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Kuala Lumpur

From futuristic skyscrapers to ancient mosques, sightseeing, shopping and more - visit Kuala Lumpur and immerse yourself in the diverse world of Malaysian culture.

Kuala Lumpur is a vibrant and bustling city that is crammed full of exciting attractions, and with entertainment options to suit all tastes and budgets, there really is something for everyone.

Families will love the National Zoo which is home to more than 459 animal species. Bargain hunters can source unusual souvenirs before grabbing a bite to eat from any of the hawker stalls on Petaling Street. If it’s a bit of culture you’re after, wander around Merdeka Square and admire the architectural heritage of the buildings that surround the city’s main civic space. Historically, this is a site of enormous national significance as it was here that Malaysia declared its independence from Britain in 1957.

Visit the Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek), one of the oldest and most venerable mosques in Kuala Lumpur and a wonderful example of soft Moorish architecture. In contrast, the sharp minaret of the National Mosque of Malaysia stands stark against the city skyline, in a nod to modernity.

Take time out to relax in the Lake Gardens. This oasis of calm was created during the colonial era and offers a wonderful escape from the hubbub of the city. This sculpted park is rich with native plants, trees and shrubs and is only a stone’s throw away from the noisy and colourful Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. For an alternative urban retreat, head to the KLCC Park and enjoy the spectacle of the Lake Symphony as synchronised water fountains create dazzling displays.

Looking for that perfect snapshot of the city? The Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) stands at a healthy 421 metres above street level and offers incredible panoramic views. However, there is some strong competition in the form of the magnificent Petronas Twin Towers, which punch up into the sky at an incredible 452 metres. Their highlight is the observation deck on the 86th floor, which offers a stunning vista that spectacularly sweeps across the city.

Finally, take time out to recharge your spiritual batteries and soak up some Hindu culture at the inspiring Batu Caves. Marvel at the ornate statues and artwork in the awe-inspiring temples. This sacred site offers a welcome respite from the city’s main tourist attractions and is a must on any Malaysian itinerary.

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Where to stay in Kuala Lumpur

Bukit Bintang Plaza featuring interior views and modern architecture

Bukit Bintang

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

Bukit Bintang

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
P5,289
per night
24 Apr - 25 Apr

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! (2,048 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 Mar 10, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel - Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
P3,949
per night
15 Apr - 16 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! (2,147 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
P3,397
per night
17 Apr - 18 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! (1,996 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Popular things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

Visit this iconic urban landmark and drink in the view from a dizzying 370 metres above street level.

KLCC Park
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KLCC Park

Visit this city-centre park to discover an urban sanctuary in the heart of bustling Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur Tower
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Kuala Lumpur Tower

Combine culture, nature and adventure with outstanding views as you tower high above Kuala Lumpur.

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

86% of travellers recommend
P2,308
Per adult
Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour
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Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour

82% of travellers recommend
P729
Per adult
Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Admission
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Sunway Lagoon Theme Park Admission

86% of travellers recommend
P2,268
Per adult
Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour
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Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour

P2,187
Per adult
Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour
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Kuala Lumpur Batu Caves & Little India Private Tour

P1,325
Per adult
"Waterfall In The Rainforest" Templer Park + Batu Caves & Natural Hotspring
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"Waterfall In The Rainforest" Templer Park + Batu Caves & Natural Hotspring

P1,761
Per adult

Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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5/5 - Excellent

mcisonvacation

23 Mar 2020

I like KL a lot. The people are generally nice and it's fairly safe. There's a lot of shopping options, they have a rich culture, and the food is great. I love visiting KL. It's not the first and it certainly won't be the last.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

9 Feb 2020

Quite city.. Am so amazed of so many tall buildings. In day time, only few people walk or seen in the city.. 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

27 Aug 2019

Food was awesome 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

19 Aug 2019

I love everything at kuala lumpur

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

19 Aug 2019

Nice people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

3 Aug 2019

Nice People!

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