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Kuala Lumpur
Travel Guide

KLCC Park featuring a high rise building, night scenes and a fountain

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.

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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
100 Jalan Putra, Kuala Lumpur
The price is $34 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is steps from Sunway Putra Mall and Putra World Trade Centre. Hospital Kuala Lumpur and SOGO are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (994 reviews)
"Convenience, easy access and nearby to shopping mall and food outlets"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur
W Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
121 Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, and KLCC Park. Pavilion ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (165 reviews)
"1. Customer service is very good 2. Room condition and readiness is not really up to W standard (broken glass door rubber, misplace of pencil, dirty washing basin) 3. Good variety of food served for breakfast 4."

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

W Kuala Lumpur
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
The price is $50 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 3
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Maju Junction Mall and Petronas Twin Towers. Kuala Lumpur Convention ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,390 reviews)
"Others was great but the receptionist/front desk should be more polite"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

The Face Suites 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.
Swiss Garden Residence Kuala Lumpur
Swiss Garden Residence Kuala Lumpur
3 out of 5
2A Jalan Galloway, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
The price is $33 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur apartment building is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Jalan Alor and Berjaya Times Square. Petaling ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Parking not Free
"Yes. Parking is not free. Be Prepared to pay for more."

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

Swiss Garden Residence Kuala Lumpur
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
Amber Court Genting Highlands, Jalan Ion Delemen, Genting Highlands, Pahang
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 Sep 2, 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
The Penthouse KLCC
The Penthouse KLCC
4 out of 5
Vortex KLCC, No. 12 Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor
The price is $58 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur Tower, and Pavilion Kuala ...
3.9/5Very Good! (138 reviews)
Great View
"Great view. Solid stay overall."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

The Penthouse KLCC
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.

Getting around Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is notorious for its busy roads, so while taxis and buses are abundant, they are best avoided during peak times. Instead, get around using the city’s extensive urban rail network. This includes a monorail, which offers great views over the city while connecting major stops in the city center, and a light rail line called the LRT. Most trains operate between around 6am and midnight. Visit the Land Public Transport Agency website.Browse Kuala Lumpur rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is during the dry season, from May to July. During the monsoon season, from October to March, the city is best avoided, as it experiences severe thunderstorms, particularly from October to January and March to April. Kuala Lumpur has a tropical climate, and temperatures are pretty consistent throughout the year, with average highs in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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