5 Amazing Things To Do In KL During Merdeka Long Weekend


Cheng Sim •  Aug 28, 2023

With the abundance of long weekends in Malaysia, there's no better time to explore your favourite city. If you're living in Kuala Lumpur, there are many things to do and sights to discover in this bustling capital city too. Whether you're planning a relaxing staycation or treating yourself to a relaxing spa day, here's what you can do to make the most of your Merdeka long weekend.

1. Plan a staycation in the city

Sometimes you need a quick getaway, but conditions don't always permit to travel far. When that happens, staycations are here to save the day! And lucky for us, KL is full of wonderful hotels that make for easy and convenient stays. Whether you're spending the night in the Instagram-worthy KLoe Hotel or the luxurious Majestic Hotel, it'll be a well-deserved staycation in the city.

2. Visit the city's famous theme parks

If you're looking for something to do during the Merdeka long weekend, you can always visit the best theme parks in Kuala Lumpur for an afternoon's worth of fun and excitement. It doesn't matter if you're a kid or young at heart, you'll enjoy every attraction at Berjaya Times Square Theme Park, experiencing an indoor apocalypse-themed adventure at District 21 and conquering the all-new Escape Challenge Indoor Theme Park in Paradigm Mall!

3. Treat yourself to a spa day

Offering everything from aromatherapy massages to facial treatments, there are many spas in Kuala Lumpur to unwind and de-stress after a busy workweek. If you're planning a spa date with your girlfriends or longing for a much-needed 'me' time, look no further than our spa recommendations below. From the luxurious Hammam Spa to the one-of-a-kind Urban Retreat Onsen Spa, you'll be glad to book an appointment at these places.

4. Go cafe-hopping with your friends

It's no secret that we all love visiting Insta-worthy cafes. Whether it's the aesthetically pleasing food, beautiful decor or impressive architecture, anything and everything that can make a gorgeous shot is welcomed. In fact, you should take the opportunity to explore every new cafe you missed out on this year. You can brunch amid the lush green plants at Jibby by the Park, find a comfortable spot at the glasshouse-inspired Pokok or spend hours in the homey Tujoh cafe.

5. Capture snapshots at the city's Instagrammable spots

Our weekends are best spent visiting hidden cafes in Kuala Lumpur, escaping to a laid-back glamping spot near the city, or planning a staycation with your family. If there's another thing we love to do, that would be snapping photos at the newest Instagram spots in Kuala Lumpur! Want to freshen up your Instagram feed? Make your way to the Elmina Iconic Bridge in Shah Alam, REXKL in Kuala Lumpur or the famous Pusat Sains Negara!

BONUS: Plan a last-minute short getaway near Kuala Lumpur

If you want to step outside of the bustling city, you can plan many last-minute short getaways near Kuala Lumpur. Just a short drive from the capital city, you can stay at Rumah Kebun in Hulu Langat, go on a road trip to Seremban or enjoy a nature retreat in Janda Baik!

Everyone deserves a break during Merdeka's long weekend! If you're looking for exciting things to do and road trips to explore, we hope this list will make your long weekend worthwhile.