Kuala Lumpur Gay Travel
Kuala Lumpur gay travel is full of luxury! Read on for where to stay, LGBT safety, gay bars, restaurants & exciting things to do.
The Gay Travel Experience: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Gay culture in Malaysia is almost non-existent, however Kuala Lumpur is in fact home to a gay bar! There’s more on that later, but I do want to point out that Malaysia is a society that is quite against homosexuality.
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Is Kuala Lumpur Safe for Gay People?
Most importantly, you must remember that the Malaysia is a strict Muslim country and the government is extremely conservative. In all official capacities, Malaysia is not gay-friendly.
This, however, does not mean that Malaysia isn’t safe for gay travelers. In fact, I highly recommend seeing the wonderful culture Malaysia offers. Let me explain.
Gay travelers in Kuala Lumpur must refrain from any public displays of affection. Even though you may see hundreds of white expats (usually on Business), you should still abide by the local customs.
Gay public affection would surely attract negative attention. Other than that, as long as you keep to yourself, there is nothing to worry about in my opinion.
Gay Kuala Lumpur: Where to Stay
Finding a hotel or Airbnb in Kuala Lumpur is unique because staying exactly in the city center is not necessary. Since the city is so inexpensive for the western gay traveler, you should base your choice on the amenities that your accommodation will offer, rather than its proximity to the city center.
The best Airbnb I have ever stayed in in my entire life was right here in Kuala Lumpur, and I’m not exaggerating. I stayed at Expressionz Professional Suites, a serviced condominium building with amenities that blew my mind (yes, ending with a letter z).
Two infinity pools, a steam room, rooftop gym, sky lounge, café and breakfast restaurant, carport and Wi-Fi throughout the building were just some of the perks. And the price? Less than $35 USD per night! There are a bunch of Kuala Lumpur luxury Airbnb rentals in this area of the city. Most of the new luxury towers are over here.
In my opinion, you have two options. If you prefer a standard hotel in Kuala Lumpur you will likely end up near the Petronas Towers. This area is great. On Airbnb or VRBO you will find many other options in private residential buildings outside the city center. Many of these are serviced apartments that house ex-pats who are working in Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Experiences for the Gay Traveler
My favorite experience in Kuala Lumpur was listening to the prayer calls right before sunset next to the Petronas Towers. KLCC Park has a wonderful little pond where you can sit in the grass and take in the skyline.
Visit the Petronas Towers before it gets dark so you can see the sunset and everything in the plaza light up. Once night falls upon the city, the colorful fountain show begins. This area is not just for tourists. You will find tons of locals sitting around the plaza enjoying each other’s company.
The Kuala Lumpur Central Market might be on your list, but I personally did not find it to be authentic at all. It seems to be a filled with overpriced tourist souvenirs. I’d say you can skip this
Kuala Lumpur Restaurants
There are many higher-end restaurants in this area. I stopped into Limoncello for some drinks and watched the sun set.
The Batu Caves
Spend an afternoon at the Batu Caves, home to some beautiful Hindu temples. A taxi from central KL takes around 30 minutes with traffic, but before you know it you’ll be hanging with the monkeys!
Gay Kuala Lumpur: Eat the Street Food
Tapak Urban Street Dining even has a few guitarists for entertainment. I got some spicy Ayam Goreng, and it made me tear up like never before. I can tolerate spicy food well, but this stuff was something else! Check out the Tapak Dining Urban Dining Website for the location and more information.
Gay Bars in Kuala Lumpur
BlueBoy KL is the only known gay bar in Kuala Lumpur, where drag queens perform each night. This is extremely rare for a conservative Muslim country. Although I myself did not attend, I have friends that went. I caution you to use discretion if you plan to visit this establishment.
Kuala Lumpur Gay Travel Tips
Chances are if you are staying in a condominium building, you’ll want to order food delivery at some point. I strongly advise to not use the FoodPanda app. It’s glitchy and orders can cancel without notice. I had poor experiences with this application. Instead use the Grab Food app, which links to the Grab Taxi application. It works perfectly.
Many travelers feel much more at ease booking travel to unfamiliar countries when they insure their trip. A provider like Travelex Insurance can offer protection in case of medical issues abroad, theft and even delays or cancellation of your trip! They have multiple plan tiers starting at $20.
Monkey Safety at the Batu Caves
Gay Life in Malaysia
I have to say Kuala Lumpur was such an exceptional city to visit. The locals were adorably friendly, the food was out of this world, and the entire experience was super affordable!