waterfall)

Another beautiful place in Langkawi is the 7 Wells Waterfall (Telah Tujah Waterfall) which is close to the cable car station in Langkawi and we were told it is a must-see place – which I am sure it is. However, when I went up all the stairs it was dry (to be fair we were also told that there is not a lot of water that day but we were still recommended to visit) and there were no waterfalls.

Apparently, you can swim in the natural pools (which I did not really see) – though it was dry the hike was still good and if you are lucky you might be able to enjoy a wonderful time there.

7 Wells Waterfall (Telah Tujah Waterfall), Langkawi where to go
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#5 Check out Beaches in Langkawi

Which are the Best Beaches in Langkawi?

As mentioned prior another thing to do in Langkawi is to enjoy the amazing, white sandy beaches of Langkawi.

Beras Basah Island was probably my favorite beach, but there are plenty of fantastic beaches there, here are some great beaches.

Top beaches in Langkawi
Top beaches in Langkawi

My “resort” was at Patai Cenang – the busiest beach. Though it was busy it was not crowded and there are tons of activities to do: all kind of water sport, but also relaxing at this gorgeous beach is like spending time in paradise, and it is also a great place to watch sun sets.

There are also tons of restaurants, cafes, shops etc. so there is more than just a beach.

Pantai Tengah is the longest stretch of beach in Langkawi and another beauty.

Tanjung Rhu in known as one of the most beautiful beaches and was another stop of my island hopping tour.

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Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi Island, Malaysia @shutterstock

Burau Bay is close to the cable car but I have not visited. The middle section of the beach is open to the public and is supposedly extremely beautiful.

Langkawi also has a black sand beach which I did not get to visit (due to laziness), and I have heard mixed reviews.  The sand is not that black as it used to be – say some. Is the black sand beach in Langkawi worth to visit? Yes, say the others.

Since I have not visited I cannot give any advice, but to be honest, I am not too sad I did not make it there because Langkawi has just gorgeous beaches.

Looking for more destinations in Malaysia? Check out the travel guide to Penang.

If you plan to visit Langkawi (congratulations on that great decision by the way) check out the best prices for flightshotels I activities and tours in Langkawior hop over to the 10-day itinerary for Malaysia where you will also find more information on beautiful destinations like Melaka or Cameron Islands. I am sure these posts will inspire you to visit Malaysia and give you some ideas about what to do and where to go.

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Safe Travels, Arzo

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World’s Best Beaches – Bucket List

20 of the Best Beaches Around the World

BEACH BUCKET LIST

We live in a beautiful world – if you still doubt it, I am sure these pictures will prove how gorgeous our planet is.

20 amazing beaches around the world - from Europe, to the USA, Australia, Africa, South America, Maldives and more.

 

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There are times I think I have done quite a bit of traveling and cannot believe how many great places I have seen already. Then I do some research, get inspired by social media channels like Instagram or Pinterest or blogs and realize: I may have seen a bit of the world, but there are tooooons of great places that I have not been to. My hunger for visiting new places and traveling to already known places seems to be endless.

Though I am a city girl, my heart melts just by looking at pictures of gorgeous beaches online and in magazines. Seeing all the “Top 50 Beaches in the World” or similar lists, I have started thinking about my own list “Top 20 Beaches I Would Like to Visit”.

It would have been easier to list 1,000 beaches I would love to visit but for now, I am happy to list only 20 beaches around the world that are very, very high on my bucket list. Though I always enjoy checking posts about the “20 Best Beaches/Cities in the World,” I know it is difficult to name them if we have not seen them all.

However, this did not stop me from making my own list with beaches I am crazy to visit soon.

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I am sure if you are a beach person, you’ll enjoy the pictures as much as I do. I have not put the beaches in any particular order, I was picky enough choosing only 20 beaches/islands. There is only one exception: the last beach on this list is actually the one I think might be the most stunning beach of all. Enjoy:

Here we are, 20 best beaches for your (and my) bucket list.

Balos Beach in Greece

Balos Beach in Greece has made it on my list of a dream beach! Why? I love the unique and unusual shape of the island and the water just looks amazing.

Balos Beach in Greece @shutterstock

Ready to visit this gorgeous island? Then check out the best prices here flightshotels I activities and tours

Maldives

I could not decide on one particular beach and thus name Maldives as a whole. I guess no “Best Beaches Around the World” list would be complete without naming Maldives, but looking at the pictures, it does not come as a surprise.

 Beautiful beach with wodden jetty and single small tree in Maldives
Beautiful beach in Maldives @shutterstock

 

Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands

Okay, I admit that I have not seen many pictures of Rarotonga Island, Cook Islands and had not known much about it. But after having seen this picture I did some research and do not understand why the population of the Coo Island is dropping – after all, they can call this gorgeous place home.

Amazing beach with white sand and black rocks on Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Amazing beach with white sand and black rocks on Rarotonga, Cook Islands @shutterstock

Check out the best prices here flights and activities and tours

Perhentian Islands in Malaysia

I visited Malaysia once and went to Langkawi (read about this stunning island here) – though I do not regret having gone to Langkawi, I would love to visit the Perhentian Islands anytime (preferably soon).

Beautiful beach at Perhentian islands, Malaysia
Beautiful beach at Perhentian Island, Malaysia @shutterstock

Phang Nga Bay in Thailand

Well, it does not come as a surprise that I had to add at least one Thai island/beach on the list. I was not sure which beach should make it on my top 20 bucket list, and eventually decided for Phang Nga Bay.

Beautiful beach on a Thai island in Phang Nga bay, Thailand
Thai island in Phang Nga bay, Thailand @shutterstock

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Camps Bay Beach in South Africa

Beautiful Camps Bay Beach in South Africa is actually the only beach in this list I have already visited. I was there a few years ago in October and it was pretty cold so we enjoyed some walking on the beach, but could not go in or even relax at the beach, so I put Camps Bay Beach in summer on my bucket list.

Beautiful Camps Bay Beach and Lion Head Mountain Chain, Cape Town, South Africa
Beautiful Camps Bay Beach and Lion Head Mountain Chain, Cape Town, South Africa @shutterstock

Anse Lazio, Praslin Island, Seychelles

Is this beach real? The Seychelles probably have the best beaches in the world, and whenever I spot a beautiful beach picture with giant rocks I immediately think of Seychelles. Praslin Island is on the top of my bucket list. If you want to find out more about the Seychelles, including the bad and good, read the Pros and Cons of Visiting Seychelles.

Beautiful sunset over the famous beach Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Seychelles.
Beautiful sunset over the famous beach Anse Lazio, Praslin island, Seychelles. @shutterstock

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Playa del Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

I have never made it to Mexico, and if I do, I would not know which place to visit first. Maybe the Playa del Norte Beach in Isla Mujeres would be one of my first stops.

tropical sea on famous Playa del Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
tropical sea on famous Playa del Norte beach in Isla Mujeres, Mexico @shutterstock

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Siesta Beach in Miami, USA

I have seen some pretty gorgeous beaches on the west coast of the USA, but the beaches of Florida, and in particular the Siesta Beach in Miami, are on my list for the future. Find out more about Sarasota in Florida.

Siesta Beach in Miami
Siesta Beach in Miami @shutterstock

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Islands

I know very little about the Turks and Caicos islands, but it seems the beaches are stunning – like the Grace Bay Beach.

Grace Bay
Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Islands @shutterstock

Amanohashidate in Japan

I am very surprised myself to put a Japanese beach on my list (no offense, Japan) but this beach in Kyoto looks pretty amazing.

Amanohashidate, Japan
Amanohashidate, Japan @shutterstock

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Sancho Beach in Brazil

One of Brazil’s beaches has made in in the top 20 – Sancho Beach (also known as Baio do Sancho) looks like a beach I could fall for.

Sancho Beach. Baia do Sancho. Fernando de Noronha.Pernambuco. Brazil
Sancho Beach. Baia do Sancho. Fernando de Noronha.Pernambuco. Brazil @shutterstock

Hawaii in the USA

The beaches of Hawaii normally fill several spots in each “Top X Beaches Around the World” – I decided on this one: the Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge.

Find out more about places to visit in Hawaii. For more Hawaii travel tips check out the 10-day Hawaii itinerary. SO, whether you visit Hawaii in winter or summer, it is always worth to spend time at the beaches.

View of the monumental Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge, aerial shot from a helicopter, Kauai, Hawaii.
View of the monumental Na Pali Coast at Honopu Valley and Kalepa Ridge, Kauai, Hawaii. @shutterstock

 

El Nido in the Phillippines

My Instagram feed is flooded with pictures of Philippine beaches – I still cannot get enough. El Nido has made it in my top 20, find an El Nido guide here.

El Nido
El Nido in the Phillipinnes @shutterstock

Eagle Beach in Aruba

Another island in the Caribbean/ South America with stunning beaches and crystal clear water – this beach can be found in Aruba and is called Eagle Beach.

Divi Dive Trees on the shoreline of Eagle Beach in Aruba
Divi Dive Trees on the shoreline of Eagle Beach in Aruba @shutterstock

 Bora Bora

Heaven is a place on earth – if you are on Bora Bora with its top notch beaches for the pretty and rich (and me, one day).

Bora Bora also makes a great honeymoon destination.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora @shutterstock

Trunk Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands

Lately, I have only heard about tax evaders in connection with the Virgin Islands, though that mainly refers to the British Virgin Islands. But look at this picture! The Virgin Islands are so much more than just a paradise for those who refuse to pay taxes (at least I can say that for the Trunk Bay – part of the US Virgin Islands).

Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI
Trunk Bay, St. John, USVI @shutterstock

Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda

This Atlantis island has been voted to one of the best beaches in the word: Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda.

Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda
Horseshoe Bay, Bermuda @shutterstock

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia

This gem lies in-between Australia and South America, and also made it on my list. Tikehau Island in French Polynesia is just too pretty not to be listed.

Tikehau Island, French Polynesia
Tikehau Island, French Polynesia @shutterstock

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Australia

I am wondering if it would hurt to fall from 1-2 meters and land on the sand of Whitehaven Beach. Or if it would feel like falling on cotton? The sand seems to be the finest sand I have ever seen, and I can hardly imagine this is real. But most of all, I can bite myself in the ass for not having visited Whitehaven Beach when I was in Queensland a few years ago (the Gold Coast in Queensland also has amazing beaches, but this seems like a beach from another planet).

Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island,Queensland,Australia
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia @shutterstock

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Read: 15 Most Colorful Towns and Cities in Europe

What do you think? Have you ever visited one of the beaches? Which one is your favorite? Which beaches are on your bucket list?

Safe Travels, Arzo

10 Favorite Skylines in the World

What are the best skylines at night?

Where to Find the 10 Best Skylines in the World

If you are a regular reader of my blog Arzo Travels you might know that I am obsessed with big cities – and their skyline, and I love lists. I have a  top 10 list of my favorite cities and thought I should tell you about my favorite skylines around the world.

The slogan “Faster, higher, further” sums up pretty much what I think a great skyline is about.

When it comes to skylines I have seen some pretty impressive ones, though I am still ticking off some other from my list – if you are more into colorful places during the day check out my post about the 15 most colorful towns and cities in Europe.

So, where are the great skylines in the world? Find out about my top 10 skylines.

10. Frankfurt in Germany

One of my most favorite German cities has the most beautiful German skyline. Frankfurt is also called Mainhattan (Main is the river if Frankfurt and in compliance with Manhattan).

Frankfurt itself is a busy city with one of the biggest airports in Europe – it is also the main business city in Germany and thus quite international.

Drinking great coffee and watching people AND of course, the skyline is a fun thing to do. So, make sure to add Frankfurt to your Germany itinerary.

Frankfurt am Main, Skyline, Eiserner Steg
Frankfurt am Main, Skyline, Eiserner Steg @shutterstock

P.S. Shanghai has not made it on my list, as I have not been there myself, but its skyline is also world-wide known and here is how I would spend my layover in Shanghai.

9. Toronto in Canada

I only spent a night in Toronto but that skyline with the CN Tower is among my favorites.

Toronto Skyline with purple light - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto Skyline, Ontario, Canada @shutterstock

8. Singapore

The Singapore skyline is dominated by Marina Bay Sands, but there are many more great building.

 Singapore´s skyline
Singapore´s skyline @shutterstock

7. Sydney in Australia

2 landmarks shape the beautiful skyline of Sydney: The Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Okay, not only these two but they are definitely dominating the gorgeous skyline.

Sydney Skyline @shutterstock
Sydney Skyline @shutterstock

6. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

At the moment Dubai has not made it in my top 3 – since Dubai is developing so quickly this might change fast, but for now, it is my 6.th favorite skyline in the world. To read more about Dubai click here and you´ll find all my  (great :)) Dubai posts.

Dubai´s amazing skyline
Dubai´s amazing skyline @shuttersock

5. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

The Twin Towers, officially known as the Petronas Towers, are one of my most favorite buildings in the world (click here to find which building is my most favorite one). These towers are amazing and define the skyline of Malaysia´s capital. To find out more about Kuala Lumpur and what great things you can do there click here  or find out about the best day trips from KL.

Check out the best prices for flightshotels I activities and tours in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur @shutterstock
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur @shutterstock

4. Paris in France

The Iron Lady, the Eiffel Tower, is visible from far and wide and makes this Paris´skyline one of the bests in the world. To see more pictures of Paris at night – which prove that Paris is the most beautiful city- click here.

Check out my 4-day Paris itinerary.

Paris Skyline
Paris Skyline @shutterstock

3. Cape Town in South Africa

Cape Town´s skyline amazes me mostly because of the great Table Mountain in the background – no fancy man-made building needed.

Ready to explore one of the most beautiful cities on Earth? Then check out the best prices for flightshotels I activities and tours in Cape Town

Cape Town Skyline @shutterstock
Cape Town Skyline @shutterstock

2. New York in the USA

This city is amazing and my favorite city ever. Looking at Manhattan from Brooklyn (and walking towards Manhattan at night) is one of the best moments I have collected on my travels – and this view comes totally for free (for more budget tips in NYC read this post).  It was a tough decision but at the end, NYC does not bring the trophy home.

Then check out the best prices for flightshotels I activities and tours in NYC

Amazing skyline of New York
Amazing skyline of New York @shutterstock

1. Hong Kong

Hong Kong and I have a kind of love-hate relationship but I truly adore this gorgeous skyline and no other skyline has had such left a lasting impression on me. Curious to read more about Hong Kong? Then check out my posts about the city with the best skyline.

Check out the best prices for flightshotels I activities and tours in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Island from Kowloon
Hong Kong Island from Kowloon @shutterstock

Ready to book your ticket and check out one of these great skylines yourself?

Then check out the best prices for flightshotels I activities and tours

Which of these skylines have you seen already and which skyline is missing on my list? There are some more skyline I cannot wait to see myself and then update the list (probably) and these are  – Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Chicago, Tokyo and some more.

Are you also into colorful towns like I am? Then check out my post about the 15 most colorful towns and cities in Europe.

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