Celebrating New Year’s Eve abroad isn’t always easy and takes a bit of planning in advance. Hotels fill up quickly and prices are higher than usual. We didn’t plan our New Year’s stay well in advance and since we were traveling through South East Asia on a budget, our options were limited. Luckily, Kuala Lumpur turned out to be a perfect budget destination for celebrating New Year’s Eve!

Kuala Lumpur: A New Year’s budget destination

Even though we planned our stay in Kuala Lumpur during the New Year’s celebrations not more than two weeks in advance, we were able to find great flights and hotel deals. There are a few options of things to do in Kuala Lumpur on New Year’s Eve. It’s either a New Year’s dinner at a restaurant or hotel, a party at a rooftop bar or hotel (or a combination of both dinner and party) or attending the New Year’s Event at KLCC Park. We didn’t feel like going all fancy and having dinner and partying all night so we opted for the New Year’s Event at KLCC Park. The New Year’s Event at KLCC Park is completely free of charge, which meant we didn’t had to reserve any tickets in advance.

The New Year’s Event at KLCC Park

The New Year’s Event started at 9PM and included performances of various Malaysian artists and a fountain show. There were a lot of long breaks between the performances, which was a bit of a pity. Right before the clock turned 12, there was a countdown and the fireworks show started immediately at 12 o’ clock. Being surrounded by tall buildings, KLCC Park wasn’t the right spot to watch the fireworks though. Our view of the fireworkd was almost completely blocked by trees, which was a bit unfortunate. Luckily, they would sometimes light some fireworks in front of the Petronas Towers, so we were still able to get some good photos of both the Petronas Towers and the fireworks.

Kuala Lumpur New Year's Eve Fountain Show

The fountain show from our point of view

Kuala Lumpur New Year's Eve Fireworks

Our view of the fireworks

All in all, we had a great night and we were happy we got to see fireworks at New Year’s. Starting the New Year without fireworks is just a weird feeling (we once experienced this when we were in Valencia). If you’re ever in Kuala Lumpur at New Year’s Eve and decide to go to the KLCC Park, find a spot facing the stage (with your back facing the Petronas Towers) so you can watch the performances and you have a better view of the fireworks. Try not to arrive too late because it gets pretty crowded after 9PM and at some point, you won’t be able to enter the park because it’s too crowded. If you really want a good view of the New Year’s fireworks in Kuala Lumpur, make sure to get tickets for a rooftop party in the area of the Petronas Towers. Even though we had a fun night, we will always prefer celebrating New Year’s at home with friends!

Where is your favorite place to celebrate New Year’s? Let us know in the comments below!

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