Kuala LumpurMalaysia

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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 5 million people. It was the heart of colonial Malaysia under British rule and has been the administrative and economic center 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 (Menara Kuala Lumpur). 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 colorful 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 which includes modern architecture and interior views

Bukit Bintang

4/5Very Good!(35 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
KLCC Park showing night scenes, a skyscraper and a city

Kuala Lumpur City Centre

4/5Very Good!(112 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
Kuala Lumpur City Gallery showing art and interior views

Golden Triangle

4.5/5Wonderful!(714 area reviews)

Kuala Lumpur Tower and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur are top sights in Golden Triangle, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Raja Chulan Station or Bukit Nanas Station to see more sights in the area.

Golden Triangle
Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mid Valley City

4.5/5Wonderful!(16 area reviews)

Mid Valley City is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Mid Valley Mega Mall and The Gardens Mall while you're in town.

Mid Valley City
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Pudu

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Pudu. If sightseeing is on the list, Kenanga Wholesale City is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Pudu Station or Hang Tuah Station to see more of the area.

Pudu
Nice cosy cafe with friendly staff. Many choices of food, cakes and pastries. Coffee not that great but try their wild honey latte. If you not a coffee person, not a problem cos they have many selection of teas too.
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Mont Kiara

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

Mont Kiara is well-liked for its restaurants. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like Publika Shopping Mall and Hartamas Shopping Centre.

Mont Kiara

Top Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥9,126
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,132 reviews)

"Central location, clean and modern. Spacious room."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
¥6,765
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,993 reviews)

"Very convenient because train terminal too close."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
4 out of 5
No 5, Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
¥5,797
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located on the boardwalk, just steps from NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Petaling Street and Mid Valley Mega ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,633 reviews)

"Pro:clean and service was good. Con: We booked 4 people but only had 2 person's accessories in the room. We had to call room service for more towels etc."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral

Popular things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

4.5/5(521 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(314 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, a favorite shopping spot in Kuala Lumpur. Check out the spas and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Berjaya Times Square
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Berjaya Times Square

4/5(144 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Berjaya Times Square and find out why people love this theme park in Kuala Lumpur. Check out the shops and lively bars in this culturally-rich area.

Sunway Pyramid Mall
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Sunway Pyramid Mall

4/5(76 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Sunway Pyramid Mall, a popular 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(146 reviews)

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

Genting Highlands Theme Park
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Genting Highlands Theme Park

4/5(126 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Genting Highlands Theme Park and see why people love this amusement park in Genting Highlands. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Kuala Lumpur

Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner
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Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner

¥5,160

Escape the busy city life of Kuala Lumpur with your trip to the hamlet town of Kuala Selangor. Enjoy the boat ride along the river banks of Kampung Kuantan to catch the colonies of fireflies producing magnificent twinkling lights.

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

¥1,630

Take a half-day adventure to the spiritual Batu Caves, just north of Kuala Lumpur, and climb the 272 steps carved into the sides of giant limestone cliffs to reach the Hindu temple at the summit. Visit the Batik Center to experience traditional Malaysian cloth-dying, used as sarongs and fabric.

Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Admission
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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Admission

¥5,071

At Sunway Lagoon, a world of fun and excitement awaits. Delve into more than 80 rides and attractions at the family-friendly water park. Discover Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon – a tropical sanctuary and home to a fabled lost civilization that revered everything SpongeBob SquarePants.

Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour
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Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour

¥4,889

Dive into Malacca City's vibrant past as you make your way around town with an experienced local guide. Snap photos of historic churches and hilltop vantage points, visit centuries-old forts, and enjoy a tasty lunch featuring classic Pernakan cuisine before swinging by the stalls of a nearby market.

Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour
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Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour

¥2,932

Combine colorful markets, scenery, and handicrafts on a tour that takes you to the beautiful Batu caves and the bustling district of Little India. Leave the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur behind and head to the 400-million-year-old Batu Caves.

Budget Tour: Full-Day Malacca Tour from Kuala Lumpur
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Budget Tour: Full-Day Malacca Tour from Kuala Lumpur

¥2,203

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park Melaka, Jalan Ayer Keroh, Melaka 75450 Malaysia The Mini Malaysia and ASEAN Cultural Park (Malay: Taman Mini Malaysia dan ASEAN) is a theme park in Ayer Keroh, Malacca, Malaysia.

Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 45.84382871536524%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.31738035264484%
3 - Okay
82
3 - Okay 10.327455919395465%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5037783375314862%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.0075566750629723%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Signage at Railway Express needs improvement. Confused even local passengers

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 10, 2020

Visiting once is enough for me. If I were to visit Malaysia again, I'd pick a different city like Penang.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

I was surprised to find that downtown was nearly shut down after 1:00am on a Saturday morning. Unfortunately, many of the restaurants I wanted to try were closed for Chinese New Year.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 29, 2020

Love the diversity of KL and amazing selection of ethnic cuisines

4/5 - Good

Shirley

Jan 28, 2020

There really isn't much to do in KL compare to other cities. Although food was good, most of the food was spicy. Everything was very affordable, according to our standards at least. We took Grab everywhere. Public toilets are wet on the floor.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 21, 2020

I wanna come back again

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