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Kuala Lumpur
Travel Guide

Kuala Lumpur

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.

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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
The price is £80 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Petronas Twin Towers and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (992 reviews)
"Close to KLCC Suria. Polite staff and fast lift service."

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is £37 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Petaling Street and Merdeka Square are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (988 reviews)
"good location and very nice hotel with good food..love to visit again"

Reviewed on 4 Apr 2021

Le Méridien Kuala Lumpur
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
348 Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
The price is £36 per night from 28 Apr to 29 Apr
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Ampang Park and Royal Thai Embassy. Petronas Twin ...
4.2/5Excellent! (997 reviews)
"The room was very comfortable, didn't get to use much facilities (gym, pool etc.) due to weather and COVID season. Food variety at buffet quite limited."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Somerset Kuala Lumpur
Somerset Kuala Lumpur
4 out of 5
No 187 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
The price is £31 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Ampang Park and Royal Thai Embassy. Petronas ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (662 reviews)
"1. Walking distance to go to KLCC. 2. Convenient for staying, shopping and eating near two shopping malls of the LINC & Intermark 3. Good environment relatively apart from business centre district."

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2021

Somerset Kuala Lumpur
Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur
Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur
4 out of 5
No. 211, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is £35 per night from 29 Apr to 30 Apr
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur aparthotel is located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuala Lumpur Sentral, National Museum and Perdana Botanical ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (423 reviews)
"Great location. Staffs are attentive. Thank you Mathilda and Maggie for being helpful to my request."

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2021

Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
Situated in the entertainment district, this apartment building is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from SkyAvenue and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Genting Highlands Theme Park. Skytropolis ...
2.1/5 (119 reviews)
"Good, I really like the weather here, the environment is quiet"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

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5/5 - Excellent

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10 Mar 2020

We used an excellent driver called Rosli .. took us all over the city. Safe driver and very nice. We enjoyed our stay

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Feb 2020

Nice city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb 2020

Amazing place for a multi-night City stay.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Feb 2020

massive tower block, road and rail building program.Petronas towers all but hidden amonst the new towers. New air con walkways make getting about easy and away from traffic fumes Very impressive city.....not sure about its effect on global warming

3/5 - Okay

Pat

11 Feb 2020

Not many tourist attractions.. but heaven for foodie. Eat Nasi Lemak at Village Park!!! So great. The best rice, sambal and fried chicken. It’s far from city center but worth it ;)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Feb 2020

Beautiful City. Beautiful people.

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