Living in Malaysia comes with a lot of advantages – scrumptious food, multicultural society, warm weather, and not forgetting the high number of public holidays. In fact, according to the 2012 Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines report by the human resources consulting firm Mercer, Malaysia is ranked seventh in the world for the highest number of public holidays.
Indeed, 24th April was recently declared a public holiday to celebrate the installation of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong. This only means one thing – we are all getting a long weekend break, starting tomorrow!
Many might already have plans on how to spend their break, but for those who have no idea on what to do for the next three days, here are our suggestions on things that you can attempt this weekend in KL:
Saturday 22nd April
Morning – fun run
There’s no better way to kick-start your weekend than going for an outdoor run. Some people prefer to run alone, while others like to do in a group. If you fall in the latter category, we suggest you sign-up to a running club. Pacesetters, Petaling Hash House Harriers (PH3), and MY-Run are just a few running clubs in KL that invite interested individuals to join them for a fun jog.
Apart from keeping yourself fit, joining such clubs also allows you to meet new people from different walks of life. So what are you waiting for? Register now and get your weekend started in a healthy manner.
Afternoon – join a food tour
By now you’ll know that Malaysia is a food heaven. With the influence of Malay, Chinese, and Indian cuisines, it’s no doubt that we have some of the best and unique dishes that should be sampled by both locals and tourists. Hence, if you’ve never participated in a food tour before, this weekend is the right time for you to start.
For all first-timers, check out Food Tour Malaysia – a group that consists of passionate food adventurers who organise a fun excursion to local food fare within the cities of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur. The group works really hard to scout through the concrete jungles of Kuala Lumpur in search of a gastronomic adventure of sumptuous and authentic Malaysian food. So, it’s time to get all your senses ready for an unforgettable journey of delicious delights!
Night – Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival 2017
The Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival 2017 (21st-23rd April) is happening this weekend at Black Box and The Bee in Publika, and what better way to end your Saturday night by hearing the now world-famous Harith Iskandar crack some jokes. Deemed as the ‘World’s Funniest Person’ after his recent competition win, Harith will be joined by some of the big names in the comedy circle, which include Paul Ogata, Prince Abdi, Katerina Vrana and Christopher Daley to entertain audiences over three fun-filled days.
Harith will be performing in a few shows, and two of them are There’s Making Sh#t Up (22nd April) and Transform Through Laughter (23rd April), which sees him combining comedy with messages about life and leadership. Even if you can’t get hold of tickets for these shows, you can still catch other shows of different local and international comedians.
Sunday 23rd April
Morning – product hack workshop
Sundays are often known to be a lazy day, but why not change things up this weekend and make your way to Fab Space KL at Isetan? You can learn the process of turning a stool into a lamp using techniques such as laser cutting and 3D modelling.
This fun and interesting workshop teaches you basic woodworking and digital fabrication skills. Priced at RM184.50, participants will get to bring out their creative side and at the end of the day, they also get to bring home the unique lamp that they’ve created. For more information, visit their website.
Evening – take a stroll at Perdana Botanical Garden
Commonly known as Lake Gardens, this park is the best area for a perfect evening stroll. Surrounded by lush greenery, the place was originally created as part of a recreational park but later planted with a vast variety of tropical plants, and reimagined as a botanical garden.
As such, there are three gardens for visitors to explore, namely the Sunken Garden, Hibiscus Garden, and Orchid Garden. So, bring your family, friends, or just yourself, for a peaceful and quite walk in an ambiance similar to tropical rainforests.
Night – drinks at a rooftop bar
The night view in Kuala Lumpur has to be one of the best in the world. With beautiful skyscrapers, including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers lit up, it gives the city nothing short of a spectacular look.
One of the best ways to enjoy this breathtaking view is to go to one of the rooftop bars in KL, including Elysium, SkyBar,The Bridge, Heli Lounge, Luna and many more. For some recommendations, check out this article by our sister site, EatDrink.my: 14 rooftop bars in KL with the best views.
Nothing is more relaxing than sipping your favourite drink, chatting with some good friends, while overlooking the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur.
Monday 24th April
Noon – Vivian Lee Coffee Painting Exhibition
Since this is your last day off of the long weekend, we decided to make it easy as you will need all the energy for work the next day. Therefore, we recommend you to go for Vivian Lee’s Coffee Painting Exhibition that’s taking place at Grandezza Art Gallery.
Vivian is the first coffee caricature artist in Malaysia who has won numerous awards and international recognition for her work and she’s now ready to hold her first solo exhibition, where visitors will have a chance to look closer at her fine work.
If you’re an art lover, head over to this art event which runs until 1st May to witness the great work of the artist. As this art exhibition is only happening till beginning of next month, you can still visit Galeri Petronas for more art events that happening throughout the year.
Any other suggestions?
So there you have it – our list of ideas on how you can spend your long weekend to the fullest. Let us know if you have any other recommendations below. Happy weekend everybody!