Are you a Muslimah Solo Traveler planning to visit Klang Valley and experience what it has to offer?
This 3D2N itinerary will be perfect for you to experience something beyond the usual tourist stopover at Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle.
Did you know that Klang Valley is rich in meaningful attractions that showcase the region’s Islamic Heritage, and enriching experiences that take you back to the country’s past histories?
Not only that, but you can also dine and relax in top-rated certified Muslim-friendly hotels (such things exist? You bet!) and spas, all in Klang Valley.
Without further ado, here’s a curated 3D2N in Klang Valley itinerary, perfect for Muslim Solo Travelers wishing to experience something more when in Kuala Lumpur.
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Day 1 – Journey into The Islamic World in KL + Rest and Relax at Sunway City
9:45 am – Visit To Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM)
Start your #MuslimFriendlyMalaysia 3D2N Klang Valley journey at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
Opened to the public in 1998, this is currently Southeast Asia’s largest Islamic Arts museum. One can easily spend about half a day just exploring what the Museum has to offer!
10:00 am – Breakfast at MOZA Restaurant
But before you explore the museum grounds, fill your tummy with Halal Mediterranean food at MOZA restaurant, located on the Museum’s Ground floor.
There’s an assortment of delicious Middle Eastern flavors like lamb kofta, hummus and desserts like Omm Ali. With the Andalusian architecture plastered on the restaurant’s wall, eating at the restaurant will be a gastronomy journey that brings your palates to the Mediterranean!
But if you’re not too keen on Mediterranean food, do not worry; Asian food like mee Mamak, Nasi Goreng Kampung, and Teh Tarik are other available options that you can have as well.
- Opening hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily (free entrance even to non-museum visitors)
10:30 am – Explore the IAMM Gallery Exhibits
Walking into the Gallery Exhibits at the Museum feels like seeing the whole Islamic world in one place!
Altogether, the museum has 12 permanent galleries exhibiting various Islamic monument models and artifacts like jewelry, ceramics, and metalware from the Islamic world.
There are replicas of mosques from around the world, from Jerusalem’s Dome of The Rock to Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah on The Architecture Gallery at Level 1.
On display, you can even see lesser-known but unique mosque replicas with apparent local community architectural heritage, such as Tengkera Mosque, in Melaka.
If you’re a history geek, this is the time to learn about how Islam was spread during the olden days from The Middle East, all the way to the Nusantara region.
Not to be missed are the 19th-century reconstructed Ottoman House from Damascus, Syria; various Qur’an scripts from the Qur’an and Manuscript Gallery; and just the colorful, bluish ceramic tiles that countries like Uzbekistan and Turkey are known for.
Museum Opening hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (Mondays – Sundays & Public Holidays – except Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Adha)
- RM 14.00 per adult
- RM 7.00 per student (with IDs)
- RM 7.00 per Senior Citizens (Malaysian 60 and above)
For the latest information, check out their website
MST tip: For Those With Extra Time – Stop By National Mosque for Dhuhr Prayers & Mosque Visit
If you have extra time to kill before it’s time to check in to your #MuslimFriendlyMalaysia stay, continue your journey to the National Mosque first for Dhuhr prayers or a self-tour around.
The Mosque is just about a 3-min walk from the Museum and has splendid lake gardens that ooze serenity.
However, do make sure that you are suitably dressed. And this is only possible any day that is not on a Friday. Because come Friday afternoon, the Mosque will be packed for Friday prayers.
- Opening hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily.
2:00 pm Lunch at The Resort Cafe, Sunway Resort Hotel
Before you check in to your Sunway City Hotel of choice, grab your Halal lunch at The Resort Cafe, a Halal-certified cafe.
Located at the lobby cafe of Sunway Resort, The Resort Cafe serves various buffet offerings from the Satay skewers to Chinese Noodles, and Western Lamb.
Rest assured, the cafe serves Halal buffet, which spans Malaysian, Asian, and International cultures, so you’re open to plenty of options for lunch.
And if you’re not in the mood for a buffet, a la carte is also available at the Cafe.
3:00 pm Check in to Silver-rated MFAR (Muslim-Friendly Accommodation Recognition) Sunway Hotel.
Then, it’s time to check in to the silver-rated MFAR (Muslim-Friendly Accommodation Recognition) Sunway Hotel.
Three Sunway Hotels’ properties that have been awarded this recognition are:
All of these hotels are conveniently located within Sunway City and are linked to one another by an indoor pedestrian bridge so you can access many of the City’s services.
Some amenities and facilities that these hotels offer are:
- Halal certification by JAKIM for their kitchen
- Qibla prayer indicator, bidets, and prayer mats in all guest rooms
- Arabic guest relation officers, guest cards, and brochures
- Separate prayer rooms for males and females in public areas of Sunway.
MST tip: Join The Thrill at Sunway Lagoon! Or Shop at Sunway Pyramid!
If you’re not tired yet from all the exploration and learning at IAMM in the morning, how about some splashing fun at Sunway Lagoon Theme Park after checking in to your Sunway Hotel of choice?
Or perhaps, some shopping spree at Sunway Pyramid where there are more than 1,000 retailers for dining, shopping, eating, and relaxing.
All of these are linked to your choice of Sunway City Hotel stay via the indoor pedestrian bridge, so #MuslimahSoloTravelers do not have to leave the City at all!
- Sunway Lagoon: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily
- Sunway Pyramid Mall: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily
Day 2 – Explore The Charm of Muslim-Friendly Shah Alam, Malaysia
8:30 am Depart Sunway City to Shah Alam
After you’ve had your Halal breakfast at your Sunway hotel of choice, it’s time to continue the 3D2N Klang Valley #MuslimFriendlyMalaysia journey to Shah Alam!
Shah Alam’s rarely the traveler’s first choice when it comes to the holidays, mainly because of its proximity to the much more popular Kuala Lumpur.
But Shah Alam has lots to offer for the Muslimah Solo Traveler and those who reside in Klang Valley! And usually from our experience, the charming, smaller, and intimate cities are the ones that leave a long-lasting impact on our solo travels!
Practicalities: To know how to get around Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley, check out this post.
9:30 am Yayasan Restu – Rehlah Nabawiyyah Walk & To Appreciate Locally-produced Quran Calligraphy Manuscript
Did you know that Saudi Arabia’s not the only country in the world that produces beautiful Quran manuscript but Malaysia as well!
And the complex that is responsible for the preservation of handcrafted calligraphy and Malay heritage motif on the Al Quran is Yayasan Restu (part of Selangor International Islamic Arts Complex) in Shah Alam.
A foundation with a long history of 30 years old, the foundation not only trains and preserves this delicate Islamic artwork but also provides an immersive tour experience that takes visitors through the entire life journey of Prophet Muhammad PBUH.
You’ll pass by 3D animation and be told stories from miniature and 3D exhibitions, which will make you understand the timeline of significant events like Hijrah; and Isra’ and Mi’raj.
MST tip: Don’t forget to bring a piece of Yayasan Restu back home by buying the handmade calligraphed Quran with traditional Malay motifs. This is a great souvenir that reminds one of #MuslimFriendlyMalaysia!
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
FREE admission to:
- Gallery 2 (Exhibition of Malaysia Quran Mushaf manuscript)
- Gallery 3 (Exhibition of Interior Design Contemporary Arts & Crafts)
Admission Ticket to Rehlah Nabawiyyah (Main Gallery):
- RM 25 per adult
- RM 15 per student / senior citizen.
1:30 pm Halal Chinese Lunch at Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant
Who’s in the mood for some Halal Chinese Lunch? Because Shah Alam’s got it!
Located on Level 1 at Mardhiyyah Hotel and Suites is the Tung Yuen Chinese Restaurant.
This restaurant specializes in Halal Cantonese and Szechuan cuisines. One dish you can’t miss is their Stir-fried Chicken fillet with Bell Pepper and Szechuan sauce.
If you’re lucky, you’ll personally experience the Chinese Chef cooking your Chinese food of choice right in front of your eyes!
MST Tip: Menus that are not to be missed out here are Double Boiled Chicken Soup with Black Garlic and Top Shell Meat, which is excellent if you are a soup lover! And Chilled Sea Coconut with Peach Raisin for the classic, ice-cool Chinese dessert.
- Lunch: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
- Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
3:00 pm Check in to Platinum-rated MFAR Mardhiyyah Hotel and Suites
Once you’re done savoring your Halal Chinese lunch, it’s time to check in to your suite at the Platinum-rated MFAR Mardhiyyah hotel!
Platinum-rated MFAR (Muslim-Friendly Accommodation Recognition) hotel is the highest level of certification by ITC Malaysia. What this means is that the hotel meets the highest Muslim-friendly tourism criteria like certified Halal restaurants, Indoor Pool and Spa designated for ladies only. The hotel is also equipped with Shariah Advisor, Halal Committee, and Muslim Chefs to ensure their facilities remain to shariah-compliant standards.
Make sure to get a room with a view of the “Blue Mosque” Masjid Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah for the best Shah Alam stay experience!
MST tip: Spend Your Evening Around the Heart of Shah Alam
If you’re not tired yet, why not take this chance to stroll around the hotel’s nearby vicinity and explore Shah Alam’s tranquil vibe.
Some places within walking distance are the Blue Mosque, Shah Alam Independence Square, and Selangor – Japan Friendship Garden.
These places are great for #MuslimahSoloTravelers to chill, and take the chance to reflect from the busyness of their daily life!
7:30 pm Halal Japanese Buffet Dinner at Royale Songket Restaurant
Feeling inspired after that brief walk at Selangor – Japan Friendship Garden? How about taking that inspiration to the next level by having Halal Japanese cuisine for dinner?
Not only does Mardhiyyah Hotel offer Halal Chinese cuisine, but also Halal Japanese menu options.
Whether you’re in the mood for soba noodles, sushi, or okonomiyaki (must, must try!), they have it at the Royale Songket Restaurant in the hotel’s lobby.
All you have to do is be present with an empty belly!
P.s. Not in the mood for Japanese cuisine? Not to worry, Western and Malay menus are readily available as well!
Day 3 – Travel Back In Time to Old Kuala Lumpur & Decompress With a Malay Massage, The Muslim-Friendly Way.
8:00 am Depart from Shah Alam to Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur
For your final 3D2N in Klang Valley, it’s time to make your way back to Old Kuala Lumpur for some time travel back to the olden days of KL before you wrap it all up with a Muslim-friendly traditional Malay massage.
But before you leave, make sure you’ve filled your tummy with lots of Halal food from the hotel so you’re left feeling energized for the exploration that lies ahead.
9:00 am Heritage Walk in the Old Quarter of Kuala Lumpur with Muslim-Friendly Tourist Guide
A #MuslimFriendlyMalaysia trip to Kuala Lumpur is incomplete without taking a heritage walk along the Old Quarter of Kuala Lumpur.
This is a great way to be introduced to the long history of Kuala Lumpur, what it was like before skyscrapers were introduced into the city’s landscape, and hidden tales of the lanes, alleys, and streets of each section.
And there’s no better place for this than the Masjid Jamek area nearby Chinatown.
By following Award-winning East-West Connection tour led by Muslim-Friendly Tourist Guide Jane Rai, you’ll get to..
- Hear stories on the original Malay Kampung (village) that once occupied the Masjid Jamek area;
- Experience the city’s living heritage as memories comes back to life via tales of past heroes like Kapitan Yap Ah Loy and Sultan Puasa;
- Learn about historic architecture such as the Building that looks like a Coach; and more!
MST tip: Make sure you wear your most comfy shoes as there are lots of walking involved!
What is a Muslim-Friendly Tourist Guide (MFTG)? MFTG is an ITC certification that enriches tour guide, irrespective of their background and creed, with knowledge of Islam to meet the current needs of Muslim travelers. Entire list of MFTG here.
Book your tours here (available on weekends only)
11:30 am Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Tour – Oldest Mosque in Kuala Lumpur
A heritage exploration around the Masjid Jamek area is incomplete without visiting Masjid Jamek itself!
Located right at the confluence of Gombak and Klang Rivers, the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur has interesting structures with tales of their own, such as a sajada-looking tile from England.
Inspired by the Jama Masjid in Delhi, did you know that the Masjid Jamek also played a significant role during the earlier days of Kuala Lumpur? Want to know? Join the Masjid tour (click here for information)!
MST tip: Make sure to plan your visit on other days except for Friday, as the tours are unavailable to make room for Friday prayers.
12:30 pm Dhuhr Prayers & Lunch
While you’re there, be sure to experience the Masjid to its fullest by praying Dhuhr in the women’s section.
MST tip: Get the banana leaf!
Did you know that the shops around the Masjid Jamek area serve fantastic Banana Leaf meals in Kuala Lumpur? Just pop by any restaurant by the streets, and you’re good to go.
If you’re unfamiliar with Banana Leaf, it is a popular traditional meal in South India, Malaysia, and Singapore, where rice and side dishes full of spices are served on a giant banana leaf. How to eat it? With your hands of course!
3:00 pm Decompress at Muslim-Friendly Teratak Spa at Seri Pacific Hotel
After all those time walking and touring under the hot tropical sun, it’s time to truly relax, and decompress at Teratak Spa at Seri Pacific Hotel.
Teratak Spa is an ITC-certified Muslim-friendly spa, so rest assured that a female masseuse will do the Malay traditional massage treatments for #MuslimahSoloTraveler.
We know what you’re thinking — does this means this experience is for female only? Not necessarily! If you’re a Muslim solo male traveler, the spa has a male masseuse so you know you’re covered.
Just a step inside, and your body will automatically wind down to the tranquil sounds of natural rainwater, the spa wall water fountain, and the delicate touch of the Muslim-friendly trained masseuse.
Takeaway – 3D2N in Klang Valley Itinerary Perfect For Muslim Solo Travelers
And there you have it! Your perfect Muslim-friendly 3D2N itinerary to exploring Klang Valley solo as a Muslimah traveler.
This article was done in part of the Islamic Tourism Writers Workshop 2022 Experience. All opinions are our own at Muslim Solo Travel.
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