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

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
183 Jalan Bukit Bintang, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur, 55100
The price is $86 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (999 reviews)
"Pleasant stay and most enjoyable"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, 50088
The price is $88 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"Our room was very clean, quiet and comfortable. Mattress was quite firm, which was great for my husbands bad back. We arrived at 8am after an international flight and check in that early wasn't a problem. Staff very friendly and helpful. Very close to Petronas towers. Lovely pool (a bit small for ..."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur, 50088
The price is $145 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"very friendly and helpful staff. The room was quite large and clean. Has to be one of the most comfortable beds I have slept on"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Mandarin Oriental 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.
Dorsett Residences Bukit Bintang at Dorsett Kuala Lumpur
Dorsett Residences Bukit Bintang at Dorsett Kuala Lumpur
4 out of 5
172, Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur, 55100
The price is $65 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (126 reviews)
"Service is poor. No response No towels in the bathroom. Have to request many times before sending towels to the room. Patches of tissue paper found inside the fold towels. It’s so unhygienic Cockroaches everywhere in the apartment"

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Dorsett Residences Bukit Bintang at Dorsett Kuala Lumpur
PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur
PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
No. 1, Jalan Nagasari, Off Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, 50200
The price is $67 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,803 reviews)
"Always good service when I stayed in there every time for business trip"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
The Face Suites Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
1020, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250
The price is $80 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,411 reviews)
"We got a large 2 bedroom apartment on the 43rd floor. The appartment was well furnished and generally comfortable. However, the availability of hot water for a shower was variable - we stayed for 2 days and the family took 5 showers, only one was properly hot, two others were cold. At times there ..."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

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.

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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