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 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!(36 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!(115 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 Suria KLCC Shopping Centre, 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!(747 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, Federal Territory of 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

4.5/5Wonderful!(12 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.

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
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 $32 per night

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"Looking at the brand, I expect it to be better. The interior of the room looks dated with some mold on the ceiling. Bathroom not super clean. Had a great experience in JB's DoubleTree."…"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is $44 per night

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of NU Sentral and Kuala Lumpur Sentral. Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Lake Gardens ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,439 reviews)

"Service was the best! Helpdesk staff were very polite and sharp at attending our requests. The night of our stay, our next door neighbour was being loud-- loud chatter and music. We couldn't sleep and the hotel staff was kind enough to move us to a different room, in fact upgraded us to a better ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
12 Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $100 per night

This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Petronas Twin Towers, and ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
Grand Hyatt is always good

"Nice and comfortable, room is spacious, very nice buffet breakfast with view of the Twin Towers!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2020

Grand Hyatt 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.

Popular places to visit in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

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

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

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

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 top-notch restaurants.

Mid Valley Mega Mall
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Mid Valley Mega Mall

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 top-notch restaurants.

KLCC Park
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KLCC Park

Relax by the lake as you gaze at the city skyline or wander the grounds to see statues, water features and landscaped gardens.

Top things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour

$23
Per adult
Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour
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Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour

$14
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner
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Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner

$44
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour
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Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour

$42
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Half-Day City Highlights Tour
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Half-Day City Highlights Tour

$14
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
KL Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket
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KL Tower Observation Deck Admission Ticket

$18
Per adult

Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
380
5 - Excellent 46.28501827040195%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.02192448233861%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 10.23142509135201%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.48721071863581%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Malaysians are friendly and helpful people. Majority of the people know how to speak English that made us easy to find our way.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Looking forward to returning anither time

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Good

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

We really enjoyed Kuala Lumpur. We found people friendly, the city modern, clean, and generally walkable, with lots of restaurants and shopping areas to choose from. We took several day tours, one to Malacca, which was quite enjoyable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 28, 2020

Good country and people friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Amazing city

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Exploring Malaysia’s capital during an extended layover

Exploring Malaysia’s capital during an extended layover
Exploring Malaysia’s capital during an extended layover

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