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Kuala Lumpur Holiday Guide

Malaysia’s bustling, multicultural capital is home to some of the country’s most impressive buildings, key historical and cultural sites, and world-class shopping.

Kuala Lumpur is a sprawling metropolis, home to over five million people. It was the heart of colonial Malaysia under British rule and has been the administrative and economic centre since the country became independent in 1957. Home to a diverse and cosmopolitan population, this is where you’ll find some of Malaysia’s most important cultural, historical and religious sites.

Visit Merdeka Square to see where Malaysia’s independence was declared. You’ll find the city gallery, museums and stunning old colonial buildings. Wander across the river to the Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek). This Moorish-style structure was built in the early 20th century and was the city’s main religious site until the modernist National Mosque was completed in 1965.

Near to the National Mosque is the Lake Gardens, a great place to relax. You’ll find manicured lawns and a selection of trees, flowers and wildlife. Admire majestic peacocks and feed parrots in the adjacent Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. Another option is a trip to the National Zoo to see native elephants and tigers. There are also animals from as far away as South America and Australia.

For a staggering panorama of the city, head up Kuala Lumpur Tower. You’ll be able to spot all the major landmarks and get a great view of the Petronas Twin Towers. These skyscrapers that define the downtown skyline are among the world’s tallest buildings. A ticket buys you a stunning view from the 86th floor observation deck. You can also enjoy the Lake Symphony water and light show in KLCC Park at the Twin Towers’ base.

Take a trip out to the Batu Caves and explore a site sacred to the city’s Hindu community. There are temples and statues inside a cave complex that rises nearly 330 feet (100 meters) above ground. Make your way back to town to pick up bargain watches and handbags, and enjoy a bowl of noodles on Petaling Street.

Kuala Lumpur’s multicultural population and fascinating history give the city a distinct flare and colourful atmosphere. From mosques and temples to jaw-dropping skyscrapers and Chinese markets, its attractions are as intriguing as they are diverse.


Guide to Exploring Kuala Lumpur


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Tune Hotel klia2

Tune Hotel klia2

Lot Pt 13, Jalan Klia 2/2, Sepang
3.4
of 5, from 557 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 10.8 mi (17.3 km) from Mitsui Outlet Park Klia Sepang.

Frenz Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Frenz Hotel Kuala Lumpur

135 Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur
3.5
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Golden Triangle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Merdeka Square, Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and Jamek Mosque. Petaling Street and National Mosque are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£37
The Everly Putrajaya

The Everly Putrajaya

No.1 Jalan Alamanda 2, Precint 1, Putrajaya
4.0
of 5, from 82 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Putrajaya, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Alamanda Putrajaya and within 3 mi (5 km) of Putrajaya Landmark and Putrajaya Independence Square. Putra Mosque is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.

£62
Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
4.4
of 5, from 533 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Hilton Kuala Lumpur is steps away from Sentral Station and its ultra-modern shopping mall. Guests can drive 12 minutes to Petronas Twin Towers, or take a 5-minute cab ride to the lush expanses of Lake Gardens, where there are trails to follow and bird and butterfly parks to admire.

£34
Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Seri Pacific Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur
4.0
of 5, from 208 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Chow Kit, this luxury hotel is steps from Sunway Putra Mall and Putra World Trade Centre. Merdeka Square and Sultan Abdul Samad Building are also within 2 mi (3 km).

£89
Sama-Sama Hotel, KL International Airport

Sama-Sama Hotel, KL International Airport

Jalan Cta 4b, Sepang
4.5
of 5, from 609 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 3.7 mi (5.9 km) from Mitsui Outlet Park Klia Sepang and 10 mi (16.1 km) from Sepang International Circuit. Putrajaya Convention Centre and Seri Gemilang Bridge are also within 16 mi (25 km).

£70
One World Hotel

One World Hotel

3259 First Avenue, Petaling Jaya
4.3
of 5, from 189 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Petaling Jaya hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of 1 Utama, KidZania, and Centre Point. Tropicana City Mall is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

£54
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
4.5
of 5, from 435 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuala Lumpur Sentral and National Mosque. Petaling Street and Merdeka Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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