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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 showing modern architecture and interior views

Bukit Bintang

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

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

Top Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Hilton Kuala Lumpur
5 out of 5
3 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur
The price is CA $68 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,388 reviews)

"The room was clean and located at a great location"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2020

Hilton Kuala Lumpur
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
The price is CA $35 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

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 ...

2/5 (111 reviews)

"Good, I really like the weather here, the environment is quiet"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
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 CA $63 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

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! (983 reviews)

"Good and comfortable But, the furniture need to be upgraded!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Vacation Rentals in Kuala Lumpur

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Homestay in Amber Court
Homestay in Amber Court
3 out of 5
The price is CA $35 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

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 ...

2/5 (111 reviews)

"Good, I really like the weather here, the environment is quiet"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 2, 2020

Homestay in Amber Court
Arte Plus KLCC By DreamScape
Arte Plus KLCC By DreamScape
3 out of 5
No.3, Lorong Ampang 1, Kampung Berembang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
The price is CA $22 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

Situated in Kuala Lumpur, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Ampang Point Shopping Centre, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Royal Thai Embassy. Petronas ...

3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)

"Worth every penny"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2020

Arte Plus KLCC By DreamScape
Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya
Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya
3 out of 5
Lingkaran Cyber Point Timur, Cyber 12, Cyberjaya, Selangor
The price is CA $49 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 4

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of DPULZE Shopping Centre and Multimedia University Cyberjaya Campus. Putrajaya International ...

4/5Very Good! (239 reviews)

"Place is okay"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2020

Citadines DPulze Cyberjaya

Popular places to visit in Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers
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Petronas Twin Towers

4.5/5(111 reviews)

Enjoy the view from the observation deck on the 86th floor, atop the world’s tallest twin skyscrapers.

KLCC Park
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KLCC Park

4.5/5(44 reviews)

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

Kuala Lumpur Tower
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Kuala Lumpur Tower

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Get a 360-degree view of Kuala Lumpur before you enjoy a meal at a revolving restaurant in the clouds.

Top things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner
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Glittering Fireflies & Kuala Selangor Night Tour with Dinner

CA $61
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour
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Historical Malacca City Full-Day Tour

CA $57
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour
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Country, Batu Caves & Handicrafts Half-Day Tour

CA $19
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour
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Genting Highlands Full-Day Tour

CA $32
Per adult
Half-Day City Highlights Tour
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Half-Day City Highlights Tour

CA $19
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Malaysia Countryside and Batucaves from Kuala Lumpur
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Malaysia Countryside and Batucaves from Kuala Lumpur

CA $56
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Kuala Lumpur

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 39.285714285714285%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.285714285714285%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 14.285714285714286%
2 - Disappointing
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3/5 - Okay

femidav

Mar 19, 2020

Was not at all what I was expecting. People are not very friendly. The Batu caves are man made, not very old and poorly maintained. The city is very dirty and the air quality poor. It smells like a sewer. AC is rare except for shopping centres.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

We love walking but both hotels we stayed at really had no where to walk around. At one, although physically close to KL Sentral we were unable to walk due to the road system and had to take a cab. But at least Grabs are cheap!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 4, 2020

Love the city and want to return someday

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 21, 2020

Amazing. Shocked at all the construction. Will be something to see in a few years!

4/5 - Good

K.L.

Dec 1, 2019

Attractive city with lots of greenery. You need to be beware of prices and options. Do your research to avoid overpaying.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 26, 2019

Just a day prior to traveling, I actually had never heard of Kuala Lumpur. But it was a recommendation a friend of mine made to visit and I'm very glad that I did: The balance between urban and rural areas showcased the versatility of the city.

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