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Are you planning to visit Kuala Lumpur soon? This Muslim Solo Travel Guide to Kuala Lumpur will cover everything you need to know about the commercial capital of Malaysia.
From essential information about the city, to must-visit attractions, Halal food, mosques, safety tips for Muslim solo travelers, where to stay, and more all below!
- Where to get Halal Food in Kuala Lumpur?
- Mosques & Prayer Rooms in Kuala Lumpur
- By Taxi
- By E-hailing services like Grab
- By Car
- By Rail transportation (MRT/LRT/Monorail) — Best Way to Go Around Kuala Lumpur as a Muslim Solo Traveler
- By e-bike
- By Bus
- By BEAM
- Transportation hubs in Kuala Lumpur
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About Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Before you proceed on your Muslim-friendly solo travels to Kuala Lumpur, here are some facts that you should know about the city:
- Kuala Lumpur is the commercial capital of Malaysia.
- It is the largest city in Malaysia in terms of population, with a multicultural population of about 1.8 million.
- Islam is the main religion in Malaysia. Halal food is plenty, and Muslims wearing headscarves is the typical scene here. It is also expected for non-muslims to dress appropriately in religious sites.
Places To Go Alone in KL
There are so many places that you can go alone in Kuala Lumpur. Most of them are Muslim-friendly!
You can either go on a shopping spree in its flagship commercial district of Bukit Bintang, stroll along the art deco buildings on foot at Central Market or go on a Halal street food hunt at Jalan TAR!
Muslimah travelers who want to buy hijabs and Muslimah apparel can check out the best Muslimah stores to visit in Kuala Lumpur!
At a glance, here are some other unique landmarks and areas that must be on your ‘Muslim Solo Travel Kuala Lumpur’ itinerary are:
- Petronas Twin Towers. Once the world’s tallest building. Underground is a state-of-the-art Aquarium, and attached is Suria KLCC, an upscale shopping Mall.
- Sultan Abdul Samad Building & Merdeka Square. The historic Independence square.
- Pasar Seni & Chinatown for old market finds like souvenirs and ethnic and household goods.
Related: The best of Pasar Seni (Central Market) attractions (Halal Food, Solo Travel & Tips!)
- KL Eco Bird Park. Nature escapade with birdwatching and wooden canopy walkway experience in the heart of KL City.
- Batu Caves. Magnificent rainbow staircase leading to a temple complex in limestone caves.
- Kampung Baru. Old KL vibe and Halal food night dining scene in a traditional Malay village setting. Reach here via Saloma Link from the new KL.
Halal Food & Mosques in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
You can easily find Halal food, mosques, and prayer rooms in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Where to get Halal Food in Kuala Lumpur?
Be it street food, dining hall, or upscale restaurant, Halal food is everywhere.
However, do bear in mind that because of the country’s multicultural population, food establishments offer non-halal options.
When in doubt, look for the Halal Logo or simply ask!
Pasar Malam (Night Markets)
The best local Halal food experience in Kuala Lumpur has got to be its Pasar Malam (night market) culture. Held in various locations throughout the city, you can find this every weekend along Jalan TAR to Masjid India.
Mosques & Prayer Rooms in Kuala Lumpur
Mosques that you must check out in Kuala Lumpur are:
- National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara Malaysia)
- Masjid Jamek Kuala Lumpur
Besides, prayer rooms (surau in Malay) are easily found in shopping malls or most major commercial and office buildings. Most of them have prayer cloths and mats ready for you to pray.
When looking for the prayer rooms --> Just look for the ? sign, or ask the information counter.
You can check the latest prayer times in Kuala Lumpur below
Solo Travel Packages in Kuala Lumpur
Want to meet new people when you solo travel to Kuala Lumpur? Check out these travel packages from KLOOK for the best deals!
Most of them are solo travel-friendly and have lunch/dining included. Do ask on the dietary detailsbefore joining the tour.
Get the KL Multi-Attraction Pass as you can choose from 2-4 Kuala Lumpur attractions inclusive of a Sunway Lagoon Theme Park entry at a great deal. This pass is valid for 30 days so that’s a bargain you don’t want to miss out!
Getting To & Around Kuala Lumpur
There are a couple of ways you can get around Kuala Lumpur as a Muslim Solo Traveler.
Blue ones are premier taxis so they would charge a higher rate than red ones. Some taxis practice meters, some don’t although they say they do.
An agreed rate before hopping on the taxi is recommended so there would not be any unwanted jacked-up price later.
By E-hailing services like Grab
Cheaper than taxi services.
However, waiting for Grab can stretch your itinerary to 30 minutes of waiting time.
Only take the taxis or Grab if you are a carrying luggages, or going somewhere further from the extensive railway coverage in Kuala Lumpur
You can opt for a car rental in Kuala Lumpur. However, with the traffic and all, it can be a hassle driving around! If you would like to rent a car, for the purpose of excursions beyond Kuala Lumpur, check out the best car rates here.
By Rail transportation (MRT/LRT/Monorail) — Best Way to Go Around Kuala Lumpur as a Muslim Solo Traveler
This covers an extensive network throughout the city and some parts of Klang Valley.
From the airport: You can also take the KLIA Express train (at a fixed rate) to get to the city (KL Sentral) from the airport and vice versa.
Certain commercial districts have these e-bikes parked on the roadside.
GoKL City Bus – Free City Bus
MyRapid KL– Paid via Touch & Go concession cards (available at major railway entrances and convenience stores in KL)
KL Hop-On Hop-Off: Do take this for your solo one-day trip to Kuala Lumpur, or you’re on a tight schedule!
You can consider this one of the unique things to do in KL. But if you’re around Bukit Bintang, this is a great option to soak in the ‘Kuala Lumpur night’ experience.
Transportation hubs in Kuala Lumpur
The main transportation hub in Kuala Lumpur. You can get all access to the said above transportation services right here.
Airports nearby Kuala Lumpur
There are two airports in Sepang, Selangor, acting as the getaway to Kuala Lumpur:
- Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) – services primary and national carriers for domestic and international flights. Also known as Terminal M (which stands for Main)
- Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2) – located 5 minutes away from KLIA, this is the low-cost terminal that services Air Asia flights (both domestic and international).
Best Time To Visit Kuala Lumpur
May – July
Dry weather with the least rain. Great for nature-based activities like trekking through the mountains in Borneo or island-hopping in Terengganu.
December – February
Cool and pleasant weather. However, rain (with heavy downpours) is most likely to fall during this time. Tickets are also expensive during this time due to New Year’s and Chinese New Year festivities.
Both are peak times so expect ticket prices for hotels and flights are high during these periods.
Rain is also common regardless of the sunny weather (30-35 °C daytime & 25-29 °C nighttime) all year round.
Best to bring a pocket umbrella if you’re primarily walking in the streets of Kuala Lumpur. A sudden downpour or flash food may occur.
Ramadhan, Eid ul Fitr or Eid ul Adha
*subject to Islamic Calendar
For the Muslim festivities experience! Ramadhan is a great time to visit as you can see the streets of Jalan TAR in Kuala Lumpur become alive with vendors selling Malaysian street food, as well as experience what the holy month is like!
Check out this article for a rough overview of what visiting Kuala Lumpur during Ramadhan is like
Safety FAQs for Solo Muslim Female Travelers
Is it safe to travel to Kuala Lumpur alone as a Muslim traveler?
“As someone who often goes to Kuala Lumpur alone, it is safe for solo female Muslimah travelers to come here and explore the commercial capital of Malaysia.— Farihah
Beyond Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in general is safe for solo travels. That being said, exercise your common sense.
Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur
Whether you’re a Muslim Solo Traveler flying from abroad or going on a staycation in Kuala Lumpur, these are some of the locations that are great for staying:
Pasar Seni and Jalan Masjid India
Affordable budget hotels with great shopping and Halal food options nearby)
Mid-range to upscale hotels with ease of access to most major KL transportation lines)
Golden Triangle Area
For upscale and posh accommodation in the busy city district.
Otherwise, these are some hotels and accommodations that you can consider:
Accommodation with a rooftop pool (mixed-gender) of KL Skyline is famous in Kuala Lumpur, and Regalia Suites offers this!
Hilton is right within KL Sentral, so access to all KL transportation lines, shopping center, Halal food, and the airport is right here.
Practical information on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) Click here for the latest currency rate.
Spoken languages: The official language is Malay. However, other languages are also spoken, such as Mandarin, Tamil, Cantonese, and English.
Kuala Lumpur is prone to flash floods when there’s a heavy downpour. Good to have this in mind when the rain would not stop. Bring a pocket umbrella if you plan on navigating by just walking around.
Final Thoughts on Muslim Solo Travel Guide to Kuala Lumpur
Hopefully, this Muslim Solo Travel guide to Kuala Lumpur helped give you ideas on what you can expect!
While in Kuala Lumpur, check out places like Pasar Seni. It is also a great area to explore alone as a Muslim Solo Traveler!
Besides that, if you have extra time in your Malaysia itinerary, Putrajaya, the administrative capital, is one to consider.
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