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Kuala LumpurMalaysia

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.

Kuala Lumpur Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang Plaza featuring interior views and modern architecture

Bukit Bintang

4/5Very Good!(9 area reviews)

Bukit Bintang is popular for its popular shops. Explore top sights like Berjaya Times Square and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and you can get around town on the metro at Bukit Bintang Station.

Bukit Bintang
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

4/5Very Good!(58 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. Check out top attractions like Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC Park, and jump on the metro at Kampang Baru Station or Bukit Nanas Station to see more of the city.

Kuala Lumpur City Centre
Golden Triangle, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Golden Triangle

4.5/5Wonderful!(389 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants Chinatown and top sights from Kuala Lumpur Tower to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur – discover Golden Triangle, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Golden Triangle
Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mid Valley City

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Mid Valley City is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Mid Valley Mega Mall or The Gardens Mall.

Mid Valley City
Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pudu

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Kenanga Wholesale City and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Pudu. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Pudu Station or Hang Tuah Station.

Pudu
Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mont Kiara

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Mont Kiara is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can plan an outing to Publika Shopping Mall and Hartamas Shopping Centre while you're in town.

Mont Kiara

Top hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
11 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
£81
per night
3 May-4 May

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Tower, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,054 reviews)

"Loved this place.. great location and friendly helpful staff...hotel was very quiet we felt we were the only ones there. Tourism has been impacted by Covid 19. Pool was nice and huge gym. Breakfast was nice but our last day it was moved to the horizon club as I guess it’s saves money? Nicest Shangri-La ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
£68
per night
16 Apr-17 Apr

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the shopping district, within a 5-minute walk of KLCC Park and Aquaria KLCC. Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,154 reviews)

"Great location. Within walking distance to the mall and Petronas tower. Friendly staff. Stayed one night."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
£66
per night
10 Apr-11 Apr

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Sentral and NU Sentral. Petaling Street and Mid Valley Mega ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,999 reviews)

"Great ambience and awesome facilities. Location was also accessible to shopping area via a walk or a monorail ride."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Popular things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

4.5/5(199 reviews)

Enjoy the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor, atop the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers.

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
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Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

4.5/5(142 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, a favourite shopping spot in Kuala Lumpur. Visit the spas and lively bars in this vibrant area.

Berjaya Times Square
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Berjaya Times Square

4/5(64 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at Berjaya Times Square and see why this is a popular theme park in Kuala Lumpur. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Sunway Pyramid Mall
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Sunway Pyramid Mall

4.5/5(19 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Sunway Pyramid Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Bandar Sunway. Amble around this vibrant area's Chinatown and enjoy its lively bars.

Mid Valley Mega Mall
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Mid Valley Mega Mall

4/5(49 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Mid Valley Mega Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Kampung Haji Abdullah Hukum. Amble around this vibrant area's picturesque gardens and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Genting Highlands Theme Park
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Genting Highlands Theme Park

4/5(33 reviews)

Enjoy the excitement at Genting Highlands Theme Park and find out why this is a popular theme park in Genting Highlands. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Kuala Lumpur

Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour
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Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour

82% of travellers recommend
£11
Per adult
Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner
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Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner

86% of travellers recommend
£36
Per adult
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park One Day Pass
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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park One Day Pass

86% of travellers recommend
£40
Per adult
Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour
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Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour

£120
Per adult
Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour
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Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour

72% of travellers recommend
£34
Per adult
Kuala Lumpur 16 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Entrance
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Kuala Lumpur 16 Attractions City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Entrance

£111
Per adult

Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
180
5 - Excellent 43.689320388349515%
4 - Good
183
4 - Good 44.41747572815534%
3 - Okay
41
3 - Okay 9.951456310679612%
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2 - Disappointing 1.941747572815534%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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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