Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur
Asia,  Malaysia

Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Experience

I had the chance to Solo travel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 4 days in the summer of 2023. Although it was just a few days, and it was somewhat spontaneous trip, I still feel like I had a good grasp of the city and culture during my time there. It was my first time staying somewhere that I had no familiarity with and had done very little research. Overall, I was so glad that I put Malaysia on my solo travel itinerary! I decided to go Kuala Lumpur after being in Penang in Malaysia for 3 days after my friend who is originally from Malaysia and now working in Singapore recommended it to me. I know for a lot of females solo, it is nerve-racking to travel somewhere new by themselves, and I wanted to share my experience as a 24 year old 5’0 Asian girl, Solo Traveling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Experience.

Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur  petronas towers
Petronas towers

Hotel while Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur

Whenever I travel, I make sure to stay at a location close to the center of the city, and in a safe and lit area. Whenever I solo travel, I usually stay in the most affordable place which usually ends up being hostels or capsule hotels, but while in Malaysia, I decided to splurge a little for an actual hotel. I stayed at Hotel Aman Kuala Lumpur situated in Bukit Bintang, for about $35 per night. The staff was really nice and welcoming, and the door man was always at the front door for added security. They also let me store my luggage after check out as well. The rooms were comfortable, large and welcoming. I love using Agoda when booking any hotels around the world, they always have the best prices on the market.

Room in Hotel Aman Kuala Lumpur
Room in Hotel Aman Kuala Lumpur

The location of Hotel Aman Kuala Lumpur was amazing since it was in Bukit Bintang, and it only takes a few minutes to walk to the center of Bukit Bintang. The hotel is right in front of the newly built Exchange TRX mall, with easy access to the Pavilion and Berjaya Times Square. There is also two very close MRT stations as well. Hotel Aman Kuala Lumpur is a great place to stay if you are planning to have a trip to Kuala Lumpur!

Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Safety while Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur

My flight to Kuala Lumpur from Penang got very delayed and so I didn’t get to my hotel until about 10:30pm. My friend from Malaysia really stressed to be careful and to not go out at night by myself, but I personally didn’t feel unsafe. This may be different depending on the different area in Kuala Lumpur, but the Bukit Bintang area, I felt safe. This also probably stems from the fact that I am from New York City, and once you get used to the streets of NYC, nothing really scares you anymore. All the other nights, I did make sure to not stay out too late, but there was never a moment that I felt unsafe. It just felt like a typical busy city for me. Although there were some areas that did feel a little secluded, it wasn’t that bad.

Jalan Alor Food Street
Jalan Alor Food Street

Transportation and Navigation

The trains and monorails connecting the city made it convenient and easy to get around Kuala Lumpur. Although I never figured out how to ride a bus in Kuala Lumpur, the trains were more than enough to get around. I used Google maps to get around and navigate everywhere. Most train stations had an electronic sign that says when the next train was coming which made waiting much easier. The trains came often, and I never waited more than 15 minutes. On the LRT (Light Rail Transit) and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), The fare for a single journey typically starts from around RM1.10 for short trips and can go up to RM6.40 for longer journeys. The fare is calculated based on the distance traveled, with higher fares for longer distances. Kuala Lumpur’s public transportation system is reliable, and offers an accessible and affordable way to explore the city and its surroundings.

transportation in Kuala Lumpur
Transportation in Kuala Lumpur

Food

One of the main things that I was nervous about was my allergies to crustaceans. A lot of food options in Kuala Lumpur were street vendors with tables set on the street, and I was afraid that there would be hidden shrimp paste in meals, so I avoided eating from smaller-looking street vendors. Most of the food courts, restaurants, and stalls I ate at spoke English and understood my crustacean allergy, and I think I was making it too much of a bigger deal that I though about the language barrier.

malaysian yellow curry
Malaysian yellow curry

Things to do while Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur has a great blend of things to do! From relaxing in parks, going to aquariums and shopping. There are also so many great tours to join if you would like something more organized, like the Batu Caves and Kanching Waterfall Private Tour. My favorite places to go was Central Market for their countless shopping booths filled with local artists and their delicious food court. Some other places that I recommend is Batu Cave, Petronas Twin Towers, KL Tower, Berjaya Times Square and Pavilion.

Things to do while Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  Central Market
Central Market

Other tips while Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • If you are getting on public transportation,get the KL TravelPass (Metro Card) for a easy way to get around.
  • Buy the KLIA Ekspres Airport Express Ticket for easy access from the airport to the city center!
  • If public transportation isn’t your thing, Grab is also an inexpensive, safe way to get around.
  • Get a E-sim card to always be online during your trip!
  • Book tours and tickets from klook for discounted tickets
  • Use websites like skyscanner for cheaper flight tickets
Here is my personal experience of Solo traveling in Kuala Lumpur as a 24-year-old female solo traveler from America!
Monkeys at Batu Cave

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