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Kuala Lumpur
Travel Guide

Kuala Lumpur

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

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $122 per night from May 29 to May 29
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 15-minute walk of Petronas Twin Towers and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (991 reviews)
"Close to KLCC Suria. Polite staff and fast lift service."

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2021

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Kuala Lumpur
The price is CA $80 per night from May 18 to May 18
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, and Suria KLCC ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,051 reviews)
"Parking bit worse here because it share with KLCC parking."

Reviewed on Apr. 4, 2021

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur
Le Méridien Putrajaya
Le Méridien Putrajaya
5 out of 5
Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, Sepang, Serdang
The price is CA $73 per night from May 22 to May 22
This family-friendly Serdang hotel is located in the business district, 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from IOI City Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Farm In The City and Alamanda ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (421 reviews)
"Great place for holiday good rates during a hard time. Value for money."

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2021

Le Méridien Putrajaya
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.
Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur
Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur
4 out of 5
No. 211, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is CA $58 per night from May 24 to May 24
This family-friendly Kuala Lumpur aparthotel is located in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, within 1 mi (2 km) of Kuala Lumpur Sentral, National Museum, and Perdana Botanical ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (423 reviews)
"Great location. Staffs are attentive. Thank you Mathilda and Maggie for being helpful to my request."

Reviewed on Apr. 11, 2021

Ascott Sentral Kuala Lumpur
Empire Damansara Residence Suites
Empire Damansara Residence Suites
3.5 out of 5
Jalan PJU 8/8A, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
The price is CA $26 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated in the business district, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Curve Shopping Mall and KidZania. 1 Utama is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
4/5Very Good! (35 reviews)
"Excellence"

Reviewed on Nov. 23, 2019

Empire Damansara Residence Suites
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 CA $35 per night from May 18 to May 18
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
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.

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